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Hot Ingredient: Apple Juice, Fruit and Seed Extract

By: Nica Lewis
Posted: August 20, 2008

From E-newsletter

The use of apple extract (INCI: Pyrus malus extract) in skin care has grown steadily since 2003. In the first half of 2008, it increased by nearly 30% over the same period in 2007. This acidic, vitamin-rich fruit appears in face and body care in both mass-market and selective distribution. Apple fruit, juice and seeds are found in recent launches of antiaging, anti-acne and brightening products.

Fresh's Appleseed Brightening Essence contains apple fruit extract as well as apple and strawberry seed oils to nourish, protect and soften. The key active ingredient is a vitamin C derivative that claims to reduce dark spots over time and even out skin tone. It also contains mulberry to lighten the skin and raspberry root for its antiaging properties.

Apple fruit extract’s antiaging properties are paired with salicylic acid for an acne treatment in Patricia Wexler M.D. AcneScription Regimen MMPi.20 Anti-Aging Acne Serum. This product claims to actively treat and help prevent breakouts, diminish redness associated with acne and visibly reduce blemishes. It also helps to firm skin and reduce lines and imperfections.

In M.A.C Strobe Cream, the antioxidants in apple, grape seed and green tea are combined with iridescent particles to offer what the company terms the "ultimate quick fix." It claims to brighten, clarify and enhance the effects of light on all skin in all lighting conditions. The product is also formulated with mimosa bark and mulberry root for their whitening propeperties and Scutellaria baicalensis root extract as an antioxidant.

The combination of apple and green tea is also found in Sophyto Polyphenol Skin Drops. The active complex of organic polyphenol compounds also contains organic olive leaf extract and fermented red grapes. Sophyto describes itself as "eco-premium" skin care recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and antiaging physicians. It has UK Soil Association organic certification, and the products reportedly do not contain petrochemicals, triclosan, mineral oils, non-organic or synthetic fragrances or colors, polysorbates, ethanolamides, alkyl sulphates or alkyl ethyl sulphates.