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Morus Bombycis

* A mulberry extract high in antioxidants

Functions:

Morus Bombycis is an extract found in mulberries that is often used in cosmetics due to the presence of arbutin, a hydroquinone derivative isolated from the leaves of the bearberry shrub, cranberry, blueberry, some mushrooms, and most types of pears. Thanks to Morus Bombycis' arbutin properties, it can potentially prevent melanin production, therefore naturally lightening skin and creating a more youthful appearance (Source). Morus Bombycis is also high in antioxidants, and although this property has made it a popular inclusion in the treatment of liver disease and other internal ailments, it is also an effective free radical scavenger.

A study was done in Korea to test the antioxidant effects of Morus Bombycis on liver damage found that “The antioxidant activity and liver protective effect of Morus bombycis Koidzumi were investigated … extracts of M. bombycis Koidzumi had higher superoxide radical scavenging activity than other types of extracts.”

Another study done in Korea found that the "antioxidant activity (based on the radical scavenging effect) and photoprotective property of extracts from different organs of Morus bombycis (fruit, leaf, stem and root) were studied ... the extract from the stem and the ethanol extracts from the root, stem and fruit showed high antioxidant activity ... The results indicate that phenolic compounds are the major biological components of M. bombycis roots and that this plant can be used as source of natural antioxidants and substitutes for synthetic UV sunscreen agents."

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Morus Bombycis is considered a safe ingredient in skin care products and cosmetics and there were no studies found that listed any harmful side effects or safety measures. The EWG found it to be a safe ingredient.

Although Morus Bombycis is linked to both Arbutin and Hydroquinone, controversial lightening ingredients, it is considered a safe and natural alternative, and it not found to be irritating or sensitizing like these harsh ingredients.

Recommended Products w/ Morus Bombycis:

Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Foundation
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