The Power of Bam­boo

A pop­u­lar in­gre­di­ent in Korean skin­care, bam­boo wa­ter har­nesses the best of ‘green’ beauty to hy­drate skin

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - BY ARISSA HA

Why bam­boo wa­ter is the hot in­gre­di­ent in skin­care now

You may have heard of us­ing caviar- or co­conut-in­fused wa­ter in skin­care, but the use of bam­boo wa­ter is con­sid­ered rel­a­tively new. The in­gre­di­ent has been pick­ing up speed due to its unique prop­er­ties, giv­ing it an edge over plain old wa­ter.

BET­TER THAN WA­TER

In a study con­ducted by Yongzhou Vo­ca­tional Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, China in 2011, sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that bam­boo ex­tract wa­ter has bet­ter hy­dra­tion prop­er­ties than reg­u­lar wa­ter, and can re­duce melanin in skin to brighten it. It has also dis­played a fair amount of pro­tec­tion against UV da­m­age – this doesn’t mean you should skip sun­screen, but get­ting a lit­tle more UV pro­tec­tion never hurts.

FIGHTS FREE RAD­I­CALS

Bam­boo ex­tract wa­ter con­tains an­tiox­i­dants, which are able to de­fend skin against free rad­i­cal da­m­age. Free rad­i­cals ex­tract elec­trons from our cells in a bid to sta­bilise them­selves, but in do­ing so, they cause cell walls to weaken and over time, this leads to wrin­kles and fine lines. An­tiox­i­dants read­ily give up elec­trons and take the da­m­age for our skin cells, so the age­ing process is slowed down.

HEALS SKIN

Bam­boo has been used by an­cient Chi­nese for cen­turies as a rem­edy to treat wounds or cuts, due to its anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties. Methanol, one of the com­po­nents within bam­boo ex­tract wa­ter, is known to have great anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, and can even be found in medicine.

RICH IN VI­TA­MINS AND MIN­ER­ALS

Be­sides an­tiox­i­dants, bam­boo ex­tract wa­ter is also rich in amino acid, polyphe­nols, or­ganic acid, and vi­ta­mins B1 and K, which are es­sen­tial for keep­ing skin healthy and hy­drated. It also con­tains high lev­els of sil­ica, which is one of the com­po­nents for syn­the­sis­ing col­la­gen.

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