Date fruit extract, Phoenix Dactylifera in particular, is an emollient antioxidant with skin smoothing properties.
Early research suggests that applying a cream containing 5% date palm seed extract around the eyes for 5 weeks reduces the depth and improves the appearance of wrinkles. However, there is insufficient evidence to support this claim.
Date seeds in cosmetics & skincare
Date seed oil is suitable for use in soap and cosmetics. Date palm seeds contain 0.56–5.4% lauric acid. They can also be processed chemically as a source of oxalic acid.
Experimental studies have shown that feeding mice with the aqueous extract of date pits exhibit anti-genotoxic and reduce DNA damage induced by N-Nitroso-N-methylurea. While this is interesting and dates are basically a nutritional superfood, studies showing its internal effects – while pretty amazing – have no relation to its use when applied topically.
See also desert date and jujube extract.
Topical Formulations Containing Palm Pollen
Diab, K.A; E. I. Aboul-Ela (2012). “In Vivo Comparative Studies on Antigenotoxicity of Date Palm (Phoenix Dactylifera L.) Pits Extract Against DNA Damage Induced by N-Nitroso-N-methylurea in Mice”. Toxicology International 19 (3): 279–286. doi:10.4103/0971-6580.103669. PMC 3532774. PMID 23293467.