In 1988 when we launched our first product, Hylunia was among the very first skin care companies to partner with a team of dermatologists, scientists and skin specialists to develop products using safe, organic and natural ingredients. Every ingredient is selected to maximize results and prevent skin conditions by helping your skin repair itself. As a result, every Hylunia product is safe and effective – our family uses these products, yours can too!
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Aloe Vera is a species of plant that is believed to have originated in the Sudan. It grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India, Nepal and other arid areas. Frequently used in herbal medicine, preliminary evidence indicates that extracts are useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections and diabetes. Aloe vera juice is used for consumption and relief of digestive issues such as heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. Cosmetic and skin care companies also use the sap or other derivatives in products such as makeup, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, incense, shaving cream, and shampoos.
Our skin is the front line defense in our daily fight against pollution and other environmental irritants, so we need to protect and reinforce it with extra care. Called the Miracle Plant, Aloe Vera is used in skin care products to treat skin conditions such as sunburn, accidental burn, acne, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites and cuts.
This rare ocean organism is retrieved from the depth of 1.5 miles below the volcanic oceans and fermented to produce an exopolysaccharide extract, which resembles a sugar molecule. This fermented extract minimizes the iodine (shellfish allergy) content in the product.
Hylunia incorporates the highest concentration of this fermented extract to reduce inflammation caused by acne, rosacea, psoriasis and other skin conditions that result in irritation and inflammation. This ingredient is especially effective against the sun’s harmful UV radiation.
An apricot kernel refers to the kernel of a species of Prunus, classified with the plum in the subgenus Prunus. Apricot kernels can sometimes be strong tasting and bitter, and are used in recipes for apricot jam, and Italian amaretto cookies and liqueur. They are also used in Italian liqueur amaretto and amaretti biscotti due to their distinct almond-like flavor. Essential oil pressed from apricot kernels is also used as a cooking oil.
This nut oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17 and E and both oleic acid and linolenic acid. Apricot kernel oil is high in skin-nourishing essential fatty acids. This mild oil is noted for its soothing properties and is very easily absorbed, making it particularly good for sensitive skin. It is commonly used to restore skin vitality through massage, bath and after-shower applications.
The avocado is a tree native to Central Mexico and has a long and rich history dating back to the Aztec civilization. Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, pear-shaped fleshy body that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit. The use of avocado has been well documented over thousands of years. The oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico, that dates to around 10,000 BC. The avocado tree also has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America, going back as far back as 900 A.D. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. The fruit is known to improve heart health, aid in weight loss, provide a good course of vitamins B, C and E and is safe to use in baby food and in a diabetic diet. Besides all of the internal benefits, avocados have received a well-earned reputation for keeping skin looking young, beautiful and moist. Centuries after their first discovery, avocados are making a cosmetic comeback to fight aging and dry and acne prone skin.
Avocados reduce the appearance of age spots, help reduce signs of skin aging and heal dry skin and eczema. Large amounts of sterolins, a protein proven to reduce the appearance of age spots, scars and sun damage, are found in avocados. Avocado oil contains the highest amount of sterolins in the fruit, making it an ideal ingredient in skin moisturizers marketed to people with dry or damaged skin.
Bilberry has been used for centuries, both medicinally and as a food in jams and pies. It is a perennial shrub that is found in various climates in damp woodlands. In the U.S. it is also known as huckleberry, and there are over one hundred different species with similar fruit throughout Europe, Asia and North America. The British call it whortleberry and the Scottish call it blaeberry. It has been used as a medicinal herb since the 16th century. The berries were called black-hearts in 19th century southwestern England, according to Thomas Hardy’s 1878 novel The Return of the Native. In several other languages its name translates as "blueberry" and this is often cause for confusion with the related plant know as Blueberry.
Bilberry fruit contains chemicals known as anthocyanosides, plant pigments with excellent antioxidant properties that help to prevent or reverse damage to cells caused by free radicals. Antioxidants are also known to fight a number of long-term illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and an eye disorder called macular degeneration. Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another antioxidant. As such, Bilberries are often used as a tonic or in skin care products to prevent infections and skin diseases.
