Let's talk ingredients
Aloe Vera has long been lauded as a hero amongst skincare ingredients. For centuries, this natural plant has been soothing skin all around the world. Most of us have had a little sunburn whilst overseas and aloe vera gel has come to the aid. The soothing, healing and moisturising elements are the most well known benefits of Aloe but it also boosts cell renewal, aids in anti-ageing, brightens skin-tone, and reduces blemishes. Aloe vera is nature’s all-round natural healer.
Fun fact: Cleopatra used aloe gel on her face and body as part of her beauty regime.
You can find Aloe Vera in our AHA Skin Tonic, Retinol Eye Refiner and AHA Cleansing Wash.
In addition to avocado being delicious and a particular breakfast favourite of ours, it also contains a high percentage of vitamin E - which we already know is great for the skin. Add to that vitamin D, vitamin A and the wound healing properties of linoleic and oleic acid, and you have and ingredient which makes more than just a great dip. This collagen inducing, moisturising, and hydrating power anti-oxidant, is an all round great ingredient which is featured in many skincare products.
Fun fact: The avocado is actually a fruit and contains more potassium than a banana.
You can find avocado oil in our Retinol Repair Cream and Retinol Eye Refiner.
Think the 4 a’s…anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-ageing and anti-bacterial. CBD has great anti-inflammatory properties, which help to soothe the skin and reduce redness. Acne sufferers hail the benefits, as not only does it reduce inflammation and redness - it also inhibits overactive oil production. However, don’t let that influence you into thinking it is not suitable for dry skin as CBD helps to retain moisture and it encourages cells to repair - making it perfect for all skin types. The anti-oxidants found in CBD repair cells and encourage collagen reproduction - resulting in visibly reduced lines making it the new super hero in anti-aging skincare.
We could bore you all day about CBD! – check out the CBD Facts page for more information.
You can find Cannabinoid in all of our products AHA Cleansing Wash, AHA Skin Tonic, Retinol Repair Cream, Skin Drench Super Serum, Super Glow Miracle Oil, Retinol Eye Refiner and Super Shield SPF50.
CLEMENTINE ESSENTIAL OIL
We wanted something fresh and invigorating for our cleanser and toner. Clementine oil was the natural choice with its fresh citrus smell. It is rich in vitamin C, which assists in collagen production, antioxidants which protect against free radical damage, and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. The citric acid aids in the battle against acne-causing bacteria and has lovely cleansing properties, making it the perfect addition to your cleanse and tone routine. It also smells absolutely amazing!
You can find clementine essential oil in our AHA Cleansing Wash and AHA Skin Tonic.
Think of collagen as the mortar and foundations to a house - without it, the bricks have no way of being bound together and standing firm. It plays a vital role in skin health as it forms part of the connective tissue that keeps it firm and supple. Unfortunately, this natural protein depletes as we age - meaning that the foundation to our skin, loses stability and shows signs of ageing. From the age of just twenty one, your skin loses an average of one percent of its collagen each year. Adding Marine Collagen peptides to your skincare regime will work alongside vitamin C and retinol to help the skin to repair damage, fight free radicals and retain moisture and suppleness.
Tip: Try to avoid these collagen-stealing suckers: sugar, refined carbohydrates, sunshine and smoking.
Fun fact: Collagen makes up between 25% and 35% of the whole body protein content.
You can find Marine Collagen in our Retinol Eye Refiner.
Glycerine rarely gets centre stage in any fancy marketing campaigns - however, it really is the unsung hero of skincare. Glycerine is a humectant which means it has the ability to pull moisture from the second layer of the skin to the top, and when humid, it can draw well needed moisture from the air. Glycerine has many benefits to the skin; it protects, hydrates, moisturises, heals and reduces premature ageing. This underrated substance packs a punch yet is not harsh on the skin, making it a great product for treating acne. It is also suitable for all skin types so let’s give glycerine a well-deserved round of applause. FYI – We use vegetable glycerine in our products at Grass Roots Skin®
You can find Glycerine in our Retinol Repair Cream, Skin Drench Super Serum, Retinol Eye Refiner, AHA Cleansing Wash, Super Shield SPF50.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (also known as AHA) derived from sugar cane. This naturally exfoliating ingredient is often used in cleansers and toners to remove the daily build-up of dirt and pore-clogging bacteria from your skin. Glycolic acid loosens the bonds between tightly packed skin cells in the stratum corneum (outermost layer) enabling them to slough away - revealing the brighter layers beneath. It has the simplest structure and lowest molecular weight of all of the AHAs and so can easily penetrate the skin and be super effective. It can get deep into your skin and do some serious work stimulating collagen – minimising fine lines and firming the skin. It can also shrink pores and lighten hyperpigmentation making it the perfect ingredient for mature skin.
