What’s In A Name?

Friday, August 05, 2011 | Tips & How-Tos, ingredient close-ups

Aloevera If you’ve ever scratched your head trying to decipher the ingredients on the back of a makeup compact or skincare bottle, you’re not alone. With hard-to-read names that stretch on forever, it often seems like ingredient labels are designed to leave all but a select few in a foggy-eyed daze. You shouldn’t need an advanced degree to know what you’re putting on your skin. For that reason, we’ve translated some of the most common—and beneficial—ingredients you’re likely to come across.

Aloe Barbadensis = Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is among man’s oldest natural remedies, renowned for its soothing, hydrating properties.

Butyrospermum Parkii = Shea Butter
Made from the nuts of the African Karite tree, shea butter helps soften and condition the skin.

Camellia Sinensis = Green Tea
Green tea extract is a popular antioxidant shown to help fight free radical inflammation.

Retinyl Palmitate = Vitamin A
An ester of retinol, this skincare ingredient is prized for its antioxidant and rejuvenating benefits.

Simmondsia Chinensis = Jojoba
The oil from this Southwestern shrub’s seeds help hydrate the skin without clogging pores.

Tocopheryl Acetate = Vitamin E
This form of vitamin E has powerful antioxidant benefits, particularly in defense against UV damage.