Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Root Extract



Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Root Extract description

_Morus alba_ (white mulberry) root extract has antioxidant properties, but its main benefit for skin has to do with calming signs of irritation along with its potential to fade the look of discolourations and uneven skin tone. [br] [br] White mulberry root contains compounds known as flavonoids, some of which have been shown to interrupt the process that keeps discolourations looking more apparent. [br] [br] Interestingly, some research has shown that mulberry twigs work in a different manner to improve uneven skin colour, as the twig contains a different mix of beneficial ingredients than the root. The same is true for the leaves of this plant, which are a rich source of the skin tone-improving antioxidant oxyresveratrol (although this compound is also present in the root, it’s more concentrated in the leaf). [br] [br] Overall, topical application of this plant extract helps calm stressed skin, which in turn reduces signs of environmental damage and fosters a brighter, more radiant skin tone.

Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Root Extract references

  • Asian Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2019, pages 207-217
  • Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines, January 2016, pages 17-30
  • BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 2014, ePublication
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2011, pages 785-790

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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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