People are waiting for the summer season and all fun activities related to it with bated breaths. This is more, after the months-long pandemic and cold that is subsiding in more countries with public places finally gearing to be open again. However, being out in sunlight might not be the most comfortable idea without the skin being unprotected against pollution, humidity, solar radiation, and obviously heat.
A recent study has shown that using daily supplementation with Pycnogenol French Maritime pine bark extract might be a solution to this problem. This is because the extract can help skin retain hydration and improve skin elasticity. Further, it can also reinforce skin barrier function. This discovery is a massive contribution to the Pycnogen Market as it can protect individuals who are usually exposed to urban environmental pollution, humidity variations, and seasonal temperatures. Moreover, researchers also found the extract to improve skin lightening in-between season changed, which is often associated with dark spots.
The team tested their theory with a trial that had a total of 76 participants. Out of these, 57 were women with an average age of 41 years. The members who participated in the test were ones who were exposed on a daily basis to things like environmental stress, urban air pollution, etc. Moreover, they were mostly daily job workers who spent long hour’s outdoors in China.
All participants were divided into two groups, placebo or verum. From April to July (rainy season), the verum group was asked to daily take 100 mg of Pycnogenol orally. After a one-week washout period, members were shifted from verum to placebo and vice versa for the autumn season.
Findings from the trial revealed that in the dry season, i.e., autumn, intake of 100 mg of Pycnogenol daily resulted in a 13.8 percent improvement in skin lightening. At the same time, an 0.8 percent decrease was seen in the placebo group for the same. Further vernum group showed a 14 percent decrease in transepidermal water loss, indicating improvement in skin barrier function. Pycnogenol is a substance that has huge potential in research for skin health. This novel aspect of this study is that it has built upon decade’s worth of existing research and knowledge. Thus, the team was successfully able to demonstrate that oral supplementation with Pycnogenol can bring huge benefits to the skin. The study is especially relevant for people who are forced to stay in the sun due to their work.
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