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D N Bay
The best, most potent and most stable form of Vitamin C. Makes quite a difference to the appearance of mature, photo-damaged skin - don't expect results over night but with consistent use your skin will look more even and radiant!.. ...»
Judy
This ingredient has done more for my skin than anything else I've ever used. I put it into a spray facial toner and use it morning and night. I noticed the effects immediately, they were that dramatic. I will use this forever, no question... ...»
Marie
This product is amazing! I'm new to diy moisturizing cream and I've done quite a bit of research. However, I found info. at BulkActives that I have not seen anywhere else, especially with the hyaluronic acid. This product is of high quality, my friend is a chemist and he ran some tests, very high quality. It has done wonders for my skin, not only in the way it looks more healthy but it just feels so smooth and hydrated. I'm still experimenting with some recipes so I will return. Your service is .. ...»
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Raisa
As all products from bulkactives, this is a really great and high-quality DYI ingredient. Along with John's friendly, reliable and very efficient service, it makes a purchase from bulkactives a very pleasant experience... ...»
Sandra
I've been using Bulkactives green tea EGCG for four years. No complaints, it blends nicely my DIY anti-aging cream. I can feel a bit of toning and definitely notice the anti-inflammatory effects on my skin. Two observations that keep the rating 4 stars instead of 5: (1) A package of green tea contains significantly less weight/volume than the package of grape seed extract that I order from bulkactives. The two are combined in equal amounts in the anti-aging cream, so I find myself running o.. ...»
Theresa Andrews
I mixed it with some other water actives like Glucosamine, Niacinamide, Glutathione etc into the Pre Liposome Microemulsion and the serum was very smooth and moisturizing. As it claims, it penetrates into the skin very well. I will mix it with oil soluble actives in my next batch. .. ...»
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Increase skin elasticity (elastin) in skin care

Elastin is an amorphous, insoluble and highly elastic protein located in the connective tissue that allows epithelial tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched and is also an important load-bearing tissue in the bodies of vertebrates and used in places where mechanical energy is required to be stored. Elastin serves an important function in arteries as a medium for pressure wave propagation to help blood flow and is particularly abundant in large elastic blood vessels such as the aorta. Elastin is also very important in the lungs, elastic ligaments, the skin, and the bladder, elastic cartilage [1].
 
Elastic fibers represent one of the essential components of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of connective tissue having the main responsibility of conferring flexibility, resilience and elasticity to the skin and skin-like structures.  Elastic fibers have two components: elastin which is the main and microfibrils. Elastin is produced by fibroblasts from a precursor called tropoelastin – the most common cells of connective tissue – also responsible for production of collagen and for forming the extracellular matrix. Elastin is also produced by endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle cells.
 
Elastin is genetically encoded by a gene called ELN and it mainly consists of hydrophobic amino acids such as glycine, valine and proline and cross-linked into a mesh by hydrophilic amino-acids such as lysine – forming a three-dimensional structure vital in providing firmness and flexibility to the skin [3].
 
Though very important in maintaining young aspect of the skin via elasticity and flexibility, elastin only recently became a real focus in dermatology and cosmetology and seems to have the same importance as the much more popular fibroblast produced protein – collagen. Elastin production mechanisms peak in newborns and then constantly decrease along the years, becoming almost non-existent in late adulthood, the dynamic of this evolution being still unclear [2].  Chronically aged skin constantly loses the three dimensional matrix of the dermal structural proteins elastin and collagen leading to a thinner, looser, wrinkled and saggy skin. Photoaging, as a result to unprotected and prolonged sun exposure only accelerate these processes [4].
 
Elastin is fascinating and although its biologic role is clear cosmetic dermatology, procedures to interact with its producing mechanisms are only beginning to emerge. It’s known that collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA), and elastin bind each other and make up a three-dimensional structure that is impaired in aged skin and in theory boosting up these components should give skin a younger appearance and maintain it. However, new elastin production does not occur in adulthood and delivering elastin to the dermis is not an easy process. While trying to increase
production of elastin in adults will surely be a focus of cosmetic dermatology research in the future, right now results are being obtained [2] [5]
 
Because of their small molecules that makes dermis penetration possible and their strong antioxidant properties retinoids, especially the tretinoin form of Vitamin A, are believed to be effective in restoring and preserving skin elasticity through boosting the remodeling via elastin and repair via collagen the connecting tissue [6][7]. A natural source of vitamin A is the rosehip oil, a traditional ingredient in cosmetic dermatology. Topical use of rosehip oil showed wrinkle reducing in photoaged skin, elasticity restoration in scared skin and burned skin [8].  
 
Advanced research on skin elasticity loss, especially due to aging showed that the collagen-elastin-hyaluronic acid is excessively scavenged by matrix metalloproteinases (MMP). The MMPs play an important role in tissue remodeling associated with various physiological or pathological processes. Basically MMP deconstructs structures including the extracellular matrix through several mechanisms with the purpose of regulating cell behaviour [9]. Even though MMP are important and cannot be consider as the anti-hero when it comes to skin elasticity numerous studies proved that during the aging process the balance between fibroblasts activity and  the MMP antagonist activity is lost. The fibroblasts produce very little or even no elastin while the MMP continue to degrade it with a constant rate. This led to a new approach to maintaining elastin levels – using inhibitors for the MMPs involved in its degrading.
 
