The mechanism of action of AHA’s is to bind to cell adhesion molecules and reduce the calcium ion concentration thus disrupting cellular adhesion. This results in the desquamation (shedding) of the outermost layer of skin and provide a potent combination for the proper exfoliation of dead skin cells, to create a noticeable improvement in the skin’s texture and appearance.
* Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen if you use any kind of AHA / exfoliating acid product.
Beta Hydroxy Acids
Salicylic Acid (derived from aspirin) is oil soluble and can penetrate deeper into pores. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is ideal for acne-prone skin, targeting congestion and blackheads.
Poly Hydroxy Acids
Glucunolactone and Lactobionic Acids are next generation AHAs. This is a good chemical exfoliant option for more sensitive skin types that don’t tolerate AHAs/BHAs well.
Due to their larger molecule size PHAs penetrate slower and cause less irritation.
Combines Salicylic Acid (a Beta Hydroxy Acid) and Betaine, a gentle moisturiser. The combination of these two provides a mild exfoliation and smoothing action that doesn’t dry out skin in the process.
An exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acid that works to gently slough away and lift off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, new skin. It can help the skin’s collagen production process to reveal newer, younger looking skin as well fade discolouration and improve overall skin tone.
Essential Fatty Acids
A non-exfoliating acid that is used in skincare as a brightening and anti-pigmentation agent to reduce discolouration and inhibit the pigmentation process in the skin. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient suitable for most skin types and tones.
Glycerine / Glycerin
A skin-identical type moisturising ingredient that acts as a humectant - meaning it attracts and retains water / moisture from the environment around us as well as from the deeper layers of the skin to keep skin moisturised and hydrated. It also works to support healthy skin cell membranes and the intracellular matrix for optimal barrier function. One of my favourite superstar skin supporting ingredients, especially alongside other humectants Sodium PCA and Panthenol - a combination you will often find in Ané products. It has been around for more than half a century and has been widely used across the cosmetic and skincare industries.
A skin-identical ingredient that helps skin to attract and retain water to keep skin moisturised and hydrated. Sodium PCA is the salt form of PCA (Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid) and is considered an amino acid. It is a natural component of the skin and makes up approximately 12% of the skin’s Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF). Similar to Glycerin it also has anti-inflammatory properties that help support the skin barrier.
Squalane is a skin-idential substance that acts as a barrier, keeping moisture locked in and hydrating at a cellular level. We use a 100% plant derived Squalane to provide a skin-plumping booster to our natural supply and helps restore the barrier function - leaving skin hydrated, soft and smooth. Squalane is suitable for all skin types, easily absorbed and non-comedogenic.
A four amino acid peptide (Proline – Lysine – Glutamic Acid – Lysine; PKEK) is an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and brightening agent created to contribute to an even skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation. This is achieved via an anti-inflammatory activity of the peptide that finally leads to a reduction of the amount of tyrosine and an inhibition of melanocyte activation - meaning it inhibits Tyrosinase as well as blocks the transfer of melanin from the deeper layers of the skin to the top where it appears as discolouration. Several clinical studies have been carried out on Caucasian, Asian as well as on ethnic skin. The results confirmed skin-brightening, reduction of age spots, reduction of skin redness and even some reduction of acne lesions.
Ané Adaptogen Plant Complex
Morus Alba -> Morus Alba Fruit Extract
Mulberry extract is used to feed silk worms in Asia, and has been used in herbal medicine for treating sore throats colds and eye infections. Recent studies have shown skin brightening and anti oxidant effects in cosmetic use. Active compounds albanol, rutin and astragalin
Panax Ginseng - Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Ginseng is a well known medicinal herb, widely known for its anti oxidant, anti ageing, anti allergic and anti inflammatory benefits. Active compounds include ginsenosides, polysaccharides and glycoproteins
Licorice extracts have been used for thousands of years for treating sore throats and coughs, cosmetic benefits include anti oxidant, anti inflammatory and skin brightening benefits. Active compounds include glycrrhizin, glabradin, flavonoids, coumarins and chancones
Red Clover - Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Extract
Red clover is commonly used in herbal medicine to manage menopause symptoms, it is also widely used to treat eczema and itching skin. Main skincare benefits include anti ageing, moisturising and anti inflammatory effects, and the active compounds include clovamide, biochanin A, quercetin and formononetin
Green Tea is cultivated widely in Asia, Camellia Sinesis is widely known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti microbial activity. Active compounds found in green tea are catechins, tannins, vitamins, caffeine and flavonoids
Centella Asiatica has long been used in herbal medicine including Ayurvedic medicine, widely known for its anti-oxidant, skin soothing and wound healing activity. Active compounds include Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid.
Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, high in vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids. This ‘multitasking miracle oil’ has a natural affinity with skin - it’s easily absorbed and supports moisture retention.
Babassu Seed Oil - Orbignya Oleifera > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil
Native to Brazil, this nutrient-dense, light-weight oil is ideal for fighting signs of premature ageing and possibly one of the best 100% natural skin ingredients for all skin types and complexions. It can help eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate cell regeneration and increase the elasticity of your skin as you age. High in Vitamin E, Phytosterols (the building blocks of our cellular membranes) and Essential Fatty Acids.
Baobab Seed Oil - Adansonia Digitata > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil
A super star ingredient derived from the Baobab Tree that grows in Southern Africa where it is regarded a beauty staple. Called the ‘Tree of Life’ for its many amazing uses Baobab Oil is like a superfood for your skin. Vitamin packed (super-high Vitamin C) and anti-oxidants fight free radical damage - the high concentrations of vitamins A, D, E and F improve uneven skin tone, fight early signs of ageing and revitalise the skin, while Essential Fatty Acids support and maintain cell membranes.
Borage Seed Oil - Borago Officinalis > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil
Rich in essential fatty acids and well known for being the richest commercial plant source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Numerous studies have shown the topical application of oils containing GLA will effectively repair severely dry skin. Many studies suggest that Borage oil has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Geranium Flower Oil - Pelargonium Graveolens > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
With its healing, brightening and revitalising properties, Geranium Rose can help to fight early signs of anti-ageing. As a natural astringent tones and tightens skin and helps to minimises large pores and control oiliness. Its anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties to help fight acne while balancing sebum. Over time it can gradually fade facial scars due to age spots, acne and blemishes. When applies topically it promotes hormonal balance, cell renewal and blood circulation just below the surface.
Grape Seed Oil - Vitis Vinifera > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
Tightens and tones the skin, protects against sun damage, and reduces the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Cleanses the pores and balances oil production, thereby reducing future acne breakouts. Excellent source of vitamins C and E, as well as antioxidants known as flavonoids, all of which may improve skin’s texture and reduce the signs of ageing.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil> Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
Mokaté Kalahari Melon Seed Oil - Citrullus Lanatus > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
Kalahari Melon Seed Oil contains linolenic acid which can help unclog pores and remove excess sebum on the surface of the skin. Contains antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E help to hydrate and tighten skin, making it appear firmer and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, while also reducing skin inflammation, such as acne.
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids that creates a smoother, more even, younger-looking, and healthier complexion, no matter your age or skin type. High in oleic, linoleic and palmitoleic acids and can help to balance sebum production in oilier skins. Similar to skin's own structure supporting the skin barrier as well as strong antioxidant protective properties.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil - Limnanthes Alba > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil
Packed with moisturising, skin-softening and rejuvenating properties to nourish the skin while diminishing fine lines and other early signs of ageing. It acts as an emollient to to lock in moisture and help deliver nutrients deep into the deeper layers of the skin, making your skin feel velvety soft. Also contains a rare blend of fatty acids - Eicosenoic Acid is non-comedogenic (does not block the skin’s pores), it can be readily absorbed by the skin while balancing skin oil production - it’s non-greasy and easily absorbed. As an antioxidant, Meadowfoam protects against free radical damage.
Neroli Flower Oil - Citrus Aurantium Amara > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
A gentle, natural toner with calming, refreshing and regenerating properties that soothes and smoothes skin. Packed with flavonoids its powerful anti-oxidant actions protects skin, brightens dull complexion and fights early signs of ageing.
Patchouli Leaf Oil - Pogostemon Cablin > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
Patchouli has excellent tissue generating properties to help with cell repair, reducing scars and stimulate new cell gener
Sea Buckthorn Oil - Hippophae Rhamnoides > Glow in a Bottle Face Oil, Radiance Reveal Cleansing Balm
Prevents skin ageing, inflammation and boosts cell regeneration. It contains many of the omega fatty acids, but it also contains the rare omega-7 fatty acid which helps to keep the skin lifted and firm. Also high in vitamin C which stimulates collagen in the skin preventing fine lines and wrinkles, while its anti-inflammatory properties help fight free radicals. Due to its unique composition of fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, Sea Buckthorn Oil is superstar ingredient in several Ané products.