At MSquared Naturals we like to know exactly what it is we are putting on our skin and we are confident that you want to know the same. Have any questions on an MSquared Naturals ingredient? Take a look at our ingredient directory and discover the therapeutic properties of mother nature.
Argan Nut Oil: Extracted from the nut of the Argan Tree. Argan oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Has anti-aging and restructuring properties. Great for all skin types and can aid in the prevention of stretch marks and scars. Sebum regulator making it good for acne.
Beeswax: Produced from the female worker bees, beeswax: -is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers -gives skin a protective barrier -increases the protective action of sunscreens -provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces -does not provoke allergic reactions or clog pores *People with bee allergies should not use beeswax
Beetroot Powder: The dried powdered root of the beet vegetable is: -used as a colorant for lip balms -high in sugar content and used as a sweetener -provides a wide range of nutrients
Borage Seed Oil: Cold pressed seeds of the beautiful Borage herb, it: -is nourishing and cooling -is an invaluable beauty oil rich in Gamma Linolelic Acid -is great for dry and mature skin -may benefit those prone to eczema *avoid if pregnant or nursing for effects are unknown or consult your physician
Coconut Oil: Cold pressed and unrefined from the meat of the coconut, it: -softens and nourishes skin -locks in and retains moisture -resists rancidity -is good for sensitive, inflamed, and irritated skin
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Kokum Butter: The seed from the fruit of the Kokum tree is expeller pressed and the oil is: -nurturing to damaged skin -emollient and regenerative -rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin e -non pore clogging -supports skin elasticity *consult doctor before use if you have a persisting skin problem such as eczema
Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree and is: -a skin softener, moisturizer, soother, and protector -reducing of ageing signs and wrinkles -rich in vitamin e
Pomegranate Seed Oil: Cold pressed and unrefined from the organic seeds of pomegranate fruit and: -helps skin stay elastic -promotes new cell growth which softens and rejuvenates skin -rich in nutrients and antioxidants -moisturizing and protective -helps prevent premature ageing -anti-inflammatory
Rosehip Seed Oil: Cold pressed from the seeds of the organic Rosehip which develop on wild roses as the flowers drop. This oil is: -known to heal scars and cracks -high in vitamins a, e, c -great to optimize healthy cell regeneration -soaks into skin easily and does not leave a greasy residue -prized for its effect to treat dry, weathered and dehydrated skin -invaluable oil great for all skin types
Rose Petals: Valued for beauty and fragrance for thousands of years. Rose petals are used in skin care products for tender, dry, sensitive skin as they have a cleansing, astringent, toning, moisture retaining, stimulating, antibacterial, healing and soothing effect. They can be used to exfoliate the skin yet are soothing and gentle enough for sensitive skins. Also known as an aphrodisiac.
Shea Butter: Expeller pressed from the nut seed of the Shea tree and is: -extremely moisturizing and has good staying power -soothes, hydrates, and balances skin -revitalizes dull or dry skin -rich in vitamins a,e, and f -low level UV protection -can help with scars, psoriasis and stretch marks
Sunflower Lecithin: Certified organic and obtained through mechanical extraction from sunflower seeds, resulting in a pure lecithin without the use of chemical solvents Non-GMO, solvent free, soy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Used as an emulsifier and penetration enhancer in our products.
Sunflower Oil: Expeller pressed from the sunflower seed and: -absorbs well in the skin but is still deeply moisturizing -treats dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin -is a nutritious blend of vitamin e and essential fatty acids
Sweet Almond Oil: Expeller pressed from the raw Almond kernels and is: -a great emollient for all skin types -known to soften, soothe, and re-condition skin -extremely rich in essential fatty acids
Vanilla Bean: Derived from the ripened fruit of the only orchid in the world to produce an edible fruit: the tropical Vanilla Planifolia. It is the world's costliest spice, after saffron, and the growth process is long and tedious. Used as an aphrodisiac in aromatherapy today, Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world and as some consider it "plain" it is actually a complex layering of sweet and spicy flavors that have been used for centuries.
Vitamin E: Derived from soybeans our vitamin E is unrefined and: -is a wonderful antioxidant -prolongs the shelf life of cosmetic blends -helps heal, regenerate, and nourish skin -protects the tissues from free radical damage -Non-GMO
Zinc Oxide: Occurs in nature as the mineral Zincite and the metal Zinc has been oxidized into Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide is a great broad spectrum blocker as it is stable in sunlight and absorbs then reflects UVA and UVB rays while resting on outermost layer of skin. Zinc oxide is one of 17 active ingredients used in sunscreens that is currently approved by the FDA but does not disrupt hormones, accumulate in tissues and organs, or fail to biodegrade in the environment like other chemical sunscreens have shown to do. To maintain an SPF of 30+ using Zinc Oxide there would have to be a lot of Zinc Oxide added creating a non-preferable white and chalky affect (think of the iconic lifeguards white nose-- that is Zinc oxide!). Our products have not been lab tested so do not have an exact Sun Protecting Factor but do assume a protection comparable to SPF 8-15.
