Aloe Vera leaf: (Aloe barbadensis). Aloe Vera leaf powder can be used on irritated, sunburned, or inflamed skin. Aloe vera powder contains salicylates. It is also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals.
Colloidal Oatmeal: This is a cosmetic grade oat protein (powder), Over-the-Counter Skin Protectant. Colloidal Oatmeal is the powder resulting from the grinding and further processing of whole oat grain Colloidal Oatmeal is highly recommended for itchy skin conditions including chickenpox, eczema, and psoriasis. GLUTEN STATEMENT FROM THE MANUFACTURER: Colloidal Oatmeal USP/NF does not contain gluten and is naturally gluten-free.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)is the last remaining descendant of the giant ferns that covered the earth over 400 million years ago. The plant has an unusual root, shoot, and stem system that enables it to absorb and store silicon and other minerals. A typical Horsetail plant can contain up to 15 percent vegetal silica. This bio-available silica, when applied topically, can greatly aid in the healing of wounds and burns and has a softening and smoothing effect on the skin. Mineral-rich Horsetail contains the building blocks needed for collagen and elastin synthesis and the silicon present will link any collagen produced, thus greatly enhancing the rebuilding of connective tissues in the epidermis. Horsetail also contains flavonoids and saponins which help rebuild and regenerate skin cells.
Breaking Down The Fatty Acids in Our Skin Care:
When skin ages, natural oil levels go down. Cocoon moisturizing is about tweaking this process by replenishing the skin with the same kind of oils that our body produces. We work with bio-compatible plant lipids because they have the same fatty acids, squalene, and waxes that can be found in our skin and sebum. Every oil that we work with has a unique fatty acid composition that we consider carefully when adding to a formula.
72 % Oleic
3 % Stearic
Argan Nut Oil
α-Linolenic acid – An essential polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega 3) that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. Soothes itching, redness, and irritation. Has a very light feel on the skin but is protective and nourishing.
Linoleic Acid – An essential polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega 6) that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. It is a building block for ceramides and restores natural barrier function. Can be beneficial in controlling acne as low natural levels are related to break outs.
Punicic Acid – A polyunsaturated fatty acid with a unique chemical structure that has a thick texture but feels light on the skin. It soothes and regenerates while maintaining moisture and supporting collagen production.
Palmitoleic acid – A monounsaturated fatty acid that acts as an anti-microbial in sebum. It provides a protective barrier, holds in moisture, and plays an important role in healing skin.
Oleic acid – A monounsaturated fatty acid has the unique ability to deliver plant nutrients deep into skin. It creates a light barrier and maintains a soft, supple texture in skin. Oily and acneic skin should stick to oils that have less than 50% oleic acid.
Ricinoleic Acid – A monounsaturated fatty acid with a thick texture that is known for building and regenerating skin tissue. Has the ability to absorb easily into the body
Lauric Acid – A medium-chain fatty acid that is thick but can absorb well. It acts as an antimicrobial in sebum.
Palmitic Acid – A saturated fatty acid that partners with stearic acid to create an occlusive barrier that protects skin from unwanted microbes and pollutants while retaining moisture.
Stearic acid – A saturated fatty acid that forms a protective layer to firm and support skin. It acts as an occlusive agent preventing trans-epidermal water loss.
Ceramides are fatty acids in the skin that help to maintain the skin barrier and retain moisture and hydration, Ceramides are lipids, which are fats that are produced in the sebaceous glands. Ceramides help to moisturize and strengthen the protective skin barrier and protect the skin from external aggressors such as weather and pollution. Hyaluronic acid is classed as a humectant as it attracts and retains moisture in the skin.
Which oil has the most ceramides?
(And are actually great for conditions like eczema)In short, ceramide holds all skin cells together and forms a protective layer that nourishes the skin while maintaining its moisture.