Some of our ingredients and terms we use may not be familiar to you. We have compiled a list of these words and phrases in our Glossary and provided an explanation for each of them.
We also talk about the things that we leave out of our products because we don’t believe they bring any value or benefit to your skin, or your health in general. Read more about the chemicals we avoid and why we don’t use them.
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To see how our ingredients measure up, we have listed all our ingredients on The Environmental Working Group (EWG) website in the USA for an independent, detailed analysis of all the ingredients we use in our skincare range. We are really proud to say that we achieve the highest possible score, both for our products and as a company.
This is a group of ingredients that are made from infusions or macerations of plants to extract the key ‘active’ elements which have been shown to offer a range of skin enhancing benefits.
The actives found in our products are:
- Anti Acne Formula – produced in partnership with small communities of the South American Rain Forest, this unique, Organic Anti Acne Active Formula is a 100% natural blend of acai oil, andiroba oil and copaiba balsam. These are all rich in natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-seborrheic (helps prevent or reduce excessive sebum production).
It contains anti-acne active components, such as beta-caryophylene, flavonoids and limmonoids Fatty Acid (Omega 9) which promote regeneration of the epidermis, maintaining the natural moisture of the skin.
Anti Acne Formula is used in many products in our Neutralize range for oily, problem skin.
- Calendula – infused in organic cold pressed sunflower oil, it is derived from marigolds and has healing and soothing properties. Being high in carotene (Vitamin A) makes it good for helping wounds to heal, and it can also assist in treating varicose veins.
- Comfrey – (also known as knitbone), is infused in cold pressed sunflower oil. Well known for healing, cell repair and renewal, it is an excellent source of Vitamin B12. In creams it can help repair skin damage after surgery, help with acne scarring and eczema. It should not be used on new wounds however until the deeper tissue has healed.
- Hyaluronic Acid – we use a vegan and cruelty-free alternative of this very popular anti-aging active which is made by producing enzymes from a bacteria-based biofermentation process. When the body cannot produce enough of coenzyme Q10 on its own anymore, then low molecular weight hyaluronic acid can penetrate through the skin to re-establish the hyaluronic acid content to more youthful levels.
It is the most efficient humectant (moisture retaining) that can attract from 600-1000 times its own weight in water so it plumps up the skin and gives it volume. Result – increased skin smoothness, softening and decreased appearance of wrinkles. Our hyaluronic acid cream for mature skin is one of our hero products!
- Collagen – a vegan and cruelty free version (pseudo collagen), extracted from brewers yeast and mimics the skin’s collagen. It helps to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving elasticity, helping the skin retain moisture and reduces fine lines.
- Siberian Ginseng – an extraction from the root. It is a skin tightening ingredient and has a toning and lifting effect on the skin helping to reduce lines and wrinkles.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) – Vitamin B3 is soothing and anti-inflammatory; it relieves redness as in rosacea, dry or irritated skin and supports cell growth, building up the skin’s barrier function. It improves skin moisturisation and reduces water loss by encouraging the production of natural emollients that soften the skin and keeps it hydrated.
Great for acne prone skin and helps it become a more ‘normal’ skin type.
B3 prevents skin ageing and improves the appearance of ageing skin by stimulating new fibroblasts and collagen secretion and increases skin elasticity. It improves complexion and a more even skin tone by lightening the skin and reducing age spots, blemishes and blotches.
All our oils are ‘cold pressed’ which describes the extraction process used to get the oil out of the nut, seed or hip. It is one of the best extraction methods, allowing the oils to retain as many of the key beneficial components as possible. No solvents are used and the purity of the oil is maintained.
EPA stands for Epoxy Phenolic and this is an internal coating found in our aluminium packaging. It prevents the aluminium from coming into direct contact with any of the products. The EPA lining itself does not interact with the product and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S for use in cosmetics.
What is fair trade? It’s where a community gets paid a fair market price for the fairtrade products that they produce and are not subjected to exploitation by intermediaries. We choose fair trade whenever possible and select suppliers such as Freeset who have a clear fair trade policy and practice.
Freeset make our branded organic cotton gift bags, each with a unique lining made from recycled sarees. These bags are handmade by women formerly trafficked into the sex industry. Making these bags gives these women an alternative way to earn a living wage and access education for them and their children .
This term describes the method used to produce a substance in a way that does not require chemicals and does not impact negatively on the environment.
For skincare, it means minimum synthetic ingredients, minimum processing of ingredients and clear labelling, all of which we subscribe to and the Soil Association set the standard. We choose organic ingredients where they are available and accessible. Read more here about our organic skincare.
Omegas, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and Prostaglandins
Essential Fatty Acids are fats which our bodies need but cannot produce themselves. Instead we need to obtain them through diet. 3 key EFAs are Omega 3, Omega 6 (also known as GLA) and Omega 9. Our bodies can product a limited amount of Omega 9, provided the other 2 are present.
We need EFAs to produce and repair cell membranes. A key function of EFAs is to produce prostaglandins. These regulate body functions such as the cardiovascular and circulatory systems.
EFAs are key in helping the skin’s fatty layer retain moisture and suppleness. Over time, our bodies secrete less EFAs resulting in skin feeling drier, losing suppleness with resultant fine lines starting to appear. We need to maintain a healthy level of EFAs through diet or ‘topical application’ – putting it straight onto your skin.
Conscious Skincare’s moisturisers and cold pressed oils are high in EFAs to help keep your skin supple and moisturised.
Our products are mainly anhydrous (made without water) and so they do not require preservatives or the pH of the formulation itself is sufficient to inhibit any bacterial growth and make them safe to use.
Some of our products do contain water – Fuzz Off Shave Gel, face exfoliants, body lotions, floral waters, shampoo and conditioner. These particular formulations need a preservative as they would otherwise spoil quickly, allowing bacteria to grow. The preservatives used in these products are ones approved by the Soil Association. Read more about our approach to preservatives and the ones that we use.
Vitamin A comes from two sources; animal (called retinoids) and plant (called carotenoids). The body converts these into beta carotene which is an antioxidant. This protects cells from damage caused by free radicals (believed to contribute to disease and play a role in the ageing process).
We use organic carrot tissue oil in our serums which contain retinol.
Retinoic Acid is used in cell growth and development. Studies show that Vitamin A can help reduce the signs of ageing as retinol seems to increase the production of pro collagen which helps the skin retain moisture and form new skin cells.