Ingredient Dictionary

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Renova

See Retin-A , tretinoin

Categories: Vitamins, Prescription Drugs, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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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-Identical/Repairing Ingredients

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cranberry seed oil

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

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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Glycyrrhiza uralensis root extract

See licorice root , licorice extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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tocopherol

See vitamin E

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins

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beta-glucan

Polysaccharide, meaning that it is a sugar (e.g., starch and cellulose) that can be derived from... Read More »

Categories: Anti-Irritants, 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: Anti-Irritants, 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: Anti-Irritants, 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 anti-inflammatory properties (Sources: American Journal of... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Anti-Irritants

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carnosol acid

See carnosic acid

Categories: Antioxidants, Plant Extracts

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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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soy oil

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

Categories: Anti-Irritants, Antioxidants, Plant Extracts, Emollients

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sunscreens

Products considered over-the-counter drugs in the United States and as such are strictly regulated... Read More »

Categories: Miscellaneous

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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 active 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 , gluten ingredients

Categories: Antioxidants, Anti-Irritants

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peony root extract

There is research showing that the root of the peony plant can have anticancer properties as well... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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BHA (beta hydroxy acid)

See salicylic acid

Categories: Leave-On Exfoliant, Anti-Irritants, Antibacterial/Anti-Acne

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cell-communicating ingredients

Cell-communicating ingredients, theoretically, have the ability to tell a skin cell to look, act,... Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Cell-Communicating Ingredients

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