Calendula, also known as Marigold, is an annual or short-lived herbaceous perennial growing from 1 to 3 feet tall. The plant is a traditional herbal remedy well known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula extract is rich in beta-carotene, stearin, triterpinoids, flavonoids and coumarin, as well as microelements. For this reason, Calendula is frequently used in soothing and calming preparations, such as baby baths and creams, and after-sun skin care products for sun-damaged skin.
Calendula is known for its powerful wound-healing and skin-soothing properties. It is usually used externally for it’s antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections, cuts, punctures, scrapes, burns and chapped or chafed skin or lips. Less commonly, it is used internally to heal inflamed and infected mucous membranes.
Commonly known as Old Man Weed, it is a plant known to indigenous Australians for its medicinal properties. It can be identified by its unique shaped leaf and its pungent scent, which is pine like and minty. This extraordinary botanical extract from the Daisy family demonstrates outstanding results for its distinct ability to minimize inflammation by 4,000 times compared to methyl salicylate (Aspirin) and promotes cell regeneration, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Old Man Weed was commonly used to treat hair loss and skin irritations, but the traditional belief holds that it is good for treating "just about anything." More recently, an extract of the plant has been patented and is claimed to be effective in the treatment of various skin disorders including the relief of itching and dry skin from psoriasis, as well as having anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, sunscreen and cell renewal properties.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum, indigenous to the island of Sri Lanka in Southeast Asia. The spice has been used for thousands of years. It was imported into Egypt as far back as 2000 BC and is mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. It was so highly prized among ancient nations that it was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs. However, spice merchants kept the source of the spice secret through ancient times and the Middle Ages. In the present day, Sri Lanka produces 90% of the world's cinnamon, followed by China, India, and Vietnam. It has a broad range of historical health applications in different cultures, and over the years some of the anecdotal uses have included boosting cognitive function and memory, treating rheumatism, helping with digestion and relieving certain menstrual disorders.
Other than being used to spice food, cinnamon is also used in skin care for it’s astringent, anti-bacterial properties to soothe skin irritations. It also stimulates and warms the skin and is used in massage products to help relax muscles.
Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen native to Indonesia. Cloves are used as a spice in cuisines all over the world and are harvested primarily in Indonesia, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; they are also grown in India and Vietnam. Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly. Cloves have historically been used in Indian cuisine; in the US, it is often sold under the name of "chai" or "chai tea", as a way of differentiating it from other types of teas sold in the US. Due to the Indonesian influence, the use of cloves is widespread in the Netherlands. Cloves are used in cheeses, often in combination with cumin. Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. As a result, Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and western herbalism and dentistry, where the essential oil is used as painkiller for dental emergencies.
Due to their antiseptic properties, Cloves are often used in skin care products for acne-prone skin. Clove oil has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. It also induces sleep and is helpful to insomnia patients and is considered useful for treating loss of memory, depression and anxiety.
Colloidal Silver has been described as “the best all-around germ fighter” by research scientists and is essentially a water suspension of ionic silver. Since medieval times, silver has been used as a bacterial agent that helps heal skin abrasions and burns. In natural skin care products such as Hylunia, colloidal silver makes a safe and non-irritating preservative with an added anti-inflammatory bonus.
The antiseptic and preservative power of Colloidal Silver has been well proven for decades, especially for burn wounds. Acting as a catalyst, it supports the destruction of enzymes required for the metabolism of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Compared to standard antibiotics, Colloidal Silver has been shown to destroy several hundred different microbial strains.
The cypress tress is a conifer of northern temperate regions. It is generally a flame - shaped, tapering, cone-like tree, with a short stem below its branches. The wood of the Cypress is hard, remarkably fine and close in grain, very durable, of a beautiful reddish-brown color, and resinously fragrant. It is well established that the Cypress was originally a native of Asia Minor, and probably also of the island of Cyprus, from which it almost certainly derives its name. It was considered a symbol for life after death and in the ancient temples of Egypt was burnt along with Pine and Juniper to cleanse the atmosphere. The evergreen character of the tree, and perhaps its flame-like monumental outline, and the durability of its timber have no doubt jointly contributed to frequent references over the ages. The Gopher-wood of which the Ark was constructed is supposed by some to have been Cypress, and Herodotus tells us that the Egyptians used Cypress-wood for their mummy-cases. Plato directed that his code of laws should be engraved on Cypress-wood, as being more durable than brass.
