by Catherine Conelly
Sleep well. Drink Water. Don’t smoke. Cleanse. Exfoliate. Use toner. Eat well. Do these tips sound familiar? They’re all often used to explain the secret to beautiful, clear, glowing skin. They can all contribute to the cause — no arguments here. But let’s add one more item to the list: breadfruit flower extract, your next stepping stone to glowing skin.
So what is it? Breadfruit is a plant grown in the Pacific Islands and in tropical areas around the world that looks like a rough-around-the-edges avocado. While not much of a household name in North America, breadfruit is a staple crop in many tropical areas. It’s a superfood, but it also happens to be the key ingredient that brought the Altilis Beauty line to life. If you’ve been eager for natural ways to get glowing skin, read on.
Why Breadfruit Flower?
Breadfruit is packed with nutrients and antioxidants — carotenoids, iron, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C; if it’s good enough to eat, it’s gotta be good enough for your skin. That was the hope when Altilis set out to create a line of natural, breadfruit-based skincare products. And as we learned, when you pack all the goodness from the breadfruit flower into an extract, it transforms into a catalyst for glowing skin.
How Breadfruit Flower Extract Promotes the Glow
Each breadfruit starts as thousands of tiny flowers that grow together and form the meaty, fleshy core of the fruit. Breadfruit flower extract is essentially a concentrated form of all the phytochemicals, antioxidants and fatty and amino acids that naturally occur in the plant. So what does that mean for your skin?
Antioxidants that Fight Free Radicals
Flavonoids are a group of antioxidants, also referred to as phytochemicals, which are natural chemicals found in plants. There are hundreds of types of flavonoids, and they’re famous for their ability to absorb UV light. That’s a major plus when it comes to protecting your skin. Preventing sun damage and dark spots are kind of their MO. Along with other phytochemicals that help scavenge free radicals (which age and dull your skin’s complexion) and inhibit collagen reduction, breadfruit extract contains the flavonoid artocarpin. Research has shown that it helps prevent damage from UVB rays.
Fatty Acids that Fight Inflammation
Redness, inflammation and hyperpigmentation that come with acne and rosacea are a bummer; this is another reason to double down on breadfruit flower extract. It contains a compound known as azelaic acid, naturally occurring and often processed into a gel that’s prescribed to help treat the inflammation that acne and rosacea bring to the table. By creating the breadfruit flower extract , we are able to include all the powerful ingredients including azelaic acid in all of our products to help you reduce redness and keep a clear complexion naturally.
Amino Acids that Promote Collagen Production
Finally, breadfruit flower contains a high percentage of amino acids (these are different than fatty acids). According to research published in the journal appropriately titled Amino Acids, they play an important role in restoring normal collagen production that can be inhibited by sun damage. They also help protect skin against UV damage that can lead to visible signs of premature aging.
Breadfruit Loves Your Skin
Achieving glowing skin means a lot of things — clearing complexion, evening skin tone, reducing inflammation — the list goes on. Breadfruit flower extract is your skin’s new best friend. It packs plenty of benefits that make skin care simpler, and dare we say, smoother. Plus, you don’t have to rely on harmful chemicals to get the job done. So put it to work on your skin. You’re worth it.
Catherine Conelly is a former beauty and health editor turned freelance writer. She’s written for Shape, Thrillist, PopSugar, and StyleCaster. Her work has also appeared on Forbes, Entrepreneur, the Glassdoor blog, and Adidas Game Plan A.