A-Z of ACTIVES

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ALOE VERA

Our Reboot serum contains this succulent plant which has vitamins,  minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide and fatty acids. Primarily functions as a soothing ingredient, free radical scavenger and healing agent. Its fibroblast stimulating properties have been demonstrated to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid and soften skin.

 

APRICOT KERNEL SEED OIL

A light and dry oil that’s rich in essential fatty acids containing 60% omega 9 (oleic acid) and 30% omega 6 (gamma linoleic acid), vitamins A,C, E and K to reduce free radical damage, nourish, deeply hydrate and reduce redness and improve skin elasticity.

PURIFIED AQUA 

Water is key to keeping your skin healthy. It can make wrinkles less noticeable , increases blood flow and reduces toxins.

 

B

BENTONITE CLAY

Bentonite is a volcanic mineral clay capable of deeply cleaning facial pores and reducing the appearance of blemishes. The constriction of pores aids in forcing impurities and toxins out of the skin while also serving as an antibacterial agent. When bentonite is activated with water it becomes a highly porous sponge, drawing impurities from the skin. It also reduces skin irritation and becomes charged in water making it capable of binding heavy metal toxins from the skin surface.

 

BORAGE OIL (STARFLOWER)

Nature’s richest know source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. Delivers ultimate deep skin hydration, immediately restores skin lipid barrier function so locks in moisture and provides vital anti-inflammatory properties which soothe skin sensitivity. 

 

BERGAMOT OIL

The happy oil. Uplifting and refreshing citrus scent and deeply cleansing too. Great for those with oily skin as it helps to balance oiliness and unclog pores.

 

BLACK SPRUCE OIL

A breath of fresh air.  Energising soft  fresh forest-like scent and purifying. 

 

C

CERAMIDES

Replenish the skin’s intercellular matrix, fortifying barrier function and increasing skin softness, hydration and natural moisturising factors with the skin. Improved stratum corneum hydration, prevents trans epidermal water loss (TEWL). Also elicit natural cleansing mechanisms within the skin.

 

CRANBERRY SEED OIL

Rich in antioxidants, in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E,  Cranberries are thought to have a high salicylic acid content, This acid has important exfoliating properties that can help to keep skin looking and feeling clean and clear. Cranberry extract is a good source of B vitamins, as well as vitamin C. For skin, that means protection against internal and external aggressors.

 

CORIANDER SEED OIL

Coriander seed essential oil is an invigorating, stimulating oil. Some consider it an aphrodisiac!

 

CITRIC ACID

Citric acid is a natural AHA which reclaibrates skin to a healthy, acidic pH level.

 

CIRUS LIMON

A distinctive lemony aroma. Boosts energy levels. Refreshing, invigorating, purifying and anti-inflammatory.

 

COCONUT WATER (PROBIOTIC)

Nature’s sports drink, Super-hydrating coconut water replenishes lost hydration and is packed full of electrolytes which ensure optimal hydration by enhancing and monitoring the skin’s internal moisture reserves. Clever.  Plus its microcirculatory-boosting chemistry helps to remove toxins and helps maintain a friendly balance of skin friendly bacteria (probiotic). The result? Crystal clear skin with a gorgeous dewy radiance! 

 

COENZYME Q10 (Ubiquitone)

Coenzyme Q10 is found in every cell in the body. It is pivotal in the production of biological energy (ATP) inside the cells. It is also a potent antioxidant neutralising destructive free radicals which can damage and age skin cells. CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate skin cells and increase intercellular lipids.

 

The human body naturally produces CoQ10. As we age, the body’s production declines, resulting in reduced ability to fight free radical damage, which in turn impacts skin repair and regeneration and production of collagen and elastin. A 1999 German research study reported that long-term use of CoQ10 reduced the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

 

D

D-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL

See Vitamin E

 

F

SWEET FENNEL OIL

Sweet and herbacious, sweet fennel oil has an affinity for soothing the skin as well as the mind.

 

 

G

GLYCERIN (vegetable derived)

Moisture magnet that mimics the skin’s natural moisturising factors which decline with age and the environment. Makes skin feel amazingly soft and supple and strengthens skin’s precious moisture barrier improving skin resilience and youthfulness.

 

GREEN TEA

High-potency antioxidant protection, able to effectively neutralise free radical damage and help prevent post inflammatory pigmentation. Scatters visible light and absorbs infrared.

 

GLYCOLIC ACID (AHA)

Boosts skin smoothness and delivers crystal clear radiance by stimulating skin’s cellular renewal process. 

 

GLUTATHIONE (from wheatgerm)

Potent antioxidant that prevents the formation of free radicals.

 

H

HYALURONIC ACID (SODIUM HYALURONATE)

Boosts skin hydration dramatically. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural moisturising factor (NMF) found in the deeper skin layers. Referred to nature’s ‘super moisturiser’, this substance is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water and is applied topically to deeply hydrate by constantly attracting moisture to skin. This plumps the skin and temporarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and helps to provide a barrier of protection for the skin.

HA promotes wound healing in a number of ways. It is an integral component of the extracellular matrix and plays a key role in creating the perfect environment for facilitating the motility and migration of the cells required for the re-epithelialisation process into granulation tissue. This includes the proliferation and migration of the basal keratinocyte cells into the wound space.

