Bamboo has been used in Asian medicine since forever, but has only recently found its way into the skincare world. That’s right: it’s not just panda food, it’s food for your skin, too! This, combined with the fact that it’s super sustainable (it grows several inches a day and is found on every continent except Antarctica), is why we use it in one of our best-selling sheet masks.
What is bamboo and what does it do for your skin?
Bamboo extract, officially called Bambusa Vulgaris, is an organic ingredient obtained from the major species of bamboo trees in Japan called Phyllostachys Pubescens. When applied to skin, it provides instant, long-lasting hydration & replenishes collagen and flexibility thanks to its status as one of the richest natural sources of silica in the world.
Here’s a closer look at the skincare properties of bamboo extract and why we use it in our Nourish + Hydrate Sheet Mask.
How bamboo extract cares for your skin?
It has antioxidant properties
Bamboo extract contains natural antioxidant flavonoids which work to protect skin against harmful free radicals and UV damage, creating a more even and radiant complexion. When skin is subjected to oxidative stress, it becomes weakened and loses elasticity, so bamboo extract helps repair its natural barrier.
Skincare products that contain bamboo extract support the synthesis of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which prevent moisture loss. Locking moisture into skin keeps it protected and looking healthy.
Bamboo leaves contains methanol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredient is an anti-irritant, making it safe for people with sensitive skin. it soothes inflammation and can even help skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
It’s a youth elixir
Bamboo extract contains silica, an organic compound in collagen, which is essential in maintaining skin elasticity. Free radicals and ageing deplete your skin of collagen, but silica regenerates it. The ingredient can also reduce melanin production, helping dark age spots fade away.
It fights acne
Bamboo extract can be used to treat acne because it keeps the skin’s surface healthy by preventing damage to the outer moisture barrier. By protecting skin cells against irritation and inflammation, it reduces breakouts caused by toxins and excess sebum. Used in conjunction with AHAs, bamboo strengthens and heals skin.