Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract
* A skin-conditioning agent
* Also known as baker's yeast
Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract is a skin-conditioning agent used in cosmetics and beauty care products because of its ability to "act in oxidative stress and improve skin conditions," according to a study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology
in 2008 entitled "Evaluation of dermatological effects of cosmetic formulations containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae extract and vitamins." The study compared results of transepidermal water loss, skin moisture, skin microrelief and free radicals protection after applying formulas containing vitamins A, C and E esters, just Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, or a combination of the vitamins and the extract (and all 3 against a control group). Results were compared after 3 hours, 15 days and 30 days. Although all of the formulas increased the skin moisture on the patients, only the formulas containing only the Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract or the combination of the vitamins and extract yielded skin microrelief results, whereas the vitamins alone did not.
According to Dr. Jason P. Rubin
of Belli Skin Care, a derivative of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract can also help to increase microcirculation and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
The Cosmetics Database considers Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract a 99% safe ingredient and lists its only concern as enhanced skin absorption. No other studies were found that listed negative side effects associated with its use in cosmetics or beauty products.
Recommended Products w/ Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract:
Dermalogica Pre Shave Guard
, Sothys Homme Hydrating Active Care
, Dermalogica Daily Defense Block SPF 15
, Nia 24
, Dermalogica Soothing Shaving Cream with Daily Defense Block