Cypress pure essential oil has a distinctly clean, fresh and woody aroma that's light and clear with a hint of spice. The oil is distilled from the needles and cones of the tree. It is frequently used in arotherapy due to the theraperutic benefits of the oil as it restores calm and sooths anger. It has a positive effect on excess fluids in general, thereby improving circulation, sorting out coughs and bronchitis. It is also known to assist with varicose veins. The oil’s fresh, woody aroma is vastly appealing to men and women both.
Evening primrose oil is the oil from the seed of the evening primrose plant, native to North and South America. The flowers of this species open within less than a minute in the evening, hence the name "evening-primrose", and are yellow in most species but white, purple, pink or red in a few. Young roots of this plant can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad. Poultices made from this plant have been used in the past to bruises and speed wound healing. Some people use evening primrose oil for chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, nerve damage related to diabetes, hyperactivity in children and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, obesity and weight loss, whooping cough, and various gastrointestinal disorders. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis, weak bones (osteoporosis), Raynaud’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia. Women sometimes use evening primrose oil in pregnancy to prevent high blood pressure, shorten or start labor, and prevent late deliveries. Women also use evening primrose oil for premenstrual syndrome, breast pain, and hot flashes.
In skin care, evening primrose oil is used for skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The application of this oil in skin care helps rejuvenate skin and decrease fine lines and wrinkles. This oil helps the skin to produce new skin cells and improves elasticity by creating firmer skin. It is also used to treat very dry skin and helps lighten dark circles under the eyes. It is used to treat blemished and skin redness, and reduce inflammation. It is also an excellent anti-aging agent.
This hardy plant is found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region. Oil extracted from the plant improves circulation in the skin and body, and increases skin elasticity. It also boosts the lymphatic system.
Geranium oil boosts circulation and invigorates the skin, while having a general cleansing action. It also balances the production of sebum and helps to improve skin elasticity.
Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the Western world and consists of two distinct plants: the more popular German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman, or English, chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Although they belong to different species, they are often used to treat the same health problems such as calming frayed nerves, treat various stomach problems, relieve muscle spasms, and treat skin conditions and mild infections. German Chamomile is commonly known as wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile and pineapple weed, and can be found near populated areas all over Europe, temperate Asia, North America and Australia. The word chamomile comes from the Greek word meaning "earth-apple", so called because of the apple-like scent of the plant. Over time, German chamomile has often been used in herbal medicine for a sore stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and as a gentle sleep aid. It is also used as a mild laxative, anti-inflammatory and bactericidal.
In skin care, German chamomile contains chemicals that seem to promote relaxation and reduce swelling, although studies are ongoing to isolate the exact chemicals. It also reduces swelling by slowing the production of chemicals - called prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and histamines - that are usually released by the body to create a swelling response. Chamomile is often used topically in a cream or ointment to soothe irritated skin, or as an essential oil to treat skin irritation or eczema.
Grape Stem Cells are cultivated from the Gamay Teinturier Fréaux grape which originates in the Burgundy region in France. They are characterized by their red flesh and juice due to the extremely high anthocyanin content, which is high in powerful antioxidants and has free radical scavenging capabilities. The Grape Stem Cells contain special epigenetic factors and metabolites which are able to protect human stem cells against UV radiation and therefore delay aging.
Grape Stem Cells protect skin stem cells against the harmful effects of UV stress, responsible for 80% of skin aging. Epigenetic factors and metabolites help to delay the senescence, or the biological aging of essential cells, as well as fight photo aging. In testing, Grape Stem Cells were shown to improve skin cell regeneration efficiency as well as counteract the negative effects of UV radiation In an in-vitro study, human stem cells were treated with different concentrations of Grape Stem Cells. Results showed that increasing concentrations of the Grape Stem Cells strongly increases the CFE, up to 80% efficiency compared to the control.
Ayurvedic, Chinese, Tibetan and other Eastern medical practitioners have found by experimenting over thousands of years that certain herbs, when blended in a specific ratio, work better than herbs used individually. U.S. Advanced Medical Research applies this ancient Eastern wisdom by combining a rare synergistic blend of Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) and Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Indicum) that neutralizes free radicals, disrupts the inflammatory process, and stimulates microcirculation, which aids in oxygen exchange.
