Key Ingredients Glossary

Hey, y’all!

This is something I’ve been meaning to create for awhile, and I’ll continue to add to it as time goes on. Whenever I include a list of key ingredients in a post, I’ll link it back to this page to include the benefits of individual ingredients. It’s in alphabetical order for easy reference.

Aloe Vera:

  • Anti-inflammatory and cooling properties make it an excellent remedy for sunburn
  • Moisturizes without any greasy residue
  • Speeds up skin cell production, which accelerates wound healing
  • Rich source of Vitamins C & E, which gives it anti-aging properties
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reduces acne
  • Lightens blemishes
  • Promotes healthy hair growth when used on your scalp
  • Prevents dandruff
  • Nourishes and conditions hair and scalp

Blue Algae:

  • Soothes & nourishes skin
  • Reduces visibility of fine lines

Coconut:

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Repairs damaged skin
  • Detoxifies skin and builds up skin’s natural immune defenses
  • Heals dry, cracked hands
  • Prevents skin cancer by blocking 20% of UV rays
  • Anti-aging
  • Promotes circulation
  • Removes excess oil from skin
  • Natural alternative for eye makeup remover
  • Prevents scalp infections
  • Promotes healthy hair

Cucumber:

  • Hydrates skin (cucumbers are 96% water)
  • Cools skin
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Full of Vitamins A, B1, B7, & C, as well as potassium

Grape Seed Extract:

  • Contain proanthocyanidins & resveratrol, which can help prevent sun damage (not a substitute for regular sunscreen, though–think of it as a supplement)
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Softens skin
  • Source of Vitamins C & E

Honey:

  • Antibacterial properties make it great for acne treatment and prevention
  • Antioxidants slow down aging
  • Moisturizes & soothes
  • Opens up pores, making them easier to unclog

Jojoba Oil:

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Treats skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Balances oil production
  • Similar to sebum, so it can be used as a substitute for people who don’t produce enough.
  • Inversely, it can also be used to remove excess sebum and build-up from hair.
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Reduces wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Effective in treating acne
  • Excellent cleanser and makeup remover
  • Prevents razor burn
  • Reduces under-eye circles
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Cleans scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Helps protect hair color

Probiotics:

Protect & nurture skin

Pumpkin:

  • Fruit enzymes + alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) increase cell turnover
  • Vitamin A & C soften, soothe, and increase collagen production
  • Zinc (found in the seeds) help with acne by controlling hormone levels and oil production, as well as helping skin to heal
  • Fatty acids and Vitamin E (also found in the seeds) help maintain skin’s natural barrier and regulate sebum

Seaweed:

  • Hydrates skin
  • Amino acids help to plump up skin, reducing fine lines
  • Omega, zinc, & magnesium help heal conditions like acne and rosacea while creating a barrier from harsh environmental conditions
  • Antioxidants include Vitamins B & C and help clear pigmentation issued caused by sun exposure

Shea Butter:

  • Source of fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, D, E, & F
  • Moisturizes & soothes skin
  • Treats acne & blemishes
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-free radicals
  • Relieves itchy/peeling skin (including a dry, itchy scalp)
  • Restores elasticity
  • Reduces razor irritation
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Unrefined shea butter is safe for use on babies and toddlers (excellent for use on diaper rash or eczema)
  • Great for lip care
  • Repairs damaged hair
  • Prevents hair loss
  • Treats split ends & breakage
  • Natural conditioner
  • Soothes muscle aches
  • Can alleviate Rheumatism
  • Can alleviate Arthritis
  • Can alleviate nasal inflammation & congestion
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Treats diarrhea
  • Wound & insect bite healing
  • Natural UV protection
  • Cooking alternative to coconut oil, butter, or olive oil

Squalane Oil:

  • Naturally occurs in the human body but can also be found in olives, rice bran, and wheat germ
  • Moisturizes without being heavy or greasy
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Fights free radicals
  • Balances oil production
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help with acne and eczema
  • Anti-aging
  • Promotes circulation, which boosts collagen production

Turmeric:

  • Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties reduce redness from blemishes and calm conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Combats acne
  • Reduces dark circles
  • Improves fine lines & brown spots caused by sun damage, as well as preventing the loss of elasticity
  • Reduces appearance of stretch marks
  • Soothes dry skin

Vitamin A:

  • Protects against UV damage and slows signs of aging
  • Encourages skin cell production, which helps protect against infection
  • Smoothes wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Clears up acne

Vitamin B:

  • B1 (Thiamin) has antioxidant and anti-aging properties, increases circulation, and helps protect against free radicals
  • B2 (Riboflavin) helps with healthy cell turnover; helps maintain skin’s mucus secretion to prevent acne and dry skin
  • B3 (Niacin) helps treat skin conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, aging, and dry skin; softens and smoothes skin to reduce fine lines and redness; helps with production of ceramides and fatty acids to maintain skin’s natural protective barrier
  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is a humectant, so it attracts and retains water to improve elasticity and keep your complexion hydrated; reduces inflammation and redness
  • B6 (Pyridoxine) is needed for red blood cell development, cell production, and protein metabolism, which aids in skin cell growth and repair; can help regulate some hormone irregularities that can cause acne
  • B7 (Biotin) is needed for healthy cell growth and repair and the synthesis of fatty acids & amino acids in the body; evens out complexion, fights effects of free radicals, and maintains skin’s fat production to keep your complexion plump and hydrated
  • B9 (Folic Acid) contributes to cell production and tissue growth; helps detox the body, which can reduce breakouts. Too much, however, can result in increased acne and dry, patchy skin.
  • B12 (Cobalamin) regulates pigment production, helping to prevent dark spots; helps with protein metabolism, which contributes to healthy skin cell growth and repair

Vitamin C:

  • Protects skin from free radicals
  • Enhances collagen production, which results in anti-aging benefits
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Vitamin C can be found in multiple forms in skincare products
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
    • Ester-C (trademark form that’s been combined with Calcium Ascorbate)
  • Remember that Vitamin C destabilizes when it comes in contact with air, so keep an eye on expiration dates, and opt for opaque bottles with a pump

Vitamin E:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports the immune system, cell function, and skin health
  • Fights effects of free radicals
  • Reduces UV damage to skin
  • May be effective at reducing symptoms of atopic dermatitis & fatty liver disease
  • May slow progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease
  • Used to widen blood vessels to reduce the risk of blood clots
  • Absorption is improved when combined with Vitamin C

Watermelon:

  • Rich in Vitamins A, B6, & C = anti-aging properties
  • Contains lycopene and amino acids
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Helps prevents hair loss
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Hydrates skin
  • Prevents oil production

White Clay:

Draws out impurities without stripping skin

White Tea:

  • Antiseptic properties
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Fights effects of free radicals
  • Reduces redness and inflammation
  • Contains epigallocatechin gallate, which stimulates skin cell growth
  • Contains phenols, which can strengthen collagen and elastin

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