Skin Spots and Sun Damage
The skin serves as our body's primary defense against a multitude of chemical and physical assaults, including pollution, cigarette smoke, and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. In a 2014 study, the skin's photo-protective and anti-aging effects were evaluated through the administration of 100mg of a standardized red orange extract. This dosage equated to approximately 3mg of anthocyanins and 2mg of hydroxycinnamic acids, alongside other beneficial components. The results demonstrated a significant reduction in skin erythema (redness), with an average decrease of 40%. The study's second part also revealed remarkable protective effects, as skin age spot pigmentation decreased from 27% to 7% during the period of red orange extract supplementation when subjects were exposed to a solar lamp. These experiments collectively demonstrated that blood orange extract could counteract the detrimental effects of UV radiation, akin to a natural sunscreen (16).
These findings underscore the potential of blood orange extract to protect the skin from UV-induced damage and oxidative stress caused by the sun. By harnessing the unique blend of bioactive compounds within blood oranges, this extract exhibits photo-protective and antioxidant properties that contribute to healthier, more resilient skin.