Extracts of Green Tea leaves have a plethora of health benefits. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols and catechins, which have a wide array of anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, anticarcinogenic and antiseptic properties. L-Theanine, a chemical found in Green Tea, is known to soothe and calm the skin, while caffeine and epigallocatechin gallate, the most abundant catechin in green tea, helps protect the skin from UV-radiation induced damage and skin cancer formation by stimulating the production of interleukins that repair the skin’s DNA. Chrysanthemum has been used for centuries to treat inflammation and headaches. Chrysanthemum Indicum is an aqueous extract rich in specific flavonoids and two saponosides, and it also assists in product penetration or efficacy. The high concentration of Green Tea and Chrysanthemum provides skin with the most powerful antioxidants to protect against DNA alteration from sun exposure and free radicals.
This natural oil is extracted from the large Japanese evergreen tree called Arborvitae. The Hiba occurs in mountainous areas of Japan and is one of the 'Five Sacred Trees of Kiso' often used for Shinto Temple construction.
The Japanese Arborvitae acts as a potent antiseptic that provides powerful healing and soothing properties in addition to stimulating cell renewal.
Horsetail is the only living genus in the Equisetaceae genus of vascular plants, plants that reproduce through spores rather than seeds. This ancient plant dominated the lowest levels (by height) of late Paleozoic forests over one hundred million years ago. The name "horsetail", often used for the entire group, arose because the branched species somewhat resemble a horse's tail. This herb has been used therapeutically since ancient Roman and Greek times and the Greek physician Claudius Galenus first recorded its use, while the seventeenth century English herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper used it to treat ulcers, wounds, ruptures and inflammations in the skin. Indian Ayurvedic medicine, nineteenth century American Eclectic physicians, North American aborigine, as well as Asian herbal practitioners have made use of it.
Horsetail is high in vegetal silica and has diuretic, astringent and wound healing properties, and is useful for improving circulation, as well as boosting and rejuvenating the connective tissue and regenerating skin cells. The high silica content also has a softening and smoothing effect on the skin and is assists a healthy skin composition.
This peptide complex inhibits elastase and collagenase breakdown of connective tissue in the eye area and improves hemodynamic properties or blood supply where applied. Peptide complexes are compounds that are designed to make use of a chain of amino acids to create and release protein to nourish the skin. As a result, certain skin care products containing this peptide complex can be effective anti-aging creams.
In Vitro tests have shown that this peptide complex significantly reduces the rate of blood clotting thereby minimizing dark circles under the eyes. Oxidoreductase neutralizes free radicals and minimizes inflammatory processes resulting in reduced puffiness in the eye area.
Jojoba Oil is a shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of Arizona, California, and Mexico. The name "jojoba" originated with the O'odham people of the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States, who treated burns with an antioxidant salve made from a paste of the jojoba nut. In addition, they attributed mystical powers to jojoba oil claiming that it could alleviate a myriad of bodily ills and cure external ailments such as cuts, scratches, and open sores. The plant is grown commercially for the oil, extracted from the seed. Jojoba oil is easily refined to be odorless, colorless and oxidatively stable, and is often used in skin care and beauty as a moisturizer and a carrier oil for specialty fragrances. It also has potential use as both a biodiesel fuel for cars and trucks, as well as a biodegradable lubricant.
Jojoba Oil is popular ingredient in beauty and cosmetic products and is often used in anti-aging skincare. Its inherent emollient and moisturizing properties, coupled with its oxidative stability properties make it an excellent ingredient in skin care.
L-Ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound known for it’s antioxidant properties and is a form of Vitamin C. L-Ascobic acid is unstable and tends to break down rapidly, which makes it difficult to produce for cosmetic and beauty preparations. Once it is in the skin, L-Ascorbic acid stimulates collagen synthesis, provides photoprotection, stays in the skin or up to 72 hours, and prevents UV immunosuppression.
L-Ascorbic Acid is a natural compond known for it’s antioxidant properties and as a source of Vitamin C. In skin care products, it stimulates collagen production to firm the skin, reduce wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, and corrects hyperpigmentation.
