- Acacia- antimicrobial and antifungal activities are highly reported in acacia species; the pods are rich in saponins that make it a mild cleanser, which has a neutral pH.
- Acerola- well known for its high contents of vitamins C, phenolic compounds, and carotenoids, as well as health promoting and biological activities such as antioxidants, skin protecting, and skin whitening.
- Alkanet- helps to protect the skin from inflammation and infection, neutralizes free radicals, protects the skin from cell damage, and is also used to give color.
- Aloe- contains antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins A and C, and is highly anti-inflammatory; its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions combined with its adaptogenic nutritional constituents promote cell growth.
- Amla- an important source of vitamin C, amino acids, minerals, phenolic compounds, tannins, quercetin, ellagic, gallic, and phyllembelic acids; all which support lightening skin color, enhanced skin elasticity and hydration, skin wrinkle reduction, and reduced skin inflammation from oxidative stress.
- Anise Star- provides potent antioxidant protection due to its phenol-containing constituents that can help to protect skin by neutralizing free radicals present in the environment; also contains anethole and tannins which are extremely effective in detoxifying, strengthening, and toning the skin.
- Argan oil- packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, all of which work to moisturize skin, repair the natural skin-barrier function, and reduce acne.
Ashwagandha- improves skin texture through the maintenance of keratin structures, reduces clogged pores, and balances oily skin.
Astragalus- used to replenish Qi in Chinese medicine, known to support healthier cell longevity and function, also slows the aging process by safeguarding mitochondria by lessening or removing dangerous free radicals from cells, thus, slowing the aging process.
Babassu- high in saturated fatty acids which leave the skin with a soft, lustrous smoothness; the presence of lauric acid gives antiviral, bactericidal, and anti-inflammatory properties while myristic acid is used as a cleansing and opacifying agent; also classified to have a high sun protection factor.
Green Banana- rich in potassium, manganese peroxide enzymes, and vitamins A and C that hydrate, moisturize, and lighten the skin; also known to contain antioxidants such as dopamine, ascorbic acid and flavonoids that provide anti-aging properties and antimicrobial activity which is ideal for treating acne prone skin.
Baobab- African tree steeped in mystery, legend, and religious significance; oil is a rich source of omega fatty acids and extremely high levels of vitamins A and C that reduce inflammation, soothe irritation, and can even help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis; fatty acids present in baobab have been found to have antimicrobial activity.
Basil- acts as a natural cleanser and removes surplus oil and impurities; soothes swelling and pain that may come with acne while calming the skin.
Holy Basil- a powerful skin cleanser that removes dirt and impurities from clogged pores, prevents acne, and is good for puffy or dark under-eye circles.
Birch- abundant in amino acids, enzymes, proteins, and antioxidants that help bolster the skin’s barrier function, refine skin texture, and protect it from environmental factors.
Blackberry- is a rich source of vitamin C and anthocyanins that help renew skin cells; antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing have been demonstrated because of their enriched polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamins; therapeutic agent for the prevention and treatment for photoaging of the skin.
Bladderwrack- contains extremely bioactive antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, which neutralize free radicals that cause premature signs of aging; rich in calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins, that calm and soothe the skin.
Burdock Root- evidence of its use in the pre-historic times for dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, and seborrhoeic; also imparts antiseptic as well as detoxifying properties to calm oily skin and prevent the occurrence of acne is the utmost use of this plant.
Cacao- polyphenols effectively enhance skin health by their active free radical scavenging activities and protect the skin from premature aging; contains large quantities of essential fatty acids and phytosterols, which may restore the elasticity of the skin; provides a broad-spectrum protection from UV-A and UV-B radiation effects along with endogenous photoprotection owing to its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia- rich source of bioactive components that have been shown to improve the appearance of the photoaged skin and reduce increased sebum production; polyphenols improve microvessel system and microcirculation in the skin and—through different receptors—increase microvessels elasticity.
Camu Camu- high phenolic and vitamin C concentration contributes to a high antioxidant capacity that protects against aging; also demonstrated antimicrobial and antienzymatic activities.
