In this post I’m giving you the details on the skincare benefits of purslane.
Wait, wait. Back it up. What the heck is purslane?!
Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what purslane was until last week when I had to do some research on it for work.
As a skincare blogger, though, I was really excited when I found out all of the skincare benefits of purslane! Keep reading to learn exactly what purslane is and how it can benefit your skin.
Portulaca oleracea, otherwise known as purslane, is an annual succulent that has a variety of different uses all over the world. In the United States, purslane is commonly mistaken for a weed. In Europe, this plant is eaten as a leafy vegetable in salads and soups. And in traditional Chinese medicine purslane is used for insect or snake bites on the skin. The long history of dermatologic uses of purslane in traditional Chinese medicine were almost forgotten until recent research discovered that this natural substance is highly effective in the field of anti-aging.
Get this: Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular) than any other leafy vegetable plant. (Biomed Res Int. 2014) Additionally, a publication in BioMed Research International shares how purslane also contains high levels of vitamins E, C, and beta carotene. All 3 of these ingredients are powerful antioxidants that can help to brighten your complexion and even prevent future signs of aging by reducing UV-induced damage.
I bet you are wondering where you can find products that contain this natural yet effective ingredient, right? Well, it turns out that purslane is quite rare in the skincare and beauty industry despite all of its benefits. So far I have only found two brands that contain this ingredient: the Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Primer and the the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream. I have not tried either of these two products yet, so I cannot give my specific recommendations. But knowing that they contain purslane is a definite plus!
I hope that further research will be done on the skincare benefits of purslane so that more brands will begin using this powerful ingredient.
Do you know of any skincare products that contain purslane? If so, please leave me a comment so I can update the post accordingly!