Salicornia Herbacea Extract



Salicornia Herbacea Extract at a glance

  • Saltwater-growing plant native to South Korea
  • Helps fade the look of dark spots
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Helps support a strong barrier
  • Good source of minerals skin needs to be healthy

Salicornia Herbacea Extract description

_Salicornia herbacea_ is an oily extract that comes from a saltwater-growing succulent plant native to the shores of South Korea. Limited research has shown this plant to be a very capable antioxidant on skin and in the body. It also seems to play a role in fading the appearance of dark spots, but more research is needed to propel this plant to the must-have list for those struggling with discolorations. Specific to its antioxidant ability, it’s noteworthy that this plant has a protective effect on fibroblasts, cells within skin that make collagen. This plant also plays a role in strengthening skin’s barrier by helping to increase urea, one of the substances comprising skin’s natural moisturizing factor, or NMF. In doing so, skin’s hydration is improved, and rough texture is diminished. It’s a good source of potassium, sodium and calcium, minerals which play supportive roles in maintaining healthy skin. The recommended usage level of _Salicornia herbacea_ extract in skin care is 0.25–1% when used in a lipid carrier base. Fun fact: this plant is edible and, due to where it grows best, has a fairly high salt content so is sometimes used to replace salt in certain foods.

Salicornia Herbacea Extract references

  • Foods, February 2022, pages 1–19
  • Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, March 2009, pages 552–560

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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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