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What Is Aloe ?

A natural plant extract from the Aloe Vera plant which has a variety of skin conditioning effects, including moisturizing; also aids in healing. Commonly used in skin creams, lotions and skin cleansers, as well as hand sanitizers and other skin and hair care products.

Products that contain Aloe: Cream with Liposomes, Milk of Aloe,

Alpha Hydroxy Acids - (AHA)

AHA is hailed internationally as a 'wonder' ingredient originally derived from fruits ( The original name 'Fruit Acids'), they revolutionized the skincare industry worldwide when they were introduced in products in 1990s as they could be utilized in multiple ways . These substances are weak hygroscopic acids that absorb moisture from the atmosphere and also help in exfoliation (removal) of dead cells on the surface layer of the skin. The result is dramatic, these products reduces fine lines, smooths and firms skin, and removes blemishes, at the same time moisturizing and protecting. Your skin immediately looks fresher, radiant and more luminous. These products can only remove superficial lines and wrinkles which appear at a young age but cannot act as a cure at middle/advanced age and hence cannot be called an anti-aging or age defying treatment.

Products that contain AHA:

Avocado Oil (Persea americana)

Avocado Oil is one of the most penetrating oils. Technically, the avocado is a fruit; and the oil is mechanically pressed out of the dehydrated, thinly sliced fruit. Avocado Oil, if unrefined, is a pale or olive green. Clear Avocado Oil has been bleached; pale yellow Avocado Oil has been refined. Unrefined Avocado Oil will have a strong, green aroma and is rich in Vitamin A and D as well as lecithin, potassium, and chlorophyll. It is a very moisturizing oil and especially beneficial for rash, eczema, mature skin, parched skin, and aging skin.

Products that contain Avocado Oil: Daycream Sensitive, Milk of Avocado, Nightcream Basic,

Ceramides

Ceramides make up the bulk of the lipid layer which holds the skin's cells together in a firm, smooth structure. They maintain the moisture retention ability of the skin. A drop in the level of ceramides results in the skin becoming dry and hard, leading in turn to fine lines and wrinkles. If the body loses its ability to supply ceramides your skin looses its structure & texture. Synthesized skin-identical ceramides became commercially available in the 1990s. There are several types of ceramides, and they visibly reverse the signs of aging even in severe cases.

Chamomile

A daisy like plant. Extract from the white and yellow heads chamomile flowers is used as an excellent skin soother and anti-inflammatory agent. Reputed to bring down swelling and pain in the skin and mucous membranes. Chamomile is used extensively in professional skin care products for its essential oil called azulene. Also calms eczema and allergic reactions. It is used in many hair care products to enhance color. It acts as an emollient, anti-inflammatory, skin soothing agent and provides antioxidation.

Products that contain Chamomile: Cream Effective, Cream Sensitive, Treatment Cream with AHA,

Co-enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 has two important roles: it is an essential part of the cellular respiration system located in the mitochondria, and it is an antioxidant. CoQ10 improves both the rate and efficiency of energy production in the cells, including the skin and at the same time protects mitochondria from free radicals. CoQ10 is sometimes called a "biomarker of aging" because its level correlates so well with aging.

In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin is below optimum, resulting in a lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. CoQ10-depleted skin may also be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant with exposure of the skin to the elements. Thus, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration. Furthermore, CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate into skin cells.

Products containing Co Q10: Day Cream Multi-Active, Night Cream Multi-Active,

Collagen

A fibrous protein found in skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, and other connective tissues. Read more...

Products that contain Collagen: Wrinkle Cream, Cream Egalisante,

Essential Fatty Acids ( EFAs)

EFAs are a part of the lipid layer, and help maintain the suppleness and elasticity of skin. These fats have long been known to be necessary for the body's functioning, their deficiency results in the skin losing moisture and leading to hardening and drying. Only recently, however, has their role in skincare become clearly understood. Essential Fatty Acids along with Ceramides, Oxidants, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Vitamin A & E work harmoniously to ensure that the skin is nourished from deep within. They are now an important constituent of products for intensive skincare.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have a long tradition of providing a variety of therapeutic benefits. Many of these traditionally known benefits, have been confirmed through modern scientific research. The use of essential oils in a cosmetic will have an antiseptic and antimicrobial action, as well as a healing and soothing effect on the skin. Essential oils help the skin and hair detoxify, drain, heal and regenerate.

Essential Oils are readily absorbed through the skin and hair follicles and carried to all parts of the body, having an effect, which can last from a few hours to a few days.

