Physical forms: Refers to the actual form of the ingredient or botanical. Types of physical forms are: powder, gel, liquid, oil, yogurt, honey, pre-made mixes, and glycerin extracts
Functions: Refers the effect the ingredient of formulation has on skin. We define this functions as: activators, soothers, pushers, buffers, boosters, amplifiers, and exfoliators. All of these make your facial plan come to life.
Activator – Turns a raw ingredients into a active ingredient. This term usually refers to ingredients that help acids and other other ingredients do their job better. Think of it like turning on the light switch. An example of an activator is the goat’s milk yogurt. While it is an exfoliator, it is also an activator, helping digest the botanical and expose its nutrients to the skin.
Soother – Takes inflammation down in the epidermis. Also takes away topical sensitivity.
Pusher – Pushes the product more deeply into the epidermis and dermis.
Buffer – Buffers the potency of the formulation. Frequently used with acids to protect the skin while the acids do their jobs.
Booster – Boosts potency in treatment and improves efficiency.
Amplifier – Makes an ingredient work more than it would on its own. Synergistically enhances the effects of the formulation as a whole.
Exfoliator – Digests or weakens the matrix of lipids and proteins that surround skin cells to allow for easier removal of dead cells from the surface of the skin.