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A to Z of Naturally Active Ingredients

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Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice – Organic Aloe Vera is known as "The Miracle Plant" and because of its many attributes, we use it extensively in both the River Veda and The Organic Skin Co. ranges. It has soothing, emollient, and antibacterial properties, which allows it to heal skin disturbances and inflammation at the same time as it promotes new skin growth, moisturizes, balances, protects, and counters the effects of aging.

Because Aloe Vera stimulates cell growth it enhances the restoration of damaged skin. It moisturizes the skin because it has a water holding capacity. This gives it a cooling and protective effect, which is why it is such a great tonic for redness.

Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis ) Meal Powder Almond Meal Powder is a soft and gentle exfoliant made from a blend of whole ground almonds, including the shell and nut. It is high in almond oil, which is good for healing and moisturizing dry, chapped, or irritated skin. Its soothing, calming properties also make it gentle enough for even the most sensitive skins, while as an exfoliant it binds and removes oil, dirt particles and perspiration from the skin.

Amaranthus Caudatus (Amaranth) Seed Supercritical Extract - Organic Amaranth is one of the oldest of the worlds domesticated plants. Amaranthus is a Greek word meaning immortal or unfading. It is an excellent extract for dry, damaged or aging skin, being rich in natural alpha, beta and delta tocopherols (vitamin E complex) and essential omega-6 fatty acids. Full of skin-nourishing properties with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, Amaranth also contains unsaturated fatty acids and has a uniquely high content of squalene (similar to the skin surface lipids of human skin, which keep skin healthy and elastic), tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Amla / Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Offcinalis) Supercritical Extract – Organic This is one of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs to treat skin inflammation and to encourage healthy, balanced skin. Amla Berry extract is a premium anti-aging, super-antioxidant that has also been shown clinically to assist in collagen synthesis and the protection against degradation of collagen in skin cells. It also offers pro-collagen protection against free radical damage and decreases UV radiation damage. Highly beneficial nutritionally for the skin, it is also a very high source of vitamin C, minerals, proteins and various phenolic compounds and has shown to be four times more protective than ascorbic acid, an essential nutrient for the formation of collagen and therefore skin firmness.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) Supercritical Extract - Organic Ashwagandha is a premium Ayurvedic adaptagen and tonic herb that is nourishing, toning and moderately stimulating. As an adaptagen it balances the skin and helps it adapt to its environment and stimulus as required. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb with antioxidant properties, which accounts for its use as an anti-aging ingredient. Ashwaganda also contains flavonoids that can help to rejuvenate skin cells.

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