While skin creams generally use antioxidants as anti-aging ingredients scientists have now discovered a new and healthful substance that will help your skin stay young - an extract from the leaf buds of poplar trees!
Poplar buds are usually used to treat various health problems, such as colds, sinusitis, sunburn and arthritis. One substance called propolis present in beehives that is made from poplar buds also seems to have similar disease-fighting benefits.
The positive effects of propolis are probably acquired by poplar bud compounds, but a very little is known about these substances.
To see whether poplar buds are a good source of antioxidants for skin creams, Xavier Vitrac and his colleagues decided to test an extract from the buds.
They found that poplar bud extract had moderate antioxidant activity, and it displayed anti-aging effects on cells in the laboratory.
The researchers believe that the collective antioxidant properties and transcriptional effect of this extract has the potential anti-aging properties that can be used in cosmetic and nutraceutical formulations.
The study appears in the ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.