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Research Journal of Topical and Cosmetic Sciences
Year : 2020, Volume : 11, Issue : 1
First page : ( 12) Last page : ( 14)
Print ISSN : 0976-2981. Online ISSN : 2321-5844.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5844.2020.00003.5

Photoprotective potential of Saharan myrtle (Myrtus nivellei) Leaves

Mansour Amira1,*, Rahili Ghania2, Bensouici Chawki3

1Centre De Recherche Scientifique et Technique En Analyses Physico-Chimiques (CRAPC), BP 384-Bou-Ismail, Tipaza, Algeria

2Institut National De La Recherche Forestière (INRF), Baïnem-BP 37, Cheraga, Algeria

3Centre De Recherche En Biotechnologie, Ali Mendjli, Nouvelle Ville UV 03, BP E73, Constantine, Algeria

*Corresponding Author E-mail: mansour.amira13@yahoo.com

Online published on 18 April, 2020.


In-vitro sunscreen activity of cream formulation containing the different extracts of M. nivellei leaves was evaluated through sun protection factor (SPF) determination, by absorption spectroscopy method. All formulations displayed high potency in photoprotection (SPF>40) at 10000 ppm when compared to the cream without extract (SPF=7). Furthermore, the free radical scavenging activity of the different extracts was measured by the DPPH assay. Ethyl acetate extract exhibited the highest potency in scavenging free radicals comparable to BHA. The photoprotective and antioxidant properties of leaves extracts of M. nivellei indicate that this plant is a promising candidate for use in cosmetic formulations.



Myrtus nivelleiSaharan myrtle, Sunscreen activity, Sun protection factor, Antioxidant activity.


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