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Understanding the Actives, Part I: Pycnogenol

These days, everyone’s working hard to preserve their youth. Unfortunately, we
don’t exactly have access to the fountain of youth, but in place of the mythical source of eternal youth, modern science has lead us to ingredients that have been proven to help with anti-aging, skin repair, rejuvenation, etc. Today we take a deep dive into Oculaire’s fountain of youth, with a close look at Pycnogenol, found in all of our moisturisers: Soleil, Lune, and Lux, as well as the Ultra-lifting Eye Serum, Clair.

Certainly when one thinks of ingredients to help with anti-aging, pine trees are not what immediately come to mind. Pycnogenol is an extract from the bark of pine trees grown exclusively in southwest France in a forest known as Les Landes de Gascogne. We’re about to get technical here, so bear with us. Put on your lab goggles just in case, because this is going to get scientific. (but it is still interesting!) Research has shown that Pycnogenol acts as a collagen stabilizer by binding to collagen and elastin in the skin. This inhibits the degradation of collagen and elastin by destructive enzymes, resulting in increased skin elasticity and smoothness. Some studies have shown that this all-natural ingredient can help slow and even reverse skin damage from harmful UV radiation ( Damage from UV radiation - i.e. sun burns - is one of the fastest ways to age your skin). The extract also improves microcirculation of the skin’s tiny capillaries, supporting better oxygen, nutrient, and hydration flow to the skin, resulting in a healthier look and vibrant glow.

You may be thinking: that’s all very interesting, but how does it help me?

I’m so glad you asked. All of the benefits of Pycnogenol directly translate to Oculaire’s efficacy. Our moisturisers help reinvigorate collagen prediction, giving you that taught, plump, and youthful look. Clair has quickly become one of our most popular product’s because of it’s efficacy to counteract the puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. Again, thank’s in large part to Pycnogenol Clair can reduce over-pigmentation, resulting in a more even complexion. These four products have also been proven to increase skin stability, speeding up healing, reducing the chance of visible or dark scars, and eve counteract the detriments of UV damage.
Clair has quickly become one of our most popular product’s because of it’s efficacy to counteract the puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes.

Maybe Pycnogenol was the secret to the infamous Fountain of Youth.

Its source was said to be overshadowed by several trees which, although centuries old, had been kept young by the graces of its water. Either way, with its myriad benefits, Pycnogenol is a welcome ingredient in Oculaire’s suite of skincare, and an effective tool in our eternal fight against time.

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