With increasing research into what causes wrinkles and the effects of photoaging, the use of Hydroxy Acids has increased greatly in popularity. There are two types of Hydroxy Acids - alpha and beta. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are exfoliants derived from fruit and milk sugars such as Glycolic Acid produced from sugar cane. There is only one Beta Hydroxy Acid - Salicylic Acid.
Beta Hydroxy Acid or Salicylic Acid has been studied for its effect on skin that has aged prematurely due to exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. It exfoliates skin and can improve the texture and color of the skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and, as a result, also helps with acne. Studies have shown that Salicylic Acid is less irritating than skin care products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids, while providing similar improvement in skin texture and color.
The Lavenders are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants distributed across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and Southeast India. The genus is thought to have originated in Asia but is most diversified in its western distribution. Since Lavender cross-pollinates easily, there are countless variations within the species. The color of the flowers of some forms has have also come to be called Lavender.
Lavender has a host of benefits when used in skin care products. It is excellent at helping the skin heal itself, stimulating cell growth, reducing inflammation, preventing scarring and balancing the production of oil while at the same time cutting down on localized pain - all much-needed properties when fighting acne and problem skin.
Similar to the Orange , the lemon is both a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's oval yellow fruit. Arguably first grown in India, Burma and China, the fruit is known for its anti-septic properties and was used as an antidote to poison in earlier eras. Lemons were introduced to Europe, via Italy, in the 1st century AD but were not widely cultivated until the 15th century in Genoa. The tree was introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Christopher Columbus visited Hispaniola. Subsequently, Spanish conquest throughout the New World helped spread lemon seeds. It was mainly used as ornament and medicine. In the 18th and 19th centuries, lemons were increasingly planted in Florida and California, when lemons began to be used in cooking and flavoring.
Lemon juice in Skin Care is a natural exfoliant, skin brightener and anti-infective. Lemon juice is rich in fruit acids that will exfoliate to gently remove dead skin cells and will also bleach darkened or discolored areas. Lemon juice has also been traditionally used as an acne remedy.
Lime refers to a number of different citrus fruits, which are typically round, green to yellow in color, and containing sour and acidic pulp. Limes are a good source of Vitamin C and are used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. Limes are grown all year round and are usually smaller and more sour than Lemons .
Lime juice is one of the best natural skin care remedies and a natural aid to beautiful skin. It also helps fight acne and is known to help control oily skin, improve a dull and greasy complexion, improve rough dry skin spots, relieve tired eyes and lessen the appearance of freckles.
Hyaluronic Acid is a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair. Skin provides a mechanical barrier to the external environment and acts to prevent the ingress of infectious agents. Once injured, the tissues beneath are exposed to infection; therefore, rapid and effective healing is of crucial significance to reconstruct a barrier function. While found naturally throughout our body, Hyaluronic Acid unfortunately has a short shelf life and is naturally broken down and flushed out of the body in one to three days. For this reason, it is imperative that the body continually replenish itself with Hyaluronic Acid. In 1988, Hylunia was the first and only company to base an entire skin care product line around the proven healing and hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid. In addition to using the highest pharmaceutical concentration of Hyaluronic Acid available, Hylunia also utilizes the sea plant Padina Pavonica to assist the body’s natural Hyaluronic Acid production for smooth skin.
Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its tissue-friendliness allows it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturizer. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature with numerous benefits for the human body. In fact, it can accurately be described as "nature's moisturizer". Clinical studies have shown that radiated wounds heal quicker with Hyaluronic Acid. Holding 1000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid effectively binds water to cells, and is responsible for the elasticity and resilience of the skin. According to Dr. Brian Jegasothy, M.D., former Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh: “Hyaluronic Acid is possibly the most effective topical humectants currently available: more effective in its water retention properties than glycerin, sorbitol, collagen etc. In addition, its ability to associate with lipids in skin surface membranes greatly enhances its ability to deliver its retained water and enriches its property by reducing transepidermal water loss. Thus the characteristics of Hyaluronic Acid are vital ingredients in a skin care line for its exceptional efficacy.”
