- Acetyl HexaPeptide
Acetyl HexaPeptide (AKA Argireline) deeply penetrates skin and relaxes cellular/facial contraction. Argireline peptides soften the look of expression lines. It is known as topical Botox. While Botox works on the muscular level, Argireline works similarly at the cellular level without harmful side effects to help reduce the contraction of facial muscle. With long term use, Argireline can permanently reduce the depth of both fine lines and wrinkles. In independent studies results amazed everyone by dramatically reducing crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles by tightening skin on the face and neck. (Find this ingredient in Skin Uplift Serum).
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline®)
This peptide compound is proven to help relax facial muscles, promoting smooth skin and discouraging new lines from forming. Find this in Ski Uplift Serum.
- Achillea Millefolium Extract
Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract • An astringent and tonic, this herbal extract reduces inflammation and swelling, promoting healthy blood vessels.
- Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extract
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut; Venocin™) Seed Extract • A proprietary ingredient from the seeds of the horse chestnut tree, this extract is rich in saponins that can help support capillaries, veins and healthy blood circulation.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a versatile antioxidant that protects the skin’s cellular structure. When combined with other antioxidants it boosts their efficacy even further. ALA halts free radical damage and protects the mitochondria and DNA. This powerful anti-oxidant helps dissolve toxic substances while neutralizing free radicals to protect the skin from damaging elements, smoke and other harmful pollutants we encounter daily.
Alpha Lipoic Acid diminishes pore size while gently exfoliating dull, dry, dead layers of skin enabling other topical ingredients to absorb more rapidly and efficiently into the cellular membrane. (Find this ingredient in Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Beyond CP, Ultimate Eye Crème and Eye Perfect).
- Amino Acids
Amino Acids • Amino acids are the building blocks that combine to form proteins. Topically, amino acids help support proteins such as collagen and elastin in the skin and may help with a variety of skin conditions.
Harvested from micro-algae and responsible for the pink color of salmon, flamingos, shrimp and lobster, Astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant yet discovered. This amazing natural ingredient has been found to be 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals and 1000 times more effective than both beta-carotene and lutein in protecting the skin from exposure to UV light.
Helping to prevent and reduce the visible signs of aging, diminish the look of skin irregularities, soothe irritation, normalize skin function and enhance the skin’s defensive cells, Astaxanthin is a key ingredient in Age-Defying Night Crème. (Find this ingredient in Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Beyond CP).
Astringent • An astringent constricts tissue, improving the appearance of skin and helping to close the pores.
- Bay Leaf Oil
Bay Leaf Oil • The oil extracted from the leaves of the Mediterranean bay laurel tree is a skin tonic and local antiseptic.
- Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Behentrimonium Methosulfate • Derived from rapeseed oil, this sulfate-free ammonium compound is a conditioning agent that helps detangle hair. It is extremely mild and gentle on hair.
- Behenyl Alcohol
Behenyl Alcohol • An emulsifier and thickener.
- Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay • This white clay cleanses skin, absorbs oil and helps reduce the look of pores.
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, a diuretic ingredient helps reduce puffiness and dark circles.
- Calcium Ascorbate
Calcium Ascorbate (Ester-C®) [Vitamin C] • An antioxidant that is essential for healthy collagen production. This patented form of vitamin C is stable, non-acidic and water-soluble. It readily penetrates skin without irritation.
- Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract [Marigold] • Contains phytochemicals that help fight fungi, bacteria, viruses and inflammation. Can be used to treat cuts, scrapes, bruises, minor wounds and burns.
- Caprylyl glycol
Caprylyl glycol is a skin-conditioning agent used as part of a preservative blend that meets current global regulations. It is found in several of our products at HollywoodBeautySecrets.com
- Copper Tripeptide
This is a highly effective skin regenerating peptide. Studies have shown that copper peptide promotes collagen and elastin production and also acts as an antioxidant. It promotes production of glycosaminoglycan’s (hyaluronic acid, as an example). Clinical studies have found that copper peptides also remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin (scar tissue) because they trigger the skin’s system responsible for those functions. CP helps calm broken capillaries too.(Find this ingredient in Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Eye Perfect, and Beyond CP).
