Albizia is thought to be one of the most valued Chinese botanicals for calming the spirit and treating anxiety, eczema, and urticaria (red blotches of the skin). Hence it is also known as the “Tree of Happiness.” Both the flowers and the bark are used for their medicinal properties. Another variety, Albizia lebbeck, is used in Ayurvedic Medicine, and this is the variety that grows extensively in India.
Silk tree extract, also known as Albizia Julibrissin bark extract, has antioxidant, anti-aging, and immunostimulating properties, thus used in many skin care formulations. In addition, this natural antioxidant prevents oxidization of skin low-density lipoproteins protecting cell membranes.
Silk tree extract also protects extracellular matrix components, primarily collagen, from glycation showing a significant anti-aging effect. In addition, some studies showed that Albizia Julibrissin bark extract can reverse that skin aging process, de-glycating, detoxifying ECM components, and rejuvenating the entire skin.
This plant-derived ingredient is also used as an adjuvant in vaccines. Furthermore, it stimulates immune cells and improves the skin defense system.
What are the benefits of Albizia Julibrissin bark extract for eye care?
The skin around the eyes is thin and sensitive to lack of sleep or stressful conditions. Silk tree extract has a dual beneficial effect on stressed skin with signs of fatigue such as dark circles, under-eye bags, and dull complexion.
- The detoxifying anti-glycation effect protects fibers like collagen and elastin from glycation while supporting detoxifying enzyme systems like glyoxalase and proteasome and eliminating glycotoxins.
- Sleep hormone melatonin regulation, allowing repair and recovery of stress-damaged skin cells.