Ingredient Dictionary

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ubiquinone

See coenzyme Q10

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants

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Ulmus fulva bark extract

See slippery elm bark

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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ultramarines

Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only,... Read More »

Categories: Coloring Agents/Pigments

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Ulva lactuca extract

Extract from the plant known as sea lettuce, it has some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Uncaria tomentosa extract

Also known as Cat’s Claw, there is some research showing it to be an effective anti-inflammatory... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Undaria pinnatifida

Form of brown algae. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers

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undecylenoyl phenylalanine

A white powder composed of amino acids and fatty acids. It appears to have a positive impact on... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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urea

Component of urine, although synthetic versions are used in cosmetics. In small amounts urea has... Read More »

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant, Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients

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Urtica dioica

See nettle extract

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Plant Extracts

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UVA

Ultraviolet A radiation. The sun produces a range of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, of which UVA and... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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Uva ursi extract

See bearberry extract , arbutin

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antibacterial/Anti-Acne

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UVB

Ultra-violet B radiation. Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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