Ingredient Glossary for Seaflora Skincare Products

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ACACIA DECURRENS (BLACK WATTLE) FLOWER WAX
A floral wax from the Mimosa Tree blossom. Known for its skin conditioning and protecting properties. Moisturizes and repairs the skin.

ACETIC ACID (APPLE CIDER VINEGAR)
Used to balance pH of products to ensure a healthy skin balance, as Apple Cider Vinegar has a similar pH to the skin’s acid mantle.

AGAR
Binding and viscosity controlling agent. Derived from various Gelidium species and is related to red algae. High concentration of amino acids, Vitamin A, C, zinc, fatty acids, polysaccharides, beta- carotene, iron, magnesium, sodium and trace minerals to repair cells, decrease
inflammation, nourish, tone, protect, exfoliate and re-mineralize skin.

ALARIA (WINGED KELP)
Phaeophyta “Great Brown Kelps”, anti-oxidant, improves protection against bacteria, stimulates collagen production, used to treat burn victims.

ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT
This healing agent has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic and wound healing abilities. Will assist in skin regeneration, provide skin softening and soothing properties and is a humectant to moisturize the skin.

ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (ROMAN CHAMOMILE) ESSENTIAL OIL
Soothing, anti-inflammatory, and works to heal and moisturize the skin.

ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT
Improves flaky, dry and damaged skin. Anti-inflammatory.

ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
Potent antioxidant that has skin smoothing qualities, improves the signs of aging, and brightens the complexion. Action is stabilized and enhanced when combined with Vitamin E.

ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C ESTER)
Preservative with antioxidant properties. Effective collagen builder and free-radical scavenger. Action is stabilized and enhanced when combined with Vitamin E. A compound of Ascorbic Acid and and naturally occurring fatty acid, Palmitic Acid.

AZADIRACHTA INDICA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT
Has been traditionally used for a variety of skin problems such as wrinkles, acne, transepidermal water loss and redness. Provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and fungicidal properties.

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BOREGO OFFICINALIS (BORAGE) SEED OIL
Excellent for dry, sensitive, itchy or eczema prone skin. Rich in fatty acids, Borage Seed Oil will soothe, nourish and repair irritated skin.

BUTYLOSPERMUM PARKI (SHEA BUTTER)
Mimics the lipid content of the skin. Skin conditioner that is excellent for dry and dehydrated skin and deep wrinkles to promote a soft and smooth appearance. Has high concentrations of fatty acids and Vitamin A.

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CALENDULA OFFICIANALIS (MARIGOLD) EXTRACT
“Nature’s Polysporin”, Calendula has exceptional healing properties. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL)
Odourless and non-greasy with skin smoothing properties. A blend of Coconut Oil and Glycerin.

CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
A multi-tasking ingredient that acts as a skin conditioner and humectant. It also increases the effectiveness of other preservatives with its antimicrobial properties.

CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OLEOSOMES
Antioxidant, melanin inhibiting skin conditioner. Gives the skin a soft, smooth appearance.

CERA ALBA (BEESWAX)
Occlusive agent that will protect the skin. Humectant, emulsion stabilizer, skin conditioner and viscosity controller. Excellent for sensitive, itchy, dry skin.

CETEARYL ALCOHOL (VEGETABLE SOURCED)
Fatty alcohol that acts as a emulsion stabilizer to prevent separation in products, thickening agent. A mixture of Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohols.

CETYL ALCOHOL (VEGETABLE SOURCED)
Controls the texture (viscosity and emulsification) of products. It is a solid at room temperature.

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT aka GERMAN CHAMOMILE
Believed to reduce photo damage and itchy skin. Anti-inflammatory, soothing, skin conditioning, healing and moisturizing.

CITRUS LIMONUM (LEMON) ESSENTIAL OIL
Brightening, astringent, detoxifying, rejuvenating and antisecptic.

COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Referred to as “the tree of life” for its many benefits. Rich in protein, fatty acids, Vitamin E. Skin conditioning, soothing, moisturizing, healing, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic. Thought to be effective in preventing UV damage.

CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED OIL
Antioxidant, skin conditioning, soothing, anti-inflammatory that is rich in Vitamin E. Protects against oxidative stress and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes.

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DISODIUM EDTA
Chelating agent used to decrease reactivity of metal ions by inactivating them by binding to them. This prevents the deterioiration of products by counteracting the presence of hard water.

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ECHINACEA PURPUREA (PURPLE CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT
Traditionally recommended for psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Great for irritated, inflamed skin. Antibacterial and antiviral properties. Moisturizing, skin conditioning.

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Multitasking ingredient that conditions the skin, deodorizes and will enhance the effectiveness of other preservatives.

EMULSIFYING WAX (VEGETABLE SOURCE)
Binding agent that controls texture of products. Comprised of Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60.

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FUCUS (ROCKWEED SEAWEED)
Phaeophyta “Great Brown Kelps”, anti-oxidant, highly detoxifying, helps to improve skins elasticity, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, extremely emollient.

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GLACIAL CLAY
Naturally detoxifying and mineral rich.

GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE SOURCE)
Humectant, protectant and skin conditioner. Repairing and reduces skin irritations and dermatitis.

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HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) LEAF EXTRACT
Skin conditioning anti-inflammatory. Highly active antioxidant. Soothing, reduces redness and discomfort from sunburns, rashes and dermatitis. Enhances the appearance of dry and damaged skin. Antibacterial.

HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
Has been used for thousands of years. Soothing and conditioning to the skin, Sunflower Seed Oil will protect and repair the skin’s barrier with it’s healing properties. A source of fatty acids, it is excellent for all skin types. Anti-inflammatory.

HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED WAX
Used to control viscosity of products.

HYALURONIC ACID
Found naturally in our skin, connective tissue and nerves. It holds 1000 times its weight in water, so Hyaluronic Acid acts as a humectant to hydrate the surface of the skin and form a protective barrier. Enhances the penetration of other water-soluble ingredients and plumps wrinkles related to dyhydration.

HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
Produced by the enzymatic processing of Wheat Protein and consists of amino acids, peptides and proteins. Acts as a skin conditioner, and moisturizes and provides a protective layer of the skin.

HYDROXYETHYCELLULOSE
Emulsion stabilizer, controls viscosity, thickening agent. Polysaccharide (what plants cell walls are made up of.)

HYDROXYRESVERATROL (BOTANICAL SOURCE)
Derived form dried Mulberry Leaves. Inhibits tyrosinase activity giving a lightening effect to products.

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JOJOBA ESTERS
Non-greasy skin soothing and conditioning agent that is easily absorbed into the skin.

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KAOLIN CLAY
A type of healing clay that will bind to toxins and debris on the skin, removing them from the skin’s surface. Helps to prevent breakouts and inflammation.

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LAMINARIA (SUGAR KELP)
Phaeophyta “Great Brown Kelps”, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, firming and hydrating. Rich in B Vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids (aids collagen production).

LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) ESSENTIAL OIL
Has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years. Calms and conditions the skin with antibacterial properties. Restores the complexion by boosting collagen synthesis, reduces itching, redness and acne. Heals minor cuts, bruises and burns.

LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED OIL aka FLAX SEED OIL
Fatty acid, antioxidant, skin conditioning and soothing, anti-inflammatory. Heals acne, rosacea, eczema and sunburns.

LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, natural colourant and deodorizing agent. Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, K and magnesium. Very similar molecular structure to Hemoglobin. Speeds healing of burns and wounds and strengthens tissue.

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MACROCYSTIS (GIANT KELP)
Phaeophyta “Great Brown Kelps”, high in Vitamins A, B, D & E, revitalizes and stimulates cellular metabolism, soothes irritated and inflamed skin.

MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE (STABILIZED VITAMIN C)
Antioxidant, stimulates collagen production, brightens the complexion, and protects the skin.

MAGNESIUM SULPHATE (MINERAL EPSOM SALTS)
Essential for life, balance and regulate electrolytes, eliminate toxins, aids circulatory system and reduces inflammation.

