If you’ve had a chance to check out our complete ingredients list, you’ll have probably noticed one of our most popular ingredients: Salix alba, also known as White Willow Bark Extract. In particular, White Willow Bark Extract is one of our main ingredients in our Feng Shea Facial Scrub. Made from a composite of several varieties of willow tree, this extract is famous for its powerful benefits for your scalp and skin.
Why do we use White Willow Bark Extract and how does it benefit my skin?
White Willow Bark Extract contains Salicylic acid which is a powerful exfoliant. Salicylic acid when applied to skin gently eliminates flakes and dandruff and also prevents buildup of dead skin cells, one of the leading causes acne.
2. Controls Oil Production…
Your scalp produces a natural oil known as sebum. The rate at which this oil is produced is affected by a number of factors, including the ingredients of your hair care products. We’ve already learned how sodium lauryl sulfate in traditional shampoos can strip your hair of sebum, causing the scalp to overproduce.
White Willow Bark, in contrast, is a gentle cleanser, great for clearing out skin pores of excess oil. It helps to balance oily scalps while maintaining a healthy level of sebum for conditioning and protecting the hair strand.
White Willow Bark Extract has anti-inflammatory properties due to the Tannins that are present. Tannins are rich in antioxidants and can tone skin and reduce swelling and redness in the face.