At NaturesTech our products consist of a select blend of effective organic, natural and safe ingredients that your body loves and needs in order to be as healthy and beautiful as it can be. Our formulas meet the Whole Foods Premium Standards for Personal Care Products so contain no artificial fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals, harmful preservatives or any other known harmful or toxic ingredients and can generally be used by even the most sensitive of skin types. We are proud of our ingredients and invite you to review and understand them for yourself. They are in alphabetical listed below:
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer -Salts or esters of acrylic acid used as thickening ingredients. These are natural elements.
Allantoin- Allantoin is a healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating, keratolytic and non-toxic agent useful in dermatological, cosmetic and veterinary preparation. Allantoin is a valuable cell-proliferating healing agent which stimulates healthy tissue formation. Allantoin has a pronounced keratolytic and skin softening action, acts as chemical debrider of necrotic and scaling tissue, clearing up the areas where applied. Allantoin is effective at quite low concentrations, 0.1% up to 2%. As natural component, Allantoin is found in wheat germ, rice polishings, confrey roots, in the earth-worm and as organic component of many soils.
Aloe Vera-Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice- - Aloe Barbadensis Miller is a botanical moisturizer, skin protectant, humectant. A member of the South African aloe plant leaf, usually a juice, containing water, amino acids and carbohydrates, used as a moisturizer, stabilizer, and light tonic for the skin. It penetrates deep into the tissue bringing its nourishing, healing benefits to the deepest cellular layers of the skin.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller contains anti-inflammatory agents so reduces pain when used topically as a treatment for Arthritis, radiation burns, skin ulcers, burns, dermatitis, and other skin injuries and conditions. Aloe has been shown to heal burns and skin injuries at least one-third faster than alternative treatments and to reduce typical healing times from 30-45 days to 15-20 days in 2nd and 3rd degree radiation and fire burns, frostbite, cuts, and blisters.
Findings indicate that the use of Aloe overall greatly improves skin texture, eliminates dryness, itching, eczema, psoriasis, neuro-dermititis, and other skin diseases, regenerated skin cells helping to eliminated scarring and promote regeneration of natural skin color. It also has anti-microbial properties killing a broad spectrum of micro-organisms that cause infection.
Great for sun burns, toning, shrinking of pores, and a great source of silicon for the skin to recreate itself in the most beautiful manner possible.
(2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid - A long, complicated name for a very important amino acid, a building block for every important tissue in the body. Also known as L-arginine, this amino acid is crucial to maintaining healthy skin that defies common signs of aging. Healthy, youthful looking skin thrives on amino acids for nutrition and L-arginine is one of the most important for its healing and anti-aging benefits. Research supports L-arginine’s ability to not only heal damaged skin but to help reduce symptoms of burns and rashes and potentially reverse environmental damage, including that from pollution, cigarettes and exposure to UV radiation. It is found naturally in many foods and is an important supplement for those whose diets lack essentials.
Cetyl Alcohol- We use a naturally derived cetyl alcohol - as in coconut fatty alcohol- that is not an irritant and is not related to SD alcohol or ethyl alcohol; it is actually a moisturizer (not at all a drying alcohol). It is used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener, and carrying agent for other ingredients. The term alcohol here is a real disservice to this ingredient as it is really a fat substance. Produced from Palm Oil usually, but it is also found in Coconut and other vegetable oils (it can be made synthetically too).
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) - This supplement reduces oxidation and breakages of vital DNA strands, which are linked to longevity. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 fights free radicals, which cause harm to cell membranes, DNA strands and cause cell death. Free radicals contribute considerably to the process of aging as well as other health problems. Its topical use on the skin provides protection against depletion of the cell membranes and thus helps dramatically reduce appearance of wrinkles. It also helps to prevent damage to the collagen and elastin production process making it a powerful anti-aging ingredient in AloeMoist. In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. CoQ10-depleted skin may be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant in the skin since it is exposed to the elements.
Crystallized Water - This water technology organizes the water molecules into highly structured crystalline forms that are able to penetrate fully into cells for total hydration. Most water is so disorganized from being treated with harsh chemicals, having been stored without movement, and being pushed through pipes that the molecules are far too large to penetrate into the cells of our bodies. Thus we take in water but do not actually rehydrate. Water naturally moves in a spiral and this is what keeps it structured and organized and able to hold infinite amounts of information. Our technology structures the water. Powerful magnetic and infrared sources reduce the size of individual water clusters, creating Hexagonal Water for more efficient and rapid penetration into the cells of your body.