MALIC ACID
Natural fruit AHA sourced from British Columbia apples and radishes. Induces exfoliation to encourage cellular turnover. Commonly used for anti-aging treatments and acne prone skin.

MARIS LIMUS (OCEAN MUD)
Environmentally safe and perfectly spherical to provide an excellent exfoliation, accelerates blood circulation while balancing pH levels.

MAZZAELLA SPLENDENS (RAINBOW SEAWEED)
Rhodophyta “Vital Red” Seaweed, anti-oxidant, beneficial for skin texture, rich in protein, amino- acids, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. Natural skin brightener.

MEDICAGO SATIVA (ALFALFA) EXTRACT
Antioxidant and mineral rich. Natural astringent and healing agent. Traditionally used to make a poultice speed the healing process of wounds.

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NEREOCYSTIS (BULL KELP)
Phaeophyta “Great Brown Kelps”, Anti-oxidant, slows the aging process by protecting collagen, strengthens elasticity, hydrates (alginate).

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OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL
Antioxidant, skin conditioning agent that will help repair the skin barrier function. Excellent for dry skin because it is rich in fatty acids.

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PACIFIC SEA SALTS
Aids the circulatory system, maintains electrolytes and helps nerves to “communicate”. A wealth of minerals that are present in the human body and necessary to its vital functions. Sea Salts contains 82 essential trace nutrients from the sea. These include sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc- a similar blend of what is found in skin cells. Can be helpful in treating psoriasis, itchy skin, and dermatitis.

PANTHENOL (VEGETABLE SOURCED)
Commonly referred to as Pro-Vitamin B5, as it is a precursor to Vitamin B5. Humectant, moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, healing agent. Creates a healthy skin barrier by helping the skin produce more lipids.

PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL
One of the most nutritious fruits. Protective skin conditioner that helps to repair the skin barrier. Avocado Oil contains high levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin A and D, and other antioxidants that help encourage cellular growth. Reduces eczema and rosacea. Rich in fatty acids to nourish the skin.

PHENETHYL ALCOHOL
An aromatic fatty alcohol with a rose-like scent. Can be derived from rose, neroli and geranium. Antimicrobial preserving agent that prevents bacterial growth.

PINUS BANKSIANA (JACK PINE) EXTRACT
High in Vitamin A and C to heal, brighten and reduce wrinkles. Decongestant, antiseptic and anti- fungal.

PINUS SYLVESTRIS (SCOTS PINE) CONE EXTRACT
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-fungal.

POLYGLYCERIN-3
Humectant and skin conditioner. A glycerin polymer containing 3 glycerin units. Because of its larger molecular structure, it has a slower absorption process to give longer lasting moisturization.

POLYGYLCERYL-3 BEESWAX
Emulsifying agent. An ester of beeswax and Polyglycerin-3.

POLYGYLCERYL-6 DISTEARATE
Skin conditioning and emulsifier.

POLYGYLCERYL-6 LAURATE
Skin conditioning, soothing and emulsifying agent.

POLYGYLCERYL-10 OLEATE
Skin conditioning and emulsifier.

POLYSORBATE 60
Hydrophylic emulsifier that is sorbitol based.

PYROPIA (NORI SEAWEED)
EWG’s Skin Deep® ranked 1 out of 10
Rhodophyta “Vital Red” Seaweeds, anti-oxidant, aids collagen, elasticity, improves tone and texture. Extremely rich in Vitamin A, Protein (amino acids) with excellent moisture retention.

PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT KERNEL) OIL
This skin soother contains fatty acids to nourish and moisturize the skin, especially ideal for dry skin types. Rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K contains anti-inflammatory phytosterols, creates viscosity in products. Relieves inflammation and eczema, soothes redness.

ROSA MOSQUETA (ROSEHIP) SEED OIL
Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. Restorative and regenerative anti-inflammatory that can assist in the treatment of eczema and dermatitis.

ROSMARINUS OFFICIALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin conditioning, toning astringent, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti- fungal.

