I have always loved quince. It is related to apple and pear, and has a glorious fragrance all of its own. It takes an age to cook, but the process is worthwhile as it makes great pies, jam and even a vegetable side dish (try stewing it with red wine). It was fresh quince extract that drew me to Future Face, a new brand from France and made by the same company that brought us Oxelio, a carrot-based topical gel that protects from the sun’s rays by boosting the skin’s natural immunity while accelerating a tan.

Quince turns out to be quite an amazing fruit. Scientists recently got interested in quince and it is building up an impressive pedigree of data showing that it can be used to inhibit allergic reactions, ward off flu and protect us from free radicals. Research has been conducted on quince as an inhibitor of Parkinson's Disease.  The most powerful antioxidants are found in the skin and the seeds. According to a Chinese study, quince is a stronger antioxidant than vitamin C. Other studies have shown the quince leaf is also antioxidant.

This all down to the phenolic acids. Recent interest in phenolic acids stems from their potential protective role against oxidative damage diseases (coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancers). Phenolic compounds are essential for the growth and reproduction of plants, and are produced as a response for defending injured plants against pathogens.

One of the components of quince is quercetin. Cornell University has a new way of measuring antioxidant potency called ‘cellular antioxidant activity’ (CAA) that tests the antioxidant activities of a compound inside the cell itself. This is an approach that is deemed to be more accurate. Of all the flavenoids, quercetin had the highest CAA value.

Future Face's Hydrating Body Milk has quince extract in a base of shea butter. There is also alga, plus vitamins A and E. Expect to find the usual suspects in the preservative department. In the spirit of bringing interesting and hard to get products to Truth In Aging's readers, Future Face is now available in our store.

Ingredients in Future Face Hydrating Body Milk:

Shea butter, fresh quince extract, acqua, capryllic triglyceride, glyceryl stearate SE, glycerin, decyl oleate, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, algae extract, cyclomethicane, tocopheryl acetate, imidazolidinyl urea, ethyl linoleate, carbomer, methylparaben, triethanolomine, propylparaben, retinyl palmitate, BHT, fragrance