Aloe Vera has long been known for its healing properties. It is for this reason you will find it in many different health and well being products, including skincare. It has a strong moisturising capacity, and assists in the natural healing and regenerating of skin cells. Aloe Vera also contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are believed to promote healthy skin and has the ability to stimulate the production of Collagen. Gentle, and yet extremely rich and beneficial in a skincare product, Aloe Vera is an essential ingredient in any range.
Antioxidants neutralise free radicals (see “Free Radicals” for more information) in the human body. Unfortunately it is impossible for us to avoid damage by free radicals, but it is believed that using products that are high in antioxidants can help limit the negative effects caused by them. Vitamins A, C and E are all recognised as the some of the most effective antioxidants commonly available.
Avocado Oil is ideal for use in skincare as it is an extremely good moisturising and nourishing compound, assisting in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin. It is especially beneficial for people with dehydrated, sun or climate damaged skin. It has also been found that avocado oil significantly increases the amount of collagen in the skin, which is normally under attack as we age. The wonderfully emollient properties are another feature that makes it ideal for mature skin.
Bergamot oil is extracted from a small, orange-like fruit. It has excellent cleansing and proven antiseptic properties both of which help reduce the bacteria on your skin, helping to eliminate the source of many skin problems.
Calendula is a plant extract that has been used throughout history in skin preparations. It is beneficial for dry or damaged skin and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which combined help protect the skin from premature ageing. It is a natural, soothing moisturiser.
Chamomile is a flowering plant from the daisy family. It contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and helps to soothe and calm irritated skin.
Cherry Blossom is the name of the flower of the cherry tree, or Sakura originally from Japan. The extract from these blossoms when used in skincare crèmes penetrates deep within the top layer of our skin and helps prevent the production of melanin (also called pigment) that makes up the colour of your skin. Melanin occurs naturally in your skin, but sometimes over production occurs (usually caused by exposure to the sun) which causes darker patches of skin, or pigmentation. The reduction in the production of melanin means these darker patches of skin will disappear over a period of time.
Clove Oil comes from the flower bud of the Clove tree. It is rich in minerals such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C and has proven anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-viral properties.
Collagen is a moisture retaining protein that rejuvenates and replaces protein back into the skin. This helps the skin retain moisture, thereby giving it a more youthful appearance. Collagen also promotes healthy cell renewal, elasticity, resilience and tone leaving the skin soft and healthy. The depletion of collagen in our skin leads to the formation of wrinkles and the occurrence of other signs of ageing – which is clearly why replacing it is so popular in the nearly continuous fight against the visible signs of growing old. You have heard of collagen implants in lips – with the resulting plump, lush look? Collagen in skincare works in a similar way – it plumps up the skin in and around wrinkles making them appear less visible.
The cucumber’s flesh is mostly water, but it also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid – these nutrients help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling - which is the primary reason cucumber has been a “skin care” product since the beginning of time, and particularly beneficial in treating the delicate skin around the eyes.
Elastin is a protein found in the connective tissue and fibres of the middle layer of the skin. It is responsible for the springiness and suppleness of the skin – helping it to return to its original position after being poked or pinched. The amount of natural elastin in the skin tends to deplete, and is no longer renewed as people age, which results in less supple skin and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Helps improve the sag and ageing of the skin by adding strength and flexibility. A highly moisturising emollient oil helps clear blemishes, soothing skin irritations and softening lines. Maintaining the skin’s softness, EPO refines skin texture and restores suppleness which helps to prevent dehydration. EPO helps the natural condition of the skin, and is especially beneficial to particularly dry skin.
Free radicals are molecules which naturally occur as a result of an oxidation reaction within the body. They have been medically recognised as the cause of degenerative skin diseases such as wrinkles and skin discolourations, and can damage cells and harm the immune system. Some free radicals are caused naturally within our body from normal aerobic respiration and metabolism, other are caused by everyday environmental factors such as sunlight and pollution. Smoking, alcohol and fried foods also all contribute to the creation of free radicals.
Ginger oil is extracted from the dry, unpeeled root of the ginger herb plant which has antiseptic, antioxidant* and anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin, it helps provide warmth and tingling and assists in the circulation of your blood. Ginger can also increase skin’s radiance and promote smoothness and evenness in skin tone.
Ginseng is renowned for its antioxidant* properties, therefore making it ideal for use in a skincare product.
Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen production in the skin (collagen is a moisture retaining protein that rejuvenates and replaces protein back into the skin. This helps the skin retain moisture, thereby giving it a more youthful appearance). Of the citrus fruits, grapefruit has the highest concentration of vitamin C. It also has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for use in skincare products.
Green Tea is also particularly rich in antioxidants* to help neutralise damaging free radicals.
Jasmine Oil is extracted from the white or yellow star shaped flowers from the Jasmine plant. It is suitable for all skin types and helps improve the skins elasticity.
Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) Oil is has a very similar chemical makeup to the sebum oil that our skin produces naturally. It is very easily absorbed and is extremely moisturising. It helps to reduce wrinkles and other fine lines associated with ageing. In addition it helps promote the growth of new skin cells.
Manuka is a flowering tea tree native to New Zealand. The honey that is collected from these flowers has long been renowned for its remarkable beneficial properties.