If you follow closely, the trend in the skincare and beauty industry, then you must have heard of the luxurious natural ingredient- Agarwood, or even come across a product or two containing it.
Agarwood (also called Oud) is a pure organic substance gotten from the aromatic resin of the infected wood of the Agarwood tree. To think that a substance from the infected part of a tree can be so essential and beneficial, so amazing.
Agarwood is said to have originated from southeast Asia and is now grown in some parts of China, India and Indonesia. The most used parts of the Agarwood tree include; the bark, the stem, the root and the oil.
While it is known to have thrived in the treatment of illnesses like; abdominal pain, jaundice, rheumatism, asthma, epilepsy and even kidney diseases, Agarwood has also found its way into skin and beauty products. This is because, it is rich in antioxidants like phenolic acid, and has high anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Agarwood is therefore beneficial to skincare and beauty in the following ways:
Treatment of Acne
This has to be attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of Agarwood. It is also known to have a rich antimicrobial effect which is just perfect in the prevention and treatment of acne. It works by soothing the skin, fighting bacteria and then shedding off dead skin cells. It further acts on the oil glands, causing a regulation in the secretion of oil, and effectively fading out every symptom of acne on the skin.
Agarwood is not only effective in the treatment of acne, it also reduces redness and swelling of the skin as well as other skin inflammatory conditions.
If there is any way to effortlessly achieve a glowing, youthful skin, it is with the use of Agarwood. Its effect in skin healing and repair is exceptional. It isn't unknown that there is a link between an even skin tone and good sleep patterns. Lack of rest and less hours of sleep have a bad effect on the face and on the skin in general.
Amazingly, Agarwood promotes sleep and with more hours of sleep, is increased flow of blood and a healthy skin complexion. Now, if this isn't skin rejuvenation, what is?
Agarwood also serves as protection from free radicals, sun damage and environmental stressors, in general. If you're looking to bid goodbye to a dull skin and dark under-eye, a regular application of Agarwood, or of products containing it, does the magic.
Prevention of cancer
Surprised? Agarwood is not only anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is also anticarcinogenic and as such, helps to prevent and fight cancer. Recent studies have evaluated the efficacy of Agarwood in the prevention of the growth and spread of cancer cells, and results have shown that Agarwood truly reduced the growth of cancer cells (breast cancer especially). While there are still researches ongoing, the use of Agarwood can serve as a preventive measure for cancer as well as a potential substance for effective chemotherapy.
Prevention of skin irritation
Acne isn't the only skin condition that can be treated using Agarwood. It is an anti-inflammatory substance, remember? Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, also. Agarwood pretty much takes care of any skin condition. Eczema, buns, allergies, insect or bug bites, sunspots, dark spots, skin itchiness, irritations, skin reaction. Name it!
So long as the skin product in which it is included, contains carrier oils like coconut oil, almond and avocado oils, and matches your skin type, Agarwood is safe to use.
Smoothening of wrinkles
This is yet another benefit of the essential Agarwood. Aging signs are almost unavoidable especially with stress and anxiety. Agarwood is therefore helpful in this regard, as it contains anti-ageing and hydrating properties.
Regular use of Agarwood will result in an increased production of collagen- the major structural protein and component of the skin and other connective tissues. It will further help to smoothen winkles, creases and other aging signs and in the end, restore skin health, moisture and elasticity.
That's just about it. Agarwood in all its beauty. If you haven't been using skin and beauty products that contain Agarwood, need we scream it loud again? If it's Agarwood, get more!