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring vitamin-like enzyme known for its health benefits. Inside the body, CoQ10 helps produce energy and works like an antioxidant, keeping cells healthy and protected. When applied to the skin regularly, research shows that CoQ10 can penetrate the epidermis, provide antioxidant properties, reduce UV damage like age spots and wrinkles, as well as support healthy collagen and elastin.
For those wanting an effective anti-aging skincare regimen, reach for products rich in CoQ10 to maintain a soft, smooth, youthful looking complexion. (Find this in Ultimate Eye Creme)
- D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E)
D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E) • This natural form of antioxidant vitamin E helps fight free radical damage. It is an excellent moisturizer that helps keep skin healthy and soft.
- Decyl Glucoside
Decyl Glucoside • This plant-derived ingredient acts as a mild surfactant.
DePuff™ is our paraben-free version of Haloxyl™. DePuff contains powerful peptide Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Pal-GHK) and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (age-defying peptides) to help reduce eye puffiness, address discoloration (dark circles) under the eyes and reduce the appearance of broken capillaries. It can also help increase the thickness (density) of the skin under the eyes, for a more youthful-looking appearance. (Find this ingredient in our Eye Perfect).
- Dilauryl Citrate
Dilauryl Citrate • This emollient ingredient helps condition, soften and smooth skin.
Youthful skin is firm because the muscle fibers under skin are short, thick and taut. As we age, muscle fibers under the skin lengthen and loosen. Skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner. As an alternative to cosmetic surgery, one gentler alternative can be found in DMAE products. Research shows it improves skin tone and increases tensile strength of the skin, suggesting that the topical application of DMAE firms skin and restores elasticity. Another study reported similar improvement in skin firmness and added that it reduced the appearance of lines and wrinkles. DMAE has also demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help visibly slow the aging process.
DMAE boosts the effectiveness of other anti-oxidants. It is well known for its amazing ability to quickly tighten and improve the appearance of sagging skin within 36 hours. It reduces puffiness and firm’s skin from the forehead to neck within 20 minutes. (Find this in Skin Uplift Serum, Ultimate Eye Creme and Eye Perfect).
- EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor)
EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) is made up specifically of 53 blocks of protein that penetrate into the epidermal layer; binding to skin cells to accelerate the rate of skin reproduction forming thicker, healthier and younger-looking skin. EGF Epidermal Growth Factor also known as cytokines, are naturally occurring proteins capable of stimulating cellular proliferation and cellular differentiation. Our EGF creams (Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex and De-Aging Solution) offer THE highest % allowed in a topical formulation!)
- Elaeis Guineensis (Red Palm) Oil
Elaeis Guineensis (Red Palm) Oil • An oil extracted from the fruit of the Red Palm. Helps protect, condition and nourish skin. Contains tocotrienols (vitamin E) plus mixed carotenoids, phytosterols, squalene and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Tocotrienols have been shown to offer superior antioxidant protection from environmental stressors. Please note: derma e® only sources red palm oil from documented, sustainable sources.
Emollient • An emollient softens and lubricates skin and may form a protective barrier. Emollients are often fats or oils.
Emulsifier • An emulsifier helps the water-based and oil-based ingredients to mix properly.
- Epilobium Angustifolium Extract
Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb™) Extract • This herbal extract, obtained from a plant native throughout the Northern hemisphere, demonstrates strong anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant effects as well as antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Exfoliant • An exfoliant encourages the removal of dead skin cells. Abrasive exfoliants such as microdermabrasion treatments or scrubs mechanically remove the dead cells and debris. Non-abrasive exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids and glycolic acids encourage the removal of the dead cells via a biochemical reaction
- Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract
Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract • Extracted from Fucus vesiculosus, commonly known as sea kelp, this antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed is known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration, elasticity and nourishment.
- Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract • The phytochemicals in this herb improve circulation by encouraging blood flow and function. Contains anti-inflammatory chemicals and natural antihistamines.
- Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate
Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate [Geogard Ultra™] • A naturally-derived, broad spectrum preservative that is non-sensitizing and non-irritating. Accepted by ECOCERT (one of the largest organic certification organizations). Also helps moisturize the skin.
Glycerin [Vegetable Glycerin] • Made by combining water and vegetable fats, glycerin is an emollient and a humectant that helps skin retain moisture.
- Glycolic Acid
Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane that is known for exfoliating skin, improving texture and revealing a fresh, smooth, more youthful complexion.
As an exfoliant, Glycolic Acid has multiple skin benefits. It dissolves the bonds that hold the outer layer of skin cells together, enabling skin to shed easier. This action helps renew the epidermis to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, fade the look of age spots and dark spots and enhance radiance for more even skin tone. Through exfoliation, Glycolic Acid also helps purge pores of impurities making it an ideal ingredient for those who have blackheads or blemishes. (Find this in Ultimate Eye Crème)
- Green Tea
Green Tea offers skin protecting antioxidants. When applied on skin, provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help slow the signs of aging. Also rich in polyphenols, green tea helps eliminate free radicals, prevents oxidative stress (aging), protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage and reduces the number of sunburned cells. Find this ingredient in De-Aging Solution, Skinlasting Super Hydrator, Evenly Radiant Day Crème (SPF 15) and Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30)
- Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin, BioAstin®)
Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin, BioAstin®) • An extremely powerful carotenoid shown to be up to 500 times as powerful as antioxidant vitamin E in free radical absorption. Currently being studied for its ability to protect against UV-induced damage. Gives salmon and flamingos their characteristic pink color. derma e® uses astaxanthin harvested from microalgae off the coast of Hawaii.
- Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract • High in tannins, it is an effective natural astringent. Reduces inflammation and irritation. Can be used to treat sunburn, bruises, cuts and varicose veins.
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil • This fast-absorbing, moisturizing oil is rich in linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid) and oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid).
Humectant • A humectant attracts and binds water to moisturize skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate “skin-moisture magnet”. It rehydrates dry, thirsty, aging skin. Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water resulting in healthy collagen, more plump, moist and soft, smooth skin. As we age, we product less HA so topical application replenishes the skin so it can help the look of dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles appear plumper and smoother.
HA hydrates the skin, allowing it to appear smoother and more radiant and plump. Clinical studies reveal it speeds wound healing, and reduces the appearance of both old and new scars. Hyaluronic Acid is present in every tissue of the body, providing many important functions. It delivers nutrients to cells and remove toxins from cells, it keep joints lubricated and encourages water retention in large concentrations in our tissues including the matrix of the skin, within the fluid-filled space between cells. HA locks moisture into the skin keeping collagen and elastin moist for more youthful-looking skin. (Find this ingredient in our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Skin Uplift Serum, Beyond CP, Eye Perfect and Deep Penetrating LED Peptide Serum).
- Hydrolyzed Collagen
Hydrolyzed Collagen is a clinically proven nutraceutical that is made with a gelatin-like protein and amino acids derived from fish oil which hydrate the skin and connective tissues. In addition, it helps elasticity for smoother, firmer-looking skin. The extraction process for fish collagen preserves its triple-helix structure, thus keeping polypeptides and amino acids intact. (Find this in Skin Uplift Serum, Beyond CP, Eye Perfect and Deep Penetrating LED Peptide Serum).
- Instalift® Goji Fruit Extract
Instalift® Goji Fruit Extract • Extracted from the Goji Berry, this patented glycopeptide fraction acts as a protective antioxidant proven to visibly firm, lift and tighten skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Find it in Stem Cell Serum.
- Iron Oxides
Iron Oxides • Natural mineral pigments.
- Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder
Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder • This powder from the walnut shell is used as a natural exfoliant.
[China Clay, Kaolin Clay] • A clay used in facial masks to absorb excess oil and sebum.
- Lauryl Glucoside
Lauryl Glucoside • A surfactant and cleansing agent.
- Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil [Lavender Officinalis] • This aromatherapeutic oil helps calm the senses, promote relaxation and sleep. Contains antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Used to help resolve blemishes, cuts, scrapes, pain and inflammation. Also used to heal and repair injury to the skin.
Lecithin • A naturally occurring lipid, this emulsifier and conditioning agent penetrates the epidermis, moisturizing and replenishing skin.
Leucine • Please refer to ‘Amino Acid’ in the Definition of Terms at the end of this glossary.
- Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil • This fast-absorbing, nourishing oil is high in palmitoleic acid as well as other fatty acids. It is an excellent skin lubricant and carrier oil.
- Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract
Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract • A detoxifying marine herb with antiviral properties.
- Madonna Lily
Known as “Bright Light” Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum) active plant stem cells from this evergreen plant have been shown to interfere with the transfer of melanin to help prevent and decrease dark spots for a more even skin tone and a brighter complexion. Additionally, Madonna Lily is known to help regenerate and increase cellular renewal making it an ideal skin-lightening and anti-aging skin care ingredient.
(Find this in Evenly Radiant Day Cremem SPF 15)
- Madonna Lily Leaf Cell Extract
Madonna Lily Leaf Cell Extract • Extracted from the culture of the leaf cells of Lilium candidum, or Liliceae, this ingredient interferes with the transfer of melanin and promotes cellular renewal for more radiant, lighter and younger looking skin.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a potent form of antioxidant Vitamin C, particularly in regard to protecting skin cells from UV-induced damage. It can reduce trans-epidermal water loss, thus strengthening skin’s barrier response. Vitamin C promotes collagen production and has the potential to thicken the dermis, it improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin by strengthening the skin’s repair mechanisms and enhances the effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion. FYI: Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable version of Vitamin C. (Find this in Eye Perfect).
- Natural and Fragrant Oil Blend
Natural and Fragrant Oil Blend •Natural essential oils and lab-rendered essences are blended together to impart a scent or aroma to the product. Please Note: the fragrances used in derma e® formulas are certified phthalate-free.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) • Helps to restore skin suppleness and improve the appearance of aged, hyperpigmented & photodamaged skin. Brightens dull complexions, evens out skin tone and discoloration.
- Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil
Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil • Extracted from the seed of the evening primrose flower. Contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. Moisturizes skin, soothes inflammation, supports the immune system, and aids in the treatment of eczema.
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil [Olive Oil] • Contains oleic, palmitic and linoleic fatty acids to moisturize and nourish skin. Provides antioxidant protection against free radical damage. Find this in Evenly Radiant Day Crème SPF 15
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract • An extract from the leaves of the olive tree. Demonstrates powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Clinical studies have shown that Olive Oil provides potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. Additionally, it has been discovered that some of the most important active compounds found in the oil, fruit and leaves of the beautiful olive tree protect against photo-damage from UV exposure and demonstrate antibacterial and antifungal properties.(Find this in Evenly Radiant Day Crème)
- Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Plant Oil
Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Plant Oil • Contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Known to combat a wide range of organisms such as Staphyloccus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans.
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide and Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrine
Palmitoyl Tripeptide and Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrine (Matrixyl®) • A powerful, patented peptide complex that stimulates six major constituents of the skin matrix to help visibly smooth wrinkles and plump skin. Clinically proven to reduce wrinkle volume by up to 21% and wrinkle depth by up to 19% in 8 weeks of use. Peptides are in several of our products
- Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Panax Ginseng Root Extract • A stimulating, tonic and adaptogenic herb.
