Deep SEAS:
South East Asian Sourced Ingredients

The West has long borrowed healing principles from the East to treat the body holistically.  Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have greatly influenced our culture of wellness in the West. Traditional Chinese Medicine balances yin, yang and qi, while Ayurveda focuses on balancing the elements of earth, fire and air.  As Eastern herbs have been making their way into our smoothies, teas and tonics, it makes sense that we would look to these traditional South East Asian ingredients for skincare and how they can benefit us when used topically on the skin.

When Siam SEAS Founder, Supadra Geronimo, looked to heal her own skin concerns, she looked to the herbs her grandmother used for daily skincare rituals during her childhood in Thailand. Those early seeds grew to what is now a skin and hair care line with over 90% of its ingredients sourced from South East Asia. Though many of them are unknown or new to us, Supadra shares why these are the most revered South East Asian ingredients for skincare and how they’ve transformed her skin. 

Terminalia Chebula or Chebulic Myrobalan  

This South East Asian fruit is high in phenolic compounds, flavonoids and antioxidants that has been known to address hyperpigmentation.  Studies show that when combined synergistically with certain herbs it can be more effective than Vitamin C or kojic acid to inhibiting melanin synthesis and oxidation in cells from damaging UV rays.  In addition to the main properties, Chebula is also shown to be highly affected in collagen support, moisture retention and trans epidermal water loss  (TEWL) prevention.

Find it in Siam SEAS Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner and Purifying Herbal Head-To-Toe Mask

Libisia Pumila or Kacip Fatimah

This herb primarily grown in Malaysia contains bioactive phytoestrogens, the important component in supporting the skin’s ability to build collagen and naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. Healthy collagen and hyaluronic acid production aid the skin in self-repair, elasticity and its ability to calm inflammation quickly and scavenge free radicals. 

Find it in Siam SEAS Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner

Areca Catechu or Betel leaf

The leaves of this South East Asian species of palm has powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial properties which have been used traditionally in Asia to treat acne. The extract of this leaf is used as a natural exfoliant and to increase cell turnover.

Find it in Siam SEAS Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner

Terminalia Bellirica

The fruits from this tree are widely used in Asia to treat infection due to its powerful antimicrobial abilities. Supadra combined this extract with the other bioactive ingredients in Siam SEAS Yen Heal and Hydrate formula, to have the effect of powerful wound healing, calm inflammation and support our skin’s natural regenerative abilities.

Find it in Siam SEAS Yen Heal and Hydrate Toner

Thunbergia Laurifolia or Rang Juad 

Rang Juad, also known and laurel clockvine, is a traditional herb that has been used in Thailand as an antidote in drug and alcohol rehabilitation for its powerful ability to absorb and neutralize heavy metals and toxins. When applied to the skin, it can help draw impurities from the skin and soothe irritation.

Find it in Siam SEAS Morning Delight All-In-One Cleanser

Zingiber Cassumunaror Plai

It has been long used to alleviate pain, swelling and inflammation in Thai boxing camp for the trainees. Due to its very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory helps alleviate pain and soreness of skin. Plai helps decrease cell damage from inflammation and antioxidants properties help prevent and expedite healing of cells.

Find it in Siam SEAS Morning Delight All-In-One Cleanser

Acacia Concinna or Sompoy

This beautiful shrub contains a high level of natural saponins (natural cleansing molecules) that also contain inherent antiseptic properties, making Sompoy one of the most effective natural surfactants for sensitive and problematic skin. It cleanses skin gently while also delivering antimicrobial benefit. 

Find it in Siam SEAS Morning Delight All-In-One Cleanser and Purifying Herbal Head-To-Toe Mask

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