There are several actives that proved to be both MMP inhibitors and an adjuvant in increasing skin elasticity by collateral mechanisms such as stimulating fibroblasts production and increasing fibroblasts metabolism.
 
Topical ascorbic acid is known to have a role in stimulating fibroblasts production, thus enhancing the capacity of elastin and collagen production. Studies have shown wrinkle reduction especially in photodamaged skin [10] [11].
 
Fucoidan, a dietary fiber extracted from the brown seaweed, showed promising result in reducing skin thickness and increasing elasticity when topically applied thus a perfect ingredient for anti-aging products. [12].
 
Glucosamine, a hyaluronic acid precursor also showed results in augmenting skin elasticity by increasing fibroblasts metabolism. Glucosamine has shown results especially in restoring the elasticity of injured skin [13] [14] .
                                                                                                                                    
Soy Isoflavones  are known to have a rejuvenation effect and restore skin elasticity due to its similar structure to estrogen. As phytoestrogens, soy isoflavones are effective mainly in menopausal women. [15]
 
It’s also a common believe that actives that stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) production may also play a role in maintaining the elastin levels, due to the fact that they are all component of the extracellular matrix three-dimensional structures. Several topical ingredients such as niaciamide (Vitamin B3), lactic acid, white willow bark extract, centella asiatica extract, palmytol oligopeptide, wheat germ oil extract, ginkgo biloba extract play roles in increasing skin elasticity through fibroblasts increased collagen and HA production,  and promising for further studies in elastin production and preservation.
 
Skin elasticity is also preserved by reducing the transepidermal water loss (TEWL) since barrier function also fluctuates with age [16]. Thus, hydration and moisturizing agents such as oils extracted from baobab, olive, wheat germs, seeds of pomegranate, grape seed and others are successfully used to maintain skin elasticity

References

[1] E.H. Sage, W.R. Gray, "Evolution of elastin structure". Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 79, pp: 291–312, 1977
[2] L. Bauman, “Cosmetic Dermatology – Principles and Pactice”, second edition, ISBN: 978-0-07-16418-9
[3] S.E. Reichheld, L.D. Muiznieks, R. Stahl, K. Simonetti, S. Sharpe, F.W. Keeley, “Conformational transitions of the cross-linking domains of elastin during self-assembly”, J Biol Chem, 289, pp:10057-68, 2014
[4] C.Burgess, ”Cosmetic Dermatology”, ISBN 3-540-23064-5 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2005
[5] A.S. Weiss, “The science of Elastin”, Elastagen, 2011
[6] K.G. Bergstrom, “Beyond tretinoin: cosmeceuticals for aging skin”, J DruDermatol, 8, pp:674-677, 2009
[7] L.H. Kircik, “Histologic improvement in photodamage after 12 months of treatment with tretinoin emollient cream (0.02%). J Drugs Dermatol, 11, pp:1036-1040, 2012
[8] B. A. Hopkins, “Rosehip Oil — Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa,” http://mettamassagetherapy.com/reprints/rosehip_oil.pdf
[9] P.A.M. Snoek-van Beurden, J.W. Von den Hoff JW, "Zymographic techniques for the analysis of matrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors", BioTechniques, 38, pp:73–83, 2005
[10] S. S. Traikovich, “Use of topical ascorbic acid and its effects on photodamaged skin topography,” Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg, 125, pp.:1091–1098, 1999.
[11]   T.-H. Xu, J. Z. S. Chen, Y.-H. Li, Y. Wu, Y.-J. Luo, X.-H. Gao, and H.-D. Chen, “Split-face study of topical 23.8% L-ascorbic acid serum in treating photo-aged skin,” J. Drugs Dermatol. JDD, 11, pp:51–56, 2012.
[12]   T. Fujimura, K. Tsukahara, S. Moriwaki, T. Kitahara, T. Sano, Y. Takema, “Treatment of human skin with an extract of Fucus vesiculosus changes its thickness and mechanical propertie”, Journal of cosmetic science, 53, pp:1-9, 2002
[13] B.A. Green, B.L. Edison, R.H. Wildnauer, and R.H. Hwu, “Derivatives of Sugar Compounds Provide Anti-Aging Effects,” Amer Acad of Dermatol Poster Exhibit: Washington, DC, February 2004.
[14] A. Połubinska, J. Cwalinski, E. Baum, and A. Brezborowicz, “N-Acetylglucosamine modulates function of the skin fibroblasts,”International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 35, pp: 472– 476, 2013.
[15] Hall G, Phillips TJ, “Estrogen and skin: The effects of estrogen, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy on the skin”, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 53, pp:555-5668, 2005
[16] L. Tavares , L. Palma , O.  Santos , A.  Almeida , A. Bujan , L. Monteiro Rodrigues, “Relationship between skin hydration and elasticity in normal weighted subjects and the influence of age”, Biomedical and Biopharmaceutical Research, 9,  pp:191-198, 2012
 
