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Ingredients

Why good ingredients are so important

While most of our ingredients are from natural sources, the important thing to us at Element 8 is the efficacy and safety profile of each ingredient. Being natural in itself is not enough to guarantee the ingredient would meet our standards. In fact there are many irritating, harmful and dangerous ‘natural’ ingredients. Think asbestos, cyanide and mercury as examples. 

Many of our ingredients are chosen for their synergistic effects. Bisabolol is an example of this. It has been demonstrated in studies to enhance the dermal penetration of other ingredients. In itself it is a naturally occurring active ingredient that accelerates the healing process of skin and protects it from the effects of daily stress.

We chose chemical sunscreens for our Moisturising Cream with SPF 25 for several reasons. One is that Octocrylene and Avobenzone work together really well to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. They are both FDA approved and as they absorb into the skin do not leave a white film behind on the skin. This was important if the product was to also act as a daily moisturiser. We think of our SPF as our morning moisturiser; nourishing and protecting your skin from the moment you get up.

Preservatives are essential in products that contain water (moisturisers, serums and so on). They protect the product from contamination and therefore prevent infection and it is illegal to sell a product that contains water on the market unless it contains a preservative. So if a product you buy claims to be preservative free then I would ask some questions. Chemical free is another one! Everything is a chemical so what is in the product I wonder? Our preservatives are the best on the market and it has taken me a long time and a lot of research to make sure of that.

The quality of our products depends on the raw materials and at Element 8 we use only the finest components and extracts. We are proud to source only ethical, organic, safe ingredients from around the world. These are listed below.

If I had one piece of advice it would be to get to know the ingredients. I know this can be hard but particularly if you have sensitive skin you need to do the research and look at the ingredients in your products. I have seen some awful ingredients in products that claim to be ‘gentle’ or ‘kind’ or even ‘organic’.  One that stands out to me was a ‘natural’ skincare brand that had Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) as their preservative. This is an ingredient that is used industrially to preserve paint and is a well recognised cause of allergic contact dermatitis. Even airborne exposure to MIT in paint can cause serious side effects in those that are sensitive to it.  Use the internet; research your ingredients. There are some really great skincare brands out there that make a big effort to include excellent ingredients, try to find them.

Ingredients in our products

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Argan Oil*

Vitamin E rich ‘liquid gold’ has anti-aging and sebum regulating benefits. Improves elasticity and cell strength of facial skin.

Avocado*

Enhances skins ability to generate collagen thus protecting the skin against age-related wrinkles, fine lines and other aging signs. Soothes dry and itchy skin.

Sweet Almond*

Protects against oxidative stress & UV radiation damage
A natural emollient locking in moisture. Plumps and firms the skin.

Jojoba*

Promotes skin health by soothing and softening, balancing oil levels and preventing irritations and rough patches. Rich in Iodine, which fights bacteria that lead to breakouts. Vitamin E, B- complex and anti-oxidants naturally slow down signs of aging.

Borage*

This oil is the richest natural source of the essential fatty acid gamma-linoleic acid which has been shown to one of the most effective agents for maintenance of healthy skin and treatment of skin disorders

Rosehip*

Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rich in essential fatty acids to help repair and regenerate damaged tissue. Vitamin E and C which brightens skin and restores skins tone.

Willow Bark Extract

Astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties. Contains salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant so has the ability to help skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation. Contains phenolic acids as well as flavonoids, tannins and minerals which all allow it to aid in skin rejuvenation. A sunscreen should be worn with this product.

Hyaluronic Acid

It helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. It hydrates and plumps the skin.

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate/Populus Tremuloides Bark, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract Extract (and) Gluconolactone.

Paraben-free, all natural preservative

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract

A Glycoprotein from the Antarctic Sea with cryoprotective, restructuring and antiwrinkle properties. Stimules fibroblast adhesion and keratinocyte growth, regenerating tissues and enabling a faster healing of wounds. Increases collagen type I and IV, as well as elastin, resulting in a restructured skin and a reduction in wrinkles. Preserved with Salicylic Acid and Sodium Hydroxide.

Hydrolyzed Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seedcake

This active ingredient functions by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and fibrillin and by inhibiting the activity of enzymes which contribute to its degradation. It has demonstrated that it will smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin vitality and tone.

Lupinus Albus Seed Extract

This extract, taken from the coating of white lupin seeds, works by stimulating the production of HSP47 in the skin. HSP47 is a collagen-specific I molecular chaperone which helps the synthesis of good quality procollagen I. It’s an anti-aging ingredient increasing elasticity and firmness in the skin.

Olive M 1000

PEG- free naturally derived emulsifier safe and clinically tested to be hypoallergenic.

Glycerin

Vegetable derived humectant and emolient.

Bisabolol

Tames inflammations, fades hyperpigmentation and helps fade/soften fine lines and wrinkles: Bisabolol has been found to inhibit the enzymes in skin that can break down collagen, and at the same time, to stimulate collagen production. Enhances the dermal penetration of other ingredients.

Vitamin E

An anti-oxidant helping to protect against UV damage. Rich in fatty acids vital to help maintain optimal skin health. It is particularly good for dry skin conditions and can help rejuvenate, revitalise and restore the skins natural elasticity.

Octocrylene

USP grade, UVB filter and photostabilizer for other sunscreens (e.g. avobenzone). Not animal tested, GMO free, does not contain animal-derived components.

Avobenzone

UVA filter. Not animal tested, GMO free, does not contain animal-derived components.

1,2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Glycol

This preservative was chosen for its high purity, its free of oxiranes and peroxides with an excellent safety and toxicological profile.

*All oils in our products are organic, cold pressed and sustainably sourced.

Feel free to contact us if you are interested or concerned about any specific ingredient

Our products do not contain

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sulphates
  • PEG (polyethylene glycol)
  • Fragrance
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Benzophenone and related compounds
  • Acrylates
  • Mineral Oils or Petrolatum
  • Microbeads
  • Palm Oil
  • The list goes on!

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