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Cosmetics 2015, 2(2), 48-65; doi:10.3390/cosmetics2020048

Main Benefits and Applicability of Plant Extracts in Skin Care Products

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Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Drug Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, Porto 4050-313, Portugal
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REQUIMTE/LAQV, Chemical Sciences Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, Porto 4050-313, Portugal
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Enzo Berardesca
Received: 9 March 2015 / Revised: 30 March 2015 / Accepted: 31 March 2015 / Published: 10 April 2015
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Abstract

Natural ingredients have been used for centuries for skin care purposes. Nowadays, they are becoming more prevalent in formulations, due to consumers’ concerns about synthetic ingredients/chemical substances. The main benefits reported for plant extracts, used in skin care, include antioxidant and antimicrobial activities and tyrosinase inhibition effect. In this review, some examples of plants from Portuguese flora, whose extracts have shown good properties for skin care are presented. However, despite the known properties of plant extracts, few studies reported the development of formulations with them. More work in this field can be accomplished to meet consumer demand. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant extracts; antioxidant activity; tyrosinase inhibition; antimicrobial activity; cosmetics plant extracts; antioxidant activity; tyrosinase inhibition; antimicrobial activity; cosmetics
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Ribeiro, A.S.; Estanqueiro, M.; Oliveira, M.B.; Sousa Lobo, J.M. Main Benefits and Applicability of Plant Extracts in Skin Care Products. Cosmetics 2015, 2, 48-65.

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