Naringenin at a glance

  • Antioxidant-rich flavonoid that can be derived naturally from plants or created synthetically
  • Improves skin’s innate ability to repair itself and maintain a youthful look
  • Helps soothes compromised skin
  • Enhances skin’s ability to retain moisture
  • Found in grapes, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and tomatoes

Naringenin description

Naringenin is an antioxidant-rich flavonoid that can be derived naturally (from plants) or synthetically (lab created). It helps mitigate oxidative damage within skin that would otherwise lead to accelerated signs of aging. Additionally, it has been studied as a soothing agent for compromised skin and has research backing its positive effect on reducing TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). Recent research indicates naringenin shows promise for improving skin’s health span by influencing factors that help visibly reduce skin’s biologic age. It does so by supporting key pathways in skin to improve its innate ability to repair itself and maintain a youthful look as the years go by. Research on naringenin also points to its complementary benefits when paired with sunscreen actives, providing a stronger defense against environmental stressors. It’s been shown to help maintain the natural antioxFun fact: Naringenin is a natural component of grapes, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, and tomatoes. idants found throughout skin’s uppermost layers. One of the advantages of naringenin is its ability to penetrate well into skin, which supports this ingredient’s efficacy. Recommended usage levels vary amongst suppliers, ranging from 0.5%-2%.

Naringenin references

  • Pharmaceutics, November 2021, pages 1-17
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, July 2021, pages 1–18
  • International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, December 2020, pages 717-725
  • Biomedical Dermatology, November 2018, pages 1-9
  • Nutrients, November 2017, pages 1-20
  • New Journal of Chemistry, 2017, pages 480-492

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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