Carnauba- seals in moisture, helps protect skin barriers, and prevents dehydration.
Carrot- rich natural source of vitamin A along with other essential vitamins; indicated for anti-aging, revitalizing and rejuvenating as it promotes the formation of new cells and helps in reducing wrinkles; also acts as natural toner and rejuvenator for the skin.
Cassava- contains saponins, alkaloids and polyphenols; has leaves that contain beta-carotene, lysine, and other compounds that are beneficial to the skin and the root of the plant is rich in vitamin C.
Castor- has antimicrobial properties and ricinoleic acid that can inhibit growth in bacteria that cause acne; fatty acids in castor oil can also promote the growth of healthy skin tissue, making it helpful in restoring uneven skin tones.
Cayenne- contains capsaicinoids, carotenoids, phenolic compounds, vitamins C and A, and minerals that increase skin health.
Chamomile- antimicrobial and antiseptic properties reduce bacteria that can cause breakouts, while antioxidants soothe and protect the skin from free-radical damage.
Wild Cherry- a potent antioxidant that protects against environmental aggressors while calming any inflammation; rich in vitamin C, which is a brightening ingredient.
Chickweed- an effective anti-inflammatory that reduces redness, irritation, and soothes dry, itchy skin.
Chrysanthemum- helps decrease skin discoloration, eliminate puffiness, and is often used to help reduce swelling and redness of acne.
Cinnamon- has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce acne and it’s a powerful antioxidant that prevents signs of aging while making skin look plumper and more even-toned.
Clove- filled with antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help in treating acne and in drawing out impurities from the pores, thus preventing future breakouts; a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps in tightening the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Coconut- high levels of polyphenols and fatty acid components contribute to anti-inflammatory properties and skin barrier-enhancing effects; high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and E help reduce damage from free radicals thus slowing down the aging process.
- Comfrey- has been in recorded use since around 50AD as a vulnerary and anti-inflammatory; especially good for promoting skin healing and treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin eruptions.
- Copaiba- known to have effective antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties; promotes wound healing in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
- Cordyceps- shows antioxidative and anti-DNA damage effect on photodamaged skin; effectively enhances skin moisture and increases skin elasticity.
- Cranberry- rich in phenolic phytochemicals such as phenolic acids, flavonoids and ellagic acid; has vitamins A and C that help boost collagen production, keeps skin moisturized, and fights free radicals.
- Curry- rich in carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, irons, and vitamins A, B, C, and E, and the leaves help fight skin infections.
- Dandelion- wide range of properties including anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious as well as anti-oxidation; rich in emollients, which makes it useful in supporting dry, sallow, and mature skins; also considered toning and brightening, which can help to revitalize sallow skin, as well as soothe and cleanse the skin.
- Dong Quai- has been referred to as "empress of the herbs," and is rich in vitamins A, B and E, as well as numerous phytochemicals and minerals, including calcium and magnesium; its constituents include modulation of enzyme activity, cellular proliferation, anxiolytic activity, insecticidal and antifungal activity; a powerful natural antioxidant that can help preserve a youthful appearance and diminish the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles.
Echinacea- comprises numerous useful constituents for the defense of skin from oxidative stress, helps to reduce the appearance of freckles, dark spots and sun damage, and for refining hydration of skin; concentration of phytochemical cichoric acid, a influential natural antioxidant, protects the skin by excluding the enzymes responsible for the breakdown process of the collagen; holds healthy proteins and oils to bolt in hydration; and a natural analgesic benefits to soothe burns and insect bites.
Elderberry- contains high levels of anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants with multiple skin-promoting properties protecting cells from the oxidative stress.
Eleuthero- has been shown to stimulate fibroblasts and secrete fibronectin, which leads to improvement in skin elasticity and tightening; promotes the synthesis of type I collagen in the dermis that supports a decrease in signs of aging.
Eucalyptus- demonstrates antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities; and has been shown to increase the level of ceramide in the outermost layer of the epidermis, improving the water holding and barrier functions of the skin.
Fennel- rich sources of essential oils, in addition to rare phytochemicals with significant amounts of petroselinic acid that show a positive impact on the overall emulsions structure and quality; also exhibit remarkable antioxidant potential with high phenols and good antimicrobial properties.
