Ingredients Glossary

INGREDIENTS GLOSSARY

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ALOE VERA EXTRACT (Aloe barbadensis) *Certified Organic

Aloe vera extract has been used for more than 3,000 years for its soothing, healing and repairing properties. There are more than 200 varieties of these desert lilies, all rich in vitamins and minerals.

APRICOT OIL (Prunus armeniaca)

Apricot oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that help condition hair and skin. It penetrates skin cells without leaving a greasy feel and is well-known for its protective and nourishing properties.

AVOCADO OIL (Persea gratissima) *Certified Biodynamic

Aloe vera extract has been used for more than 3,000 years for its soothing, healing and repairing properties. There are more than 200 varieties of these desert lilies, all rich in vitamins and minerals.

BERGAMOT OIL (Citrus bergamia)

The powerful antiseptic action of this member of the citrus family makes it beneficial for treating wounds, acne and dry skin. Bergamot has also been found to increase the skin’s immunity to infections.

BLACKCURRENT SEED OIL (Ribes nigrum)

Black currant seed oil is rich in essential omega-6 fatty acids which promote and maintain the body’s vital functions. It is also high in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which has been proven to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.

BORAGE OIL (b.officinalis)

Rich in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) borage, also known as starflower oil, is used in skin care products to boost collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is also highly effective for the treatment of minor inflammations.

BURDOCK EXTRACT (Actium lappa) *Certified Organic

Burdock root consists primarily of carbohydrates, tannins, and fatty oils, all of which contribute to its healing properties. Burdock is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects.

CALENDULA EXTRACT *Certified Organic

Calendula, or marigold, is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothing and healing herb which stimulates cellular regeneration. This highly-effective herb is used in all our products.

CANADIAN RED CLOVER EXTRACT (Teifolium pratense)

A legume rich in isoflavones, red clover is used for its antioxidant, cell regenerating, anti inflammatory, and detoxifying properties on the skin.

CHAMOMILE EXTRACT AND OIL *Certified Organic

Chamomile has been used for centuries by civilizations around the world. Its anti-inflammatory characteristics applied tropically improves skin regeneration. Chamomile is rich in azulene and bisabolol which reduce puffiness and helps cleanse skin pores.

CLARY SAGE OIL (Slvia Sclarea)

The name ‘clary’ is derived from the Latin word sclarea meaning ‘clear’ – appropriate, since this herb helps maintain a clear complexion by regulating sebum production. It also helps reduce swelling.

COCO BUTTER

Cocoa butter has been called the ultimate moisturizer and has been used to keep skin soft and supple for centuries. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and because it melts at body temperature, is readily absorbed into the skin. Cocoa butter is often recommended for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and at the same time helps skin cells retain moisture.

Pregnant women have long used cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling ingredient is added to countless other topical preparations. Recent research suggests that massaging the skin with cocoa butter may help relieve stress and boost the immune system.

COLEUS EXTRACT (Coleus Forskohlii)

Coleus is a powerful anti-aging herb that protects against free radical damage to structural skin protein and supports general blood circulation.

FLAXSEED OIL

Flaxseed contains high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids which are useful for healing scars and abrasions as well as for their anti-inflammatory properties. This makes flaxseed effective in the treatment of dry, inflamed skin or skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema. When applied topically, flax oil can help lock in moisture and improve the appearance of dry, dull skin, even helping to improve the appearance of fine lines.

FRANKINCENSE OIL (OLIBANUM)

Frankincense has been used for thousands of years to treat numerous ailments. It is well known for its anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and healing properties and is recommended for use on dry and mature skins, scars, wounds and wrinkles.

GERANIUM OIL (Pelargonium Graveolens)

Essence of geranium is widely used for its balancing, calming and uplifting properties. In skin care preparations, it is valued for its ability to balance oil and moisture content.

GINGER OIL (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is a valuable medicinal root. It can increase the skin’s radiance and decrease the inflammation that may contribute to conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Ginger is also a powerful antioxidant, valued for its ability to inhibit harmful free radicals that cause skin damage and aging.

GINKGO BILOBA EXTRACT

Ginkgo biloba is a vasodilator which helps increase circulation, improve sebaceous secretions, decrease capillary hyper-permeability, improve tissue irrigation and activate cell metabolism. It also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic properties and is effective at increasing the creation of fibroblast, collagen and extracellular fibronectin.

GRAPESEED OIL

An antioxidant used in many skin care products, grapeseed is known for its anti aging properties. It is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins that help tone and tighten the skin. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid essential for the health of skin and cell membranes, making it a highly effective moisturizer. Because the nutrients in grapeseed oil are easily absorbed instead of sitting on top of the skin, it is also effective at fighting free radicals and protecting against some of the enzymes that destroy collagen, elastin and other connective tissue. In addition to nourishing your skin and helping keep it smooth and supple, grapeseed oil inhibits the development of fine lines and wrinkles caused by the loss of collagen and elastin.

