More and more skin care companies are adding botanical ingredients to their products. There is certainly a rhyme to this reasoning. Although many beauty innovations may seem like a “trend”, this one is certainly not. Scientists are taking lessons from ancient medicine and combining it with modern methods to get the most optimal results. A method known as “extraction” is the key in capturing the essence of these nutrient-rich plants.
What exactly is a plant extraction?
Plant extraction is the process of extracting a certain component from a plant. More specifically when it comes to plants this process is removing a liquid component from a solid one. For example, when you work with aloe you cut open an aloe leaf and remove the aloe gel within the leaf and use that gel for whatever product you intend on using it for. Now for aloe this process seems pretty easy but with most plants this can be a multi-step process.
It starts off by placing the plant into a fluid solvent. (Science lesson: A solvent is a liquid that can dissolve other substances.) When you place a plant in a solvent you can pull the component of interest from the plant and contain it in the solvent. You then repeat this process until you have enough of the plant extract to isolate it and remove it from the solvent.
Why are plant extracts added into skin products?
Plants have been used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes throughout history. Many botanicals are capable of soothing, healing and calming the skin. Chamomile and Arnica can reduce inflammation. Comfrey can help with wound healing and reduce pain. Aloe is rich in antioxidants and can be used as a remedy for burns and sunburns. The benefits that plants offer us are nothing short of magic. Now when you combine these plants correctly with an existing skin formula, you are bound to end up with beneficial results. The formulations are now equipped to help with multiple skin issues. Also plant based skin care products are usually a better option for those with sensitive skin.
Benefits of plant botanicals in Skin MD
Skin MD is filled with botanicals that have been proven to help with reducing redness and inflammation and that can help correct skin hydration issues. When you combine this with Skin MD Shielding Lotion properties you are left with a superior skin care product. It can protect and hydrate the skin in one of the most unique and easiest ways. Just apply it to your skin and let it dry, to experience these botanicals doing their thing!