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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.

Aloe Barbadensis

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.

Aloe contains at least 75 active constituents, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, salicylic acids, saponins and amino acids. Applied topically, aloe accelerates the regeneration of new cells under damaged skin. This is likely because aloe is rich in polyphenols and other potent antioxidant compounds that scavenge for free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to the skin.
Aloe has antibacterial properties that help with acne by inhibiting the growth of bacteria knows to cause it, while also being easily absorbed and infusing dry skin with moisture, making it a great ingredient to soothe any skin type. It can help wounds heal faster and with less scarring by increasing collagen production and improving skin’s elasticity. Aloe nurtures the skin’s microbiome by warding off potentially harmful bacteria and has been shown to relieve the effects of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions.

English Cucumber

Oh, the humble cucumber. This mild vegetable seems about as unassuming as can be but is surprisingly full of fantastic things that are great for your skin.

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 contains and array of beneficial vitamins, minerals and acids that have topical benefits for skin. Folic acid increases skin elasticity and has skin cell regeneration capabilities, particularly for UV damaged skin. Vitamin C – perhaps the best anti-aging ingredient widely available – brightens and lightens, reduces undereye darkness and scavenges for free radicals.</span.
Caffeic acid in cucumber act as a powerful polyphenol that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties and increases collagen production and helps prevent premature aging.

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.

And last but not least, cucumber contains silica – a mineral that supports the synthesis of collagen and can improve skin strength and elasticity. Is it any wonder why we put some cucumber in every one of our facials?

Aloe Barbadensis

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.

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.

Marine collagen is rich in niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, which research shows can be effective at improving the appearance of skin in people with acne and reduces its inflammatory effects. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and can lighten the dark spots that come from sun damage. It protects against oxidative stress and stimulates ceramide synthesis (the precious lipids found in skin cells).
It can reduce the size of pores and regulate the production of oil to keep it from going into overdrive. It’s also been shown to help preserve skin’s barrier function and prevent transepidermal water loss.

Amino acids, which protect skin from free radical damage and help it maintain moisture, are also abundant in marine collagen.

The building blocks of all proteins, particularly in the skin as keratin, collagen and elastin, amino acids have myriad benefits for skin health and appearance. They promote cellular repair, reduce inflammation and are crucial in maintaining the skin’s healthy and protective microbiome.

Glycine – improves elasticity, build collagen

Proline – reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

Lysine – helps strengthen skin’s surface

Hydroxyproline – forms hydrogen bonds between collagen peptides

Glutamate – promotes collagen production

Alanine – hydrates

Arginine – helps repair existing skin damage

Aspartate – fights free radical damage and moisture loss

Leucine – increases elasticity