Ethylhexyl Glycerin - This is a natural and gentle preservative derived from glycerin and used in various skin, hair, and body care formulations.
Grapeseed Oil - Vitis Vinifera - Our Grapeseed oil is truly superb in every regard. It has a mild green color with a pleasant odor, superb taste, and great absorption rate. Generally employed as a base oil for many creams, lotions and as a general carrier oil; this Grapeseed oil can also be employed as a delicious salad dressing or cooking oil. Grapeseed is especially useful for skin types that do not absorb oils too well, and it does not leave a greasy feeling. Wonderful for those with skin sensitivities because of its natural non-allergenic properties. Antioxidant; carrier; emollient; moisturizer. Contains natural Vitamin E and is good in massage oils. Has a high linoleic acid content. An amazing anti-oxidant, for anti-aging benefits. One of the most nutritive oils known to man.
Glyceryl Stearate - Glyceryl Sterate is derived from oils of plants and is used as an emollient to increase the moisture of the skin, helping the skin to feel softer, smoother and reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. It is also useful as a thickening agent that helps give products a luminescent or opalescent appearance. A large group of ingredients that are composed of fats and oils.
Green Tea-Camellia Sinensis- A topical beauty ingredient, with skincare benefits that range from busting hormonal acne to warding off wrinkles and saggy skin; no wonder just about every major beauty brand, right from Estee Lauder to L’Occitane, is rushing to include this potent plant in their formulations.
Green tea contains catechins, which are anti-bacterial agents that suppress acne-causing bacteria and help regulate hormonal imbalances. It possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by zits, thereby helping them heal sans the scars. It also helps flush out toxins from the skin, heal blemishes and “soothe” the complexion.
Green Tea has been known to stop the signs of premature aging – like loose skin, wrinkles, age spots and fine lines – while making the complexion more moist and supple.
The EGCG compounds in green tea can actually reactivate skin cells that are dying due to poor lifestyle habits, exposure to sunlight and pollution. Plus, it contains high level of oligomeric proanthocyanidins – OPCs – some of the most powerful antioxidents known to scientists. These antioxidants help ward off premature aging by fighting free radicals and healing damaged cells. And that’s not all: OPCs also inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen and elastin which are essential for skin’s strength and suppleness.
Isopropyl Palmitate - Palm Oil - This consciously harvested (from a co-op in Ghana) organic Palm Kernel Oil is pressed from the fruit kernels of the palm tree Elaeis guineensis.It is most commonly found in handmade soap to increase its lather and hardness. It may also be used in a multitude of other cosmetic and bodycare products for its moisturizing properties. Palm oil can be used in lotions, cremes, balms, body butters and stick formulations where a thicker product is desired. When used in cold process soap making, it makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. It saponifies easily and pulls other oils into saponification quicker.
Jojoba Oil - Simmondsia Chinensis - Emollient; moisturizer. Very high natural content of Vitamin E. Extremely skin nourishing. Lasts longer in natural state than most oils. Has been credited with skin healing. Provides rapid absorption. Non comedogenic. Mimics skin natural sebum for superior uptake and absorption.
Kosher Vegetable Glycerin - A natural humectant and moisturizer; vegetable based. A humectant is a substance that attracts moisture to the skin. It leaves your skin hydrated and can also increase the solubility of the other active ingredients, making it more easily absorbed by the skin.
Kukui Nut oil-Aleurites Molaccana- Kukui Nut Oil has been used for many years in Hawaii , and has only recently become known to the rest of the world. It is prized for its rejuvenating and soothing effects upon the skin, without leaving a greasy or oily film. Pressed from the seeds of the Aleurites moluccana tree, Kukui Nut Oil is invaluable for many different skin conditions, providing moisture and nourishment to dry, mature, and damaged skin. Kukui Nut Oil is a fabulous moisturizer, and quickly penetrates the skin leaving a silky-smooth non-greasy feeling. It is often used for dry or damaged skin, immediately relieving symptoms because of its quick absorption into the skin. It can leave even the roughest and driest skin feeling smooth, soft, and hydrated.
