Benefits Of Stone Crop
Like other succulents (think aloe vera and prickly pear), stone crop offers deeply effective yet lightweight hydration. As Eminence Organics president Boldijarre Koronczay explained to DAYSPA: “Not only does the stone crop plant help reduce pigmentation and [brighten] the complexion, it also assists in ... firming stressed skin, toning the epidermis, moisturizing, helping reduce signs of aging and calming sensitive skin.” Here are a few benefits of stone crop for your skin.
1. Heals Dry Skin
Like other succulents (think aloe vera and prickly pear), stone crop has adapted to a dry environment by retaining large amounts of water in its stem and leaves. Our General Manager Attila Koronczay tells Dermstore: “Most succulents have a very shallow root system, relying on rainfall, mist or dew to provide all the water it needs to thrive. The shape of stone crop funnels water into the center of the plant, where it is stored until the plant needs to use the water to grow.” This water-storing capability enables stone crop to deeply hydrate and heal dry and dehydrated complexions.
Most succulents have a very shallow root system, relying on rainfall, mist or dew to provide all the water it needs to thrive. The shape of stone crop funnels water into the center of the plant, where it is stored until the plant needs to use the water to grow.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
For centuries, stone crop has been used in folk medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. The bruised leaves of the fresh plant or juice collected from its leaves were traditionally applied as a poultice to treat a wide range of skin problems, including burns, eczema and ulcers. This ability to reduce inflammation makes stone crop an ideal remedy for uncomfortable symptoms of dry, sensitive skin, such as redness and itching.
3. Brightens Skin
When dark spots appear on your complexion, your skin has gone into overdrive producing melanin. This is often due to stress such as UV exposure or hormonal imbalances. Similar to other natural hydroquinone alternatives, stone crop brightens skin by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme that is responsible for melanin production. Over time, this minimizes the look of dark spots and contributes to a more even looking complexion.
4. Smooths Wrinkles
Scientific studies confirm that stone crop is rich in antioxidants that reduce the visible signs of aging. Antioxidants like anthocyanin and quercetin neutralize free radicals that cause oxidative damage to the skin and, over time, contribute to premature aging. By minimizing potential damage, these antioxidants help delay the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles and help skin stay youthful for longer.