Like its bush-born cousin witch hazel, willow bark is an all-natural skincare savior that’s been around for over a century. Along with having a long history in folk and native medicine as a pain reliever, it’s been cropping up more and more on modern-day top-shelves as a tool for keeping skin clear and smooth. Here, we breakdown everything you need to know about using the herbal extract in skincare.
Derived from the willow tree, willow bark extract contains salicin, a compound similar to aspirin that metabolizes in the body to create salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a natural exfoliant that is used in many acne treatments due to its ability to help the skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation.
Willow bark extract is a completely natural and gentler version of its synthetic counterpart, salicylic acid. This makes it a particularly popular option for those sensitive to skin irritation or those who are pregnant.
Willow bark extract is a powerhouse at sloughing away dead skin cells and revealing a brighter, clearer complexion. Its ability to deep-clean and stimulate new cell formulations makes it an essential element of many acne treatments. Along with reducing excess oil, it’s a powerful tool at refining the appearance of pores. The overall result is smoother, healthier-looking skin.
You’ll find willow bark extract infused in spot treatments, serums, toners, masks, and more. If you’re trying to decipher which skincare products include the extract and don’t see the word “willow bark” on the ingredient list, the words “salix alba” or “salix nigra” will mean it’s in there, too. ÉLÉVATIONE™’s willow bark extract-infused Clear Face Cleansing Gel is a gentle, pore-cleansing exfoliant that’s perfect for daily use.
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