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Really loving this product. I make the best Centella toner and most concentrated ever. 2 g of centella extract dissolved in 10g of alcohol(you have to stir a lot) plus 88 grams of water and you get a very concentrated toner. Creams, toners, ampoules... all have only 0,1% of triterpenes, this toner i make have 1,4%. I am loving it, will see the results. .. ...»
Just recently ordered this and LOVE! Green Tea EGCG truly is one of the most fantastic skincare actives out there. Very difficult to find good quality product (90%) and even harder to actually solubilize it! Love that it comes in pre-dissolved solution. I enjoy adding it at 1% (so 11% sol) to my serum formulations containing Niacinamide 5% + NAG 3%. Excellent for oily acne prone skin. *Only gripe... because the Pre-Dissolved Solution is SO heavy in propanediol (10 parts Propanediol for 1 part E.. ...»
Excellent quality, very fine texture and disperses easily when used correctly. Arrived in just seven days to London, England and with a reasonable postage fee. Very pleased... ...»
D N Bay
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... ...»
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.. ...»
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I am 69 and I have used this product for two years almost every day at a high dose, adding it to my antioxidant day cream, with excellent results. For me it has a very high quality and effectiveness: reduction of wrinkles, hydrated skin, unified color without blemishes ... A product of 10, the same score that I give to John for the quality of the products he sells, his excellent description / use and the bibliographic contribution.En .. ...»
María Jesus
Tried this on my week-old rash from flea bites. Got an almost instant relief and rash healed in 2 days. Tried it on my daughter who has eczema for a very long time. The rashes calmed down after a few days and her skin is now healing well. Really great product. Just put in order for another jar.... ...»
This is great stuff. I add it to my liquid face soap and it does an excellent job in preventing acne and gently exfoliating the skin... ...»
Really loving this product. I make the best Centella toner and most concentrated ever. 2 g of centella extract dissolved in 10g of alcohol(you have to stir a lot) plus 88 grams of water and you get a very concentrated toner. Creams, toners, ampoules... all have only 0,1% of triterpenes, this toner i make have 1,4%. I am loving it, will see the results. .. ...»
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Scar care in skin care

Scarring is a natural phase of the wound healing. Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury deep enough to harm the dermis. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body, thus, a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions every wound results in some degree of scarring. Basically, the wound is flooded with new fibroblasts with enhanced synthesis metabolism with the main purpose to repair the barrier breach, which naturally over-ranks maintaining the normal skin aspect and function.

Scar tissue is composed of the same proteins (mainly collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but the fiber composition of the protein is different. The extracellular structure is also modified - instead of a random-like distribution of the fibers found in normal skin, in fibrosis the collagen cross-links and forms a pronounced alignment in a single direction with the purpose of bringing together the wound edges. The collagen synthesized to create scar tissue is usually of inferior quality to the normal collagen due to a higher metabolism rate and the aligned structure is less flexible and functionality compared to the normal extracellular matrix. Skin scars have no sweat glands or hair follicle and are more sensitive to external aggressors such as UVR, the wound healing and scar formation processes are greatly influenced by several intrinsic factors such as sex, age, skin type, wound size and location and last but not least the individual health status.

Scar types can be categorized by several criteria but the most important ones are the degree of scarring and its source. Every skin condition or aggression that affects the skin beyond the epidermis stratum will most likely cause a scar. The most important types are presented in the table below:

Normal Scars Scars generated by a normal healing process, that don’t raise about the skin level or exceed the wound boundaries
Acne Scars Scarring due to acne has numerous appearances from deep, concentrated scars to extended angular ones. Unfortunately one of the most acne prone areas is the face, and a great percentage of the scars are located there.
Hypertrophic scars Scars that raise above the skin level but don’t overlap the wound boundaries
Contracture scars Scars that tighten the skin, specific to irregular wound shape especially to burns
Keloid scars Scars that result from a very aggressive healing process. They are swollen well above the skin level and extended beyond the wound boundaries.

