Red Maple Bark Extract: The new sustainable, Canadian-sourced anti-aging ingredient

As the beauty industry continues to evolve, so do skincare ingredients. Trends have emerged over the years, from argan oil, green tea and ginseng to algae, kombucha and niacinamide, which have taken the spotlight in recent years. While consumers look for products that deliver results for their skin, many also consider natural and eco-friendly skincare. As the demand for sustainable products continues to grow, a new ingredient has entered the spotlight: Red Maple Bark Extract, known for its anti-aging properties.

What is Red Maple Bark Extract?

Red Maple (Acer Rubrum), native to Canada, is known for its beautiful vivid red leaves during the fall season. Every year, the forest industry generates a large number of coproducts, such as tree bark, which has always been considered a residue with no value. However, studies have shown that the bark, being the richest part of the tree, contains high levels of natural bioactive compounds and allows it to resist external aggressions.

Efficacy & Claims

Derived from Canadian red maple bark through circular economy, the Red Maple Bark Extract contains a high anti-oxidant level that reduces the impact of oxidative stress and inflammatory response. It is a powerful active ingredient that helps produce collagen and elastin to restore skin’s firmness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. This extract works by inhibiting free radical production, reducing collagenase synthesis and enhancing elastin and collagen synthesis.

Effects of a cream containing Red Maple Bark Extract on wrinkles. - The study observed 17 women aged 50 to 65 with wrinkles and fine lines on the crow’s feet who applied the cream on their faces twice daily.

Application of Red Maple Bark Extract on anti-aging products

In 2021, students from the School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry (BSAC) at Seneca College worked with Céla to develop a unique anti-aging formula made with Canadian-grown botanical ingredients. After sourcing and testing multiple ingredients, the team created the final formula for an anti-aging face oil, combining the benefits of Glycerin & Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) Bark Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Labrador Tea Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Fleabane Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract and Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed oil, along with the Céla Complex (6 Canadian botanical extracts - Blueberry, Elderberry, Evening Primrose, Juniper Berry, Rosemary and Lavender).

new Céla Northern Face Oil will be available in April 2023.

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Restore your youthful glow with the Northern Face Oil. This face oil uses Glycerin and Acer Rubrum (Red Maple) Bark Extract to produce collagen and restore skin firmness. Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Cranberry Seed Oil work to prevent UV damage while moisturizing and reducing skin aging.


1.      Marie-Anne Boucher, Mariana Royer, Alexandra Jeanneau (2017). Acer rubrum Bark Extract, the new Natural and Eco-responsible Anti-ageing Ingredient. Global Ingredients & Formulations Guide 2017.

2.      Sonal Kamath, Sharon Robertson (2021). Canadian Skincare Development. Seneca Applied Research.