Skincare Glossary

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Skincare Glossary

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Allantoin

Allantoin is a non-irritating ingredient, which is extracted from the root of the comfrey plant. It has the ability to soothe and protect the skin. Allantoin’s incredible ability to aid in wound healing and stimulate the growth of new tissue makes it a must have ingredient for us. What we also really love about this ingredient, is that it has a keratolytic effect, meaning it helps break down and soften keratin build up (this is particularly useful with regards to Keratosis Pilaris).

Try it yourself! You can find Allantoin in our Smooth, Glow & Better Aging Body Lotions.

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Almond Oil

Since centuries almond oil is used as a treatment for dry skin conditions, due to its moisturizing, smoothing and softening effect. Being very rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids, it improves the general appearance of the skin. While the contained retinoids help to reduce acne and increase the cell turnover, the fatty acids help to dissolve the excess oil on the skin. Further the emollient oil contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and versions of vitamin B, which are very valuable when treating sun damaged skin.

Try it yourself and look at our Better Aging and Repair hand cream!

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Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are known for their water soluble properties, so they work on the skin’s surface. They are mostly used on normal to dry, sun-damaged skin, due to their ability to enhance natural moisturising factors within the skin. What is also really great about AHAs, is that they have evidence based effects on reducing sun damage, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliating dead/dull looking skin cells and thereby making the skin appear smoother and glowing! When the dead skin cells are removed, the active ingredients applied can absorb better, making the most out of your skincare routine.

  • Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is derived from sugarcane. It is found to be a colorless, odorless alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA). It's a type of chemical exfoliant that dissolves the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be exfoliated easily, revealing smooth, younger skin below.
  • Lactic Acid: Lactic acid is normally produced by bacteria when producing yoghurt (our lactic acid is made synthetically and is therefore 100% vegan). It has the ability to brighten, smooth, and even out skin, while also making it look firmer. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
  • Mandelic Acid: Mandelic acid is an AHA derived from bitter almonds, but is more gentle than some of the other AHAs like glycolic acid. AHAs work by exfoliating the layers of dead skin away by breaking the bonds between cells to reveal brighter, clearer skin as well as help to clear pores and create a more even tone. It’s also a game changer concerning pigmentation.

Want to try the smoothing and glowing effect yourself? Take a look at our Better Aging, Smooth & Glow Body Lotions. 

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Aloe Vera

Organic Aloe Vera, is the perfect plant to nourish and calm sun-stressed, irritated, dry skin. It is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory making it perfectly suitable to calm acne, burns, irritation as well as rosacea or eczema.

You can find this hero in our Hydration Body Gel and Repair Hand Cream.

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Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl Palmitate, an ester of ascorbic acid and palmitic acid, presents itself as a fat-soluble form of Vitamin C. It is a stable and nonacidic form of vitamin C, that acts a great antioxidant. Ascorbyl palmitate is particularly effective at reducing environmental damage and pigmentation.

Take a look at our Better Aging, Purity & Glow Body Lotions!

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Arnica

The Arnica plant is known for its healing properties. It can be applied to the skin in order to heal bruises more quickly, soothe inflammation, ease muscle pain, and even alleviate stiffness caused by arthritis or other joint injuries. It has also shown to soothe sunburned skin or acne lesions.

Therefore arnica is a perfect player for our Hydration Body Gel!

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Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid can be derived from grains like barley, wheat, and rye, its lab-engineered form is typically used in skincare products because of its stability and effectiveness. It's numerous benefits include: exfoliation (unclogs pores and refines texture), antioxidant, reduction of redness and bumps. Numerous studies show how powerful azelaic acid is at reducing blemishes and post-acne marks. 

Try this hero and buy our Purity Body Lotion.

