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Green Tea Extract: the skin's collagen guardian

Green Tea Extract is an active of diverse advantages, primarily due to the content of Polyphenols and Methylxanthines. The Polyphenols are responsible for the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, they have the ability to inhibit collagenase, the enzyme causing degradation of collagen and the vascular endothelium. The Methylxanthines promote vasodilator response, and prevent the lipid accumulation into the adipocytes. Green Tea Extract also protects against UVB damage. Applications include anti-cellulite treatments, sun-protectors, anti-wrinkling formulations, irritated and sensitive skin products, and hair care products that improve strength and gloss. Green Tea is a key ingredient in the Volcanics Anti-Aging Cream.

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Witch Hazel Hydrosol: a super anti-oxidant

Our Witch Hazel Hydrosol (aka Witch Hazel Distillate) is a product of the steam distillation of Witch Hazel leaves and stems.  It has a delicate herbaceous fragrance with subtle floral and fruity notes. Witch hazel Hydrosol contains between 5% to 12% tannins, flavonoids, and catechins, to act as anti-inflammatories, anti-oxidants, astringents. Hamamelitannin and hamamelose are strong anti-inflammatories and astringents, while proanthocynanins are potent anti-oxidants up to 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E. Gallic acid, a flavonoid, is a good wound healer as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.  For all skin types, the proanthocyanins stabilize collagen and elastin and work as very good anti-oxidants, while the other constituents work as anti-inflammatories. It can be...

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Goji Berry: Your Skin's Superfood

Goji Berry Extract: Obtained from the fruits of the Lycium barbarum L., Goji berry is also known as lycium, wolfberry, barbary boxthorn, Kukoshi (Japanese) and Gou Qi Zi (Gouqizi, in Chinese). The Goji Berry plant is an evergreen shrub that reaches a height of 15 feet. With thorny branches and oblong, somewhat thick keaves that are distributed alternatively or in clusters of three, it has bell-shaped pink or purple flowers and produces an ovoid fleshy orange to red berry in the fall.  Within an uncertain origin, it is mainly cultivated in China, Japan, and  the Himalayan and Mongolian valleys where its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been documented over 1900 years. Our Goji berry extract is obtained from the fruits...

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The Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Calendula

  Calendula officinalis L. is an aromatic annual plant belonging to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family native to the Mediterranean area, although it is widely spread throughout the world as an ornamental plant. Our Calendula Extract is produced from the calendula flower-heads. Cosmetic Properties Reepithelizing activity: Due to the presence of polysaccharides (mucilage), flavonoids (especially quercetrin-3-O-glycoside), triterpenes and carotenes, which act on the metabolism of glycoproteins and on collagen fibers, this is one of the most extensively used actions of calendula. Creams containing calendula floral extract at 5% in combination with allantoin, promoted remarkable epithelization in rat experimental models, with especial intensity on the metabolism of glycoproteins and collagen fibers during tissue regeneration. More recent research suggested that the water extracts of...

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DMAE: skin hydrator, tightener and firming agent

DiMethylAminoEthanol, also known as DiMethylEthanolAmine and by the chemical name 2-DiMethyl AminoEthanol, has been promoted as one of the hottest new ingredients for aging skin. DMAE is a natural vegetable sourced, organic, ingredient that has been in use in the nutrition industry, as a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, for many years. Offering a visible tightening and firming effect, DMAE is one of the most effective weapons, that nature gives us, for the battle against loose, sagging skin. This effect is the result of several mechanisms; the most powerful being dermal layer hydration, which is significant enough to plump the skin, and a proven thickening of the dermal layer resulting in collagen fiber thickness and strength, resulting in an immediate firm,...

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