• Mugwort

    Mugwort

    Totally sounding like something straight out of Harry Potter, mugwort (Artemisia Princeps) is a traditional herb that has been used for 1000’s of years in Eastern Medicine to soothe sensitive skin and fight inflammation.

    If the name also sounds slightly mythical, you’re not far wrong, as the botanical name is derived from the Olympian goddess Artemis in Greek Mythology, guardian of the hunt, the moon and fertility.

    In Korea, mugwort is deemed a healing herb for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and skin-protective properties and has been part of Korean culture since, well, forever!

    Dermatologists cite vitamin E as a key component of mugwort and believe this may be the reason why it’s so effective at fighting eczema and psoriasis, as well as reducing redness.

    Its anti-bacterial properties also mean it’s very effective at reducing angry spots, rashes and persistent acne that just does. not. want. to. budge.

    Key benefits:
    • Locks moisture into the skin
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Anti-bacterial
    • Soothing
    • Helps to repair a weakened skin barrier
    • Anti-itch
    References
    • Antioxidant Artemisia princeps Extract Enhances the Expression of Filaggrin and Loricrin via the AHR/OVOL1 Pathway https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28892018/
    • Anti-inflammatory effects of Artemisia princeps in antigen-stimulated T cells and regulatory T cells https://academic.oup.com/jpp/article/61/8/1043/6135823
    Photo of mugwort in petri dish
  • Licorice Root

    Licorice Root

    Originating from the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Licorice Root is considered to be one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies and is counted as one of the ‘50 fundamental herbs’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It contains over 300 compounds, many of which contain strong anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects.

    Because of this, licorice root has proven to be a very effective treatment for allergic skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

    In a 2 week test on 60 adults, applying a topical gel containing licorice root extract significantly improved the eczema symptoms of those participating.

    In another study, licorice root showed to have strong anti-microbial effects against staphylococcus aureus (a bacterium that has been linked to increased inflammation in eczema sufferers).

    Furthermore in a 2003 study published in the Journal of Dermatology, a treatment licorice gel applied to the skin helped relieve symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness.

    It can also be ideal for the treatment of oily or acne-prone skin thanks to the compound licochalcone, which can help to regulate the production of oil.

    Key benefits:
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Reduces burning, swelling and itching
    • Regulates oil production
    • Fades acne scars and permanent dark marks
    • Anti-bacterial
    References
    • Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Flavanones from Glycyrrhiza glabra https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox8060186
    • The treatment of atopic dermatitis with licorice gel https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14522625/
    • New Herbal Biomedicines for the Topical Treatment of Dermatological Disorders https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7168306/
    3 licorice root sticks
  • Tiger Grass

    Tiger Grass

    Also named centella asiatica, Brahmi, Asiatic pennywort and gotu kola, this ancient medicinal herb has been around in Korean skincare for centuries and is hailed as a hydrating skin-saviour.

    The original name hails from India where tigers have been known to roll around in the plant to heal their trauma wounds and infections. It’s not too much of a leap then to realise why it’s a favourite for treating inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.

    The key benefits of this super plant come from its main active ingredients, namely madecassoside and madacassic acid, that help to reduce itching and redness, as well as healing acne scars.

    The compound also stimulates the production of collagen, which helps the skin to appear and feel smoother.

    And lastly it’s intensely rich with amino acids that possess strong anti-oxidant properties, helping to reduce the activity of Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMPs) and fight inflammation.

    Key benefits:
    • Repairs the skin barrier
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Reduces itching and redness
    • Soothes sensitive skin
    • Fades acne scars and dark marks
    • Hydrates and moisturises dry skin
    References
    • Antioxidant Artemisia princeps Extract Enhances the Expression of Filaggrin and Loricrin via the AHR/OVOL1 Pathway https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28892018/
    • Anti-inflammatory effects of Artemisia princeps in antigen-stimulated T cells and regulatory T cells https://academic.oup.com/jpp/article/61/8/1043/6135823
    Centella Asiatica in petri dish

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Purified Water

Like the stuff that comes out of your bathroom tap, just filtered and processed to remove any unwanted chemicals or contaminants.

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Glycerin

Glycerin is a colorless liquid that’s derived from plant sources and acts a humectant, meaning it works to retain moisture in the skin. Found inside ‘Dermorganics 1388’, a natural preservative system we use in our calming spray.

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Propanediol

A solvent, humectant and emollient, propanediol helps to dissolve ingredients and retain moisture in the skin. The reason we’ve opted for this is as a replacement for propylene glycol, a commonly used chemical that was voted Allergen of the Year in 2018. Eczema and psoriasis sufferers, you’re welcome.

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Xylitylglucoside

Main part of a moisturising complex we use in our formula called Aquaxyl. This ‘magical moisturiser’ works to optimise water reserves by increasing natural moisturising factors, as well as limiting water loss by improving the skin barrier. It’s a goodie - trust!

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Anhydroxylitol

Sugar derived moisturiser that forms the 2nd part of Aquaxyl.

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Xylitol

Sugar derived moisturiser that forms the 3rd (and final) part of Aquaxyl. Designed to “harmonize the skin’s hydrous flow” - fancy, we know!

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Lactobacillus Ferment

An intriguing probiotic ingredient, LF has shown strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties as well as an ability to protect the skin against external aggressors. Further research from 2012 also shows promising results for the treatment of acne and rosacea.

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Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

A vital ingredient in helping to repair the skin barrier, niacinamide plays an important role in soothing and moisturising inflamed skin. It also possesses anti-oxidant properties and is well tolerated by all skin types.

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Pentylene Glycol

A synthetic humectant (meaning it works to retain moisture), pentylene glycol is primarily used in our calming spray as a solvent to help other ingredients disperse and sink more easily into the skin.

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Phytosphingosine

A key building block in helping to maintain a healthy skin barrier, phytosphingosine is a fat that’s naturally found in the outermost layer of the skin. Also possessing anti-inflammatory properties, it’s an under-appreciated rockstar when it comes to healthy skin.

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Bisabolol

Derived from German chamomile, bisabolol has been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. It’s also used in our formula as a permeation enhancer, helping the good stuff sink deeper into your skin where it can be most effective!

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Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid

An anti-irritant and anti-itch molecule that has been engineered to copy the well known soothing plant, oat. From a manufacturer study it reduced itching by 65% in a 4 week double blind study. Lovely!

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Dipropylene Glycol

Used at a low % in our formula as a solvent with nice skin-moisturising abilities. Used as a replacement for the substance propylene glycol, which has been shown to cause irritation in individuals with sensitive skin.

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Sodium Levulinate

A 100% natural preservative obtained from starch and vegetal inulin.

Found inside Dermosoft 1388, a preservative used in our formula.

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Sodium Anisate

A 100% natural preservative derived from anise and fennel.

Found inside Dermosoft 1388.

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Ceramide AP

A type of ceramide that can be found naturally in the upper most layer of the skin. Also called ceramide 6 II. Plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier.

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Ceramide EOP

Another type of ceramide found naturally in the upper layer of the skin. Also called ceramide 1.

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Potassium Sorbate

Acts as a preservative against mold and yeast to stop our formula going funky whilst it sits on your bathroom shelf.

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Glycolic Acid

Not an active ingredient, only used in micro-doses to balance the pH of the formula.

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Phytic Acid

Plant extract with antioxidant properties. Used to neutralise metal ions in the formula that would otherwise cause some not so nice changes. It's a natural alternative to sometimes bad-mouthed chelating agents and part of Dermofeel PA that we use in our formula.

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