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Babassu Seed Oil

Organic Babassu Seed Oil is derived from a certain type of palm tree. It is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids with a high concentration of lauric acid (known for it's anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties). In comparison to coconut oil, Babassu Seed Oil is lightweight, non-greasy and non-comedogenic (it does not block your pores). Other fatty acids such as myristic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids also have great moisturizing benefits for your skin. Babassu has made a name for itself due to the healing properties used for rheumatism, ulcers, inflammatory conditions and for treating wounds. It's especially great for treating dry, itchy skin, imflammation (from acne, rosacea or rashes) and athletes foot.

Convince yourself of the Babassu Seed Oil's purifying effect and try our Purity Body Lotion.

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Bakuchiol

A natural ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It has skin healing properties and is great for stimulating collagen production, thus smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It is also great for pigmentation and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Bakuchiol stimulates the effect of retinol and is often sold as ‘natures retinol’ (often loved by those who cannot tolerate retinol).

Take a look at our Better Aging Body LotionBetter Aging Body Oil and Better Aging Hand Cream.

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Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)

BHA works on both the skin’s surface and deep inside the pores. It’s oil soluble, so is best suited for normal to oily skin prone to bumps, clogs, blemishes and enlarged pores. BHA also has natural skin-calming properties, so it’s gentle enough for skin that's sensitive or prone to redness or rosacea. This well-rounded, gentle ingredient is even suitable for bumpy skin prone to milia, while improving the look of dull, dehydrated skin.

  • Salicylic Acid - we use a natural form of salicylic acid in form of willow bark extract (further down in the glossary), which you can find in our Purity Body Lotion.

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Black Cumin Oil

Black cumin oil is derived from the black seeds of Nigella Sativa, being native in Southwest Asia. It is an absolute "anti-allrounder", including for example antimicrobial, antihistaminic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Last two are especially effective for the skin, which is why black cumin oil is highly recommended to be used to treat inflammatory skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Next to skin-nourishing, moisturizing unsaturated fatty acids, the oil contains important minerals, amino acids and vitamins.

 Try our "anti-allrounder" in our Calm Body Oil.

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Blackcurrant Seed Oil

Our black currant seed oil is a real hero! Being full of linoleic and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) it improves the outermost skin barrier and can be fantastically used to treat eczema, inflammation and an uneven skin tone. It is very rich in antioxidants helping to protect the skin from free radical damage, caused through for example sun exposure.

Convince yourself of the healing effects of our blackcurrant seed oil and try our Calm Body Oil

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Borage Seed Oil

Borage seed oil will treat all kinds of skin inflammation including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. If you're just feeling dry, you'll love its calming, nourishing, redness-erasing prowess. It's also useful in helping calm acne and it's lighter than many other oils so won't leave your face feeling greasy. As borage oil is known for its high levels of GLA, using it daily to fight anti-aging may help treat any symptoms such as fine lines and wrinkles. Getting the right amount of GLA can help maintain youthful skin, working hormones, and a great metabolism. Borage is much lighter and less comedogenic (pore-blocking) than many others such as coconut oil or polarising palm oil. In fact, it's often dubbed a 'dry oil' since it absorbs super-quickly and feels feather light on the skin.

Try it yourself and take a look at our Better Aging Body Oil and Better Aging Hand Cream.

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Calendula

The cosmetic calendula extract is derived from the plant Calendula officinalis, which can help soothe and calm inflamed, irritated or sunburnt skin.

You can find Calendula in our Hydration Body Gel and Calm Body Oil

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Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil

Camellia oleifera seed oil is perfect for treating dry skin, due to its emollient and moisturizing porperties. Next to its significant amount of vitamin E, it is very rich in skin-nourishing fatty and oleic acids and in the antioxidant squalene. Its fast absorption makes it perfect for the daily use, leaving the skin smooth and soft.

Convince yourself and try our Calm Body Oil and our Repair Hand Cream

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Centella Asiatica

Centella asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola and Indian pennywort, is a herb that’s been traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

This plant is loaded with beta carotene, fatty acids, amino acids and numerous phytochemicals. Centella Asiatica has shown its capabilities in speeding up wound healing, stimulating new cell growth, building collagen and reducing inflammation. 

