Have you heard about Tepezcohuite? It’s a skin care ingredient that’s only beginning to make headway in the United States, but reportedly has been used in Mexico and South America for centuries. In recent years, however, a greater number of U.S. skin care companies are starting to formulate Tepezcohuite into their creams and balms. For example, ASDM Beverly Hills now has a Tepezcohuite cream, and the Hollywood mega star, Salma Hayek, has even launched an entire skin care line with this ingredient. But many Americans are still wary of this ingredient, because they’re not sure how it works. In fact, although Tepezcohuite cream reviews are largely positive online, with some going so far as to call these creams a “miracle,” the conversation about these products has remained largely muted in mainstream media. To understand this dynamic, let’s take a closer look at what this chemical is and how it works.
What is Tepezcohuite?
Tepezcohuite is another name for mimosa tenuiflora, a type of tree that grows in Mexico and South America. This tree is believed to have been widely used by locals as source of nutrition for livestock, as well as an herbal remedy for humans and animals alike.
The tree is believed to have valuable skin care properties because of a high content of nutrients in its bark. In fact, before it was formulated into a Tepezcohuite cream, the bark would often be prepared with water to wash farm animals, as it is thought to have antimicrobial properties and can induce would healing.
In humans, the bark of the Tepezcohuite tree has been used as a natural remedy for wound healing, especially for burn victims. Although scientific studies have not definitively confirmed its effectiveness, and many reports are anecdotal, it is claimed that the bark has highly potent skin regenerative abilities, and can heal burns by promoting healing and the growth of healthy skin.
Because of these skin regenerative properties, some companies have started adding Tepezcohuite extract into their creams, with the idea of keeping the skin healthy by helping it heal faster. As such, the manufacturers often make a wide range of claims, suggesting that the Tepezcohuite cream can heal anything from eczema to stretch marks.
Tepezcohuite Cream Ingredients
When discussing cream with this ingredient, it’s important to distinguish the components of the Tepezcohuite bark versus other chemicals in the cream. For example, the ASDM Beverly Hills version of this cream contains the extract of the mimosa tenuiflora bark, but it also contains other chemicals and botanical extracts – meaning that it’s not pure Tepezcohuite extract.
Because different Tepezcohuite creams can have lots of other ingredients, for the purposes of this discussion, we will only focus on the components of the bark root extract, and not any other additives to the cream.
- Glucosides: These chemicals can have help maintain skin health by acting as cleansing agents.
- Lipids: The lipids in Tepezcohuite can benefit the skin by boosting the moisture barrier, and thereby increasing hydration of skin cells. A stronger moisture barrier can slow the formation of wrinkles.
- Tannins: These are valuable skin care chemicals, as they are believed to reduce inflammation. Such an effect can help slow the aging process, as inflammation has been associated as one of the contributors to aging and wrinkles. Further, the short term benefit of tannins is reduced irritation, for those with sensitive skin.
- Xylose: This component of Tepezcohuite is sometimes formulated into skin care products because of its ability to attract moisture. Boosting moisture at the treatment site can improve skin cell function.
- Flavonoids: Valued for their antioxidant properties, flavonoids are included in skin care products to repair skin damaged by UV radiation and environmental factors.
Please keep in mind that these are just some of the chemicals believed to be present in Tepezcohuite, and this is not a comprehensive list. Further, it cannot be overstated that different creams with this bark extract will have other different ingredients. Why is this important? Because if you read good Tepezcohuite reviews, the review may be about the bark itself or its uses as an herbal remedy. Mixing that bark extract into a cream will likely have different results for two reasons:
Firstly, the amount of Tepezcohuite extract in a cream may be minimal, to a point that it will have little effect on the skin.
Secondly, the extract may be mixed with many other cream ingredients, like glycerin, other botanical extracts, preservatives, and fragrances. In this case, the negative side effects of preservatives and fragrance can more than offset any benefits from Tepezcohuite.
Therefore, it’s imperative to evaluate the entire ingredient list of any Tepezcohuite cream that is being considered, and to discuss it with a medical professional.
Where to Buy Tepezcohuite Cream
Tepezcohuite cream can be found from several brands, like ASDM Beverly Hills, and Salma Hayek’s Nuance line, among others. Some of these can even be found in local drug stores, like CVS. Such availability is a good option for consumers who want to save on shipping charges when trying this cream.
The cost of Tepezcohuite cream will vary between brands, but tends to hover in the $20 – $40 range for about two ounces of product.