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Nutritional Outlook, September 2013

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Beauty OU KOSHER SO2 FREE C O L O R S TA B I L I T Y ZERO CALORIES C RY S TA L & L I Q U I D CARRIER FREE A M P L E S U P P LY LONG-TERM PRICING Call today to receive your free color kit! 5631 E. OLIVE AVE., FRESNO, CA 93727 TOLL FREE: (800) 557-0220 E-MAIL: INQUIRIES@SJVCONC.COM WWW.SJVCONC.COM magenta cyan yellow black Bamboo, Cucumber, and Burdock Bamboo extract, cucumber juice, and burdock fruit have the potential to become big hits in beauty, especially for antiaging products, according to Quirk of Draco Natural Products, which sells these ingredients. "Currently, cucumber has only been used as a fragrance or weak hydrosol, but we extract the whole skin, peel, and fesh, which creates a more benefcial ingredient," he says. Quirk claims his company's cucumber juice and whole-fruit extract 20:1 can protect skin elastin and hyaluronic acid, improve skin moisture, while providing anti-wrinkle benefts, according to results of one study. "We have been selling awesome amounts of this, and it is backed by excellent research," says Quirk. "Since the benefts are concentrated in the juice, this ingredient allows a formulator to easily achieve the right concentration of hyaluronic acid for antiaging benefts." Draco's bamboo extract, composed of 70% silica, is also popular. It is derived from the leaf and stem of the bamboo plant and is used for nourishing efects on the hair and skin. Quirk says that silica is considered an essential nutrient for connective tissues. Burdock fruit (Arctium lappa), another Draco product, and its active compound arctiin, have the potential to help reduce wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and improving metabolism of the dermal extracellular matrix. Looking Forward Wherever a company gets its next best ingredient from, know that the options are many. "Antioxidant ingredients from familiar foods like chocolate, pomegranates, spices, green tea, and wine remain popular in personal care and cosmetics," says David Sprinkle, research director for Publishing. Another trend seems to be in using unusual parts of a plant, such as roots and bark. "Research is being done on existing plants to explore new parts that aren't typically used," says Barron of Paula's Choice. "We're asking questions like, 'How about the root versus the fower?' We should continue to reexamine the plants that we already know are good for the skin, and determine how a familiar ingredient can be further exploited to provide diferent skin benefts." Draco's Quirk agrees. "More and more, people are intrigued by botanicals used in traditional Chinese medicine, which uses every part of a plant—from the roots and bark to the seeds and leaves." For instance, he says, Rhodiola rosea root and Eucommia bark are two inedible plant parts being used in some antiaging products, thanks to their ability to increase or protect collagen production. "Tis is a huge treasure trove of bioactives for antiaging, DNA repair, and skin rejuvenation," he says. Marie Redding lives in Brooklyn, NY, and has been a freelancer writer since 2009. Redding has been writing for and editing both trade and consumer publications for more than 10 years. She has written for Nutritional Outlook, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, and Cosmetic + Personal Care Packaging, as well as the New York Daily News. Her specialties include the beauty industry, packaging, cosmetic ingredients, nutritional supplements, "green" products, environmental issues, and lifestyle stories. SEPTEMBER 2013 ■ FlooRTjE FlooRTjE/iSTockPhoTo.coM Natural Anthocyanin Colors Aloe vera juice, used as a water base in all of its products, with coconut water. According to founder Parker, the company decided to reformulate because many of its customers are allergic to Aloe vera. "Coconut water has less allergy potential for most people, so we will be testing it in our formulations for awhile to see how it goes," says Parker. "But coconut water is amazing. It has electrolytes and moisturizing properties. I also think we are the frst brand to use coconut water as a skincare ingredient in this way. And, we do love the fact that coconut water is so trendy as well." NUTRITIONAL OUTLOOK ES315747_NO1309_062.pgs 09.04.2013 04:17 UBM

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