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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 »

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oatmeal

Can have skin-soothing properties… Read More »

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Boerhavia diffusa root extract

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

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green tea

Significant amounts of research have established that tea, including black, green, and white tea... Read More »

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soy protein

See soy extract

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borage seed extract

Extract of the plant Borago officinalis, it can have skni-soothing properties... Read More »

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Gentiana lutea (Gentian) root extract

Part of the gentian plant, constituents of which are soothing to skin... Read More »

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Arctium lappa

See burdock root

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Leontopodium alpinum extract

Plant extract whose constituents are capable of provding antioxidant and soothing benefit... Read More »

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carnosine

Composed of amino acids, it has soothing and antioxidant properties... Read More »

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kudzu root

Source of isoflavone, genistein, and daidzein, all plant estrogens.. Read More »

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madecassoside

One of four principal compounds in the plant extract Centella asiatica… Read More »

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evening primrose oil

Can have significant soothing and emollient benefits for skin... Read More »

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flaxseed oil

From seeds of the flax plant; a source of fatty acids, particularly omega-3. Read More »

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bisabolol

Can be extracted from chamomile or derived synthetically. It is an anti-irritant. Read More »

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genistein

Plant component (most often from soy) that is a rich source of antioxidants, though it can also be... Read More »

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tetrahydrobisdemethoxycurcumin

Antioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract. Read More »

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Camellia sinensis

See green tea

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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 »

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Fu ling

See Poria cocos extract

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stearyl glycyrrhetinate

The fatty acid form of the skin soothing glycyrrhetinic acid, which is derived from licorice. Read More »

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hesperidin

Flavonoid found in various plants such as citrus and evening primrose oil. It has potential as a... Read More »

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bladderwrack extract

Extract derived from seaweed; it can be an effective antioxidant and has water-binding properties... Read More »

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hydrocotyl extract

See Centella asiatica

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Elaeis guineensis

See palm oil

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