Pine bark extract is a mixture of organic molecules with various health and cosmetical benefits. The proanthocyanidins found in this mixture have strong antioxidant properties. They are also known to reduce inflammation and redness (erythema) resulting from it. Combined, these effects make pine bark extract a potent defense against UV radiation, and it can even prevent various types of skin cancer. Furthermore, toxic effects of metal ions can be alleviated by applying this extract. Some of the main benefits of this extract is an increase in hyaluronic acid production. This acid is created by the skin cells in the face and help to maintain youth and vitality. In postmenopausal women, this extract has been proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin hydration.
In women who took the supplement, they found that the amount of collagen in their skin increased, leaving them with a smoother and a more youthful appearance.
Pine bark’s proanthocyanidins, or pycnogenols, are used in skincare formulations because they are supposed to achieve three things: strengthen capillaries, repair collagen and help the body’s defenses against the sun’s rays. There are some claims that pine bark has 20 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C or E. According to one research paper (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/) its antioxidant power is “several’ times higher than vitamin C and E. However, it added that the pycnogenols are amazing multi-taskers that actually recycle vitamin C, regenerate vitamin E, activate antioxidant enzymes and protect against UV radiation.
Additionally, the molecules found in pine bark maintain good blood vessel health – the extract can alleviate hypertension and help capillaries recover after injuries, making it useful in wound care.
Key benefits of Pine bark Proanthocyanidins in skin care:
Pycnogenol binds with skin proteins collagen and elastin, and protects skin from various harmful enzymes helping to rebuild elasticity, essential for a smooth, younger look.
Hyper-Pigmentation & brown spots
Pycnogenol helps promote the «glow» and reduce over-pigmentation for a more even complexion (brown spots).
Sunburn is an inflammation caused by free radical induced tissue damage. By neutralizing these free radicals, Pycnogenol helps protect skin from the stress and damage of sunburn and photoaging.
Several clinical studies have shown that Pycnogenol protects the collagen matrix and increases skin stability during healing.
- Increase skin elasticity
- Moisturizing and hydration
- Lightening & brightening
- Wound healing support
- Capillary health
- Water soluble
For easy application you can also purchase the liquid version here. The liquid version is for cosmetic use only.