Einkorn (triticum monococcum) is a kind of wheat and was one of the earliest cultivated forms - grains of wild einkorn have been found in Epi-Paleolithic sites in the Fertile Crescent. There is some evidence that einkorn may be less toxic than modern wheats for sufferers of coeliac disease. But opening up the cosmetic world to CD sufferers is only one of the things that makes einkorn interesting.
Scientists have found that the extract of triticum monococcum contains a concentrated isolate of a peptide with antioxidant properties. Apparently, the peptides can mimic glutathione, a natural antioxidant in our bodies that fights off free radical damage. It can also inhibit glycation, one of the main causes of aging skin because it leads to cross-linking and the breakdown of skin elasticity.
Einkorn has antioxidant properties that have undergone numerous tests. Much richer in antioxidants than modern wheat varieties (source), einkorn is also bursting with lutein. This is a carotenoid and according to a Harvard research team, it may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer and skin damage.
Research published only this summer on 22 people demonstrated that topical application of einkorn extract resulted in “significant reduction in wrinkle parameters”.