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Ingredient Dictionary

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apple fruit extract

General name for various types of apples, all of which have potent antioxidant ability that, at least in theory, can benefit skin when applied topically. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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Arctium lappa

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Arctium majus

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf

See bearberry extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of argan trees. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Argania spinosa

See argan oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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arginine

Amino acid that has antioxidant properties and can be helpful for soothing skin (Sources: Journal... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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artemia extract

See algae

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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Ascophyllum nodosum

Species of seaweed. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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ascorbic acid

Form of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Advances in Experimental Medicine and... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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ascorbyl glucosamine

Form of vitamin C that has little research showing it has the antioxidant or brightening... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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ascorbyl glucoside

Stable form of vitamin C combined with glucose.When properly formulated and absorbed into... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate

Form of vitamin C that is considered stable and that functions as an antioxidant and thickening... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Texture Enhancer, Vitamins

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ascorbyl palmitate

Stable and nonacidic form of vitamin C that is effective as an antioxidant (Source: Biochemical and... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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asparagine

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants

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Asparagopsis armata extract

Extract derived from seaweed. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Antioxidants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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aspartic acid

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin-Replenishing

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astaxanthin

See astaxanthin extract

Categories: Antioxidants

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astaxanthin extract

Carotenoid (carotene pigment) found in plants, algae, and fish, particularly salmon, that functions... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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Astragalus membranaceus

Latin name for the Chinese herb Huang-Qi, also known as milk vetch. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Astragalus sinicus

See milk vetch root

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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avocado oil

Emollient oil similar to other nonfragrant plant oils. It has antioxidant properties. Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Antioxidants

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Azadirachta indica

See neem extract or oil

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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azulene

Chamomile extract used primarily as a coloring agent in cosmetics. It can have antioxidant and... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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bakuchiol

An antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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