FSS Lemon Peel BioFerment
Preserved Naturally with Leucidal Liquid
has cultivated lemons for so long it is no longer clear when it began. However
it is clear that lemons originally were produced in Asia and slowly propagated
westward. Researchers debate if lemons were initially produced in the Malay Archipelago
or in the Yunnan province of China. Regardless, lemons are widely cultivated.
Citrus limonum is one of the world’s most important food crops. The
juice from the fruit is widely used as a beverage and as a condiment. The rind
is used to produce lemon oil, while the remaining skin and pulp may be used as
livestock feed.The medicinal virtue of lemons, specifically the citron, is
clearly evidenced by its Latin name – Citrus medica. Traditionally in
cosmetics, lemons have been used as a source of the alpha-hydroxyacid (AHA)
citric acid. Typically lemon juice contains between 5 and 8 percent citric
acid. The most obvious medicinal use of lemon was as a source of Vitamin C to
prevent scurvy. Owing to its high level of Vitamin C, fresh lemon juice has been
recommended in some herbals as a treatment for sunburn, perhaps not the most
sensorially pleasing approach, but not without merit. Given its relatively high
acid content, coupled with antioxidant activity, it is obvious why lemon juice
has been promoted as a natural skin lightener.
As early as 1986 researchers began demonstrating
some interesting properties from the peel of the lemon. Kroyer showed that the
hesperidin and naringin are principally responsible for the significant
antioxidant properties of citrus peel. In 2000, the University of Arizona
published a study where they were able to correlate consumption of citrus peel
with a reduction in squamous cell carinoma. Coincidentally, Arizona is one of
the predominant producers of lemon in the US. Recently a group of researchers
in Taiwan, looking to develop a commercial usage for lemon peels, discovered
that the peel itself has some potent anti-tyrosinase activity.
Using our traditional biofermentation approach, We
have macerated the lemon and incubated it with Lactobacillus lactis. It was
then carried out further isolation methods to specifically remove potential
allergens such as citral and geraniol. Most skin care formulations today are
developed as multifunctional products, often times tackling more than one skin
condition at a time.
Balancing skin tone is an important aspect to
address when developing cosmetic skin treatments, as is providing an
antioxidant rich formulation. As stated previously, the fruit of the lemon has
long been used for its,strong anti-oxidant benefits while more recently the
peel has been found to possess strong anti-tyrosinase activity.
confirms that FSS Lemon Peel Extract is a natural and effective
alternative to hydroquinone for inhibiting tyrosinase production. Using FSS
Lemon Peel Extract in cosmetic and personal care applications is an
excellent way to capitalize on the desire for using botanicals ingredients
while also helping to balance skin tone.