Many trees and plants are rich sources of powerful botanical extracts with potential as medical and cosmetic treatments. One tree in particular, the French Maritime Pine, is on the cutting edge of this science. Extracts from the bark have been found to have potent anti-inflammatory properties.
French Martime Pine has proven useful in treating painful ailments such as arthritis, and it is playing a role in the battle against aging skin. This extract is called pycnogenol (a crucial part of an anti-inflammatory diet) and Perricone MD’s research has developed a series of skin care products that use pycnogenol to help treat skin’s loss of elasticity and pigment discoloration.
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Pycnogenol is among the most powerful free-radical blockers available today. Taken in pill form or applied topically to the skin, it is loaded with highly beneficial bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are semi-essential nutrients also found in fruits and vegetables that aid in the treatment and prevention of many health conditions.
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The Maritime Pine Tree is native to the millions of acres of forests on the southwestern coast of France, near the popular Bordeaux wine region. The bark has been used for its healing properties for centuries. It is believed that in the 1500s, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew were cured of scurvy when of the pine bark given to them by the Native Americans. The substance has become much more popular over the past 35 years because over 170 studies and published review articles have established its safety and efficacy.
Research has shown that pycnogenol can be an ally in the fight against free-radicals and aging, but how does it actually function within the body? As an antioxidant, pycnogenol works as a kind of mop with the ability to wipe away free-radicals that are trying to damage skin from the inside out. As a result, pycnogenol prevents irritation and skin redness caused by inflammation and helps keep skin looking fresh and healthy.
How pycnogenol helps both inside and out:
- Improves immune system function
- Strengthens blood vessel walls and capillaries
- Prevents artery constriction for better circulation
- Improves skin health and renews collagen, creating a face firming effect
- Provides potent antioxidants to brighten the skin
- Extracted from Maritime Pine trees, known for centuries old-healing properties, that grow in the South of France
Pycnogenol’s natural ability to reduce pain and stress-induced inflammation has interested researchers and skin care experts for decades. Dr. Perricone has made this ingredient readily available to his customers by adding it to his products and having a Perricone promo in order to help give aging skin back its youthful, smooth glow.