The Mango is a fleshy stone fruit from the mango tree, a tree native to India from where it spread all over the world. It is also the most cultivated fruit of the tropical world. The tree itself can be long lived; some trees are known to bear fruit even after 300 years. Mangoes have been cultivated in South Asia for thousands of years and reached East Asia between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. The tree is now cultivated in most frost-free tropical and warmer subtropical climates; more than a third of the world's mangoes are cultivated in India alone followed by China. The fruit also has a great deal of cultural significance. The mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. In Australia, mangoes are considered to be a symbol of summer and the first mangoes of the season are traditionally sold at an auction for charity.
This extraordinary fruit contains high amounts of vitamin A and also contains Vitamins B, C, calcium and potassium, which help in imparting a younger-looking skin. It is helps in regeneration of skin cells it restore the elasticity of skin. Including mango in skin care regimen ensures that dry skin is moisturized and wrinkle formation is minimized. It also helps to shield the skin from clogged pores and sun damages.
The Mangosteen Tree is a slow-growing, tropical evergreen tree that attains 20 to 82 ft in height. The tree is widely believed to have originated in South-east Asia, although it can also be found in some parts of Australia and tropical Africa. It was introduced in England in the 19th century and in the United States in 1906.
Mangosteen has over 40 powerful anti-oxidants known as Xanthone. These strong antioxidants help our body fight free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkle. Mangosteen has also been found to have anti-bacterial properties to help fight against acne. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes irritated and dry skin. It is especially recommended for skin disorders such as eczema.
Noni is a small evergreen shrub that grows throughout the tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean, from Southeast Asia to Australia and especially in Polynesia. Traditionally, the leaves and fruit of Noni have been used for health purposes. It has a history of use as a topical preparation for joint pain and skin conditions. Today, people drink Noni fruit juice as a general health tonic, as well as for cancer and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Noni is not only a powerful antioxidant to fight against aging but is also an anti-inflammatory to calm irritated and damaged skin. In addition, Noni delivers moisturizing properties and helps to seal moisture in the skin. While repairing fine lines and wrinkles, Noni works at a cellular level to increase healthy cells and longer collagen fibers. This helps to create healthy, hydrated, youthful skin.
The Nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Spice Islands of Indonesia and is important for two spices derived from the fruit: Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree while Mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering of the seed. This is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices. Nutmeg is known to have been a prized and costly spice in European medieval cuisine as a flavoring, medicinal, and preservative agent. In Elizabethan times, it was believed nutmeg could ward off the plague, lending to its popularity. An interesting factoid is that the U.S. state Connecticut gets its nickname ("the Nutmeg State”) from the legend that some unscrupulous Connecticut traders would whittle "nutmeg" out of wood, creating a "wooden nutmeg" - a term which came to mean any fraud.
Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to heal scars and minimize their appearance. Macelignan, an active chemical found in Nutmeg, has recently been shown to help increase the volume of adipose (fat) tissue found underneath the skin. This action can help to fill in wrinkles and expression lines. In addition, macelignan has been found to help increase the development of new adipose cells, which naturally decline with aging.
Orange is the most commonly grown tree fruit in the world and is a hybrid of ancient cultivated origin. Orange trees are widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates for the delicious sweet fruit, which is peeled or cut and eaten whole, or processed to extract orange juice and also for the fragrant peel. Oranges likely originated in Southeast Asia and were cultivated in China by 2500 BC. The name is thought to derive ultimately from Sanskrit.
Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, which is known to improve skin texture and color. They also help to restore collagen in our skin, thus helping to minimize premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles.
This peptide contains matrikines (Pal-GHK and Pal-GQPR), which act as messengers and activate certain genes to renew and repair the skin. They activate the neo-synthesis of extracellular matrix macromolecule to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, improve elasticity and tone and face lift effect.
This peptide is used in anti-aging skin care products as it improves skin elasticity and minimizes fine-lines and wrinkles. It is especially helpful for dry or sun-damaged skin.This peptide is used in anti-aging skin care products as it improves skin elasticity and minimizes fine-lines and wrinkles. It is especially helpful for dry or sun-damaged skin.
This highly bio-active peptide deeply penetrates the skin through enhanced collagen production. By stimulating collagen synthesis, this complex helps to strengthen skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It overrides the effects of Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes that contribute to skin aging.
