The correlation between skin-care effects and phytochemical contents in Lamiaceae plants

Chia Jung Lee, Lih Geeng Chen, Ting Lin Chang, Wei Ming Ke, Ying Fei Lo, Ching Chiung Wang

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In this study, well-known skin-care functional parameters were used, including UV absorption, DPPH-scavenging, NO-production-inhibition, tyrosinase-inhibition activity and anti-Staphylococcus aureus activity to measure the effects of the 70% acetone-extracts form 28 species of Lamiaceae plants. Further, the phytochemical contents were explored by total phenol (TP), total flavone (TF) and total coumarin (TC). The correlation between the skin-care effects and the phytochemical contents was analysed by non-parametric correlation analysis. Amongst the 70% acetone-extracts, Origanum majorana displayed the strongest DPPH-scavenging and tyrosinase-inhibitory effects and the richest phenol content. Based on the statistics results, the phytochemical contents were related with those parameters, such as: DPPH-scavenging effects vs. TP (R= 0.542), TF vs. TP (R= 0.613), and NO-inhibitory vs. anti-bacterial activities (R= 0.767). Moreover, each genus of Lamiaceae had different properties of skin-care effects. Form our research works, the Lamiaceae is good resources to develop skin-care cosmetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-841
Number of pages9
JournalFood Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Lamiaceae
  • Lavandula
  • Non-parametric correlations
  • Rosmarinus
  • Salvia
  • Skin-care effect
  • Total phenol content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Analytical Chemistry


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