 Centella Asiatica is a real hero in our Purity Body Lotion.

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Ceramides

Ceramides belong to the family of waxy lipid molecules. They are a major component within the skin’s outer layers, necessary for their water-retention capacity and provide replenishing and restoring benefits. They protect the skin from irritation and repair the skin’s barrier, when compromised. They are also excellent at relieving itchiness and dryness, and therefore this is a must ingredient for dry, itchy, inflamed, allergic skin types/conditions.

Strengthen your skin and try our Better Aging, Smooth, Purity & Glow Body Lotions!

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Chamomile

Chamomile as an ingredient, extracted from the chamomile flower, that has shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It also has the ability to neutralize skin irritants and soothe irritated/compromised skin. Due to its gentle but effective healing properties; chamomile is especially suited for use and treatment of overly dry, tender, sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Chamomile is included in our Purity Body Lotion and Calm Body Oil.

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Chondrus Crispus Algae/Red Algae

Being a great antioxidant for your skin, Red Algae also known as Chondrus crispus, is a nutrient rich seaweed containing the pigment beta-carotene and the powerful antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein. The antioxidants create a protection for the skin from the visible effects of blue light exposure and air pollutants.

In addition, red algae contains natural polysaccharides, peptides, and amino acids that help our skin stay hydrated and plump. The compound Carrageenan is able to form a flexible film on skin that acts as a shield against environmental stressors.

Protect your skin and try our Hydration Body Gel and Glow & Purity Body Lotions.

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Commiphora Mukul (Guggul) Resin Extract

The commiphora mukul tree is used since centuries in the Ayurvedic medicine. Its extract contains substances reducing the redness and swelling in acne. Furthermore its often found in sunscreens as it protects the skin from ultraviolet light. 

Treat yourself with this wonderful extract and buy our Better Aging Body Oil.

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Crambe Seed Oil

Crambe seed oil is derived from the seeds of Crambe Abyssinica, being native in the Ethiopian Highlands. Due to its high amounts of omega fatty acids, it is a perfect player for moisturizing the skin, leaving a smooth, elegant and soft feeling. It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and is often applied on irritated and sensitive skin.

You can find this hero in our Better Aging Body Oil.

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Daisy Flower

The Daisy Flower, known as Bellis Perennis, has a rich and renowned history in skincare. It carries a unique combination of polyphenols which work hard as tyrosinase inhibitors which naturally suppress melanin production, reduces the appearance of dark spots and lightens and brightens the complexion naturally.

Brighten your skin with our Glow Body Lotion and Calm Body Oil

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Edelweiss Flower

The Organic Edelweiss Flower, contains powerful skin soothing ingredients and antioxidants. Especially the Edelweiss Flower's lignans, are great at calming the skin. The leontopodic acid within Edelweiss, has shown to strengthen the skin’s barrier and helps reduce signs of sensitivity. An intact skin barrier is especially important, as environmental aggressors, including some types of airborne pollutants cannot penetrate.

Convince yourself and try our Hydration Body Gel.

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Evening Primrose Seed Oil

The seeds of the plant, evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) are pressed to extract the beneficial oil. The oil is a great source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and other omega-6 fatty acids that have both anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving, or analgesic, properties. The precious oil has been proven to work exceptionally well when treating psoriasis, a condition that causes scaly and itchy patches of skin, or acne, a condition in which pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

Pamper your skin with our Better Aging Body Oil

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Glycerin

Glycerin is a small humectant (has the ability to attract water) molecule which is able to be absorbed by the skin. It has skin-replenishing and restoring qualities, and is found naturally in skin. It helps the skin to maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness, dehydration or injury. Glycerin, being a humectant, is perfectly paired with an occlusive agent that has the ability to trap the moisture within the skin.

This hero can be found in all our Body Lotions and Body Gels.