Aromaceuticals, or essentials oils, play a leading part in natural skincare. Acting as both fragrance and as active ingredients, they offer a variety of skin-beautifying properties to make a real difference to your skin. We proudly use only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.
Bergamot: Bergamot is the bitter Italian orange peel that has a fresh, sweet-tart, orange scent, with a slightly spicy balsamic undertone. As a natural skin toner and detoxifier, it may prevent premature ageing and have an excellent effect on oily skin conditions and acne. It is added to many blends that are created to bring mental clarity. *Because of its phototoxicity, care should be taken when applied to skin areas that will not be exposed to sun.
Cinnamon: It is considered a warming remedy that stimulates digestion and circulation while supporting the immune system and relieving aches and pains. High in antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is extremely high in antioxidant capacity, only second to clove. It has known to be used as an aphrodisiac.
Clove: Clove oil has the highest antioxidant capability of any essential oil. Strongly antimicrobial, antiseptic, homeostatic, and anti-inflammatory. Clove is also commonly used for numbing tooth pain, and may be effective in speeding the healing of mouth and gum sores. It's analgesic and warming properties are great for joint pain and the oil can be used to assist in breaking tobacco cravings by massaging one drop on the tongue with one finger daily.
Eucalyptus: Known for its use in inhalants and vapor rubs, this oil may also be helpful with sore joints, rheumatism, sore muscles, and sprains. Antibacterial and antiviral.
Frankincense: A very good choice in products for dry and mature skin to help keep wrinkles at bay. It has a fresh, woody, spicy scent with a citrus top note. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, and tonic. It has a gentle and calming effect on the central nervous system.
Geranium: Superb for oxygenating facial skin especially where there are broken capillaries and veins. Balances the production of sebum in the skin while keeping it supple and helping to heal wounds. It can be used to clear congested skin, dermatitis and eczema and is great for oily and mature skin. Promotes circulation and is a good lymphatic cleanser meaning it helps with edema and cellulite.
Grapefruit: Contains cooling, cleansing, and decongestant effects. Like many of the citrus oils, it has a unique 'fat dissolving' characteristic. This oil is most noted for use in reducing cellulite, and it has been shown in laboratory studies to increase the metabolism of fat cells. Useful for cleansing oily skin conditions and helping with acne due to its astringent properties. Refreshing, cheering, slightly euphoria-inducing and slightly energizing.
Lavender: The number one choice to use on minor burns and on skin problems. Effective for letting go of nervous exhaustion and can assist with depression. A good analgesic for muscular aches and pains especially sports related injuries as well as rheumatism and arthritis.
Lemon: Can be used to clear congested skin and the astringent properties are great for oily skin conditions. The antiseptic effect of lemon oil on the other hand, helps to treat any cuts, boils and minor wounds. The rubefacient action of the oil further helps to sort out cellulite, as well as helping with acne. It is also known as an anti-wrinkle oil.
Myrrh: Has a warm, sweet-balsamic, slightly spicy-medicinal scent. Highly prized for its healing and spiritual powers; the oil has one of the highest sesquiterpene contents- a compound which can directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdaline. Gentle and calming effect on the central nervous system. Anti-infectious, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory.
Peppermint: The main constituent of peppermint is menthol, a potent chemical which causes a quick physical response when inhaled or applied the the skin. Menthol produces a sensation of coolness which the body reacts to by producing its own warming effect by flowing blood to the area of application. This physical sensation is responsible for its long history of use as medicine. The aroma is strengthening, soothing and stimulating. It has been repeatedly studied for its effectiveness in stimulating concentration, focus and mental sharpness. May also relieve congestion when inhaled and is commonly used for headaches ad migraines by placing drops on temples. Combined with its antibacterial effect, peppermint essential oil becomes a genuine medicine to help all sorts of digestion-related issues.
Rosemary: An excellent tonic for the muscles and can be used to relieve stiffness, cramping, and pain. Best known for its aid in memory and hair loss. Antibacterial and antioxidant.
Sweet Orange: Uplifting to the emotions and the mind. Rather than stimulating, the effect is calming and can act as an antidepressant. It's considered warming, cheering, soothing, and can bring balance to the nervous system. Contains about 90% limonene, which is in many household cleaners. Because of this, it is used as an Earth friendly alternative to many household common cleaners.
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