Vegetable sprouts: a potent source for cosmetic actives
Vegetable sprouts are a very rich source for vitamins and physiologically active secondary metabolites. Cosmetic ingredients based on sprouts of different vegetables have been found to exert specific benefits in the skin. An active prepared from garden cress sprouts was shown to work as a general anti-aging ingredient by stimulating the cell’s own defense system against free radicals. An extract of mustard sprouts, known to stimulate blood circulation, was found to increase the lip volume after topical application, and a preparation of sunflower sprouts turned out to be efficient in enhancing the cellular energy in the skin.