Glossary of Ingredients
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Cacao Raw chocolate, also known as cacao, loves your skin from the inside out.
Rich in polyphenol antioxidants (the same antioxidants found in green tea and red wine) cacao protect our cells (including skin cells) from free radicals, which cause signs of premature ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Cacao is also a rich source of Iron and Magnesium. Magnesium is important for detoxification of the skin while Iron is essential for circulation in the skin and delivering other vitamins, minerals and water to the skin via the blood. Without good circulation, skin will appear dull and sagging.
Cocoa Butter is the cream-coloured fat extracted from cacao seeds/beans. It is highly moisturising and often recommended to those with conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied to the skin, the butter creates a barrier between the skin and the environment, helping to retain moisture and provide protection.
Calendula If you're ever in need of a herbal remedy to treat skin or wounds, think of calendula. This lovely flower has a long history of use as a healing and soothing organic skin care product. In fact, homeopathic herbalists refer to it as the "mother of the skin", and once you learn about its versatility, it's easy to see why.
Calendula oil is a potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial agent. It contains high levels of antioxidants as well as a compound called triterpenoid, which work together to treat skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, acne, diaper rash, or dryness. Along with moisturising and soothing dry and irritated skin, calendula oil also speeds up the healing process.
It is a skincare superstar: it heals burns, cuts, scars and insect bites, and it is often used to reduce swelling and bruising.
This oil has anti-fungal properties, making it a great treatment for things like ringworm and athletes foot, as well as viral infections.
Though calendula is usually applied topically (in a cream or oil form), the tea also has health benefits. Because it's slightly bitter, it stimulates the liver and soothes indigestion.
Camellia oil Camellia oil has been used for centuries in Japan, known as the Beauty Secret of the Geishas this highly precious oil has also been so loved for centuries across Eastern Asia for its highly restorative and rejuvenating properties.
Today, the famous Camellia Seed Oil is used in some of the most effective organic skin care and hair care products. Camellia seed oil comes from Camellia oleifera plant that grows freely in the mountains of South Eastern Asia. The oil has a light, delicate scent.
Easily absorbed by the skin and hair follicle this oil is super rich in plant collagen, so ideal ideal for helping prevent stretch marks and reducing the appearance of scars.
Camu Camu This tiny berry from the rain forests of Peru, is the newest skin superfood on the market.
Camu camu is extremely high in Vitamin C, in fact 30-60 times more per serving than an orange! Just one teaspoon of camu camu powder has 1180 per cent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin C, and as we know Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which firms and gives elasticity to the skin to give you youthful, plump, wrinkle free skin.
Camu camu is also high in antioxidants to fight free radical damage which leads to premature ageing and also works to fight inflammation in the body which means less redness and puffiness for your skin.
Carrot Seed Oil Carrot Seed Oil is a known detoxifier and skin rejuvenator.
Its incredible benefits for the skin stem largely from the presence of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are both powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your skin from free-radical damage, preventing signs of premature ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A is also an effective acne treatment.
Carrot seed oil is also an emollient, making it incredibly healing to the skin, keeping it soft and hydrated and is commonly used in products to treat dehydrated skin, and mild forms of eczema and rosacea.
Chamomile The chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) flower is an age-old remedy with a ton of health and beauty benefits. Similar to ginseng, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic and sedative properties. The plant's healing power comes from its daisy-like flowers, which contain good oils, antioxidants, and flavonoids. Best of all, it comes in a range of forms: tea, salve, vapour and lotion, to name a few.
Chamomile is best known as a mild muscle relaxant. It relieves restlessness and stress, and helps insomniacs to fall asleep more easily.
In vapourised form, it can alleviate cold symptoms and allergies. As an excellent digestive aid, it faciliates bowel movements, controls bloating, and relieves nausea. This power flower also helps to balance blood sugar levels, which is great news for anyone who craves chocolate after every meal – sip on this organic herbal tea instead!
