Featured Ingredient: Rosewater

February 16th, 2009

Kiehl's Rosewater Facial Freshener TonerRosewater is a by-product of the production of rose oil. It has grown as a popular ingredient for facial toners because of its gentle astringent and exfoliation properties.

We found three facial Rosewater toners that are all beauty must haves.

Kiehl’s Facial Fresherner Toner, shown above and described as “leaving a fresh tingling after-cleansing skin effect,” was voted as Vogue’s Must Have Beauty Basics. An 8.4 oz bottle costs $15 and features aloe vera and rose extract.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater described as “a refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime,” was featured as Martha’s Must Haves on The Martha Stewart Show. An 8 oz bottle costs $12 and features Aloe extract, Bladderwrack Extract, Herbal Extract, Rose Extract and Gardenia Extract.

Burt’s Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner is described as leaving “your skin looking fresh and lovely as a bouquet of flowers.”An 8 oz bottle sells for $11.99 and features rose flower water, cornflower extract, aloe leaf extract, witch hazel leaf extract, and yucca leaf extract.

Olive Oil Extract

January 28th, 2007

Olive Oil ExtractThis incredibly nourishing ingredient has been used for centuries to coat the skin and hair. It used to seal in moisture and protect the skin from exposure from outside elements.

The ancient Greek Spartans glossed olive oil on their bodies to highlight their physic and display a pride in athleticism.

In our present day, you can find olive oil in all types of skin and hair moisturizers. It is a great way to boost shine in dull hair and skin.

Here are a few beauty products that use olive oil extracts: Fekkai Glossing Shampoo, Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, L’Occitane Radiance Moisturizing Cream.

Grape Seed Extract

December 10th, 2006

Grape Seed ExtractGrape Seed Extract has been a recent trend in the skin care market over the last few years. What is Grape Seed Extract? It is an antioxidant which is extracted from seeds of grapes and is believed to reduce premature aging effects of sunlight, cigarette smoke, and pollution. As skin care experts began to read studies about the great benefits of eating grapes and drinking wine, they used this idea and applied it to skin care products.

Experts claim it enhances the effects of other antioxidants like Vitamin E, C and Beta Carotene which boost the skin’s defense against aging. Grape Seed Extract is said to increase elasticity and promote healthy skin growth. It also acts as an alpha hydroxy acid which helps to exfoliate and improve skin tone.

Here are few products that contain Grape Seed Extracts:

Uvavita Hydrating Body Lotion, a silky body moisturizer made with grapeseed oil, seaweed, chamomile, and aloe vera. Davi Le Grand Cru, a luxurious face cream packed with shea butter, rosemary, green tea, grape seed extracts, and vitamin E. Or Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, a brightening serum which lightens age spots, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, and is made not only with grape seed extract, but the exotic honeysuckle flower extract.

Vitamin E

November 25th, 2006

Vitamin E capsulesVitamin E is derived from a variety of vegetable oils. It is widely known for its moisturizing and antioxidants properties.

You can find Vitamin E in all types of beauty products such as lip balms, body washes, and eye creams. It is an extremely popular ingredient because of its ability to reduce scars and help the skin healing process.

Vitamin E is thought to help reverse the damaging effects of sun and other environmental elements such as pollution. Adding Vitamin E into your beauty routine can help keep your skin moisturized and encourage its healing.

Here are a few items with the Vitamin E ingredient:

Nars Lipstick (keeping the lips velvety soft and rated best of Sephora 2006), Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough (a face serum contain Vitamin E and Vitamin C used to revitalize and firm skin), and Aveda Hand Relief (a rich hand cream packed with Vitamin A and E, and exfoliating fruit acids).

Vitamin C

November 18th, 2006

Oranges are widely known for Vitamin CVitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a nutrient found in citrus fruits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant proven in studies to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin.

It is used in face lotions and creams to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also used as a main ingredient in brightening creams and serums which are a new popular addition in the skin care market.

Vitamin C is a great ingredient in your beauty products because of its clarifying and stimulating effects on your skin. Be sure to find a product that has high enough concentration of Vitamin C to be effectively absorbed into your skin.

Here are a few items with the Vitamin C ingredient:

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (this has a high concentration of pure Vitamin C), Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C (a rich concentration of Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and collagen), and N.V. Perricone M.D. Vitamin C Ester Eye Area Therapy (brightens and lifts, not recommended for sensitive skin).

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