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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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hydrolyzed jojoba esters

Essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Softening, 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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d-alpha-tocopherol

Antioxidant that's considered the most optimal form of vitamin E. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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menthyl anthranilate

Also known as meradimate, this is a synthetic sunscreen active is a partially effective UVA... Read More »

Categories: Sunscreen Actives

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L-ascorbic acid

Form of vitamin C that is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Vitamins, Antioxidants

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Glycine soja oil

Oil derived from wild soybeans; it has emollient properties. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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glycolic acid

See AHA

Categories: Exfoliant

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Borago officinalis seed oil

See borage seed oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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allantoin

By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective skin-soothing and skin-conditioning agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing

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yerba mate extract

Plant ingredient used in 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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Simmondsia chinensis

See jojoba oil

Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients, Skin-Replenishing

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Camellia japonica

The leaf has been shown to be an antioxidant... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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honeysuckle flower extract

Plant extract that functions as a soothing agent. It is a very good source of flavonoids... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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chamomile

Ingredient derived from plant species Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita, and Matricaria chamomilla... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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palmitoyl tripeptide-5

A synthetic peptide that is believed to play a role in the appearance of skin firmness... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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licorice extract

Plant extract that has skin-soothing properties. In addition, licorice root may be effective in... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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Ginkgo biloba leaf extract

Potent antioxidant and soothing ingredient. Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Persicaria hydropiper

Also known as water pepper. All parts of this plant extract have been shown in vitro to be not only... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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Helianthus annuus seed oil

See sunflower seed oil

Categories: Emollients, Plant Extracts

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Boerhavia diffusa root extract

Extract from a flowering plant. Animal studies have shown that this plant has strong... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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ceramide NS

See ceramides

Categories: Skin-Replenishing

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oatmeal

Can have skin-soothing properties… Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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phytosterol

Cholesterol-like molecules found in all plant foods; the highest concentrations are found in... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Replenishing, Skin-Soothing, Emollients

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decarboxy carnosine HCL

See carnosine , skin-restoring ingredients

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Soothing

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