Phloretin: The Essential Anti-Aging Extract That’s Probably In Your Fridge, But Is It In Your Skincare Yet?
Could an apple a day keep premature aging away? Well, it may take a lot more apples than you can realistically eat to see dramatic anti-aging benefits from them, which is why your skincare regimen should feature the concentrated extract derived from apples called phloretin.
Phloretin is a potent flavonoid found in the skin, leaves, and bark of apple trees. Flavonoids are a class of polyphenols found in plants that play a large role in their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and environmentally protective power.
Harnessing the power of flavonoids as concentrated topical extracts allows for the delivery of these amazing reparative nutrients directly to our skin so that we can work from the outside on signs of premature aging. The skincare world is no stranger to using flavonoids and other polyphenols. But as we write this, very few brands are taking advantage of the incredible anti-aging properties of phloretin in particular.
What You Could Be Missing Out On If You Skip Phloretin
A Serious Collagen and Elastin Boost For Firmer Skin
Collagen and elastin are the proteins that comprise the structure and the “knit” of the skin. The benefits to your collagen and elastin are twofold when using phloretin. First, this flavonoid can aid in the protection of existing collagen and elastin by preventing it from breaking down too soon via glycation.
Glycation is the process by which proteins bind together and stiffen as a result of excess exposure to glucose or oxidation. These cross-linked proteins are called AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. That binding and stiffening is responsible for premature wrinkles and sagging.
While these are a normal effect of chronological aging, most of us want to prevent the process from accelerating prematurely so we feel our best as we age and we’re staving off those AGE-induced lines and loss of firmness as long as possible. Formation of AGEs has been shown to have the potential to be inhibited by phloretin.
Secondly, phloretin can help stimulate synthesis of collagen and elastin and improve cell turnover. This regeneration slows down with age, so anything we can do to keep re-energizing our cells to regenerate is essential for maintaining strong, supple skin. If you want to retain or restore some of that springy, bounceback effect to your skin, adding phloretin to a firming skincare routine may be indispensable.
We know what you’re thinking, “Hey, I thought vitamin C was supposed to be doing all this for me!” Vitamin C is fabulous for collagen and elastin integrity too, but adding phloretin creates a dynamic duo that will outshine vitamin C alone for two reasons. Keep reading to find out how!
Enhanced Effects From Your Other Skincare Products
One of phloretin’s most amazing benefits is that it’s capable of extending the efficacy and performance of vitamin C! As an ultra powerful antioxidant, phloretin can prevent the oxidation of vitamin C so that it remains functional for a longer period of time on the skin. On top of that, phloretin is a penetration enhancer. This means that as it’s delivered to the skin along with vitamin C, the skin more readily absorbs the two so that all the benefits of vitamin C are boosted as well.
But phloretin doesn’t just enhance the effects of vitamin C, it improves penetration of the other ingredients in your skincare too. So those other nutrients and actives you’re applying to address lines, wrinkles, firming, and tone may be able to do their best work when phloretin is in the mix (with the exception perhaps of some exfoliators that you may want to regulate the intensity of). This is good news for your skin. It means you’re getting more bang from your anti-aging bottles every time!
Better Brightening For More Even Tone
Even independently, phloretin has been shown to be very effective in evening out skin tone. It’s capable of inhibiting melanin production and may even be more beneficial for evening out hyperpigmentation than other brightening ingredients like kojic acid are.
And as we mentioned, since it also acts as a booster to vitamin C, which is an excellent choice for brightening in its own right, you may see optimal improvements in even tone and radiance from a regimen that features both vitamin C and phloretin. Just remember that with any regimen aimed at evening out skin tone, you also need to protect that process by protecting your skin from the sun if you want to see the results you’re looking for.
Optimized Protection From Environment and Lifestyle
Polyphenols like the phloretin flavonoid are present in plants as their own protection from environmental exposure to ensure their ability to thrive in nature. When we capture this natural technology for our own use on the skin, we get the benefit of borrowing the plant’s antioxidant quality and anti-inflammatory power so that our skin thrives beautifully as well.
Both inflammation and oxidation can be caused by pollution, environmental exposure, stress, illness, inflammatory foods and beverages, lack of quality sleep, etc. That sounds like just about everything, right? That’s exactly why an antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet and skincare regimen are so key to maintaining beautiful skin. Our cells need protection all day, every day from the elements that can age it prematurely causing lines, sagging, pigmentation, redness, and uneven texture.
When it comes to sun damage in particular, phloretin is a powerful addition to your sun protective measures. It’s essential to keep your skin from excess exposure with hats, clothing, reduced hours outside, and your favorite sunscreen. But it’s also important to pair that strategy with foods and skincare that are rich in antioxidants and UV-protectors like phloretin to prevent sun damage.
And remember, this flavonoid will boost the other protective antioxidants you pair it with too!
Which Kate Ryan Skincare Products Contain Phloretin?
If you’re a Kate Ryan user then you may already be getting plenty of phloretin! We are one of the few accessible companies utilizing this anti-aging flavonoid. You can find phloretin in our Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum, Vitamin C Night Repair Serum, and Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum For Men.
Who knew the humble apple could be the next secret to glowing, healthy skin? You might even say beauty grows on trees. . .