Mexicans say that blue agave – the plant used to make tequila, the national drink of Mexico – has many health benefits. Now it seems that it also helps reduce skin wrinkles. We’ll soon have cosmetics based on agave tequilana.
A French company specializing in the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics industry has launched an active ingredient in the market that could represent an alternative to the hyaluronic acid used in many cosmetic formulas. As we age, the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases. The new ingredient, based on yeast oligosaccharides from blue agave leaves, works by stimulating the natural internal synthesis of hyaluronic acid. The skin is better hydrated and so becomes softer and smoother.
In vitro studies showed a 237% increase in hyaluronic acid synthesis. Tests based on twice daily application of the new ingredient were conducted with volunteers over 28 days. Compared with participants who received only a placebo, it was found that wrinkle volume was reduced by 14.2% and crows’ feet by 7% for 70% of the group receiving the active ingredient. These results are very similar to those for hyaluronic acid used as a cosmetic ingredient. The French manufacturer supplies the new ingredient for the development of moisturizers and anti-wrinkle products. It does not contain parabens and meets standards established for Europe, the USA, Japan and China.