Guide to iQ Natural's Nutrient-Rich Products
Acai Berry (Euterpe Oleracea) - Packed full of antioxidants, anthocyanin and phytosterols, Acai Berries are a nutrient rich ingredient for skin care. The antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals. The anthocyanin and phytosterols in acai act as an astringent - keeping the skin taut and helping to protect connective tissues in your skin. Tighter, suppler skin means fewer wrinkles.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) - Aloe Vera is one of nature's very best hydrators. We use organic aloe vera as a base for most of our skincare products because 2of its ability to hydrate the skin - and help skin retain its moisture. It has the ability to effectively penetrate the skin and transport healthy substances through the skin. Aloe vera provides numerous benefits to the skin, including acting as an excellent moisturizer keeping the skin flexible by giving oxygen to cells, which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
Alpha Lipoic Acid - ALA is an antioxidant found in every cell of the body that is used to convert glucose into energy. Unlike other antioxidants, which work only in water (Vitamin C) or fatty tissues (Vitamin E), alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble. ALA diminishes fine lines, gives skin a healthy glow and boosts levels of other antioxidants - such as Vitamin C.
Allspice Powder (Pimenta Officinalis) - Allspice is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as many vital minerals. It is anti-inflammatory by nature and increases blood circulation.
Anise Extract (Pimpinella Anisum) - Anise extract is rich in mineral salts and visibly reduces and smoothens out expression lines. Anise is also a natural astringent and antiseptic.
Apple Extract (Pyrus Malus) - Apple extract refines and rejuvenates the skin. It is a moisturizing agent and is excellent for dry/mature skin.
Apricot Oil (Prunus Armeniaca) - Sought out for its high vitamin E content and skin softening properties, apricot oil is known for its ability to penetrate the skin without leaving an oily feel. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin A it is a good for aged, dry or irritated skin. Apricot oil helps skin retain elasticity, clarity and suppleness.
Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-3) - Argireline is naturally derived from plant sources and is a string of 6 amino acids. Argireline has been called Ã¢â‚¬Å“the natural alternative to BotoxÃ¢â‚¬Â because of its ability to relax skin - thus reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Arnica Oil (Arnica Montana) - This member of the daisy family produces an oil beneficial for swollen and puffy skin - including skin around the eyes. Arnica oil is also used to treat sore muscles, bruises and other conditions associated with overexertion or trauma.
Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima) - Rich in vitamin A, C, E, protein and amino acid avocado oil penetrates deeply into the skin and promotes regeneration while leaving skin soft and glowing.
Beeswax - Beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin from damaging environmental free radicals. Beeswax softens skin and creates a long-lasting protective coating against sun damage. Beeswax is naturally antibacterial, anti-allergenic and an anti-inflammatory.
Bilberry Extract (Vaccinum Myrtillus) - Bilberry is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that improves blood-circulation and destroys free radicals, making it a perfect active ingredient for fighting off acne. This natural alpha hydroxy acid removes surface debris and dead skin cells to reveal new vibrant skin.
Black Willow Bark (Salix Negra) - Black Willow Bark is a natural antiseptic, astringent, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is antimicrobial and increases turnover of the outermost layer of skin. This natural antioxidant protects skin from free radicals. Black Willow Bark also has a naturally occurring salicylic acid.
Blueberry Extract (Vaccinium Angustifolium) - Blueberries help skin manufacture collagen, thereby making the skin more supple and smooth. Additionally these berries are among the highest in natural antioxidant levels which allow them to protect skin from damaging free radicals and ultimately premature aging. Blueberries are high in vitamin C and E.
Blue Green Algae Extract (Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae) - Oregon's claim to fame in the skincare industry, blue green algae found in the Cascade Mountains is the most nutrient intact algae available in the world. The algae have a complete balance of the entire B-Complex of vitamins (including B-12) as well as high levels of vitamin A and C.
Almost every organic mineral is contained in the algae; this is important because without minerals vitamins lose their effectiveness. Blue green algae have a high protein content which strengthens skin, hair and nails. Additionally this NW wonder is made up of 22 amino acids - 8 of which are directly attributed to skin and overall health. Finally, studies are now showing that Blue Green algae has been linked to increased Adult Stem Cell growth, which are cells the body needs to repair itself.
