Skincare Ingredients: Mulberry Extract

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What is Mulberry Extract?

Great for: Skin-lightening, lightens age spots and evens skin tone

How it works: Mulberry extract appears to inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme that controls the production of melanin, and oxidation activity. A 2003 study showed an extract from the young twigs of white mulberry suppressed tyrosinase activity in B-16 melanoma cells.

Where does Mulberry Extract come from?

Mulberry root extract comes from the white Mulberry tree that is native to China but is also grown in Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America. The most effective version appears to come from the white mulberry (Morus alba). You might recognize white mulberry as being the primary food sources of silkworms in China.

Examples of skincare with Mulberry Extract

Mulberry extract (Morus alba root extract) is found in some commercial skin care products, especially those with anti-oxidant properties. Some examples include Olay’s Luminous Overnight Facial Mask Gel Moisturizer, Supergoop! 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40, and Tarte’s Micellar Magic Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

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Sources:
  • Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, 4th Edition
  • A new source of whitening agent from a Thai Mulberry plant and its betulinic acid quantitation. – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17691207
  • Mulberry – https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/77722/pigmentation-disorders/mulberry
  • Inhibitory effects of Ramulus mori extracts on melanogenesis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=J+Cosmet+Sci.+2003+Mar-Apr%3B54%282%29%3A133-42
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