Why We Use It

Don't you find it difficult to wade through a long list of ingredients trying to figure out why on earth they're each there?  We do too, which is why we've included this page!  Here you will find a list of every ingredient we use in each of our products along with an explanation of its benefits.  We hope you find this helpful!  And if you still have questions please feel free to contact us via the contact page!

Allantoin- softening skin protectant; causes rapid cell regeneration and proliferation

Aloe - hydrating, emollient, anti-inflammatory, forms barrier on skin, soothes redness, soothes itching

 

Apple (and their peels) – contain a variety of polyphenols (micronutrients in plants) that together are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial; high in Vitamin C which acts as a free radical scavenger; contain malic acid which is an AHA

 

Avocado Oil – high in Vitamin B which can help with skin damage, skin protection and cell regeneration; also high in Vitamins A and E; antioxidant; high in oleic acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory and makes it very moisturizing; is easily absorbed by the skin

 

Banana Powder – rich in potassium which is found in the stratum corneum in our NMF; could help reduce irritation.  Also rich in Vitamin A which can improve skin barrier function, increase cell proliferation, increase thickening of the skin and increase collagen production.  It can also help increase skin’s water retention.

 

Borage Oil – high in GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which helps with skin barrier repair, decreases transepidermal water loss, increases skin hydration and skin flexibility; contains ferulic acid which is a very effective antioxidant (free-radical scavenger) that can soothe and moisturize skin, repair light and weather induced skin damage, reduce itching and inflammation and may have an effect on aging; astringent; contains ellagic acid which can offer a reduction in the destruction of collagen, increase skin cell regeneration and thickening.

 

BTMS-50 – Behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl alcohol – a conditioning emulsifier

 

Caffeine Extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory, and vasoconstrictive which can help decrease redness and puffiness; by narrowing blood vessels and calming skin it can temporarily reduce under-eye bags; can temporarily reduce the appearance of dark circles because it helps with the microcirculation (the circulation of blood in the smallest blood vessels) in the skin

 

Calendula Extract – Soothing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, stimulates collagen production

 

Carrot Seed Extract – good for sensitive and/or dry skin; high in beta carotene as well as Vitamins A, B, C & E; antioxidant; moisturizing

 

Cetyl Alcohol – thickener; short chain, saturated fatty alcohol imparts an emollient, silky feel

Cocamidopropyl Betaine – another mild surfactant derived from coconut; responsible for cleansing

 

Cucumber Extract/Powder – emollient, soothing (will reduce redness and inflammation), astringent, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, analgesic

 

Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – non-paraben preservative

 

Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate – mild cleanser good for sensitive skin; leaves skin feeling soft and conditioned

 

Distilled Water - provides hydration

Evening Primrose Extract – soothing, anti-irritant

 

Fine Pumice for sensitive skin - used as a physical exfoliant 

 

Glycerin – humectant

 

Goat Milk – provider of lipids and proteins; improves skin barrier function; provides Vitamins A, B6, B12 and E; contains triglycerides which improve skin elasticity and reinforce the barrier; contains major and trace minerals including selenium which has antioxidant properties; highly moisturizing

 

Grapeseed Extract – astringent; contains Vitamins C & E; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; contains resveratrol which is a great antioxidant that scavenges free-radicals and prevents their formation and is also reported to stimulate healthy cell proliferation.

 

Green Tea Extract/Powder – anti-inflammatory; contains powerful antioxidants; may play a role in stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin in the skin

 

Honeyquat – refatting and conditioning agent; made from honey

 

Hydrolyzed Oat Protein – film former; protects the skin barrier

 

Lavender Hydrosol - very soothing and cooling; provides some anti-irritancy properties; great for weather chapped or damaged skin

Mango Powder – contains enzymes that encourage desquamation (dead skin cell removal); high in beta-carotene which encourages skin regeneration and a softening in the appearance of wrinkles; high in antioxidants and is anti-bacterial (which may help acne-prone skin) and astringent which will help tighten pores. Other Vitamins and minerals include: Vitamins A (stimulates collagen production), B6 (reduces sebum on the skin), C (may reduce sun damage induced by sun’s UV rays, fights free-radicals), E (promotes hydration), and K; Copper (reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, lightens skin, fights free-radicals); Potassium (promotes hydration); Magnesium (helps reduce oily skin)

Panthenol – readily penetrates the skin where it is converted into pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5); it behaves as a humectant; is an effective emollient; offers long lasting moisturization; is very soothing; helps improve the skin’s barrier function; is essential for epithelial (barrier, secretion, absorption) function and cellular rejuvenation; promotes normal skin keratinization

 

Papaya – contains enzyme papain which acts as a powerful exfoliant and is very good at breaking down proteins; good antioxidant; contains Vitamins A, B, and C; high in carotenoid lycopene which is anti-inflammatory and offers skin-soothing properties; may cause irritation to sensitive skin

 

Phenoxyethanol, capryl glycol, sorbic acid - preservative; paraben free; not a formaldehyde donor

 

Pineapple – contains the enzyme bromelain which can help to reduce the adhesion between dead skin cells and encourage desquamation; high in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C); antioxidant; free-radical scavenger; may cause irritation to sensitive skin

 

Pumpkin Powder – contains fruit enzymes and AHA’s which increase cell-turnover; high in Vitamins A & C which are antioxidant (protect against free-radicals), help soften and smooth the skin, and boost collagen; plentiful in essential fatty acids Vitamin E and zinc which are necessary to maintain good barrier function.

 

Propylene Glycol - humectant

 

Rice Bran Oil – high in ferulic acid which is a more effective antioxidant than Vitamin E and can help with light or radiation induced skin damage; offers moisturizing, softening and anti-inflammatory properties; contains squalene (great for mature skin) and Vitamin B. Also high in oleic acid which is moisturizing; helps with skin regeneration; is well-absorbed and acts as an anti-inflammatory and linoleic acid which helps to improve skin barrier function; helps soothe itchy, dry skin; acts as an anti-inflammatory and a moisture retainer.

 

Rose Water - very mild; anti-inflammatory; rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C; may help control sebum production; hydrating

 

Rosemary Hydrosol - astringent; anti-inflammatory; rich in antioxidants, may help control sebum production

Shea Butter – very high in Vitamin E; antioxidant; contains esters which can reduce superficial irritation and redness; contains allantoin which protects the barrier; high in oleic and stearic acid which offer moisturizing, regenerating, anti-inflammatory and softening properties and improve skin flexibility and repair

 

Silk Proteins – skin barrier function and hydration

 

Sodium Chloride - thickener

 

Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids – extremely mild surfactant derived from apple amino acids; respects the skin barrier; responsible for cleansing

 

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – mild cleanser that leaves an “elegant” feel

 

Sodium Lactate – humectant

Sorbitol – humectant

 

Stearic Acid – a saturated, long-chain fatty acid; used as a thickener

 

Strawberry Powder – rich source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and naturally occurring salicylic acid (a beta-hydroxy acid). BHA’s encourage cell-turnover allowing healthy cells to come to the surface.  They are oil-soluble and therefore penetrate the pores more effectively than the water-soluble alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s).

 

Vitamin E – sinks into skin and behaves as an antioxidant (free-radical scavenger); also softens and soothes skin

 

Watermelon Seed Powder – high in Vitamins C and E which are antioxidant; contains lycopene which is a powerful anti-inflammatory carotenoid that offers skin-soothing properties; also contains potassium and Vitamins A and B6

 

Willow Bark Extract - exfoliating, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, oil control, contains salicin which is a precursor to salicylic acid

 

Witch Hazel Extract/Hydrosol – great astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant