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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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What is Aloe Vera?
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.
Aloe Vera's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Alteromonas Macleodii?
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.
Alteromonas Macleodii's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Apricot Kernel?
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.
Apricot Kernel's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Avocado?
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.
Avocado's Benefits for 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.
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What is Bilberry?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Calendula?
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's Benefits for 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.
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What is Centipeda Cunninghamii Extract?
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.
Centipeda Cunninghamii Extract's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Cinnamon?
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.
Cinnamon's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Clove?
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.
Clove's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Colloidal Silver?
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.
Colloidal Silver's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Cypress?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Evening Primrose?
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.
Evening Primrose's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Geranium?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is German Chamomile?
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.
German Chamomile's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Grape Stem Cells (Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Extract)?
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 (Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Extract)'s Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Green Tea and Chrysanthemum?
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.
Green Tea and Chrysanthemum's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Hiba Arborvitae (Aomori Hiba)?
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.
Hiba Arborvitae (Aomori Hiba)'s Benefits for Skin
The Japanese Arborvitae acts as a potent antiseptic that provides powerful healing and soothing properties in addition to stimulating cell renewal.
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What is Horsetail?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Hydrolyzed Soy and Rice Peptides and Oxidoreductase (patented)?
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.
Hydrolyzed Soy and Rice Peptides and Oxidoreductase (patented)'s Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Jojoba Oil?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)?
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 (Vitamin C)'s Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Salicylic Acid?
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.
Salicylic Acid's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Lavender?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Lemon?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Lime?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Complex Solution)?
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.
Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Complex Solution)'s Benefits for 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.”
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What is Mango?
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.
Mango's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Mangosteen?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Noni?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Nutmeg?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Orange?
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.
Orange's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 (patented)?
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.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide-Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 (patented)'s Benefits for 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 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.
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What is Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (patented)?
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.
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (patented)'s Benefits for Skin
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!
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What is Papain (from papaya)?
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 (from papaya)'s Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Patchouli?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Peppermint?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Petitgrain?
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.
Petitgrain's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Pomegranate?
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's Benefits for Skin
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.
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What is Retinol (Vitamin A)?
Retinol is one of the animal forms of vitamin A and is convertible to other forms of vitamin A. When converted to the retinal (retinaldehyde) form, vitamin A is essential for vision, and when converted to retinoic acid, is essential for skin health, teeth remineralization and bone growth. Although the vitamin A was not identified until the 20th century, written observations of conditions created by deficiency of this nutrient appeared much earlier in history. Written accounts identified the existence of this unique nutrient and manifestations of its deficiency as early as the 18th century. This vitamin plays an essential role in vision, particularly night vision, normal bone and tooth development, reproduction, and the health of skin and mucous membranes (the mucus-secreting layer that lines body regions such as the respiratory tract). Vitamin A also acts in the body as an antioxidant, a protective chemical that may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Retinol (Vitamin A)'s Benefits for Skin
Vitamin A is the most prescribed anti-aging treatment by physicians because of its proven anti-aging results in the skin correcting wrinkles and improving elasticity. It tells skin to act like a healthy, younger skin cell. In addition to improving discoloration and wrinkles from sun damage, it’s also been shown to be a heavy-hitter against acne. Skin care products containing retinol help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Additionally, they help minimize the appearance of pore size, while correcting blemishes and blotchiness often associated with problematic skin.
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What is Rose Water?
Rose Water or Rose Syrup is the hydrosol (or by-product) portion of the distillate of rose petals, generated in a process used for the production of rose oil for perfumes. Rose Water is used to flavor food, as a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia.
Rose Water's Benefits for Skin
Rose water is used in skin care for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin. It may also be used to hydrate and moisturize dry skin or all skin types during the dry winter months.
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What is Rosemary?
Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is a member of the mint family of herbs. Derived from the Latin word for “dew of the sea”, Rosemary is often associated with the goddess Aphrodite as well as the Virgin Mary, who was supposed to have spread her cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting; according to legend, the flowers turned blue, the color most associated with Mary. The flower has long represented the ideals of love, loyalty and remembrance since the Middle Ages.
Rosemary's Benefits for Skin
Rosemary is an excellent ingredient for anti-aging creams, as it has toning and binding effects on loose, sagging skin, while at the same time increasing blood flow and promoting proper skin function. It also helps to relieve skin congestion and the diuretic attributes help to reduce puffiness and swelling, resulting in firmer skin and better skin tone. It promotes a healthy-looking complexion.
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What is Rose Geranium?
Rose geranium is indigenous to various parts of southern Africa, and in particular South Africa. It is cultivated on a large scale and its foliage is distilled for its scent for wise application in the perfume and beauty industries. Rose geranium distillates, commonly known as “geranium oil,” are sold for aromatherapy and massage therapy applications. Other applications include use as a natural insect repellent, cake ingredient (flowers and leaves), jam and jellies ingredient (flowers and leaves), ice creams and sorbets ingredient (flowers and leaves), salad ingredient (flowers), sugar flavoring (leaves).
