The (Cosmeceutical) Alphabet: A
It is my pleasure and purpose to be completely transparent about my products. Visit the blog often to learn about each powerhouse cosmeceutical I carefully select for each Sabonique product.
So let's start at the beginning, shall we?
ActiSea Extract: this is actually a combination of kelp and Japanese green tea extracts. Both of these have been very popular in skin and hair care products, and for good reason.
Kelp extract is one of the two present in ActiSea. Natural sea kelp extract has a low molecular weight, rich with humectants and hydrating peptides. It has been specifically designed to provide intense hydration, yet be lightweight. Extract from this sea plant also reduces inflammation, one of the core causes of aging symptoms.
Japanese green tea is the second extract in ActiSea. Green tea possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Especially recommended for sensitive skin since it helps restrain photodamage and inflammation while relieving dermatitis and rosacea.
These two beautiful, green plants impart numerous benefits in skincare products. It is no wonder people around the world ingest them as part of their daily diets.
Alpha Arbutin: this cosmeceutical ensures an even and lighter skin tone, reduces the degree of skin tanning after UV exposure, and helps to minimize the appearance of liver spots. It is a biosynthetic ingredient, derived from bearberry, and is incorporated into skincare formulations as a dry, white powder.
Alpha Arbutin is just as good at lightening darkened skin as pure Vitamin C. Hydroquinone has been used for the same purpose, but has been banned in countries due to potentially negative effects on health. Sabonique does not believe in utilizing ingredients that may or may not have problematic effects on health.
The alpha arbutin compound is derived from the bearberry. This plant has been used medicinally in north america for centuries, incorporated into teas as well as smoked with tobacco. The plant is a hardy one, establishing itself in frigid climates with poor soil. But, they do make for lovely pops of red in these inhospitable landscapes.
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