APR 2017

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[ 46 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 A Historically, eucalyptus trees were grown in swampy areas to curb malaria outbreaks. the wild ones Aloe Vera Part of the succulent family, aloe vera is one of nearly 400 aloe varietals; it has a shallow root system that grows in rocky soils and stores water in its leaves. The moisture takes the form of a gel (the colorless substance at the center of the leaves) or a juice/latex (the yellow liquid on the edges of the leaf). Aloe has long been revered: Ancient Egyptians wrote of its medicinal attributes in 1550 B.C., and the Greeks used it to heal wounds and treat hair loss. Succulents, which can be sensitive to cold weather, are handpicked and cut into quarters, then pressed into juice while still fresh to retain the plant's natural hydrating properties. They can also be dried and pulverized into a powder, which is then incorporated into skincare products. Aloe's high water content is ideal for soothing skin that has been stressed by sun damage, environmental pollutants or allergic reactions. Diana Ralys, owner of Diana Ralys Skin Health in Santa Monica, California, and formulator of her own organic skincare line, uses organic aloe vera juice—rather than water—in all her product formulations. "Water can penetrate up to two layers of the skin, whereas aloe vera can get seven layers deep and also triggers cell-renewing properties," she points out. Eucalyptus The tallest fl owering plant on Earth, eucalyptus trees can tower higher than 300 feet. There are more than 700 species of the Australian-native plant; today, they grow all over the world in the form of trees and shrubs, and can even thrive indoors. For more than 200 years, eucalyptus leaves have been used to temper infections, fevers and coughs, due to their strong antibacterial qualities. "In skin care, eucalyptus is used mostly in products for oily and acneic skin because of its eff ective antimicrobial and anti-infl ammatory properties," explains Jordanna Antonoff , an account executive with Shira Esthetics, who adds that eucalyptus twigs and leaves are crushed and boiled, then incorporated into an oil. "Distilling eucalyptus with steam creates a refreshing, stimulating, uplifting and antibacterial essential oil with a minty, cooling aroma," she says. Green Tea A rich source of antioxidants, green tea is revered for its antiaging and antibiotic properties. "Its polyphenols are especially eff ective for targeting free radicals caused by UV-induced oxidative damage," says Ralys. Most white, black and green tea varietals come from the Camellia sinensis plant; green tea undergoes minimal processing and is not fermented, therefore the leaves retain more nutrients. The production method, purity, extract strength and dosage of green tea in skincare products are all signifi cant factors in how eff ectively its nutritional properties are delivered to the skin. "Products must contain a suffi cient amount of extract from high-quality and organically grown green tea, and should never be mixed with chemicals or exposed to heat," Ralys says. "That way, the essence of the green leaves can truly be harnessed." © GETTY IMAGES QUICK FACTS S A If broken, aloe sends its internal restorative waters to the branch, protecting and sealing the leaf within 15 minutes. A Two varieties of the Camellia sinensis plant are farmed, one for Chinese teas and one for Indian Assam teas.

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