- Panthenol – ProVitamin B5
Panthenol – ProVitamin B5, is a gentle, water-soluble vitamin that deeply penetrates skin, delivering essential moisture that helps hydrate, soothe and encourage self-healing. ProVitamin B5 works as a humectant, attracting and locking moisture into skin. This action helps protect skin as well as support healthy collagen and elastin. This skin-conditioning vitamin has also been shown to help regenerate healthy skin tissue, reduce inflammation and relieve itchiness, redness and pain, making it a go-to ingredient in formulas targeted towards scars, contact dermatitis, insect bites and scrapes.
- Panthenol (Provitamin B5)
Panthenol (Provitamin B5) • The provitamin form of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Penetrates easily into the skin and converts to pantothenate, its active form. An effective humectant, emollient and moisturizer.
They are synthetic preservatives added to thousands of cosmetic and skin care products on store shelves. They are found in myriad shampoos, moisturizers, body cleansers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, self-tanning solutions, deodorants, makeup, lip balms, toothpaste and more. And parabens may also be used as food additives.
- Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Fruit Extract
Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Fruit Extract • This herbal extract is a natural sedative and relaxant. Also contains antimicrobial properties.
Amino acids are combined to form peptides that restore and maintain the skin’s youthful appearance by reducing the look of lines and wrinkles. Peptides are known as several names including Matrixyl 3000®, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Pal-GHK), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide (Pal-GQPR), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, these powerful skin rejuvenating peptides stimulate collagen, elastin and moisture (AKA glycosaminoglycans such as hyaluronic acid) as well as other components of the skin matrix. These properties contain the matrikines Pal-GHK and Pal-GQPR acting in synergy to repair the cutaneous damages of age to improve firmness, reduce the appearance of redness and age spots, while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Peptides have been proven to stimulate collagen production over 350% and hyaluronic acid production over 250%. Active ingredient found in Matrixyl 3000® formerly known and marketed as palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 and now named Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, consists of a short chain of four amino acids (a.k.a. GQPR peptide or glycine-glutamine-proline-arginine) connected to palmitic acid. Palmitic acid is a fatty acid added to improve the peptide’s oil solubility and thus skin penetration and is thought to slow down the degradation of the skin matrix and may also stimulate its replenishment.
Find one or more of the above named peptides our products including Night Perfect, Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Skin Uplift Serum, Beyond CP, Eye Perfect and Deep Penetrating LED Peptide Serum).
- Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil is a powerful antioxidant contains puncic acid which can address myriad skin issues. It can help produce and prevent the breakdown of collagen, improves skin tone and elasticity and balances the pH of the skin to help reduce breakouts, wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. (Find this ingredient Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, Beyond CP).
A remarkable antioxidant extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine, Pycnogenol® has been shown to be 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E and 20 times more effective than Vitamin C in neutralizing free radicals that cause age damage to the skin. Therefore, this powerful antioxidant helps fight and reduce the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Pycnogenol® also helps stabilize the capillary system and increase skin’s resistance to irritation making it an ideal ingredient for those who have red, easily irritated, sensitive skin or who suffer from the symptoms of rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions. Additionally, Pycnogenol® works to improve circulation, therefore helping to reduce puffiness or swelling. Because of Pycnogenol®’s various benefits to skin including anti-aging, calming and supporting red, easily irritated, sensitive skin, and helping improve circulation.
- Quercus Alba Bark Extract
Quercus Alba (White Oak) Bark Extract • The bark of this tree is an astringent with a high tannin content and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Quercus Alba Bark Extract
Quercus Alba (White Oak) Bark Extract • The bark of this tree is an astringent with a high tannin content and anti-inflammatory properties.
Resveratrol is a protective compound produced by grape skins and seeds and other plants in response to environmental stresses. Studies have demonstrated that resveratrol has potent antioxidant activity to help prevent free radical damage throughout the body. (Find this ingredient in our Eye Perfect).
- Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) • Best known as “the skin vitamin” for its cellular renewal properties. Helps speed up surface cell exfoliation which in turn helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rough skin texture.
