Larrea Tridentata (Chaparral) Extract

Larrea Tridentata (Chaparral) Extract

Also referred to as creosote, greasewood, or chaparral, Larrea Tridentata is a bush native to the deserts of the Southwest, including our very own Mojave.  Its product, Larrea Tridentata Extract, has anti-inflammatory properties that work well to soothe the skin, as well as treating ailments such as redness or acne.   This extract also has wound-healing agents that can be useful when applied to broken or damaged skin.   Embodying the refreshing scent of chaparral, this Larrea Tridentata Extract has a crisp, earthy fragrance that makes it a favorite in desert skincare.

There are a number of polyphenols found in the chaparral plant that provide supplemental benefits to the skin.   Polyphenols are micronutrients naturally found within plants that act as antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals that cause damage to cells.  Free radicals can be caused by environmental factors such as pollution, UV light exposure, or smoking; their neutralization helps slow the aging process.

Chaparral’s most powerful polyphenol is Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, often referred to as NDGA.  With two catechol rings, NDGA is extremely potent and effective in helping protect the skin from free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.  It prevents the oxidation of oil that causes blackheads which, paired with its anti-inflammatory qualities, aids in preventing acne.  Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid also has senolytic properties that induce the death of senescent cells.  Senescent cells deteriorate with age; they don’t die but rather continue to accumulate, visibly aging the skin.  All of these qualities contribute to NDGA, and Larrea Tridentata Extract as a whole, being a hero ingredient in skincare.

Wild chaparral loves to be tended to; young plants will often sprout around the parent tree to create a root family after the first watering.  Although it is a wild plant, sustainable harvesting helps cultivate new trees without affecting its population that naturally spans deserts in Southern California and Mexico.

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