Saberry, an extract of the superfruit Amla (Indian Gooseberry), is an antioxidant that can help prevent oxidative stress and degradation of skin proteins, and is said to enhance the firmness of the skin.
For cosmetics and personal care applications, the water-soluble extract is particularly suitable for hair care, anti-aging nutricosmetic sun care and after sun care formulations, Sabinsa claims.
According to Sabinsa, Saberry is known as a rejuvenating herb that can increase resistance to stress, making it ideal for use in anti-aging cosmetic products.
As well as helping to protect against free radicals, Amla extract also helps to control collagen metabolism, the company says.
A 2000 study by Varani et al cited by Sabinsa showed that skin wrinkling and loss of elasticity result from a decrease in collagen synthesis and increase in MMP-1 levels. Therefore, the ability of Amla extract to control collagen metabolism underlines its potential for use in anti-aging cosmetic applications.
In addition, Saberry has been found to have significant potential as a UVA and UVB protectant, Sabinsa notes.
Long tradition of improving hair health
According to the company, Amla extract is widely used as a natural hair conditioner, with the Indian Gooseberry having a long tradition of being used to improve the health of both hair and scalp.
Tests carried out on Saberry demonstrated its ability to inhibit the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase by approximately 80 percent, Sabinsa says.
This result highlights the ingredient’s potential in hair care applications, as this enzyme converts testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is associated with hair loss.
In addition to is potential use in topical applications such as creams, sprays, serums and gels and lotions, Saberry can also be used in capsule or tablet form for nutricosmetic applications.
The company will be showcasing Saberry at the upcoming in-cosmetics show in Paris which is taking place on 12-15 April 2010.