RUBUS IDAEUS (RED RASPBERRY) EXTRACT
The highest antioxidant potency of all fruits. Contains many active compounds rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Noteworthy amounts of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, maganese, folic acid, copper and iron. Reduce pigmentation, and wrinkles. Excellent for eczema, psoriasis and acne sufferers.

SALIX ALBA (WHITE WILLOW BARK) EXTRACT
High in antioxidant compounds. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing. Increases circulation and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. Contains natural salicylates which are a close relative to salicylic acid (BHA) making it a natural exfoliant.

SAPONIFIED COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Coconut Oil that has been treated with sodium to convert it into soap.

SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
Skin conditioner, anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, soothing. Technically a wax ester (which is also a portion of human sebum), which give plant leaves their environmental protection. Excellent for the skin due to this similarity, and is great for helping the skin balance oil production.

SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Controls the pH in a product.

SODIUM PCA
Humectant and skin conditioning agent that is derived from the amino acid proline. Can be found naturally in our skin and it helps keep it moisturized.

SOLUBLE COLLAGEN
Skin conditioning and humectant ingredient with an excellent water binding capacity. Reduces transepidermal water loss. Our Soluble Collagen is sourced from Tilapia Fish Scales, so while it is an animal product, it is a by-product of the fishing industry that would otherwise become waste.

SORBITAN PALMITATE
Emulsifying agent derived from sorbitol.

SPIRULINA MAXIMA EXTRACT
An extract of the fronds of the spiral shaped freshwater algae, Spirulina maxima. It is an ancient species believed to be 3.5 million years old. An excellent source of Vitamin A, beta carotene, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus.

STEARIC ACID (VEGETABLE SOURCED)
This fatty acid soothes the skin, stabilizes viscosity and acts as an emulsifying agent.

STEARYL ALCOHOL
Produced from Stearic Acid, this multitasker is a fatty alcohol. Stabilizes emulsions, controls viscosity and soothes the skin.

SYMPHYTUM OFFICINALIS (COMFREY) EXTRACT
Anti-inflammatory, skin conditioning, healing and soothing.

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TARAXACUM OFFICINALE (DANDELION) FLOWER EXTRACT
Powerful anti-oxidant, high in Linoleic Acid to condition and retain moisture in skin. High in Vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E)
A strong, naturally occurring antioxidant, stabilizes and improves the benefits of Vitamin C Esters. Fat soluble so it absorbs easily into the skin. Provides protection from UVB rays.

TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE (CLOVER) FLOWER EXTRACT
Antioxidant with skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. A source of Vitamin C.

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UBIQUINONE (COENZYME Q10)
Antioxidant that is found in every cell and tissue. Cells use it to produce energy for growth, maintenance and to neutralize free radicals. Skin conditioning agent that combats the aging process from a cellular level. Helps to create collagen and elastin.

ULVA LACTUCA (SEA LETTUCE)
Chlorophyta “Lush Green” Seaweed, rich in Protein, amino acid, beta-carotene and essential fatty acid. Has skin brightening capabilities.

URTICA DIOICA (STINGING NETTLE) LEAF EXTRACT
Anti-inflammatory, astringent, skin conditioning, antioxidant. High in Vitamin C and iron. Helpful for eczema, acne, wrinkles, pigmentation.

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VACCINIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (BLUEBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
Skin protectant, soothing, anti-oxidant, assists other fruit extracts to reduce pigmentation issues. Rich in Vitamin B6, C, K, folate, potassium, copper and manganese. One of the highest sources of antioxidants of all foods.

VACCINIUM MACROCARPON (CRANBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
Anti-oxidant, assists other fruit extract to reduce pigmentation issues. A good source of Vitamins C, K, B-complex and potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL
Skin soothing and conditioning, traditionally used in wound healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Antioxidant rich, a source of Vitamin E, Resveratrol, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. Minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, increases elasticity and tightens the skin. Can reduce eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

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XANTHAN GUM
A polysaccharide that is used as a emulsion stabilizer and binding agent. Viscosity increasing agent. Enhances the shelf life of products. Derived from glucose or sucrose.

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