Let the Sun Shine In
We love it when restaurants open their kitchens. Not only is it fun to watch the pros in action, it’s a good sign when a place feels confident enough in their ingredients and practices to let people see the whole process. No shortcuts, no unswept corners, no dirty tricks!
Skin care is not so different. You feed your skin the same way fill your stomach. But when it comes to skin care, the origins of product and package are often mysterious. Putting slick marketing aside, one wonders if all products are made in an industrial vat somewhere, and all packaging is produced in unregulated third world factories.
Being consumers first, we chose to open things up. We couldn’t be prouder of our products, and we’re more than happy to share every last detail. Skin care consumers finally get an open kitchen of their own…
Jojoba is a nourishing wax ester from the Southwest. It is filled with broad spectrum fatty acids (linoleic, linolenic, arachodenic) and triglycerides. Jojoba is extremely stable and non-greasy. Because it relates well to natural skin lipids, it is non-clogging and does an excellent job of preventing trans-epidermal water loss.
Sunflower Oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which is good for acne and cell regeneration; it also helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
Olive Oil has very high levels of oleic acid, antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds, all of which are great for radical scavenging. Some research has shown olive oil to be particularly valuable for scavenging radicals caused by exposure to UVB rays. Olive oil is a very mild irritant.
Apricot Seed Oil is a gentle and nourishing non-fragrant botanical oil. Its low molecular weight allows it to permeate the skin’s surface and nourish the lipid lamellar layers.
Soybean Oil is a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It has high levels of genistein, which studies show to be the most potent anti-oxidant against UVB rays and may provide some defense against symptoms of skin aging. The high polyphenol content also provides powerful antioxidizing punch.
Vitamin E is an extremely potent antioxidant. Numerous studies have demonstrated its value in reducing oxidative stress, including stress from sun damage. In other words, it’s a crucial agent for scavenging free radicals from sun exposure, helping to prevent wrinkling and cancer, and aiding otherwise traumatized skin.
Much research has shown Green Tea to possess multi-faceted beneficial properties. Studies indicate it helps skin before, during, and after sun exposure by providing UV protection. It serves as a powerful antioxidant and tumor blocker, and acts as an effective anti-inflammatory, with evidence of reductions in UVB-induced swelling and reddening. Green tea also contains high levels of polyphenols.
Oat Extract serves as an effective anti-irritant against UV- and chemically-induced irritation. In vitro studies show that oat extract can significantly reduce damage associated with UVA/UVB irradiation.
Chamomile has been shown to be a soothing anti-irritant and anti-oxidant. Some studies imply anti-irritant properties similar to those of hydrocortisone. It is filled with flavenoids, apigenin, and glycosides.
Ginkgo Biloba is a skin-preserving superstar. It’s filled with polyphenols, flavenoids and flavonol glycosides, all of which have been clinically shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-free radical properties. There is evidence that Ginkgo can increase collagen and intracellular internectin, making skin more supple, and can increase blood flow, making skin glow.
Raspberry Seed, like all dark berries, is an extremely potent antioxidant. That’s only the beginning: studies have also demonstrated powerful anti-inflammatory qualities and broad spectrum UV protection. It has exceptionally high levels of alpha- and gamma-tocopherols, vitamin A, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Primary fatty acids are linoleic, alpha linolenic acid and oleic acids.
Zinc Oxide is a natural inert mineral. It is the only ingredient, natural or synthetic, that receives the highest rating for both UVA and UVB protection from the EPA. It has been shown to be very well tolerated.
Titanium Dioxide is one of the only two non-synthetic ingredients the FDA recognizes as an active sunscreen agent (Zinc Oxide is the other). Its an inert mineral shown in studies to be well tolerated. It acts as a physical sun barrier, and, according to the EPA, is one of the only ingredients that is effective in blocking both UVA and UVB rays.
Organic Beeswax is cultivated from bees that feast on organic flowers. Beeswax adds structure to products and is an excellent occlusive, which means it is effective in preserving the skin’s natural moisture. In technical terms, it prevents trans-epidermal water loss.
Vivesana aluminum tubes are produced in Kentucky. They comply with the European BPA-Free standard, as well as being phthalate-free. They are more efficiently recycled than plastic, or even paper, and have an unlimited number of recycling lives. Read more.
Vivesana outer packaging is fully recyclable and made in Alabama rather than Bejing.