Willow Bark Extract for Skin: Benefits, How to Use

Willow Bark Extract for Skin: Benefits, How to Use

Derived from the bark of white, black and purple willow trees, willow bark extract is known for containing salicin. Sound familiar? Salicin is where salicylic acid comes from. When it comes to skincare, salicin is much more gentle than salicylic acid, making it an especially ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. Abundant in the bark of white willow trees, salicin is a beta hydroxy acid beta hydroxy acid that is known for having a wide variety of skin benefits.

That said, salicin isn’t the only important component of willow bark extract. It also contains tannins, which helps to keep skin looking taut and youthful and can also help balance skin’s oils. Willow bark extract is a source of flavonoids, as well. These are known to help protect the skin, as we’ll discuss below. Keep reading to learn more about how willow bark extract can benefit your skin.


Main Takeaway: Willow bark extract has skin care benefits that range from exfoliation to protection from environmental stressors.

Good to Know: Willow bark extract can be used by every skin type.

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Willow Bark Extract Skin Benefits

From gently exfoliating the skin to refining pores, willow bark extract is a true multi-tasker. It has something to offer for every skin type. Here are just a few of the many skin benefits willow bark offers:

1. Willow bark extract is an exfoliant

By removing off old, dull, dead skin cells via exfoliation, you’ll expose newer, healthier skin. This allows your other products to work more effectively.

2. Willow bark extract is great for sensitive skin

The salicin in willow bark is a gentle exfoliant, allowing those with sensitive skin to exfoliate without worrying about irritation.

3. Willow bark extract balances oils

Great for oily skin, it works to balance oils, keeping your skin and pores clear.

4. Willow bark extract is a great anti-aging ingredient

Because it helps to exfoliate, willow bark extract works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles fine lines and wrinkles .

5. Willow bark extract helps reduce redness

Not only is salicin an exfoliant, it’s an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce redness.

6. Willow bark extract helps refine pores

Naturally containing tannin, it works as a natural astringent that helps to keep the appearance of pores tight and minimized.

7. Willow bark extract protects the skin

As we mentioned above, willow bark contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant antioxidant properties.

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How to Use Willow Bark Extract

Using willow bark extract in your skincare routine is easy – no need to chop down any trees! Simply add a product or two that includes willow bark extract in the ingredient list, and you’ll reap the benefits.

Here’s how to incorporate willow bark into your skincare routine:

1. Cleanse

Start with a gentle, non-drying cleanser like our So Clean! facial cleanser.

2. Tone

Rose And Shine rose water works with all skin types to hydrate, balance and refresh your skin. All you need is a few spritzes after you cleanse and before you apply serum.

3. Apply serum

Our ‘A’ Game retinol serum employs willow bark extract, amongst other ingredients, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also targets dark spots and uneven texture, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.

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4. Apply eye cream

Treat your eyes with Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream. Its rich texture helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the dark circles and puffiness that can occur after just a few hours of missed sleep.

5. Moisturize

H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer is full of antioxidants that help protect and nourish the skin as well as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and jojoba oil that keep it hydrated.

As you can see, willow bark offers crucial skin care benefits for multiple reasons and skin types. We’ve made it easy to add to your skincare routine by including it in our anti-aging retinol serum.