Ginkgo Biloba

Originally from Asia, ginkgo biloba is known for its great revitalizing, stimulating, and firming qualities. A powerful Antioxidant that has detoxifying qualities. Found to improve circulation by helping to increase healthy blood flow to skin. Known for its anti-aging properties that give a healthier, rosy, younger looking skin.

Products containing Ginkgo Biloba: Cream with Liposomes, Liposomes Gel,

Glycerin

An effective natural moisturizer at low concentrations; glycerin is a humectant, and at higher concentrations attracts moisture from the environment. Commonly used in skin creams, lotions, skin cleansers. Helps condition the skin.

Horse Chestnut Extract (HCE)

Horse Chestnut Extract (HCE) and its primary active constituent, escin, exert several beneficial affects on the circulatory system. HCE is a veinotonic (tonifies the veins) and helps reduce fluid accumulation in the tissues. It has been shown to reduce leg circumference and volume in individuals with excessive fluid accumulation in these tissues. HCE also helps protect blood vessels from damaging free radicals.

Products that contain Horse Chestnut Extract: Cream Sensitive,

Jasmine

A sensuous and romantic fragrance that is prized by lovers for its intoxicating and aphrodisiac properties. Jasmine fragrance is a very exotic, sensual scent. It has been known to relieve melancholy. The Jasmine plant comes from India though it initially originated in China. It is cultivated from ancient times for its fragrant flowers. Some species of jasmine shed their leaves during autumn (deciduous) and some remain evergreen through out the year. The Jasmine plant belongs to the olive family.

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

Jojoba Oil is very similar to the natural oil our skin produces, though it is technically a liquid wax produced from the seed of the Jojoba simmondsia chinensis shrub. Usually, it is pressed but can be solvent extracted. Botantist H. F. Link recorded the jojoba plant in 1822 in Baja California and named it after a fellow British botanist/explorer, T. W. Simmonds. Jojoba Oil is naturally moisturizing, healing, and beneficial for all skin types; it is an excellent scalp treatment. The best claim to fame for Jojoba Oil is that it has been accepted as a substitute for sperm whale oil, formerly often used in the manufacture of cosmetics (the U.S. Government banned whaling in the early 1970's)!

Products that contain Jojoba Oil: Daycream Sensitive, Day Cream Multi-Active, Cream Egalisante, Miracle Cream, Night Cream Multi-Active, Treatment Cream with AHA

Karite Butter

From out of Africa comes karite butter (known as shea butter). Traditional uses of shea butter include: treatments for dry skin, blemishes, skin discoloration, scars and wrinkles, a relaxer for stiff muscles, as an aid for pain from swelling and arthritis, even as a sun screen. What makes shea butter so great for the skin is its high content of non-saponifiable fatty acids (comprised mostly of stearic and oleic acids.) These fatty acids are indispensable for moisturizing and retaining the elasticity of the skin. By making up for lipid (fat) deficiency in the epidermal cells, shea butter provides the skin with all the essential elements it needs for its good balance. Shea butter contains up to 11% of unsaponifiables, making it a superior super fatting material for soap making. Smooth on face, hands, and body, the gentle qualities of shea butter are used by the cosmetics and soap industries in such products as shampoos, creams, and balsam for the hair, and soaps and other cleaning products for the skin. Karite butter's healing, emollient, anti-oxidant, soothing, moisturizing and re-generative properties, make it an essential ingredient of numerous products.

Products containing Karite Butter: Cream Effective, Body Butter

Liposomes

Most useful for being able to transfer and deliver active ingredients to the application site of cosmetics. The liposome wall is very similar, physiologically, to the material of cell membranes. When a cosmetic containing liposomes is applied to the skin, for example, the liposomes are deposited on the skin and begin to merge with the cellular membranes. In the process, the liposomes release their payload of active materials into the cells. As a consequence, not only is delivery of the actives very specific--directly into the intended cells--but the delivery takes place over a longer period of time. Liposomes are typically manufactured from various fatty substances that are used to encapsulate, or to create a sphere around, cosmetic materials. They act as a delivery system.

Products containing Liposomes: Cream Liposome, Liposome Gel

Natural Botanicals

The use of plant extracts and herbs have their origins in ancient times, with the earliest records originating from China and Egypt. With the therapeutic properties of plants becoming more known, cosmetics are including many plant extracts, herbs, flowers, fruits and seed oleates into their ingredients, allowing for a gentler, more organic approach to beauty. Natural botanicals have the ability to detoxify, hydrate, strengthen, stimulate, relax and balance the skin and hair.

