Are you as obsessed with Korean beauties just as we are? We can hear a big YES! Well, it’s all thanks to the Korean skincare industry that is centered on perfecting and maintaining glass skin. A trend that has taken the world by storm. To accomplish this, a skincare routine should include cleansing, toning, and layers of hydration with natural and nourishing ingredients. One Indian ingredient that can make it so much easier for you to get glass skin is bamboo extract, also known as tabasheer or banslochan. The immense benefits of tabasheer include reversing signs of ageing and giving you plump and younger looking skin.
Bamboo extract is slowly but steadily becoming a key ingredient in all skincare products, particularly K-Beauty, because it has so much to offer your skin.
Health Shots spoke to Dr Navnit Haror, Founder and Director of Derma Miracle clinic, about the benefits of tabasheer on skin and ways to use it.
Dr Haror says, “Bamboo extract is a natural ingredient that has many benefits for the skin. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and it helps to protect the skin from environmental damage. Bamboo extract also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of redness and swelling. Additionally, it can help to promote collagen production, which can help to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Let’s discuss the benefits of tabasheer or bamboo extracts in detail:
1. Improve firmness of skin
Bamboo contains up to 70 percent natural silica. Silica is the primary component of collagen, which prevents skin sagging. Collagen degrades as we age, so replenishing skin with natural silica aids in collagen formation and skin firmness maintenance.
2. Skin anti-inflammatory
Bamboo extract has numerous skin benefits, including the ability to heal and soothe. In fact, bamboo extract is commonly used to soothe an upset stomach when taken internally. As a result, bamboo extract and water are highly recommended for people with sensitive skin and those undergoing aggressive acne treatments.
However, Dr Haror says, “Too much exfoliation can lead to inflammatory acne, which can be worse than the initial blemishes targeted. This is where bamboo extract comes in, as it is the perfect pairing with activated charcoal in charcoal cleanser and charcoal mask to fight acne and normalize oily and combination skin.”
3. Skin hydration and re-plumping
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are found in bamboo extract and water. GAGs are extremely large molecules that exist naturally in the skin’s dermis and function as natural moisture agents. Hyaluronic acid is the most well-known GAG. Dr Haror says, “GAGs play an important role in maintaining the structure of the skin and keeping it supple and firm. They are a component of the skin’s extracellular matrix, which aids in skin regeneration.”
4. Antibacterial properties
Bamboo extract has become so popular in the K-beauty world because it contains anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. “This means that products made with bamboo extract can offer protection against bacteria and fungi,” says Dr Haror. That means it will strengthen your skin, making it perfect for those suffering from breakouts.
5. Great Free radical and environmental protection
It is critical to protect your skin from free radicals in order to keep it healthy and youthful. Natural flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants, can help fight the damaging effects of free radicals and are found in bamboo extract and water. Dr Haror says, “Free radicals can come from the environment, pollution, stress, and many other sources, and they can cause premature ageing of the skin. Using products containing bamboo extract and water can help keep your skin healthy., Preventing the effects of free radicals is one of the many benefits of tabasheer.”
Here are ways to use bamboo extract
1. Pairing with specific ingredients
Including bamboo extract in your daily routine is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your hair, skin, and nails. Consider combining this supplement with other complementary nutrients to get the most out of it. “Vitamin C is an excellent ingredient to combine with bamboo extract powder. You will notice even better results when tabasheer is combined with vitamin C. This is why many people who consume bamboo extract have softer, tighter skin,” says Dr Haror.
2. Apply it on skin externally
A pinch of tabasheer added to your daily cleanser will create the ideal exfoliating agent with compounds that can help tighten pores and remove age spots. Simply massage the cleanser into your skin for 45-60 seconds after it has been blended to allow the product to deeply penetrate and interact with your skin.
3. Bamboo extract and silica in hair care products
Many hair care brands in the market today feature bamboo as their main ingredient (due to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), but not all include silica because it helps lock in moisture for up to 72 hours per application. Dr Haror says, “It may seem strange that a nutrient could be infused into an oil or conditioner, but when two very useful ingredients, bamboo and silica, are combined, something miraculous known as “BioSilk” is created.”
Bamboo extract is an excellent addition to any beauty regimen. The benefits of tabasheer also include potent antioxidant properties that can protect your skin from harmful UV rays while also combating free radicals. It can also help soothe and calm your skin, making it an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as eczema.