Borage Oil (Borago Officinalis) - This vitamin C rich oil has a cooling effect on the skin and soothes damaged and irritated tissues - which is very beneficial when used in acne or problem skin care products. The oil is anti-inflammatory and contracts blood vessels thereby reducing redness in the skin.
Burdock Root (Origanum Arctium Lappa) - Burdock root has natural skin healing properties. It has blood purifying effects and draws toxins from the skin and eliminates them.
Calendula Extract (Calendula Officinalis) - - Calendula is a wonderful emollient that has a soothing effect on the skin. The extract helps skin retain its moisture, and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Camphor Oil (Cinnamonum Camphora) - Camphor oil is highly stimulating of the circulatory system and has a slight cooling effect. Camphor oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic substance.
Camu Camu Berry Extract - The Cama Camu Berry is the #1 source of vitamin C of any known botanical on the planet. It is 3% pure vitamin C which when put in perspective a single berry has 30 times more vitamin C than an entire orange. Not only is the berry rich in vitamin C but it is packed with beta-carotene (vitamin A). Thriving with antioxidants this super-food scavenges free radicals.
Cayenne Extract (Capsicum Annuum) - Cayenne pepper is naturally high in beta-carotene (vitamin A) making it a powerful antioxidant that aids in the skin's protection from free radicals.
Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis) - Chamomile Oil provides soothing, calming and cleansing. The scent aids in relaxation and combats mental overstimulation. It is useful for smoothing out broken capillaries and improves elasticity and overall tissue strength.
Charcoal - Charcoal is a natural detoxifier that draws out toxins and pollutants that lie deep within the skin. These pollutants can clog pores, tamper with oil levels and accelerate aging - but charcoal has the ability to draw the toxins to the surface and destroy them in the process. Also, charcoal helps regulate oil production and restores the appropriate balance of sebum.
Chinese Ginger Extract (Panax Ginseng) - Ginseng is used in natural skin care products for its toning and vitalizing effects on the skin. Packed with vitamins and structural substances, ginseng helps maintain elasticity, vitality and regeneration capacity of skin cells.
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum Cassia) - Cinnamon is a spice that brings blood to the surface of the skin, thereby plumping the skin in problem areas struggling with fine lines. Cinnamon is shown to be anti-fungal, antibacterial and even has anti-parasitic properties.
Citrus Extracts/Acids - Citric acids are used to remove dead skin cells, and help promote the growth of new skin cells. Sugars found in citrus fruits are a key producer of Glycolic Acid. Citric acid is also used as a natural preservative/stabilizer.
Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea) - Clary sage is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial and astringent. This oil is primarily used to help balance the production of sebum (oil) in the skin.
Clove Oil (Eugenia Caryophyllata) - Clove is naturally rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron potassium, magnesium and calcium. Rated as one of the strongest natural antiseptics and anti-fungals, clove oil is a powerful weapon against acne.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) - Extracted from cocoa beans (cacao seeds) this is one of nature's best moisturizers. This stable fat melts at body temperature causing it to be extremely absorbable into the skin. When applied topically it creates a barrier between skin and the environment which protects skin from free radicals and retains moisture.
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera) - Coconut Oil not only moisturizes deep into the dermis layer, but also fights and helps prevent damage causing free-radicals - so not only does the oil bring relief to the skin but also aids in the healing and repairing of it.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) - CoQ10 is an enzyme naturally produced in every cell/tissue of the human body. (It helps the body produce energy - collagen - elastin, neutralize free-radicals and maintains overall skin health). A young body has the ability to produce as much CoQ10 as it needs - aging and stress lowers the levels of CoQ10 in the body and has a direct effect on skin health.
Colloidal Silver - Silver has been used for healing and regenerative properties for thousands of years. Colloidal silver is antimicrobial and a natural antiseptic. By naturally killing bacteria, silver allows skin to be healthy. It works as an astringent to bring harmful substances out of the skin, and it works as an anti-inflammatory eliminating redness. The soothing properties of silver make it a perfect addition to peels and peel treatments.
Cranberry Extract (Vaccinum Macrocarpon) - These tiny berries are rich in vitamin B-3, B-5 and C. Cranberries are amongst the 'Super Food' family and have been shown to not only protect skin because of their high antioxidant levels, but also reverse signs of aging like hyperpigmentation.