Rose Geranium's Benefits for Skin
In skin care, rose geranium oil balances hormone levels and acts as a mild, refreshing stimulant after a long, tiring day. This therapeutic oil has the ability to interfere positively with fat metabolism, making its use a good way to fight cellulite. As an astringent, detoxifying and regenerative, rose geranium oil also helps with diverse skin problems, such as oily or congested skin, inflammations, eczema, broken capillaries, varicose veins, dermatitis and is also used to prevent premature aging skin.
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What is Sandalwood?
Sandalwood is a class of fragrant woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods they retain their fragrance for decades. Sandalwoods are found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands.
Sandalwood's Benefits for Skin
Sandalwood’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial characteristics, as well as its inherent fragrance, make it worthy of being part of anyone’s skin care regimen. Its main component beta-santalol has antimicrobial properties, and helps to clear skin from blackheads and spots. It is also used in aromatherapy and to prepare soaps.
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What is Sugar Maple Extract?
Sugar Maple is a species of maple native to the hardwood forests of northeastern North America. This deciduous tree usually reached a height of 82–115 ft. The fall color is often spectacular, ranging from bright yellow through orange to fluorescent red-orange The Sugar Maple is an extremely important species to the ecology of many forests in North America. Pure stands are common, and it is a major component of the northern and central U.S. hardwood forests. The Sugar Maple is also one of the most important Canadian trees as it is a major source of that Canadian staple – maple syrup.
Sugar Maple Extract's Benefits for Skin
Derived from the Sugar Maple tree, this extract works as a natural alpha hydroxy acid that is often used in skin care products to minimize and repair cell damage caused by free radicals.
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What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is an ivory-colored natural fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree by crushing, boiling and stirring. It is widely used in skin care as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is also edible and may be used in food preparation, even occasionally used as a substitute for cocoa butter. Shea butter is sometimes called “women’s gold”, because extracting the butter from the nuts gives employment and income to hundreds of thousands of rural African village women. Shea butter is so non-toxic and beneficial that it is used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products.
Shea Butter's Benefits for Skin
African healers and beauties have known about shea butter for thousands of years: the substance is almost magical in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, ulcerated skin, stretch marks, and dryness. It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator for troubled or aging skin. It also contains natural sun-protectants.
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What is Sugar Cane?
Sugar Cane is indigenous to tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia and has stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sugar and measure 6 to 19 feet tall. Around the eighth century A.D., Arab traders introduced sugarcane to the other parts of Mesopotamia, Egypt, North Africa and Andalusia. It was among the early crops brought to the Americas by the Andalusians and the Portuguese. Starting in the 17th century, sugar plantations in the western colonies started using “boiling houses” run by slaves, to convert sugarcane juice into raw sugar, often under very poor conditions. Sugarcane is still extensively grown in the Caribbean and was first brought by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to the Americas. In colonial times, sugar was an important New World raw material. In fact, France found its sugarcane islands so valuable, it effectively traded its portion of Canada to Britain for their return of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia at the end of the Seven Years’ War. Cuban sugarcane produced sugar that received price supports from and a guaranteed market in the USSR; the dissolution of that country forced the closure of most of Cuba's sugar industry.
Sugar Cane's Benefits for Skin
Glycolic acid naturally present in Cane Sugar removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that can clog and stretch pores. This makes sugarcane an excellent ingredient in exfoliants and masks.
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What is Tangerine?
The Tangerine is an orange-colored citrus fruit which is a variety of the Mandarin orange, although smaller and easier to peel, with a less sour taste. Tangerines have been cultivated for over 3,000 years in China and were brought to Europe in 1805, then to North America where much of the world's Tangerine essential oil is produced. They are a good source of vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene. They also contain potassium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2 and B3.
Tangerine's Benefits for Skin
Tangerine essential oil is wonderfully sweet, fresh and citrusy and is thought to promote happiness, and help with nervousness and anxiety. In addition, Tangerine can be beneficial to the skin, thought to minimize the formation of stretch marks and helps break down cellulite.
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What is Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide-2 and Hesperidin Methylchalcon (patented)?
The anti-inflammatory properties of this peptide complex help repair skin and prevent puffiness around the eyes. 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.
Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide-2 and Hesperidin Methylchalcon (patented)'s Benefits for Skin
This peptide complex minimizes eye puffiness and fluid retention under the eye. The Lipopeptide (Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7) decreases inflammation and improves firming and elasticity. Dipeptide-2 improves lymphatic circulation and Hesperidin Methylchalcone decreases blood capillary permeability.
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What is Thyme?
