Science and technology is changing every industry, including skin care. SkinTech uses the latest ingredients to help you fight the aging battle. Plant stem cells are the most current and valuable asset in our arsenal to fight aging. SkinTech uses them, in addition to various peptides and Vitamin C, to turn back the clock. Below is a list of some of the ingredients that we use in our products as well as their purpose.

Ingredient Glossary

Acetyl hexapeptide-3 – (argireline) – inhibits the release of neurotransmitters. When applied to the skin, Argireline relaxes facial tension leading to the reduction in facial lines and wrinkles with regular use.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 (Inyline) – peptide that reduces expression lines by 15–30% in one month.

Acrylates – thickening and emulsifying agent.

Alfalfa leaf powder – skin conditioning.

Allantoin – moisturizing and keratolytic.

Alpha Arbutin – blocks melanin synthesis, glycoside that inhibits formation of tyrosine.

Alpha lipoid acid – a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the body. Alpha lipoic acid converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. Anti-oxidant, both water and oil soluble, helps “recycle” vitamin C.

Aloe Vera – rejuvenating, healing and softening.

Adansonia Digitata Pulp (Liftiss) Extract – an extract of the fruit of the baobab tree that reduces wrinkles by firming and moisturizing the skin. It has an immediate anti-wrinkling effect as well as a radiance smoothing effect. It energizes skin and imparts a silky touch, while reducing moisture loss.

Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder (Ultra Filling Spheres) – more effective then hylauronic alone, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles than the company’s Filling Spheres due to an improved ability to absorb water. Their unique composition of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid and konjac glucomannan give the active spheres greater capacity to absorb water and swell than the previous versions of Filling Spheres. This is due to higher hygroscopic properties of konjac. The new spheres are able to absorb 24 times more in weight and 17 times more in volume. In addition, they were shown to exhibit a water retention capability 20% higher as well as an enhanced thickness of the stratum corneum by 17%.

Apple stem cells – Malus Domestica – increases cell production and healing at cellular level, and increases longevity of cell life.

Aqua – water.

Argatensy – (Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract) is a natural ingredient extracted from the kernel of the small yellow fruits of the Argan tree. (The Argan tree grows only south of Morocco in the Argan Forest near the desert.) Argatensyl consists of a natural protein mixture that has immediate and long-term benefits for the skin.

Short-term clinical tests show there is an immediate tightening effect visible on fine lines in the crow’s feet area within 15 minutes after application. Long term clinical studies on neck wrinkles showed after 4 weeks, skin surface was smoother with less visible wrinkles.

Argireline – peptide derived from natural proteins that relax facial muscles.

Arginine – an amino acid that builds proteins is anti-oxidant and helps wound healing.

Ascorbic acid – Vitamin C.

Ascorbic acid polypeptide – water soluble, stable form of Vitamin C.

Ascorbyl palmitate – fat soluble form of vitamin C.

Avocado oil – a concentration of vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals. Avocado oil consists mostly of oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids, vitamin E, and potassium. Avocado oil helps protect the skin be preventing evaporation of water from the skin surface. This keeps the skin moisturized and supple, improving elasticity and long term water-retention capability.

Azelaic acid - antibacterial, it returns disordered skin cells to normalcy, reduces inflammation and pigmentation.

Azulene – soothing, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Benzoate – emollient, skin conditioning and anti-microbial.

Billberry – contains Vitamin C rich in antioxidants to improve skin texture, tone and overall health.

Boswellia serrata – anti-inflammatory.

Calendula extract – soothing, reduces inflammation.

Capylic/capric triglycerides – derived from coconut oil. Helps prevent water loss by strengthening the epidermal barrier of the skin. Also used as a thickener for liquid products.

Carrot root oil – stimulates cellular renewal.

Cedar bark – balances and restores.

Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture – Gotu Kola Stem Cells – Stem cells efficiently inhibit hyaluronidase up to 90% protecting natural levels of hyaluronic acid to maintain healthy levels of skin hydration, tone, firmness and elasticity. This is useful in the control of inflammation, blood vessel tone, and permeability due to ability to inhibit certain components responsible for the inflammation response.