GRAPE SKIN EXTRACT (Vitis vinifera)

Grape skin extract is full of beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols. This nutrient rich extract promotes blood circulation which enhances, replenishes and revitalizes the complexion.

GREEN TEA (Camellia Sinensis)

Polyphenols give green tea powerful antioxidant and cell-protection properties, making it a valuable addition to our skin care products. Although they do not block UV rays, topical green tea formulations have been shown to reduce sun damage by destroying free radicals and reducing inflammation, when used in conjunction with an effective sunscreen. Where collagen has broken down, green tea’s enzymatic action can result in firmer looking skin.

HORSETAIL HERB (Equisetum arvense) *Certified Organic

Rich in minerals – particularly silica, glutathione and vitamin C, Horsetail remineralizes and acts as an astringent and local decongestant. Helps boost collagen production. Great herb in anti-aging skin care.

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the joints and the deeper layers of the skin has been dubbed “the key to the fountain of youth”.

JOJOBA SEED OIL (Simmondsia Cinensis)

Jojoba is a botanical extract derived from the seed of the jojoba tree. Interestingly, it is not actually an oil; rather, it is a wax ester. This wax ester is so similar to human skin oil (sebum) that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” it into thinking it’s producing enough oil, thereby balancing the skin’s oil production. Jojoba seed oil is extremely stable, high in antioxidants and vitamin E, and is instrumental in the maintenance of glowing skin.

KOREAN GINSENG EXTRACT

This extract is well known for its detoxifying and strengthening properties. When it is used as an ingredient in skin care products, Korean Ginseng helps condition and rejuvenate as well as strengthening the skin’s immune system.

LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia) *Certified Organic

One of the oldest and most prevalent ingredients in skin care, this antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb is known for its calming and soothing properties, making it a great remedy for stressed skin. It is also used to promote healing and encourage new cell growth.

LECITHIN

Lecithin, derived from soybeans, is a powerful anti-oxidant and emulsifier. The chemical cousin of vitamin B, lecithin is high in essential fatty acids, and is an essential building block of the lipid layer that surrounds skin cells and forms the foundation of the cell membrane.

LICORICE EXTRACT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice extract is widely-valued for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, as well as its qualities as a brightening agent.

LIME OIL

Lime contains micronutrients with antiseptic properties. It is also an astringent that helps fight oily skin and acne. The wonderful essence of this oil is uplifting and invigorating, providing great benefit to tired skin.

MACADAMIA NUT OIL (Macadamia ternifolia) *Certified Biodynamic

The macadamia nut contains palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, plus omega 3 and 6. Its oil is extremely stable and closely resembles the sebum found in young humans. Highly effective at penetrating skin cells, macadamia nut oil is great for moisturizing and hydrating.

MARINE COLLAGEN

Marine collagen stimulates collagen production and elastin collagen thickening, encourages skin renewal and reduces the appearance of both deep wrinkles and fine lines. By helping prevent collagen and elastin breakdown it is instrumental in firming the skin.

OAT PROTEIN

Oat protein is a natural humectant clinically proven to increase hydration. In skin care products it is used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. A soluble form of oats containing 23% oligosaccharides and 3% protein retains up to 50% more moisture than comparable proteins. It conditions the skin and hair and contributes to the silky feel of creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners and other liquid formulations.

PALMAROSA GERANIUM OIL

Palmarosa is used extensively in skin care products. It is antiseptic, has hydrating properties, helps regulate sebum production and is known to stimulate cellular regeneration. Palmarosa is recommended for all skin types, especially dry and undernourished skins.

PRIMROSE OIL (Oenothers biennis)

Primrose plants were used by North American native peoples to make infusions for healing wounds. Evening primrose oil is exceptionally high in fatty acids, especially in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is nutritionally important to the body. When applied topically, primrose oil delivers many anti aging benefits including the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing rough skin, helping cell turnover, reducing inflammation, and creating firmer looking skin.

PURIFIED/REVITALIZED WATER

The revitalized water used in Youva Skin care products has fewer impurities, a better pH balance and more oxygen. The water is ‘revitalized’ through naturally occurring dynamic systems which incorporate integral vortices to prevent ‘brusing’ or oxidation. The result is pure, oxygenated, toxin-free water that better preserves the organic ingredients in our products.

REISHI MUSHROOM EXTRACT (Ganoderma lucidum)

Red Reishi, commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is an herbal mushroom that is known to have many health benefits and immune boosting properties. When it is applied topically, the reishi mushroom has wonderful effects on the skin including an increase in the delivery of nutrients. It helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

ROMAN CHAMOMILE OIL

This bright, crisp, sweet, fruity herb is greatly valued for its wide range of healing properties. It can help to calm acne, eczema, rashes, wounds, dermatitis, dry and itchy skin and other allergic skin conditions.

ROSEHIP EXTRACT AND OIL (Rosa canina/mosqueta) *Certified Organic

Wild crafted and cold pressed in Chile, this oil is rich in transretinoic acid and essential fatty acids. Clinically proven to reduce scarring, wrinkles and other age related conditions on the skin.