Unfortunately, once the scarring process is finished and the wound is closed there is not very much to do about its existence, but there are solutions when it comes to improving their appearance. The best results, especially in the most complicated scar cases – hypertrophic and keloid are obtained by invasive cosmetic or surgical procedures such as steroids injections, laser treatments, dermabrasion, excisions and skin grafts. But even so, their efficiency is limited.  Still, for the attempt to remove an existing scar a doctor should always be involved.

In Do It Yourself cosmetics the efficiency when it comes to scars is limited to improving the aspect, and never to removal. There are no topical treatments that proved to be effective in completely removing a scar. Visible results in improving the look are obtained using active ingredients especially when it comes to acne and normal scarring and much less when it comes to keloids. Also, the results are better when the scar is fresh or even better, when the active topical mixture is used throughout the healing process [1][2][3][4].

There are multiple studies that showed the efficiency of topically delivered active ingredients in reducing the surface and improving the overall aspect of scars.

Allantoin, the final product of the nitrogen metabolism in mammals but also naturally available in several plants has been successfully used in topical treatments, mainly because of its effectiveness in wound healing and the lack of any side effects. Allantoin containing mixtures proved efficiency not only in scar prevention [5] but also in scar reduction [6].

Carnitine (L-Carnitine) is a natural occurring substance in the animal tissue, including skin, vital for the glucose and fat metabolisms. At the dermal and epidermal levels is known to prevent DNA damage and boost repair by restoring balance glycation and other oxidation processes. It promotes wound healing, likely due to increased collagen synthesis, skin cell migration or energy release, and proved to be a solution especially with immuno-supressed patients on steroids treatment that have a poor wound healing rate [7].

Centella Asiatica an Indian traditional active ingredient extracted from the tropical plant Gotu Kola proved to be involved in wound healing by complex mechanisms of reducing glycation processes and implicitly slowing the oxidative damage. Gotu Kola extract is more effective in combinations with Vitamin C and E and showed results in difficult and infected wound healing with prolonged healing time. [8]

Green tea extract (90%EGCG) though its active ingredients called EGCG is a powerful, polyphenol rich antioxidant with proven efficiency as a wound healing support. Visible results were observed even in infected wounds and it seems the effect due to complex mechanisms that increased capilarization, a process of interest especially for healing impaired individuals such as diabetic patients [9].

Oat Beta Glucan, mainly found in oat, is non-starchy polysaccharide and a major component of water soluble cereal fiber and an important part of oat dietary fiber. As a collagen synthesis promoter it interacts with the scarring process, preventing the keloid appearance. Topically delivered oat beta glucan enhances wound healing by increasing macrophage infiltration into the wound, stimulating tissue granulation, collagen deposition, and re-epithelialization, proving to be an efficient wound healing support [10].

Phytosterols are plant produced sterols unavailable in the human body usually obtained from oils and nuts. They are involved in collagen promotion by boosting the fibroblasts metabolism and by inhibiting the collagen degrading enzymes. Beta-sitosterol is most efficient phytosterol when it comes to wound care. Its anti-inflammatory led to the development of a burn ointment using beta-sitosterol as main active ingredient that accelerated healing, reduced scarring, and prevented bacterial growth. Clinical studies found that this treatment also helped restoring the barrier function of the skin (measured by overseeing the transepidermal water loss – TEWL) an effect associated with better scar appearance [11]

Quercetin is a natural botanical flavonoid found especially in onion and its related botanical family. It is a powerful booster for the extracellular matrix components, due to its double ROS scavenger direct or by binding iron. Onion extract alone or in combination with other wound healing support ingredients proved to be very effective in improving scar appearance, even in the hypertrophic cases [12].
Rosehip oil, preferably from an organic source is a natural source of Vitamin A. Its high concentration of vitamin A and fatty acids proved to be a very useful adjuvant in wound healing and scar improving as it boosts the new tissue proliferation and speeds up the wound closure, extremely useful in imuno-suppressed patients [13].

