What makes our Black Balm so special? Could it be our special blend of natural, nutrient dense, unrefined, cold pressed botanical oils (unrefined so they contain all of their naturally occurring nutrients, also known as “the healing fraction”) of organic avocado, tamanu and black cumin seed oil, that penetrate deeply into the layers of your skin to nourish and repair? Yes! PLUS, our star ingredient (aka secret sauce), that you won’t see in many other skin care formulations (except our own Skin Fuel of course): Fulvic Acid.
Why is fulvic acid such a powerful ingredient? One word: ANTIOXIDANTS. Fulvic acid, aka Fulvic Mineral Complex, contains more than 1000X the antioxidant power than fruits or vegetables on a gram per gram basis. To put it in perspective, the antioxidants in 1 mg of fulvic acid is equivalent to an 18,800 mg serving of blueberries or 17,300 mg serving of pomegranate!
In addition to antioxidants, fulvic acid in skincare has been shown to increase collagen production, improve wound healing and reduce inflammation.
Why are antioxidants so important for skin health? Antioxidants help defend against and reverse oxidative damage caused by an excess of free radicals produced by air pollution, UV from the sun, artificial blue light, radiation/EMFs, toxins from cleaning products, smoking, and alcohol (just to name a few!). If you don’t have enough antioxidants, the oxidants (free radicals) can damage your cells, on the inside and outside (skin), which can lead to all sorts of issues, from chronic diseases to damaged skin.
Antioxidants in skincare have been shown in studies to:
- Boost your skin's resilience to UV exposure
- Calm inflammation
- Slow premature aging
To the best of our knowledge, Black Balm is higher in antioxidants than any other skin care formulation available. We don’t use a little fulvic acid in our Black Balm, we use a lot. In fact, when you open the jar and smell the rich, dark, balm, you will notice the earthy smell - that’s from the fulvic acid, along with the other richly colored plant oils that are also high in polyphenols (antioxidants). Skin Fuel contains fulvic acid, just a little less than Black Balm.
References and Resources:
- The role of polyphenolic antioxidants in health, disease, and aging
- Antioxidants in health, disease and aging.
- The Free Radical Theory of Aging
- How to Use Antioxidants for Skin Health
- Nature’s Skin Remedy: A Closer Look at the Skin-Clearing Benefits of Fulvic Acid
- Fulvic Acid – A Natural and Multifaceted Approach to the Management of Inflammatory Dermatosis : Abstract: Fulvic acid has been studied for its various clinical benefits including anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-allergic and anti-microbial properties which makes it a useful option in the management of inflammatory conditions of the skin (inflammatory dermatosis like eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis).
- Development of Functional Nourishing Cream Using Fulvic Acid Abstract: Fulvic acid is a natural material contained within soil that contains an ample amount of minerals and various functionalities such as antioxidation, currently making it a popular choice as a raw material for food, medicine and cosmetic products. Therefore, the research is to develop functional cosmetics for the prevention of skin aging by using fulvic acid, a natural humic substance that is effective in improving whitening and wrinkle.
- Randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid in topical treatment of eczema
- Therapeutic Potential of Fulvic Acid in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetes
The study conducted on our FMC found the antioxidant capacity to be 1400 mM TEAC/kg. The TEAC assay is often used to measure the antioxidant capacity of foods, beverages and nutritional supplements. The Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) was determined for Fulvic Mineral Complex by Medallion Laboratories which used Trolox as a standard utilizing the diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay.