Kapok grows in the scrubby bushland of the Northern Territory and has pretty yellow flowers atop its sparse branches.
What Benefits Can Kapok Offer Your Skin?
Kapok contains numerous actives that help promote healthy looking skin including quercetin, glucoronic acid and gallic acid.
quercetin is a wonderful ingredient which is often found in tablets to help reduce symptoms of allergy such as itching. Quercetin also has benefits when applied topically in creams. Quercetin has anti-histamine properties which means it can block the release of histamine from the mast cells – thus reducing inflammation and itching;
quercetin also has good levels of antioxidants. One of the main issues that occurs as a result of over exposure to the sun is free radical damage. Antioxidants help defend the skin against the damage caused by free radicals;
quercetin is also antiviral and an immune modulator.
gallic acid helps moisturize the skin and reduce skin dryness.
One study found that gallic acid can reduce the sign of wrinkles by having a positive effect on elastin and collagen.
Gallic acid is also a good antioxidant.
glucoronic acid is naturally occurring in the body but can become diminished over time.
Glucoronic acid provides skin conditioning properties and helps slow down the signs of ageing.