Cucumber Distillate (Cucumis Sativus) - Cucumber is probably best known for its ability to reduce puffiness under the eyeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but it is also rich in silica which is the essential component in keeping strong and healthy tissue. Cucumber's naturally high water content makes it an excellent hydrator. Additionally cucumber has the vital pairing of caffeic and ascorbic acids which prevent water loss from cells, allowing skin to retain moisture.
Dead Sea Salt - Dead Sea Salt has a high mineral content. Magnesium promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin's surface with anti-allergic elements - additionally essential for cell metabolism. Bromide soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves. Potassium helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system. Calcium strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores. Zinc when applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn - and is also known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation. All of these and more are found in Dead Sea Salt.
DMAE (Dimethlaminoethanol) - Short for Dimethlaminoethanol, DMAE is a naturally occurring substance that stimulates neurotransmitters and the synthesis of cell membranes. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that extends the life of cells and inhibits the cross-linking of proteins, which gives the skin a nice tone and a firm appearance. By stimulating healthy cell reproduction DMAE promotes clean cells being regenerated in place of those polluted by toxins, dirt, and excess oil.
Ester-C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) - Ester C has the same benefits as Vitamin C, but is faster-acting due to its easier absorption into the skin. As a powerful antioxidant it fights off free radicals. It also helps fasten the cell renewal process so skin becomes smoother, firmer and toned.
Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus Globulus) - Eucalyptus is a natural anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic and astringent properties. It has a cleansing effect on the skin and reduces redness and irritation.
Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis) - Evening primrose oil contains essential fatty acids. The oil reduces water loss which improves skin hydration and smoothness, and increases the lipid content of the skin.
Fennel Extract (Foeniculum Vulgare) - Fennel is used for removing toxins, as well as working on the glandular system to balance the production of certain hormones - which are important to maintain the elasticity of the skin and connective tissue. Fennel also stimulates healthy circulation, invigorating the skin.
Flax Seed Oil (Usitatissimum) - Rich in most of the B complex vitamins and vitamin E, flax seed oil is essential for good skin health. There are an abundance of phytochemicals in flaxseed which act as antioxidants. Because of its anti-inflammatory nature flaxseed oil works wonderfully on acne, rosacea and eczema.
Frankincense Oil (Boswellia Serrata) - Frankincense is a natural antiseptic and astringent. The inherent astringent qualities of this oil act as a balancer of the skin and reduce any dry or oily skin condition - returning it to normal. Frankincense improves skin tone and overall condition because of its ability to balance out the pH of the skin.
Geranium Distillate (Pelargonium Gravolens) - This natural astringent is also antibacterial and antimicrobial. Geranium facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of the skin, which helps scars and other spots on the skin fade - and even vanish. The tonic nature of geranium also makes it an excellent in treating acne and dermatitis. Geranium distillate also promotes cell health by encourage the recycling of dead cells and the regeneration of new cells.
Ginger Root Powder (Zingiber Officinale) - Ginger's antioxidant, gingerol, not only fights skin-damaging free radicals, but also promotes smoothness and evenness in skin tone. It lightens age spots and increases circulation. Improved circulation revitalizes the skin and increases its radiance while decreasing inflammation.
Glycolic Acid - This Alpha-Hydroxy Acid is derived from sugar can and works as an exfoliating agent - removing damaged surface skin/acne. Glycolic acid actually attaches itself to free radicals in your skin, rendering them harmless before they can damage healthy cells. This powerful alpha hydroxy acid stimulates new collagen and elastin production and restores skin to its healthy, lustrous state.
Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) - Gotu improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. It soothes and minimizes varicose veins and broken capillaries. Additionally GK is thought to improve the production of collagen. Gotu kola also reduces scarring and keloids
Grape Extract (Vitis Vinifera) - Grape extract contains a variety of bioflavonoids, one of which being Reservatrol. Reservatrol is a powerful enzyme that promotes overall health and contains unique antioxidants with beneficial anti-aging properties. Grape extract has been used to prevent or alleviate: aging, bruising, inflammation, varicose veins and healing of the skin.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis) - GSE is packed full of free radical eliminating antioxidants. Naturally anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic, GSE promotes healing by drawing out toxins and stimulating new cell development.
Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera) - Grapeseed oil is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from premature aging, is effective in fighting acne, and even is shown to reduce the appearance of varicose veins and broken capillaries.
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum) - This wonder tea does it all! Green tea: fights free radicals, neutralizes harmful UV light, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, as well as lightening and brightening overall complexion. Contains effective antioxidants called polyphenols, which help reduce oxidative stress and protect against premature aging. Also, green tea has been identified as potentially beneficial for psoriasis, rosacea wrinkles and wounds.
