General: Also called bearberry (uva ursi is Latin for "bear grape") this shrub thrives in the mountains of Asia, North America, and Europe. It has a long history of use as a diuretic to treat kidney and bladder issues.
Skin Benefits: Besides an antioxidant and astrigent (tightening) effect, bearberry leaves are one of the only natural sources of hydroquinone, a compound that inhibits melanin (pigment) production, creating a noticeable lightening effect. Synthetic hydroquinone, often sold in skin-lightening products, irritates that skin and can actually increase skin sensitivity to sun, further hyperpigmentation over time. We use this natural melanin-inhibitor in Ultra-C Radiance Serum.
Source: U.S.A. | Wildharvested
Method of Extraction: Dried leaves infused in water.