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Hot Ingredient: Apple Juice, Fruit and Seed Extract

By: Nica Lewis
Posted: August 20, 2008

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Apple extract also appears in body care formulas. Avon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother claims to correct and help prevent the formation of stretch marks. It also is said to improve the appearance of cellulite and work on skin tone. It contains a variety of stimulating plant-based ingredients including soybean, coffee seed, apple root, carrot root and fennel.

Another body product formulated with apple is Body By Sonya Dakar Verbena Cypress Omega Hydrator. It incorporates the antioxidants apple, acerola, papaya and an organic omega-3 complex. Nourishing apricot kernel oil, sweet almond extract, vitamin E and shea butter soften the skin. This product is not tested on animals and is free from parabens, artificial dyes, fragrances and animal by-products. 

Antiaging skin care increasingly features stem-cell based technology and terminology. One ingredient supplier has already capitalized on apple extract in this way. Mibelle Biolchemistry introduced a new antiaging active derived from apple stem cells at in-cosmetics in April 2008. PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica is based on the callus cells of a rare Swiss apple tree species. The company has developed a method to cultivate large quantities of the plant cells in the laboratory from plants that are rare, protected, seasonal or otherwise unavailable. The internal fluid of these plant cells contains components that the company claims help protect and maintain the function of human stem cells. The cells are also thought to contain metabolites to ensure longevity as the apples of the Uttwiler Spätlauber species keep well over long periods of time.

Given apple’s health benefits and its purported ability to keep the doctor away, this fruit is expected to have a long life in skin care.

-Nica Lewis, Mintel