Ingredients Used in our Natural Skin Care Products
Beneficial Skin Care Ingredients
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil is full of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and natural compounds that benefit our bodies inside and out. Some that are especially good for our skin are:
Antioxidants - Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants including vitamins A and E, polyphenols, phytosterols and avenasterol. They work to neutralize free radicals and repair cell membranes. A free radical is an unstable molecule created by exposure to things like cigarette smoke, pollution, alcohol and radiation.
Squalene - A natural organic compound used in cosmetics as a moisturizer. It is taken from the liver of sharks, but also found in olive oil - a more environmentally friendly source. Squalene helps to regulate sebum. Sebum is produced by the sebacious glands in our skin and is secreted through our pores. It forms a coating on the skin that acts as a barrier, inhibits the growth of micro-organisms and lubricates our skin and hair.
Chlorophyll - A photosynthetic pigment found in plants and algae. It is an anti-aging substance that promotes the healing of skin conditions and wounds.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an easily re-newable source, growing & extraction methods are environmentally friendly.
White Lotus Seed extract Nelumbo nucifera
Studies of the Lotus Seeds have shown that they contain a substantial amount of protein-repair enzyme, Lisoaspartyl methyltransferase (MT), (Priestly and Posthumus, 1982), factor that contribute to their successful longevity. Activity of the protein-repair enzyme, L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (MT), in the ancient lotus seed is persistent during germination and the dormant period resulting in continuous repair of the seed. This process is similar to what takes place in the human body. Like the Lotus Seed the human body has many protein repair enzymes. When the enzyme level is sufficient the body stays well. Insufficient levels of the repair enzymes speed up aging or increase the risk of diseases. In the case of the Lotus Seed, protein degradation is minimal. A 1991 medical report, (Johnson et al., 1991) found that people who had higher mental and cognitive function before death also had an increased levels of MT in their brains at autopsy. This data led scientists to believe that high levels of MT can lead to an extended life span. With data collected from studies, scientists believe that maintaining cellular proteins in an active form in the human body would potentially lead to a reduction in damage resulting from the normal aging process. As far as topical applications, benefits of the Sacred Lotus Seed Extract are well documented. Clinical studies show that when methyltransferase, the restorative enzyme found in the Sacred Lotus Seed Extract, is applied to the skin in a cream form, it seems to cause aged skin to bounce back; halt the effects of aging and give skin a more youthful appearance. One study conducted by Loretta A. Pratt, M.D., specializing in Dermatology, showed dramatic results, even in patients with the most sun damaged skin. Dr. Pratt discovered there was fading of brown pigmentation, reduction of wrinkles by up to 50%, an overall healthier glow to the skin, reduction of acne lesions, and reduction in the appearance of acne scarring and pores.
White Tea extract Professor Declan Naughton, from the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University in South West London, said the research showed white tea had anti-ageing potential and high levels of anti-oxidants which could prevent cancer and heart disease. “We’ve carried out tests to identify plant extracts that protected the structural proteins of the skin, specifically elastin and collagen,” he explained. “Elastin supports the body’s natural elasticity which helps lungs, arteries, ligaments and skin to function. It also helps body tissue to repair when you suffer wounds and stops skin from sagging.” Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues in the body and is important for skin, strength and elasticity, he added.
Results showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing. These enzymes, along with oxidants, are associated with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Naughton said: “These enzymes and oxidants are key components of normal body processes. However, in inflammatory conditions, suppressing the activities of these excess components has been the subject of decades of research. We were surprised to find such high activity for the white tea extracts in all five tests that were conducted.” The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed.
Shea Butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and F, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E help to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin. They also provide skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Vitamin F contains essential fatty acids, and helps protect and revitalize damaged skin and hair. Shea Butter is an intense moisturizer for dry skin, and is a wonderful product for revitalizing dull or dry skin on the body or scalp. It promotes skin renewal, increases the circulation, and accelerates wound healing.
Cocoa Butter contains natural antioxidants that give it a long shelf life of over 3 years. It is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. For centuries pregnant women have used to Cocoa Butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks.
