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zinc oxide

Zinc oxide is an inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Thickeners/Emulsifiers, Skin Soothing, Coloring Agents/Pigments

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zinc

There is growing evidence that zinc can be a significant soothing agent and antioxidant. It also can... Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Antioxidants

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yucca extract

Plant extract that can have soothing benefits. Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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yerba mate extract

Used for the preparation of the most popular tea-like beverage in South America. It has... Read More »

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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yeast extract

See yeast

Categories: Antioxidants

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yeast

Group of fungi that ferment sugars. Yeast is a source of beta-glucan, which is a good antioxidant.... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants

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xanthophyll

Also known as lutein, this is a cartenoid pigment from plants that functions as an antioxidant. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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witch hazel

Commonly used plant extract that can have antioxidant properties... Read More »

Categories: Sensitizing, Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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white tea leaf extract

Extract from the minimally processed buds and leaves of green tea. There is research showing that... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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watermelon fruit extract

Extract from the fruit Citrullus lantus, commonly known as watermelon... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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watercress extract

Research indicates that watercress extracts can have antioxidant activity, but that information is limited Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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walnut extract

Extract that can have antioxidant properties (Source: Journal of Nutrition, November 2001, pages... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Vitis vinifera

Latin name for the vines that produce wine grapes. More commonly known as grape seed oil or grape... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins, Emollients, Skin Restoring

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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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vitamin D

A fat-soluble vitamin (actually, it's a hormone) that may have antioxidant, soothing, and... Read More »

Categories: Vitamins, Antioxidants

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vitamin C

Vitamin C is a top rated skin care ingredient to help maintain healthy-looking and radiant skin. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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vitamin A

Considered a good antioxidant in some of its various forms, particularly as retinol and retinyl... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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Viola tricolor extract

See pansy extract

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Vanilla planifolia fruit extract

Extract used primarily as a fragrance and flavoring agent. The vanilla plant is a source of... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing

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valine

See amino acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin Replenishing

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Vaccinium macrocarpon fruit extract

Latin term for cranberry. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin Soothing, Antioxidants

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Uva ursi extract

See bearberry extract , arbutin

Categories: Antioxidants, 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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Ulva lactuca extract

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

Categories: Skin Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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