Safflower seed oil, extracted from a plant called Carthamus Tinctorius is a popular active especially due to its high content in fatty acids especially in  linoleic acid. Safflower oil also has about 15% oleic acid an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ingredient. Both oleic acid and linoleic acid together reduce scar appearance, aid in wound healing, and increase collagen when applied to the skin [14].
Wheat germ oil, extracted from germinated wheat seeds is known to be rich in vitamins A, D and E. The vitamin cocktail in its component is proved to inhibit collagen degradation, and boost its production. When topically applied it helped diminishing the appearance of stretch marks and scars being ideal for daily use  due to its high compatibility [15].

Yeast beta glucan is a natural polymer occurring especially in fungi and algae. Its structure is optimized for skin penetration thus highly effective. Beta-glucan is already used to treat human wounds in clinical care, resulting in less pain, improved healing, and better scar appearance [16].
In conclusion, concerning scar care, topically delivered active ingredients are potent only in reducing their appearance and not in removing them.


[1] G.G. Gauglitz, H.C. Korting , T. Pavicic ,T. Ruzicka, M.G. Jeschke , “Hypertrophic scarring and keloids: pathomechanisms and current and emerging treatment strategies”, Mol Med, 17, pp:113–125, 2011
[2] G.J. Goodman, "Postacne scarring: A review of its pathophysiology and treatment", Dermatologic ,26, pp: 857–871, 2000
[3] L. Bauman, “Cosmetic Dermatology – Principles and Pactice”, second edition, ISBN: 978-0-07-164128-9
[4] C.Burgess,Cosmetic Dermatology, ISBN 3-540-23064-5 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2005
[5] G. H. Willital and J. Simon, “Efficacy of early initiation of a gel containing extractum cepae, heparin, and allantoin for scar treatment: an observational, noninterventional study of daily practice,” J. Drugs Dermatol. JDD, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 38–42, Jan. 2013.
[6]  G. H. Willital and H. Heine, “Efficacy of Contractubex gel in the treatment of fresh scars after thoracic surgery in children and adolescents,” Int. J. Clin. Pharmacol. Res., vol. 14, no. 5–6, pp. 193–202, 1994.
[7] A. Akkus, K. Aydinuraz, C. Daphan, O. Saygun, O. Caglayan, M. Edremitlioglu, and F. Agalar, “Effect of carnitine on cutaneous wound healing in immunosuppressed rats,” J. Surg. Res., vol. 155, no. 2, pp. 301–305, Aug. 2009.
[8]  W. Bylka, P. Znajdek-Awiżeń, E. Studzińska-Sroka, A. Dańczak-Pazdrowska, and M. Brzezińska, “Centella asiatica in dermatology: an overview,” Phytother. Res. PTR, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 1117–1124, Aug. 2014.
[9] A. Chen, H.-M. Chen, Y.-D. Yao, C.-F. Hung, C.-S. Tu, and Y.-J. Liang, “Topical treatment with anti-oxidants and Au nanoparticles promote healing of diabetic wound through receptor for advance glycation end-products,” Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. Off. J. Eur. Fed. Pharm. Sci., vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 875–883, Dec. 2012.
[10] D. Wei, L. Zhang, D.L. Williams, I.W Browder, “ Glucan stimulates human dermal fibroblast collagen biosynthesis through a nuclear factor-1 dependent mechanism”,  Wound Repair and Regeneration, 10, pp:161-168, 2002
[11] B. S. Atiyeh, J. Ioannovich, C. A. Al-Amm, K. A. El-Musa, R. Dham, “Improving scar quality: a prospective clinical study,”Aesthetic Plast. Surg., vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 470–476, Dec. 2002.
[12]  A. Campanati, A. Savelli, L. Sandroni, B. Marconi, A. Giuliano, K. Giuliodori, G. Ganzetti, and A. Offidani, “Effect of allium cepa-allantoin-pentaglycan gel on skin hypertrophic scars: clinical and video-capillaroscopic results of an open-label, controlled, nonrandomized clinical trial,” Dermatol. Surg. Off. Publ. Am. Soc. Dermatol. Surg. Al, vol. 36, no. 9, pp. 1439–1444, Sep. 2010.
[13]  J. Concha, C. Soto, R. Chamy,  M.E. Zúñiga, “Effect of Rosehip Extraction Process on Oil and Defatted Meal Physicochemical Properties,” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, Vol. 83, no. 9, 2006.
[14] D. Banov, F. Banov, A.S. Bassani, “Case Series: The Effectiveness of Fatty Acids from Pracaxi Oil in a Topical Silicone Base for Scar and Wound Therapy,” Dermatol. Ther. [Heidelb], vol. 4, pp. 259- 269, 2014.
[15]  S. Saraf, S. Sahu, C.D. Kaur, S. Saraf, “Comparative measurement of hydration effects of herbal moisturizers,” Pharmacognosy Res., vol. 2, issue 3, pp. 146-151, May 2010.
[16]  S. J. Delatte, J. Evans, A. Hebra, W. Adamson, H. B. Othersen, E. P. Tagge, “Effectiveness of beta-glucan collagen for treatment of partial-thickness burns in children,” J. Pediatr. Surg., vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 113–118, Jan. 2001.
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Allantoin is a natural product of nitrogen metabolism in several plants and most mammals. It has been used in numerous cosmetics products for a significant period of time and is proven safe for various human applications. Its greatest benefits are promotion of wound healing, including reduced scar formation after various procedures (ranging from surgical scars to tattoo removal). To this purpose, allantoin can be used preventively as well as on already formed scars. Furthermore, it is an effective antimicrobial substance, used in alcohol-free hand sanitizers. Allantoin-containing solutions have been used in treating various infections, primarily onychomycosis (nail fungus) and trichomoniasis. Its anti-inflammatory properties made it useful in dermatitis treatment. Generally, allantoin is combined with extracts of onion or other plants, but its effectiveness was also demonstrated while applying without supplements.

