Derived from a succulent plant, aloe offers many skin benefits and is suited for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin. It offers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, soothing, and anti-itch qualities for the skin.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Consisting of acetic and alpha hydroxy acids, Apple Cider Vinegar can absorb excess oils, reduce clogged pores, and restore the natural pH balance of skin. Additionally, its antimicrobial properties can ease skin infections and soothe irritation.
Arnica, derived from the arnica montana flower, promotes healing of skin by decreasing swelling and bruising.
Benzoyl Peroxide effectively treats and prevents acne by reducing bacteria underneath the skin. Benzoyl Peroxide also helps pores shed dead skin cells and excess oil.
The anti-inflammatory effects of Caffeine help reduce swelling and promote circulation. As an antioxidant, Caffeine provides protective benefits by reducing free radicals that damage skin.
Also referred to as “pot marigold,” Calendula is known for its soothing and hydrating properties to calm acne and skin irritation. Calendula also provides protective benefits by reducing oxidative stress on the skin.
Native to India, Cardamom has antibacterial properties that help heal breakouts. Cardamom also improves skin complexion as it is rich in vitamins, as well as phytonutrients that improve blood circulation.
Although Cayenne is known for its spice, it has a calming effect on the skin. Cayenne can also stimulate blood flow to help nutrients reach skin cells for healthy, vibrant skin.
Ceramides are a class of fatty acids called lipids. They are naturally found in skin cells and play an important role in cellular function. Topically applied, they help create a barrier to lock moisture in the skin to prevent dryness and irritation.
When applied to the skin, Chamomile can decongest clogged pores, soothe dermatitis and eczema, hydrate skin, and speed the healing of burns.
In addition to cleansing, smoothing, and brightening skin, Clay helps clear clogged pores by drawing impurities to the surface.
The antibacterial properties of Clove reduce acne-causing bacteria. Clove is also helpful for acne as it contains a compound that reduces inflammation and redness.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as Co-Q10, can reduce sun damage and increase antioxidant protection. Its rejuvenating and protecting effect on the skin promotes a healthy complexion.
Cucumber can reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin. Its mild astringent effect is helpful to unclog pores on sensitive skin.
Defensins are regenerative peptides that signal cells to improve wrinkles, firmness, pores, texture, dullness, and age spots. These peptides also improve skin barrier functions to prevent moisture loss.
Dimethicone is a gentle moisturizing ingredient with protective benefits.
From the India gooseberry fruit, Emblica serves as an antioxidant to protect the skin from ultraviolet light and pollution.
Native to North and South America, this night-blooming flower has been used for centuries to care for skin irritation. Not only does it moisturize and soothe, it can improve the texture and elasticity of skin.
Not only does Ferulic Acid work as an antioxidant to protect skin, it also boosts the effects of other antioxidants. Ferulic Acid is also known to lighten dark spots due to its ability to inhibit an enzyme that produces melanin.
Fruit extracts help exfoliate and brighten skin. Common fruit extracts include glycolic, lactic, and citric acids.
Glycerin acts as a humectant that allows the skin to retain moisture. It also works as an emollient to soften and protect skin.
Made from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid is a popular alpha hydroxy acid used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, pores, acne, ingrown hair, and dark spots. Its ability to shed dead skin cells leaves skin looking and feeling smoother.
Gotu Kola, also known as centella asiatica or pennywort, has been known since the ancient world for its calming effects. It contains amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals that protect and nourish skin.
The antioxidants in Grapefruit can revitalize dull, dehydrated skin. Grapefruit also contains an antioxidant known to reduce redness and inflammation.
Grapeseed has antimicrobial and antifungal properties making it an effective natural ingredient for wound healing. It is also useful for inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
Polyphenol, the active ingredient in Green Tea, reduces inflammation in the skin. Green Tea also contains caffeine and scavenges harmful free radicals caused by ultraviolet light and environmental stressors.
Naturally found in the skin, Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture. Its hydrating abilities can also plump the skin to make wrinkles less apparent.
Hydroquinone is an FDA-approved topical skin lightener used to treat areas of darkened skin (such as hyperpigmentation, age spots, melasma, and discoloration resulting from skin injury) by decreasing overactive melanocytes.
Jojoba Beads are spheres of solid wax made by hardening Jojoba oil. They are very mild and gentle on the skin, making them ideal for exfoliating sensitive skin. With natural emollient properties, Jojoba Beads are also moisturizing.
Derived from milk or fermented from sugar-rich foods, Lactic Acid moisturizes and exfoliates skin for a softer and smoother appearance.
Lemon extract works as a natural exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin.
