Other than fixing the plant in the ground, due to their architecture, roots also have the ability to explore their close environment to extract water or nutriments essential to the plant. Scutellaria plants from the Baikal Lake have a large root that creates a considerable surface area for exchanges between the plant and the ground. The architecture of the Baikal root enables it to regulate exchanges with its environment: like the skin it controls the quality and quantity of all that it absorbs (water and mineral salts) and excretes (waste, unwanted substances).
To avoid adding to the enormous demand for Wild Scutellaria, widely used in Chinese medicine, the Yves Rocher Brand has chosen to use Scutellaria root from dedicated crops. These are found near Anguo, a town in the Province of Hebei, to the South-west of Peking, in China. Plants are harvested one and a half years after being sowed, in November, and the roots are dried in the sun by the farmers. They are then brushed to remove the dust and put into bundles. Their quality is carefully controlled before being sent to France, in line with Yves Rocher’s high demands. This is the guarantee of the right quantity of main actives and the total absence of pesticides.
Many problems arise due to oily skin: dull complexion, shine and sometimes dehydration. Scutellaria powder is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to rebalance and deal with excess sebum linked to the disruption of the organism. Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Researchers have studied the composition and the eco-extraction methods of Scutellaria root to obtain an active that is 100% botanical, Baikal powder. Its efficacy depends on the high and controlled quantities of baicalin and baicalein. Efficacy tests showed that this extract helps to control the regulation of excess sebum, (in vitro and in vivo tests), and improves the oxygenation and the complexion (in vitro tests). Added to the Sebo Végétal range, Baikal powder purifies combination to oily skin and leaves them with a matified complexion. Without the excess sebum, skin breathes again and remains beautiful and fresh all day long.