Jojoba Oil is a wonderful oil for mature, aging skin and wrinkles. Jojojba is not really an oil but a liquid wax which is derived from the jojoba bean. It is very similar to our own body oil secretion known as sebum. It is rich in Vitamin E. It penetrates the skin rapidly to nourish it. It also softens and moisturizes mature and dry skin.
Comfrey the roots and leaves of comfrey contain allantoin, a substance that promotes tissue regeneration.
Calendula the colorful petals of the calendula have been used in herbal preparations for hundreds of years. In the past, calendula flowers have been used on injuries to reduce inflammation and as an antiseptic against infection. When it comes to skin care, the benefits of Calendula oil are quite numerous, it proves high efficiency in preventing skin from over-drying, inhibiting the formation of sun-caused wrinkles. Due to the high content and of carotenes, phytosterols and polyphenols, it also delays premature aging of the skin tissue.
Zinc Oxide has soothing and sunprotection properties.
Rosehip Oil reduces scarring, and can help diminish broken capillaries.
Sweet Almond Oil is a favourite oil for moisturizing the skin. It's known to be especially suitable for eczema and dry itchy skin.
Essential Oils are amazing and it never ceases to amaze me how effective they are eg, they are all I use in the insect repellents to keep the bugs at bay, and they do. They are the basis of Aromatherapy.
Apricot Kernal Oil is a light rich oil is especially good for sensitive skin. It is an excellent softener for delicate skin and appropriate for around the eyes and neck and is high in Vitamin A.
Green Tea in Glycerin activates cell metabolism and prolongs the life of cells. It has been reputed to delay the signs of aging.
White Tea in Glycerin activates cell metabolism and prolongs the life of cells. It has been reputed to delay the signs of aging. Superior to Green Tea.
Vitamin E is an excellent anti-oxidant and has anti-aging ingredient.
Carrot, French Rose & Neroli Essential Oils are high in Vitamins and anti-oxidants. good for improving the complexion and skin tone. Rejuvenates Mature skin.
Echinacea in Glycerin is useful for treating severely damaged skin.
Naturagard™ preservative is 100% derived from vegetable sources and is Eco-cert certified.
Geogard Ulta™ preservative is 100% derived from vegetable sources and is Eco-cert certified.
Heavenly Blend Clay
Snow White Kaolin, Chantilly Crème Clay, Crystallite Pink (Zeolite), pH 7.7 Specially formulated for all skin types. A purifying, blissful blend which will gently cleanse as it tones and softens, leaving your skin feeling soft firm and refined. A perfect pick me up for you skin. Ideal for tired and dull complexions. Good firming and toning properties, along with the gentle cleansing action of white clay, will leave skin toned, smooth and soft. Rich in minerals that will nourish and revitalize skin, draw and absorb toxins with its high cation exchange rate, also high in nutrients and essential minerals will detoxify and aid the healing of damaged skin cells.
Powdered Sandalwood cleans and conditions the skin leaving it moisturised, free of germs and protected from the harmful rays of the sun
Hazelnut Oil deeply penetrating and suitable for all skin types
Cucumber Powder hydrating, nourishing and astringent properties, rich in Vitamins A & C making it an effective antioxidant. May assist with skin regeneration and be used to combat fine lines and wrinkles.
Rose Water as the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.
Aloe Gel helps rebuild your skin.
Witch Hazel skin toner.
Pephatight Microalgae extract and aids in skin tightening. Also strengthens the skin’s connective tissues by aiding the formation of collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid a polysaccharide compound naturally occurring in body tissue providing protection to cell structures and serves as a water reservoir for cells. It raises skin’s moisture levels, soothing down age lines showing a visible difference, helps to preserve skin suppleness, elasticity and tone.
Scleroltium Gum natural polysaccharide gelling agent.
Vitamin C anti0oxidant properties and Vit C has an important role in collagen synthesis. Helps with pigmentation issues.
Licorice, Gotu Kola, Bearberry & Blend a blend of skin regenerating botanicals.
Disclaimer: This is what I have found out about each of these ingredients and why I love & use them in my products so please do your own research to verify the accuracy of my research and to see if they are compatable with you for your personal use.