Ingredients Glossary

Learn all about what’s in your skincare and what each ingredient really does for your skin. Build your skincare ingredient knowledge so you can make the best decision for your needs.

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A

Acerola Extract
Malpighia Glabra Fruit Extract

A natural fruit extract with a high concentration of VItamin C, Beta-Carotene and other antioxidants. Helps to even skin tone, add hydration and protect free radical damage.

Adenosine

Naturally present in our bodies this ingredient aids in improving the appearance of aging and strengthening the skin. Helps to stimulate collagen production and protect collagen from damage. Has been shown to have skin healing properties.

Allantoin

An ingredient that naturally occurs in our skin and is known for its soothing and healing properties. Helps hydrate and strengthen skin. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Algae

There are a wide range of Algae, all with different properties. Most have Antioxidant, skin soothing and hydrating properties that are very beneficial for dry, sensitive or damaged skin.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Barbadensis, Aloe Leaf Extract

An antioxidant that soothes, hydrates and reduces inflammation. Works by locking moisture in the skin and helps to promote healing in compromised skin.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Thioctic Acid, A-Lipoic Acid

An antioxidant that minimises the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, redness, puffiness and helps with uneven skin tone. Neutralises cell-damaging free radicals and initiates cell repair to prevent aging and skin damage. Regenerates other antioxidants for further protection.

Argan Oil
Argania Spinosa

A natural, plant oil that is full of Fatty Acids and Antioxidants. These help to smooth, hydrate and protect the skin from damage and irritation.

Arginine
l-arginine

An amino acid with antioxidant properties that helps to boost hydration levels, boost collagen and protect from free radicals.

Asiatic Acid

Extracted from Centella Asiatica, this shares a lot of the same characteristics of the original plant but is better at healing and stimulating fibroblast cells and collagen. This helps to  heal wounds and minimise the apearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Asiaticoside

A natural component of Centella Asiatica, this ingredient shares all the perks of the original extract but with more antioxidant capabilities. This will help protect your skin and may help with texture and skin tone.

B

Bamboo
Bambusa vulgaris 

A plant extract with excellent skin soothing abilities. Packed with antioxidants to protect the skin.

Bentonite Clay

A natural clay created from volcanic ash with excellent absorption capabilities. Reduces oil, clarifies skin and minimise pore size.

Beta Glucan

Improves skin quality by reducing redness, soothing irritation and protecting from external aggressors. 

C

Caffeine

Helps to firm, brighten, reduce puffiness and redness, especially around the eye area. Penetrates the skin and constricts blood vessels which aids in decreasing puffiness, redness and the appearance of dark circles caused by visible blood vessels.

Calamine

Helps to absorb oil and dry out acne. Commonly used as a treatment for acne, rashes and insect bites because of its soothing and drying abilities.

Centella Asiatica
Hydrocotyl, Gotu Kola, Pennywort, Tiger Grass, Cica 

A natural ingredient rich in antioxidants and amino acids that helps restore moisture, calm redness and improve texture. Helps to improve the skin’s natural barriers and retain moisture levels.

Ceramides

A lipid (fatty acid) that restores the integrity of the skin, replenishes skin hydration and can improve texture. Naturally occuring in your skin, ceramides help rebuild the structures of the skin which will retain hydration to plump, hydrate and promote cell regeneration.

Charcoal

Detoxifies, absorbs oil and mattifies skin. Gently draws out oil and impurities from the skin, leaving skin clear and matte.

Collagen

Plumps, hydrates and smoothes skin. naturally found in your skin, collagen assists with elastin to smooth lines and plump skin.

Copper
Copper gluconate

Firms skin, minimises the appearance of wrinkles and helps with elasticity. Supports the natural collagen and elastin in our skin to improve the appearance of aging skin.

Coq10
Coenzyme Q10, ubiquinone

An antioxidant that firms skin, neutralises free radicals and replenishes other antioxidants to protect skin from aging. COQ10 also boosts our natural CoQ10 levels, leaving skin smoother and more youthful.

F

Ferulic Acid

An antioxidant that fights free radicals to protect skin from damage, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Boosts the effects of other antioxidants.

