Lactic Acid: an alpha hydroxyl acid derived from milk, with a larger molecular size than glycolic acid. Increases skin hydration, pliability and flexibility, excellent for more sensitive skin, ethnic skin or hyperpigmented skin.
Laminaria Digitata Extract: a red algae containing high concentrations of vitamins, mineral salts and proteins. Highly detoxifying, anti inflammatory and nourishes and remineralises the skin.
Lanolin: emollient and moisturizer, obtained from sheep. A sensitizer like other wool derivatives in eczema prone individuals.
Laureth-23: an emulsifier and emulsion stabilizer used in oil/water emulsions
Lavandin Oil: an essential oil of a hybrid related to lavender. Antiseptic, analgesic and soothing properties.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil: the most versatile of all essential oils. It is excellent for promoting healing and for balancing the skin. It is an antiseptic, analgesic, antibiotic, antidepressant, bactericide, decongestant and sedative. It helps to reduce scarring and also stimulates growth of new cells.
Lecithin: a natural emollient and anti oxidant with excellent penetration; obtained from soy beans. A vital element of all living cells.
Lemon (Citrus Limon) Oil: an essential oil that is pressed from the outer rind of lemons. It is a mild bleach, which enables it to brighten full skin colour and calm redness. It is also a natural astringent, antiseptic and bactericide with the ability to stimulate the white corpuscles that defend the body. It is used to regulate and control fluid accumulationg and to bring balance to fluids in skin cells. It also balances the pH of the skin by counteracing acidity on its surface. It has an uplifting and refreshing effects when inhaled.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) Oil: an essential oil that is refreshing, purifying and hydrating.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract: studies show that this extract boosts the capability of the skins natural steroid hormones to combat irritation and inflammation. Has a depigmenting effect and is an effective tyrosinase inhibitor believed to be more potent tan kojic acid.
Linden (Tiliae Cordata) Blossom Oil: an oil with soothing, sedative, hydrating properties. Used effectively in creams and emulsions for irritated skin.
Linoleic Acid: an essential fatty acid that is an emollient and emulsifier preventing dryness and roughness, also found to inhibit melanin production.
Liposomes: active ingredient delivery system; hollow spheres made from phospholipids (such as lecithin) that are up to 300 times smaller than skin cells. Liposomes are filled with active ingredients which they carry into the skin and then gradually release.
Lysine: amino acid important for collagen synthesis, possibly ineffective topically for that purpose.
Lychee (Litchi Chinensis) Extract: botanical rich in Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant
Lycopene: substance derived from tomato, a powerful antioxidant