5 Expert Recommended Botanical Extracts

Natural botanicals are easily accessible and very effective in skincare. Though botanicals have existed for hundred of years, there's always a new one worth learning about. And new innovations are now making their benefits widely available and, even better, new scientific studies are proving efficacy. Experts recommend these top five botanical extracts worth incorporating in your spa's skincare offerings and treatment menu.

1) The Skin Reliever: Water Lily Extract

The use of lotus extract has the ability to regulate sebum secretion, soothe and clear skin.

Water lily extract promotes healing of dry, damaged skin, perfect for treating our skin after winter’s damage and preparing our legs, arms and faces for spring. Skin care formulated with water lily will soothe, calm and ultimately rejuvenate the skin! Water lily is also known for its relaxing fragrance and hydrating capacity.” - Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, M.D. F.A.A.D

2) The Scalp & Hair Repairer: Red Algae Extract

Red algae has prebiotic benefits and contain large amounts of proteins that are also beneficial to digestive and antiimflammtory properties.

“The extract from seaweed contains lots of amino acids (proteins to fuel hair growth), and they will infuse your scalp and hair with antioxidants to counter any damage done by heat, bacteria, and pollutants in the air.”-Marnie Nussbaum, M.D. F.A.A.D

3) The Skin Rejuvenator: Peach Kernel Oil

Peach kernal oil is known for its ability to create glowing skin and relieve menstrual symptoms. Overuse, however, can result in toxicity but used as a nutritional supplement, the peach kernel is rich in vitamin A and C.

“Pressed from the pit of peaches, peach kernel oil sinks into the skin easily and helps to revive it with a combination of vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Together, these nutrients help in making your skin more supple, creating a more youthful in appearance.” – Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Centers

4) The Skin Protector: Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

Scutellaria baicalensis has antiallergic properties and has traditionally been used to treat bronchitis and hepatitis.

“Skullcap is a purple flowering member of the mint family – and key Eastern medicinal herb.  Skullcap possesses well documented anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Skullcap is included in skin care products for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and brightening effects.  Its potential anticancer effects are a theoretical bonus despite any direct evidence it helps prevent the development of skin cancer.” -Craig Kraffert, M.D., board certified dermatologist and president of Amarte

5) The Anti-Ager: Resveratrol Polyphenols

In addition to its anti-aging effects, resveratrol polyphenols also have benefits to cardiovascular health, aids in the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and the longevity of calorie restriction.

“Commonly found in grapes and red wine, Resveratrol Polyphenols is a powerful antioxidant with effective anti-aging properties.  Antioxidants are becoming increasingly important to help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.  Every day we battle free radicals from vehicle pollution and UV rays from the sun, among others.” - Suki Kramer, founder, formulator, and president of suki skincare