New Skincare Spotlight: Silymarin

Ever hear of this new skincare ingredient? Silymarin has cute name with tons of benefits your skin will love. From anti-aging to UVB protection, you have to try out this new fun ingredient!

What is silymarin?

Silymarin is a flavonoid extracted from the seeds of milk thistle. Also known as silybum marianum! Before it was incorporated into our skincare, it was traditionally used as a treatment for liver disorders. Over the last decade or so, silymarin has been studied with a dermatological angle, namely for its UVB-protective properties.


This new skincare ingredient comes with loads of great qualities, including the following:

  • Antioxidant: Helps inhibit free-radicals
  • Anti-aging: Helps to slow the aging process as well as a sunscreen
  • Photoprotective: Has the ability to reduce and suppress harmful UV radiation
  • Sebum regulation: Inhibits sebum oxidation in the skin and can decrease sebum by 16% in just one week of use
  • Anti-inflammatory: Inhibits pro-inflammatory components
  • Pigmentation: Inhibits melanin synthesis by decreasing the tyrosinase protein

Who benefits?

Who reaps all the benefits of this new amazing ingredient? Well, definitely with sebum regulating properties, it’s a home-run for oily and combination skin types. Not only that, but for those concerned with aging and acne.


  • Always do a patch test! You never know how a product will react to your skin
  • Pair it with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to provide full and comprehensive protection against environmental aggressors that can cause aging
  • Buddy up with vitamin C to boost that antioxidant power

Picky’s Picks

Derma E – Skin Lighten Natural Fade and Age Spot Creme

Targeting those aging concerns, this cream is pack full of ingredients ready to help fade those fine lines. Such as alpha arbutin, vitamin C, silymarin, jojoba seed oil and even ginseng! Cruelty free and vegan friendly, this product can help reduce not only signs of aging but waste as well (recyclable).

Sandawha – Ultra Rich Hydrating Camellia Floral Water Cream

Silymarin and camellia flower extract combined to bring you an antioxidant powerhouse of a cream! With plenty of fruit, floral and oil extracts to nourish that skin alongside niacinamide, squalane and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump.

Estee Lauder – Perfectionist Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum

If wrinkles are your worry, then you’ve found the right product! This serum not only has silymarin, but tons of ingredients to help build up that collagen production on top of fruit and oil extracts for nourishment. It claims to instantly smooth skin and make it feel more fresh and young!

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4 thoughts on “New Skincare Spotlight: Silymarin

  1. Ja-Nee says:

    Wow! Very interesting. Haven’t heard of this ingredient before. Thx for sharing 😊

  2. Amg3268 says:

    Skincueticals just came out with a silymarin serum with salicylic acid and L ascorbic acid! I’ve never seen anything on the market like that before but for $160 I’ll have to pass 😅

  3. Sharon says:

    I’ve never heard of this ingredient before. Thanks for increasing my skincare knowledge!

  4. Hendrika Van Dijk says:

    Interesting to learn about this ingredient. Will keep my eyes out to look for it


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