Mulberry Extract: A Brightening Ingredient for Dull and Tired Skin

  • September 29, 2023
  • 3 Minutes

Last updated on 10/12/2023 by Souhela Ferrah

Today, I want to talk about a natural wonder that is increasingly used to treat dull skin: mulberry extract. In this article, we’ll go over this extract’s (almost) magical properties and how it can help revitalize your skin.

Radiant skin is not just a symbol of beauty but a source of self-confidence and inner vitality. Naturally luminous skin is the dream. In a world where the way we look and feel matters, the search for glowing, youthful skin has become one of of the main goals of every person using skincare products. But we’re not looking for just any product to revitalize our skin, no. We have become more conscious and are looking for something that will make us shine while caring for our planet. 

Understanding the Science Behind Dull Skin

As we age, our skin naturally starts reducing its biofunctions. We produce less collagen and elastin, leaving our skin with fewer proteins. The sun, environmental stressors, and free radicals further exacerbate the tenderness of our skin, making it prone to look tired, lifeless and dull. Dead skin cells accumulate over time, forming a barrier that refracts light and obscures our natural radiance.

However, skin dullness is different from other skin concerns. It requires a unique approach that targets both surface-level concerns and the underlying causes. We need an effective, science-backed solution that penetrates the skin’s layers and addresses the root issues.

picture of the berries of the mulberry plant
picture of the mulberry flower, from which the mulberry extract is obtained
picture of a mulberry plant and its flowers flowating on a river at dawn

The Power of Mulberry Extract

In the ever-increasing world of natural remedies, mulberry extract leaves very little to wish for. It is a testament to the timeless wisdom of Traditional Medicine. This extract is derived from the Morus alba plant and has been widely used across various cultures and centuries. From Traditional Chinese Medicine to Ayurveda, mulberry extract has repeatedly proven its natural components’ effectiveness.

What makes this extract so unique is its intricate chemical composition. It contains a molecule called anthocyanin that is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This extract provides a holistic approach to skincare. Antioxidants combat free radicals that accelerate aging, vitamins nourish and rejuvenate, and minerals provide a solid foundation for skin health.

The Skin-Brightening Mechanism of Mulberry Extract

At the heart of mulberry extract’s brilliance lies its ability to inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for melanin production. It also contains arbutin and resveratrol, two very dynamic components that work together to reduce hyperpigmentation. While melanin production is reduced, mulberry extract also gently helps in an even skin tone, giving you a natural, luminous complexion that emanates from within.


Mulberry extract, with it’s unique mixture of nutrients, works in harmony to restore vitality and radiance to tired and lackluster skin. While some other brightening agents might be harsher on sensitive skin, mulberry extract’s inherent gentleness reduces the possibility of irritating even the most sensitive complexions.

Mulberry Extract vs. Other Brightening Ingredients

There are plenty of different ingredients that you can use to treat dull skin. First of all, I’d like to address the difference between the sources of the ingredients:

  • Naturally occurring: Ingredients in these products are used in their natural, unprocessed state. For example, raw honey and crushed flowers.
  • Nature-identical: Ingredients in nature-identical products are produced in a lab and are chemically identical to those in nature. An example is sorbic acid.
  • Synthetic: This term sits on the far end of the spectrum and includes ingredients created and processed in a lab. An example of this is parabens, which are common preservatives found in skin care products.

As a professional, I like to remain within the first two categories: naturally occurring and nature identical. Synthetic components are the ones I really try to avoid. If you are like me and want to learn more about The Benefits of Using Natural Ingredients in Your Daily Skincare Routine, check out this article.

Comparing mulberry extract with other common brightening agents, such as kojic acid and licorice root, reveals its versatile and gentle nature. While these other natural ingredients are effective, mulberry extract’s balanced composition allows it to benefit a spectrum of skin types and concerns.

picture of fields of yarrow's rosegel and mulberry extract face mask
picture of a woman holding fields of yarrow's rosegel and mulberry extract face mask
decorative picture of a woman's face as the rosegel and mulberry extract face mask is sitting on her skin

Incorporating Mulberry Extract into Your Skincare Routine

Integrating mulberry extract into your skincare routine should be simple. This extract can be used during multiple stages of your skincare routine. The key lies in consistency, allowing your skin to fully embrace the benefits of this natural wonder. Check out organic and natural companies when looking for products to treat dull or uneven skin. Like this, you can be sure you are getting what you pay for: an organic, non-toxic skincare product.
For example, my favorite hydrating mask has mulberry extract. This Rose Gel & Mulberry | Hydrating Face Mask has a silk-gel formula to gently soothe and tone with a plumping effect. The skin is instantly cool and calm, while a blend of tea, mulberry, and flower extract helps to brighten, nourish, and detoxify the skin deeper. It pairs amazingly well with our Floral Fusion Antioxidant Crème.

With Mulberry Extract

Rosegel & Mulberry

Hydrating Face Mask

A silk-gel formula to gently soothe and tone with a plumping effect. The skin is instantly cool and calm, while a blend of tea, mulberry, and flower extract helps to brighten, nourish, and detoxify the skin deeper.


Is mulberry extract suitable for all skin types?
Yes. Mulberry extract's balanced composition makes it suitable for a variety of skin types, including sensitive skin. Its gentle nature reduces the likelihood of causing irritation.

Can I use mulberry extract if I have sensitive skin?
Yes, mulberry extract's inherent gentleness makes it a suitable option for those with sensitive skin. However, as with any new product, it's recommended to perform a patch test first.

Can I apply mulberry extract directly onto my skin?
In my experience, Mulberry works well in sinergy with other elements. I suggest you to use skincare products that already contain mulberry extract, as they are formulated with appropriate concentrations. Direct application of undiluted extracts can be too potent and might cause adverse reactions.

Can mulberry extract be used on body skin as well?
While mulberry extract is often used on the face, it can also be used on other parts of the body to address dullness or uneven skin tone. However, using specific body care products may be more practical (also economically) for larger areas.

Can I find mulberry extract in natural or organic skincare brands?

Yes, mulberry extract is often found in natural and organic skincare brands like Fields of Yarrow, that prioritize using plant-derived ingredients. Look for products from reputable brands that focus on eco-friendly and skin-friendly formulations.

Other natural ingredients can really help in the fight against dullness. A targeted routine can really help you combat the signs of hyperpigmentation. Check out this Night time skincare routine for a brighter skin to get a deeper insight into how to take care of your skin.

About the Author

Souhela Ferrah
Souhela Ferrah

Researcher, mom and founder of Fields of Yarrow

Growing up in the south of France, Souhela Ferrah was surrounded by flower fields. As the daughter of a pharmacist, and with her educational background as chemist, she grew up with a strong affinity with nature and understood its power very well. Thanks to her family, her hometown and her travels around the world, she found inspiration in natural healers, herbalists and nature itself. And this was enough to motivate her to start the awarded honest skincare brand, Fields of Yarrow.
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