Ergothioneine

Ergothioneine protects the skin from oxidation and DNA damage. It targets free radicals, particularly those caused by UV-induced skin damage. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals which are known to damage DNA and cause skin cell death. Free radicals contribute to the premature aging, cancer and heart diseases. Antioxidants like ergothioneine neutralize free radicals and potentially reduce and even prevent sun damage.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential component of the various nutrients that keep skin, blood vessels, bones and immune system healthy. It acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals – compounds that are formed when the food we eat is converted into energy.

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Tomato Extract

Tomato is an excellent skin hydrator as it contains almost 95% water and has high levels of lycopene (an antioxidant) which helps to prevent sun damage. It’s also rich in vitamins C, E, B6, B1, B3 and B2 – important nutrients to nurture and preserve healthy and radiant skin. Tomato extract suppresses the expression and activity of MMPs in dermal fibroblasts (manufacturer of collagen). This helps to maintain collagen levels in the skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Tocopherol

Tocopherol constitutes 96% of our skin’s natural antioxidant defense system. It is proven that tocopherol absorbs UV rays and helps prevent UV-induced free radical damage and pollution-related damage to the skin. It also helps to protect products by acting as a preservative and preventing natural and essential oils like jojoba and avocado oil from going rancid. It has excellent wound healing properties. As inflammatory conditions in the skin are a leading cause of skin aging, tocopherol’s anti-inflammatory action can mitigate the signs of aging by enhancing the topical delivery of other active compounds into the skin.

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Palmitic Acid

According to a Korean study published in a 2010 edition of the “Journal of Medicinal Food,” palmitic acid does possess antioxidant properties. The antioxidants help prevent free radical damage to maintain youthful radiant skin. Two main functions of palmitic acid are to act as an emulsifier and surfactant. The low surface tension of palmitic acid allows water to combine with the oil and dirt molecules and wash them away.

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Olive Leaf

Research has shown that olive leaf extract’s high levels of antioxidants help to protect the skin against harmful UV exposure. According to 2010 study in Phytotherapy Research, consuming an ingestible containing the extract twice daily for two weeks reduced the thickening of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Oleuropein also inhibits melanin production and suppresses the enzyme that degrades protein in the skin such as collagen and elastin.

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Mulberry Extract

Mulberry root extract comes from the white mulberry tree that is native to China but is now cultivated in Europe, Japan, Australia and North America. It has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and was also popular with the ancient Greeks as the fruit was dedicated to Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. White mulberry is also widely grown for its leaves and color to feed silkworms for commercial production of silk.

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Fermented Filtrate Extract

Many studies have been conducted on the potential health benefits of various ferment extracts. One such study was conducted by the Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology on the effects of essence-formed cosmetic ingredients containing 97% of galactomyces ferment filtrate on human skin. The results showed improvements in keratinization, sebum excretion, pores, sebum excretion, acne and radiance.

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Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Being a lightweight and non-greasy barrier of lubrication, caprylic/capric triglyceride are easily diffused on to and absorbed by the skin. As a dispersing agent, they enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other active ingredients contained in the product. They also provide great stability to the product and resistance to premature aging processes like oxidation and can function as a biodegradable antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral agent.

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Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract

Topical applications of broccoli extract on animals and human volunteers galvanized the skin cells to step up production of enzymes that help act as a sunscreen to combat the damaging effects of UV rays. The Cancer Research journal reported a study that found the concentrated extract from broccoli sprouts halved the incidence of bladder tumors in animals. In 2010, the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center found that sulforaphane from broccoli extract “killed the cancer stem cells and prevented new tumors from growing” in cell cultures and in tests on animals. 

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