Horse Chest Nut Extract which is derived from the seeds of the Horse Chestnut Tree (Aesculus Hippocastanum) collectively carries a family of compounds called aescin, made up from the glycosides of saponins. The saponins are potent anti-inflammatory compounds and produce a gentle soap which aid in skin softening. Aescin also carries a powerful antioxidant called Proanthocyanidins which has a role in the stabilization of collagen and elastin in the skin. Proanthocyanins also act to reduce water retention and assist in capillary protection.
Aescin has been shown to inhibit hyaluronidase, an enzyme that can break down the hyaluronic acid found in skin. As skin uses this as a moisturizing component, a reduction in this enzyme can lead to an increase in skin hydration.
Horse Chestnut Extract has soothing, anti-irritant and toning properties on the skin. Find it in the Na Pali Pure Moisturizing Cream.