Always regarded as an ancient secret for skin rejuvenation it is no wonder the highly sought after oil has once again found it's place in modern society as an effective wrinkle and acne treatment. There is simply no better way to nourish the skin and improve complexion. Kukui Nut Oil is ancient Hawaiian's best kept secret to moisturize skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Now researchers are analyzing its astonishing healing powers. The oil's popularity spread by word of mouth, but now researchers are set to unravel the secrets of its effectiveness.
Deep moisturizing Kukui nut oil 'cure' will reduce the onset of wrinkles and other associated visible signs of premature aging. When using Kukui nut oil you'll find both your skin will have soft youthful radiance. Kuku oil, which has fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E is said to beat fine lines and even ailments like eczema and psoriasis which are often treated by drugs or powerful steroid creams. The restorative properties of Kukui nut miracle oil promotes elasticity to the deeper epidermal tissue layers. Wrinkles causes by sunburn is easily treated when using Kukui, with 42% linoleic acid and 29% alpha-linoleic acid in Kukui oil will give a protective barrier to the skin while healing and naturally replenishing moisture going straight to the deep layers in skin tissue. The restorative benefits of Kukui oil creates visible difference to the skin and promotes age-defying benefits.
Kukui Nut Oil contains Vitamins A, C, and E, providing anti-oxidants that help to protect the skin. This unique oil is able to penetrate into the deepest skin layers, while creating a protective shield that locks in moisture. Kukui Nut Oil is great for those with sensitive skin, and is a wonderful ingredient to have in your bodycare products. Specifically, it is beneficial for the following conditions:
· Burns - including: sunburn, windburn, radiation burns, and heat induced burns.
· Chapped skin
· Mature and prematurely aged skin
· Dry skin conditions
· Dry hair and scalp
Prized as a very emollient oil from Polynesia. Hawaiians used it to soothe burns, cuts and to protect skin from irritations. Has shown some effectiveness in soothing psoriasis and eczema as it does not leave an oily after residue. High linoleic and linolenic acid content.
MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane- Methylsulfonylmethane has been present in the oceans, soil, and atmosphere of the Earth for eons. Organic sulfur (MSM) occurs naturally in the human body. It actually makes up 5% of the human body and is essential for every organ, cell, tissue, hormone, enzyme, antibody, and function found in the body. This whole food is a beautifying mineral, and contributes to hair, skin, nail, and joint renewal and health. Bio-available, MSM must be continually replenished for optimal youth, nutrition and health.
Organic sulfur also acts as a healing solvent, driving ingredients deep into your cells and creating permeability for nutrients to move in and toxins to move out.
Methylsulfonylmethane is a relatively new dietary supplement form of sulfur that is found in our living tissues. MSM supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle. Thus, it is important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pains, bursitis, etc. MSM should be considered an integral part of any health care practice because of its physiological action, indirect importance, and current / future uses. A body made up of healthy, flexible cells will not only feel better, it will look better too. The body is continuously at work replacing old, worn out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without stop. When all the raw materials needed for cell-building are available, it is a very efficient process. When there are deficiencies, the new cells may be weak, rigid or deformed. One of the most important raw materials for building healthy new cells is a form of organic sulfur known as methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM). There is a positive synergistic effect on building healthier cells when MSM is taken in combination with vitamin C. The new cells are more pliable and permeable, allowing fluids to pass through the tissue more easily. (1) Internally this means more efficient elimination of toxins, a reduction in inflammation and pain - so you feel better. On the outside it shows up as a softer, smoother complexion, stronger hair and nails - so you look better.
One of the most significant uses of MSM as a supplement is its demonstrated ability to relieve pain and inflammation. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pressure and pain result. Since MSM can restore flexibility and permeability to cell walls, fluids can pass through the tissues more easily. This helps equalize pressure and reduce or eliminate the cause of pain. Harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins are allowed to flow out, while nutrients are permitted to flow in. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that causes inflammation. (1) MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps both in geriatric patients and in athletes. It's even given to race horses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping. People with arthritis report substantial and long-lasting relief with MSM supplements.
MSM makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to properly flow out. The body uses MSM along with Vitamin C to create new, healthy cells, and MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, our bodies are unable to build good healthy cells, and this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to food, animals and plants. MSM is an anti-oxidant that helps to clean the blood stream and flush toxins trapped in our cells. It is also a foreign protein and free radical scavenger.
