Summers seem warmer now than ever. On those long, hot days there is nothing better than a cool and refreshing drink to invigorate and revitalize the senses. The same holds true for our skin, which can also benefit from a little cool down. With that in mind we developed a unique blend of ginger root and peppermint leaf extracts that is designed to provide a pleasant cooling effect which can help our skin feel refreshed regardless of the temperature. It will also deliver a sensory benefit to topical applications. Using a sensory component in cosmetics will allow the consumer to perceive instantaneous results to help reinforce the benefits associated with a finished product. Peppermint is a flowering plant that grows throughout Europe and North America. It has been used historically for the treatment of numerous health conditions including common cold symptoms, cramps, headaches and nausea. Now a days, peppermint leaf extract is particularly useful for its excellent stimulating and cooling properties.
Peppermint’s cooling properties are attributed to its concentration of menthol, a waxy, crystalline organic compound. Menthol has been shown to activate a cold sensitive receptor called Transient Receptor Potential Cation Channel subfamily M member 8 (TRPM8). This protein regulates the movement of ions across the membranes of cells. Just like only certain keys can open a lock, only certain stimulants can open the ion channel and access the cell. TRPM8 opens in the presence of cold temperatures and menthol allowing Na+ and Ca+ ions to enter the cell. The entrance of these cations into the nerve cells changes their electrical charge and also the information that is sent from these cells to the central nervous system thus leading to the perception of cold. For this reason ingredients containing peppermint are widely used to refresh and cool the skin.
The other component of this unique blend is Ginger Root Extract. Ginger is an exotic plant with highly aromatic flowers. It originated in tropical Asia where it was used not only as a spice for culinary purposes but as an infallible remedy for colds, digestive problems and motion sickness. Ginger’s main active components are volatile oils and phenolic compounds, which give the root its distinct flavor and aroma. However -Gingerol is the major phenolic ketone found in ginger root, for this reason most of the research conducted on ginger is focused on gingerols.
Gingerols have been shown to exhibit dose-dependent anti-inflammatory activity. This phytocompound acts by inhibiting UV-B induced expression and transactivation of COX-2, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain.As a result, when applied to the skin, this phytocompound can reduce redness, puffiness and itchiness. A study conducted by the department of Dermato-Immunology of the Catholic University of South Korea showed that -Gingerol also helped prevent UVB-induced ROS formation which suggests that this compound may also provide antioxidant benefits. There are of course other benefits to using ginger in cosmetics. The rhizome can also help revive and renew the skin which is why we were interested in adding it to our product. This botanical is also a favorite ingredient amongst consumers as it is considered to be both familiar and exotic.
FSS Ginger Mint Extract Cooling PF was specifically designed to provide a lovely cooling sensation on the skin. This unique ingredient is ideal for use in cosmetic applications designed to revitalize and refresh the skin, especially after a warm day in the sun or as a morning pick-me-up.
Benefits of using FSS Ginger Mint Extract Cooling PF into your skincare formulation:
- Aesthetic Enhancement
- Cooling Sensation
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.