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The Impact of Nature-Based Products on Skin Health

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From reducing age spots to nurturing the lip microbiome and supporting sensitive skin, 3 studies presented at the 2023 Integrative Dermatology Symposium highlighted the transformative potential of botanicals in skincare.

Burt’s Bees unveiled research findings in 3 different poster sessions at the 2023 Integrative Dermatology Symposium (IDS) in Reno, Nevada October 27-29, showcasing the benefits of nature-based regimens in promoting healthy skin. These studies shed light on the potential of botanicals to enhance barrier function, support the microbiome, and address specific skin concerns.

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Improving Appearance of Age Spots

One of the key findings presented at IDS 2023 highlights the efficacy of a blend of botanicals, including Glycyrrhiza glabra, Curcuma longa, and Terminalia chebula, in reducing the appearance of age spots in a diverse population. Conducted over a 12-week period, the study involved 40 female participants with moderate age spots and photodamage. The topical treatment demonstrated both clinical safety and effectiveness in diminishing hyperpigmentation across various skin types and tones.1

Nurturing the Lip Microbiome

The impact of a lip care product containing naturally derived plant oils, butters, beeswax, and turmeric extract on the lip microbiome was investigated through in vitro and in vivo examinations. The results showed no significant alterations in bacterial diversity among the 43 female study participants who underwent a 3-day washout of lip products followed by 2 weeks of product treatment 3 times daily. Clinical assessments revealed a reduction in lip dryness and an overall enhancement in lip health. This research reinforces the notion that daily use of nature-based lip care products can play a pivotal role in maintaining lip health while preserving microbial diversity.2

Balancing Skin Barrier and Microbiome in Sensitive Skin

Maintaining a balanced skin barrier and microbiome is crucial, especially for individuals with sensitive skin. The study evaluated a nature-based skincare regimen containing bakuchiol over a 4-week period, involving 45 female participants with sensitive skin. The results were promising, demonstrating an improvement in skin barrier function without disrupting the skin microbiome. This addresses a critical concern for those with sensitive skin.3

Conclusion

Burt’s Bees’ latest research provided evidence for the efficacy of nature-based products. From reducing age spots to nurturing the lip microbiome and supporting sensitive skin, these studies highlight the transformative potential of botanicals in skin care. These findings not only emphasize the importance of preserving the skin microbiome but also underscore the benefits of incorporating nature-based products into dermatological regimens.

References

1. Levy S, Gunt H, Draelos Z. Topical treatment with a unique blend of botanicals containing Glycyrrhiza glabra, Curcua longa, and Terminalia chebula improves the appearance of age spots in a multi-ethnic panel. Poster presented at: 2023 Integrative Dermatology Symposium; October 27-29, 2023; Reno, Nevada.

2. Gunt H, Levy S. Impact of a lip care product with natural plant oils, butters, beeswax, and turmeric extract on the lip microbiome –in vitro and in vivo examinations. Poster presented at: 2023 Integrative Dermatology Symposium; October 27-29, 2023; Reno, Nevada.

3. Draelos Z, Gunt H, Levy S. Maintaining a balanced skin barrier and microbiome in sensitive skin using a nature-based skin care regimen. Poster presented at: 2023 Integrative Dermatology Symposium; October 27-29, 2023; Reno, Nevada.

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