Ocean Mineral Complex- In order to have fantastic health and vitality we need to have the proper amount of minerals in our cells. Our bodies use over 80 minerals in order to reach our maximum function. When we are mineral depleted the evidence can appear as problems with our skin. Some examples of this “mineral malnutrition” in our skin could be: improper or slow wound healing, increased effects of oxidative stress, hyperpigmentation, loss of hair and skin strength, higher susceptibility of skin cancer, photoaging and wrinkles. The structure and function of every living cell in our body depends on minerals.
This consciously harvested, highly effective liquid complex epitomizes Innovative Natural Science. A truly unique, proprietary concentrate of over 92 ocean minerals in a highly stable, bio-available compound base of all natural materials. Ocean Mineral Complex is the answer to tired and compromised skin structure and integrity, and will breath new life into the same old skin care regime.
Ocean minerals and trace elements are called cofactors, meaning they activate enzymes necessary for proper cellular function. This is the equivalent of placing the key into the ignition of the car. Thalassotherapy is a very old regime which incorporates a variety of treatments where one is bathed, showered, wrapped, rubbed, or scrubbed with sea water or seaweed to prevent or cure various conditions and to provide vitality and replenishment for the skin and body. hawse have taken this age old wisdom and refined it into a modern, cutting edge youthening and replenishing bioactive concentrate.
Seawater is very similar in composition to human plasma and is readily accepted into the human body. Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfate, phosphorus, copper, infinite ions as well as trace minerals are some of the essential nutrients found in our ocean mineral complex. The re-mineralizing and restorative properties of the ocean are captured here in a potent concentrate which can be worked into any cutting edge proprietary formulation. As our soil and its bounty continue to be de-mineralized and depleted of essential nutrients and trace elements, our Ocean Mineral Complex will provide a substantial boost not only to the anti-ageing program of its users, but also a boost to their health. This is something that we can all feel good about.
Organic Aloe Vera-Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice- Botanical, moisturizer, skin protectant, humectant. A member of the South African aloe plant leaf, usually a juice, containing water, amino acids and carbohydrates, used as a moisturizer, stabilizer, and light tonic for the skin. The Egyptians revered this succulent, and Cleopatra mashed up the gel of this plant onto her infamously beautiful face every day. This is a substance of perpetual youth and rapid healing. Naturally occurring MSM in the aloe vera leaf lends to this plants rejuvenating properties. Natural plant steroids and salicylic acid are delivered in the gel of aloe vera, and skin is youthened and nourished, as well as soothed in the summer heat. Great for sun burns, toning, shrinking of pores, and a great source of silicon for the skin to recreate itself in the most beautiful manner possible.
Organic Herbal Infusion - Blend of select, organic healing herbs including:
· Gotu Kola - In ancient China, Gotu Kola was the principle ingredient in a famous elixir called Fo Ti Tieng, a brew that had an astounding reputation as "Fountain of Youth". Gotu Kola works specifically to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, as well as the manufacture of new skin cells. This translates into beautiful renewed, supple skin. Gotu Kola greatly enhances the integrity and vascularization of connective tissue and skin, hastens wound healing, improves elasticity and rejuvenates blood vessels for improved circulation to the skin.
· Horsetail. Named for its resemblance to the tassle on a mare's nether parts, there is no other source of silica more concentrated than Horsetail. Why do we care about silica? Not only is silica a major building block for hair, skin, and nails, but Silica is the age old secret to beauty. Hair, nails, and skin all thrive on silica, drinking it up like water in a desert. The mineral silicon possesses many hidden properties, one of which is its ability to be transformed into calcium. Silicon is a "conscious" mineral. It seems to posses a form of intelligence. That is why all of our computers are coming from "The Silicon valley" and are based on silicon technology. This is also why crystals and crystal healing are so popular- .crystals are made of silicon. It is also why silicon possesses such healing and beautifying properties. Many believe that the application of this mineral has a tendency to manifest a more refined and perfected physical appearance. The skin knows exactly how to use silica to make itself the best that it can be.