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Ascorbyl Glucoside (Ascorbic Acid 2- Glucoside)
Ascorbyl glucoside (AA-2G) is a vitamin derivative, produced biologically by the reaction between glucose and vitamin C. This addition confers greater stability, compared to relatively unstable pure ascorbic acid, thus allowing for wide usage in pharmacy and cosmetics. AA-2G retains the antioxidant properties of the unmodified vitamin, therefore it is used to prevent radiation damage, cell senescence and skin darkening. It also promotes collagen synthesis, as well as cell proliferation – these mechanisms help improve the appearance of the skin and reduce wrinkles. Furthermore, since AA-2G does not release ascorbic acid instantly, all the listed positive effects are sustained longer and the possibility of adverse effects is reduced, compared to using pure ascorbic acid. All these qualities make AA-2G the most attractive vitamin C derivative for cosmetic use.

Key benefits of Ascorbyl glucoside (AA-2G)  in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [10] [16]
  • Lightening and brightening [14]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [14]
  • Sun damage repair [10] [16]
  • Sun dammage protection [7] [9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [3] [13]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [12]
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Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)

Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) is a molecule derived from vitamin C and isopalmitic acid. Pure vitamin C has several drawbacks for cosmeceutical use, most important of which is the low stability. Chemically modified vitamin molecules are more stable, and pure vitamin is released from the derivatives inside the body. Therefore, the effects of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate are similar to those of vitamin C, most importantly it is able to act as an antioxidant. Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate reduces the production of oxidizing agents, which contribute to cell damage after exposure to UV or chemical hazards. This effect is even stronger in the modified molecule than in pure vitamin C. Additionally, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate protects against DNA damage and skin darkening caused by UV exposure. Finally, skin visual appearance is also improved by Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, as it promotes collagen synthesis and acts as a hydrating agent in reducing skin roughness.

Key benefits of Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [1] [2] [7]
  • Sun damage repair [2]
  • Antioxidant [1] [6]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [5]
  • Stimulate collagen production [2]
  • Lightening & brightening [1]
  • treat hyperpigmentation [1]
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Baobab Oil Organic
Baobab seed oil is a highly moisturizing and skin smoothing therapeutic. It is rich in fatty acids, particularly linoleic [omega-6] and oleic [omega-9] acids. These fatty acids help restore the barrier function of skin, especially thin, aged skin. Baobab seed oil also contains healthy vitamins A, D, E, and F that rejuvenate skin. In addition to moisturizing, baobab seed oil aids in wound healing, collagen production, sun damage protection and repair, and can prevent wrinkles. It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties. Overall, baobab seed oil can improve the softness and strength of all skin types, even irritated skin.

Key benefits of Baobab oil in skin care:

  • Moisturizing and hydration  [5] [9] [10] [11]
  • Restore barrier function [5] [6] [7] [9] [13]
  • Anti-inflammatory [5] [8] [9] [11]
  • Wound healing support [5] [9] [11]
  • Anti-bacterial [5] [6] [7]
  • Anti-oxidant [5] [9]
  • Increase skin elasticity [5] [9]
  • Anti-acne [5]
  • Sun damage protection [4]
  • Sun damage repair [5]
  • Oil/sebum control [11]
  • Stimulate collagen production [4]
BulkActives' oils are cold pressed, without the use of solvents or chemicals.

 
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Carnitine (L-Carnitine)

Carnitine is a naturally occurring substance, necessary for fat and glucose metabolism in human body cells. Primary function of carnitine in pharmacy is the reduction of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are proteins, damaged by reactions with sugars, therefore glycation is most prominent in diabetes patients. It also occurs in many other diseases, as well as natural ageing processes. Dermal carnitine applications reduce the level of glycated collagen and promote synthesis of new protein. Since it is involved in lipid metabolism, carnitine is used for acne treatment. It effectively reduces sebum secretion and skin oiliness. Carnitine preparations also improve other aspects of the skin, such as tonicity, and reduce cellulite. Finally, it aids skin regeneration after damage, such as burns, and promotes blood vessel formation.  Regretably, due to Candian law and PayPal regulations, this product may NOT be shipped to Canada.

Key beneftis of Carnitine in skin care:

  • Oil/sebum control [4] [5]
  • Glycation inhibition and repair [1] [3]
  • Increase cellular energy production [1] [3]
  • Anti-acne [5]
  • Restore barrier function [6] [7]
  • Wound-healing support [8]
$6.60
Carnosine (L-Carnosine)
Carnosine is a compound from two amino acids, produced naturally in the human brain and muscles. Most likely, it performs a protective function – carnosine neutralizes metal ions and is a powerful antioxidant. It is used in skin care to combat oxidative damage to DNA and proteins, such as that caused by UV exposure. Furthermore, carnosine can protect proteins, primarily collagen, from glycation. These qualities make it a promising molecule in the fight against ageing, as carnosine not only protects cellular components, but can improve the visual appearance, reduce roughness and fine lines. It also maintains the barrier function of the skin, both by simple hydration and complex effects in wound healing. Carnosine applications are of special importance to diabetes patients, as it helps alleviate several complications of this disease, among them xerosis, rapid AGE production, and impaired wound healing.