Hibiscus Buds (Hibiscus Sabdraffia) - Rich in vitamin C, the buds of the beautiful Hibiscus flower are used as antioxidant packed exfoliators. Hibiscus has naturally high levels of AHA help remove dead/surface skin and its antioxidant properties help protect freshly exposed/new skin protect itself from environmental free radicals.
Honey (Mel) - A natural moisturizer and emollient, honey soothes and adds softness to the skin. Honey is anti-microbial, as well as a natural antioxidant. It supports the skinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. Honey helps protect the skin from damaging UV rays.
Horseradish Extract (Armoracia Rusticana) - Horseradish is a natural lightener of skin discolorations and hyper-pigmentations. Horseradish is rich with vitamin C, in fact higher levels than a lemon or orange. Naturally antimicrobial, horseradish draws out toxins and makes them insoluble.
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate Acid) - This is a naturally occurring substance in skin/collagen/joints - as such there is very little risk of irritation/allergy. HA attracts and binds water within the cells of the skin and tissue underneath, acting like a sponge. This allows skin to be firmer, and more youthful in appearance. HA can actually absorb approximately 1,000 times its own weight which is what plumps the skin and create the suppleness associated w/ youthful skin. Changes can be seen in as little as 30 minutes and last up to 6 months or longer.
Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus) - Irish moss takes dry, patchy skin and turns it into smooth, silky, hydrated skin with a vibrant glow. It moisturizes and treats even the most unmanageable skin problems. It contains vitamins A, D, E, F and K and is mineral packed.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) - Jojoba is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic antioxidant and natural carrier of Vitamin E. By penetrating deep into the skin to moisturize - without blocking pores - this is a superior natural moisturizer.
Juniper Oil (Juniperus Communis) - Juniper oil improves circulation and aids in the removal of toxins from the skin. Additionally, Juniper oil is a natural astringent and antiseptic.
Kaolin Clay (China Clay) - Kaolin clay is comprised of Aluminum Oxide and Silica. Kaolin is famous for its oil absorbing properties, shine reduction and translucent properties.
Kelp Extract (Ascophyllum Nodosum) - Kelp is a complex multifunctional ingredient. Kelp is a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and fades dark circles under the eyes. Additionally studies show that kelp has the ability to slow the breakdown process of elastin and the body's naturally produced hyaluronic acid. With stronger elastin and increased HA skin is tighter and fuller. Packed with 23 minerals, kelp helps maintain the skins pH balance - so it is neither too oily, nor too dry.
Kiwi Extract (Actinidia Chinensis) - Kiwi is rich in vitamin C. The vitamin content paired with the natural citric acids of the fruit allow kiwi to brighten the skin - and even reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Packed with antioxidants, kiwi fights free radicals and is an excellent ingredient when dealing with sensitive and/or acneic skin.
Kojic Acid - - Kojic acid is derived from a fungus, and studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent, inhibiting production of melanin (brown pigment).
Lactic Acid - Derived from milk, Lactic Acid is a milder (AHA) that no only removes dead skin cells but stimulates elastins and promotes new collagen growth.
Lemon Balm Extract (Melissa Officinalis) - Lemon balm is a good source of antioxidants which improve the overall health of the skin. Additionally, lemon balm is rich in flavonoids. This is significant because flavonoids have the ability to absorb UV light, which protects the skin from some UV damage. Finally, lemon balm creates a dense lipid barrier, which acts as a protective force over the skin - and aids moisture retention.
Lemon Oil (Medica Limonum) - Lemon oil balances overactive sebaceous glands that lead to oily, blemished skin. Lemon clears and enlivens overall complexion.
Licorice Extract (Glycirrhiza Glabra) - LicoriceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s main component glycyrrhizinate is a natural ant-inflammatory with significant benefits for those suffering from acne and rosacea. Additionally, licorice extract brightens/lightens the skin and has been found to prevent further hyper-pigmentation.
Macadamia Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia) - Macadamia nut oil is stable and good for all skin types, but especially beneficial for dry/mature skin. It softens and moisturizes the skin and helps in healing mild wounds. Macadamia oil helps the skin retain its moisture, and helps skin cells regenerate. High in vitamin E this antioxidant rich oil also seeks out damaging free radicals and destroys them.
