Understanding Skin Care Ingredients: A Helpful Guide

Understanding Skin Care Ingredients: A Helpful Guide

The ingredient basics

Every skincare formula will contain a variety of ingredients, many of which promote the appearance of beautiful-looking skin. Examples include hyaluronic acid, hemp, biotin, vitamin C, peptides, cucumber, green tea, and activated charcoal.

Other ingredients are added to a product because they contribute to the overall appearance of texture, consistency, and aroma of that product. Examples include water (often used as a base), xanthan gum (a thickener), and essential oils for fragrance.

Astringents, exfoliants, and other words you may see

All of these ingredients can be further broken down into different categories based on their natural skin-supportive properties as well as how they enhance or support the look, feel, and smell of a product.

Astringents support healthy oil production to keep skin looking balanced

Exfoliants help skin appear smooth and revitalized
Humectants draw in moisture to help keep skin hydrated
Skin Conditioners help to nourish skin for a softer appearance
Surfactants are used as cleansing or foaming agents
Emollients promote the appearance of softer, smoother skin
Emulsifiers help bring different liquids together homogeneously (such as oil and water)
Fragrances add a distinct scent to the formulation
pH Adjusters maintain the overall stability of the formula to ensure efficacy
Thickeners give creams their luxurious feel and form
Preservatives prevent microbial growth for longer shelf life
Colors safely alter the color of a product

Our chemists leverage cutting-edge science and the nourishing properties of nature to deliver the most potent formulations in the skincare and beauty industry. Made with premium ingredients sourced from around the world, our products are vegan, cruelty-free, and never contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or talc.

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