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BulkActives are DIY skin care suppliers of skin actives, cosmetic ingredients, cosmeceuticals, active ingredients, and standardized botanical extracts for diy skin care products and homemade cosmetics.

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Allantoin in Skin Care: anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, stimulates cell proliferation

Allantoin is a soothing and moisturizing anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory agent. It is a non-toxic product that is used in creams for acne medication, anti-aging products and cosmetics. It is found in many personal care products - deodorants and antiperspirants, shaving products and hair care products – since it is both inexpensive and effective. It stimulates cell proliferation and contributes to both external and internal wound healing and because of this it is used as an ingredient in skin-astringent lotions, anti-Acne and anti-inflammatory products. Allantoin comes from the leaves and roots of comfrey roots but it can also be manufactured in the laboratory. The natural and synthetic forms of allantoin are exactly alike.


Alpha Bisabolol (Natural)

Alpha Bisabolol Natural in skin care:  anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-acne, anti-fungal, penetration enhancer, non-allergenic

Alpha Bisabolol, a derivative of M. chamomilla (German chamomile), helps administer active ingredients transdermally by enhancing skin penetration. The most important effects of Bisabolol are its anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-bacterial, and non-allergenic properties. Due to a severe world wide shortage of the raw material, this product is now extremely expensive and difficult to source. New generation, 100% pure, synthetic products are an option, but they are crazy $$$$

Alpha Lipoic Acid (RS-ALA)

Alpha Lipoic Acid in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, reduce fine lines and possibly wrinkles, sun damage repair, active ingredient in Perricone MD products

Alpha Lipoic Acid (RS-ALA) is an enzyme that is found in yeast, kidney, liver, spinach and broccoli amongst other sources. It is not only a powerful anti-oxidant but is also believed to have numerous anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are compounds that help the body stop or minimize the effects of oxidation on various body cells. When oxidization occurs, which is simply the reaction between substances and oxygen, it sometimes results in the release of free radicals. Free radicals are essentially unpaired that attack other molecules in an effort to achieve stability. Free radicals attack any neighboring cell structures, setting of chain reactions that result in cell mutations which often result in damage to the cell structures. Antioxidants such as Alpha Lipoic Acid are able to stop these reactions and save the body from these cellular changes.. Alpha Lipoic Acid is also a main ingredient in Perricone MD skin care products


Beta Glucan Oat (Beta 1-3, 1-4 Glucan)

Oat Beta 1-3, 1-4 Glucan in skin care:  anti-inflammatory, collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, scar care, wound healing suport

Beta 1-3, 1-4 Glucan (Oat) is used as an anti-inflammatory, for the promotion of collagen production, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and for scar and wound care. This skin care ingredient has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin, and has long been used for its healing affects.
Boswellia Serrata (Boswelic Acid)

Boswellia serrata in skin care:  anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, treat sun damage, sun dammage repair

Boswellia Serrata (Boswelic Acid) occurs naturally in the plant also known as, Boswellia serrata (N.O. Burseraceae) is a large, deciduous tree that is found in India. It is called “Dhup”, frankincense or olibanum. It is also found in Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia. It has been used in the preparation of cosmetics, incense, medicines, cosmetics and perfumes since ancient times and has been historically valued by the Egyptians, Hindus, Persians, Greek, Romans and the Europeans of Queen Victoria’s times. Boswellia Serrata has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been referred to as nature’s most powerful painkiller. Boswellia is therefore a good choice for an anti-inflammatory cream. Boswellia serrata may also be added to acne medications, and other recipes that require a non-steroidal anti inflammatory. This extract has been popularized as Boswelox™ by L’Oreal and its Wrinkle-de-crease.

Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola)

Centella asiatica in skin care:  collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage protection, sun damage repair, scar care, increase elasticity, anti-oxidant, increase moisture

Centella asiatica's (Gotu Kola) positive effect on connective tissue supports it's application in anti-aging cosmetics. Most of the signs of aging skin can be traced back to two conditions; the breakdown of the skin's natural moisture barrier and weakened collagen bundles. The addition of Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) to your anti-aging skin care treatments can have a dramatic positive impact on the underlying issue of collagen support. The first steps to creating effective anti-aging skin care treatments is improvement of the moisture barrier and providing collagen support. Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) is one of the most effective natural treatments for anti-aging skin care products where it offers dramatic improvement in general support of the skin's underlying structure, where healthy skin begins.

