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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. Allantoin is found in many personal care products - deodorants and antiperspirants, shaving products and hair care products – since it is both inexpensive and effective. Allantoin stimulates cell proliferation and contributes to both external and internal wound healing and because of this Allantoin 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


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.

Carnosine (L-Carnosine)

L-Carnosine in Skin Care: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, glycation inhibitor

L carnosine, is an amino acid that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as the potential to inhibit advanced glycation end-products (AGE). Carnosine accelerates and improves healing. It also prevents cross-linking of collagen and other proteins in the dermis, one of the causes of wrinkles and loss of elasticity brought about by aging and exposure to UV (sunlight). Carnosine is also an antioxidant and seems to improve the immune response. This natural peptide also has a relatively new trade name, Beta Alistine™, but research into its beneficial effects on healing go back to the 1980s.

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

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is a dipotassium salt of Glycyrrhizic Acid. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is used as a skin conditioning agent with anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can inhibit the leuco triene and reduce histamine. It has been widely used in the dermatological medicine in topical applications. 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.


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 seakelp biofermentl, but this powder fucoidan is standardized for 85% of the active ingredient.
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 Proanthocyanidins

Grape Seed extract with 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 extract is standardized for the flavanoid Proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins are flavonoids that protect capillary walls and inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen (collagenase), hyaluronic acid (hyaluronidase) and elastin (elastase). Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins act as anti-inflammatory, antihistamines, antiallergenic, and as major free radical scavengers. Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins promote tissue elasticity, help heal injuries, reduce swelling and edema, restore collagen and improve peripheral circulation. Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins prevent bruising, strengthen weak blood vessels and reduce histamine production.
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, glycation inhibitor and repair

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 (Jiaogulan)

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.
Hesperidin methyl chalcone
Hesperidin methyl chalcone in Skin Care: anti oxidant, anti inflammatory

We started selling Hesperidin methyl chalcone due to many customer requests.  There is research supporting its ORAL use as an aid to venous (vein) problems, by lowering the filtration rate of capillaries ( less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin potentially means that less hemoglobin would be oxygenated to cause the dark bluish discoloration under the eyes) However, there is no substantiated research proving that it will have this effect when this ingredient is applied topically.
Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate powder)

Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate powder) in skin care:  moisturizer & humectant, glycation inhibitor and repair, anti inflammatory

Hyaluronic Acid is a skin hydrating bioactive ingredient which binds large quantities of water together giving the skin a firm appearance. As we get older, the skin’s ability to produce its own Hyaluronic Acid reduces. The cells and tissues contain less water so the skin has less firmness and structure. The special enzymatic manufacturing process cuts Hyaluronic Acid into small fragments which makes it easier to penetrate into the skin to increase the skin's ability to bind water. Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate, Hyaluronan, NaH) is therefore a powerful moisturizer and humectant for homemade skin care formulas. With its humectants properties it may be used in many types of recipes.

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.
Oat Beta Glucan (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.

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, glycation inhibitor and repair

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. 
Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil in Skin Care: moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, sun damage repair, anti oxidant, stimulate collagen production

Pomegranate Seed Oil has excellent moisturizing, protective and nourishing properties. It is wonderful oil for mature and aging skin, and is soothing to dry, irritated or sunburned skin. It contains a high amount of conjugated fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. The specific fatty acid in pomegranate seed oil is Punicic Acid. Our cold pressed pomegranate contains a minimum of 70% punicic acid. In addition, pomegranate oil is said to help with collagen production, acts as a free radical scavenger and boost restoration and repair of the skin. BulkActives' oils are cold pressed, without the use of solvents or chemicals.

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 (Seakelp ferment)

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. Our  Sea Kelp Bioferment can be used as a great nutritional active or as a skin care base for our other active ingredientss. Iit is perfect base for users with oily skin types as it moisturizes without supplying extra oil. It is also very effective for normal and dry skin, as it is a powerful nutritive moisturizer. From creams to serums to washes, it is the perfect active for almost any purpose. NEW Green Preservative formulation: Paraben AND Phenoxyethanol free.

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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.
Squalane Olive Oil

Squalane Olive Oil in Skin Care: anti oxidant, moisturizer, anti inflammatory

Squalane Olive Oil is a light and stable version of olive oil squalene, hydrogenated to make it stable and non-oxidative. Squalene is found naturally in the sebum of human skin and is believed to lubricate and protect skin. Squalane Olive Oil boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation. Olive Squalane helps prevent formation of age spots. ·Squalane Olive Oil heals chapped and cracked skin. Olive Squalane has antibacterial properties. Olive Squalane helps prevent UV damage to skin. Squalane Olive Oil helps skin to retain it's natural oils. Olive Squalane speeds the healing of skin. Squalane Olive Oi helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Olive Squalanel imparts relief to dehydrated, and ultra-sensitive, skin. Squalane Olive Oil softens the most rough-textured skin, leaving no oily residue. Olive Squalane is helpful in counteracting conditions of eczema, psoriasis, and post-operative skin. Squalane Olive Oil is highly stable against oxidation.
Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocopherols 95%

Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols 95% in Skin Care: anti oxidant, sun damage protection, sun damage repair, moisturizing & hydration, anti inflammatory

Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols 95 is a 95% active blend of natural mixed tocopherols isolated from the distillate of soybean oil and concentrated to contain naturally occurring d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols. These are NATURA tocopherols, they are NOT the synthetic, racemix dl-tocopherol or dl-tocopheryl acetate.  Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols 95% protect the epidermis from early stages of ultraviolet light damage, increasing the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients (as in SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic), reduce the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress, prevent the peroxidation of fats, a leading source of cell membrane damage in the body, reduce transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin's barrier function, protect the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process, reduce the severity of sunburn.
Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocotrienols 25%

Vitamin E mixed Tocotrienols in Skin Care: anti oxidant, sun damage repair, sun damage protection, moisturizing & hydration, anto inflammatory

Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols 25 is a 25 % active blend of natural alpha tocopherol and alpha tocotrienol, beta tocotrienol, delta tocotrienol, and gamma tocotrienol, isolated from the distillate of palm oil and concentrated to contain naturally occurring d-alpha tocopherols, and alpha tocotrienols, beta tocotrienols, delta tocotrienols, and gamma tocotrienols.  These are NATURAL tocotrienols, they are NOT synthetic. Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols protect the skin from early stages of UVA and UVB sun damage, they increase the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients (as in SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic), are an anti oxidant and reduce free radicals formation after skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress, prevent the peroxidation of fats, a leading source of cell membrane damage in the body, reduce transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthen the skin's barrier function, protect the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process, reduce the severity of sunburn.
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