G

Galactomyces

A yeast derived ingredient praised for its ability to brighten discolouration and hyperpigmentation. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier which helps protect from damage and prevents skin from losing hydration.

Glycerin

Restores and replenishes compromised skin and hydrates dry skin. Protects the outer barrier of the skin from external damage and prevents moisture loss. Draws moisture into the skin from the environment to hydrate.

Glycolic Acid

An Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that lifts dead skin, softens skin and reduces the appearance of skin damage, texture, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, large pores and acne. Lifts dead skin on the surface of the skin, leaving healthy, new skin. Deeply penetrates the skin to stimulate cell regeneration and improve skin texture and tone, resulting in brighter, smoother, healthier skin.

Green Tea
Camellia sinensis

A powerful antioxidant that protects from damage, soothes redness and hydrates dehydrated skin. Neutralises harmful free radicals that enter into our skin. Helps to calm and nourish compromised skin.

Guava Extract
Psidium guajava fruit extract

Helps to build a healthy skin barrier and protect from irritation. Full of natural antioxidants to reduce the risk of free radical damage.

H

Heartleaf
Houttuynia Cordata

A natural plant extract with soothing and cell protecting properties. An antioxidant that helps protect the skin from environmental aggressors. Believed to be anti-inflammatory which helps to minimise skin irritation and redness.

Honey

Soothes and protects skin that has been damaged from environmental factors. Helps to promote healing in skin and can help with skin that is experiencing acne.

Hyaluronic Acid
Sodium Hyaluronate, HA, Hyaluronan

Replenishes lost moisture in dehydrated skin. Naturally occuring in your skin, hyaluronic acid holds it weight in water by up to 1000 times and when applied to the skin helps to hydrate and plump skin.

J

Japanese Camellia Seed Oil

Helps to hydrate, calm and protect the skin. Rich in Omega 9, Vitamins A, C, D and E and Fatty Acids and is very similar to the oil our skin produces naturally. 

Japanese Hot Spring Water
Onsen-Sui

Water from the hot springs in japan that helps calms redness and rehydrate skin.

Jojoba Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis

A gentle, hydrating oil shown to have skin repairing properties because of its rich fatty acids. The texture is very similar to our natural sebum so it is very effective at penetrating the skin to deliver the benefits.

K

Kaolin Clay

A natural clay with excellent absorption properties. Helps to remove excess oil, draw out impurities and minimise pore size.

L

Lactic Acid

An Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that helps lifts dead skin, softens and improves the appearance of skin. Helps to brighten and give the skin a more healthy, youthful appearance. Used regularly it can help even improve skin discolouration, scarring and texture.

Lactobacillus

A soothing probiotic that helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier and protect from skin aggressors. It helps the skin stay happy and healthy.

Lauric Acid

A Fatty Acid that gently cleanses and soothes the skin. Derived from natural oils like coconut or palm kernel, there is some research suggesting this has antimicrobial properties.

Lanolin

Soothes and hydrates very dry or irritated skin. Helps to nourish compromised skin and retain hydration.

Licorice

Calms irritated skin and gently brightens dull skin. Great at nourishing very red and compromised skin. 

M

Macadamia Seed Oil
Macadamia Integrifolia

 A plant oil that is full of nourishing fatty acids that help to protect and renew the skin. It contains a rare fatty acid called Palmitoleic acid that melts into the skin and leaves it smooth and plump. 

Madecassic Acid

Naturally found in Centella Asiatica, this ingredient shares all the benefits of the original plant but with a higher concentration of the soothing and healing abilities. Helps minimise inflammation and irritation of the skin.

Madecassoside

Naturally found in Centella Asiatica, this ingredient shares a lot the benefits of the original plant but is even better at targeting texture and tone. Great at helping with hyperpigmentation.

Matricaria
Chamomile, Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria recutita, Matricaria chamomilla

A natural flower extract with the ability to soothe and protect the skin. Packed full of antioxidants to prevent the damage of skin cells.

Meadowfoam Oil
Limnanthes alba

A plant oil with a high concentration of Fatty Acids which allows it to be very nourishing and protecting on the skin. It also contains compounds that stop the enzymes that break down Collagen and help prevent cellular damage from the sun. 