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (White Licorice)

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate in skin care: oil control, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant

White Liquorice extract (Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate) has properties that make it effective as an anti-inflammatory, and also for oil control. Most often it is used as an active ingredient that gets added to moisturizing creams for cosemeceutical purposes, but can also be found in hair-care applications.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba in skin care:  anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, collagen production, sun damage protection, sun damage repair

Ginkgo Biloba has been used in China and Japan for centuries for its healing properties. In DIY skin care the extract is often used in: anti-inflammatory recipes, as an anti-allergenic, to promote collagen production, and for sun damage protection and repair.

Glucosamine (N-Acetyl Glucosamine)

Glucosamine in skin care:  lightening & brightening, treat pigmentation, stimulate hyaluronic acid production, moisturize & hydrate, sun dammage repair, anti inflammatory

Glucosamine (N-acetyl-D) combined with Niacinamide is effective in reducing age spots and hyper pigmentation, as well as improving skin tone and correcting other problems with uneven pigmentation of the skin. It is also used in skin care for sun damage repair and to boost natural hyaluronic acid production.

Grape Seed (95% Proanthocyanidins)

Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, capillary health, increase skin elasticity, sun damage protection, sun damage repair, wound healing support

Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins 95% is a natural product that is used for many purposes in skin care products. You may find in recipes as an antioxidant, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, to promote capillary health, to increase skin elasticity, or for its UV protection and wound healing properties.
Green Tea (90% EGCG)

Green Tea and EGCG in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sun damage protection, improve skin elasticity, scar care, increase skin thickness

Green Tea EGCG for topical use in skin care have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea EGCG has  shown exceptional protective, and restorative properties against the sun's damaging rays. EGCG may also treat and prevent keloid scars, and improve skin elasticity. Active ingredient in Teamine™ and ReVive™ lines.
Gynostemma (95% Gynostemma)

Gynostemma in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sun damage repair

Gynostemma extract also referred to as Jiaogulan extract has properties that make it effective as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. This particular antioxidant has also been said to have aptogenic qualities.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Niacinamide in skin care:  anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, oil sebum control, lightening & brightening, sun damage repair & protection, prevent water loss in skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has many qualities that make it useful for acne medications, and for anti aging formulations. It has properties that make it effective for: anti contol, as an anti-inflammatory,  oil control, skin lightening, skin brightening, to increase ceramide levels, to prevent water loss in skin, and for its anti aging effects to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.

Phytosterols in Skin Care:  antioxidant, collagen production, lightening & brightening, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage repair, sun damage protection, dermatitis, atopic dermatitis,and psoriasis

Topical treatment with phytosterols may stop the slow-down of collagen and encourage new collagen production. Phytosterols also have anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory activity,  will help repair damaged ski,  regulate and normalize turnover of skin cells and improve dry skin. It can help with skin damage produced by radiotherapy, scars and keloids.

Pine Bark (95% Proanthocyanidins)

Pine bark Proanthocyanidins in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, capillary health, increase skin elasticity, sun damage protection, sun damage repair, wound healing support

Pine Bark Extract (95% Proanthocyanidins) has shown qualities that make it useful for antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, capillary health, to increase skin elasticity, for UV protection, and for healing. Since it both increases elasticity, and helps with blood flow, it is a good choice for anti aging formulations. The same as the Proanthocyanidins from Grape seed, only Pine bark has beter solubility in water.
Pomegranate (40% Ellagic)

Pomegranate extract in skin care:  antioxidant, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage protection, sun damage repair, wound healing support, lightening & brightening

Pomegranate Extract (40% Ellagic) protects against photoaging, supports skin cell regeneration, promotes healing, and prevents cancerous changes due to UV exposure. With those qualities, you will often find it as an ingredient in sun protection, and anti-aging recipes. 
Quercetin 99%

Quercetin in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, scar care, sun damage protection

Quercetin 99% can be found as an ingredient in skin care formulations intended for acne treatments, antioxidant formulas, and in UV protection skin care recipes. It also has properties that may make it useful in scar cream products.
Resveratrol (Trans-resveratrol 98%)

