INCI: Vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract/Vaccinium myrtillus leaf extract
What is Vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract/Vaccinium myrtillus leaf extract?
Vaccinium myrtillus is a shrub that bears small, blue-colored berries as its fruit. These fruits are rich in anthocyanins and are commonly known as blueberries or European blueberries. They are very similar to American blueberries. The plant is native to continental Northern Europe, the British Isles, Ireland, and Iceland. For more information refer to blueberry extract.
Use & Benefits:
Antioxidant Properties: Vaccinium myrtillus is a rich source of anthocyanins, which have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect the skin against free radical damage, which can lead to premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. The antioxidants in Vaccinium myrtillus may also help to reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation in the skin.
Anti-Aging Benefits: The anthocyanins in Vaccinium myrtillus may help to promote collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin, and its production declines as we age. By promoting collagen production, Vaccinium myrtillus may help to improve skin firmness, texture, and tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin Brightening: The anthocyanins in Vaccinium myrtillus may also have skin-brightening properties. They may help to reduce the appearance of age spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone, leaving the skin looking brighter, clearer, and more radiant.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The anti-inflammatory properties of Vaccinium myrtillus may benefit those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. Inflammation is a key driver of acne and other skin conditions, and reducing inflammation can help to calm and soothe the skin.
Moisturizing Properties: Vaccinium myrtillus extract may also have moisturizing properties, helping to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
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