Kigeline, a purified extract from the fruit of the Kigelia Africana tree, is the latest innovative ingredient to hit the cosmetic shelves. Found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Kigelia Africana tree is also known by the name of Sausage Tree, for obvious reasons. It bears unusually shaped fruit that hang from long stalks, often measuring 3 feet in length and weighing as much as 20 pounds.
Although the fruit is not widely consumed, extract from the fruit, bark and leaves have a long local history of being used to speed wound healing and treat such ailments as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm and fungal infections.
An abundance of anecdotal testimony of the kigelia tree’s medicinal uses has prompted a number of studies to establish scientific evidence of its potential. A 2012 review published in the Journal of the American Botanical Council outlined the Kigelia fruit’s chemical properties that have contributed to its widespread use for such varied ailments.
Kigelia fruit extract was found to contain high concentrations of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents. It was found to contain flavonoids and phyto-hormones that help firm the skin and prevent sagging, properties which have attracted much interest in the cosmeceutical world. Is it any wonder, then, that kigeline is being used in anti-aging products?
Neostrata recently introduced the FirmaLift line, ideal for those whose main concerns are loss of elasticity and firmness. A Canadian company that prides itself on bringing cutting-edge technology and science-based skin care to consumers, Neostrata features Kigeline in an anti-wrinkle cream as well as an eye-contour cream to help counteract and delay the signs of aging.
Kigeline’s potential may go further than skin deep: studies are underway to determine the effectiveness of kigeline in destroying cancerous cells, including melanoma.