Camellia Japonica Flower Extract


Plant extracts

Camellia Japonica Flower Extract at a glance

  • Has proven antioxidant, anti-pollution, and soothing abilities
  • Rich source of gallic acid
  • Also known as Tsubaki
  • Native to China, Korea, and Japan

Camellia Japonica Flower Extract description

_Camellia japonica_ flower extract is also known as Tsubaki, Japanese camellia, common camellia. Native to Korea, China, and Japan, research has shown this plant has impressive antioxidant, anti-pollution, and soothing abilities. Specific to anti-pollution, testing on human skin samples revealed that topical application of the flower extract protects fibroblasts (cells in skin that make collagen) from oxidative damage that heavy metal airborne pollutants trigger. It also intercepts collagen-degrading enzymes before they lead to visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles and orange peel-like skin texture. Along with offering antioxidant and pollution-neutralizing benefits on its own, topical application of _Camellia japonica_ flower also boosts the presence of several antioxidant enzymes that naturally occur in skin, such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase. This helps skin better defend itself against external aggressors that detract from a healthy appearance. This plant is also a rich source of the oil-soluble antioxidant gallic acid and a compound known as Camellioside A. Its usage level in skin care is typically 0.1%.

Camellia Japonica Flower Extract references

  • Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, Volume 21, Issue 1, January 2021, ePublication
  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, January 2019, ePublication
  • Cosmetics, February 2018, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, April 2011, pages 2,618-2,630

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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