ROSE OIL (Rose damascena)

Rose is the Queen of Oils. And our rose oil is very special. It comes from a tiny village in Iran where it is organically grown, picked by hand and steam distilled using mountain stream water. The result is a unique extract rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties. It is invaluable for soothing red, inflamed skin and strengthening capillaries, as well as purifying, smoothing, moisturizing and conditioning the skin.

ROSEMARY EXTRACT (Rosmarius officinalis) *Certified Organic

Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant, and anti aging herb known for its ability to increase micro-circulation in the body.

SACRED LOTUS EXTRACT (NELUMBO NUCIFERA) *Certified Organic

The Lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions for centuries, and this sacred extract has been credited with numerous beneficial properties both physical and spiritual. When used in skin care products it helps improve skin condition, texture and complexion and combats the signs of aging.

SEABUCKTHORN OIL (Hippophae rhamnoides)

The oil extracted from the berries of this native Himalayan shrub is used to promote the healing of sunburns, wounds, skin ulcers and eczema. The high content of fat soluble vitamins A and E as well as other nutrients makes this oil an indispensible ingredient for revitalizing, rejuvenating and restoring aging skin, and for helping combat the symptoms of premature aging.

SEAWEED EXTRACT (Fucus gardneri)

This naturally occurring sea vegetable contains a gel called Algin, used primarily for its water retention properties. Seaweed is rich in compounds that protect the outer layers of the skin, providing hydration and creating a barrier. A good source of Vitmin A and C it also contains amino acids proline, glycine and lycine all found in the elastin fibers of human skin. Seaweed improves firmness and elasticity by increasing skin hydration.

SHEA BUTTER

Shea butter has been used for thousands of years for its healing effects on burns, ulcerated skin, stretch marks, and dryness. It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator for aging skin.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM EXTRACT (Lentinus Edodes)

Shiitake have captured attention not just for their culinary delight but also for their health benefits. This wonder mushroom contains all essential and non essential amino acids and is high in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

SKULLCAP EXTRACT (Scutellaria lateriflora)

Skullcap extract is best known for its sedative properties and is used to calm the skin. Its powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent addition to skin care products.

STEARIC ACID

Stearic acid is a fatty acid used as a cosmetic base and emollient. It is also used to soften and soothe the skin.

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL (Helianthus annuus) *Certified Organic

This cold-pressed, unrefined oil is rich in vitamins A and E as well as other fatty acids. It has excellent moisture retention properties and helps maintain a good support system for the skin.

USNEA EXTRACT (Usnea barbata)

Usnea has been used as a therapeutic agent in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It helps strengthen the skin’s immunity and ability to form a protective barrier.

UVA URSI (BEARBERRY) EXTRACT

As a natural extract found in bearberry (Uva Ursi) plants, arbutin creates a lightening and brightening effect on the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity, making it effective for reducing age related pigmentation and age spots. Bearberry also helps increase cell turnover and is an excellent antioxidant.

VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

There are many anti-aging benefits associated with vegetable glycerine. Its excellent moisturizing properties help keep skin looking young and healthy. It also draws oxygen into the skin, which helps fight the signs of aging. Retaining moisture is vital for keeping skin in its best condition and vegetable glycerine is effective in the fight against dryness.

VITAMIN B5 (PANTENOL)

Vitamin B5 is essential to DNA and RNA synthesis and cell reproduction. As such, it is crucial for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body. Among its many health benefits, Vitamin B5 is essential to the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails. Deficiencies in B vitamins can cause premature aging, dry dull skin, brittle and weak nails, grey hair and other skin conditions.

VITAMIN C (ASCORBYL PALMITATE)

The remarkable antioxidant and preservative properties of Vitamin C make it an important ingredient in skin care formulations. Research has shown it to be the only vitamin that effectively stimulates the growth of collagen. When applied topically, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and helps promote healthy cell turnover for younger looking skin.

VITAMIN E (TOCOPHERYL ACETATE)

A natural non-GMO antioxidant vitamin used in skin care products for its excellent moisturizing and softening properties.

WHEATGERM OIL

This oil is an excellent source of Vitamin E and is used widely in skin care products for its emollient and moisturizing properties.

WHEAT PROTEIN

This water soluble plant protein provides excellent moisturizing and nourishing qualities.

XANTHAN GUM

Used to prepare water gels, xanthan gum soothes and softens the skin.

YEAST EXTRACT (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

Derived from yeast, this extract is an excellent humectant, drawing moisture from the air and helping skin cells prevent moisture loss. It may also aid in reducing hyperpigmentation by blocking melanin biosynthesis. Yeast extract is an antioxidant, a pH adjuster, and rich in the B vitamins and amino acids that stimulate hair growth and help maintain healthy looking skin.

YLANG YLANG OIL

Distilled from fresh flowers, Ylang Ylang has a sensual, exotic smell and is known for its aphrodisiac properties. When applied to the skin, it has an uplifting and rejuvenating effect.