Antioxidants and adaptogens for stressed skin

Tired, irritated skin is the result of a stressful environment, both externally and internally. From premature ageing caused by UV radiation, airborne pollutants and even blue-light from screens to poor natural cell renewal and healing caused by anxiety, lack of quality sleep and less-than-healthy eating and exercise habits, it all shows on your face.

Among the visible signs of stress are spots and acne, under-eye puffiness, dry skin, rashes and irritation, and the faster formulation of lines and wrinkles.

Adaptogenic plants, herbs and mushrooms are trending for all the right reasons. These environmentally resilient species are in the spotlight in anti-stress skin-care formulations too, as they seem to help the skin cope with environmental challenges.

Some adaptogens, like Siberian ginseng and Rhodolia rosea, are widely recognized. Less well-known is Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), a hardy herb indigenous to a small region in South Africa’s western mountains, and the first African plant to have its own Geographic Indicator status. Yes, like Champagne!

Rooibos has been used as a traditional remedy since forever to treat skin irritation, boost immunity and as a herbal tea so soothing that even colicky babies benefit. For 20 years African Extracts Rooibos, a best-selling South African skin-care brand, has used an organic green Rooibos extract in formulations that help boost the skin’s natural defenses against environmental stress. Today it’s the world’s best-selling Rooibos skin care.

The Rooibos plant’s adaptogenic properties are due to the low rainfall, harsh sunlight and ancient soils of the Cederberg. Science has also observed the way its unique composition of phytochemicals, metabolic activators, adaptogens and antioxidants counters damaging free radical action within the body and skin.

In these stressful times it makes sense to give your skin a natural beauty boost with the power of Rooibos, plant extracts and antioxidant vitamins.