Do You Bamboo?
We are always scouring the world for new and refreshing ideas and ingredients for our skin care line. After all, we believe in continuous improvement. But, there’s one surprising ingredient that caught our attention a few years back from the Korean-Beauty or K-Beauty world.
The versatile and highly sustainable Bamboo plant.
The Many Faces of Bamboo
Bamboo is a beautiful, exotic grass that is a colorful addition to any garden. It provides shade and cover and is a vital food source for the Giant Panda in China and the Lemurs of Madagascar.
However, as a commercial product bamboo has many uses. This highly diverse and popular plant has been cultivated for centuries for use in construction, or for artisan crafts such musical instruments and serving ware. Today, it is as a popular choice for flooring. It’s used for kitchenware, such as spoons, bowls, and cutting boards. And, as a soft and versatile textile, it’s used for bed linens and clothing.
Bamboo is not one just plant. There are over 1,500 species native on every continent but Europe and Antarctica. Its sustainability and fast growth are the stuff of legend and as a highly renewable resource it is gaining in popularity everywhere.
But, as we’ve found, it’s also taking the skin care world by storm in the form of a unique and promising bamboo extract that feeds skin for smooth and supple results.
Not bad for what many often think of as an invasive weed.
Get the Skinny on Bamboo for Your Skin Care
Originally developed in Korea, bamboo extract is more than a “buzzword” on an ingredients list. We’ve found that Bamboo may be one of the most important “new” ingredients in modern skin care.
Bamboo is full of natural silica, an essential mineral that promotes healthy skin and hair. Bamboo contains about 70% silica making it the richest natural source of this mineral which is why we add bamboo extract to our formulations for soft supple skin.
How Bamboo Promotes Radiance
When young, we all naturally have higher levels of collagen and silica. With age, both our collagen and silica levels decline. Many people know about a reduction of collagen and aging, but not many people understand how silica production also factors into skin health.
Silica brings out the shine in our hair and keeps our skin supple and radiant. As silica production slows, wrinkles and loose skin are the result.
Silica and collagen reduction are but two factors in the aging process. Another side effect of aging is brought on by hormone changes that compromise our moisture barrier. This outer layer protects us from the environment, pollution and dryness. Bamboo extract works to strengthen our barrier to protect and restore skin’s resilience.
Bamboo extract packs a one-two punch by building collagen deep within the cell and by holding moisture on the surface of the skin. It also works to shield skin from damaging UV rays. We know that skin that is regularly supplied with silica realizes a slowing in the appearance of aging.
If all this is not enough – Bamboo is also rich in antioxidants, essential amino acids, and contains methanol, a powerful compound that promotes healthy healing of minor scrapes to the skin. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a wonderful choice for sensitive or acne prone skin.
Not all Bamboo Extracts are Created Equal
We’ve done our homework on bamboo extract and here at Ayr Skin Care we use a fermented form from arundinaria gigantea, or Giant Bamboo. Native to the United States, this powerhouse ingredient is found from New York to Florida and along the mighty rivers of the Midwest. Highly sustainable, t’s a fast grower quickly rising to 20 feet in height, and 1” thick.
The reason for our choice is simple. We always ask ourselves this question when developing a new product: “How does this help the skin?” We never just toss in an ingredient because people are talking about it. It’s chosen to serve more than one function, and must provide a deep benefit to protect or feed the skin.
Another benefit of fermented bamboo extract is the addition of probiotics, or “good” live bacteria such as lactobacillus. Probiotics are not only good to boost the immune system, they have also been shown to help with eczema, signs of aging and acne. They strengthen the skin's natural defense against sensitivity, providing instant relief and, over time, helps reduce redness.
And we’ve found that bamboo extract creates a smooth, soft feel also referred to as “slip”, which is desirable for most skin care applications.
Any ingredient that brings this much to the table is welcome in our formulations!
How You Can Bamboo
In skin care creams, like our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream, Restore Replenishing Night Cream, and Tranquility Moisturizing Hand Cream the addition of bamboo helps create a soft and silky feel without the need for plastics or synthetic silicone. We’ve found that this extract helps feed the skin healthy probiotics which naturally reduces redness and irritation while strengthening the skin barrier.
We’re a fan of the many benefits of bamboo extract. We hope you’ll be one too.
Bye for now,
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