· Geranium - Having been used for centuries in topical skin care applications, this elegant flower packs a beautiful punch. It's forte lies in it's incessant regeneration of skin tissue. Proving to be excellent for rebuilding scarred, damaged, and broken down skin cells, Geranium is prolific in renewing even severely burned skin without leaving any discoloration or scarring behind. Distilled from the fragrant leaves of the rose geranium (not the common geranium found in many windowsills), geranium effectively balances hormones, treats acne, inflammation, wounds, and WRINKLES.
· Dandelion- Considered by most to be merely a pesky weed, lets set the record straight and raise Dandelion up to its well deserved glory. As a wild plant that has not been cultivated like most others, dandelion retains its high mineral content, and passes this onto us in a highly bioavailable form. Having originated in Greece, it's botanical name comes from the Greek words "disorder" and "remedy". It has blown itself into the four corners of the world, and today is used as a thousand year old remedy for breast cancer in China, a cure for AIDS in Toaist Herbalism, and in Costa Rica is sold as a remedy for diabetes. Dandelion contains chemicals called eudesmanolides, which are found in no other herb. Other components include sterols, flavonoids, and mucilage. These are all highly revered antioxidants, preventing the degeneration of skin cells and DNA. A key to anti-ageing is preventing free radical damage. Dandelion kicks free radical booty, and is why we include it religiously in our skin care formulation menu.
Panthenol - Vitamin B5 - Panthenol is a non-irritating form of Vitamin B that is usually derived from plants. When this natural, hydrating vitamin is applied externally, it penetrates into lower skin layers, gets absorbed into your skin cells and turns into pantothenic acid (commonly known as Vitamin B5). Because panthenol is absorbed deeply into the skin, it adds essential moisture and has a desirable plumping effect.
Panthenol, with its humectant-like properties, penetrates into layers beneath the surface of your skin so it can be used to treat a myriad of minor skin disorders and irritations. This natural substance is safe to use on your skin and can even be administered internally. In 1984, panthenol was included in the list of over the counter drugs published by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 1987, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) concluded that panthenol was safe to use in cosmetics as a humectant, emollient and moisturizer.
Over the past twenty years, panthenol has been effectively used to treat sunburns, irritations, dryness and other minor skin disorders. This non-toxic vitamin has incredible absorption properties and helps to diminish wrinkles by infusing moisture into the deeper layers of your skin. In 1995, a study conducted by LH Leung also suggested panthenol as an alternative treatment for acne because it counteracts bacteria. Panthenol can be found in a variety of skin care products developed to treat dry, normal, combination and acne-prone skin.
Using panthenol in your skin will help to keep it smooth by helping to maintain its natural moisture balance and counteracting surface bacteria. Panthenol reduces inflammation, soothes irritation and initiates the rebuilding of your skin. The healing properties of this vitamin have also been proven to be beneficial for stronger hair and nails.
Phenoxyethanol - Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative used with organic products. Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound , a glycol ether often used in skin care products. It is a colorless oily liquid. It is mildly soluble in water. Phenoxyethanol can be derived from flower extracts and it does not release formaldehyde. It is a weak biocide, most active against Gram-negative bacteria. It is typically used at 0.1%.
it’s included in the Handbook of Green Chemicals and is also Whole Foods Premium Body Care approved and their standards, developed by a team of scientists over the course of years, are some of the strictest available.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) - Adaptogen, alterative, anti-allergenic, anti-tumor, anti-viral, nervine, relaxant, stimulant, immune tonic. Reishi is very popular in Chinese Taoist herbalism, and is known as the "Supreme Protector". Reishi mushroom has been found to regenerate the liver, alleviate allergy symptoms, reduce blood pressure, enhance immunity and prolong lifespan. Ganoderma is very high in antioxidants, making it ideal for the prevention of aging. It strengthens the internal organs, improves conditions of viral hepatitis, protects the liver, relieves insomnia, improves circulation and helps to normalize bodily functions. Reishi helps to reduce the symptoms of stress, soothes the nerves, stimulates T-cell activity, is a powerful antioxidant, and is anti-carcinogenic and anti-bacterial in nature.
Retinol -. Anti-oxidant, collagen building, wrinkle eradicating, tone correcting, texture refining, skin thickening and even pore tightening, Retinol is generally considered by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other skin and beauty professionals to be truly amazing in its beneficial results and the stand alone king of all age fighters.
