What is the botanical White Willow Bark?
Willow Bark has been used for centuries as a treatment for headaches and other ailments due to its aspirin-like properties, as well as antiseptic properties. Willow Bark contains salicylic acid, a natural exfoliant and is used in many acne treatments because of its ability to help skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation.
The acne benefits of Willow Bark Extract are mostly thought to derive from the salicylic acid. Salicylic Acid is created by the conversion of salicin to this acid compound, and is generally thought to only be converted when digested, but not when applied topically. The additional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Willow Bark Extract may soothe acne-ravaged skin, but it is not proven that this ingredient will actually prevent or clear away acne. Willow Bark Extract's astringent properties are, however, thought to soften and loosen dry, scaly, or thickened skin so that it falls off or can be removed easily.
Like most plant extracts, White Willow Bark Extract has anti-inflammatory properties due to the Tannins and flavonoids—powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from environmental stressors.
We love this amazing botanical at Natural Mixologist and you will find Willow Bark Extract in our No. 27 Aloe + Rose + Hibiscus Botanical Toner Mist. This toner will fight acne, reduce inflammation and ease wrinkles.