Wednesday 27 February 2019

Got wood!? A skincare ingredient that'll get you going...

For years we’ve looked to plants to protect, repair, and improve our skin – utilising flowers, leaves, and fruits for their various beauty benefits. But there is one part of a plant that rarely gets the attention it deserves… bark.

There are several potent bark extracts used in skincare - willow, torchwood, and jujube being the most famous. However, one of the world’s most powerful barks comes from the Albizia Julibrissin.

Commonly known as the Persian Silk Tree, Albizia Julibrissin is loved for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. However, it is most celebrated for its ability to protect against glycation.

Glycation is a process in which sugar molecules bind to and deform proteins in the bloodstream to create harmful compounds commonly known as AGEs (advanced glycation end products). Unfortunately, the proteins in the skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that keep us looking youthful - collagen and elastin. When these proteins combine with sugars, they become discoloured, less supple, and more vulnerable to environmental aggressors, such as UV light and air pollution. This can result in wrinkles, sagginess, pigmentation and lack of radiance.

Due to its ability to break the binding of sugars to proteins, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract is the perfect ingredient for the fight against glycation. This brilliant bark also provides long-term support to the skin’s own detoxification system, keeps the microcapillary system intact, and repairs protein structures. Aside from being a phenomenal anti-glycation ingredient, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract also evens skin tone, improves texture, and reduces dark circles.

CODAGE, the cult French beauty brand that excels in the art of formulation, has been using Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract in its products since launching in 2010. My favourite is the Serum N°02 Anti-Shine & Imperfections. Formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin, Serum N°02 is a detoxifying, mattifying, and sebum-regulating water-based serum that feels lightweight and beautiful on the skin. It brightens the complexion, tighten pores, and leaves skin super soft. The powerful blend of antibacterial, soothing, and repairing active ingredients clear up imperfections and even skin tone. It is £64 for 30ml and is available from

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