The known universe of skincare consists of more than 10,000 possible ingredients. After decades of research, we’ve landed on the ingredients below as the best we can find. There are 5 real superstar youth-boosting ingredients for healthier looking skin and 11 more in supporting roles that are essential to creating formulas that are both effective and enjoyable to use.
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Youth Boosting Ingredients
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NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)
This one. Apologies, but we need to go on at length here. After more than 20 years of research, niacinamide is one of the best anti-aging and youth-boosting ingredients we know of. As niacin, it’s naturally occurring in our bodies and is an essential vitamin that we get from meat, fish and vegetables. As niacinamide, though, it takes a topical form we can lavish on our poor stressed out skin. In short, it strengthens your skin’s protective (aka, moisture or lipid) barrier and energizes natural repair mechanisms. Which, basically, makes everything about your skin better. Your skin absorbs and holds in moisture better, stands up more firmly to environmental harshness, becomes more receptive to beneficial skincare ingredients (see: retinyl propionate), and helps reverse damage including dullness, blotchiness, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone and more. Oh and our niacinamide has a 99% purity rating.
RETINYL PROPIONATE (RP) (VITAMIN A)
For our purposes today, we’re going to assume you’re familiar with retinol . As far as anti-aging goes, retinol totally works. But it’s a bit unrefined. It’s extremely harsh on most skin and it’s really unstable, degrading quickly in the presence of common elements like light and air. Retinyl propionate (RP) is a retinoid like retinol, but it’s less irritating and more stable in our formulation (see: our cream’s wide-mouth jar). At your skin’s surface, this potent active ingredient accelerates cell turnover rate, helps get rid of dry, old skin cells. As a result you’ll see a noticeable reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
This is a water-soluble salt form of the skincare powerhouse hyaluronic acid. It’s found naturally in your body, though it sadly decreases with age. It can hold more than 1,000x its weight in water, so we fondly refer to it as a “super moisturizer.” When applied it acts like a sponge, providing moisture to repair dry skin.
If you were to look at every skincare product and moisturizer and lotion out there, you would see glycerin in most. It’s a natural part of your skin already and is a humectant, so it helps your skin absorb and hold moisture. Our plant-based glycerin is 99% pure and meets the US Pharmacopeia standards for safety and efficacy.
Despite its overly complicated name, caprylic/capric triglyceride is essentially a form of coconut oil that really rocks in skin care formulas. In our cream, it’s pretty much RP’s bestie. It’s a key reason our RP is so much more stable than retinol, and it helps RP penetrate into the skin’s surface where it can do its youth-boosting magic. It’s also a fabulous emollient in its own right, conditioning and moisturizing your skin. And finally, it helps our cream spread smoothly and easily over your skin for even application of all ingredients.