What do bears and beautiful skin have in common?
Also called mountain cranberry or mountain grape, bearberry is actually the fruit of the uva ursi plant. A favorite food of bears, bearberry is a natural skin lightener with botanical active, arbutin, an impressive glycoside extracted from bearberry leaves.
A distant cousin to hydroquinone, arbutin works by making the enzyme responsible for melanin production (tyrosinase) inactive.
UV exposure, stress, and hormonal changes can contribute to uneven melanin production leaving skin patchy and uneven.
Arbutin helps to correct the appearance of hyperpigmentation like age spots, freckles, melasma, and acne scars. The result is a more uniform illuminated complexion.
In fact, bearberry extract is the reason for the 'BRIGHTEN' claim on the front of our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence box.
Skin Benefits of Bearberry Extract
Rich in powerful flavonoids, bearberry extract contains sun protection filters that can help slow the signs of photo aging and reduce the effects of sun exposure.
Bearberry’s unique properties come from arbutin, an impressive skin brightening agent.
Arbutin inhibits tyrosinase activity, the enzyme responsible for melanin production. By inhibiting tyrosinase activity, arbutin’s powerful skin-brightening properties are even more effective than vitamin C.
Scavage free radicals
Rich in polyphenols, including flavonoids and tannins, these organic compounds work as powerful antioxidants, scavenging free radicals and helping shield skin from environmental aggressors.
The damage to cells caused by ROS (reactive oxygen species) may contribute to excess melanin production making these antioxidants essential for effective skin brightening.
Help manage red, irritated skin
Bearberry extract helps reduce the look of reddened skin thanks to the action of calming antioxidants.
Its restorative properties are especially good for those who regularly expose their skin to the elements and prefer a gentle, non-toxic brightening solution provided by nature.