Few ingredients pack a nutritional punch for mature skin as much as Lingonberry extracts. It’s potent vitamin and antioxidant properties make it one of the most valuable actives in our BirchTech Hybrid formulation.
Lingonberry is a nutritious berry that grows and is harvested in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Nordic forests and arctic tundra regions. It’s a seasonal fruit that ripens after long sunlit days of the summer and the start of fall. Because of the extreme weather conditions in these regions, they develop a variety of active plant compounds that prove to be highly beneficial for the skin.
Otherwise known as cowberry, foxberry or rock cranberry, Lingonberry is classed as a “superfruit” because of its high content of antioxidants and wide range of health benefits. It has long been a staple in Scandinavian culture but has grown in popularity over the years because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and even potentially anti-cancer properties although the latter requires some more studies.
These small crimson pearls of the arctic have also been proven to have potent qualities that benefit the skin. Research has shown that Lingonberry extracts are rich in linoleic acids and tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E, which is a very strong antioxidant.
Antioxidants are actives that rid our bodies of free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for the breaking down of the skin’s collagen that speeds up the unflattering appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots and saggy, loose skin.
Lingonberry helps counteract this process by boosting skin functions and cell turnover leaving you with fresh and dewy skin.
Hydrating and Nourishing Qualities
Studies have shown Lingonberry, particularly Lingonberry seed oil, improves the skin’s hydration making way for softer and more supple skin. This extract is packed with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that when applied to the skin, help prevent moisture from escaping as well as strengthen the skin barrier – so you get double the benefits!
Moreover, when applied to the skin, Lingonberry extracts contain fruit acids that help encourage cell turnover. This allows for the fresher and newer skin cells to come to the surface, leaving you with fresher and more vibrant skin.
Protects and Evens Skin Tone
As mentioned, Lingonberries have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in a single plant. One of these antioxidants is quercetin, a plant-pigment flavonoid that is naturally found in fruits, vegetables and especially, in the lingonberry.
Quercetin, among other antioxidants found in lingonberry, protects your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. It also helps reduce oxidative stress, finding damaged DNA so it can repair them as well as ridding your skin of free radicals that further break down collagen.
Lingonberries are also full of Vitamin E, which is a highly beneficial nutrient that the body stores in the skin. It’s a highly beloved antioxidant that heals skin. It’s main benefit is from its ability to speed up healing from burns and wounds to as much as 50%. This includes repairing damage from sunburn and irritation.
There’s also evidence to suggest that Vitamin E inhibits melanin synthesis resulting in a more even and smoother skin. This is because part of the healing process includes lightening of dark spots and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
Healthier Brighter Skin
Compounded with antioxidants and nutrients, Lingonberry extract helps protect the skin from pollution, toxins and other impurities. It’s also beneficial in maintaining the skin’s protective barrier while keeping its structural integrity, leaving you with healthy skin.
Research has also shown that skin elasticity and thickness greatly improved after applying lingonberry extracts. In the trial that lasted about 12 weeks, participants found that their skin had reduced the visibility of wrinkles.
Lingonberry’s abilities and natural vitamins and nutrients have made it a highly beneficial addition to your skin care routine.
It’s no wonder that lingonberries have grown in popularity over the years. It really is a superfruit! Which is why we’ve chosen to make it an integral ingredient in our formulation. We source our lingonberries sustainably, making sure that the forests remain unharmed while gatherers responsibly collect the potent fruit.
The BirchTech Hybrid treatment includes lingonberry extract to improve hydration and protect your skin from pollution and other irritants, while helping to even skin tone and improve skin elasticity. It’s also specially designed to be easily absorbed by the skin so you get the optimum benefits of lingonberries and other organic ingredients. Click here to find out more.