This peptide complex has been found to stimulate collagen synthesis, significantly improving the appearance of any type of wrinkle. It firms and moisturizes the skin and can even reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In a clinical study, it reduced the appearance of wrinkles by up to 350%. A great alternative to collagen injections!
Papain is an enzyme present in papaya, the fruit of a large tree-like plant of the same name. The Papaya tree was originally native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, the papaya is now cultivated in most tropical countries. Papayas can be used as a food, a cooking aid, and in medicine. The stem and bark are also used in rope production. Papaya is also marketed in tablet form to remedy digestive problems. Papain is a highly potent plant enzyme isolated from papaya when the fruit is unripe & green. It is applied topically in countries where it grows, for the treatment of cuts, rashes, stings and burns.
Papain is very effective in skin renewal and skin lightening. It also functions as an exfoliator, skin softener and moisturizer and helps fight acne. What’s more, the enzyme helps the body combat free radicals, thus preventing premature ageing.
Patchouli is a bushy herb of the mint family, bearing pale pink-white flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as West Africa. The heavy and strong scent of patchouli has been used for centuries in perfumes, and more recently in incense, insect repellents, and alternative medicines.
Patchouli is ideal for promoting and stimulating new cell growth, as well as assisting with the healing of wounds, while preventing the formation of ugly scar tissue. It also helps to calm inflamed skin as found in acne-prone and problem skin.
Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint that was first cultivated near London in 1750, but is easily grown in Italy, Japan, and the United States. Being a hybrid, it is usually sterile and produces no seeds. The Peppermint leaves and flowering tops are collected, dried and cultivated for better oil content. The oil is extracted from steam distillation of dried leaves right before the plant flowers.
Peppermint can help relieve problems with unhealthy skin, acne, soreness and itching. It also can help minimize redness and enliven dull skin. Peppermint oil is also used to help stimulate your mind and enhance you mental focus.
This essential oil is extracted from the twigs of the bitter orange plant via steam distillation. Produced mostly in Paraguay and France, Petitgrain oil gains its name from the fact that it used to be extracted from the small unripe oranges of the plant. This oil is widely used in perfumes and colognes due to its distinct woody, orange fragrances. Petitgrain oil has immense health benefits and is used to treat a variety of physical conditions, skincare concerns and stresses. Petitgrain essential oil is a potent antiseptic that combats microbial infections and boosts our immune system. It is also used to prevent digestive ailments, including stomach ache and indigestion, and helps to regulate the bowel movements. Petitgrain essential oil also helps cure respiratory infections.
In skin care, Petigrain oil can be applied directly on the skin to cure skin problems such as acne and blemishes. The antibacterial properties of the oil clear and tone the skin, and neutralize the sebum glands for oily and combination skin. This essential oil is also used to reduce stress and anxiety. It eases rapid pulse rate by relaxing our nerves and helps relieve sleeplessness or insomnia. Petigrain essential oil can be used as an infusion, or can be mixed with bath water to promote relaxation. It can also be mixed with a moisturizer or lotion.
As an antioxidant, pomegranate fruit is among the newest kids on the anti-aging block. However, the pomegranate is a very ancient fruit with a rich and varied history across most ancient cultures. It has been mentioned in the Homeric Hymns and the Book of Exodus and is often featured in Greek mythology. To this day it holds strong symbolic meanings for modern day Greeks. The fruit-bearing deciduous shrub grows between five and eight meters tall and is native to the Caucasus and the Himalayas in the Indian sub-continent. In fact, the ancient city of Granada in Spain was renamed after the fruit during the Moorish period. Spanish settlers went on to introduce it into Latin America and California in 1769; as a result pomegranate is now also cultivated in parts of California and Arizona.
Pomegranate is nature’s super food and know as a powerful hydrating agent, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. While it delivers a powerful anti-aging effect, it helps the skin to retain moisture and maintain proper circulation and hydration. Pomegranate is rich in ellagic acid, which helps to manage free radicals, and slows the formation of wrinkles and fine lines related to aging. It also has been found effective in aiding cell regeneration, adding tissue repair and promoting the production of collagen and elastin, giving strength and support to the skin.