BACKGROUND & SCIENCE Imperata cylindrica, also known as Cogon Grass, is native to warm regions in West Africa that are partial to brief flooding, but it is a hearty plant that is able to survive in a widerange of climates. It is a tall, slender lanceolate that arises from a thick underlayer of rhizomes, and the leaf margins are finely toothed and embedded with silica crystals. Because of its ability to survive in flooded environments, it is not surprising that FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF is an excellent long-term moisturizer that shows increased hydration effects even after 24 hours. Its potential for increased moisture levels is due to the all-natural, plant extracts that are rich in potassium and 3-dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), which may help increase intercellular osmosis, water is believed to be drawn into the cells and may remain there even after showering. DMSP is an osmoprotective compound that can be found in many plants with known moisturizing properties. Research has shown that DMSP is derived from methionine, one of the essential amino acids in human nutrition.
By increasing hydration within the skin’s cells, FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF may in turn help to ensure increased cellular metabolism and enhanced collagen synthesis, providing long term skin enhancement properties. For a modern and elegant solution to dry, wrinkly skin, FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF may offer a completely satisfying moisturizer without heavy or unnatural ingredients "weighing down” the skin, leaving one looking younger and feeling healthier and more vibrant.
According to the Karl Fischer method, FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF is composed of 65-75% water. Thus based solely on the composition of the plant matter, it may be safe to assume that it is naturally an excellent moisturizer and hydrator. FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF is said to provide hydration to the stratum corneum so that it looks younger and wrinkles fade.
The moisturization benefits of 2.0% FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF were compared to the biological control. Test Product: Oil/ Water Emulsion Base + 2.0% FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF (in O/W base emulsion). The results indicate that FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF is capable of increasing average level of skin moisturization by almost 45% when compared to the biological control. Our assay illustrates that it is possible to make long-term moisturization claims based on the incorporation of FSS Imperata Cylindrica Extract PF in a cosmetic or personal care formula.
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 rated.