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Ingredient Dictionary

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panthenol

Alcohol form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid. Read More »

Categories: Vitamins

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tranexamic acid

A synthetic amino acid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and astringent. Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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SPF

See sun protection factor

Categories: Miscellaneous

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jojoba oil

Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Skin Replenishing

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cranberry seed oil

Extract derived from the seed of this red berry; the oil (which is not red) has antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract

See licorice root , licorice extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing

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tocopherol

See vitamin E

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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beta-glucan

Polysaccharide sugar derived from yeast or oats. It has some antioxidant properties and is a skin-soothing agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Antioxidants

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tocopheryl acetate

See vitamin E

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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fireweed extract

Extract from the Epilobium angustifolium plant; also known as willow herb. Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts

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Theobroma cacao seed butter

See cocoa butter

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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tetrahydrodemethoxycurcumin

See turmeric , curcumin

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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black currant oil

Non-volatile plant oil. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts

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Rubus occidentalis

See black raspberry

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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glycyrrhetic acid

Extract from licorice that has skin-soothing properties… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing

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carnosol acid

See carnosic acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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soy oil

Emollient oil similar to all nonfragrant plant oils. Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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oxybenzone

Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is a sunscreen agent that protects primarily from the... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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vitamin E

Considered an antioxidant superstar. It is one of the most well-known and researched antioxidants,... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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linden flower extract

Major constituents in linden are flavonoids and glycosides. Flavonoids are potent... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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oat beta-glucan

See beta-glucan

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin Soothing

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BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, is more commonly known as salicylic acid. Read More »

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant, Skin Soothing

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skin-restoring ingredients

Skin-restoring ingredients, theoretically, have the ability to... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin Restoring

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gluconolactone

See polyhydroxy acid

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant

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ferulic acid

A plant-based antioxidant. Research suggests that it provides antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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