Why do you use traditional herbal medicine in skin care?
Yin: Incorporating herbs in skin care products is definitely not a common practice in the cosmetic industry, but my family has done so for generations. Having suffered from severe acne as a teenage girl, my mother would squeeze the juice from fresh herbs and apply it to my skin to calm it and soothe my face.
Knowing how to effectively combine ingredients to target a specific function is both art and science. Each herb has its own beneficial properties.
Understanding the wonderful properties of herbs made me realize that the vast majority of cosmetic products available on the market don’t take full advantage of the benefits nature provides.
I also studied the science of skin cell aging at UCLA. Combining my family’s knowledge of herbs with the knowledge I gained from the UCLA cosmetics curriculum, I created a potent skin care brand called Laloirelle.
How do you incorporate herbs into your products?
Yin: Similar to the longevity tonic my grandparents made, the most effective way to incorporate herbs is through herbal infusions. Learning how to make them from my family, I was able to develop a method to make herbal extracts for skin care applications.
Traditionally, herbs can be infused in oil using heat from sunlight over at least a month. However, the heat from sunlight is not consistent. It also introduces UV light that can shorten the useful life of the base oil. I developed an herbal-in-oil infusion method in a heat controlled chamber that preserves quality of the extracts throughout the process, maintaining their effectiveness and potency.
Using the highest quality herbs is an essential first step in our skin care. I source and utilize USDA Organic Certified herbs in our herbal extract complex. This way, we can guarantee our skin care products not only provide the highest benefit to our customer’s skin, but also ensure we source environmentally sustainable ingredients.