While it's famous for its soothing brew, chamomile has a host of beauty benefits. Along with dealing with inflammation, it can ease eczema, minor burns, and sunburn – and it does so quickly. Because it is infused with healing and moisturising properties, it is useful in fighting acne and the signs of ageing. Cooled chamomile tea can be used as a compress to soothe tired or puffy eyes. Finally, it's a hair lightener, making it a great alternative for those looking for non-toxic ways to update their colour.
Cherry Cherries are believed to clear dark spots and help in skin lightening and reducing pigmentation. Researchers believe that its prolonged use can help to rejuvenate the skin as they are rich in antioxidants, known as Anthocyanins, which help to fight free radicals and slow down the ageing process by fighting oxidation.
Cherries also contain melatonin which helps to regulate biorhythms to improve your sleep pattern and delay the natural ageing process.
Chia Seeds Chia seeds are an amazing source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fibre that help you feel fuller for longer when eaten. They also slow down the body's conversion of carbohydrates to simple sugars and therefore decreases sugar spikes which ages your skin.
It's is also an anti-inflammatory which reduces wrinkles, redness and puffiness in the skin and keeps it soft and plump.
Chlorella Growth Factor Chlorella is a single-cell green algae.
Chlorella Growth Factor is rich in RNA and DNA, which are basically the nucleic acids that create life. Your body's production of RNA and DNA is significantly reduced once people hit their early twenties, which leads to ageing.
Chlorella Growth Factor contains 10,000 mg per 100g of RNA, the highest source available for your skin which boosts the skin's ability to produce new cells and is also clinically proven to protect collagen and elastin fibres from the enzymes that destroy them - the key to reducing the signs of ageing.
According to Acure Organics "clinical studies have shown Chlorella Growth Factor to increase collagen expression by 333% when used at 1% concentration."
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Coconut Oil If we had to choose one magic beauty and health product, coconut oil (Cocos Nucifera) would win, hands down. Organic coconut oil is loaded with fatty acids as well as antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, so it packs a pretty powerful punch.
A skincare wonder, this oil eliminates the need for some of the most toxic beauty concoctions on the market. Used topically, it offers an intense hydration hit, preventing fine lines and giving skin a radiant glow. It can also be used to deal with acne and eczema. Coconut oil is an amazing hair treatment. The fatty acids work to make your tresses stronger, shinier, and much healthier looking. While it is a fairly thick oil, it absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue.
Extra virgin coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits, which explains why everyone has gone coco-nutty for it! When eaten, it has a soothing effect on digestion and bloating, and is known for reducing sugar cravings. Amazingly, though it is a fatty oil, it has been linked to weight loss. Coconut oil boosts metabolism and slashes the amount of fat that goes into storage, so it is great for anyone trying to manage diabetes or simply control their weight. For a body detox, start by eating one teaspoon a day, and work your way up to four.
CoQ10 If you could use an energy boost, CoQ10 offers that and more. Also known as coenzyme Q10, ubiquinol, and vitamin Q10, it is a substance similar to a vitamin that is found in every cell of the body. Basically, your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy.
As the key to healthy, functioning cells, CoQ10 helps our bodily systems run more smoothly. For instance, thanks to its high levels of enzymes, it helps the digestive system to break down and excrete food more efficiently. CoQ10 is also a powerhouse when it comes to exercise: it not only boosts energy while you work out, but it can also help with a speedy recovery.
CoEnzyme Q10 also helps to boost skin repair and regeneration of skin whilst helping to reduce appearance of fine lines.
Cranberry The cranberry fruit is high in antioxidants and is used in cosmetics as a skin-conditioning agent. It is known for it's skin healing properties and has been used internally to treat various illness and disease over the years.
Cucumber Offering the same pH level as our skin, cucumber extract contains highly beneficial properties including magnesium & potassium. It is also rich in silica which can help reduce wrinkles due to its role in tightening collagen.