INGREDIENTS: distilled water, sunflower seed oil, camellia seed oil, meadowfoam oil, Acetyl octapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 (and) arginine; Palmitoyl oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7; hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer; tocopherol, fragrance, lactobacillus ferment, phenoxyethanol
Sunflower oil: I love, love, LOVE sunflower seed oil! It’s really great for dry, dehydrated, or otherwise compromised skin because its linoleic acid content helps skin to make its own lipids, including ceramides, which are critical for proper barrier function. Sunflower seed oil also has a natural soothing effect on skin, making it great for reducing skin irritation.
Camellia seed oil: Camellia seed oil is a fast-absorbing oil with antioxidant activity. It is present in this formula as an emollient.
Meadowfoam oil: This oil is super stable, largely because it is primarily composed of long-chain fatty acids, which are the most resistant to rancidity when exposed to oxygen. It also contains compounds which help the skin’s ability to prevent collagen degradation and to protect skin from UVB damage. In this formula, it is present as a stabilizing emollient.
Acetyl Octapeptide-3: This peptide active uses a similar mechanism as botox to reduce wrinkles. It acts pre-synaptically to prevent the release of neurotransmitters required for muscle contraction. By preventing full muscle contraction, wrinkles are lessened.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 and Arginine: This peptide/amino acid complex acts in a similar manner to botox, in that it prevents full muscle contraction, thus, lessening wrinkles. This active functions post-synaptically to block the formation of an action potential. Neurotransmitters are released at the synapse, but nothing is done with them.
Palmitoyl oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7: Active ingredient containing two peptides that act in concert to stimulate cellular repair and reconstruction, thus lessening wrinkles.
Hydroxyethyl acrylate / sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer: This ingredient is the gelling agent for the serum. It is a Hydro-Swelling Droplet (HSD) form of emulsifier, and is used for cold emulsions, in which no ingredients are heated during the formulation of the product.
Tocopherol: Tocopherol is Vitamin E, and acts as a preservative in this formula, preventing the oxidation of the oils in the product and increasing the shelf life.
Fragrance: This is the scent that is added to the product. Fragrance oil manufacturers are not required by law to disclose what compounds are in their fragrance oils. However, some will tell you what is NOT in their fragrance oils, and I base my fragrance oil purchases on this information. I make sure my fragrance oils are free of phthalates and known carcinogens. Because fragrance may be a source of irritation in a product formula, I offer all my products fragrance free as well as scented.
Lactobacillus ferment: This ingredient is a preservative, and is responsible for preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast, etc.
Phenoxyethanol: This ingredient is a preservative, and is responsible for preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast, etc.