White willow bark is a highly revered ingredient in skincare due because it contains acne-fighting salicin—from which salicylic acid is derived. Anti-inflammatory benefits zap breakouts with vigor while antimicrobial properties protect the skin from developing future breakouts.
In addition to banishing blemishes, white willow bark has been shown to decrease the appearance of wrinkles while evening the skin tone. These qualities work to offset the effects of aging.
Tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids and various minerals help to soothe the skin and aid in cell regeneration. Polyphenols work to maintain moisture in the skin, and they also battle free radicals.
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Illustration by Wren McMurdo.