 

HA can form a complex with reactive oxygen species and reduce the toxicity of free radicals. It also displays anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. HA has the ability to nourish and promote youthful characteristics via deep dermal hydration and visible skin plumping.

 

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LACTIC ACID (AHA)

Reclaibrates skin to a healthy, acidic pH level. Reactivates youth enzymes and deactivates ageing enzymes. Improves skin tone and refines texture, stimulates collagen synthesis and increases skin radiance. Fades epidermal pigmentation and promotes skin hydration.

 

M

MALIC ACID (AHA)

Malic acid is an AHA found in apples and has unique antioxidant properties that other AHA’s don’t have. Malic acid also contains unique hydrating properties and leaves a protective, moisturising layer on the skin.

 

MAY CHANG OIL

An antiseptic oil and an astringent with a lovely, fresh lemony scent

 

SATIN MICA

‘Nature's glitter. Mica is a mineral ingredient used to add shimmer and sparkle in our day cream to counteract the bluish tones of zinc oxide

 

 

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NIACINAMIDE

 

Niacinamide boosts skin immunity and increases the production of the skin’s natural ceramides in the stratum corneum. Ceramides lubricate and protect the skin from moisture loss (TEWL). Niacinamide results in a more hydrated, dewy complexion and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines.

 

Niacinamide assists in regulating oil glands and minimising inflammation, skin redness, sensitivity and irritation.. It has been shown to be more effective than topical antibiotics. B3 is an excellent alternative for acne management as it does not result in the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria in the community.

 

Topical Vitamin B3 also prevents photo-immunosuppression and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation by preventing melanin transfer from the melanocyte to the keratinocyte.

 

P

PROVITAMIN B5 (PANTHEON)

Provitamin B5 will work to stabilise the skin barrier, soothe irritation, promote wound healing, improve skin softness and boost hydration levels to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It has also been clinically proven to exhibit anti-bacterial properties.

 

PROPANEDIOL

Emulsifies oil, dirt and makeup. Stimulates ceramide synthesis.

 

PETTITGRAIN OIL

Has a fresh, green woody aroma that is thought to reduce anxiety and mental fatigue. Also helps balance skin oil levels.

 

PRESERVATIVE

Phenoxyethanol (PE) is a preservative found naturally occurring in green tea and chicory. For commercial purposes, phenoxyethanol has been synthetically re-created in a laboratory. This is known as making a “nature identical” chemical.

 

R

0.5% RETINOL

 

A deeply penetrative form of Vitamin A. Skin cells use Vitamin A to repair DNA damage, stimulate collagen production, fade hyperpigmention and decongest and prevent breakouts. 

 

RESVERATROL

The red wine antioxidant for your face! Directly targets Infrared (IR) ageing. As a result, the skin is protected against loss of firmness and elasticity from IR and UV radiation.

 

 

S

SAFFLOWER OIL

Like a multivitamin supplement for the skin, Safflower oil is rich in magnesium,  vitamin B6, and ceramides, all necessary for keeping skin firm, supple and well-hydrated. Also has dirt busting qualities that can help unclog the pores and reduce blackheads and spots.

 

SALICYLIC ACID (BHA)

A natural source of salicylic acid (BHA) obtained from white willow bark.  We use it in our Reboot serum to activate youth enzymes and simulate new cell formation. BHA works on the uppermost layer of the skin and within the pores. It is excellent for acne sufferers as it is able to exfoliate and decongest pores and prevent breakouts. It is also effective for individuals with rosacea, psoriasis and folliculitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It possesses antibacterial, antifungal and exfoliating properties.

 

SQUALENE

Stabilised and derived purely from olive. This ingredient reduces the appearance of dry, stressed skin. Pure squalene is derived from cold pressed organically grown olives. It is a 100% pure concentrate rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients.

It is a powerful and effective skin supplement proven to boost the immune system and help treat all inflammatory skin conditions.

Human skin already has high levels of human squalene in the dermis. The role of squalene is to provide moisture and protection, and to aid in scar healing. A deficiency of squalene can result in dry skin and premature ageing

 

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL

Safflower oil light-weight oil rich in linoleic acid, provides excellent support to the skin’s natural barrier, preventing the moisture loss that results in dry skin. Rich in carotenoids, vitamin A, D and vitamin E makes  skin soft and silky smooth.

 

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VITAMIN E (D-ALPHA TOCOPHEROL)

Enhances solar protection, Blocks the formation of oxygen free radicals as a result of environmental stress. Reduces visible signs of UV damage. Helps fade hyperpigmentation and boosts natural moisturising factors within skin.

 

VITAMIN C (SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE)

Potent, stable form of vitamin C. Contributes to normal energy yielding skin metabolism. Stimulates collagen synthesis, brightens hyperpigmentation, protects skin cells from oxidative stress and firms and rejuvenates skin.

 

Z

ZINC OXIDE

Sunscreen active that reflects and scatters harmful UV light. Zinc oxide is found naturally in the body. It is a non-irritating and anti-inflammatory ingredient, offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and perfect for use following clinical treatments. It is also indicated for use on acne sufferers as zinc oxide is non-comedogenic and will not clog pores.