At Zero Xeno we love to use pure herbal extracts for their healing and nourishing properties. Our natural extraction processes include herbal infused oils, food grade alcohol tincture extracts and fermented processes and procedures. The most common herbals used in our products are organic calendula, organic rooibos, organic green and organic black tea as well as chamomile.
Our in-house fermented organic rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) extract nourishes your skin with natural antioxidants that promote wrinkle reduction through topical application of herbal flavonoids naturally found in rooibos tea. Studies reveal rooibos polyphenols are anticancerous and contain photoprotective effects against the damaging UVB rays of the sun.
Peer reviewed papers show that natural flavonoids in chamomile essential oil penetrate into deeper skin layers and inhibit the release of prostaglandins resulting in a reduction of inflammation. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) is a medicinal plant with therapeutic and cosmetic values which have been established through many years of scientific research.
Our in-house made organic calendula extract (Calendula officinalis) potentially infuses up to 19 different types of carotenoids into our various organic skincare products. Plant based carotenoids act as natural antioxidants which is confirmed by various different scholarly articles as is the wound healing activity of this flower.
We ferment our Kombucha using *green,*black and *rooibos teas (*organic) for their high antioxidant and health promoting properties which can be realized when applied topically. Researchers highly recommend the adoption of green and black tea in skincare formulations because of their anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic value. A 2017 peer reviewed study reveals that extracts from Kombucha assist in regeneration of aging skin and recommend its use to improve age related skin conditions. Green and black tea (Camelia sinesis) are also well known for their wound healing actions.
A 2016 study discovered components naturally contained in Kombucha have anti-fungal properties against Malassezia fungi. Malassezia species are known to cause seborrheic dermatitis, a chronic and recurrent fungal skin infection. Malassezia is resistant to common anti-fungal medication so natural sources like Kombucha have been the focus of studies to help reduce this resistance. Scientists now recommend using Kombucha as a complementary medicine for the treatment of topical skin infections, caused by the Malassezia fungi.
Kombucha tea is also believed to have potential antimicrobial properties. A second 2016 peer reviewed study show that "Kombucha can be used as a potent antibacterial agent against entero-pathogenic bacterial infections, which mainly is attributed to its polyphenolic content." This ground breaking study discovered extracts taken from Kombucha were effective against various Gram-negative bacteria including Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, Shigella flexneri and Salmonella typhimurium.