SAPONINS IN K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS. A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO SULPHATES

Have you heard about saponins?

They are one of the most diversified substance classes within nature. For quite a number of saponins already have a long tradition of practical application, and have been around and used for many years, they have even been documented in folk medicine because of their amazing benefits.

Until soaps were founded by the chemical industry, back in the day people found themselves reverting to the wonderful tools that nature provided. For cleansing purposes, for example, they would use surface-active tensides from plants and extracts. The ‘sapo’ part of the name is Latin and means – you guessed it – soap!!!!

Saponins are a wonderful natural group of carbohydrates found in plants that have been shown to have skin-soothing and antioxidant properties. Saponins are plant chemicals that are used in skin care because of their detergent-like or cleaning properties. Their molecules consist of two parts: a sapogenin attached to a carbohydrate molecule, these two types of molecules are collectively known as glycosides.

When mixed with water these amazing ingredients reduce the surface tension of water, allowing the formation of small stable bubbles. As a consequence of their surface-active properties, saponins are excellent foaming agents (very stable).

Apart from being able to produce wonderful froth in water, they have amazing anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, meaning they’re able to easily dig into cell membranes, which plays a huge role in allowing the molecule to actually work.

Saponins are great natural alternative to sulphates and are even mild on sensitive skin types. Research has shown that some saponins help battle dandruff and psoriasis when applied topically, they also have many more benefits such as anti-fungal, immunostimulant effect. They help to fight hyperpigmentation, rosacea and couperosis, strengthen blood vessels and improve H2O penetration.

These multitasking saponins are everywhere! There are a loads of sources out there in the natural world from: plants, marine organisms (some sponges, sea cucumber), panax ginseng (of all things!), horse chestnut – even Aloe Vera contains saponin.

Other plants that produce saponins include yucca, soapwort (Saponaria), licorice, ginseng, yarrow, viola, and soap nuts. In our ULTRA MOIST CLEANSING OIL soapwort extract used to help creating a rich foam and protect your skin.

We hope this little run down on the benefits that saponins have for your skin has helped you understand them a little better. We believe these are definitely one ingredient that you should check for within your beauty products.