- Rosa Canina Fruit Extract
Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract • This extract contains tannins and vitamin C. An astringent and tonic that can strengthen fragile capillaries.
- Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract • The leaves of this aromatic, evergreen shrub are used to stimulate the circulatory system, ease muscular pain and stimulate hair follicles. An antimicrobial and antiparasitic astringent.
- Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract • An astringent and tonic used to treat inflammation.
- Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid • Extracted from the bark of the willow tree, this ingredient is a beta hydroxy acid that helps skin cells shed more easily. FDA approved as an acne treatment when used at 0.5%-2.0% in topical formulations.
- Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid, derived from the bark of the willow tree, is a remarkable multi-benefit beta-hydroxy acid. It is well known for being an anti-inflammatory with calming and soothing effects. It is also known for its gentle exfoliating properties. Salicylic Acid is an active component of aspirin and the key ingredient in many blemish-fighting skin care products. When applied topically, Salicylic Acid helps skin cells shed normally, therefore facilitating the removal of pore-clogging dirt, oil and debris.
Not only does this process help clear pores, minimize blemishes and prevent breakouts, it helps your skin care products to penetrate more effectively. In addition, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Salicylic Acid helps calm and soothe red, irritated skin. (Find this in Beyond Clean Cleanser)
- Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract • This cooling herb from the bark of the white willow is an astringent and mild analgesic with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Seakelp Bioferment
Seakelp Bioferment is an excellent nutritive moisturizer for any age and any skin type. Sea Kelp moisturizes without supplying extra oil, and provides a source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a complete nutrient that moisturizes skin. The substrate for fermentation is kelp, a sea macroalga (Phaeophyta). Fermentation makes the cell contents of this alga readily available to our skin to maximize its moisturizing properties. The ferment also offers calming, anti-itch activity.
The bioferment is rich in fucoidan, caragenaan, algin, and minerals iodine, copper, magnesium, and others required as cofactors in enzymatic reactions of lipid metabolism and energy conversion. This product can be used as a base for many water soluble actives. A superior anti-aging ingredient. Find this wonderful ingredient in our Skin Uplift Serum, Beyond CP, and our DPL LED Light Serum).
- Sorbic Acid
Sorbic Acid is a natural organic compound used as a colorless food preservative and made of unripe berries derived from the rowan tree. (You will find this is in many of our products)
Squalane penetrates deep into the skin to help accelerate new cell growth. It mimics the human skin sebum which makes it a popular component in natural cosmetic formulas to help soften, hydrate and protect the skin. The antioxidant properties of Squalane have also been touted as being very beneficial for many skin conditions. In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer in July 2006, Squalane was found to protect the skin of mice from developing tumors when exposed to carcinogenic substances. (Find this ingredient in our Eye Perfect.)
Surfactant • Surfactants are also called surface active agents and can be cleansers, emulsifiers, or emollients.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and natural antiseptic. Recent studies have also attributed this therapeutic herb with antiviral capabilities. It successfully treats a wide variety of skin problems including fungal infections on nails, athlete’s foot, ringworm, scalp or skin fungi, cuts, scrapes, staphylococcal infections, canker sores, blisters, rashes, dermatitis, and eczema, to name a few.
An excellent insect repellent, its natural solvent properties also help dissolve insect toxin in existing bites to stop itching and allow the bite area to heal faster. (Find this in Emu Oil Lip Balms)
- Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter • Extracted from the seeds of Theobroma cacao, an evergreen tree native to the tropical regions of Central and South America, this rich, emollient butter helps hydrate, soften and smooth skin.
- Theobroma Grandiflorium (Cupuaçu Butter)
Theobroma Grandiflorium (Cupuaçu Butter) • From the seeds of the cupuaçu tree in Brazil, this creamy and emollient butter has a high water absorption capacity. Acts as a deep moisturizer to help condition and soften skin.
Tonic • Tonics are herbal extracts that strengthen and soothe the skin, restoring and maintaining skin health.
