BHA VEGETAL: SALICYLIC ACID FROM WINTERGREEN
Categories : Ingredients
These imperfections are due to a blockage of the pilar canal by keratinocytes (a mixture of sebum and dead cells). The keratinocytes must shed every day. However, this shedding can be compromised due to hereditary conditions, hormonal imbalance, or exposure to stress.
Fortunately, there are solutions to cleanse, purify and mattify blemish-prone skin. One of the most effective natural ingredients for all types of skin blemishes is the plant-based BHA, salicylic acid from wintergreen.
What is wintergreen salicylic acid?
It is an exfoliating and anti-inflammatory beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that penetrates deep into the pores for a powerful anti-imperfection action, ideal for purifying and soothing oily skin.
Astringent, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, salicylic acid is primarily used in our face care products for its keratolytic action that unclogs pores and balances sebum production.
Plant salicylic acid (BHA) is a natural peeling, a gentle exfoliant
The keratolytic activity of salicylic acid, which gives it its exfoliating properties, allows a superficial desquamation of the keratinous layer. This so-called "chemical" exfoliation facilitates cell renewal, increased collagen production and regeneration of the upper layers of the epidermis.
How is salicylic acid extracted from wintergreen (gaultheria procumbens leaf oil)?
Plant salicylic acid is made from wintergreen. Its English name is "wintergreen". This small, hardy shrub is native to the forests of North America, Canada and China.
The distillation of wintergreen leaves produces an essential oil. This essential oil, concentrated in methyl slicylate, is then hydrolysed to isolate salicylic acid.
How to use salicylic acid BHA extracted from wintergreen?
Caution: it is not recommended to apply wintergreen essential oil purely because its effect can be irritating. It is better to choose a treatment that contains a small dose.
Salicylic acid is very active. A small dose is sufficient for good effectiveness. In a facial care product we recommend between 0.1% and 3%. In some countries the concentration in facial care products is regulated. In Japan the maximum concentration allowed is 0.2%.
How can I incorporate these natural beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) into my routine?
Regular use of plant salicylic acid promotes skin cell renewal and refines skin texture. To reap the full benefits of its purifying properties, and to see long-term results, we recommend daily use with wintergreen extract-infused skincare products such as Supernatural Face Cream and Supernatural Moisture Gel-cream.
Our two superstar face care products have a purifying, mattifying action and reveal your skin's healthy glow. Enriched with wintergreen extract, this duo refines the skin's texture and helps treat imperfections, thanks to the daily "gentle peeling" action. Both formulas are natural and organic and contain just the right amount of salicylic acid for healthier, more beautiful skin.
The Supernature Moisture Gel-cream is a moisturising anti-blemish gel-cream with organic aloe vera. Supernature Face Cream is an anti-blemish cream based on organic rose water. Some people prefer the cream for the evening and winter and the gel-cream for the morning and summer. So choose the texture you like!