Pycnogenol is an antioxidant derived from a French Maritime pine tree bark. Pycnogenol has been licensed by Horphag Research Ltd and therefore The Ordinary is affiliated with them to have Prcnogenol 5% produced. Horphag Research Ltd owns the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol.
Proanthocyanidins are a class of polyphenols that are found in a variety of plants. They are the same type of flavenoids that are found in red wine. Pine bark’s pycnogenol is popular for repairing collagen, helping the body fight against the damage from the sun and strengthening your capillaries.
Studies have shown that pine bark has the ability to have antioxidant levels several time higher than vitamin C and E, and is great with helping the skin regenerate vitamin E and recycle vitamin C. However, there is a need for more studies for this to be proven.
Pycnogenol is also sometimes taken as a supplement. A study done by the Leibniz Research Institution in Germany has shown great benefits of taking Pycnogenol as a supplement. After taking 75mg of pycnogenol a day for 12 weeks, the 20 participants have found that the production of hyaluronic acid has increased by 44%, 25% increase in elasticity and increase in hydration of the skin. What you do need to know is that this study is done with 20 women from the ages of 55 to 68. There is still much research necessary to conclusively say that it is beneficial to the skin.
One of the main components of pine bark is collagen, this is something that is already naturally occurring in your skin. It is suggested that pine bark can help provide the collagen that is necessary to repair and replace your skin.
Another component that is important is the antioxidants in pine bark. This can help your skin find free radicals and helping it get rid of it. For women with high sun exposure, this is a helpful thing to have. It is said that sun damage is the leading thing that causes skin aging. The more time you spend in the sun, the more damage will appear on your skin. Pine bark can therefore help protect and help with the healing of the skin.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help your skin reduce inflammation and allow for a more radiant skin. It selectively binds to collagen and elastin and aid in the production of endothelial nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an important stimulus in your body. It helps with your body to increase circulation, this helps your cells to heal and increase blood flow.