Ingredient Showcase: Plum seed oil

According to raw material supplier, Natural Sourcing, plum seed oil is the next big thing in ingredients for personal care products. Virgin plum kernel oil has been gaining in popularity for its nutritional benefits in cosmeceutical and food applications.

Plum seed, or plum kernel oil, has shown to improve skin elasticity, nourish and moisturise the skin as well as improve the appearance of damaged hair. The oil is light, quickly absorbed and has a fruity (almost almond-like fragrance), making it useful in cosmetic formulations.

Additionally, it is an excellent source of tocopherols (vitamin E), is rich in fatty and essential fatty acids and has a noteworthy sterol content which have shown to improve the skin’s barrier function and prevent epidermal water loss. Applications for its use include:dry or cracked skin, psoriasis, eczema, anti-ageing products, hair care products, for brittle nails and in lip care products.


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