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Ingredient Dictionary

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acacia senegal gum

Herb that can have skin soothing properties, but is used primarily as a thickening agent. Read More »

Categories: Texture Enhancer, Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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Achillea millefolium

See yarrow extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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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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Aesculus hippocastanum

See horse chestnut extract

Categories: Plant Extracts, 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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Aloe barbadensis

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe extract

See aloe vera

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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aloe juice

See aloe vera

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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aloe vera

There is no real evidence that aloe vera (Aloe barbadenis) helps the skin in any significant way.... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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alpha bisabolol

See bisabolol

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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Althaea rosea

See mallow

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing, Texture Enhancer

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Althea officinalis

Latin name for the marshmallow plant. Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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aminobutyric acid

Amino acid that has water-binding properties and may provide soothing benefits for skin. It... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing

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andiroba oil

Extracted from the Brazilian mahogany tree; it has soothing properties (Source:... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts

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Anthemis nobilis flower extract

See chamomile

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Arachis hypogaea extract

Extract of the plant commonly known as the peanut. It can have emollient and skin soothing... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Emollients, Plant Extracts

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Arctium lappa

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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Arctium majus

See burdock root

Categories: Plant Extracts, Antioxidants, Skin-Soothing

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ATP

See adenosine triphosphate

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Restoring

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Avena sativa

See oatmeal, oat bran extract, gluten ingredients… Read More »

Categories: Plant Extracts, Skin-Soothing

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azulene

Chamomile extract used primarily as a coloring agent in cosmetics. It can have antioxidant and... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Plant Extracts, Antioxidants

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barberry

Plant whose primary component, berberine, is an alkaloid that can have soothing properties and... Read More »

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Skin-Soothing

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beta hydroxy acid

See salicylic acid

Categories: Skin-Soothing, Antioxidants, Exfoliant

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