Elderberry Oil - Powerful skin care ingredient!

We implement this superb product in many of our body care products...

Since Grecian times the fruit extract of the Black Elderberry has been praised for its health giving properties; it has been used to treat a variety of ailments including colds, flu, fever and burns. More recent research has discovered that the fruit is rich in anthocyanins, a group of flavonoids that act as natural antioxidants which are believed to help protect cells from free radicals and support the body’s immune system.

Black Elderberries have almost 5 times as many anthocyanins as Blueberries and twice the overall antioxidant capability of Cranberries. Recent clinical studies have demonstrated that Elderberry extract may help improve the immune system and reduce the onset of flu symptoms. The by-product of this nutrient rich extract is the seed, which is the source of the nutrient rich oil.

Elderberry oil is composed of the key fatty acids which support healthy skin condition; in addition it contains elevated levels of natural lipid soluble antioxidants, making it an excellent choice for skin care formulations.

Elderberry oil has a rich, silky skin feel whilst being readily absorbed and not too greasy. Clinical studies demonstrate that Elderberry oil provides excellent natural emollience; it increases skin smoothness and elasticity whilst improving skin barrier function by reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). The functionality of Elderberry oil has been shown to be superior to some other novel oils which could be attributed to its rich content of Essential Fatty Acids (in an ideal ratio for skin care) in conjunction with micronutrients.

ELDERBERRY IN SKINCARE

There is scientific evidence supporting the skincare benefits of the elderberry. One study found that it helps fight off the effects of aging by improving microcirculation. This is the circulation of the tiniest blood vessels.

Additionally, elderberries are rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, and anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants provide protection from the free radicals just waiting to wreak havoc on your skin. Elderberry is also rich in vitamin A, as well as vitamins C and E, all skincare powerhouse ingredients.

WHAT ARE THE SKINCARE BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRY?

Elderberries are nutrient & antioxidant-rich, making them ideal for use in skincare. Some of the skin-boosting nutrients found in elderberries include bioflavonoids, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, pectin, and tannins. These give the elderberry its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Let’s take a closer look at what this fruit can do:

ELDERBERRY HELPS PROTECT AGAINST UV DAMAGE.

The following compounds in elderberry make it a powerful protector when it comes to the sun's harmful UV rays.

Flavonols:

Studies performed in cell culture, animals, and humans show that treatment with certain flavonoids can minimize adverse skin reactions caused by UV rays.

Phenolics:

Photo-aging is the number one problem caused by too much exposure to the sun. Signs of photo-aging include freckles, liver spots, and uneven skin texture.

Photo-aging usually shows up on the most visible part of your skin; the areas most exposed to UV rays - your hands, neck, arms, and face. The phenolics found in elderberries help protect your skin from the damage caused by photo-aging.

Anthocyanins:

Studies show that anthocyanins have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. This makes them beneficial in guarding your skin against the sun damage contributing to skin aging and cancer.

ELDERBERRY HELPS FIGHT WRINKLES.

Elderberry is rich in bioflavonoids which help prevent wrinkles from developing on your skin. Elderberries are also mildly astringent. These astringent properties cause your skin to tighten, reducing the size and appearance of your pores for a firmer complexion.

ELDERBERRY HELPS FIGHT ACNE AND BREAKOUTS.

The antimicrobial and antifungal compounds in elderberry make it ideal for fighting acne. Elderberries help your skin balance out excess oils. This helps to prevent breakouts and keeps your skin healthy and clear.

These anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties also help reduce swelling and calm the skin. Elderberry is a powerhouse for oily skin types or people prone to breakouts.

ELDERBERRY SMOOTHS AND SOFTENS SKIN.

Lipids are your skin's natural fats. They play a vital role in your skin’s health. Lipids are crucial for maintaining your skin's protective barrier. This barrier keeps out dirt, impurities, and helps protect your skin from damage.

The three most important lipids for your skin are ceramides, fatty acid, and cholesterol. The structure of the elderberry is very similar to your skin’s own cholesterol. Because of this, elderberries support the healthy function of the lipid layer. A stable, healthy lipid layer means smooth, soft skin.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM USING SKINCARE PRODUCTS WITH ELDERBERRY?

Products with elderberry excel when it comes to fighting acne and aging. But, almost everyone can benefit from incorporating elderberries into their skincare routine. The hefty dose of antioxidants brings benefits no matter what your skin type or skin concern.

However, because it affects the immune system, people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus should check with their doctor before using elderberry. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also steer clear of the ingredient.