What is Terepene ALPHA BISABOLOL?
Alpha-bisabolol is a terpene which is a colorless oily liquid with a sweet woody scent. It is also called as levomenol. It is an important component of the essential oil extracted from chamomile and also can be taken from the bark of the Candeia tree of Brazil. Alpha-bisabolol is the more concentrated form of chamomile. It is an exceptional skin conditioning agent used in many skin products globally.
Molecular formula of Alpha-bisabolol - 6-methyl-2-(4-methylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)hept-5-en-2-ol is C15H26O. The enantiomer, alpha-(+)-bisabolol, is also present in nature but is not very common. Usually, synthetic bisabolol is a racemic blend of the two, alpha-(±)-bisabolol.
Its molecular weight is 222.372 g/mol. Alpha Bisabolol is poorly soluble in water and glycerin, but soluble in ethanol.
You wouldn’t believe that Alpha-bisabolol is used in medicinal practices for more than 100 YEARS! Yes, it has become the most preferred skin conditioning agent that is why most of the skincare products included it. What it does is that it cures the damaged skin and gives back the softness of your skin. As it is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-irritant, it has reserved its own place in the cosmetic industry. With its high panthenol presence, it enhances the skin’s healing process.
Alpha-bisabolol is such a team component. When it is used with other cosmetic components, it helps with better skin penetration, especially when feeding the skin antioxidants. In addition to its wonderful skin caring abilities, it comes with the pleasant floral aroma which gives cosmetic products a natural fragrance. You can find it in the products like sunscreen, cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, anti-aging treatment, foundations, and lipstick.
A great healer:
Chamomile has been in use to heal wounds naturally. Herbal medicine uses this in oils for this. Various research studies have also concluded that it quickens the healing time of injuries like burns and skin irritations.
Many studies have been done on bisabolol regarding its ability to prevent melanin synthesis. The results were great. Melanin is the pigment found in the skin, which can cause age spots and/or blotches as age. Reducing the melanin in our skin should be done by skin-lightening products, but most of the products use toxic chemicals for that. Bisabolol is a very natural option to help in reducing melanin synthesis and fading hyperpigmentation compared to other chemicals.
As it is extracted from chamomile, it has a natural aroma without needing to add any other chemicals for fragrance. It also kills germs on the skin due to its antimicrobial properties. Researchers have found that it is effective against staph, epidermis, and corynebacteria, as well as Candida albicans.
Alpha-bisabolol is innocuous to skin. But it enhances the penetrating rate of other ingredients. Experts say that it might result in some side effects on the skin. While mixing the ingredients, little care should be taken.
Alpha-bisabolol is usable for 2 years from manufacture if it is stored properly. Store in a clean, dry, well-ventilated place with ambient temperature would suffice. Keep it away from heat, sparks, and other flammable sources.