Mugwort
Artemisia Vulgaris

A natural plant extract that helps to soothe and protect the skin. Packed full of antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage and helps to improve overall skin health.

Myristic Acid

A Fatty Acid with the ability to deeply cleanse and remove oil and dirt from the skin. Creates a foaming texture when used with water and is quite a strong cleanser.

N

Niacinamide

A powerhouse antioxidant that restores the skin’s moisture, helps with anti-aging, texture, tone and acne prone skin. Restores the skin’s natural barriers to protect from moisture loss, irritation and dehydration. Helps to minimise the size of pores and the excess production of oil. Improves the appearance of uneven skin and brightens dull skin. Used regularly, Niacinamide can even soften fine lines and wrinkles.

O

Olive Fruit Oil
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Helps hydrate and protect the skin. Full of fatty acids and antioxidants to minimise irritation and skin damage.

P

Palmitic Acid
Hexadecanoic acid

A fatty acid that works great as either a cleansing agent or a moisturiser. Helps to protect the skin’s natural barrier and maintain hydration.

Panthenol
Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid

Helps add moisture to the skin and prevents loss of water. Helps to calm red skin.

Peptides

Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, plumps skin and firms skin. Restores the proteins in the skin to improve the overall appearance of  aging skin. 

Propanediol

Helps to draw moisture into the skin and hold it there, re-hydrating the skin. Enhances other ingredients ability to penetrate the skin.

Propolis

Helps to strengthen and protect skin that has been damaged. Has been shown to help improve irritation, acne and signs of aging.

Purslane
Portulaca Oleracea

A plant extract that is great at protecting the skin and has been shown to improve healing and calming in damaged skin. Naturally high in Vitamins A, C and E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and other skin loving minerals. It’s been proven to stimulate cell repair and reduce inflammation in the skin.

R

Red Tea Extract
Rooibos Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract

A natural extract with high levels of antioxidants, vitamin D and zinc. Helps protect the skin from free radical damage and soothe irritation.

Retinol

A powerhouse antioxidant that helps with many common aging concerns. Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, firms and improves the overall appearance of skin. Research shows that retinol can also minimise pore size and skin texture.

S

Salicylic Acid

A Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that addresses concerns of acne prone skin, including pore size, oil production, blackheads and acne spots. BHA penetrates pores and exfoliates inside the pore lining and the surface of the skin. Helps to gentle clear existing acne and prevent new breakouts. Minimises pore size and maintains stable oil production.

Shea Butter
Butyrospermum parkii

A rich, emollient ingredient that helps re-hydrate and protect dry, irritated skin. Full of fatty acids and antioxidants to restore compromised skin.

Snail Secretion Filtrate

 Helps promote healing in damaged skin and improve hydration dry skin. Shown to have great anti aging and anti acne properties because of the healing benefits.

Squalane

An antioxidant that is very similar to our natural oils that can restore lost hydration, calm redness and smooth skin. Full of fatty acids, squalane restores the skin’s natural barrier and help skin maintain moisture. Can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Stearic Acid
Octadecanoic Acid

A fatty acid with the ability to both gently cleanse and hydrate the skin. Helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss and dehydration.

Sunflower Seed Oil
Helianthus Annuus

A natural oil that is high in fatty acids that help to strengthen the skin’s natural barriers to keep skin smooth, hydrated and healthy. High in Linoleic acid.

T

Tea Tree Oil
Melaleuca Alternifolia, 

A natural plant extract that is known to help kill bacteria and fungus. This is great in low concentrations to kill acne causing bacteria in the skin.

V

Vitamin C
L-Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid

An excellent antioxidant to help brighten, smooth and even skin. Helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and discolouration. Aids in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin E
Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol

A compound naturally found in our body that helps strengthen the skin and promote healing. Full of antioxidants to protect the skin from free radical damage.

W

Willow Bark
Salix Nigra

A plant extract that is full of antioxidants to protect from cell damage and Salicin which as anti inflammatory properties. It may help to balance oil product, reduce pore size and lightly exfoliate.