Malic Acid - Found in apples, Malic acid is a natural alpha hydroxy acid and is used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin - while promoting new cell, collagen and elastin growth.
Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica) - Mango butter treats dry skin, heals skin peeling, clears blemishes and wrinkles and relieves itchy skin. Mango butter also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity.
MAP C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) - This stable form of vitamin C heals skin, produces collagen, evens skin tone and reverses the effects of sun damage.
Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide + Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7) - Matrixyl 3000 is a peptide combination (palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7) that produce a powerful synergy of results. One stimulates collagen to speed the tissue repair process while the other stimulates the growth of cells in the damaged area. This is one of the most powerful ingredient combinations in anti-aging skincare at this time.
Meadowfoam Oil (Limnanthes Alba) - Pressed from the seeds of the Meadowfoam plant this essential oil is packed with moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities - naturally creating a moisture barrier keeping your skin hydrated and protected from free-radicals.
Menthol (Laevo Menthol) - This natural crystal imparts cooling and antimicrobial properties to preparations.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) - MSM is an organic sulfuric derivative that is readily absorbed and utilized in our bodies. Sulfur is necessary in the body's healing process and MSM deposits sulfur directly into the skin. This sulfuric deposit allows the skin to heal itself. Sulfur is helpful in treating skin disorders, such as: Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Dandruff, Diaper Rash and Fungal Infections.
Neem Oil (Azadirachta Indica) - Neem oil is pressed from the seed of the Neem tree and is a Vitamin E and emollient rich moisturizer. Naturally antibacterial, neem oil aids in killing harmful infectious acne-causing bacteria.
Noni Oil (Morinda Citrifolia) - Noni is high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid and powerful ally in skin hydration. Safe for even the most sensitive skin, noni oil moisturizes skin and helps it retain that moisture. Vitamins A, B3 and C are prevalent in this antioxidant rich berry and contribute to its ability to fight and reverse signs of aging.
Nutmeg Powder (Myristica Fragrans) - Nutmeg stimulates circulation, is antibacterial and antiseptic. Additionally nutmeg has been attributed as a cure for eczema and ringworm.
Oat Extract (Avena Sativa) - Oat extract is a natural anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory. Oat's soothing nature makes it an excellent addition to products for sensitive/irritated skin.
Olive Leaf/Seed Extract (Olea Europaea) - Olive extract is supercharged with antioxidants (polyphenols) which are amongst the most potent, natural free-radical scavengers.
Orange Extract (Citrus Auranium Dulcis) - Orange oil reduces puffiness and discouraged dry wrinkled skin. Orange stimulates circulations, clears blemishes and increases perspiration - thus assisting the release of toxins from dull skin.
Oregano Oil (Origanum Compactum) - Oregano is one of nature's very best antifungal and antimicrobial ingredients. This oil also restores shine to skin.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia Aquifolium) - Primarily used today as topical treatments for psoriasis, the anti-fungal nature of this ingredient lead it to be very effective in the fight against acne, athleteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foot and eczema.
Palm Oil (Isopropyl Palmitate) - The moisture content in Palm Oil is very beneficial for hair and skin. This oil contains lipids that deeply hydrate skin and hair and aids in the retention of moisture. Palm oil contains natural antibacterials that fight acne causing bacteria. Palm oil is also rich in Vitamin A and E.
Papaya Enzymes (Carica Papaya) - A good source of vitamin A, papaya is abundant in antioxidants. Papaya is also rich in a unique enzyme, papain. Papain is the leading ingredient in skin whitening due to its ability to both exfoliate the skin and the restorative properties brighten existing skin cells. This ingredient is antioxidant packed.
Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) - This refreshing fragrant oil is valued for its cooling, itch/pain relieving and antiseptic properties. Peppermint purifies sluggish skin and pores and is safe to use on oily skin. Peppermint is anti-inflammatory and regulates overactive oil production.
Pomegranate Oil (Punica Granatum) - Pomegranate's regenerative properties include: heightened cellular restoration, evening out of skin tone, scavenging free radicals and assisting in collagen production. This is another member of the 'Super Food' family and an ingredient rich in history.
Propolis (Resina Propoli) - Naturally derived bee resin is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and healing.
Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo) - Pumpkin is a great source of fruit enzymes and AHAs. These alpha hydroxy acids remove dead cells from the surface layer of the skin and allow/promote new cellular growth. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin A, which is the vitamin responsible for cellular turnover. This natural wonder also boasts high levels of vitamin C and E - as well as many influential minerals. Pumpkin also contains natural fatty acids that regulate oil production in the skin, which makes it great for oily/acneic skin and balancing for dry skin types.
Raspberry Extract (Rubus Idaeus) - Red Raspberry Oil is a superb antioxidant naturally high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Its high level of vitamin E is essential in skin repair and conditioning. Raspberry oil creates a lipid barrier providing protection for the skin, and aids in moisture retention.
Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) - This antioxidant rich ingredient contains magnesium, niacin, potassium and vitamin C. Red clover is ideal for preventing acne and treating skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and other rashes.
Rhubarb Extract (Rheum Palmatum) - This root extract is packed with vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E and K, not-to-mention calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, omegas and more! Rhubarb is a perfect addition to scrubs because of its ability to reinvigorate the skin with nutrients as dead/surface skin is being removed.
Rooibos Extract (Aspalathus Linearis) - The alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc contents in rooibos tea serve as powerful antioxidants which combat pimples, chronic acne, and sunburns.
Rosa Damascena Oil (Distillate) - This natural antiseptic/astringent also carries excellent emollient and hydrating properties. Rosa Oil is also very helpful in reducing broken capillaries and boosting poor circulation which helps even out complexion and tone up the skin.
Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina) - Rose Hip helps main pH balance, stimulates cell regeneration and has a calming effect on the skin - leaving the face more elastic and even.
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis) - High in antioxidants and a natural anti-inflammatory, Rosemary is the perfect extract to both keep products fresh and benefit the skin.
Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius) - Safflower oil is used as a lubricant with occlusive properties, meaning that it acts as a protective barrier to prevent moisture from leaving the skin. It softens dryness and smoothens out roughness. Safflower oil contains significant linoleic acid which draws out dirt and oil from the skin and also has a softening effect.
Salicylic Acid - Known as a beta-hydroxy acid, salicylic acid is gentle enough to use on all skin types. Salicylic acid gently removes the surface layers of skin thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin that is left behind is brighter, tighter, smoother and firmer.
Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosis) - Seaweed extract helps to reduce oil secretions from the glands in your skin to prevent acne. The extract improves the pH levels of the skin, while enhancing the natural glow, tone and texture due to its content of minerals.
Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum) - The vitamin E in sesame oil makes it an excellent emollient and moisturizer. The oil improves circulations which in turn repairs damaged skin cells, providing a natural healthy glow.
Schisandra (Schisandra Chinensis) - This ancient fruit from Eastern Asia traditionally used for toxin removal and intestinal cleansing is loaded with vitamins: A, B1, B2, C and E. Packed with minerals, lipids and antioxidants this little berry has all of the makings of a free radical warrior. Used for detoxification of the skin and cellular regeneration.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) - Shea butter is an effect skin emollient and skin smoother. It protects the skin against external aggressions and sunrays. Shea butter is renowned for its healing qualities and antioxidant properties.
Silk (Hydrolyzed) - Silk gives the skin a soft and velvety touch while also acting as a moisture-binding ingredient. Because of its low molecular weight silk penetrates surface layers of the skin and attracts/binds moisture at a cellular level.
Spirulina (Spirulina Maxima) - These algae is a powerhouse that has recently been making waves in the health and beauty industries. Spirulina is nature's richest source of vitamin E, contains 100 times more beta-carotene than a papaya, is the richest wholefood source of many B-vitamins, and is carrier to a superior balance of 18 amino acids. Antioxidant, vitamin and mineral rich, spirulina saturates the skin with a powerful anti-aging cocktail.
Squalane Oil (Squalene Oil) - This oil is olive derived and is broken into the smallest cellular structure possible, allowing it to penetrate deeper and faster into skin - without leaving an oily film. Squalane is nourishing, hydrating and boosts the skins ability to regenerate. Squalane Oil is also used to clear up difficult skin problems like eczema, dermatitis and skin cracks. Squalane fades fine lines and wrinkles, prevents pigmentation, lightens freckles and acne scars, improves overall skin texture and makes skin more supple.
Strawberry Extract (Fragaria Vesca) - Strawberries are packed with ellagic acid which prevents freckling and spots after UV exposure. It also appears that ellagic acid can reduce collagen destruction and even help regenerate skin cells. The powerful antioxidants in strawberries scavenge free radicals. Strawberry extract is also helpful in reducing over-oily skin.
Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum) - The juicy pulp of the sugar cane plant works as a natural alpha hydroxy acid. Sugar cane extract gently removes damaged, dead and dry cells so fresh, healthy-looking skin is revealed.
Sugar Maple Extract (Acer Saccharinum) - Derived from the Sugar Maple tree, this extract is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. By accelerating the exfoliation of outer dead skin cells a younger fresher layer of skin is revealed. AHAs stimulate collagen synthesis, boost skin elasticity and increase cell renewal.
Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) - Sunflower oil is rich in essential fatty acids. It is easily absorbed and can be used on all skin types. This oil is a natural hydrator and moisture retaining agent.
Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) - Almond oil is an excellent emollient and moisturizer. It relieves itchiness, soreness rashes, dryness, irritation and burns. Almond oil aides the skin keeping the proper balance of moisture in the skin and contains vitamins A, E and several of the B complex.
Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Tacamahaca) - Found throughout the South Pacific the oil derived from the nut kernel of the Tamanu fruit has been called 'a miracle'. This nutrient rich oil is used as treatment for: acne, burns, blisters, psoriasis, sunburn, dry/scaly skin, eczema, athlete's foot, foot/body odor, age spots and insect bites.
Tangerine Oil (Citrus Nobilis) - This powerful citrus fruit increases circulation, reduces fluid retention all while lightening and tightening surface skin with the powerful vitamin C and citric acid combination.
Tartaric Acid - Found naturally in grapes, apples, pears and tamarinds this natural alpha hydroxy acid is rich in antioxidants and helps remove dull, lifeless skin cells.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) - Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic with germicidal properties.
Vegetable Glycerin - Vegetable glycerin is a compound that comes from vegetable oil, usually palm or coconut. It has strong humectant properties, meaning it is able to retain moisture. Since vegetable glycerin is such a purified ingredient it is hypoallergenic, and also antibacterial. It speeds healing of acne/lesions and prevents further breakouts by keeping pores clear.
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene / Lycopene) - Known also as Retinol/Retinal is a powerful natural antioxidant and helps keep you protected from free-radicals and toxins which may cause damage to your skin. Known for its ability to reduce fine lines and fade age-spots, Vitamin A is a favorite ingredient.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - Vitamin B1 helps prevent the cross-linking of collagen and elastin in the skin, thus providing a smoother skin surface.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide / Niacin) - Vitamin B3 can be called the skin's bricklayer, because of its significant roll on both the 'bricks' and 'mortar' of the epidermis. B3 is a natural anti-inflammatory and protects the outer-layers of skin cells - all while promoting elastin and collagen production which lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) - Vitamin B5 has the innate ability to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin. B5 not only hydrates skin, but acts as a humectant which helps skin retain moisture. Additionally B5 enhances skin repair because of its ability to improve softness and elasticity of skin.
Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid / Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) - This amazing vitamin moisturizes, softens, exfoliates and cleanses skin, all while promoting collagen growth. This is perhaps one of the most important ingredients to look for in anti-aging skincare.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) - This antioxidant protects skin cells from ultraviolet light and other free radicals. Vitamin E reduces the appearance of age spots as well as gradually fills fine lines. It has been shown to reduce scar-forming tissue and helps prevent premature skin aging by blocking the lipid peroxidation responsible for cell membrane damage.
Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum Vulgare) - Wheat germ oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin E, and also has a high content of vitamins A and D. It improves circulation and helps skin cells that may have been damaged due to the sun. Wheat germ oil is known for its antioxidant properties which fight off free radicals.
White Tea (Camellia Sinensis) - White Tea protects skin from oxidative stress and cellular damage caused by the sun. White Tea has also been found to prevent the enzyme activity that causes the breakdown of elastin and collagen.
White Willow Bark (Salix Alba) - White Willow Bark contains a high amount of salicylic acid which causes dead/damaged skin to slough off more easily. The salicylic content prevents pore congestion and allows room for new cell growth.
Wintergreen Oil (Methyl Salicylate) - Wintergreen oil increases blood circulation and the contraction of muscles and skin which gives firmness and lift to the skin.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) - A powerful antioxidant, Witch Hazel is packed with enzymes that aid in reducing inflamed cells. This natural astringent is central in any organic acne treatment.