Frankincense- historically has been extensively used for a number of health purposes in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine including its anti-inflammatory property; also has been shown to prevent collagen degradation which reduces the chance of scar formation or wound persistence; and robustly affects signaling pathways which are relevant to inflammation and tissue remodeling.
- Geranium- has the potential to reduce or prevent oxidative stress and can slow down skin aging via its antioxidant properties; combined antioxidant and SPF properties can provide synergistic photoprotective effects.
- Ginger- is high in antioxidants, improves blood circulation, promotes collagen production, increases elasticity, and evens out skin tone.
- Red Ginseng- has high levels of phytonutrients that reverse signs of aging, is known to tone and brighten skin, and boosts ATP production (more energy in cells).
- Goldenseal- known for its antimicrobial properties and is used to combat inflammation and infection due to its high alkaloid content, the most abundant of which is berberine.
- Gotu Kola- contains triterpenoid, asiaticoside, madekakosida, flavonoids, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and prevent premature aging; has been shown to increase the average collagen levels and skin hydration, repair skin damage caused by free radicals, heal wounds, reduce scarring, and maintain skin elasticity.
- Helichrysum- nicknamed "Immortal" since it was given to kings and queens to drink as it was said to hold the power to make anything it touches more beautiful.
- Hibiscus- encourages an all-around fresher, younger, smoother-looking complexion; the natural acids present help to purify skin by breaking down dead skin, increasing cell turnover, brightening skin, and can help to control acne breakouts.
- Illipe- exotic butter from the rainforests of Borneo; packed with natural fatty acids, triglycerides, phytosterols, and high in vitamins A and E, which protect and moisturize the skin by complementing its natural lipid layer.
- Irish Moss- a major source of the linear sulphated polysaccharide carrageenan, which is known for its ability to hold moisture and improving skin’s softness.
- Jasmine- has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are beneficial in treating skin infections; also helps to increase skin’s elasticity and balance moisture.
- Jojoba- similar to the skin’s own sebum with superior moisturizing properties that support the skin to become more elastic and smooth.
- Kelp- is vitamin and mineral rich; high levels of antioxidants combat oxidative stress caused by inflammation and calm the skin; amino acids and minerals have been shown to draw water from inside the skin to the outermost layer forming a protective barrier against moisture loss.
- Kokum- contains oleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid that reduce the degradation of skin cells and restore elasticity; rich in antioxidants that bind with free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to cells.
- Lavandin- antibacterial elements work to effectively purify complexion and remove impurities that can cause breakouts.
- Lavender- dates back to ancient times as a panacea even in the case of wounds associated with tissue loss; contains several antimicrobial compounds and extensive anti-inflammatory effects.
- Lemon- rich in vitamin C and due to its high pH levels, can decrease excess oil on the skin, reduce inflammation, and lighten skin.
- Lemon Peel- increases collagen in the skin, fades dark spots and blemishes, hydrates skin, fights blackheads, and aids in reducing scars.
- Lemongrass- antiseptic and astringent properties make it an effective cleansing agent and skincare tonic for oily and acne prone skin through strengthening, sterilizing, and toning of skin tissues.
- Licorice- good for skin eruptions, including dermatitis, eczema, pruritus and cysts; anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties have also been described; has been verified as more effective than other commercial antioxidants in protecting hydroquinone from oxidative degradation.
- Lotus- rich in protein, amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, alkaloids, minerals and flavonoids which provide this plant with diverse beneficial effects including improvement of skin barrier function.
- Mango- has high antioxidant activity and has been shown to have protective effects against skin aging by being able to reduce wrinkle formation and increase collagen bundle.
- Manuka- has been correlated with inhibition of loss of collagen fiber content and epidermal hyperplasia; and possesses anti-photoaging activity associated with its inhibitory activity against skin inflammation induced by UV irradiation.
- Maqui- contains the highest levels of antioxidants among all fruits and works against free radical damage to protect and nourish the skin.