Passion Fruit

Native to Brazil, passion fruit is the edible fruit of the passion flower. The name resulted after early Spanish missionaries saw the passion flower during Lent and Easter. They named it in honor of the passion of Christ. The fruit is small and round, the size of a large egg, with red, yellow, or purple-brown skin, yellow flesh and many small black edible seeds. The pulp has an intense aromatic flavor, while the texture is jelly-like and watery. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, and potassium.

Shea Butter

Ultrapure Shea Butter's oily qualities improve skin softness and suppleness which make it ideal for dry or sensitive skin care, winter sports products, and for body lotions and hand care products. In addition Ultrapure Shea Butter can be formulated into capillary preparations to prevent and treat scalp dryness, and provide good lubrication for the hair, resulting in improved brilliance and manageability. Ultrapure Shea Butter is the effective natural additive for your skin and hair care products.

Products that contain Shea Butter: Day Cream Multi-Active, Night Cream Multi-Active, Cream Egalisante, Body Butter

Sun Filters

The active ingredients for most sunscreens are one of the following: PABA and PABA esters, Benzophenones, Cinnamates, Salicylates, and Anthranilate. These products are useful in the prevention of sunburns as well as in reducing the long term damage that sun exposure can cause with its concomitant skin cancer and wrinkle producing properties. Most sunscreens do an excellent job of absorbing UVB rays, but do not do as good a job with UVA rays. A combination agent which contains zinc oxide is the best. Sunscreens come with a number called the sun protection factor, or SPF. Recommendations in the 15 to 30 range are ideal. If a sunscreen has a label of a 15 SPF, then with its use over a 15-hour period, the skin will have absorbed only 1 hour’s worth of ultraviolet light. Other agents which block the sun include zinc oxide, titanium oxide, magnesium silicate, kalin, ferric oxide, red petrolatum, and magnesium oxide. Sunscreen is particularly important in children, as 85% of all sun exposure occurs before the age of 18.

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflower seeds are expressed to produce this light oil which is high in linoleic acid, Vitamins A, B complex, D, and E, as well as calcium, zinc, potassium, iron, and phosphorus. Externally, it is used for bruises, dermatitis, and ulcers. The South American native peoples ground sunflower seeds to make meal.

Products that contain Sunflower Oil: Green Clay Mask,

Vitamin A: (Beta Carotene)

Helps maintain smooth, soft disease-free skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat lungs, which helps reduce our susceptibility to infections; protects against air pollutants and contaminants; helps improve eye sight and counteracts night-blindness; aids in bone and teeth formation; improves skin elasticity, moisture content and suppleness; and helps reverse the signs of photo-aging. A lack of vitamin A can cause skin to become dry and hardened. Vitamin A Products

Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid

Participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats & protein, aids in the utilization of vitamins; improves the body's resistance to stress; helps in cell building & the development of the central nervous system; helps the adrenal glands, fights infections by building antibodies. Vitamin B5 Products

Vitamin C: (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C is essential for healthy teeth, gums and bones. It helps heal wounds and scar tissue, Fractures; prevents scurvy; builds resistance to infection; aids in the prevention treatment of the common cold; gives strength to blood vessels; aids in the absorption of iron. It is required for the synthesis of collagen, the intercellular cement which holds tissues together. It is also one of the major antioxidant nutrients. It prevents the conversion of nitrates (from tobacco smoke, smog, bacon, lunchmeats, some vegetables) into cancer-causing substances. Moreover, Vitamin C has been shown to help slow the production of hyperpigmentation ( age spots ) while providing some UV protection. Vitamin C Procucts

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a major anti-oxidant nutrient that retards cellular aging due to oxidation; supplies oxygen to the blood which is then carried to the heart and other organs; thus alleviating fatigue; aids in bringing nourishment to cells; strengthens the capillary walls prevents the red blood cells from destructive poisons; prevents dissolves blood clots; has also been used by doctors in helping prevent sterility, muscular dystrophy, calcium deposits in blood walls and heart conditions. Vitamin E Products

Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum aestivum)

This oil has a nutty aroma and is extracted by pressing or solvent extraction from the wheat "germ." It is a valuable source of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, and is more resistant to light and heat than vegetable oils. It helps relieve dermatitis symptoms, promotes skin cell formation, and improves blood circulation. Wheatgerm Oil is used to prevent and reduce scarring and speeds up healing of cuts and wounds. The wheat we know today is from a hybrid wild wheat that grew 10,000 years ago in the Middle East. The wheatgerm portion of wheat grain contains 25% of the protein along with many minerals and vitamins. Unfortunately, this is the portion that is milled away to produce white flour!

Products that contain Wheatgerm Oil/Protein: Mask Vitale, Vivifiante Night Cream, Wheat Germ Mask,

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