Product Glossary

Antioxidants:

An ingredient found naturally in many foods.

Antioxidants

Avobenzone:

An FDA-permitted active ingredient used in sunscreen to help absorb UVA rays.

Benzoyl peroxide:

A bacteria-reducing ingredient that is commonly found in acne products.

Caffeine:

A stimulant derived from caffeic acid, which is found naturally in some grains, fruits, vegetables, and coffee beans.

Caffeine

Cassia Alata:

Also known as senna alata and Candle Bush, this ingredient is frequently used as an antioxidant.

Ceramides:

Often found in serums, creams, and lotions, this waxy molecule works with fatty acids to help send signals to cells.

Glycerin:

This compound, which is found in animal and vegetable lipids, hydrates by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin to trap water.

Glycerin

Glycolic Acid:

Derived from cane sugar, this alpha hydroxy acid acts as an exfoliant.

Glycolic Acid

Homosalate:

An FDA-permitted active ingredient that helps absorb UV rays.

Hyaluronic acid:

A moisturizer that can act as a lubricant.

Micelles:

A small particle derived from coal, this cleansing component works by suspending oil in water in the form of tiny spheres. It can be found in soaps and cleansers.

Non-comedogenic: This means a product does not clog pores.

Octisalate:
An FDA-permitted active ingredient found in sunscreens.

Omega fatty acids: Found in many foods such as fish, these acids are often used as thickeners in skin products and help produce skin’s oil barrier and retain moisture.

Omega Fatty Acids

Otocrylene:

An FDA-permitted active ingredient that can help absorb UV rays.

Oxybenzone:

An FDA-approved active ingredient found in sunscreens that helps protect skin from UVB rays.

Retinol:

Commonly found in acne products, but not an anti-acne ingredient, this form of vitamin A1 can turn enzymes into retinoic acid, which can help improve the elasticity of skin.

Salicylic acid:

A compound found in creams and gels that can be used as a preservative, anti-inflammatory ingredient, or as an exfoliant.

Shea Butter:

Derived from shea nuts, this antioxidant fat compound can help moisturize and is often used as a conditioning agent in lotions, creams, and conditioners.

Shea Butter

Titanium Dioxide:

An FDA-approved active ingredient that helps to block UV rays. It is often found in sunscreen.

Vitamin B3:

Also known as nicotinamide, this chemical is often found in grains and animal products and is added to lotions and serums.

Vitamin C:

Also known as L-ascorbic acid, this can be found in lotion and creams.

Vitamin C

Vitamin E:

Also known as tocopherol, this antioxidant can be found in produce and animal products and added to serums and creams to help soothe skin.

Zinc Oxide:

An FDA-approved active ingredient often added to sunscreen to help scatter or reflect UV radiation.