We’re loving taking you on a journey through all the amazing active ingredients that create your new bespoke skincare bestie, Tailor Your Blend. We started with sharing the Your Blend buzz here, and now we’re throwing the spotlight on all the powerful ingredients that will make your skin radiant every day of the year.
Today, we’re looking at the secret behind Extract 1 and 4’s active ingredients, one of which stops excess oil production in its tracks and gives the finger to breakouts.
Meet our Alpine Willow Herb
Hands up who suffers oily skin, or a shiny appearance, or large pores at least some of the time, if not all the time? Probably lots of us at one time or another. Our face is our calling card so if we’re dealing with overproduction of sebum in our skin, it usually doesn’t make us feel great. Especially when it becomes breakouts or acne. And this happens no matter what our age and stage.
Meet the Alpine Willow Herb, Epilobium fleischeri. This rare and beautiful botanical, the alpine species of the willow herb grown in altitude, has been used by alpine populations for its soothing properties for centuries. Its key compounds, Oenothein B and flavonoids, have exhibited sebum-regulating and anti-inflammatory activities, and have shown to reduce the appearance of pores.
How the Alpine Willow Herb Prevents Breakouts
In simple terms, Alpine Willow Herb has the ability to slow down development of the enzyme responsible for producing our skin’s sebum, considerably reducing sebum production, which is behind all that shiny skin.
What’s The Science Behind Its Success?
Sebum production is regulated in the sebaceous glands by our hormones, such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which both women and men possess. DHT is converted from testosterone by the enzyme 5α-reductase. Advance studies have demonstrated that the application of ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM, the active ingredient that carries the Alpine Willow Herb, significantly inhibits the activity of 5α-reductase and as such reduces the sebum production, which leads to a visibly clearer skin.
The findings were that 91% of women perceived an improvement in their skin’s appearance, and 18% of women experienced reduced pore size.
Using the Alpine Willow Herb regularly, in products like Tailor Your Blend Extract 1 for oily skin or in extract 4 at a higher concentration for breakout prone skin, can lead to visibly clearer skin, so you can get on with your life.