"Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract" is the INCI name that refers to theextract of Chinese radish. While radish is a plant commonly used in cooking, it has also shown benefits for the skin. Its properties mainly come from its chemical composition, including polysaccharides, polyphenols, etc.
What is "Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract" and what is its utility?
- What is Raphanus sativus?
- An overview of radish extract
- What are the benefits of Chinese radish extract?
- In which skincare products can one find "Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract"?
What is Raphanus sativus?
The Raphanus sativus is also known as white radish, Chinese radish, or daikon. It is a root vegetable that can grow up to 50 cm, belonging to the Brassicaceae family. It is a cruciferous vegetable, just like cabbages and broccoli. Originating from Japan, the white radish thrives in sunny regions. Its growth also depends on the nutrients present in the soil. Although low in calories, the radish is a nutrient-rich food, particularly in carbohydrates, proteins, fibres, vitamins, etc. Like many vegetables, incorporating radish into the diet helps to meet the body's needs. Indeed, this plant is known to maintain the cardiovascular system and prevent oxidation reactions, which can lead to cancer. It is these same properties that are sought after in the field of skincare.
An overview of radish extract.
The "Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract" is a plant-based ingredient derived from the pressing of the roots followed by stabilisation on a plant matrix composed of Maltodextrin.
From an organoleptic perspective, it is a red powder with a distinctive smell that is soluble in water and dispersible in oil. It is recommended for all skin and hair types due to its antioxidant properties. This ingredient is also used as a natural colourant in certain cosmetic formulas.
This extract is utilised for its richness in active components. Among other things, its composition includes:
Antioxidants (Vitamin C, Polyphenols, etc.);
Organic acids (malic acid, glutamic acid, etc.);
What are the benefits of Chinese radish extract?
Primarily composed of carbohydrates or polysaccharides, Chinese radish extract is used as a astringent active ingredient. This type of active ingredient is sought after to rebalance the production of sebum in the skin and purify it. Thus, Chinese radish extract helps to maintain oily skin. At the same time, it tightens the pores, which helps to even out the complexion.
Beyond its astringent property, the "Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract" contributes to the process of cellular renewal. Indeed, the organic acids gently exfoliate, allowing for the removal of dead cells on the skin's surface. The presence of antioxidants also slows down skin ageing, given their role in neutralising free radicals. These two combined actions contribute to reviving the complexion, smoothing the skin and reducing wrinkles.
In which skincare products can one find "Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract"?
Theextract of Chinese radish is still scarcely present in skincare, given that it is only incorporated into 0.04% of formulas. However, it is suitable for all skin types, ranging from sensitive, oily to mature skin. It can be found in facial care products (creams, micellar jellies), body care products (exfoliators), hair care products (dyes, hair masks, shampoos, conditioners) as well as in makeup (tinted powders, eyeshadows, foundations, glosses, lipsticks).