INGREDIENTS

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Acacia Senegal Gum – (Gum Arabic) - This gum is derived from the dried sap of the Acacia tree, Acacia Senegal. It is a natural soluble fiber (but not good for human ingestion). Acacia trees are considered to be a part of the legume tree family.
What does it do?
This is an herb that can have skin soothing properties, but normally is used as a thickening agent or to adhere products to the skin. The gel-like consistency when mixed with water, will create a film over the skin that can lock in moisture.
 
Acer Saccharum Extract – (Sugar Maple) – Is a naturally derived Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
What does it do?
It helps to remove bacteria and dead skin buildup on the skin. It is also able to help repair damage caused by free radicals (pollution) and can prevent new blemishes and wrinkles from forming. Also cosmetically recognized as a skin soothing agent, radiance promoter, Botox-like firming qualities, regenerating and revitalizing agents, and a rebalancing agent.
 
Acetyl Sh-Heptapeptide-1 – (PerfectionPeptide P7) – A biologically active heptapeptide that stimulates the skin’s own self-defense mechanisms against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage. This heptapeptide activates the cellular switch of the self-protection system.
What does it do?
PerfectionPeptide P7 has been shown to significantly reduce DNA damage in skin cells, the UV-induced formation of sunburn cells, and the depletion of Langerhans cells. Fights environmental and natural aging. Protects the DNA against oxidation, the main cause of oxidation being free radicals (pollution). This heptapeptide can neutralize free radicals and empowers the skin’s natural antioxidant capacity. Also has a protective effect against the formation of sunburn cells.
 
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer – Is a synthetic ingredient used to enhance the texture of the skincare product.
What does it do?
Containing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups allowing for the polymer to bind to both water and oil, making it useful in combining the two phases to create a single smooth consistency. It is often used as a stabilizer, to increase the viscosity of a product and to form a film when applied topically.
 
Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extract – (Horse Chestnut Extract) – The extract of the nut of the horse chestnut. A more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E. High levels of cell-protective effect effects, which are directly linked to the well known anti-aging properties of antioxidants. This extract is also rich in flavonoids, such as quercetin and kaempferol. Flavonoids also have protective effects on blood vessels and are well-known, powerful anti-oxidants.
What does it do?
Well known as a skin soothing extract through it’s potent anti-inflammatory compounds and skin conditioning effects. The product is often found in skincare products focusing on aged, sensitive, wrinkled/fine lines, and fragile skin. Containing an anti-blotchiness, anti-irritant, and toning properties for the skin. The seed extract is also used to improve poor circulation, help diminish varicose veins, and help protect and balance the natural levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
 
Alcohol Denat – An alcohol commonly used in skin and hair care products. Can act as an anti-foaming agent, astringent, a solvent, and an antimicrobial agent. Almost every type of skincare product, especially those designed for acne treatment, have this product in their ingredient list. This ingredient can become drying and have adverse effects if used frequently in a large concentration. If it is not listed within the first 5-6 ingredients in a product, then you can rest assured there is a low and skin-safe amount in the product.
What does it do?
Helps the ingredients of the skincare penetrate your skin and preserves the product. In excess, the product can cause dryness and stimulate oil production. In some product, it helps to dry quickly and cut through grease and oil.
 
Algae Extract - Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. Algae contain a plethora of nutrients, minerals that can help draw toxins from the skin, antioxidants, and peptides (hints why most refers to it as the “miracle ingredient”). It is a ‘miracle ingredient’ full of amazing therapeutic benefits for skin; It conditions, hydrates, softens and detoxifies the skin, replenishing essential vitamins and minerals.
What does it do?
Providing therapeutic benefits for the skin; such as nourishing and detoxifying capabilities, while being rich in antioxidants. A blend of marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins and polysaccharides that deeply, and in many cases, hydrate instantly, protect and renew the skin. Algae extract will make your skin feel and look more supple and softer to the touch. Algae will also protect your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E.
 
Allantoin - In its organic form, Allantoin is found in several plants; such as sugar beet, comfrey, chamomile, tobacco seed, and wheat sprouts. A popular source of Allantoin is the extract of comfrey, a species of herb native to Europe. It is named for the Allantois, a structure involved in the exchange of nutrients and waste for developing embryos.
What does it do?
Packed with many anti-aging benefits, including, smoother skin, aids in healing wounds, and promotes cell proliferation and longevity. For dry skin, it is great at soothing and softening the skin to allow it to absorb more moisture. This increases the skin’s hydration by helping the lower layers of the skin absorb moisture normally and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Natural moisture production from Allantoin prevents itchy or flaky dry spots through its dead skin removal. It’s also helpful that Allantoin is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and odorless with anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant properties, making it an ideal ingredient for highly sensitive skin.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - (Aloe Vera) - A succulent plant that is filled with many natural vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, and 200+ more nutritional substances. Scientists have discovered Aloe Vera contains at least 20 minerals, 20 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and active enzymes. Due to Aloe’s high water content (over 99% water), it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin naturally. Scientists have shown that skin can absorb the key ingredients of Aloe up to 7 layers deep.
What does it do?
Aloe offers many benefits and is suited for all skin types, especially dry, damaged, broken, sensitive, and irritated skin. Other benefits of Aloe include antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, calms and soothes itchy dry skin, protects the skin from trans-epidermal water loss, decreases the depth of wrinkles, improves skin elasticity due to stimulating collagen production, promotes cell regeneration of aged tissues, anti-allergen properties, and nourishing through the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
When used topically, it has burn healing, scar reducing, and wound healing effects. Aloe protects the skin from UV damage and free radicals (pollution) by blocking up to 30% of UV rays when applied to the surface of the skin.
 
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer – (Aristoflex AVC)
A synthetic polymeric sulfonic acid.
What does it do?
This ingredient is used to increase the viscosity (thickness) of a product due to its high molecular weight. It is manufactured by the company Clariant and gives products 'a super-smooth, velvety skin feel. It is also useful in the general stabilization of water/oil based formulas.
 
Apigenin – (Chrysanthemum Extract) A color compound that naturally occurs in plants. It can be found in fruits and vegetables, such as parsley, onions, oranges, tea, chamomile, wheat sprouts, and some seasonings.
What does it do?
Acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-irritant, lightening agent, anticarcinogenic, and antiseptic. Used in a variety of skin care products, most often those containing the herbal extract of chamomile. Because it’s been shown to stimulate the blood vessels and encourage hair growth, it’s also incorporated into a variety of hair loss products. Current research suggests that Apigenin is a strong anti-cancer agent and can heal skin in conditions like dermatitis.
 
Aqua – (Water, H2O) The basis of life.
What does it do?
Water is most commonly used as a solvent in skin care products in which it dissolves many of the ingredients and helps them mix together. It also cleanses, softens, and nourishes hair and skin.
 
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