Fragaria vesca (strawberry) fruit extract

Strawberry’s red color comes from its high amount of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins. It’s also a natural source of saccharides which help hydrate skin.

Research has shown strawberry is a very good source of vitamin C. The combination of that plus the numerous other antioxidants is what allows strawberry to help skin to better withstand environmental damage; in fact, strawberry can helps shield supportive elements in skin from harm, allowing them to stay flexible and resilient longer. What’s more, it does so quickly, providing this benefit within 30 minutes of application.

Ellagic acid is among the primary antioxidants in strawberry, and has a documented soothing effect on skin’s surface, plus contributes to strawberry being a prebiotic. This same compound is also found in pomegranate.

Research has shown ellagic acid can interrupt the pathway that leads to visible skin color changes, including dark spots. In that sense, it’s a great ingredient to pair with skin tone-improvers like vitamin C, niacinamide, and arbutin.

References for this information:
Food Quantity and Safety, December 2017, pages 227-252
Frontiers in Plant Science, November 2014, ePublication
Food & Function, August 2014, pages 1,939-1,948
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 2012, pages 2,322-2,327

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