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Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant (has the ability to attract water), but compared to glycerin, it is a larger molecule sitting on the skin's surface to create a moisturizing layer. It is also a natural component of the human body, found is connective tissue, eyes and your skin. A superior skin-replenishing ingredient that can boost skin’s moisture content, soothe, and defend against moisture loss. We only use multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, as the different molecular sizes help skin penetration and have the ability to hydrate the skin effectively.

Moisturize your skin with our Better Aging, Smooth & Glow Body Lotions, Hydration Body Gel and Better Aging Hand Cream!

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Jojoba Seed Oil

Jojoba Oil has several amazing skin care benefits, due to its very moisturizing nature. It has been proven to work very well when treating: rough cuticles, relieves sunburns, it has antibacterial properties, boosts skin's glow, fades fine lines and wrinkles and can even soothe eczema-prone skin.

Jojoba Seed Oil is included in our Better Aging and Calm Body Oils and our Repair Hand Cream.

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Mango Seed Butter

Organic Mango seed butter, derived by the Mangifera indica plant, is a plant-based emollient, as it is a rich source of fatty acids and skin-soothing ingredients.

Try this hero with our Glow Body Lotion and Repair Hand Cream.

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Niacinamide

Being a true ‘hero’ ingredient and present in most of our products, Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. It’s proven benefits are: reduction in pore size, smooth uneven skin, anti-aging properties regarding smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and it also is helpful to combat dry skin.

You can find this hero in our Smooth Body LotionHydration Body Gel and Repair Hand Cream.

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Peptides

Peptides are parts of amino acids, of which some have a remarkable skin-soothing effect, others can improve the appearance of wrinkles, loss of firmness, and help to soften the look of expression lines. They are great allrounder skin care ingredients.

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Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA)

Polyhydroxy acids (PHA) are next-generation Alpha Hydroxy acids, with the properties to exfoliate skin cells. It has larger molecules, therefore it cannot penetrate as deeply. PHAs are great for pigmentation, mild exfoliation and hydration.

  • Gluconolactone
  • Lactobionic Acid

Purify your skin with our Purity Body Lotion

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Poppy Seed Oil

Poppy seed oil is suitable for all skin types and is a real hero in terms of moisturizing, nourishing and smoothing the skin, without clogging pores. It is rich in omega-6 linoleic acid, supporting the skin barrier, and also has anti-inflammatory effects. 

Convince yourself of this hero and try our Calm Body Oil.

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Raspberry Seed Oil

Raspberry Seed Oil is known and adored for its anti-inflammatory effect, especially in regards to soothing symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Dry skin is a symptom of these conditions, too. The oil has the ability to moisturize, repair and soften the skin, as well as reduce flares and irritation like itching, swelling, and redness.

Repair your skin with our Better Aging Body Oil and Better Aging Hand Cream

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Rose Water

Rose water is especially known for its pleasant, relaxing scent. It contains several antioxidants and has protecting properties regarding UV light exposure. Due to some fragrant components, products without floral fragrance may suit people with very sensitive skin better.

Enjoy the pleasant scent and try our Better Aging Hand Cream.

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Rosehip Extract

Rosehip extract is a real hero with multiple benefits. Next to moisturizing and hydrating the skin, the contained polyphenols and anthocyanin reduce inflammation and can be used to treat rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It contains vitamin A, exfoliating, brightening the skin and inducing collagen production, and vitamin E, which protects the skin against sunlight induced skin damage. Further it is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, which regenerate the skin and improve scars and fine lines. 

So as you can see, rosehip extract is a real hero waiting for you to try it yourself with our Calm Body Oil!

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Sacha Inchi Seed Oil

The emollient Sacha Inchi Seed Oil is a moisturizing hero. It is full of skin-nourishing fatty acids, containing a lot of linoleic acid and even more α-Linolenic acid, which has anti-flammatory properties and can improve hyperpigmentation. Further the oil contains the antioxidants vitamin E - a valuable hero for treating sun damaged skin.