Palmitoyl pentapeptide, the active ingredient in Matrixyl, stimulates growth of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkles and repair skin damage.
Mango butter is an effective moisturizer that softens skin. Its abundance of vitamin C and E help protect skin from environmental stressors.
Minerals can have a calming effect on the skin and their reflective properties provide protection from ultraviolet light.
Moringa oil and extract, derived from the Moringa tree native to the Himalayan Mountains, provide skin with antioxidant protection and moisturization. It also has healing properties to soothe inflammation.
Neem is a popular medicinal plant with its oil and extracts used to heal and protect skin. It also has antibacterial properties to fight acne-causing bacteria and regulate oil production.
This form of vitamin B3 plays an important role in supporting the skin barrier and its resiliency and also has an anti-inflammatory effect to calm irritated skin (such as rosacea, acne, and redness-prone skin). It is also classified as an antioxidant.
Panthenol (or pro-vitamin B5) is a hydrating ingredient used for its moisturizing and calming properties. On the scalp, Panthenol’s anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects help reduce hair loss.
Peptides are the building blocks of collagen, elastin, and other important proteins in the skin. They work by signaling skin cells to perform functions that minimize signs of aging.
PHYTO GROWTH FACTOR
Phyto growth factors accelerate skin cell renewal like epidermal growth factors sourced from humans or animals but are plant derived.
Containing natural antimicrobials and antioxidants, Pomegranate oil aids in wound healing and protects skin. It also contains omega fatty acids that hydrate and prevent moisture loss.
Pumpkin contains exfoliating enzymes that improve skin texture and unclog pores. Pumpkin is also rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, providing skin with protection and moisture retention.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes and berries. In addition to protecting skin from free radical damage, it also has calming properties to minimize skin inflammation and redness.
This form of vitamin A is a non-prescription retinoid that helps preserve and stimulate new collagen. Retinol exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and smooth skin texture and is effective in reducing brown spots and discoloration.
Rosehip has been valued since ancient times for its healing properties. Its high concentrations of vitamins are also helpful for collagen and elastin production.
This beta-hydroxy acid, derived from willow bark, is well known for reducing acne. Its antibacterial and exfoliating activity unclogs pores to reduce blackheads and whiteheads.
The fatty acids in this flowering plant improve skin barrier function and moisturize skin. Safflower oil also has anti-inflammatory properties to improve eczema and dermatitis.
Native to the Himalayas, Sea Buckthorn contains an array of vitamins and antioxidants to improve skin health. It is also helpful for acne as it reduces inflammation and signals oil glands to stop creating excess amounts of sebum.
Extracted from coral, Sea Whip contains protective and repairing enzymes that help heal and nourish skin.
Shea Butter is a fat extracted from shea tree nuts. It works as an emollient that softens and hydrates skin. The fatty acids and vitamins in Shea Butter also provide anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Silicone heals scars by increasing hydration and regulating fibroblast production to promote a softer and flatter scar.
Spirulina is an algae containing fatty acids and nutrients that provide skin with hydration and protection. Spirulina also contains amino acids that support collagen production.
This moisturizing antioxidant has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce skin redness and swelling.
Sugar can be used as a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells.
Tea Tree is helpful to treat and prevent acne by reducing acne-causing bacteria. Its anti-inflammatory benefits also improve acne by calming redness and swelling.
Tretinoin is a prescription retinoid (a form of vitamin A) that helps preserve and stimulate new collagen. It also exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and smooth skin texture and can be effective in reducing brown spots and discoloration.
Turmeric comes from a flowering plant native to South Asia that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties help soothe, protect, and rejuvenate skin.
Naturally present in the skin, Urea helps slow moisture loss. At strengths above 10%, Urea works as an exfoliator that breaks down dead skin cells to reduce flaking or scaling skin.
This proven antioxidant not only protects skin from ultraviolet rays and pollution, but also stimulates new collagen, brightens skin, and promotes skin healing. Its anti-inflammatory effect also reduces redness and puffiness.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that works as an antioxidant in the skin. It also assists with cellular restoration from sun damage, supports healing, and moisturizes skin.
This fat-soluble vitamin is best known in skin care for its ability to fade under-eye circles. This is due to its effects on the blood clotting process that reduces blood pooling under the skin.
Like green tea, White Tea is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. White tea is also helpful to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
WHITE WILLOW BARK
White Willow Bark is a gentler version of salicylic acid. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects help clear clogged pores and reduce redness.
Witch Hazel is helpful for acne as it helps clean pores and reduce inflammation.
Zinc Oxide provides skin with optimal protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. It is considered the best sunscreen ingredient as it not only blocks both UVA and UVB rays but is also photostable and resistant to water.