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Hot Ingredient: Magnolia Bark

Posted: February 11, 2010
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Since chronic inflammation is generally believed to play an important role in skin aging, Mibelle Biochemistry has developed a water-dispersible active powder based on magnolia bark extract to protect against inflammation. MAXnolia also is said to neutralize internal skin factors and reduce redness.

Magnolia bark contains two anti-inflammatory substances, magnolol and honokiol, which reportedly inhibit the activation of NF-KB, a key mediator in both inflammatory and aging processes. However, with age, the immune system becomes less effective and inflammatory activity increases. This can lead to chronic inflammation characterized by a slow but continuous production of free radicals that in turn, cause wrinkles and sagging skin.

In vivo studies have shown that the compound also reduces facial skin redness and improves the hydration and visco-elastic properties of the skin, notably on the crow’s-feet area.

The compound is recommended at 0.1–0.5% in: anti-aging products for face and eye contour, protective formulas and anti-redness skin care.