Have you ever seen the word Bisabolol on a product label and wondered what it was? Bisabolol is a soothing agent and exists in two structural forms in nature: beta and alpha.
Beta-bisabolol is mostly used as a flavouring agent. Alpha-bisabolol is what we usually refer to as simply Bisabolol and what we use in cosmetics and personal care products. It is commonly associated with German chamomile, but there are various other plant sources of Bisabolol and can also be derived synthetically, but the man-made version contains about one-half of the active substance as compared to natural Bisabolol.
Studies have shown that bisabolol help to soothe irritated skin, acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage, and helps to improve the visible signs of aging. Bisabolol may also have anti-microbial properties and has been used to lighten the skin.
It is a commonly used ingredient in many products, including moisturizers, cleansers, and makeup. Research also shows it might have some skin-brightening properties. In fact, Bisabolol has been used for hundreds of years in cosmetics because of its skin healing properties.
1. Soothes inflammation Having proven anti-inflammatory properties, Bisabolol helps in the treatment of acne, rashes, rosacea, psoriasis, and similar conditions associated with frequent skin irritations. It has also been shown that Bisabolol calms the skin after exposure to UV rays, and tones down sunburns and redness. The perfect ingredient for those with sensitive skin.
2. Stimulates skins healing Bisabolol is a well-known skin healer, it can speed up the healing process even more, which makes it great for treating minor scars, spots from healed blemishes.
3. Moisturizes in depth Bisabolol is rich in panthenol, an excellent natural humectant. Panthenol draws moisture from the air to your skin, and holds onto it, not letting your skin dry out. Since Bisabolol penetrates deep into the skin, it rejuvenates the skin from within and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
4. Prevents collagen breakdown Bisabolol inhibits the enzymes in the skin that are responsible for collagen breakdown, and at the same time, it stimulates collagen production.
Heres a list of some of our personal favourite tried & true Bisabolol products:
Nelly Devuyst Dry Skin Cream The Dry Skin Cream is recommended for dry skin prone to eczema, psoriasis or winter sensitivity. A moisturizing cream that provides immediate and long-term hydration lasting up to 24 hours.
Glo Skin Beauty Balancing Moisture Remedy One of the most comprehensive multi-vitamin serums available that fights free-radical damage, strengthens skin, can diminish the appearance of broken capillaries, hydrates, co-factor in the production of collagen, improves tone and texture, soothes skin, can lessen redness associated with rosacea.
Yonka Sensitive Creme Anti-Redness The SOS soothing and corrective cream for redness-prone skin. This colour-correcting formula contains natural green pigments that instantly hide visible redness.
PCA Skin Rejuvenating Serum This epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves skin glowing. This blend of EGF, botanicals and antioxidants is formulated for those with aging skin.
Sanitas Skin Soothing Concentrate A calming, protective serum that alleviates the redness, irritation and discomfort. With each application, skin appears visibly smoother, more hydrated and nourished.