Scientific name: Hydrolyzed Chestnut Extract
Classification: Plant Extract
Protective and hydrating.
Tales from Nature
The chestnut is the fruit of the chestnut tree unlike the horse chestnut which is instead a seed. In fact, chestnuts derive from female flowers (usually 2 or 3) enclosed by a dome which then turns into a curl.
Fossil finds attest that the tree should derive from a stock that originated in the Tertiary period, about 10 million years ago and which during the warm climate period had spread to Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Chestnuts are one of the most popular autumn fruits: they are very nutritious and low in fat and contain many benefits for the health of our body, including potassium, phosphorus and sulphur, magnesium, calcium, chlorine, iron, vitamin C and folic acid. They also have anti-inflammatory properties thanks to their phenolic acid and antioxidant content.
Precisely these latter properties make it a precious ally in cosmetics: chestnut extract improves skin hydration and repairs sun damage, and its vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen, restoring elasticity and firmness to the skin.
The cosmetic properties of chestnuts are mainly due to aescin, tannins, flavonoids and curarins, substances which, extracted from horse chestnut seeds, have a powerful protective action on the blood vessels present at the microcirculatory level on our skin.