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microbes. 10 The researchers used
prebiotic inulin, which is a naturally
occurring polysaccharide produced
by Jerusalem artichoke and chicory. 10
In the Spa
While artichoke’s topical benefits
for skin have been proven, its use in
spa skin care is still in its infancy.
Currently, spas across the country
recommend eating artichoke to
balance one’s diet, regulate digestion
and to protect the body from oxidative
damage. For these reasons, artichoke
is often included in spa cuisine.
For example, Elements Day
Spa, in its Mar. 23, 2016 blog post,
“Spring Cleaning for Your Body,”
noted artichokes are nutritionally
beneficial for the liver and gallblader.
They stimulate bile production and
help break foods down to improve
digestion. They also are shown to
speed liver cell regeneration and
guard liver cells from damage.
Still, a handful of spa skin care
manufactures have formulated
with artichoke. Jurlique uses the
ingredient in its Nutri-Define
Rejuvenating Overnight Cream to
help skin feel strengthened and
appear more defined.
Babor includes artichoke in its
Shaping For Body series, where
the ingredient is combined with
levan and methylanthines to form a
shaping complex that fights excess
fat deposit formation while shaping
and refining the body’s silhouette.
Although artichoke isn’t found
in many topical products as yet,
this is about to change. Consider
Rachel Grabenhofer is
the managing editor of
Cosmetics & Toiletries,
Skin Inc.’s sister brand
for cosmetic chemists.
She’s a member of the Council of
Science Editors and Society of Cosmetic
Chemists, and for the past several years,
has led judging panels to honor the best
ingredients in cosmetics.
the surging popularity of K-Beauty
ingredients. According to the
November 2017 article, “ 8 East To
West Beauty Trends To Watch Out
For,” by Janel Luu, “Artichoke is the
darling of Korean beauty essences.”
In addition to noting its antioxidant
benefits, she furthers, “This natural
active ingredient is also known
for improving cell density, which
helps improve skin firmness, reduce
enlarged pores and minimize the
appearance of lines and wrinkles.”
Mother Nature and other moms
in our lives have several tricks up
their sleeves to encourage our veggie
intake and uptake—and artichoke
is no exception. Besides the health
benefits it provides, the beauty
implications alone are enough to
inspire us to eat it and wear it.
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