| \ ə-ˈdap-tə-jəns\ | noun
1. nontoxic substances that increase the body’s ability to resist damaging effects of stress or restore normal physiological functioning (Annual Reviews | Annual Review of Pharmacology)
What does adaptogenic mean in skincare?
Adaptogenic ingredients from plants adapt their function to your body’s needs. So what does the skin need that these powerhouse adaptogens can help?
1. Strengthen the Natural Repair Cycle
The human body naturally reproduces skin cells, not only to repair injuries but older weaker cells are frequently discarded and replaced to protect us from harmful pathogens. Adaptogens strengthen this repair cycle because they increase the body’s resistance to stressors and prevent exhaustive effects from inflammation without causing harm or disrupting normal physiological functions. (US National Library of Medicine1)
2. Protect from Environmental Stress
Our skin is the frontline defense against harmful external pathogens, foreign toxins, and invading contaminants that stress our body and immune system. Adaptogens reverse and prevent damaging effects from UV rays, free radicals, and toxins by naturally increasing antioxidants and building a stronger protective barrier in the skin (US National Library of Medicine2)
3. Delay Natural Aging Progress
As we age, our bodies are slower to produce and replace cells in the skin. This looks like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging. When adaptogens restore and enhance the body’s natural repair cycle to continually replace and strengthen fibrous tissue, the increase of cellular turnover slows and can even repair these signs of aging. (US National Library of Medicine3)
28 Adaptogens in Gunilla of Sweden® Formulas
Aloe Vera not only increases the water content in your skin, leaving it soft, smooth and hydrated, but it is also one of the only known substances which can penetrate the dermis layer of the skin.
High in Vitamin B and riboflavin, Burdock Root fights free radical damage and bacteria!
Calendula can reduce scarring by increasing collagen production in the skin.
Not just pretty to look at, Chamomile fights free radicals and reduces inflammation.
High content of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants make Cucumber a triple threat for skincare issues!
Protect skin from UV damage, keep wrinkling at bay, and improve circulation with the powerful botanicals in Garlic!
A powerhouse adaptogen, ginseng can brighten & revitalize the skin, and is perfect for sensitive and oily skin!
Packed with Vitamin C, Grape Vine provides protection from UV damage!
Naturally rich with anti-aging benefits, Hops reduces discoloration, balances moisture levels in the skin, and so much more.
Hore Chestnut protects the natural presence of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin, and so much more!
Collagen and antioxidants abound in Horsetail!
Thorough hydration is locked in when you see Ivy in the ingredients!
Lemon gently exfoliates, fades dark spots, and so much more!
Mallows creates a natural moisture barrier on the skin, and so much more!
More than a breakfast staple, Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties and dirt removing abilities that make it an essential part of your skin's needs!
Despite being spiky, the durable Pine Tree leaves skin smooth, among other powerful abilities!
Rosemary moisturizes and improves circulation and MORE!
Safflower Oil has a high content of Linoleic Acid, ideal for acne prone and rough skin.
Sage is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compunds.
Siberian Ginseng naturally brightens skin tone, rids skin of free radicals, and MORE!
Soapwort is versatile in use for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and MORE!
St. John's Wort is full of flavonoids, ideal for healthy skin!
ST. JOHN'S WORT
Tilia Sylvestris is an excellent ingredient to detoxify skin, lock in moisture, and MORE!
Wild Carrot is a must have ingredient for mature skin with high content of vitamins A, C, E & K. This emollient is a strong antioxidant!
Willow Bark is a natural source for Salicylic Acid, a powerhouse ingredient to reduce redness & excess oil, gently exfoliate, minimize pore size, wrinkles, and signs of aging!
Witch Hazel is full of tannins and high levels of other healing ingredients that control excess oil, prevent blackhead development, and MORE!
Zinc promotes protein synthesis for immune response and collagen production, so it's ideal for wound healing!
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