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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Watercress skin care range launches as researchers explore health potential for superfood extract

Get ready to unlock the power of nature with the latest skincare sensation! Watercress, the ultimate "powerhouse" superfood, has now taken the beauty world by storm.

Thanks to ground breaking research by Watercress Research Limited, we proudly present Prof and Doc, a game-changing skincare brand. After a decade of scientific exploration, they've harnessed the incredible benefits of watercress extract.

Their revolutionary formula, boasting a potent 10% concentration, is proven to combat skin irritation and deliver unparalleled soothing effects for all skin types. But that's not all - they've also crafted a luxurious serum with an astonishing 93% concentration of our patent-pending watercress extract!

Dr Kyle Stewart said: “We know watercress is a superfood, and it’s no surprise that something so nutritionally dense could also have other beneficial properties. We’re really excited to launch these products, which our research has found can help prevent skin irritation and have a soothing effect. We think this is just the beginning of the potential for our watercress extract, and our product sales will help fund our ongoing research into whether watercress extract could potentially treat some inflammatory skin conditions.”

Dr Stewart discovered the potential of watercress in treating nappy rash after researching plants with high levels of urease inhibitors. He developed a process to extract these compounds from watercress, which is abundant and inexpensive. With funding from the Torbay Medical Research Fund and private investment, Dr Stewart partnered with Professor Winyard at the University of Exeter to create a watercress extract rich in beneficial skin compounds. The project exemplifies South West sustainability, utilizing surplus watercress from The Watercress Company and processing it at various locations in the region. The team also found additional value in watercress fiber and protein. Their efforts were recognized with the Sustainable Innovation award at VentureFest South.

Tom Amery, Managing Director of The Watercress Company said: “Watercress is an incredible product, and one of the most nutritionally-dense foods available. We’re really excited that the watercress that we can’t use is now being put to such fantastic use, and we can’t wait to see how this research develops.”

The team is now exploring whether tailored watercress extracts could be useful in treating skin conditions, including nappy rash, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Professor Paul Winyard, from the University of Exeter, said: “It’s still early days, but we’ve discovered so much in a decade, and we’re really excited about the potential for beneficial effects of watercress extracts on the skin. The next research and development stage will build on our promising early data, by testing whether preparations obtained from watercress are anti-inflammatory in skin inflammation driven by bacterial ureases. We’re also working on creating synthetic versions of the combinations of molecules we believe to be effective to progress down a licensing route. One day, we hope we could be developing new treatments derived from our bespoke formula of watercress components.

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