Fun fact: Glycolic acid is completely colourless and odourless.
You can find glycolic acid in our AHA Skin Tonic and AHA Cleansing Wash.
GREEN TEA EXTRACT
This superstar eastern origin product has wonder benefits when combined in skincare. Its anti-inflammatory properties aids in the reduction of irritation, redness and swelling. The antibacterial element helps in unclogging pores and fights bacterial growth making it powerful for treating acne prone skin. This super ingredient is not only delicious when poured over ice or making into a soothing latte, it is an essential ingredient within skincare.
You can find green tea extract in our Retinol Repair Cream, AHA Skin Tonic and Retinol Eye Refiner
Anything with the name acid in it can sound scary. The name itself sounds dangerous, scientific and as though it strictly belongs in a laboratory - however, hyaluronic acid is your skin’s natural moisture magnet. It is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body - who’s main function is to retain water and keep you skin, connective tissues and eyes, well lubricated. It is no surprise that this is an ingredient we definitely want in our skincare. Well-hydrated and lubricated skin looks dewy, supple and smooth. Hyaluronic acid can actually hold one thousand times its weight in water - giving it super-strength, anti-ageing powers. Our bodies produce less and less as we get older which is why it is an essential ingredient in our skincare as we age. It is best applied as a serum to really soak into your skin before your moisturiser - although you will see this super-star ingredient in many products.
You will find hyaluronic acid in our Skin Drench Super Serum, Retinol Repair Cream and Retinol Eye Refiner.
Lactic acid is another AHA, although much milder than glycolic acid. The larger molecular size means that lactic acid stays on the outer layers of skin and is therefore less likely to cause irritation. It gently dissolves the ‘glue’ that keeps surface skin cells together to gently lift and remove dead skin cells - revealing a brighter more even skin tone. Lactic acid is found in milk - there is a reason Cleopatra bathed in the stuff, she clearly knew her skincare! It is great for anti-ageing, reducing fine lines and lightening pigmentation.
Fun fact: Lactic acid is responsible for that burning feeling you get during exercise.
You can find lactic acid in our AHA Skin Tonic and AHA Cleansing Wash.
Matrixyl 3000 is a synthetic peptide made up of two matrikine peptides. These two peptides work together as antioxidants to fight the damaging effects of ageing on the skin by signaling cells to produce more collagen. This proven anti-ageing peptide works hard to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin-tone. Using Matrixyl 3000 should be seen as a marathon, not a sprint. Tests show that the immediate results are minimal - but after a few months of use, the results are dramatic. Consider Matrixyl 3000 as a long game and not a quick fix, don’t give up on this active power-house as it really is a grower that will show its love after a few months.
You can find Matrixyl 3000 in our Skin Drench Super Serum.
Malic acid is an AHA derived from apples and is milder than lactic acid and glycolic acid due to having a larger molecular size. Like other AHAs it exfoliates the skin by breaking down bonds between dead skin cells - encouraging them to slough away to reveal brighter, smoother skin. It also acts as a humectant meaning that it attracts moisture to trap it in the skin and works well when used alongside other fruit acids like glycolic and lactic acid.
Fun fact: Malic acid contributes to the sourness in apples and gives the tart taste in wine.
You can find malic acid in our AHA Skin Tonic and AHA Cleansing Wash.
NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL
Neroli is sourced from orange trees in the fruitful climates of the Mediterranean and Africa. All of us at Grass Roots Skin® believe it to be a hero of all essential oils and the most luxurious and healing. Neroli Essential Oil is a hydration dynamo, with an incredible ability to soften, replenish and lock-in moisture. When applied to the skin, neroli essential oil intensely moisturises the skin and boosts the epidermis’ natural processes. With its powerful antibacterial properties, this key ingredient helps to manage breakouts and balance the production of sebum. Rich in antioxidants, neroli combats free radicals soothing breakout-induced inflammation and redness.
Fun Fact: We smelt more than 100 essential oils to use in our products. We went back and forth for weeks but always found that neroli oil boosted our moods. We narrowed down our selection to five essential oils which was not an easy feat when there are 3 of you! We unanimously chose neroli - the very delicate smell you will find in 5 of our products.
You can find neroli essential oil in our Retinol Repair Cream, Skin Drench Super Serum, Retinol Eye Refiner, Super Shield SPF50 and Super Glow Miracle Oil.
RETINOL - VITAMIN A
Vitamin A is said to be one of the most effective skin-transforming ingredients and is a team favourite at Grass Roots®. There are many types of retinols, over the counter through to prescription only with names such as retinol, retinal, tretinoin and Vitamin A. Retinol is one of the most potent anti-ageing forms of Vitamin A. It ‘irritates’ the skin - speeding up cell turnover and stimulating collagen to reveal newer, brighter skin. Retinol improves tone, unclogs pores, thickens the dermis and reduces fine lines. It is particularly good for acne prone skin and scaring. Retinol becomes ineffective in daylight so we recommend using Grass Roots® Super Shield SPF50 to protect your skin all year round. Your skin may need time to adjust to this active ingredient so if your skin reacts to the retinol in our products- slow down use by alternating with retinol free products.
You will find Vitamin A Retinol in our Retinol Repair Cream and Retinol Eye Refiner.
Salicylic acid is the only Beta Hydroxy Acid (also known as a BHA) used in skincare. It is derived from aspirin and differs from alpha hydroxyl acids. Unlike water soluble AHAs, salycilic acid works on both the surface and deeper inside pores. It penetrates follicles to break down oil build-up - reducing and preventing pore blockages. As well as that it also reduces inflammation and reduces the PH of the skin, increasing hydration. This super hard-working acid is a powerhouse ingredient that works wonders for oily and acne-prone skin.
Fun fact: Salicylic acid is derived from Willow tree bark and is also used as a food preservative.
You can find salicylic acid in our AHA Skin Tonic and AHA Cleansing Wash.
If vitamin C were a Marvel character, it would be up there with Ironman. The antidote to damaging free radicals, vitamin C works super hard to protect and repair damaged skin. It works wonders in fighting the signs of ageing, as it directly increases collagen production by stabilising existing collagen fibres. The beauty of vitamin C is that it can be used by almost all skin profiles and improves many skin conditions making it a vital ingredient in your skincare. Vitamin C has a brightening effect and fades pigmentation by repairing damaged melanocytes (cells that produce pigment). It absorbs damage and helps to recycle vitamin E which is great for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is our number one favourite skincare ingredient and the reason why we have put a whopping 15% of this incredible ingredient into Grass Roots® Skin Drench Super Serum.
Fun Fact: The only mammals that cannot make vitamin C in their bodies are humans, primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats – this means that we as humans need to get our vitamin C from other sources. Mammals who can produce their own vitamin C can live up to ten times their age of physical maturity. Imagine if we produced our own vitamin C… oh hello 202 years old!
You can find Vitamin C in our Skin Drench Super Serum, Super Glow Miracle Oil and Retinol Repair Cream.
Vitamin E helps support our immune system, cell function and skin health. Like vitamin C, it is a potent antioxidant fighting free radicals and helping to protect our skin form UV damage. It is moisturising, healing, strengthening, anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming – how could you not include this hard working vitamin in your skincare? Married with vitamin C you have an unbeatable duo to repair your skin and protect it from damage. This is a love story we all adore.
You can find vitamin E in our Retinol Repair Cream and Retinol Eye Refiner.