Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract



Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract at a glance

  • Antioxidant-rich plant-extract derived from the Hylocereus undatus fruit, AKA pitaya or white dragon fruit
  • Assists in protecting skin from pro-aging environmental stressors
  • Helps skin maintain a youthful glow
  • Susceptible to degradation when exposed to light and air

Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract description

_Hylocereus undatus_ fruit extract, also known as pitaya or white dragon fruit extract, is a plant-derived antioxidant that works to neutralize the impact of pro-aging external aggressors. Through helping to renew skin’s protection against agents which can exacerbate the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone, this plant extract helps skin appear youthful and healthy. _Hylocereus undatus_ fruit extract receives most of its antioxidant properties from flavonoids, compounds synthesized by plants during their own metabolic processes. A nutritional analysis of white dragon fruit also revealed that the fruit’s flesh contains gallic and caffeic acids, phenolic compounds that also help protect skin from external aggressors. Usage levels of _Hylocereus undatus_ range from 0.5–2%. It is almost always supplied as part of a blend with ingredients such as glycerin and one or more preservatives. Much like with other ingredients that contain plant-derived antioxidants, Hylocereus undatus is sensitive to degradation when exposed to light and air. Due to this susceptibility, this plant extract should be housed in air- and light-protective packaging so that it maintains its benefits for skin.

Hylocereus Undatus Fruit Extract references

  • Heliyon, February 2019, ePublication
  • International Journal of Agricultural Science and Research, October 2017, pages 451-456
  • Indonesian Journal of Pharmacy, January 2012, pages 60-64

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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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