Willowbark Clearing Astringent
Willowbark is extracted from the bark of the Black Willow tree which is native to eastern North America, using the vacuum distillation method. Following time honored Shamanistic traditions; the extract is made by an aqueous infusion technique from freshly harvested bark collected in the spring. The freshly prepared extract is reported to have analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, anti-pyretic and antiinflammatory properties. This particular extract has been shown to enhance skin cell turnover. A very mild keratolytic effect smoothes out rough, tired, and dry skin, improving overall appearance. The smoothing effect, attributable to the active salicin (a salicylic acid glucoside), results in a reduction of the fine lines, wrinkles, and weathered appearance seen with problem skin. Tannins, which are also present in the extract, have shown to have an anti-oxidant effect which enables them to capture highly reactive and destructive free radicals. Combining the soothing and balancing properties of lavender hydrosol with the revitalizing effects of rosemary hydrosol, this toner is a savior for the skin. This toner will contribute a smoothing and restorative effect to dry, chapped skin as well as balancing out oily and problem skin.