With the rise of superfoods, it’s only natural that trends would come around to more prolific herbs, plant extracts and other natural sources we call adaptogens. Used for centuries in eastern medicine and commonly found in supplement form, adaptogens are now breaking through in skincare products to increase the body’s ability to fight the damaging effect of stress and restore healthy skin functions. This can be psychological stress or physiological stressors like sun damage, pollution, allergies and other environmental factors. But there’s no doubt that all skin can benefit from these adaptogenic extracts when they can reduce inflammation, aid with healing skin damage and protect against these stressors’ bombardments.
There is a broad range of adaptogens, and they all assist with different functions in caring for the skin. Pearl extract contains enzymes that aid in clear skin, amino acids and essential minerals to support healthy skin, and aging care powerhouse antioxidants. Schisandra berry is considered a beauty tonic to increase hair and skin suppleness, fight allergies and prevent dermatitis. Medicinal mushrooms act like a strengthening steroid for your skin and maca increases collagen synthesis, just to name a few out of an ever-increasing list. The future of skincare is looking greener already.
Adaptogens to look out for: maca, licorice, ginseng, gotu kola, dong quai, triphala, rhodiola rosea, ashwagandha, schisandra berry, matcha/green tea, pearl powder, ashitaba, pine pollen, mucuna pruriens, astragalus, tulsi (holy basil), moringa, eleuthrero, pine pollen, he shou wu, ashwagandha, medicinal mushrooms: cordyceps, reishi, lion’s mane.
For more on adaptogens, see our Ingredients Glossary.