What is Haberlea Rhodopensis?
Haberlea is a rare mountain flower able to survive very long periods of desiccation. Skin care company marketers have seized onto this in order to promote this extract.
The Haberlea Rhodopensis, otherwise known as the resurrection flower, can survive unharmed for up to 31 months of drought. Then, with just a few drops of water, the plant’s cells are restored, and normal growth resumes.
When used at 3% in human skin biopsies, Haberlea extract protected against UV-induced dermis oxidation by 100%. Finally, when tested on 20 volunteers at 3% in a cream against a placebo, Haberlea extract increased skin elasticity 3x more than the placebo and 4x skin radiance after only 15 days of treatment, with the effect sustained after 30 and 60 days of treatment.
According to researchers, Haberlea extract (particularly rich in glycoside myconoside), is able to strongly stimulate antioxidant skin defenses and extracellular matrix protein synthesis. The researchers go on to say that “this effect, in turn, will further stimulate skin elasticity and skin radiance significantly in human volunteers.”
Researchers concluded that “the extract can be suggested for anti-ageing treatments, intended for claims such as protection from oxidation, increased skin elasticity and enhanced skin radiance.”
Skin benefits of a myconoside-rich extract from resurrection plant Haberlea rhodopensis.
Int J Cosmet Sci. 2012 Apr;34(2):132-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2494.2011.00692.x. Epub 2011 Nov 15.