What’s really inside our products? We all read the ingredients: green tea, shea butter… But what do those things actually do for our skin? How do the vitamins and oils work? How can we better understand the purpose and the function of our skincare products? I really want to dive into the ingredients of Beryl’s products to demonstrate the absolute power of plant-based skincare.
Let’s start with our Allura Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer! Its major ingredients are: Aloe Vera Juice, Green Tea, Horsetail, Dandelion, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil.
Aloe Vera is a plant grown in tropical climates around the world. It’s used for decoration in homes and for its medicinal purposes. Its use in skincare involves an extract of the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera has been found to contain the active forms of Vitamin A, C, and D, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and choline. It also contains minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Water soluble vitamins and minerals keep your tissues healthy and help to release the energy that the food you eat provides. Several B vitamins act as coenzymes to boost the power of your cells that produce energy. Vitamins B12, B6, and Folic Acid are the real powerhouses. They break down amino acids and proteins to promote cellular regeneration in the skin. To put it all together, the Allura Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer is full of vitamins and minerals that boost the power of your cells and regenerate your skin cells resulting in soft, smooth skin.
What about Green Tea? Green Tea has been used in Eastern cultures for hundreds of years. 7th century Japanese monks studying in China were introduced to the energy and mental focus that green tea provides. Japanese green tea has become a staple in their culture using it both in tea and in skincare products. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCG which works to repair DNA within skin cells. This not only plays a part in preventing skin cancer but it also has antiaging properties as the skin cells are constantly renewing and repairing.
Green tea also has antibacterial properties which are essential for controlling acne. Polyphenols within green tea work by damaging the membranes of bacteria and kill the bacteria living in your pores. The result is smoother skin and reduced redness as well as reduced acne breakouts.
Horsetail and Dandelion might seem surprising to you! Similar to green tea, Horsetail is an ancient plant which has antiaging, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Horsetail works as an antioxidant by reducing free radicals which if allowed to build up result in damage to cells. Horsetail also contains collagen which is an incredibly important part of skin. It is a protein essential to the body which helps give our skin strength and elasticity while working along with vitamins and minerals to replace dead skin cells.
Dandelions aren’t just a weed that you blew seeds off of when you were a kid. The extract of Dandelions contains high levels of Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium, and Phosphorus. Along with Vitamin C’s incredible ability to regenerate skin cells, the minerals in dandelions promote the hydration of skin cells and support their function. Dandelions also have a surprising ability to fight off infection. They’ve been demonstrated to alleviate symptoms of eczema and acne.
Sunflowers have been around since 3,000 B.C. where native tribes cultivated sunflowers long before they cultivated corn. Between 1500 and 1700 the mass production of sunflower seed oil was being done by Europe and Russia. Surprisingly, the first commercial use of sunflowers in the U.S. was to feed chickens! Sunflower oil is a great source of Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, and Folic Acid. Since vitamin E is the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant, sunflower seeds, seed oil, and seed extracts help deter free radical damage that can contribute to aging!
Whew! That sure was a lot of information. The main takeaway from this is that naturally based products contain ingredients that have been used for centuries and sometimes thousands of years. The innate properties of these vitamins, minerals, and proteins are excellent for the skin, promoting regeneration of cells and anti-aging properties.