Cetyl alcohol – emollient, emulsifier or thickening agent

Chamomile – soothing.

Cyclomethicone – alcohol-free, clear, colorless, odorless, silicone liquid used as a carrying and wetting agent for personal care products. Used as a replacement for petroleum based solvents because it will not contribute to the ozone-depletion and global warming. Cyclomethicone is basically a cosmetic solvent that is soluble with the vast majority of oil-soluble products.

Dextrin (Linefactor) – amino acid based, Linefactor™. A hibiscus extract with bio-mimetic protection of Fibroblast Growth Factor – 2 (FGF-2) producing a powerful activation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and collagen synthesis. In 42 days, Linefactor™ turns the clock back 10 years by rejuvenating skin texture and density.

Dimethicone - prevents water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. It creates a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to the touch. It also acts as a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in fine lines/wrinkles on the face, giving it a temporary “plump” look.

DMAE – helps firm the skin.

Ferulic acid – prevents Vitamin C from breaking down, free radical fighter, helps protect against UV damage.

GABA – inhibits neurotransmitters, muscle relaxing amino acid that reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Glycine soja sterol – emollient and lubricates dry skin.

Glyceryl stearate – prevents skin from moisture loss.

Grape skin – antioxidant and anti-degenerative properties.

Grapefruit – balances oily skin and regulates the production of sebum.

Green tea – anti-inflammatory, helps prevent and reduce sun damage.

Homosalate – organic compound that absorbs UV rays.

Hydrolyzed Sesame Protein PG (Propyl Methylsilanediol, Sesaflash)- sesame proteins have an anti-wrinkle and tightening effect on the skin when applied topically. Sesame peptides form a network inside the epidermis that provides both an elastic tightening effect as well as lasting moisture.

Isopropyl palmitate – emollient, moisturizing and thickening properties.

Jojoba seed oil – conditions and softens the skin.

Kelp extract – revitalizing and moisturizing.

L’ascorbic acid – naturally occurring organic compound with antioxidant properties and is water soluble.

Lauryl glucoside – foaming agent and surfactant.

Lavender extract – anti-septic and anti-biotic properties.

Lecithin – Lecithin is a naturally occurring lipid found in both plants and animals. Emollient and skin conditioning.

Lemon peel oil – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent properties good for acne prone skin.

Lemongrass oil - anti-septic and healing, good for oily acne skin.

Licorice root – contains glycosides that lighten. It whitens by suppressing the formation of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin discoloration.

Magnesuim ascorbyl phosphate – water-soluble derivative of vitamin. It is nonirritating and more stable than vitamin C. It has the same potential as vitamin C to boost skin collagen synthesis but is effective in significantly lower concentrations. Also it is a better choice than vitamin C for people with sensitive skin and those wishing to avoid any concomitant exfoliating effects. (Most vitamin C formulas are highly acidic and therefore produce exfoliation.)

Malic acid – larger molecular structure than other AHA so less irritating, helps even skin tone and exfoliates.

Mandarin peel oil – revives dull skin.

Mannetake mushroom – anti-oxidant and rich in natural vitamins A, B, B2 and C, which promote smooth, firm, radiant and younger-looking skin. It boosts the skin’s immune system.

Marshmallow extract – anti-inflammatory, boosts the skin’s immune system, healing, diminishes dark circles by increasing circulation and helps improve barrier function.

1) It also has an inhibitory effect in hyaluronidase, which is an enzymatic action in which the hyaluronic acid and other muco-polysaccharides in the connective tissue are degraded.

2) An inhibition and reduction in hyaluronidase leads to better moisture levels in the skin as well as boosting the dermal structure and improving wound healing processes, while at the same time reducing skin aging and diminishing inflammation.

Neutrol®TE – helps neutralize acids in gel formulations and leaves a non-sticky sensation.