Thyme is a culinary and medicinal herb that was used by Ancient Egyptians for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The Romans are widely credited with spreading the use of Thyme throughout Europe, as they used it to purify their rooms. In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. The essential oil of common Thyme is made up of 20-54% thymol, an antiseptic that is also the main active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, it was used to medicate bandages and can still be found as the active ingredient in all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers.
Thyme's Benefits for Skin
Thyme is a great antioxidant and also helps to improve skin tone and providing good astringent qualities. It is also a powerful antifungal and antiviral agent – helping to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
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What is Titanium Dioxide?
Titanium dioxide, also known as titanium(IV) oxide or titania, is the naturally occurring oxide of titanium. When used as a pigment, it is called titanium white and Pigment White 6. It has a wide range of applications, from paint to sunscreen to food coloring.
Titanium Dioxide's Benefits for Skin
Titanium dioxide is found in almost every sunscreen with a physical blocker because of its high refractive index, its strong UV light absorbing capabilities and its resistance to discoloration under ultraviolet light. This advantage enhances its stability and ability to protect the skin from ultraviolet light. Sunscreens designed for infants or people with sensitive skin are often based on titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these mineral UV blockers are believed to cause less skin irritation than other UV absorbing chemicals.
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What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is an herbaceous perennial plant native to South Asia and has been used in that part of the world for thousands of years. Turmeric paste is traditionally used by women in South Asia as an antimicrobial and an anti-aging agent. Turmeric also figures prominently in the bridal beautification ceremonies of the Indian sub-continent. It is also used in the formulation of some sunscreens.
Turmeric's Benefits for Skin
Turmeric is well known for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties and is presently being studied in cancer research. This bio-protectant neutralizes free radicals and ultra violet radiation (UV) damage. Gentle treatment of the turmeric removes the typical yellow color, so that a high percentage of turmeric can be incorporated into our products without staining the skin or compromising efficacy.
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What is Wasabi?
The Wasabi plant, also known as Japanese horseradish, grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan. Its root is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong flavor. Its hotness is more akin to that of a hot mustard rather than the capsaicin in a chili pepper, producing vapors that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue.
Wasabi's Benefits for Skin
Historically, the potent plant has been known for its antimicrobial properties and has been proven as a natural antibacterial agent with a high concentration of potassium, calcium, vitamin C and phytochemicals, strengthening the body's antioxidant defenses and aiding the skin against free radicals.
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What is Witch Hazel?
The witch-hazels are deciduous shrubs and occasionally small trees that that grow to a height of 3-8 m. The name has its origins in Middle English wiche, from the Old English wice, meaning "pliant" or "bendable". They are popular ornamental plants, with their clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers, which begin to expand in the autumn and continue throughout the winter. The bark and leaves of the plant have astringent properties while the extract is often used medicinally.
Witch Hazel's Benefits for Skin
Witch hazel has been used for many generations to treat skin problems. It can be used to provide soothing relief to sores, bruises and swelling in its liquid astringent form. Witch hazel’s antioxidant and astringent properties make it effective against acne; it is gentle and non-drying to the skin, unlike many harsh acne medications found in drug stores Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can be effectively treated with witch hazel. These conditions are unsightly and painful, but witch hazel may be used to soothe both the visible symptoms and the pain associated with them. These characteristics also make witch hazel a good option for sunburn.
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What is Ylang Ylang?
Yiang Yiang is an evergreen tree valued for its perfume and native to the Philippines and Indonesia and is commonly grown in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The essential oil of ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy. It is believed to relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
Ylang Ylang's Benefits for Skin
Added to skin care preparation, Yiang Yiang oil is beneficial in softening and balancing the moisture of the skin. It is also recommended for dry and oily skin and is reputed to have a balancing action on sebum production.
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What is Zinc?
Zinc or spelter is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. The alchemist Paracelsus probably named the element after the German word Zinke. German chemist Andreas Sigismund Marggraf is normally given credit for discovering pure metallic zinc in 1746.
Zinc's Benefits for Skin
Zinc is like a 24-hour, on-call skin mechanic. It helps repair damaged tissues and heal wounds. Research suggests that zinc might be particularly effective in treating topical irritations and injuries, such as acne, skin sores and minor wounds, by helping cells to regenerate (sources: American Academy of Family Physicians, TeensHealth). Zinc's potential advantages for your skin include the following: Acne: Using zinc topically has shown potential in preventing and alleviating the inflammation and scarring associated with acne. Zinc may help nip acne in the bud by reducing the amount of natural oil, or sebum, produced in the skin. It may also help heal damaged skin around acne that does develop. Some research has indicated that acne formation results in part from a lack of zinc in the diet (source: Bouchez) Scalp conditions: Dandruff and some fungal infections of the scalp have been shown to respond to the use of shampoos containing zinc (source: MedlinePlus). Diaper Rash: Zinc also helps prevent and heal diaper rash (source: MedlinePlus). Another important use for zinc includes protecting skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Recently, researchers have begun conducting further investigations into the anti-cancerous benefits of zinc by looking at how it may help prevent skin cancer recurrence in cancer patients. Studies have also shown that zinc may aid in the treatment of several other skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis and burns.
