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A REVIEW ON COSMECEUTICAL PERSPECTIVE OF LUFFA CYLINDRICA

Reetika Kawale*, Dr. Nibha Bajpai and Neelam Mangtani

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The demand for herbal cosmetics is increasing rapidly due to their skin friendliness and consumer concern about the side effects of synthetic ingredients. The use of plants for medicinal purposes is as old as humanity and day by day they are evolving with great potentials containing natural compounds derived from a variety of natural sources. One such herb is Luffa cylindrica Roem belongs to family Cucurbitaceae is used as a common vegetable. They are native to most countries around the world, especially the tropics, where they are grown in every nation, state, and province. The phytochemical constituents present in Luffa cylindrica are glycosides, flavonoids, triterpenoid, phenolics, oleanolic acid, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, saponins, carbohydrates, proteins, alkaloids, and tannins. The Luffa cylindrica possesses several pharmacological activities such as antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, wound healing, and many more. The biologically active component purporting to have skincare benefits and can be used in products such as moisturizers, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory cream, facial cleanser, body oil, sponge soap, etc. The intention of this article of Luffa cylindrica is to focus on cosmetic importance and its benefits.

Keywords: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Luffa cylindrica, Phytochemical constituents.


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