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Acne: An inflammatory skin disease that affects the tiny pores that cover the face, arms, back and chest as well as the oil glands attached to them.

Allergen: Allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction

Aloe Vera: An emollient resin with hydrating/softening properties.

Aloe Vera Gel – A natural hydrating moisturizer with anti-aging properties. Helps to repair damaged skin tissue. Aloe vera is also known as a carrier, as it helps deliver other vital ingredients to target locations. Its moisturizing ability is its most widely recognized characteristic. Although aloe Vera's important constituents are minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids, and carbohydrates, it is constituted of about 99.5% water. The molecular structure allows Aloe Vera to penetrate the skin, supplying moisture directly to the tissue. Other properties include moisture regulation and an apparent ability to absorb UV light. It has a slightly relaxing effect on the skin, making it beneficial for sensitive, sunburned, and sun-exposed skins.

Althea: Botanical root believed to have emollient and soothing capabilities for skin.

Avocado Oil – Helps as a carrier to transport active substances into the skin. Its skin-benefiting properties include bactericidal and soothing properties. Current speculation among researchers is avocado oil may mobilize and increase the collagen of connective tissue. Avocado Oil has also demonstrated sun-screening characteristics and has been given the highest ranking by the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology for sunscreen effectiveness when compared to other naturally derived oils such as peanut, olive and coconut. Avocado oil also contains other constituents such as; lecithin, phytosterol, carotinoids, and a high concentration of vitamins A, D and E. The oil is derived from the expression of the seed.

Beta carotene: Orange colored plant pigments, used in the manufacture of vitamin A.

Butylene Glycol (and) Matricaria Recutita Extract – These two ingredients are helpmates to each other. The Butylene Glycol has antimicrobial action and when blended with the Matricaria Recutita Extract it enhances the preservative activity. The Matricaria Recutita Extract is from the chamomile family and is aromatic, and its flower heads are used to obtain the blue chamomile oil. The active principles are a pale blue volatile oil (which may turn yellow with keeping). The chamomile factor is considered a capillary wall constrictor and is used for cooling and healing. It is good for acne, dry and supersensitive skin. And in addition it is noncomedogenic.

Callus: An excessive build up of the hard tough layers of skin. Can be removed at-home or by an esthetician.

Chamomile: A clinically proven plant-derived anti-inflammatory. Offers benefits such as soothing skin. Also calms eczema and allergic reactions.

Collagen: A natural substance within body tissues. It can be injected into the skin to plump up particular areas.

Dermabrasion: A procedure in which the skin is sanded to improve its texture. Microdermabrasion uses a type of sand to abrade the skin, usually done by an esthetician or a cosmetic doctor. Cosmetic physicians can perform a deeper type of dermabrasion using small burrs or wires to remove the outer layers of the skin.

Eczema: A skin condition that causes areas of the skin to become red, itchy and scaly. The cause is unknown and it can affect any part of the body. The condition may be short-lived (acute) or long term (chronic), and is usually treated with topical anti-inflammatory medications available OTC or by prescription.

Evening Primrose: Used as an astringent and helpful for reducing skin irritation. Also beneficial for dehydrated skin.

Glycolic Peel: Used to help peel or exfoliate the skin, making it appear more youthful.

Glycereth-26 – This ingredient has been studied extensively for its moisturizing abilities. Based on data available, it has definitely been established as a good skin-moisturizing agent. The humectant properties help the skin retain moisture.

Grape Seed - antioxidant properties. Helps to reduce redness in the skin. Helps with antiaging. Contains Vitamin C, chlorophyll and enzymes.

Green Tea Extract: A powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial ingredient with abilities to penetrate into a cell, thereby protecting the cell from free radicals and associated damage thus helping with antiaging. Has the ability to penetrate the cell of the skin and protect the cell from free radicals and associated damage thus adding the antiaging benefit.

Hyaluronic Acid: An acid that occurs naturally in the skin, helps retain the skin's natural moisture.

Hydrolyzed Elastin – Penetration to epidermal layers is possible due to the small molecular size, thereby improving overall skin appearance, softness and suppleness. Also acts as a surface protective agent alleviating the effects of dry skin, enhancing flexibility, improving feel, increasing and improving the tension of the skin, and influencing formation of tropocollagen fibers when used with soluble collagen.

Kojic Acid: Skin-lightening agent.

Lanolin: An emollient with moisturizing properties and an emulsifier with high water absorbing capabilities.

Mallow: An anti-inflammatory substance that helps prevent age lines and reduce eye swelling.

PABA: Para-aminobenzoic acid. Found in the vitamin B complex. Used as an ingredient in some sunscreen products.

Photoaging: Skin damage incurred through sun exposure.

Photosensitivity: A condition in which the application or ingestion of certain chemicals or foods can cause skin problems, such as rash, hyperpigmentation and swelling, when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

Purified Water – A natural hydrating moisturizer. Water is essential for proper functioning of the skin.

Resorcinol: In mild solutions, used as an antiseptic and as a soothing preparation for itchy skin.

Retinyl Palmitate: (Vitamin A) Physiologically, stimulates the production of epidermal protein and increases skin elasticity. Cosmetically, retinyl palmitate is used to reduce the number and depth of fine lines and wrinkles and prevents skin roughness resulting from UV exposure.

Sage Oil: Considered having astringent, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating, softening, invigorating, and healing properties. The extract is obtained from the herb’s leaves.

Salvia Officinals (Sage) Oil – Obtained by distillation of sage leaves and flowers. The essential oil adds the natural aroma to the Hydrating Toner. Contains antibacterial properties. The Sage Oil is obtained by distillation of sage leaves and flowers to produce the essential oil needed for the calming aroma. This essential oil is obtained by distillation of sage leaves and flowers. It is aromatic, therefore adds to the pleasant aroma of Liquidity’s Hydrating Moisturizer. Sage Oil is also credited with depurative and healing properties.

Shea Butter: An excellent emollient for use in creams, lotions. Alleviates dry skin.

Soluble Collagen – Its great hydration potential has the amazing ability to bind and retain many times its weight in water. This water-binding and retention ability makes collagen effective as a protecting agent. As a film former, collagen aids in reducing natural moisture loss, thereby helping hydrate the skin. When combined with Elastin, the two form a binder strengthening the skin.

Soy Bean Oil – It has a small molecular structure and is thought to act more as a hormone-like cellular messenger once it reaches the epidermal keratinocytes and, particularly, the dermal fibroblast. It is said to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, elastin, proteoglycans, and structural glycoproteins. Soy Bean Oil contains smoothing ingredients and has a high content of phosphatides such as lecithin and Vitamins A, E, and K. It is reported as anti-irritating and noncomedogenic.

Tocopherol Acetate: (Vitamin E) A powerful antioxidant containing skin-moisturizing properties.

Zinc Oxide: Used to protect, soothe and heal the skin. Also provides good sun protection.


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