Derived from the pollination of the passionflower, the passion fruit or maracuja is an exotic fruit rich in vitamins and fatty acids. Its vegetable oil is a regenerating concentrate that activates the synthesis of elastin and collagen in the skin. Therefore, it is particularly recommended for the care of mature skin. It also promotes the healing process to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Let's focus on this compound with multiple virtues.
What is "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil" and what is its utility?
- Everything you need to know about "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil"
- The benefits of maracuja oil for the skin
- In which Typology skincare product can one find "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil"?
Everything you need to know about "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil".
The passion fruit, also known as grenadille, purple granadilla, and maracuja, is a climbing plant belonging to the Passifloraceae family. It primarily grows in South America, specifically in Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, and northeastern Argentina.
"Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil" is the I.N.C.I. name used to refer to the vegetable oil derived from passion fruit seeds through a process of cold pressing. This is a clear, oily liquid with a light yellow to golden color and a fine, delicate fragrance. Its dry touch and non-comedogenic properties make it an oil that is quickly absorbed by the epidermis.
Maracuja oil is rich in fatty acids essential such as the linoleic acid (omega-6), the oleic acid (omega-9), the palmitic acid and the stearic acid. As a reminder, oleic acid is the most abundant long-chain monounsaturated fatty acid in our body. Highly nourishing for the skin, it makes it more supple and softer but also more radiant. It also contains vitamins (E and K) as well as carotenoids (beta-carotenes), bioflavonoids and squalene.
As a natural product sensitive to oxidation, maracuja oil should be stored in a cool, dimly lit place.
The benefits of maracuja oil for the skin.
Maracuja oil is characterized by a biochemical composition rich in elements already present in the skin structure, such as squalene and oleic acid, making it an ideal ingredient for skin care.
Combatting accelerated skin aging caused by oxidative stress.
The skin is daily assaulted by free radicals, these reactive oxygen species naturally produced by the body. This phenomenon is normal, but stress, pollution, sun exposure, smoking, and of course, an unbalanced diet promote their excessive production. The skin loses its elasticity and suppleness. Wrinkles form on the surface. Maracuja oil contains anti-radical compounds such as vitamin E and carotenoids that stabilize and neutralize free radicals. It is thus antioxidant and helps fight against premature skin aging.
Limiting the degradation of elastin and collagen.
As a reminder, collagen and elastin are fibrous proteins that make up the connective tissue found in the dermis, the deep layer of the skin. They provide the skin with firmness and elasticity. Researchers have demonstrated the anti-elastase and anti-collagenase activities of maracuja oil, with elastases and collagenases being the enzymes that respectively degrade elastin and collagen. Thus, maracuja oil helps maintain the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Preserve the hydrolipidic film.
Its content of omega-6 and omega-9 provides nutrition and elasticity to the skin, and prevents dehydration by strengthening the barrier function of the epidermis. As a reminder, the hydrolipidic film improves the resistance of the horny layer against external aggressions and limits insensible water loss. Therefore, maracuja vegetable oil is recommended for the care of dry and dehydrated skin.
Reduce redness and promote healing.
The vitamin K found in maracuja oil improves circulation by ensuring proper blood coagulation. It helps to diminish the sunburns and the redness. It also aids in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
In which Typology skincare product can one find "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil"?
The maracuja oil concentrate makes up our stretch mark gel-to-oil. This treatment is also enriched with baobab oil , which has healing properties, and shea olein, which is both nourishing and protective. It helps to prevent the appearance of stretch marks, as well as improve the skin's appearance. Its fluid consistency quickly penetrates the skin layer and leaves no greasy finish on the skin's surface.
YEPES A. & al. Purple passion fruit seeds (Passiflora edulis f. edulis Sims) as a promising source of skin anti-aging agents: Enzymatic, antioxidant and multi-level computational studies. Arabian Journal of Chemistry (2021).