INCI: Humulus lupulus extract
What is Humulus lupulus extract?
Humulus lupulus is a flowering plant, also known as common hops, it is native to temperate regions of Northern hemisphere. The plant extract and the strobiles of cumulus lupulus are particularly useful in cosmetics. Hops has been used for beer making for years and cultivated for the same reason. It contains resinous bitter compound humulone, lupulone, xanthium, humulene, tannins, polyphenols, protein, waxes, steroids, bitter acids called alpha acids and beta acids, cellulose, pectins, etc. The extract is a golden yellow colored liquid.
Use & Benefits:
Humulus lupulus extract is mainly antimicrobial in nature. Medicinally it is used to treat various skin and hair ailments. For cosmetics, this property has a dual purpose. First, it also helps preserve formulation free from any microbial contamination. Second, it helps skin get rid of harmful bacteria that can cause acne or body odor. When the extract is applied on skin it forms a layer on the skin that protects the skin from outer environment, it preserves skin’s moisture and makes it available for skin cells. So, the skin remains moisturized and soft. It also helps remove the dead skin layer from the epidermis and cleanses the skin. It is used in skincare and haircare formulations.