My Ingredients 101

Geek out on dermaceutical science and green chemistry with us.

Our mission is to empower the MyCHELLE community with the knowledge and evidence-based research you need to be your best self, inside and out. Plus, we get it. Long, confusing scientific terms or obscure ingredients listed on the back of a bottle do little to let you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin or why it’s benefiting you.

That’s why we created this comprehensive ingredient list; a MyChelle “glossary,” where we break down the science and tell you in real terms precisely what goes in our products and how that helps you to achieve your skin’s optimal state of health and vibrancy. And, if you still want to know more about our ingredients, or skincare in general, reach out to We are always happy to geek out on dermaceutical science and green chemistry with anyone who will listen!

Acacia Senegal Gum

From the sap of various acacia tree species known for soothing properties. Improves thickness and viscosity.

Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

Naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids to help promote the appearance of smoother, refined skin. Detoxifying and purifying. Exhibits astringent properties.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline™)

A neuropeptide derived from natural plant proteins, targeting the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles especially around the expressive eyes, forehead, and mouth region.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 (Inyline™)

A peptide that targets muscle contractions using a post-synaptic strategy, helping to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Actindia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract

Rich in phytonutrients, minerals, and Vitamins C and E. Contains alpha Linolenic Acid to help skin retain moisture.

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

A green, award-winning, synthesized, and biodegradable thickener. The occlusive, benzene-free polymer leaves a smooth, soft texture and feel on the skin. A natural alternative to silicone, derived from salt.

Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil

Derived from a tree native of sub-Saharan Africa. Softening, moisturizing, and soothing properties. High antioxidant value. Helps to protect the skin.

Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract

Astringent that helps to reduce lysosomal enzyme activity to encourage healthy skin.

Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Leaf Extract

Exhibits skin soothing properties, and especially beneficial to help ease the discomfort of irritated, dry skin.

Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract (Prodizia™)

Helps to reduce the visible signs of fatigue: dark circles, under eye bags, and a dull complexion.

Alcohol Denatured

Non-drying alcohol used to emulsify fats. Also used as an antibacterial/natural preservative.
Source: Fruit Sugar.

Allantoin (Comfrey Root)

Possesses moisturizing, conditioning, and antioxidant properties.

Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil

Rich in essential fatty acids and the antioxidant Vitamin C, as well as Vitamins A and E. Moisturizes and protects.

Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract

Extract from a desert-growing succulent plant that provides multi-beneficial vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and natural sugars to moisturize the skin.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder

Helps to provide relief from sun induced irritation and redness. Rehydrates and improves the skin’s natural UV absorption capabilities.


A compound isolated from the aloe plant shown to address discoloration associated with irritated, blemish-prone skin.

Amino Acids

The basic building blocks of peptides and proteins. Also function as a natural moisturizing factor (NMF) in skin. Ensures moisture balance and helps to maintain the integrity of the lipid barrier of the skin.

Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Stem Cell Powder

Rich in the antioxidants Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, Ellagic Acid, and Quercetin.

Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract

Purifies and moisturizes, provides antifungal actions, reduces the cohesion of corneocytes (exfoliates), and helps to improve skin suppleness.

Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract

Contains Azulene, excellent in helping to soothe compromised skin.

Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil

Rich in alpha-Bisobolol. Helps to soothe skin.

Aqua (Water)

The base (solvent) of a formula that hydrates the skin.

Arachidyl Alcohol

Natural / "green" alcohol used for Ecocert validation to create lotions and creams with a light texture and matte finish. Source: Vegetable (Ecocert Certified)

Arachidyl Glucoside

Emulsifier used for natural / "green" concepts with Ecocert validation to create lotions to creams with a light texture and matte finish. Source: Vegetable (Ecocert Certified).

Argania Spinosa Callus (Argan Stem Cell) Culture Extract

A sustainable and highly concentrated stem cell from the Argan tree that helps skin to restore firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkle depth.

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil

Tree indigenous to South Morocco, rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids (including Linoleic Acid, Omega-6) and natural tocopherols. Provides lightweight moisture that nourishes all skin types by helping to restore the skin barrier.

Arginine (L)

Amino acid that helps to prevent lipid peroxidation, and guards against the appearance of skin wrinkling and loss of firmness. Source: Sunflower Oil.

Ascophyllum Nodosum Seaweed Extract (Algowhite)

A plant-based marine extract shown to target discolorations. Provides protection against free radicals.

Ascorbic Acid (L)

Water soluble; the most active form of Vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant, it strengthens skin, assists in brightening, and helps smooth skin texture. Source: Citrus Fruits.

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate

A lipophilic derivative of Vitamin C which exhibits excellent percutaneous, absorption and effectively converts into free Vitamin C.

Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract

Antioxidant that soothes and comforts damaged skin. Excellent for sensitive skin conditions.


A carotenoid that is derived from volcanic seaweed. Helps to protect and prevent damaging protein cross-linkages, provides intensive antioxidant actions, and is an excellent UV absorber.

Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Leaf Extract

Provides intensive antibacterial actions to prevent the spread of bacteria associated with breakouts and is a natural antiseptic.