By: Jennifer Appenrodt

Ingredient Sleuth

The next big things in skincare, found!

David Hamsley for BeautySageFrom the mountains of Morocco to the tropics of the Pacific Islands, often the most beneficial new skincare ingredients are found in the most remote places. We’ve scoured the skincare reports for lesser-known ingredients with big benefits backed by science. Remember: Just because you can’t pronounce its name, doesn’t mean it won’t rock your skin’s world.

Chlorella Vulgaris Extract
A fresh water algae that helps heal the skin while protecting it from free radicals.

Organically farmed and classed as a superfood in Japan, there’s loads of scientific data to support the nutritional value of this extract. It's made from the broken cell wall of dried algae and carries a high concentration of the powerful antioxidant lutein (a nutrient found in dark, leafy greens) that has been proven to majorly benefit the skin. Studies show it helps prevent sun-induced skin damage (read: that means a brighter, more even tone complexion for you!), and those with a diet rich in lutein have been found to have a decreased risk of wrinkles! Chlorella Vulgaris Extract has also been analyzed for its healing powers, and has been proven to both minimize scar tissue formation and stimulate collagen and elastin production—both essential to healthy, younger looking skin.

Reap the beauty benefits:
Sophyto Marine Peptide Brightening Treatment (pictured)
Sophyto Ph Optimizing Restorative Toner

Noni Fruit Extract
An extract that helps repair damaged cells and activate the immune system.

Recently discovered by western science, Noni is on the cutting edge of skin beautification. It’s extracted from an organic fruit grown on trees in tropical locations and has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect in products designed for sensitive skin. It contains over 70 substances, like the enzyme proxeronine, which studies have shown to help cleanse toxic chemicals from the body and carry healing and regenerative effects. When Dr. Ralph Heinicke was studying pineapples for the Dole Fruit Company in the 80s, he discovered proxeronine, which he found to be responsible for the fruit’s health benefits. Noni fruit is an even greater source of the enzyme.

Reap the beauty benefits:
Sophyto Ph Optimizing Restorative Toner

Baobab
An oil that improves collagen production and tissue repair.

Referred to as the “Tree of Life” (for it’s ability to store massive amount of water and live up to a 1,000 years), the Baobab tree is native to Madagascar. Baobab oil, extracted from the tree’s seeds, tightens and tones the skin while moisturizing and encouraging skin cell regeneration. Rich in the amino acid lysine (crucial in the creation of collagen), and saturated with vitamins and omegas six and nine (essential fatty acids), it’s a must-have oil for dry, aging skin.

Reap the beauty benefits:
Shea Terra Baobab Olive Tree Damages of Time Reversal Face Creme

Palmarosa Oil
An oil that calms that nervous system and contains anti-microbial properties.

This rose-scented oil is sourced from Palmorosa grass leaves grown in Nepal and contains a high amount of geraniol and the geranyl acetate, which is what makes it so great for the nervous system and the skin. It calms the mind, yet has an uplifting effect, and is used to counter physical and nervous exhaustion, stress-related problems and nervousness. It’s also well known to aid in the treatment of skin infections, like acne, with it’s antimicrobial properties (reduces the presence of bacteria) and ability to regulate the production of sebum.

Reap the beauty benefits:
21 Drops PMS Relief (pictured)
21 Drops Equalize
21 Drops Sleep

One Love Organics Youth Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum

Propolis
A resinous mixture created by honeybees that soothes the skin and stimulates repair.

Honeybees concoct this sticky blend from resins collected from bark, sap flows or other botanical sources to seal their hive. It contains flavonoids, which makes it a proven antioxidant (meaning it protects the skin by eating up collagen-damaging free radicals). Because of the high levels of vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, propolis is able to stimulate the healing of skin, especially when it’s used for anti-redness and other skin irritations—making it ideal for those with eczema or psoriasis. Various studies have also proven it effective for treating patients with minor burns, as it cuts down inflammation and healing time.

Reap the beauty benefits:
Beecology Original Honey Hand & Body Cream