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What is Zinc Oxide?
Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound that is insoluble in water, and is widely used as an additive in numerous materials and products including plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, lubricants, paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods, batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, and first aid tapes. It occurs naturally as the mineral zincite but most zinc oxide is produced synthetically.
Zinc Oxide's Benefits for Skin
Zinc oxide as a mixture with about 0.5% iron(III) oxide is called calamine and is used in calamine lotion. Reflecting the basic properties of ZnO, fine particles of the oxide have deodorizing and antibacterial properties. Zinc oxide is widely used to treat a variety of other skin conditions, in products such as baby powder and barrier creams to treat diaper rashes, calamine cream, anti-dandruff shampoos, and antiseptic ointments. Zinc oxide can also be used in ointments, creams, and lotions to protect against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet. It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA, and is completely photostable. When used as an ingredient in sunscreen, zinc oxide sits on the skin’s surface and is not absorbed into the skin, and blocks both UVA and UVB rays of ultraviolet light. Because zinc oxide is not absorbed into the skin, it is nonirritating, nonallergenic, and non-comedogenic.
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What is Glycerin?
Glycerin, also known as glycerol or glycerin, is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. This compound can be made from natural products such as vegetable oil, or can be synthesized from propylene alcohol. The result is an alcohol-based product that is an ingredient in many skin-care products In foods and beverages, glycerine serves as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is used in medical, pharmaceutical and personal care preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and as a humectant. It is found in allergen immunotherapies, cough syrups, expectorants, toothpaste and mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, soaps and water-based personal lubricants.
Glycerin's Benefits for Skin
Glycerin, also called glycerol, can be used for both cosmetic purposes and as a treatment for medical conditions of the skin. Most people are very tolerant of glycerin and don’t experiencing any irritation. The effects of glycerin on skin are a healthier, more natural-looking appearance. As a humectant, glycerine attracts water. When it is applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape. This explains why it is used in lotions or other skin care products to prevent or combat dry skin. In addition to keeping skin hydrated, it also helps skin looks smooth and healthy. The fact that glycerin can have a therapeutic effect on wounds and other skin diseases also contributes to skin looking healthier and smoother. Glyercin is an emollient that keeps skin moist, soft and supple to the touch.
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What is Lecithin?
Lecithin is a generic term to designate any group of fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipids. It can easily be extracted chemically or mechanically from readily available sources such as soy beans. Lecithin is sold as a food supplement and for medical uses. Its use mainly arises from it being an emulsifier, lubricant and a surfactant. It can be totally metabolized by humans, so is well tolerated by humans and nontoxic when ingested.
Lecithin's Benefits for Skin
Lecithin is an emollient, which is a softening and soothing agent. Its powerful moisturizing properties help to keep the skin hydrated, making it an excellent additive for restorative creams, or for products designed for mature, dry, or overworked skin. It also has the unique ability to deeply penetrate the skin, and carry substances directly to the cells and the bloodstream. As a result, it may assist the body in absorbing other properties as well. If a product is created with natural and healing ingredients, then the addition of Lecithin would actually bring those beneficial properties to the cellular level.
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What is Jojoba Seed Oil?
The name ‘jojoba oil’ is misleading, as it is not an oil, but a wax ester. Jojoba oil is the liquid wax produced in the seed of the jojoba plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. It has an Oxidative Stability Index of approximately 60, which means that it is more shelf-stable than oils of safflower oil, canola oil, almond oil or squalene. Jojoba oil is found as an additive in many cosmetic products, especially those marketed as being made from natural ingredients. Beauty and skin care products commonly containing jojoba are lotions, moisturizers, hair shampoos and conditioners. The pure oil itself may also be used on skin or hair.
Jojoba Seed Oil's Benefits for Skin
Some of most effective ingredients in skin care formulations are those with a chemical composition and physical properties similar to the skin's own surface layers. Since jojoba oil creates a thin, non-greasy lipoid layer of jojoba and sebum when it is applied to the skin. This partially porous layer provides exceptional trans-epidermal respiration and moisture control - making it perfect for anti-aging skincare. Unlike greasy occlusive materials such as petrolatum, mineral oils and some lanolin products, jojoba provides a non-greasy "dry" emolliency. Jojoba is also quickly absorbed into the skin, thus allowing pores and hair follicles to remain open and maintain their proper function. In short, jojoba effectively moisturizes and softens the skin by a dual action of forming a lipid layer, and by the rapid diffusion of jojoba into the skin to soften it and give it a healthy, thoughtful appearance.
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