Resveratrol in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, lightening & brightening, sun damage repair

It seems that Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene), a polyphenolic antioxidant found in grapes and red wine, blocks UVB-mediated activation of the factor NFkappa-B, and this is the mechanism of protection against photocarcinogenesis. Resveratrol could be useful in the treatment of skin conditions including fungal infection and diabetic wounds. Trans-resveratrol 98% is the most bio active form of resveratrol available. Resveratrol is used in many home made skin care recipes. It is useful as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, for skin lightening & brightening, and for sun damage repair. Resveratol is a natural ingredient that can be found in many plants.
Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid)

Salicylic acid in skin care:  anti-acne & blackheads, anti-nflammatory, exfoliator, oil control, pore refinement, increase skin cells turnover, sun damage repair

Salicylic acid (Betha Hydroxy Acid) is a skin care ingredient that is used for acne prevention, blackhead treatments, to exfoliate, for oil control, as an anti-inflammatory, and for pore refinement. It is also known to increase skin cell turnover to help repair sun damage.

Sea Kelp BioFerment

Sea Kelp Ferment in skin care:  skin serum base, shampoo base, nutrition, moisturizer, mask, hair conditioner, shaving gel, anti-inflammatory

Sea Kelp bioFerment (also know as seakelp ferment) is a natural kelp extract that is obtained using traditional fermentation technology. The fermentation process increases the bioavailability of many chemical compounds and allows for the isolation and concentration of naturally occurring phytochemicals. Sea Kelp BioFerment is an excellent moisturizer. It can be used in personal care products such as: creams and lotions, toners, shampoo, and hair conditioners. Seakelp BiofFerment can be used pure as a mask and even as a shaving gel. Sea Kelp BioFerment can be mixed with creams or diluted with distilled water to provide an incredible base for most skin care needs. Sea kelp BioFerment is an amazingly versatile product that provides nutrition and has great anti-inflammatory properties.


Silymarin in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sun damage protection, sun damage repair

Silymarin 80% is a natural skin care ingredient taken from the milk thistle plant. There are many studies that show it to be effective as an anti-oxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and for UV protection and repair. Research has shown that silymarin can help the skin recover from damage by UV light and chemical carcinogenics like benzoyl peroxide, immunosupression by UV, inflammation, oxidative stress, and it can even stop non-melanoma skin cancer in some cases. Due to the prevalence of benzoyl peroxide in acne treatments (like ProActiv) and the enormous number of people that suffer from acne at some point in their lives, this could be an important active ingredient to prevent complications down the road. Add our Silymarin to your favorite recipe to reverse some of the damage caused by repeated exposure to benzoyl peroxide.
Soy Isoflavones

Soy Isoflavones in skin care:  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, lightening & brightening, sun damage protection, stimulate HA production

Isoflavones are polyphenolic compounds capable of exerting estrogen-like effects, meaning they will bind (weakly) to the estrogen receptors on the surface of your skin cells. Around menopause, skin responds to the decrease in hormone concentration with an overall metabolic slow-down. Skin becomes drier and thinner, and its efficiency as a barrier between body and environment decreases. Women who opt out of hormone replacement or never start hormone replacement will benefit from adding this active ingredient to their usual cream or lotion. There are several independent risk factors of wrinkles: age, exposure to sunlight, menopause, skin color, and smoking. The decrease in skin collagen due to estrogen deficiency in post-menopausal women is likely to aggravate the severity of wrinkles. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) decreases the risks of wrinkling. In the absense of HRT, utilize our Soy Isoflavones in your skin care regimen to achieve a similar effect on aging skin. Soy Isoflavones has properties that make it useful for:  antioxidant recipes, as an anti-inflammatory, skin lightening & skin brightening formulations, and to protect against sun damage.

Fucoidan in Skin Care: stimulate collagen production, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, increase skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, anti-inflammatory.

Fucoidan will increase the density of collagen bundles (increase collagen production) decrease activity of proteases (enzymes that break down dermal proteins), increase scavenging of free radicals and cell proliferation. Fucoidans may also help with wound healing. Fucoidan is also present in our sea kelp coral, but this powder fucoidan is standardized for 85% of the active ingredient.
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