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biotin

A water-soluble substance produced in the body by certain types of...

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calcium ascorbate

Form of vitamin C; other forms include ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, and...

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calcium d-pantetheine-s-sulfonate

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calcium pantothenate

Also known as pantothenic acid.

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alpha-tocopherol

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ascorbic acid

Form of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties (Sources: Advances in Experimental Medicine and...

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ascorbyl glucosamine

Form of vitamin C that has little research showing it has the antioxidant or brightening...

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ascorbyl glucoside

Stable form of vitamin C combined with glucose.When properly formulated and absorbed into...

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ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate

Form of vitamin C that is considered stable and that functions as an antioxidant and thickening...

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ascorbyl palmitate

Stable and nonacidic form of vitamin C that is effective as an antioxidant (Source: Biochemical and...

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ergocalciferol

Technical name for vitamin D.

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Ester-C

Trade name for a combination form of vitamin C that contains mainly calcium ascorbate, but in...

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cholecalciferol

Technical name for vitamin D.

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choline

Part of the vitamin B complex and a constituent of many other biologically important molecules,...

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Cucurbitea peponis

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cyanocobalamin

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d-alpha-tocopherol

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

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folic acid

Part of the B-vitamin complex; when taken orally, it is a good antioxidant. That benefit has not...

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L-ascorbic acid

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

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honey

Substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. Composed primarily of the...

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honey extract

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magnesium ascorbyl palmitate

Fatty acid-based derivative of vitamin C that can be an effective antioxidant. There is some...

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magnesium ascorbyl phosphate

Form of vitamin C that is considered stable and an effective antioxidant for skin (Sources:...

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phytonadione

One form of vitamin K.

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niacin

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Vitamins
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niacinamide

Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient...

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nicotinamide

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nicotinic acid

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pantethine

Also known as pantothenic acid.

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panthenol

Alcohol form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid.

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pantothenic acid

Also called vitamin B5, and often touted for a variety of benefits to skin. However, there is only one...

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potassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphate

Blend of vitamins C and E with phosphorus that functions as an antioxidant.

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
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pyridoxine hydrochloride (HCL)

Scientific name for vitamin B6; may have antioxidant benefits for skin when...

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retinol

Retinol, the name for the entire vitamin A molecule, is a skin-restoring ingredient and an antioxidant.

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retinyl ascorbate

An ester of vitamin A (retinoic acid) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that functions as an antioxidant...

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retinyl palmitate

Combination of retinol (pure vitamin A) and the fatty acid palmitic acid. Research has shown...

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retinyl retinoate

A synthetic, "new generation" retinol with research showing its usefulness for skin...

Categories: Skin-Restoring, Vitamins
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riboflavin

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sodium ascorbate

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sodium ascorbyl phosphate

Stable, water-soluble form of vitamin C that functions as an antioxidant...

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tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate

Stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C...

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thiamine HCL

Vitamin B1. There is no research showing this to be effective when applied topically on skin.

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tocopherol

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tocopherol acetate

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tocopheryl acetate

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tocopheryl lineolate

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tocotrienols

Potent forms of vitamins E that are considered stable and powerful antioxidants. These forms of...

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vitamin A

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vitamin B1

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vitamin B12

Overall there is limited research showing vitamin B12 has any benefit when applied topically on skin

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vitamin B2

There is no research showing this has any benefit when applied topically to skin. However, there is...

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vitamin B3

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vitamin B5

Also known as pantothenic acid.

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vitamin B6

There is no research showing it to have benefit for skin.

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vitamin C

Vitamin C is a top rated skin care ingredient to help maintain healthy-looking and radiant skin...

Categories: Antioxidants, Vitamins
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vitamin D

A fat-soluble vitamin (technically, it's a hormone) that may have antioxidant, soothing, and...

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vitamin E

One of the most well-known and researched antioxidants for the body and for skin. Vitamin E occurs...

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vitamin F

Name sometimes used to represent essential fatty acids of linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These...

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vitamin H

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vitamin K

Technically known as phytonadione, vitamin K is a fat-soluble....

Categories: Vitamins

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