Tepezcohuite is a true power beauty ingredient. Originally used by the Maya to soothe burns and facilitate their healing, today it is best known for its beneficial properties on the appearance of our skin. Tepezcohuite diminishes fine lines, refines the complexion and minimizes blackheads and large pores. Here are some of the key active ingredients in Tepezcohuite:
- Tannins: Tannins have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that can help tighten and soothe the skin. Tepezcohuite is particularly rich in tannins and therefore has many benefits for the skin
- Saponins: Saponins have cleansing properties and can help unclog pores and remove excess oil and dirt from the skin.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from free radical damage. They can also help stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin.
- Alkaloids: Alkaloids have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that can help soothe irritated or inflamed skin.
- Zinc: Zinc is an important component of collagen and elastin, the two proteins responsible for the skin's firmness and elasticity. Zinc also helps with wound healing and can fight acne.
In summary, the active ingredients of natural Tepezcohuite can help to tighten, cleanse, soothe the skin, protect against antioxidant damage, stimulate collagen production and promote wound healing.
Viva Maia Tepezcohuite
The raw material Tepezcohuite (Mimosa tenuiflora) is 100% natural and grows in the arid regions of Mexico. At Viva Maia, we source high-quality Tepezcohuite, which we use for our beauty products because of its numerous skin-care and regenerating properties. We take care to protect the environment and support the indigenous population. The export of tepezochuite is restricted by the Mexican government. Therefore the number of our Tepezcohuite products is limited.
The origin of Tepezochuite - a Mayan mystery
The bark of the Tepezcohuite tree has been used on the skin for centuries by the indigenous peoples of this region for its healing properties and is a real beauty secret.
Tepezcohuite belongs to the legume family and grows in the arid regions of Mexico. The tree can reach a height of up to 10 meters and has a dense crown of branches and small leaves. The bark of the Tepezcohuite tree has been cultivated and harvested for centuries by the indigenous peoples of this region for its medicinal properties and ability to regenerate the skin.
Tragic story surrounding the effect of Tepezcohuite
In Mexico, Tepezcohuite has the nickname "skin tree" or "healing tree of the Maya". Because the miraculous effect of Tepezcohuite has been known since the Maya.
During the colonization, Mexican natural medicine, which was based on the knowledge of the indigenous people and cultures such as the Maya and Aztecs, receded into the background.
It wasn't until 1984 and 1985, after Mexico was hit by an explosion and earthquake, that the extremely positive effects of Tepezcohuite receded into the collective memory.
Given the lack of proper medication for burn victims, some doctors who knew about the effects of tepezcohuite used the powder to treat burn victims.
This led to an exemplary display of the spectacular effects of tepezcohuite in the hospitals of Tlalnepantla, which ultimately earned tepezcohuite the name "miracle tree".
In fact, immediately after application, the bark has a pain-relieving effect and accelerates the healing of the skin. The result of this treatment was visible after a few weeks: the burn victims who were treated with Tepezcohuite saw their wounds heal faster and after a few months had significantly fewer scars than the patients who were not treated with the miracle tree.
Anti-aging secret of the superstars
Not only Viva Maia knows about the positive properties of Tepezcohuite on our skin. Superstars like Selma Hayek also swear by the ingredient. The Mexican actress has been using Tepezcohuite ointment for decades to care for her skin and prevent wrinkles. With success! The actors are regularly envied by the press for their youthful, healthy complexion and asked about their beauty secrets.
Now we know. Tepezcohuite is the natural anti-aging remedy from Mexico**
Studies on Tepezcohuite:
*1. Rodriguez-Luna, A., et al. "Healing effect of the bark of the tepezcohuite tree (Mimosa tenuiflora) on skin lesions in rats." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 141, no. 1, 2012, pp. 419-424.
2. Martinez-Rivera, V., et al. "Effect of Mimosa tenuiflora extract on skin regeneration." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 189, 2016, pp. 169-177.
3. Vazquez-Velazquez, V., et al. "Anti-inflammatory effect of Mimosa tenuiflora extract in human keratinocytes." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 208, 2017, pp. 38-44.
4. Londoño-Londoño, J., et al. "A review of the biologic and potential therapeutic properties of Mimosa tenuiflora (tepezcohuite)." Phytotherapy Research, vol. 33, no.
5, 2019, pp. 1196-1206. 5. Rauda-Amiya, G., et al. "Effects of a cream containing Mimosa tenuiflora bark extract on skin hydration and elasticity in healthy volunteers: A randomized controlled trial." Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, vol. 19, no. 10, 2020, pp. 2558-2564.