Key benefits Carnosine in skin care:

  • Glycation inhibitor and repair [1] [9]
  • Sun damage protection [3] [4]
  • Sun damage repair [3] [4]
  • Wound healing support [11] [12]
  • Moisturizing & hydration [13] [14]
  • Antioxidant [4] [5] [6]
  • Restore barrier function [8]
$14.50
Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola)

Centella asiatica is a tropical plant that has been used extensively in Indian medicine. It has diverse applications for skin cosmetics: firstly, it is effective in wound care, as it promotes healing of simple, infected, non-healing, or burn wounds, as well as wounds in patients with diabetes, undergoing radiotherapy or steroid medication. Centella is also used for treating scars and preventing or reducing stretch marks. The extract of this plant promotes synthesis of collagen, hydroxyproline, hyaluronic acid and cell growth factors, thus helping to maintain the elasticity, strength and general appearance of healthy skin. It also protects the skin from ageing damage, such as glycation, and UV damage, likely by activating antioxidant synthesis.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Centella asiatica as a standardized pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

  • 15% solution gives 1% triterpenes content in final product.
  • 43% solution gives 3% triterpenes content in final product.
  • 72% solution gives 5% triterpenes content in final product.
     

Key benefits of Centella asiatica in skin care:

  • Wound healing support [1] [2] [4] [5] [8]
  • Stimulate HA production [2]
  • Stimulate collagen production [2] [4] [5] [7]
  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2] [4] [5] [7]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2]
  • Glycation inhibitor and repair [9]
  • Scar care [2] [4] [12]
  • Sun damage protection [9]
$23.40
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Creatine Pyruvate
Creatine is a molecule synthesized naturally in the human body. It is most important in tissues where energy-requiring activities occur, as it is involved in maintaining constant energy flow inside the cell.  It was show to protect skin from degeneration during ageing: creatine activates collagen synthesis, in this way decreasing the amount of wrinkles, and restoring skin firmness, smoothness and elasticity. Cheek sagging can also be reduced by applying creatine-containing cream. Another important benefit of creatine is UV damage protection, as it helps to protect cellular structures (especially mitochondria) from oxidative stress and mutations. Furthermore, creatine-treated skin was shown to regenerate faster. However, to protect creatine itself, pairing with coenzyme Q10 or other antioxidants is advised.

Key benefits of Creatine in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [6] [7] [8] [9]
  • Sun damage repair [6] [7]
  • Increase cellular energy production [1] [3] [7]
  • Increase skin elasticity  [6]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2] [6]
  • Stimulate collagen production [2] [4]
$5.30
Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

Ethyl ascorbic acid is a molecule produced by modifying ascorbic acid, commonly known as vitamin C. This modification is done to increase the molecule’s stability and enhance its transport through skin, as pure vitamin C is easily degraded. In the body, the modifying group is removed and vitamin C is restored in its natural form. Thus, ethylascorbic acid retains the benefits of vitamin C, such as antioxidant activity. Furthermore, it is even more potent in reducing skin darkening after UV exposure. It even has some additional effects, not observed in pure ascorbic acid, such as promoting nerve cell growth or reducing chemotherapy damage. Finally, the slower release also ensures that no toxic effects are observed when using this vitamin C derivative.

Key benefits of Ethyl ascorbic acid in skin care:

  • Stimulate collagen production [5] [6]
  • Lightening & brightening [5] [7] [9] [9]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [5] [7] [8] [9]
  • Sun damage protection [8] [9]
$16.10
Based on 1 reviews.
Fucoidan
Fucoidan is a dietary fiber extracted from brown seaweed which belongs to a class of fucose-enriched sulphated polysaccharides. Fucoidan has been used for many years in traditional Asian medicine as an anti-coagulant, anti-thrombotic, anti-cancer agent, and to modify immune responses. Topical formulations have recently been investigated for various therapeutic and cosmetic uses.  Due to anti-inflammatory and procollagen synthesis-stimulating properties, fucoidan holds promise for use healing burns, alleviating allergic reactions, and treating atopic dermatitis.  Additionally, fucoidans can increase dermal fibroblast migration and their rate of proliferation.  In several experimental approaches, fucoidan has been shown to successfully reduce the appearance of aging and to promote hair regeneration.  Fucoidan is also present in our seakelp biofermentl, but this powder fucoidan is standardized for 85% of the active ingredient.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Fucoidan as a standardized pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

Key benefits of Fucoidan in skin care:

