Nature’s power tool for your aging skin, Helichrysum originally comes from the Mediterranean. This plant used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, especially in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This beautiful plant brings with it some very active antioxidant properties. Why is this so important? I’m glad you asked.
Every day we are exposed to a tremendous amount of free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules that create oxidative stress and damage cells, proteins, and DNA). The amount of damage caused by the environment, EMF’s and blue light-emitting from computers and electronic devices is enough to stress anybody out, and finding ways to minimize the impact and subsequent damage is super important.
Since collagen is the main protein component of our skin, antioxidants are vital to prevent free radicals from breaking collagen fibers in our skin, leading to sagging, wrinkles, and premature aging. But as we all know, our skin’s components degrade as we age, and the more we get exposed to sunlight and harsh elements. To be more specific, there are enzymes called collagenase and elastase that degrade our skin’s needed proteins. These enzymes activated by factors like UV rays and free radicals in the environment.
This process of breaking down our skin proteins is called oxidative stress or oxidation, and our skin becomes more prone to wrinkles, sagging, stretch marks, and scars.
This is why antioxidants are so important in our topical skincare products and our diet.
With this being said, your solution… Helichrysum oil! Research has found that this specific essential oil inhibits the activity of collagenase (an enzyme that helps wounds heal faster ) and elastase (which increases its elasticity and smooth the skin), thus protecting our skin’s integrity and elasticity. This anti-aging mechanism is mostly attributed to a molecule called Beta-diketone. A potent type of B-diketone is called italidione, and it’s found in — surprise, surprise — Helichrysum italicum, an active ingredient in our Cellular Renewal Mist.
So alongside a diet of brightly colored, fresh fruits and vegetables and ample physical protection from harsh environments, we highly recommend leveraging the benefits of helichrysum oil to help retain that youthful, healthy glow.
When it comes to cosmetics and skincare, helichrysum offers not just one but three amazing benefits to keep your skin glowing:
- This essential oil acts as an antioxidant that protects the skin’s collagen and elastin.
- It wipes out microbes that harm the skin.
- It has tissue remodeling effects to fade blemishes.
Ingredient of the Week: Helichrysum
Actions and Pharmacology:
Rich Source of: Antioxidants
Top 5 Skin Benefits and Usages
- Potent Antioxidant
- Reduces Inflammation
- Regenerates Damaged Skin
- Fights Bacteria
- Wounds Heal Faster
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