Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract



Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract at a glance

  • Natural extract that comes from bilberry (a dark berry similar to blueberries)
  • Good source of anthocyanins (potent antioxidants that boost skin’s defense against stressors)
  • Helps visibly minimise the look of wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of ageing
  • Provides skin-calming benefits, especially helpful for compromised or sensitised skin

Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract description

_Vaccinium myrtillus_ fruit extract comes from bilberry (a dark berry similar to blueberries), which is known to be a particularly rich source of antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins boost skin’s defense against environmental stressors (such as damaging UV rays), which can help to visibly minimise the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of ageing. _Vaccinium myrtillus_ fruit extract has also been proven to offer calming properties, making it a welcome addition for those struggling with sensitised skin. Suppliers of this ingredient tout its skin-conditioning benefits. As a nice side benefit, research indicates _Vaccinium myrtillus_ fruit extract may be able to help strengthen preservative blends, which results in a more stable skin care product. It’s typically blended with glycerin or a glycol, where the usage level of the fruit extract is 0.1%. While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has not conducted an official safety report on _Vaccinium myrtillus_ fruit extract, they have done so for the seed oil form of this ingredient, which was deemed safe in personal care formulations.

Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract references

  • International Journal of Food Sciences, August 2014, pages 594-601
  • Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, March 2014, pages 27-35
  • Pharmacognosy Research, July-September 2011, pages 173-177
  • Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects 2nd edition, 2011, chapter four
  • Biofactors, January 2008, pages 249-266

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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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