  • Anti-inflammatory [1] [4] [8] [9] [10] [11]
  • Scar care [5] [6] [7]
  • Wound healing support [5] [6] 7]
  • Stimulate collagen production [2] [15] [16] [18]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2, 15, 16, 18]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [15] [16] [18]
  • Increase skin elasticity [6]
  • Sun damage repair [16] [17]
  • Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitors [15] [17]
  • Anti-androgenetic alopecia [18]
$25.10
Gamma oryzanol

Gamma-oryzanol is an ingredient produced from rice bran. It contains several related molecules, build on a ferulic acid backbone, all of which share antioxidant properties. They are particularly useful in protecting lipids, such as oils, which makes oryzanol an attractive ingredient in oil-containing preparations. Furthermore, it helps reduce skin darkening from UV exposure, as well as ageing-related skin symptoms, such as roughness and wrinkling. Since gamma-oryzanol activates sebum glands, it can be used for alleviating various conditions causing dry skin. In respect to collagen degradation, oryzanol can slow down this process even more efficiently than vitamin C, thus resulting in thicker and smoother skin. At the moment, even more possible applications of oryzanol are being investigated, such as treating hair loss or preventing damage from chemotherapy. As gamma oryzanol is oil soluble, it is an ideal active to use instead of pure ferulic acid (which is alcohol soluble).

Key benefits of Gamma oryzanol in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [4] [9] [11]
  • Antioxidant [2] [3] [5]
  • Increase skin elasticity [9]
  • Oil/sebum control [6]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [5] [6] [9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [9]
  • Lightening & brightening [9] [11]
  • Anti-androgenetic alopecia [12]
$6.90
Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is a unique tree species. Its leaf extract contains a diverse variety of molecules useful in cosmetics and pharmacology. Firstly, they are potent antioxidants, and can even activate the production of enzymes that neutralize free radicals. Combined with the anti-inflammatory effects, this extract provides an effective defense against UV radiation and ageing symptoms. Dermal applications of this extract can even lead to protection of other organs. Another major application of Ginkgo biloba is moisturizing the skin, which helps to increase its elasticity and visual appearance, even reducing the amount of wrinkles. Furthermore, this extract helps to maintain the barrier function of the skin – it reduces water loss through epidermis, thus reducing skin dryness and irritation. In combination with green tea extract, Ginkgo shows even stronger benefits in these areas.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Ginkgo Biloba extract as a standardized pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

Key benefits of Ginkgo Biloba in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [1] [6] [8] [10] [11]
  • Sun damage repair [7] [10]
  • Antioxidant [1] [6]
  • Capillary health [6] [14]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2]
  • Moisturizing & hydration [2] [3] [4]
  • Restore barrier function [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2] [4] [9]
  • Anti-inflammatory [9] [12] [13]
$9.80
Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins
Grape seed extract is a mixture of complex molecules, mostly proanthocyanidins. These molecules are very strong antioxidants, even surpassing vitamins C and E, and also show anti-inflammatory activity. Due to these properties, grape seed extract is a promising drug in combating cancer. It is capable of protecting the skin from melanoma and other cancer types, prevents already formed tumors from spreading, and can even reverse the damage in cancer-forming cells. It also reduces the cosmetical damage of UV exposure, such as increased pigmentation, thus lightening the skin. Grape seed extract is also useful in regulating sebum secretion. Finally, wound healing is strongly supported by applying this extract, as it helps tissue regeneration and provides a powerful defense against resistant bacteria.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins as a liquid standardized pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.
  • 11% solution gives 1% Proanthocyanidins content in final product.
  • 31% solution gives 3% Proanthocyanidins content in final product.
  • 52% solution gives 5% Proanthocyanidins content in final product.

Key benefits of Grape seed Proanthocyanidins in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [1] [3] [5] [8] [10]
  • Sun damage repair [4] [6]
  • Antioxidant [1] [2]
  • Oil/sebum control [11] [12]
  • Lightening & brightening [11]
  • Wound healing support [14] [15]
  • Anti-inflammatory [1]
$5.70
Green Tea (90% EGCG)
Green tea has numerous benefits in almost all aspects of skin care. The main active ingredient, EGCG, is a potent antioxidant, and protects skin from UV damage. This results in reduced wrinkling, increased collagen content, smoother skin, thicker and more elastic epidermis and other visual benefits. Green tea also helps to moisturize the skin and improves the long-term barrier capabilities. Among the numerous clinical benefits are antibacterial and antifungal effects, which make green tea useful in wound care. Most important health effect is the prevention of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, resulting partly from the EGCG capability to neutralize free radicals and activate DNA repair. Since the extract also reduces inflammation and sebum secretion, it is an effective treatment against acne. Finally, green tea has also been proven to reduce hair loss and follicle death. Active ingredient in Teamine™ and ReVive™ lines.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Green Tea EGCG in a standardized, pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.
  • 11% solution gives 1% EGCG content in final product.
  • 33% solution gives 3% EGCG content in final product.
  • 54% solution gives 5% EGCG content in final product.

