Have you ever heard of adaptogens? You don't have to be a skin care fanatic to have heard this term, but it still leaves many people scratching their heads and asking "what are adaptogens?" Keep reading to find out what these miracle ingredients are, how they work, and why you should use them in your skin care.
Adaptogens are actually a group of ingredients, rather than a single substance. By definition, adaptogens are plant extracts that "increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning." (1)
Adaptogens are a group of herbs, mushrooms and plant extracts that help the body and skin resist stress, therefore strengthening both. This is why wellness and beauty bloggers can't stop talking about adaptogens.
Adaptogens often adapt to your body specifically to reduce the physical response to stress. When digested, adaptogens can help boost overall well being. When applied topically, they can soothe, balance and strengthen your skin. Adaptogens are powerful, but slow acting, so give them time to work.
Adaptogens benefits depend on which adaptogenic herbs you apply to your skin. For example, licorice is an adaptogen and has been found to counteract inflammation and irritation, which is why Bioelements uses it in Calmitude Hydrating Solution, Stress Solution and more products designed to soothe skin. Ginseng and gotu kola, two more adaptogens, can help reduce wrinkles and encourage skin to heal itself (2).
Most adaptogens used in skin care work like adaptogens used in your diet – they help your body and skin stay strong and balanced.
Bioelements has been formulating skin care with adaptogens since 1991. Many products feature a blend of ginseng, gotu kola, dong quai and watercress Chinese herbs, as they work together to naturally balance and strengthen the skin. You can find this adaptogenic blend and other adaptogen combinations in the following products:
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