All Ingredients: Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil
Incidecoder Rating: Goodie
EWG Rating: 1 (Best)
PETA Rating: Cruelty Free & Vegan
Origin: Cold pressed from kiwi seeds, sustainably grown in New Zealand.
Kiwi seed oil contains pro-health molecules, such as, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and amino acids, which help to promote a number of skin care benefits. Topical application of kiwi seed oil has been found to provide antioxidant, moisturizing, rejuvenating as well as skin-soothing properties.
Constituents such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E protect the skin from degeneration. Vitamin E helps to regenerate the skin’s top surface layers, allowing skin to feel softer and smoother. Vitamin C plays a major role in maintain the youthful aspect of the skin, which when applied topically can help to keep skin firm and supple. Most importantly, both vitamins equip kiwi with a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidant protection is vital for neutralizing harmful free radicals present within the body as well as the environment.
Kiwi seed oil is mainly comprised of alpha linolenic acid, a key component in the omega-3 series. Fatty acids such as omega-3 play an important role in improving skin barrier function. This in turn helps the skin to retain moisture and increase hydration. Polysaccharides found in kiwi seed oil can help promote skin proliferation and rejuvenation. They work by stimulating cell activity which in turn can increase the number of structural skin benefits for a youthful look.
For these reasons, the benefits are implemented in regenerating cosmetics and moisturizing products, which are essential for preserving the skin’s structural integrity as well as enhancing overall skin quality.
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- Deters, A.M. et al. Kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis L.) polysaccharides exert stimulating effects on cell proliferation via enhanced growth factor receptors, energy production, and collagen synthesis of human keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and skin equivalents. Journal of cellular physiology 202.3, 717-722 (2005)