Sacha inchi seed oil is included in our Calm Body Oil.

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Shea Butter

Organic Shea Butter is a plant lipid extracted from the karite tree that is used as an emollient in cosmetics. High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties.

Shea Butter is included in our Better Aging & Smooth Body Lotion and our Better Aging Hand Cream.

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Squalane

Squalane is a natural component of the human skin sebum, which is the 'oil' keeping our skin moist. It is a wonderfully moisturizing ingredient as well as being a source of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants. It is very important to differentiate the different sources of Squalane, as our company only uses 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil derived Squalane and never derived from Sharks.

Moisturize your skin with our Better Aging Body Lotion and Better Aging & Calm Body Oils.

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Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil is derived from the Tamanu plant, coming from Bora Bora, Tahitia and the island of Polynesia. It is very rich in moisturizing and skin-nourishing fatty acids, however its special component is calophyllic acid. Calophyllic acid is recommended for red skin and against rosacea as it has regenerating and extra healing effects.

Tamanu Oil is included in our Calm Body Oil.

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Urea

Urea is used to treat dry/rough skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis, corns, callus) and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown nails). It may also be used to help remove dead tissue in some wounds to help wound healing. Urea is known as a keratolytic.

Try the healing effects of urea and buy our Calm Body Oil.

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Vitamin A- Retinol

A Vitamin A, that can be found as: Reinoic acid (prescription only), retinaldehyde, retinol and then retinol esters (e.g. retinyl palmitate, mildest/least irritating). Powerhouse ingredient that can improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of ageing: It’s skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, an antioxidant, improves acne and improves sun damage/pigmentation.

Vitamin A can cause irritation and peeling of the skin, thus it is essential to start with a mild retinol ester, as found in our Better Aging Body Lotion and build up a tolerance by increasing the usage.

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Vitamin B5- Panthenol

Panthenol (alcohol form of the B vitamin pantothenic acid) is a humectant because of its ability to attract and hold moisture. It improves the look and feel of skin. It is also perfect for irritated skin.

Sometimes called pro-vitamin B5, panthenol mixes readily with many different types of ingredients, making it a versatile ingredient to be used in formulas because it improves the look and feel of skin.

Moisturize your skin with our Hydration Body Gel and our Repair and Better Aging hand cream.

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Vitamin C- Ascorbic Acid

One of the most well-researched vitamins for skin, shown to improve the look of multiple signs of ageing, brighten uneven skin tone, as well as provide skin-restoring and soothing benefits. It’s also your go to treatment for pigmentation.

Ascorbic Acid is a natural water-soluble vitamin (Vitamin C). Ascorbic acid is a potent reducing and antioxidant agent that functions in fighting bacterial infections, in detoxifying reactions, and in the formation of collagen in fibrous tissue, teeth, bones, connective tissue, skin, and capillaries.

We use Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which is a water-soluble, stable vitamin C derivative and highly effective antioxidant, improves collagen synthesis and reduces wrinkles. The active substance is an ascorbic acid derivative and is metabolized to vitamin C after penetration into the skin

This hero is included in our Glow Body Lotion!

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Vitamin E- Tocopherol

One of the most researched antioxidants for the body and for skin. Plays a supporting role in helping defend skin from the stress caused by UV light exposure. 

Support your skin and try our Better Aging, Purity & Glow Body Lotion and our Repair Hand Cream

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Willow Bark Extract

Derived from the bark of the willow tree, Willow Bark Extract has been used for centuries to soothe irritated skin. Containing salicin—from which salicylic acid is derived—this versatile ingredient is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, clearing pores and alleviating acne and irritation.

Willow Bark extract is included in our Purity Body Lotion.

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Zinc

Zinc, which boosts immune function, may help control that inflammatory response. What's more, because zinc regulates cell production and turnover, and can help reduce the amount of natural oil your skin produces, it may prevent pores from clogging in the first place.

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