Key benefits of Allantoin in skin care:

  • Anti-inflammatory [2] [13]
  • Wound healing support [2] [4]
  • Anti-bacterial [9] [10] [11]
  • sun damage repair [2] [13]
  • Scar care [6] [7] [8]
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]
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]
Based on 3 reviews.
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]
Based on 3 reviews.
Oat Beta Glucan
Oat Beta Glucan (β-glucans) are polysaccharides composed of glucose molecules in long linear polymers and they are naturally present in fungi, plants, algae and bacteria. Glucans interact with immune cells and have immunopharmacological properties. The results of studies showed that beta-glucan, despite its large molecular size may be capable of penetrating deep into the skin and delivering significant benefits for the skin. After the entery to skin, oat beta-glucan forms a thin film above the stratum corneum and epidermis and promotes sustained moisturization properties together with an improved, smoother appearance of the skin. Interaction between glucan and glucan receptors triggers reactions with fibroblasts that stimulate collagen synthesis. As a result of promoted collagen synthesis, elasticity of the skin is enhanced, wrinkle is reduced, with significant reduction of wrinkle depth and height, and overall roughness, aging process is largely delayed, and the negative effect of radiation is minimized. Glucan added to sunscreens helps in preservation of Langerhans cells so it can be use as an excellent photoprotective agent. It has been reported that topical glucans administration can suport wound healing and be useful for scar care by stimulating tissue granulation, collagen deposition, and re-epithelialization. Oat beta glucan also has anti-inflammatory antioxidant and free radicals scavenging capabilities.

 Key benefits of Oat Beta Glucan (Beta 1-3, 1-4) in skin care:

  • anti-inflammatory [1] [4] [5] [9]
  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles [5] [7] [8]
  • wound healing suport [9] [10] [11] [12]
  • moisturizing and hydration [7]
  • increase skin elasticity [5] [7] [8] [9]
  • sun damage protection [12]
  • sun damage repair [5] [9]
  • antioxidant [13] [14]
  • scar care [9] [10]
  • stimulate collagen production [8] [9] [10]


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]
Quercetin is a molecule belonging to a class of complex organic compounds called flavonoids. Quercetin is produced by many plants, notably onions. The most important effect of this molecule is neutralizing free radicals. Quercetin can achieve this directly, due to its antioxidative properties, or by binding iron ions, which play a strong part in the accumulation of free radicals. Therefore, quercetin is an important component in UV-protective cosmeceuticals. It can also reduce the inflammation, darkening and synthesis of collagen-degrading enzymes, caused by UV exposure. Furthermore, quercetin has benefits for wound care, as it improves both healing of new wounds and subsequent scar formation. It even has a positive effect on the lifespan of cells, slowing down processes of cell ageing.