Octinoxate – the most widely used UVB blocking agent in the skin care industry. It can protect the skin against not only sunburn but also UV light-induced DNA alterations.

Octyl dodecanol – lubricating, emollient, and used as a thickener in moisturizers.

Octisalate – UVB protector usually used in conjunction with UVA protectors.

Orange fruit extract – skin conditioning.

Oxybenzone – helps stabilize other sunscreen ingredients so as not to degrade in the sun.

Palmitoyl tripeptide – 3 (Syn®-coll) – fights fine lines and wrinkles by mimicking the body’s own mechanism to produce collagen. In vitro studies have shown PTri-5 to increase collagen synthesis by 119%. By increasing collagen synthesis it helps treat stretch marks, wrinkles and sagging skin.

PEG 100 stearate – emollient and emulsifier.

Phenoxyethanol – preservative (instead of parabens), may cause sensitivity in 100% concentration.

Polyisobutene – Binder, Film Former, Viscosity Increasing Agent.

Raspberry leaf – soothes oily or inflamed skin.

Resveratrol – helps prevent cell damage caused by sun exposure and pollution, increases the life span of the cells.

Retinol – derived Vitamin A that plays an important role in anti-aging skin care. Retinol aids in the resurfacing and rejuvenating of skin.

Retinol palmitate – Palmitate is derived from Palm oil. So, this blends Vitamin A with the hydrating qualities of Palm oil.

Salicylic acid – exfoliates, loosens dead dry skin, helps unclog pores.

Siberian Ginseng – rich in complex polysaccharides and glycoproteins, firms, lift and smoothes.

Shea Butter – healing, skin softener, and humectant (helps retain moisture).

Shitake mushroom – anti-oxidant and increases cellular renewal.

Sodium ascorbyl phosphate –Vitamin C derivative, antioxidant and collagen stimulator. It is converted to vitamin C by enzymes present in the skin only upon penetration. No oxidation concerns. It therefore represents a stable precursor of vitamin C that ensures a constant delivery of vitamin C into the skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate – Sodium hyaluronate is smaller than hyaluronic acid and is able to move more freely into the deeper layers of the skin. This is an advantage since sodium hyaluronate is a powerful humectant that attracts and holds on to water, making it the ultimate skin moisturizer. This helps to hydrate skin and keep it moist and supple. Because it attracts and binds to water, it causes slight swelling. This swelling helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives skin a more youthful appearance. In addition, the subtle swelling increases volume, which makes skin look younger.

Sorbic acid – anti-microbial.

Soy isoflavones – stimulates fibroblast and hyaluronic acid production.

Soy phytosterois – helps repair barrier function in the skin.

Stearic acid – used as a thickening agent.

Stearyl alcohol – used as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener in ointments of various sorts.

Sugar apple tree – nourish, moisten, soften and renews, and exfoliates.

Sugar Cane – (natural glycolic acid) removes dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that can clog and stretch pores.

Sugar maple – natural AHA.

Sunflower seed oil – improves the epidermal barrier function.

Tea Tree oil – anti-septic, anti-fungal, and healing.

Tocopheryl acetate – Vitamin E, anti-oxidant, softens the skin.

Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – very stable, oil-soluble Vitamin C ester which has anti-oxidant activity, inhibiting lipid peroxidation. Topical use can mitigate the damaging effects of UV exposure. Studies have shown it to stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin by inhibiting melanogenesis (the production of pigment) thereby promoting a more even skin tone.

Tetrahydrocurcumin – inhibits tyrosine (amino acid precursor to melanin).

Vegetable glycerin – derived from coconut and palm oil, used for its hydrating and moisturizing properties.

Vitis vinifera – grape skin extract, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant.

White tea extract – anti-oxidant.

Witch hazel – anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it very useful in fighting acne, reduces swelling.

Ylang Ylang oil – softens and hydrates.

Yeast extract – (phyto hyaluronic acid) stimulating and activating effect on cell metabolism by means of an increased production of ATP (the energy of the cell), wound healing, and hydrating.