- Ubiquinone (CoQ10)
Ubiquinone (CoQ10) • A naturally occurring metabolic enzyme with powerful antioxidant capability, this ingredient helps reduce oxidative stress from UV radiation and free radicals. It has also been shown to reduce wrinkle depth. Find it in Ultimate Eye Creme
- Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil
Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil • A rich source of tocotrienols (part of the vitamin E family), omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
- Vitamin A
Also known as retinyl palmitate, Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the “skin vitamin”. Although Vitamin A is an antioxidant, it is best known for its cellular renewal properties that speed up exfoliation to reveal younger, plumper skin cells. Through the process of cell renewal and exfoliation, Vitamin A helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin irregularities.
- Vitamin B3
Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin that delivers multiple anti-aging benefits for softer, smoother, more youthful looking skin. Vitamin B3 can significantly reduce age spots by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes needed for melanin production. In separate studies, topical Vitamin B3 has also been shown to help retain moisture and boost production of fatty acids and ceramides, improving skin’s barrier function. Plus, Vitamin B3 has been shown to stimulate fibrolasts and collagen, both of which help visibly firm skin and reduce the look of wrinkles.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a globally cherished nutrient acclaimed for its remarkable antioxidant, skin-brightening and anti-aging properties. There are two forms of Vitamin C:
C-Ester (ascorbyl palmitate) is a lipid-soluble, stable form of it that exhibits greater antioxidant activity than the water-soluble form, ascorbic acid. The lipid solubility enables penetration into cell membranes for strengthening benefits. Compared with ascorbic acid, C-Ester delivers eight times higher levels of Vitamin C activity and has the ability to recycle other antioxidants such as Vitamin E.
Ascorbic acid is water soluble and can be more irritating to the skin. It also oxidizes more quickly than stable C-Ester.
Why it’s important to maximize Vitamin C activity
It has been shown to support collagen health. Collagen is responsible for skin resilience and firmness. When collagen breaks down, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin become visible. Research has demonstrated that Vitamin C can actually help stimulate collagen to restore skin’s youthful resilience, texture and firmness, thereby addressing more advanced signs of skin aging.
Vitamin C has also been shown to brighten skin, making it an excellent nutrient for age and dark spots, uneven skin tone, discoloration and sun damage. Research shows that Stay-C 50® inhibits the formation of melanin (dark pigment), and reduces the look of facial spots, promoting more even tone and a brighter complexion.
Additionally, it has been shown to protect against UV-induced damage and improve the appearance of photo-damaged skin. Research shows topical Vitamin C on UV-damaged skin improves uneven pigmentation, tactile roughness and wrinkles. Vitamin C offers excellent added protection as well as a recovery solution for environmentally damaged skin. (Find Vitamin C in Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30)
- Vitamin E
Naturally present in the skin, Vitamin E has been used in clinical dermatology as a treatment for a variety of skin conditions including eczema, atopic dermatitis, superficial burns, cutaneous ulcers, and other inflammatory skin diseases (Panin, Strumia, and Ursini, 2004). As a topical treatment, Vitamin E helps moisturize the skin and optimize skin health. One function of the epidermis is called the barrier function. Our skin has a natural barrier, a waterproof seal that keeps moisture in the skin and prevents evaporation.
Both the natural aging process and environmental influences cause the barrier to break down, allowing skin to lose moisture and become dry. Vitamin E helps maintain the barrier function by locking moisture into the skin and preventing dehydration. Topically applied Vitamin E is an excellent and intense moisturizer to help keep skin healthy and soft.
- Water (Aqua)
Water (Aqua) • See Purified Water.
- Xanthan Gum
Xanthan Gum • Used as a texturizer, carrier agent, gelling agent and thickener.
- Zanthoxylum Zanthoxyloides Bark Extract
Zanthoxylum Zanthoxyloides (Fagara) Bark Extract • Extract from the bark of prickly ash is used to treat skin afflictions and promote healthy circulation. It is a tonic and mild analgesic.