- Marshmallow- provides relief from itching, swelling, and redness due to its emollient and soothing properties; roots and stem of the marshmallow plant secrete mucilage which helps soften skin, lower swelling, and kill bacteria.
- Brown Mustard- is highly hydrating, detoxifying, and a rich source of lutein, carotene, vitamins A, C, and K, which combine as a powerful antioxidant combo to slow aging of cells.
- Yellow Mustard- is rich in sulfur, which has very strong anti-fungal properties and helps in fighting against rashes and skin infection effectively.
- Myrrh- has mystical roots and is a powerhouse against dry, inflamed and aging skin; contains anti-fungal curzerene and magnesium, skin-soothing limonene, and bacteria-fighting germacrene.
- Neem- called ‘aristha’ in Sanskrit which means ‘perfect, complete and imperishable;’ has shown significant free radical scavenging activity and antibacterial activity; has been shown to increase type I procollagen and elastin while suppressing degrading enzymes; effective in anti-aging wrinkle reduction.
- Nettle- ursolic acid and quercetin present in nettle attribute to the inhibition of degrading enzymes; shows strong antioxidant capacity and anti-aging activities toward both elastase and collagenase.
- Olive- presents antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activities ascribed to key constituents such as oleuropein, oleocanthal, and hydroxytyrosol that support with dry skin, itch, and inflammation as well as disorders such as rosacea.
- Orange- helps maintain dermal structure and regulate collagen normality while protecting against oxidative damage; peel has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which make it great for treating acne and oily skin.
- Sweet Orange- an excellent source of vitamins C and A and is a powerful natural antioxidant.
- Oregano- has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; has demonstrated radical scavenging actions, suppression of lipid peroxidation, and protection of DNA against oxidant damage.
- Papaya- rich source of three powerful antioxidants; vitamins C, A, and E; enzymes like papain and chymopapain have antifungal and antibacterial properties; and has been shown to significantly suppress collagen degradation.
- Parsley- contains high levels of vitamin C and has long been widely used to brighten skin, reduce age spots, and balance oil production.
- Patchouli- has demonstrated antifungal activity which supports overall skin health.
- White Peony- prized for its brightening, anti-inflammatory, toning, and anti-aging properties; has shown to activate natural defense mechanisms of the skin to prevent wrinkles.
- Peppermint- naturally cleanses the skin, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and has a cooling effect which soothes irritation and inflammation caused by acne.
- Pink Pepper- assists with circulation and is a refreshing tonic that helps keep skin feeling rejuvenated and looking radiant.
- Plantain- promotes skin regeneration, soothes skin, and helps combat acne; has germicidal and antibacterial properties which makes it useful in the prevention of acne.
- Pomegranate- exhibits strong antioxidant activity and has been reported effective in treating hyperpigmentation.
- Poppy Seed- is high in antioxidant properties.
- Prickly Pear- contains amino acids, tannins, flavonoid and vitamins that contribute to its rich antioxidant properties; has been shown to repair damage and regenerate skin cells due to high concentrations of vitamins C and E, which are the building blocks of the assembly of collagen.
- Pumpkin- fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acid, that have been used to heal lesions, pimples, and blackheads.
- Red Raspberry- contains high concentrations of important nutrients, bioactive compounds and phytochemicals - antioxidants, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, anthocyanins, ascorbic acids, tannins are important constituents of the fruit with health promoting benefits.
- Reishi Mushroom- used to brighten the skin as this mushroom has been shown to significantly inhibit tyrosinase activity, which can cause uneven pigmentation of the skin; and contains several compounds (polysaccharides, triterpenes, proteins, lipids, phenols, and cerebrosides) that support its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Rose- are considered to be the most sacred flower in mythological times and deeply connected to love and beauty; roses have soothing and hydrating characteristics that help reduce redness and irritation and are a potent source of vitamin A, which protects against UV damage, evens skin tone, and encourages healthy cell production; can also stimulate new collagen production, balance pH levels, and clear acne, dermatitis, and eczema.e self-love.
- Rosehips- are rich in fatty acids and vitamin A that moisturize the skin, promote skin regeneration, and can improve skin flexibility and permeability.
