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