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acetyl hexapeptide-8

Synthetically derived peptide that is used in a wide range of skincare and makeup... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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acetyl octapeptide-3

A synthetic peptide that is based around octapeptide-3, a peptide complex composed of the amino acids aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glutamine, and methionine... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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adenosine

Yeast-derived ingredient that functions as a good soothing and skin-restoring agent. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Soothing

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adenosine triphosphate

An organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids. All... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Restoring

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Argireline

See acetyl hexapeptide-8

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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ATP

See adenosine triphosphate

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Restoring

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caprooyl phytosphingosine

A mixture of fatty acids caproic acid and phytosphingosine. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Replenishing

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caprooyl sphingosine

A mixture of fatty acids caproic acid and sphingosine. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Replenishing

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Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3

A peptide manufactured by Lucas Meyer Cosmetics with the trade name Chronoline... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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creatine

An amino acid found in the human body and most type of meat and fish. This ingredient serves as the... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring

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Cucurbitea peponis

See pumpkin

Categories: Vitamins, Skin-Restoring, Antioxidants, Fragrance: Synthetic and Fragrant Plant Extracts, Plant Extracts

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decarboxy carnosine HCL

See carnosine , skin-restoring ingredients

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Skin-Soothing

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dimethyl MEA

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Categories: Skin-Restoring

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DMAE

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Categories: Skin-Restoring

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enzymes

Vast group of protein , produced by all living things, that act as catalysts in chemical... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Exfoliant

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gamma linolenic acid (GLA)

Fatty acid used in cosmetics as an emollient and antioxidant. GLA is considered to... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Antioxidants, Emollients

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glutathione

Powerful, non-enzymatic antioxidant which naturally occurs in the skin. Read More »

Categories: Antioxidants, Skin-Restoring

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glycosaminoglycans

Also known as mucopolysaccharides; these are a fundamental component of skin and are... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Replenishing, Skin-Restoring

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hibiscus

Fragrant plant Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Restoring

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hyaluronic acid

Component of skin that is used in skincare products as a good restorative ingredient.... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Replenishing, Skin-Restoring

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hydrogenated lecithin

See lecithin

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Emollients

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hydroquinone

Hydroquinone has long been established as the most effective ingredient for reducing brown spots. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Antioxidants

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lady's thistle (milk thistle) extract

Extract for which there is a great deal of research showing it has many applications... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Restoring, Antioxidants

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linoleic acid

Unsaturated fatty acid used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. There is some... Read More »

Categories: Emollients, Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Skin-Restoring

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linolenic acid

Linolenic acid is a naturally-occurring, colorless polyunsaturated fatty acid liquid... Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Restoring

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