NOTE: To assist you with solubility issues, we now also sell Quercetin as two liquids: standardized pre-dissolved solution and standardized ethosome microemulsion. Just add the liquid to your cream and mix well.
  • 11% solution gives 1% Quercetin content in final product.
  • 31% solution gives 3% Quercetin content in final product.
  • 51% solution gives 5% Quercetin content in final product.

Key benefits of Quercetin in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [3], [5]–[7]
  • Sun damage repair [3], [5]
  • Lightening & brightening [8]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [8]
  • Anti-inflammatory [6], [7]
  • Antioxidant [1]–[4], [14]
  • Scar care [11]–[13]
  • Wound healing support [9], [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.

Safflower Seed Oil
Safflower is a plant mainly grown for the oil in its seeds. This oil contains the highest amount [70%] of linoleic oil of any plant oil. Linoleic acid is known to benefit the skin in many ways. It moisturizes and hydrates the skin, correcting fatty acid deficiencies that cause dry, itchy skin. Due to the high amount of linoleic acid, safflower oil can be used to heal wounds, burns, and acne. Safflower oil also contains oleic acid [15%]. Oleic and linoleic acids combined can be used to reduce the appearance of scars and increase collagen production.

Key benefits of Safflower seed oil:

  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 3, 5, 8, 9]
  • restore barrier function [1, 3, 5, 8, 9]
  • Wound healing support [1, 2, 5]
  • Sun damage prevention [10]
  • Sun damage repair [8]
  • Anti-acne [8]
  • Anti-inflammatory [4]
  • Stimulate collagen production [6]
  • Scar care [2]
BulkActives' oils are cold pressed, without the use of solvents or chemicals.

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.

Yeast Beta Glucan

Glucan is a polymer, produced from glucose molecules in fungi, seaweed and other organisms. Many types of this polymer exist, but yeast beta-glucan has the optimal structure and size for biological activity. It has significant effects in wound healing – glucan is already used to treat burn patients, as it promotes regeneration of the skin, reduces pain and improves scar appearance. Furthermore, it is able to activate the immune system to fight against infections, making it additionally useful in open wound care. Additionally, it helps the skin to maintain its barrier function after damage by chemicals, such as detergents. The antioxidant properties of this polymer help protect the skin cells against UV or other sources of oxidative damage. Skin ageing symptoms, such as darkening, sunburn and collagen degradation, can also be reduced by applying this compound.

Key benefits of Yeast Beta Glucan in skin care:

  • Sun damage protection [1], [5], [11]
  • Sun damage repair [1], [5], [11]
  • Wound healing support [1], [4]–[8]
  • Anti-bacterial [9], [10]
  • Scar care [8]
  • Lightening & brightening [1]
  • Antioxidant [1], [5], [11]
  • Restore barrier function [5]
Green Tea Polyphenols
Green tea is one of the richest source of polyphenols – phytochemicals that are very beneficial for the human body, including our skin. Besides ECGC (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), green tea has numerous other polyphenolic compounds with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and protective properties. Research on Green Tea Polyphenols (GTPP) showed that their anti-oxidant potency sometimes surpasses Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. GTPP provide efficient protection against UV radiation and fight photo-aging. Furthermore, in topical application, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that along inhibiting sebum production makes GTPP a great addition in anti-acne formulations. The anti-inflammatory properties are also useful in other skin conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis. Last, but not least, GTPP has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. With such versatility, green tea polyphenols are a great ingredient for a wide array of DIY formulations.

Key benefits of Green Tea Polyphenols in Skin Care

  • Anti-acne [8,9]
  • Anti-oxidant [2, 3, 7].
  • Lightening and brightening [4,10]
  • Moisturizing and hydration [1, 14]
  • Oil/sebum control [8,9]
  • Sun damage protection [4,5,6]
  • Sun damage repair [6]
  • Treat hyperpigmentation [4,10]
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