Potential of sugarcane extracts as cosmetic and skincare ingredients

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Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) is an abundant crop around the world, mostly used to produce ethanol and sugar. Due to its sizeable production, the accumulation of byproducts is extensive. In recent years, these materials have been used to produce high value products for several applications. The rich chemical composition can be explored as a source for phenolic compounds extracts, for the development of bioactive ingredients for the cosmetic industry. Therefore, this review aims to reflect on the potential of sugarcane extracts as ingredients for cosmetics and skin care products. The main conclusions are that, key phenolic compounds present in sugarcane extracts possess antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity, as well as inhibitory activity against skin ageing related enzymes and promotes collagen synthesis. These findings support the substantial potential use of these extracts as anti-ageing ingredients and as preservatives for the cosmetic industry, although focused studies for each application must be performed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113625
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial Crops and Products
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Biologic activity
  • Byproduct
  • Cosmetic
  • Phenolic compound
  • Sugarcane


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