peony root extract

Plant Extracts , Antioxidants

There is research showing that the root of the peony plant can have anticancer properties as well as antioxidant properties (Sources: Cancer Letters, December 2001, pages 17–24; Archives of Pharmaceutical Research, April 2001, pages 105–108; and Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, January 2001, pages 69–72).

A small amount of in vitro (meaning in a petri dish, not on intact skin) research indicates components in peony root can interrupt the pathway that the skin pigment melanin takes to create cells that lead to dark spots (Sources: Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, Volume 35, Issue 12, 2012, pages 198–203; and Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, September 2011, pages 275–284). Although that’s encouraging, the research looked at pure concentrations, not tiny amounts used in cosmetic products. Still, peony root appears to be a potent antioxidant and that can benefit all skin types.

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