Willows black or white all have abundant watery bark sap which is heavily charged with salicylic acid. The Extract is used in cosmetics and personal care products for its astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties. It has been used for centuries as a treatment for other ailments as well as an antiseptic, Willow Bark Extract contains salicylic acid a natural exfoliant and is used in many acne treatments because of its ability to help skin remove dead cells and clear pores. It can also enhances skin cell turnover by promoting exfoliation.
Slows down sign of aging: A study reported that salicin can help reduce the visible signs of skin aging. Results showed significant improvements in wrinkles, roughness, pore size, radiance, and overall appearance after only one week, with additional improvements in hyper-pigmentation, firmness, and jawline contour after four weeks.
Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation caused by many skin problems, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, premature aging. It helps reduce inflammation, improve skin condition and especially helpful in products for sensitive skin.
Reduces breakouts: Willow bark extract naturally exfoliates skin and clears pores to help reduce breakouts, it gives the skin a clearer, healthier appearance.
Smooths fine lines and wrinkles: The same exfoliating action that reduces acne also helps smooth fine line and wrinkles. Willow bark is a source of natural hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface of skin to reveal younger, newer cells underneath. The result is smoother, softer skin.
Antioxidants: Willow bark contains powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from damaging free radicals, help reduce inflammation and redness, and aid in skin rejuvenation.
Antimicrobial: Willow bark works against the bacteria that cause acne, making it an effective addition in cleaners, toners, masks, and other facial care products It’s also a great natural preservative.