Phytochemicals, often called bioactive compounds, are at the forefront of cosmetic ingredients. Instead of just viewing plants as simply roots, leaves, stems, and flowers, this scientific discipline opens the door to the fascinating world of active molecules they contain. Eager to explore the magic of phytochemistry and how it’s revolutionising the beauty scene? Let’s delve right in…
Why is Phytochemistry Important?
Phytochemistry, the study of chemicals derived from plants, opens a window into the natural world’s hidden treasures. These compounds are a direct result of plant metabolism, and many of them bring significant health benefits. Plus, a wealth of scientific studies solidly backs them up.
And there’s more: we’re constantly finding new phytochemicals as studies into plant chemistry progress. Think phenols, proteins, amino acids, sugars, chlorophylls, carotenoids, saponins, fatty acids, and both fat- and water-soluble vitamins.
Throughout history, natural remedies and medicinal plants have walked hand in hand with humanity. But it’s through the study of phytochemistry that we’ve truly comprehended the power of foods rich in these phytochemical components, often referred to as functional foods. What’s intriguing is how the beauty industry draws inspiration from the world of food, benefiting from these remarkable discoveries.
The Benefits of Phytochemistry in Skincare
Instead of describing natural ingredients as mundane “leaves” or “roots”, phytochemistry unveils a universe of bioactive molecules, inspiring formulators to craft natural, powerhouse beauty products. Moreover, thanks to new advances in biotech, we can now generate higher yields than before of certain functional molecules.
4 Phytochemicals We Love
- Artemisia Umbelliformis: Mighty Antioxidant Power
Artemisia Umbelliformis packs a chlorogenic acid punch, four times mightier than green tea. It’s your skin’s superhero, tackling free radical damage head-on. Its antibacterial properties also add a double layer of love for your skin. (Discover it in Artemisia Power Protection Moisturiser SPF50+)
- Buddleja Davidii: Protecting Mature Skin
Natural skincare addicts love Buddleja Davidii extract for a reason—it’s loaded with skin goodies like flavonoids, luteolin, and quercetin. It’s perfect for mature skin, shielding your cellular DNA and cells from UV harm. What’s more, it’s also very soothing on the skin and is high in antioxidants. (Find it in Ideal Moisture Level Serum)
- Epilobium Extract: A Balancing Act
Epilobium extract brings Oenothein B to the table—a potent antioxidant with sebum-regulating and anti-inflammatory powers. It’s your skin’s trusted sidekick, ensuring balance and health. (Star ingredient in Ideal Rebalancing Level Serum)
- Achillea Millefolium Extract: Illuminate Your Skin
Say hello to Achillea Millefolium extract, aka Yarrow extract. Packed with iridoids, it’s your secret weapon against dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It works to diminish existing pigmentation issues and restores skin radiance. (Check out Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum)