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What is Pycnogenol?

03 Jan 2020
The Ordinary: Pycnogenol 5%

What is Pycnogenol used for?

Let’s talk about an extremely effective skincare product that really gives you bang for the buck with its reasonable price tag and potent ingredients to overhaul your skin – the water-free, high potency antioxidant formula that is the Pycnogenol 5% by The Ordinary. An oil-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan product, the Pycnogenol 5% by The Ordinary is nothing short of a powerhouse for skincare. 

It contains naturally occurring procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids that work together to boost and maintain healthy levels of both collagen and hyaluronic acid within the layers of the skin to improve hydration levels and elasticity. In other words, this is a wonder product you need to really heal and hydrate your skin. 

So what exactly is pycnogenol®. Well, Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract derived from the pine bark of French maritime pine trees. Its potent composition contains important compounds that work in synergy to rejuvenate the skin, with the aim of enhancing skin hydration and elasticity. With the ability to selectively bind to collagen and elastin, Pycnogenol® protects these proteins from degradation, helping to nourish the skin from the inside out. 

Another important function of this product is protection from free radical damage. Free radicals are electrically charged molecules present within us and our surrounding environment which have the potential to damage skin. This damage, referred to as oxidative stress, can lead to changes in the skin including the appearance of signs of aging like age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dullness. 

While this is quite a challenge to tackle, antioxidants make the process easier with their ability to work within the skin to neutralize and prevent further damage that can be caused by oxidative stress. Being a unique and powerful antioxidant, Pycnogenol® scavenges for free radicals before they cause damage by oxidative stress. It can also recycle oxidized Vitamin C to restore its activity. The Ordinary Pycnogenol® 5% is free of artificial colours. The formula’s deep red colour is due to the high procyanidin content in Pycnogenol®. 

A potent product, it can be used alone or after water-based serums, before oils or heavier creams. It can also be combined with other treatments to enhance antioxidant capacity and function within the skin. After application, please wash hands and avoid product contact with light colored fabric as it may stain. Be sure to use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing is also advised and you should cease use and consult a physician if irritation occurs. 



Water-Free | Alcohol-Free | Oil-Free | Silicone-Free | Nut-Free | Vegan | Gluten-Free | Cruelty-Free

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