Rose Hip Oil - Rosa Canina - Rosehip seed oil is truly an amazing product, which has only recently become recognized by the general public. This surge in popularity is for a good reason, as it is believed to be the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have also taken place, which have yielded astounding evidence supporting the use of Rosehip Seed oil.
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in Chile. The oil has been used by native people in Chile for centuries, and has only been validated by scientists fairly recently. The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rosehip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look. Today, rosehip seed oil is exported around the world, and is used by the medical community, as well as in fine facial and cosmetic care products.
Rosehip seed oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. Rosehip seed oil also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which further promotes healthy skin. In particular, it is rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, which are important skin nutrients. Rosehip seed oil has been used successfully to treat the following skin problems:
· Stretch marks
· UV damage from overexposure to the sun
· Scars from surgery, burns, and acne
· Wrinkles and premature skin aging
· Burns, including those from radiation and sunburns
· Age spots
· Brittle nails
· Dry and damaged hair
Rosehip seed oil is considered a "dry" oil, meaning that it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy residue. It is a wonderful hydrator, and penetrates dry or damaged skin immediately. This oil may be used straight from the bottle as a moisturizer, or can be incorporated into a cream, lotion, facial oil, or massage oil. Because it is so gentle, rosehip seed oil may be used undiluted on the skin, even on sensitive skin. Rosehip seed oil is a safe, inexpensive, effective, and non-invasive product for preventing and healing damaged skin.
Safflower Oil - Organic Carthamus Tinctorius - The skin has a moisture barrier made of natural lipids that keep moisture in the skin and irritants out. Safflower oil contains one of the highest contents of lipids of any other oil to help rebuild and maintain the lipid barrier as well as lubricant properties that prompt the skin to retain water and moisture. The oil consists primarily of linoleic acid, an omega-6 that is packed with essential vitamins. Safflower oil prevents dryness and roughness and removes dirt and oil. Its content makes safflower oil a key treatment for issues including eczema, psoriasis and acne. Its hydrating properties lend skin a healthy glow, promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Shea Butter - Butyrospermum Parkii - Also known as karite butter which is extracted from the nuts of the genus Butyrosperum Parkii Kotschy tree which grows in Central Africa. Karite Butter is superior to cocoa and jojoba butter in its ability to heal damaged and dry skin. Great protection for the skin from the elements, sun, photoageing, and elimination of superficial irritations, burns, eczema, dermatitis, dermatosis, and all damaged hair conditions. Shea butter is an extremely therapeutic emollient with chemical constituents that help to heal bruising and soreness. With high levels of vitamin A, E, unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, these high antimicrobial and moisturizing properties heal and renew the skin as well as the entire body.
The natives of Central Africa as well as those in Japan use karite butter for food as well as body care. Karite butter is a replacement for regular dairy butter in foods, and a perfect replacement for dairy butter in cooking for vegetarians. Karite butter is an outstanding source of essential fatty acids, linoleic acids, and stands out as an exceptional source of unsaponifiable material.
In Africa, it has also long been used with astonishing results as a massage balm for tired and sore muscles, rheumatism, burns, and light wounds. Shea butter has a stimulating effect on the metabolism, and clinical research has indicated that karite butter increases local capillary circulation which in turn increases tissue re-oxygenation and improves the elimination of metabolic waste products. A natural anti-oxidant agent, B-amyrine and tocopherols protect the double bond of the oil as a whole and the unsaponifiable compounds in particular. This makes karite butter a truly fantastic anti-ageing topical as well as dietary supplement.
Another asset natural to raw shea butter is its high protection against ultraviolet rays. Clinical tests consistently show that karite butter without PABA naturally prevents sunburn when exposed to UV rays. This is a wonderful alternative to chemical sun-protection factors.
Stearic Acid - Occurs naturally in butter acids, tallow, cascarilla bark, and other fats an oils. A soap softener and toiletry thickener. Stearic Acid is naturally derived from palm oil. It helps to bind and thicken creams and is also used in soap and candles.
