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Just as you don’t want a bunch of ingredients in your food that you can’t pronounce, we purposefully keep mysterious and suspicious substances out of our facials. Many unnecessary ingredients turn out to be some of the most irritating stuff in the products we use on our skin.
We use carefully selected and studied ingredients in our products solely because they will benefit your skin and its’ microbiome, so we’ll never use:
Now that we know about the bad stuff that you will never find in our facials, let’s talk about all the effective, safe, and research-backed ingredients that are the base of each of our blends and have enormous positive benefits for skin.
Ancient cultures the world over have used aloe for its medicinal properties going back thousands of years. Egyptian queens used it for beauty. Soldiers used it for wound healing. It’s uses and benefits have been studied more extensively than perhaps any other plant used in cosmetics.
Much like aloe, cucumber has been used for centuries to sooth irritation and reduce redness and puffiness. It has mild astringent qualities, meaning it clears and shrinks pores, removes excess oil and dirt and tones and brightens skin without any of the downside of alcohol-based astringents.
Cucumber is one of just a few vegetables that contains vitamin E, which helps reduce moisture loss and protects cells from oxidative damage.
Vitamin E works synergistically with polyphenols to improve our skin’s natural defense system against all kinds of damage and stressors, both in our bodies and on skin’s surface.
Citrus fruits have been used topically for at least several hundred years to treat a variety of skin conditions.
First, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C – a workhorse at removing damaging free radicals. The human body also needs vitamin C to synthesize collagen, and lemon has it in abundance. This increases collagen production and boosts skin’s elasticity. As we age, our bodies make less collagen and the protein strands that comprise it become weaker and thinner, making it vital that we seek it out in other ways.
Lemons are also chock full of flavonoids – multi-active compounds derived from plant metabolites that are known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, photoprotective and depigmentation effects.
Citric acid, a well-researched alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) gently removes dead skin cells and stimulated the regeneration of new cells underneath. CA also helps dissolve excess sebum and surface oil so that it can be easily washed away. Getting all this clogging gunk off your face accelerates cell renewal.
The acidity and microbial properties in lemon help regulate bacteria on the skin that can cause acne, blackheads, congestion, dullness and even some inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. It’s also been shown to diminish the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation. The result: clearer skin with fewer visible fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
Marine Collagen Peptides
Marine collagen is a beauty ingredient with many benefits but is poorly understood. The molecules that comprise marine collagen (and other forms of collagen, such as bovine) are far too large to pass through the outer layer of skin, making it impossible for skin to obtain collagen this way. However, marine collagen is brimming with secondary ingredients that research has shown can penetrate the skin and have proven benefits.
Amino acids, which protect skin from free radical damage and help it maintain moisture, are also abundant in marine collagen.
Glycine – improves elasticity, build collagen
Proline – reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
Lysine – helps strengthen skin’s surface
Glutamate – promotes collagen production
Alanine – hydrates
Arginine – helps repair existing skin damage
Aspartate – fights free radical damage and moisture loss
Leucine – increases elasticity