Cinnamon, one of the oldest known spices, is obtained from the inner bark of several trees that are native to Sri Lanka. This spice was highly prized among ancient nations and regarded as a gift. Cinnamomum aromaticum, referred to as Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon, is an evergreen tree, primarily known for its aromatic bark, and often used as a spice. The bark of this type of tree is thick with a very rough texture. Cassia is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure the common cold and is considered one o the most fundamental herbal prescriptions. This type of cinnamon has a slight, distinct odor and taste that has led to its widespread use in commercial baking.
Interestingly, several laboratories have found Cinnamomum cassia to be a safe, natural, skin lightening agent. Many traditional skin lighteners, such as hydroquinone and corticosteroids have effectively been used to reduce hyperpigmentation. However, these synthetic products have been associated with negative side-effects, including cell toxicity, and are now strictly regulated or banned. These issues have resulted in the search for a more natural and safe, plant-based skin lightening solution. Cinnamomum cassia bark has been shown to possess natural skin lightening properties related to its capacity to inhibit tyrosinase activity.
Tyrosinase is a copper containing enzyme that plays in key role in melanin production. Copper is the essential cofactor of tyrosinase and is required for it to carry out catalytic activity. The copper atoms in tyrosinase interact with oxygen to form a highly reactive intermediate in the initial oxidation reaction of melanogenesis. At the beginning of the melanogenesis pathway, tyrosine is converted to dihydroxyphenylanine (DOPA) with tyrosinase acting as the catalyst. DOPA is then converted to DOPA-quinone and eventually melanin is produced through a combination of polymerization and oxidation. Cinnamomum cassia bark has natural tyrosinase inhibiting components that restrict the process of melanogenesis through an unusual mechanism. These natural components, linderanolide B and subamolide A, have been shown to exhibit effective anti-pigmentation abilities.
The carbonyl group of linderanolide B and subamolide A interact with copper, which is located at the active sites of tyrosinase. The oxygen atoms of the carbonyl group act as an electric sink enabling these components to bind with the copper ions thereby deactivating tyrosinase. Effective inhibition of pigmentation requires a multifaceted approach and Cinnamomum cassia provides just that. In addition to its ability to inhibit tyrosinase activity, it also demonstrates strong antioxidant properties.
Reveal the natural glow of your skin with the purifying properties of cinnamon. This sweet, savory spice, which is often associated with the warmth of the holidays and exotic locales, is now being used to balance skin tone, resulting in a flawless complexion. FSS Cinnamon Liposome is an innovative ingredient that effectively delivers antioxidants to the skin while sequestering copper to down-regulate tyrosinase activity.
Incorporating FSS Cinnamon Liposome into a finished formula has a significant impact on melanin levels. Please note that skin lightening products can be used in over the counter applications, however, they cannot be claimed as the active ingredient. Incorporate FSS Cinnamon Liposome into finished formulas to lighten and even skin tone while delivering potent antioxidant properties for increased functionality.
*FSS Cinnamon Liposome is stable at a pH between 4.0-7.0 and should be incorporated into formulations during the cooling phase or at temperatures below 60°C.
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate