- Origin(s): Plant
- INCI name: IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT EXTRACT
- Also known as cogon grass root extract and Japanese Blood Grass Root Extract
- Contains osmoprotective compounds that increase the intracellular osmosis allowing water to be drawn into skin cells
- Targets dehydrated skin and helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Provides impressive long-term moisturising effects
- Although praised for its skin hydrating abilities it is the least potent of the other humectant found in formulas
Who can use it?
Everyone can use Japanese Blood Grass root extract. However, those who have dry skin type will benefit the most.
What is Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract?
Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract is a water-based plant that is praised for its delivery of long-lasting moisturising effects it has on the skin. This is due to a composition of chemicals such as, 3-dimethlsulfoniopropionate, potassium, sugars and starch, all of which contribute to this ingredient’s ability for pulling in water from the surrounding area of the skin and locking in hydration. Many studies have shown this extract has the ability to increase the level of skin moisture by almost 45%, with an increase at this impressive level you can expect your skin to appear smoothing with any areas suffering from severe dryness, such as the scalp and skin can be treated with a topical application of cream enriched with this hydrating ingredient. It comes as no surprise that the appearance of this ingredient has increased rapidly in recent years throughout the beauty industry.
Side effects of Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract
As long as you do not have an allergy to bees, there should be no issues when using skincare containing honey. There is, however, some draw backs in the certain flowers the pollution is collected from as this can affect the potency of the many properties found in honey. Generally speaking the darker in colour the honey the richer in antioxidants.
Leite e Silva, Vânia Rodrigues, et al. "Hydrating effects of moisturizer active compounds incorporated into hydrogels: in vivo assessment and comparison between devices." Journal of cosmetic dermatology 8.1 (2009): 32-39.