What Exactly Are Botanical Extracts? Do They Go in a Smoothie?
How these plant and herb extracts supercharge your skincare routine
If you’ve been to the drugstore or makeup counter at least once in the last five years, it’s not easy to miss the fact that natural is reigning supreme. Infused with [your favorite herb, plant, or nut here] is the new normal for the beauty industry. You might just think it’s a fad, but the science shows that the addition of botanical (or herbal) extracts significantly improve your skincare performance.
What are they exactly? And where can I find them?
Botanical extracts are concentrated plant materials providing therapeutic properties. They can be found in powdered or liquid forms. They can be extracted through steam distillation, boiling, cold pressing, or through oil infusions. Once this process is done what you’re left with is a highly condensed ingredient with …. This leaves us with an ingredient that is highly absorbable and effective at targeting certain concerns.
They’re found in a variety of skin, hair, and dental products, as well as in concentrated forms for medicinal purposes. Botanical extracts have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and as research improves companies can harness the benefits of these extracts even more precisely.
These allow for the skin to be replenished, healing properties, anti-oxidant effects. They’re often added for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects. Since botanical extracts are highly concentrated often they will appear lower down on the ingredient list because so little is needed to reap the benefits. For this reason, it’s best not to assume that just because they are listed lower means that the effectiveness is in any way compromised.
Where do they get their powers from?
Plant botanicals are very potent, and it makes sense that they can pack a punch in the antioxidant compartment. Many plants contain high levels of a chemical compound call phenols that act as an anti-oxidant and can help combat free radicals and oxidative stress. Plants and flowers need to survive under harsh UV lights and there are some natural mechanisms that allow them to flourish. When these are utilized in an extract form, the same benefits are available for your skin.
How do we use them at Perfect Image
At Perfect Image we use botanical extracts for their soothing and calming properties. Considering that peels do increase your chance for sun sensitivity, our products incorporate botanical extracts to provide powerful antioxidant benefits for further skin protection and healing.
Because of the nature of acids, which do a great job of exfoliation but are known to be sensitizing and occasionally drying, we add in essential botanical extracts like cucumber or green tea to ease redness, irritation, and to help speed up the healing process. Botanicals are an added benefit for most cosmetic or skincare products and for those looking for results with more natural ingredients, these extracts are the perfect addition to your skincare routine.