Lychee: Anti-Aging Fruit

Lychee have become a rising star in recent years in the anti-aging skincare solution circle. It is rich in antioxidants, helps to strengthen the skin’s defense, improves hydration and reduces the effects of the stress.

In China, tea made from the pericarp (or outer shell) of the lychee fruit is often used as a remedy for skin rashes. Native to Southern China, the tree has been cultivated for over four thousand years.

The lychee fruit has a delicate, refreshing taste that bears some similarity to the grape. The poet Su Tung Po says the lychee confers “happiness for living.”

The beauty industry has also found applications for the lychee’s leathery, vitamin-rich shell. As a holistic approach to anti-aging, BASF developed a skincare product called Litchiderm™ from an extract of the Litchi chinensis pericarp.

The preservative-free formula fights against daily stress — including oxidative stress and UV stress — and overall skin aging.

Studies of Litchiderm showed marked improvements in skin complexion and radiance, as well as a reduction in photo-aging from UVA and UVB rays. The product also contributed to glowing skin, a brighter complexion and an overall more youthful appearance.

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