Vitamin C- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate- The cutting edge of skin care research shows that aging skin is the result of more than just years on the calendar. Exposure to environmental elements like sunlight, smoke, and air pollution causes photoaging in skin. Not only does this lead to the formation of lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation - it can lead to more serious skin conditions, including skin cancer. A comprehensive Vitamin C program can help prevent photoaging and the onset of more serious skin conditions. Topical vitamin C has now been shown to provide up to eight times the skin's natural protection from UV damage. Sunscreens are also an important part of the prevention process, although they cannot do it alone. Vitamin C protects your skin from the sun in ways that sunscreens can't. When used together, Vitamin C and sunscreens provide almost complete photoprotection - preventing photoaging, preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting vibrant skin health.
Oxidative damage shows up on our faces in the form of sun spots, discoloration, wrinkles, sagging, and loss of elasticity and glow.Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage by neutralizing oxygen-free radicals before they can attack the body. Some Vitamin C is available to the body by oral ingestion, but many individuals do not achieve even the minimum daily requirement through diet or supplements. Furthermore, Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, and so must be reintroduced into the body AND skin on a daily basis. We have refined ways to stabilize and deliver additional amounts of key Vitamin C into the skin. Continued research has demonstrated that properly formulated vitamin C combinations work synergistically to provide enhanced benefit. Recent studies show that topical application of optimized Vitamin C combinations can provide up to eight-fold antioxidant protection and ninety-two percent reduction of sunburn cells, for up to 12 hours, and prevent the formation of free radicals in UV irradiated skin (sun exposed skin).
Our vitamin C formulations are superior to most of the C products on the market- due to our use of a uniquely stabilized vitamin C called Stay C 50. Stay C 50 is water soluble and is a salt form. It is easily bioconverted to Vitamin C by skin enzymes.
Vitamin-C is necessary for the production of collagen, the major structural protein of the skin and although visible differences will not be seen for approximately two months, you may notice a visible difference in skin texture, color and tone in as early as a few days. Our topical Vitamin-C products will start to be absorbed by the skin almost immediately. Because these vitamin-C products were developed as a preventative treatment with the goal of protecting the skin from further environmental damage, the skin will benefit the moment the vitamin-C is applied. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will become less noticeable within two to six months. Individual results will vary, depending upon the condition of the skin at the time of initial use. Research shows that topical vitamin-C offers photoprotective qualities.
Most individuals find the ideal time to apply vitamin-C is in the morning, because during the day you are more susceptible to sun exposure and L-ascorbic acid provides photoprotection from UVA/UVB radiation. You can also safely use it at night, as it stays in the skin for up to 72 hours, and cannot be washed off. Using our Vitamin C products once a day should be perfect for optimal results. Do not let the slight sting upon application scare you. The high acid levels are necessary in order for the Vitamin C to be absorbed. Other products with AHA's can still very safely be used alongside of our Vitamin C formulations, and will actually be greatly enhanced by the addition of these products.
Vitamin E - Tocopheryl Acetate - Anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; emollient. Linoleic acid at 71%. A natural Vitamin E oil obtained by vacuum distillation of vegetable fats. Great for preventing rancidity in cosmetics and it acts as an anti-oxidant in creams, lotions, baby products, cosmetics and more. Has long been associated with accelerated healing. Is used a lot in burn and scar medical therapy units to assist the skin in healing.
Recent studies have suggested that Vitamin E oil assists in maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels. Suitable for food use and measures 7500 I.U./Oz.
Yucca (Yucca baccata, Yucca glauca) - Alterative, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, astringent, bitter, blood purifier, laxative. Yucca is rich with saponins. Saponins are known to be particularly helpful in pain relief. There are many reports that saponins elevate the body’s production of cortisone. Some (though incomplete) studies indicate it may be of benefit in treating arthritis, eczema and psoriasis for this reason.The South Western American Indian Tribes used Yucca root for virtually everything, from soap to medicine. Health clinics in the Sonoran desert region of Arizona are using Yucca for arthritis with impressive results. Yucca is often used in formulas that are designed to break up obstructions in the joints, and has been used as a natural cortisone source due to its high saponin content.
Xanthan Gum - Despite its rather alien-sounding name, xanthan gum is as natural as any other fermented corn sugar polysaccharide you can name. Xanthan gum derives its name from the strain of bacteria used during the fermentation process, Xanthomonas campestris. Xanthomonas campestris is the same bacteria responsible for causing black spots to form on broccoli, cauliflower, and other leafy vegetables. The bacteria form a slippery substance which acts as a natural stabilizer or thickener.