Key benefits of Green Tea EGCG in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Sun damage repair [1] [2] [3]
  • Antioxidant [1] [2] [3] [7]
  • Capillary health [19]
  • Moisturizing & hydration [8] [9] [11]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [10] [11]
  • Wound healing support [17] [18]
  • Oil/sebum control [12]
  • Lightening & brightening [6]
  • Restore barrier function [8] [9]
  • Anti-inflammatory [1]
  • Anti-acne [12] [13]
  • Anti-bacterial [13] [14] [16]
$7.20
Based on 2 reviews.
Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate powder)
Hyaluronic acid [HA] is a fundamental element of the extracellular matrix.  Due to its amazing capacity to retain water, HA is a highly desirable ingredient in moisturizing creams.  Further, because HA can stimulate dermal fibroblast proliferation and migration, it is also ideal for use in wrinkle-reducing and anti-aging formulas.  HA can be purchased at various molecular weights with different molecular weights eliciting different effects on the skin.  For use in wound-healing support or restoring barrier function, high molecular weight is the best option.  For the best results in anti-aging and moisturizing creams, low molecular weight HA is the ideal choice due to increased penetration of the HA through the skin.  Warning: Customers in countries with a dry climate may find that hyaluronic acid has a drying effect, instead of moisturizing. It is theorized that this is due to the HA drawing moisturize away from the skin.
 

Key benefits of Hyaluronic acid in skin care:

  • Moisturizing and hydration [2] [6] [7]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2] [7] [8]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2] [4] [7]
  • Wound healing support [1] [10] [11]
  • Restoring barrier function [9]
$9.10
Based on 1 reviews.
Hyaluronic Acid 50 kDa (Low Molecular Weight sodium hyaluronate)
Hyaluronic acid [HA] is an important component of the extracellular matrix.  Known to have a role in stimulating dermal fibroblast migration and proliferation as well as for tissue hydration, topical HA has been used in cosmetic applications for decades.  Its skin-benefitting properties along with its ability to bind and retain huge amounts of water makes HA ideal for use in anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, and moisturizing creams.  HA can exist across a wide range of molecular weights, with the cellular and physiological effects directly depending on the molecular weight of HA present.  Therefore, the selection of HA species for use in such creams is of critical importance.  High molecular weight HA does not penetrate the epithelium.  Very low molecular weight HA, which does penetrate the skin efficiently, can induce a pro-inflammatory response.  Recent data indicates that solutions of low molecular weight HA [50 kDa] are best suited for topical use in skin care products as it can penetrate into the skin well but does not cause inflammation.  Note: Hyaluronic Acid 50 kDa does not create a thick gel, for this reason we have started selling Sclerotium Gum, the combination of the two ingredients will create an excellent, safe, and efficient product. Warning: Customers in countries with a dry climate may find that hyaluronic acid has a drying effect, instead of moisturizing. It is theorized that this is due to the HA drawing moisturize away from the skin.

Key benefits of Hyaluronic Acid 50 kDa (Low Molecular Weight sodium hyaluronate) in skin care:

  • Moisturizing and hydration [2] [3] [4]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [2] [4] [6]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2] [4] [6]
  • Wound healing support [3] [7]
$11.20
Based on 2 reviews.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a water soluble form of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is essential for maintaining skin health. Niacinamide increases production of important skin structural components such as collagen, ceramide, and keratin. This helps increase moisture and strengthen skin. Niacinamide is known to decrease hyperpigmentation, effectively lightening and brightening skin, especially when used together with n-acetyl glucosamine, a hyaluronic acid precursor. It reduces wrinkles and again, this effect is better with n-acetyl glucosamine. Niacinamide also effectively helps reduce acne and heal wounds. It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Overall, niacinamide is a compound with many different uses that can increase overall skin health.

Key benefits of Niacinamide in skin care:

  • Treat hyperpigmentation [3] [7] [8]
  • Lightening and brightening [3] [7] [8]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [9]
  • Anti-inflammatory [5] [6] [8]
  • Anti-oxidant [10] [13]
  • Anti-acne [1] [5] [11]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [2] [5] [12]
  • Restore barrier function [2] [5] [12]
  • Wound healing support [5] [6]
  • Increase skin elasticity [5] [9]
  • Oil/sebum control [2]
  • Pore refinement [2]
  • Sun damage repair [13]
  • Sun damage protection [10]
  • Stimulate collagen production [5]
  • Stimulate HA production [9]
$5.10
Palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 Liposome Emulsion
The Palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 peptides liposome emulsion contains the peptides pal-ghk and pal-gqp acting in synergy to repair the cutaneous damages of age. By activating the skin’s natural production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the peptides work to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. Collagen, made up of long strands of amino acids, is really the main building block of skin, giving the skin its smooth, and youthful appearance. As we age, collagen is lost, and this gives way to aged, wrinkled looking skin. When the long strands of amino acids in collagen are broken down they create small chains commonly referred to as peptides. The presence of these peptides signal to the skin that it has lost collagen and the production of more is necessary. The peptides Palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 work to mimic the appearance of this broken down collagen, causing your skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin (responsible for the skin’s elasticity, and  hyaluronic acid (which plumps up the skin and gives it that healthy, full look).

