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Ingredient of the Week: Hops Plant Extract

Scientific Name: Humulus Lupulus

Benefits/History: Traditionally, hops flowers are cultivated and used to give flavor and stability to beer. In recent years, the skin benefits of hops have been more widely known and therefore the ingredient has increasingly been used in many cosmetics and beauty products. Found in several anti aging skin care products, hops extract is a natural herb that can be used as a skin calming agent. Hops flowers are loaded with phytonutrients that are also good for toning and softening the skin.

One of hops extract’s prominent benefits is its anti-bacterial properties that has shown to be able to inhibit five different bacteria types that cause acne (good news for our oily friends!).  Because they are high in tannins, Hops also has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities for the skin that can help reduce the appearance of scarring and fade old acne marks.

Skin Types:

Sensitive, oily, acne-prone, and congested skin types will benefit from hops’ detoxing and antibacterial characteristics. 

Because the hops plant helps balance moisture levels in skin, mature skin types will especially benefit from this quality of the ingredient. When the collagen in our skin breaks down, the signs of aging gradually surface. Hops reduces that elastase enzyme responsible for breaking down this protein. 

Whether suffering from blemishes and congested skin, or just starting to see the visible signs of aging, keep an eye out for products that contain hops extract. 

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