Is Goji Berry an Effective Anti-Aging Ingredient?

Goji Berry for Anti-Aging (1) - Cosmetic Composition

One of my recent favorite moisturizers is the Garnier Moisture Bomb. It’s a lightweight gel moisturizer that has been absolutely perfect for fall and is chalked full of great hydrating ingredients like water, glycerin, aloe juice and sodium hyaluronate. One of the ingredients that caught my attention was goji berry as it’s supposedly giving the moisturizer it’s antioxidant capabilities. With my former internship with The Beauty Brains I researched goji berry as an effective anti-aging ingredient so I thought I’d share some of the basics here.

Goji Berry Breakdown 

Goji Berry, also known as Wolfberry or Lycium barbarum (where goji berry is grown from), is a small red berry native to China. As a popular “superfood” ingredient goji berry has become a beauty supplement and commonly used antioxidant. Overall, there is strong research supporting its antioxidant strength in cosmetic products. As an antioxidant, goji berry extract would work by quenching free radicals which helps prevent cellular damage. This mechanism is what makes antioxidants so helpful for aging symptoms. Goji berry’s resume of skills includes skin brightening, wrinkle reduction, photodamage protection, hyperpigmentation reduction and overall skin appearance improvements.

Goji Berry for Anti-Aging (3) - Cosmetic Composition

The health benefits of goji berry are highly research compared to the work done on cosmetics. There are claims and evidence of anticancer and life longevity with daily supplements and/or fluid intake. However, since this ingredient is being applied topically it is extremely unlikely that these benefits will be obtained from the skin. Nonetheless, goji berry could use some more clinical research (especially participant based studies) but its antioxidant properties make it good enough for me to recommend. Definitely not as your main antioxidant (#vitC should definitely take that place) but it will make a great addition to your antioxidant skincare cocktail.

Moisture Bomb Review

I literally bought this moisturizer because I was feeling cheap and didn’t want to spend three more dollars on the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost gel moisturizer and ended up loving it even more than the Hydro-Boost. While the ingredients and texture are both comparable this moisturizer definitely has an advantage with the addition of goji berry. This is basically the Sisterhood of the Traveling Moisturizer – it works perfectly for my mom, sister and I who all have different skin types (dry, acneic, and normal). Garnier’s Moisture Bomb is a lightweight gel, layers easily and is perfect for spring, summer, and fall (I’d personally switch to a heavier moisturizer if you live somewhere cold for winter).  As I mentioned earlier, this is a great antioxidant to add to your collection; however, in regards to anti-aging, I wouldn’t rely on this as your sole ingredient – focus more on the ~golden trio~ (sunscreen, retinoids and vitamin C).

ingredients

AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, CETEARYL, ETHYLHEXANOATE, ALCOHOL DENAT., ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, DIMETHICONOL, BISABOLOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, XANTHAN GUM, DISODIUM EDTA, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, LYCIUM BARBARUM FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, LIMONENE, FARNESOL, SODIUM BENZOATE, LINALOOL, LACTIC ACID, CETEARETH-25, CITRONELLOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GERANIOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CERAMIDE NP, BEHENIC ACID, PUNICA GRANATUM EXTRACT, CHOLESTEROL, CERAMIDE NS, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CI 42090 / BLUE 1, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP, CERAMIDE EOS, CAPROOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CAPROOYL SPHINGOSINE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE F.I.L. D191175/

Have you ever tried this moisturizer or any other skincare with goji berry? I’d love to hear your experiences below!

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