May Chang (Litsea Cubeba)

May Chang (Litsea Cubeba)

Zelens uses the oil extracted from the small, pepper-like fruits of the tree. Litsea cubeba oil has antibacterial, antiseptic and calming propertie...

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Mimosa (Mimosa tenuiflora)

Mimosa (Mimosa tenuiflora)

Zelens is using mimosa tenuiflora, a shrub native to southern Mexico. The Mayans have used the bark of this mimosa (called "tepezcohuite”) to treat...

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Nori (Porphyra umbilicalis)

Nori (Porphyra umbilicalis)

A red marine alga that produces mycosporine-like amino acids which protect the skin against UVA-induced damage and premature aging. Nori also has e...

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Oarweed (Laminaria digitata)

Oarweed (Laminaria digitata)

Oarweed is a large brown alga rich in alginic acid, vitamins, minerals and amino-acids. Zelens is using oarweed because it demonstrates several pro...

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Oat (Avena sativa)

Oat (Avena sativa)

Oat is a species of cereal grain rich in beta-glucan (sugar molecule), a protein called avenalin (nearly equivalent in quality to soy protein) and ...

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Olive (Olea europaea)

Olive (Olea europaea)

Olive leaf possesses strong antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from damaging free radicals. Olive oil is used in many cosmetics as a...

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Papaya (Carica papaya)

Papaya (Carica papaya)

This tropical fruit is rich in the enzyme papain, which acts as an excellent exfoliator. Papain selectively breaks down the links of dead cells fro...

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