Because everyone wants to feel good about what they put on their skin and in their body, we made it easy to look up each ingredient in every Apriori Beauty product with our online Ingredient Dictionary. Click to find a specific ingredient and to see which products it is in, as well as look-up each product to see its list of ingredients. This dictionary includes the definition of each ingredient and its source, along with any synonyms or relating source studies. If you’re like most ingredient-conscious consumers, it’s a tool you’ll want to bookmark and revisit often
A water-binding agent and emollient. It is an effective moisturizer containing natural carbohydrates found in the stratum corneum of skin. It binds to the free amino groups of lysine in the keratin of the stratum corneum, and cannot be washed off easily, leading to long-lasting moisturization.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil is a vegetable oil that is used in skin care as a lubricant and skin conditioning agent. It contains high concentrations of the essential fatty acid, linoleic acid, which is an important component of the skin matrix. Topically applied linoleic acid can help prevent skin dryness and flaking and is important for maintaining the skinâ€™s barrier function.
Salicylates are the salts of salicylic acid, used in cosmetics formulations as preservatives and skin conditioning agents.
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) found naturally in the bark of willow trees. BHAs are organic acids similar to alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) used commonly in skincare preparations to treat the signs of aging, acne, and psoriasis through chemical exfoliation. Unlike AHAs, BHAs are lipid rather than water soluble, allowing them to penetrate the skin through follicles and aid exfoliation within pores. This property makes BHAs particularly useful in the treatment of oily skin, or those suffering from clogged pores and acne. In addition, BHAs have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and are known to help improve skin barrier function, increase skin thickness, and promote collagen synthesis. In Celloxylin MD 20EX Acid Peel, Apriori Beauty uses a unique form of encapsulated salycilic acid that is a first in the beauty industry! Encapsulation allows for both effective delivery of high levels of salicylic acid, and continued release throughout the day, allowing for prolonged smoothing and calming effects.
Sebaceous glands are glands in the skin that secrete sebum, the skinâ€™s natural oil.
Sebum is the skinâ€™s natural oil. It is a waxy, lipid rich substance produced in the sebaceous glands and distributed onto the surface of skin on all areas of the body except for the palms and soles.
Senna leaf is one of the most commonly used natural laxative products available. It promotes gentle cleansing and digestive health by stimulating the bowls.
Natural, Hair Strengthener, Hair Repairer, Follicle Stimulator, Scalp Nourisher
Shea butter is a plant lipid extracted from fruit kernels of the Butyrospermum Parkii tree. The extract is a rich emollient that enhances the skin's natural barrier function and increases moisture levels. In addition to being an excellent conditioner, shea butter has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Studies have also demonstrated strong potential as a UV-absorbing agent.
Silica is a natural mineral used as an opacifying and suspending agent.
Performance, Conditioning Agent
Ingredient derived from silicones that are used in cosmetics as skin conditioners, skin protectants, and anti-foaming agents. Silicones also prevent water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. They provide a silky feel to products in which they are used.
An liquid wax derived from the seed of the jojoba plant, jojoba oil is valuable as an ingredient in cosmetics formulations because it is chemically similar to sebum, the oil produced naturally by human skin. Jojoba oil benefits the skin by producing a protective layer that seals in moisture without leaving skin greasy, oily, or clogging pores. Topical application of jojoba oil can act as moisturizing agent in dry skin, and help reduce the overproduction of sebum in oily skin. Jojoba oil is additionally known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a promising ingredient for the treatment of acne, which is commonly associated with both sebum overproduction and inflammation.
Sirtuins are a class of enzymes, found in nearly all organisms, that are known to regulate a variety of cellular processes that determine cellular longevity. These include the activation/suppression of certain genes, antioxidant activities, anti-inflammatory effects, and DNA protection. Research has shown that resveratrol, a polyphenolic flavonoid found naturally in the skin and seeds of grapes, is capable of activating sirtuins, thus promoting health and longevity at the cellular level.
Slippery Elm Bark naturally promotes digestive health because it contains mucilage, a substance that coats the digestive tract and protects against ulcers and excess acidity. Slippery Elm bark also contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that are know to relieve inflammatory bowl conditions.
Acetyl Octapeptide-3 is a peptide ingredient, clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles on the face caused by the contraction of muscles of facial expression, especially in the forehead and around the eyes. It is a safer, more economical and milder alternative to Botulinum Toxin (Botox), and targets the same wrinkle-formation mechanism topically.
Also known as the snow fungus, Tremella fuciformis is a species of mushroom used commonly in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its medicinal properties. As a skin care ingredient, Tremella is a humectant and skin conditioning agent with extraordinary moisture retaining properties; it is able to both directly moisturize skin and draw moisture in from the surrounding environment. In addition, research shows that Tremella works effectively as a topical antioxidant and contains high levels of vitamin D important for cellular metabolism.
Sodium Anisate is a natural preservative ingredient used to prevent microbial growth and product spoilage.
Natural, UV Filter
Sodium Benzoate is a natural preservative ingredient used to prevent microbial growth and product spoilage.
