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ELMT 101: Why Chinese Skullcap is a Skincare Game Changer

by Gina Myung on Feb 28, 2022

 Regardless of your skin type, fortifying your skin barrier is a key factor in helping you achieve your skin goals. As our skin constantly faces irritation from the world around us - whether it be wind, sun or debris, we may find that our skin may need a support system to keep its barrier healthy and well functioning. Chinese Skullcap is the ingredient you need to elevate your skincare routine.  We’re here to break down everything you need to know about Chinese Skullcap, and how this innovative hero ingredient is used in elmt’s Skin Activating Solution.  

What is Chinese Skullcap? 

Chinese Skullcap, also known by its scientific name Scutellaria baicalensis, is a purple flowering herb native to East Asia, where it has long been used in medicinal treatments for its wide range of healing properties to treat everything from fever to dehydration, anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, and even cancer. However, today we’re focusing on the herb’s roots - literally. Because of the golden yellow hue of the herb’s roots, Chinese Skullcap is referred to as Huang-Qin, or golden herb, in China. Not only does it have an interesting appearance, the root is rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that lend color to various plants and are known to be soothing.  

Benefits of Chinese Skullcap in skincare

While Chinese Skullcap has historically been used in medicine, the herb is now rising as a key component in skincare products due to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to inhibit melanin synthesis, among other benefits.  Flavonoids are an important component in skincare as they provide strong antioxidant protection and protection from UV radiation for our skin. In the case of Chinese Skullcap, Baicalin and Baicalein are the two key flavones that help to regulate the oxidative stress on skin, while also working to support a healthy inflammatory response and promote normal cellular growth  Having undergone various clinical studies to test its effectiveness on the skin, Chinese skullcap extract is also proven to:✅ Keep skin moisturized✅ Inhibit bacterial infections (such as E. coli and salmonella)✅ Reduce symptoms of ailments such as eczema and acne✅ Strengthen skin immunity and shield skin from irritants ✅ Slow down the process of aging
 

Activating your best skin with Chinese Skullcap

Perfect for those looking to uncover the full potential of their skin, the Skin Activating Solution is a fast-absorbing, watery solution that reduces inflammation and irritation for an overall healthier, stronger complexion.  

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Not only does this solution showcase the powerful antioxidant properties of 14.70% Chinese skullcap extract, it also hones in the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of 58% of green tea extract for an elevated skin-improving experience. This everyday solution makes a great source of moisture to keep your skin hydrated and at balance, while also working as a great source of relief for those days our skin is struggling to keep acne and irritation at bay. 

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