Trends in Sensitive Skin Protection: Guayusa Leaf

If you’re in need of an occasional pick-me-up, you may have tried guayusa leaf teas. These herbal drinks are made from Ilex guayusa, the scientific name for a specific holly tree genus. The tree leaves are dried, brewed and enjoyed for their natural stimulant capability.

Guayusa trees are native to the Amazon rainforest, and their use is popular in Ecuadoran and South American cultures. In Ecuador, some native tribes call guayusa leaf the “Night Watchman,” since the herbal extract is used to keep people awake. Guayusa is becoming more popular in the U.S. as a natural stimulant and alternative to coffee.

Some studies suggest that, in addition to providing a possible energy boost, guayusa may reduce the risk of inflammatory disease. A 2017 Food and Function journal article1 also reports the efficacy of the guayusa compound for inflammation and free radical management: “Ilex guayusa tea contains high levels of phenolic compounds, a good dietary resource with cellular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.”

As the sensitive skincare market evolves, cosmetics companies are exploring Guayusa’s use in product innovation. The Amazon is rich in raw materials known for their antioxidant effects, and many companies are beginning to explore the use of these unique herbal extracts for products marketed to consumers with sensitive skin and related conditions like eczema, rosacea and dermatitis.

In response to this growing market need, Sensient Cosmetic Technologies has created Natpure® Xtra Integrity, a highly concentrated botanical active made from Guayusa sourced from the Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest. Natpure® Xtra Integrity is extracted using Sensient’s proprietary PhytoClean™ process and is proven effective in reducing inflammation and restoring the skin barrier.

Sustainable Sourcing of Guayusa Leaf

Sensient proudly manufactures ingredients for personal care and cosmetics products. The company’s range of Natpure Xtra botanical actives also include Natpure Xtra Vitality, and Natpure Xtra Longevity. To learn more about these ingredients or any other products in our portfolio, Contact Us today!

(1) Pardau, Madelein & Pereira, Andreia & Apostolides, Zeno & Serem, June & Bester, Megan. (2017). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Ilex guayusa tea preparations: a comparison to Camellia sinensis teas. Food & Function. 8. 10.1039/C7FO01067B.

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