Key benefits of the peptides Palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 liposome emulsion in skin care:

  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • stimulate HA production
  • glycation inhibitor and repair
  • increase skin elasticity
  • moisturizing and hydration
  • stimulate collagen production
  • sun damage repair

BulkActives Peptide Liposome Emulsion

  • Palmitoyl oligopeptide (PAL GHK) 260ppm  
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 ppm (PAL GQPR) 140ppm
  • Twice the strength of Matrixyl 3000
$19.95
Based on 8 reviews.
Phytosterol

Phytosterols are a family of plant-produced molecules with diverse health benefits. In cosmetics, the ability to stimulate collagen production is most interesting. Together with antioxidant activity and down-regulation of collagen degrading enzymes, these abilities help repair damage in photoaged skin. Phytosterols also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are useful in UV protection, dermatitis treatment, and even cancer prevention. They are widely used in burn wound care – phytosterols were found to improve healing, improve scar appearance and possess analgesic properties, reducing the need of opiate drugs. Antimicrobial activity of phytosterols is also important in skin care, as it can be utilized in both wound care and general fight against infections, such as Candida. Finally, phytosterols regulate transport of cholesterol and thus sebum production – this may present a good treatment option for acne and other sebum-related conditions.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Phytosterol in a standardized  pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

  • 11% solution gives 1% Phytosterols content in final product.
    32% solution gives 3% Phytosterols content in final product.
    53% solution gives 5% Phytosterols content in final product.

Key benefits of Phytosterols in skin care:

  • Anti-inflammatory [2], [12]–[14]
  • Anti-bacterial [6], [7]
  • Oil/sebum control [8]
  • Anti-acne [8]
  • Sun damage protection [10], [11]
  • Stimulate collagen production [9]–[11]
  • Restore barrier function [5]
  • Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitors [9]–[11]
  • Wound healing support [3]–[5]
  • Scar care [3]–[5]
$6.80
Resveratrol (Trans-resveratrol 98%)
Resveratrol is a compound found in grapes and many other plants. It is currently investigated in many skincare applications. Resveratrol protects cells from oxidative stress – it is an antioxidant itself, and activates the synthesis of other such compounds. It also regulates inflammatory responses and even aids the distribution of cosmetical sunscreens, thus helping to prevent UV damage to the skin. Similarities in structure allow resveratrol to replace estrogen in post-menopausal women, helping to reduce collagen loss and reduce skin ageing symptoms. Additionally, it counters photoageing by inhibiting melanin synthesis, resulting in lighter skin and less pigmented spots. Even acne can be alleviated by applying resveratrol, as it has antibacterial properties and controls sebaceous cell growth. Finally, it is a promising agent in melanoma prevention, able to delay the emergence and reduce the size of skin tumors.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Resveratrol in a standardized  pre-dissolved solution. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.

Key benefits of Resveratrol in skin care:

  • Anti-acne [15]–[17]
  • Anti-bacterial [16]
  • Antioxidant [1]–[4]
  • Anti-inflammatory [1], [4], [8], [9]
  • Sun damage protection [1], [6]–[8], [11]
  • Increase skin elasticity [14]
  • Lightening & brightening [10]–[13]
  • Natural phytoestrogens [1], [8], [9]
$7.10
Rosehip Oil Organic
Oil extracted from the fruit of rose plants [known as rosehips] contains compounds with many therapeutic uses. Rosehip oil is high in fatty acids, including linoleic, oleic, and alpha-linolenic acids. Fatty acids are known to moisturize and restore skin barrier function. The oil also contains trans-retinoic acid, a precursor of vitamin A, which is known to help restore skin tissue. The oil is widely known to reduce the appearance of scars by reducing their profile, decreasing hyperpigmentation, and increasing skin elasticity. It can also reduce the effects of premature aging and sun damage. Rosehip oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Key benefits of Rosehip oil in skin care:

  • Anti-inflammatory [1, 2, 6, 10, 11]
  • Scar care [3, 4, 5, 9, 14]
  • Restore barrier function [3, 4]
  • Sun damage repair [4, 5]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [5, 9]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [5]
  • Wrinkle relaxer [5]
  • Increase skin elasticity [5]
  • stimulate collagen production [10][14]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [4]
BulkActives' oils are cold pressed, without the use of solvents or chemicals.


 
$24.60
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP)
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.As the natural aging process and environmental hazards increase the amount of free radicals in the skin, ascorbic acid and its derivatives can effectively neutralize these damaging agents and prevent further damage.Ascorbic acid has been shown to increase the synthesis of collagen in the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to block the melanin synthesis pathway, reducing age spots and lightening skin.Unfortunately, ascorbic acid is not stable in aqueous solutions and is quickly degraded.The hydrophilic ascorbic acid derivative sodium ascorbyl phosphate is significantly more shelf-stable in solutions and, as it is converted to ascorbic acid in skin, retains all of the skin-benefitting aspects of vitamin C.Therefore sodium ascorbyl phosphate is the ideal choice for anti-aging emulsion creams.

