Pycnogenol Pine Bark

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High Collagen Count for Anti-Aging

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EWG rating of pine barkScientific Name: {Pinus pinaster}
Common Name: {Pine bark, pycnogenol, maritime pine, cluster pine}

Some of today's most potent ingredients are not the ones chemically synthesized in a lab but rather the ones that have been used for centuries.

Pine bark is one of those ingredients used in traditional skincare for thousands of years.

Natural Collagen Source

One of the main components of pine bark is collagen, which occurs naturally in our skin and most plants' cells. This natural collagen can help rebuild sunken skin, which happens as we age, as our natural collagen deposits begin to decay. As a result, the skin is less able to regenerate and replace these cells.

Pine bark has an unusually high collagen content, making it a potent extract to improve the look of sagging, wrinkled skin.

Because it is also packed with antioxidants, pine bark is excellent for women with aging skin. Antioxidants can scavenge the skin for free radicals, which significantly harm the skin's cells. Instead, antioxidants seek out these rampant cells and neutralize them, allowing the skin to flush them away.

This is especially important for women who have had too much sun exposure. The more time we spend in the sun, the more photoaging occurs on our skin.

Using a potent antioxidant like pine bark protects the skin from premature aging. In addition, topical applications help diminish the signs of aging, discolorations, dryness, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Benefits of on Aging

Pine bark has  anti-inflammatory properties. When skin becomes inflamed, it takes on a red and puffy appearance. Not only does this cloud the complexion, it can also irritate other skin conditions or cause them to occur.

Pine bark can help to reduce the look of inflammation, revealing more radiant-looking skin. In addition, because it is anti-inflammatory, it can accelerate the skin's natural regeneration process and deliver collagen and antioxidants to sites of irritation so that the skin can better replenish itself.

Pine bark has natural oxygen content. It provides an essential nutrient to cells to help their energy-producing process and help build healthy, long-living cells. However, because of this oxygen content, it can deteriorate when not kept in an air-tight container. For the best effects, use an airless pump.

About the Author
Kari Thomas wrote this article.