Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract 


Plant extracts

Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract  at a glance

  • Natural extract that comes from the bilberry plant
  • Good source of resveratrol and anthocyanins (potent antioxidants that help inhibit photoageing in skin)
  • Provides skin-calming benefits, especially helpful for compromised or sensitised skin 
  • Can be sourced as an “upcycled” byproduct of the food industry

Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract  description

_Vaccinium myrtillus_ leaf extract comes from the bilberry plant (a dark berry similar to blueberries), which is known to be a particularly rich source of antioxidant compounds, including anthocyanins and resveratrol.   Anthocyanins boost skin’s defense against environmental stressors (such as damaging UV rays), which can help to mitigate the onset of wrinkles, and other signs of ageing. Resveratrol, among its many significant benefits, has been shown to visibly minimise hyperpigmented skin discolourations and slow down the process of photoageing in skin.   _Vaccinium myrtillus_ leaf extract also offers calming properties, making it a welcome addition for those struggling with sensitised skin. Recommended usage level of the pure extract in skin care is between 0.1–0.5%. On a sustainability note, _Vaccinium myrtillus_ leaf extract can be sourced as a byproduct of the food industry, in which case it is considered an “upcycled” skin care ingredient.    While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has not conducted an official safety report on _Vaccinium myrtillus_ leaf extract, they have done so for the seed oil form of this ingredient, which was deemed safe in personal care formulations.  

Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract  references

  • Antioxidants, March 2021, pages 1-17 
  • 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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