Bearberry also known as (arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a small arctic shrub that produces bright red berries, but it is the leaves of this plant that are used to make Bearberry Leaf Extract, as they contain an array of diverse phytochemicals.
The foliage of this shrub contains a natural lightening compound called arbutin, which has very powerful lightening and brightening properties, perfect for tackling dark spots, age spots and melasma in the skin.
Furthermore, arbutin (a type of hydroquinone) is a popular skin-lightening ingredient used in a variety of skincare products, which works by reducing melanin synthesis and by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, therefore fading hyper-pigmentation in the skin as the melanin productions is decreased.
Besides its brightening features, it is also known for its great anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, which give the extract the ability to scavenge free radicals in the skin. These unstable molecules would normally contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines if the anti-oxidative power of the Bearberry Leaf Extract would not eliminate them.
So it is to remember that Bearberry Leaf Extract is usually delivered in small doses in brightening skin care products so its powerful lightening effect remains gentle and natural. Bearberry is also packed with antioxidants that deliver anti-ageing properties to the skin, fight pre-mature wrinkles and fine lines, as well as anti-bacterial features that reduce bacterial infection and inflammation. It also has natural sun protective benefits for the skin.
And if you're interested in trying a product rich in Bearberry Leaf Extract, our Divine Nektar Serum is the perfect fit.