Performance ingredient, cleansing agent, foam booster
Sodium chloride, or table salt, is used in cosmetics to increase the viscosity of the aqueous (water-based) portion of the formulation.
Sodium Cocoamphoacetate is a foam booster and conditioning agent derived from fatty acids in coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics formulations to clean skin and hair by helping water and oil mix so that dirt and other substances can be dissolved and washed away. It is a gentler alternative to other common surfactants like sodium lauryl sufates.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a surfactant and foam booster derived from coconut oil. It is used in cosmetics formulations to clean skin and hair by helping water and oil mix so that dirt and other substances can be dissolved and washed away. It is a gentler alternative to other common surfactants like sodium lauryl sufates.
Performance ingredient, pH adjuster
Natural ingredient. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is either coconut or palm derived and offers great foaming without the stripping or drying effects. This ingredient is also hydrophilic so it is easily attracted to water and offers great rinseability. This ingredient offers a larger molecule size, which helps make it milder and easier to rinse off. It is often times confused as a sulfate, which it is not.
Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropyl Sulfonate is a gentle surfactant and foam boosting ingredient used in cosmetics formulations. It helps to clean skin and hair by helping water and oil mix so that dirt and other substances can be dissolved and washed away.
Sodium Levulinate is a natural preservative and skin conditioning agent.
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate is a gentle surfactant and foam boosting ingredient used in cosmetics formulations to clean skin and hair by helping water and oil mix so that dirt and other substances can be dissolved and washed away. It is a gentler alternative to other common surfactants like sodium lauryl sufates.
Sodium PCA is a skin conditioning agent and humectant that increases skin hydration levels by drawing in moisture from the surrounding air.
Sodium polyacrylate is an absorbing agent and emulsion stabilizer.
Emulsion stabilizer, viscosity regulator
Solvents are substances used to dissolve other substances in a mixture.
Sorbic acid is a preservative ingredient, found naturally in some berries, used to prevent the growth of microorganisms and protect products from spoilage.
A surfactant - a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.
An emulsifier, able to combine water and oil. Derived form the sugar alcohol sorbitol. Sorbitan Oleate is the monoester of oleic acid (a source of omegas) and hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol (often used as a humectant).
Sorbitan olivate is an emulsifier derived from olive oil. It is to help mix oil and water based ingredients and to give products a luxurious, smooth feel.
Natural ingredient, skin conditioner, humectant
Isoflavones are phytochemicals found naturally in high concentrations in soybeans. Also known as phytoestrogens, soy isoflavones have a chemical structure that is very similar to the hormone, estrogen, and are able to bind to estrogen receptors in the human body. As a result, soy isoflavones are capable of increasing collagen synthesis and skin thickness when applied topically. Studies have also shown that soy isoflavones are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, and are capable of protecting skin by inhibiting photodamage from UVB radiation.
Spinach is an incredibly nutrient rich dark, leafy green. In addition to several antioxidant compounds, spinach is a concentrated source of calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and B.
Stearic acid is a fatty acid found naturally in the skin that is used as an emulsifying agent in cosmetics formulations.
Stearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol used as an emulsifying agent in cosmetics formulations. It is also used to form a smooth barrier on the skinâ€™s surface, improving skin texture and appearance.
Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate is an ester of stearyl alcohol and glycyrrhetinic acid, which is a compound isolated from licorice plants. In cosmetics, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, is used as a skin conditioning and soothing ingredient. It helps improve skinâ€™s appearance by restoring suppleness and reducing skin flaking.
Sterols are a type of lipid present in the extracellular skin matrix, where they play an important role in skin barrier function, hydration, and cell communication. Sterols are used in cosmetics as emollients, skin conditioning agents, and to improve skin hydration and barrier function.
A natural extract from a plant primarily found in South America and approved for use in foods and dietary supplements, which contains potently sweet steviosides. Stevia may also help with cognitive function and health.
Strawberries contain high levels of essential micronutrients such as vitamin C and folic acid. They are also a rich source of phytochemicals with antioxidant capabilities including anthocyanins and flavonoids, and research has shown that compounds in strawberries are capable of reducing the proliferation of cancer cells.
Sucrose (sugar) is used in cosmetics as a humectant that increases skin hydration by drawing in moisture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Sunflower seed oil is an oil derived from sunflower seeds that acts as a skin conditioning agent when used in cosmetics formulations. It naturally contains high levels of vitamin E, fatty acids (including linoleic acid), and triglycerides, and is considered noncomedogenic.
Sunscreens are ingredients that are applied to the skin to absorb, to reflect, or to scatter UV rays. In the United States, sunscreen agents are regulated as Over-The-Counter (OTC) drug ingredients.
Short for surface active agent, surfactants are ingredients that decrease the surface tension of a liquid allowing substances that do not usually mix to become dispersed in one another. In personal care products, surfactants can acts as cleaning agents by allowing dirt and oil to mix, or as emulsifying agents by helping blend ingredients in an emulsion.
Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf is an important herb in organic gardening and herbal medicine. It is a perennial herb native to Europe. It is a botanical that is well known for its anti-inflammatory, wound healing and skin soothing affects.