- Rosemary- The Ancient Egyptians used creams and oils with rosemary for protection against high temperatures and desert heat; has demonstrated strong antibacterial and antifungal activity.
- Sacha Inchi- extremely high in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as alpha linoleic acid and linoleic acid, both constituting between 80 and 85% of the fatty acid content, and other unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid and saturated ones like palmitic acid and stearic acid.
- Schisandra- contains antioxidants that possess various biological effects which may activate the endogenous mechanisms of the defense and biological pathways to fight against pollutants and protect skin cell functions against pollution.
- Sea Buckthorn- contains a well-balanced content of fatty acids, carotenoids, and vitamins, with around 14 vitamins identified in sea buckthorn berries, including vitamin A, C, D, E, F, K, P, and B complex vitamins, all of which l improve the level of skin hydration and stimulate the production of skin barrier lipids and proteins.
- Self Heal- has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities and has also shown free radical-scavenging activity which can combat photoaging.
- Shatavari- helps reduce free-radical skin damage that leads to wrinkles due to the saponins in the root; also helps prevent collagen breakdown to maintain skin elasticity.
- Shea- high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make it ideal for softening skin; the anti-inflammatory activity of terpene esters reported in shea butter indicate a strong potential for reducing environmental skin stress.
- Slippery Elm- promotes wound healing and soothes burns.
Spearmint- cleanses pores and tightens skin due to its antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, and antimicrobial properties.
Strawberry- high content of alpha-linolenic acid and a significant amount of oleic acid; high in antioxidants that have been shown to counteract UVA’s damaging effects on dermal fibroblasts.
Sunflower- abundant source of the antioxidant tocopherols, known as the most common form of vitamin E, and shows photo-protection capabilities; the emollient and antioxidant properties of sunflower oil are regarded from the perspective of repair and maintenance of the epidermal barrier.
Tamanu- has been used to relieve skin problems for centuries; is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, wound-healing, tissue-regenerative, and skin-protective properties; its fatty acid profile make it very absorbent, while its unique strengths lie in its unique components.
Black Tea- used in skin care for hundreds of years, dating back to China’s Ming Dynasty; loaded with antioxidants that help protect skin from UV damage and environmental pollutants and its higher content of caffeine means it’s an excellent ingredient for tightening and toning skin.
Green Tea- is a potent anti-aging ingredient; has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; also has been found to have the ability to suppress UV-induced carcinogenesis and provide protection against other UV-mediated changes.
Red Tea- has a high number of antioxidants; its alpha hydroxy content improves blood circulation and cell growth; promotes glowing skin since it is a rich source of bioflavonoids.
Tea Tree- strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and is effective in soothing acne.
Triphala- a formulation of three fruit products, is one of the most important rasayana plants used in Ayurveda; exhibits protective benefits on skin cells and displays free radical-scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, antibacterial, antimutagenic, wound-healing, anticarcinogenic, antistress, adaptogenic, hypoglycaemic, radioprotective, chemoprotective, and chemopreventive properties due to the presence of polyphenolic secondary metabolites such as gallic acid, ellagic acid, and chebulinic acid.
Turmeric- is known as the Golden Goddess in Ayurveda; has antioxidant and anti‑inflammatory properties and skin lightening agent; has been shown to inhibit collagenase, elastase and hyaluronidase and improve the appearance of photodamaged skin.
Vetiver- is hailed for its use in skin cell regeneration and boosting the growth of new cells; used for its antiseptic properties to treat acne and sores.
Violet- helps to gently tighten and refine pores and soothe and comfort sensitive, dry, skin.
White Willow- naturally contains salicin and is metabolized to salicylic acid which provides anti-inflammatory effects to reduce oxidative stress and combat acne.
Wintergreen- is a “counter irritant” which causes irritation that reduces pain and swelling in the underlying tissue; has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that has shown high regenerative potential.
Yellow Dock Root- has astringent properties that make this herb an excellent skin toner and aids in the removal of toxins.
Ylang Ylang- has been shown to control oil production and thus can prevent breakouts; has antioxidant effects that facilitate skin cells regeneration; helps to improve skin elasticity and can reduce fine lines.