Key benefits of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate in skin care:

  • Anti-acne [7]  [8]
  • Antioxidant [3] [4] [6] [9] [10]
  • Increase skin elasticity [1] [4]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [1] [4]
  • Stimulate collagen production [1] [4]
  • Sun damage protection [9] [10]
  • Sun damage repair [9] [10]
  • Lightening and brightening [12]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [12]
$10.30
Soy Isoflavones
Soy isoflavones are comparatively new in regards to cosmetic use, however, studies show they have multiple skin-benefitting properties.Isoflavones are structurally similar to estrogens and can activate estrogen signaling pathways, including collagen synthesis, to improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and increase tissue hydration.Additionally isoflavones are powerful antioxidants that can halt and reverse the appearance of aging due to free radicals caused by sunlight and other environmental hazards.As such, soy isoflavones are useful in reducing redness of the skin and decreasing the appearance of dark spots.These properties make soy isoflavones ideal for use in anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin protecting creams.

Key benefits of Soy isoflavones on skin care:

  • Anti-inflammatory [6, 11, 12]
  • Antioxidant [3, 6]
  • Increase skin elasticity [1, 4, 5, 15]
  • Matrix metalloproteinase [MMP] inhibitors [9]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [5, 15]
  • Natural phytoestrogens [3, 15]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [1, 4, 5, 15]
  • Stimulate collagen production [1, 4, 5, 15]
  • Sun damage protection [3, 6, 11, 12, 14]
  • Sun damage repair [3, 6, 11, 12, 14]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [3]
$9.70
Squalane Olive Oil
Squalane is a form of squalene, a natural component of sebum [oil] that acts as a barrier for the skin. It is structurally similar to many natural compounds that benefit the skin, such as β-carotene, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Squalane’s most noted function is as an anti-oxidant. It depletes the amount of free radicals from UV rays that can cause damage to the skin. Squalane also moisturizes and hydrates, decreasing dryness, itching, and redness. With these characteristics, it restores barrier function to the skin. It can act as a detoxifier and may play a role in acne treatment. Squalane is also used to increase the absorption of preparations into the skin.

Key benefits of Squalane Olive Oil in skin care:

  • Anti-oxidant [1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 13]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 2, 3, 6, 10]
  • Sun damage protection [6, 7, 10]
  • Increases skin elasticity [3, 6]
  • Anti-bacterial [6]
  • Anti-androgenic alopecia [8]
  • Restore barrier function [3]
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles [4]
  • Squalane Olive Oil is highly stable against oxidation.

 
$26.60
Vitamin E Natural Mixed Tocotrienols
Tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E, is known to be a natural powerful antioxidant that is quickly absorbed into the skin. It reduces damage involved with skin aging that is caused by harmful free radicals from UV light and ozone. Symptoms of skin aging include wrinkles, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Tocotrienol increases collagen synthesis, which improves skin elasticity. It can also “unclog” skin burdened by excessive cholesterol. Toctrienol has anti-inflammatory properties and is able to reduce symptoms of allergic skin reactions. It can also help reduce the drying side effects of acne regimens such as benzoyl peroxide.

Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols is an active blend of natural alpha tocopherol and alpha tocotrienol, beta tocotrienol, delta tocotrienol, and gamma tocotrienol.These are NATURAL tocotrienols, they are NOT synthetic.

Key Benefits of Vitamin E mixed Tocotrienols in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [1-10]
  • Sun damage protection [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10]
  • Sun damage repair [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]
  • Anti-inflammatory [4, 6, 9]
  • Stimulate collagen production [1, 2, 3]
  • Increase skin elasticity [2, 3]
  • Restore barrier function [8]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [11]
$10.40
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ is the embryo from a wheat kernel. Oil produced from wheat germ is high in vitamins E, D, and A. It contains reasonable amounts of carotenoids [bioactive pigments] that are important for skin health, particularly lutein. Additionally, wheat germ oil contains large amounts of fatty acids such as linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. The compounds in wheat germ provide anti-oxidant protection. They are able to scavenge free radicals from UV light and ozone that harm the skin. Together, they hydrate and moisturize the skin, protect against sun damage, increase skin elasticity, and reduce inflammation.

Key benefits of Wheat Germ oil in skin care:

  • Antioxidant [3, 6, 8, 9, 12]
  • Anti-inflammatory [1, 10]
  • Sun damage protection [5, 8, 11]
  • Sun damage repair [7, 13]
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles [9]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [4, 7, 9, 10, 13]
  • Stimulate collagen synthesis [11]
  • Increase skin elasticity [4, 8, 9]
  • Scar Care [9]
BulkActives' oils are cold pressed, without the use of solvents or chemicals.

 
$10.60
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