Vitex Agnus-Castus also known as Abraham’s balm is a native Mediterranean flowering plant that’s one of the rarest natural ingredients in the beauty market and it has a multi-faceted approach to treating multiple skin concerns.
It was traditionally used by monks in the middle ages who reportedly experienced a sensation of an uplifted happier mood when the plant was consumed and more recently in homeopathy it has been touted for its medicinal properties but it hasn’t made its mark in the beauty space… yet.
Vitex Agnus-Castus is one of the biggest beauty breakthroughs as scientists have discovered the famed phyto-endorphin provided intense hydration, significantly stimulated skin cell regeneration helping to heal the skin’s barrier & leaving your complexion effectively moisturised & imbued with euphoria in in vitro and in vivo tests.
Scientists have purported that the extract has the ability to regulate sebum production when applied topically, helping to prevent future breakouts since excess sebum can clog pores and that it has anti-ageing antioxidant properties due to its unique chemical compounds of vitexin and casticin flavonoids amongst other potent substances.
To demonstrate efficacy, skincare formulated with 1% of the Vitex Agnus-Castus extract was tested in an independent study with participants in the age bracket of 30 to 60 and after a 4 week trial they found skin hydration improved by nearly 30%, firmness increased by 20% and wrinkle depth was reduced, significantly. A radiant glow was another effect that was reported by 90% of the participants.
In vitro tests concluded that the ingredient was shown to stimulate cell activity and increase collagen 1 and collagen 3 which effectively proved that the extract has the ability to stimulate collagen production.