We believe that better skincare starts with prevention.

Our ingredients work – they range from naturally occurring vitamins, essential fatty acids and AHAs to BHAs and amino acids.

It’s overwhelming trying to translate the ingredients on skincare products. For the most effective and personalized skincare, having a basic knowledge of ingredients is essential to understanding what you’re putting on your body and whether it will work for you.

So that you can be informed, we’ve created a glossary of ingredients for your reference. Take a closer look at some of the carefully selected ingredients you’ll find in Kiseu’s formulations.

Ingredient Benefit Used for
  • Aloe Vera Soothing Damaged Skin

    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is another word for Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a succulent desert plant that offers benefits for dry, damaged, broken, sensitive and irritated skin. It offers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, humectant and soothing qualities for skin.

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) Moisturizing & Hydrating Dry Skin

    Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are molecules derived from natural sources like sugar cane, milk, and grapes. AHAs are ideal for treating issues that lie on the skin’s surface – the most common are glycolic, lactic and mandelic acid. They’re proven to be a better solution for more dry, mature and sun-damaged skin types because they’re great at exfoliating and providing moisture.

  • Arnica Constricts Blood Vessels Swelling & Inflammation

    Antioxidant ingredients like arnica helps temporarily shrink blood vessels. This is known to improve circulation and calm swelling, helping to minimize puffiness and prevent blood from pooling beneath your eyes and causing it to appear darker.

  • Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Unclogs & Smooths Oily Skin

    BHAs are chemical exfoliants that smooth fine lines, even pigmentation, and penetrate deeply into pores, dissolving plugs of sebum and dead skin. One of the most common BHAs, salicylic acid, is found in many exfoliating products and cleansers.

  • Caffeine Constricts Blood Vessels Puffiness

    Caffeine is commonly used in cellulite creams and eye creams, it constricts blood vessels and helps reduce redness and puffiness.

  • Citrus Grapefruit Extract Unclogs & Protects Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

    This helps unclog skin because it regulates the build-up of oil in the pores. It’s also an astringent, anti-inflammatory, very high in antioxidants, and helps to protect the skin from environmental damage and bacteria. The inclusion of olive oil helps clear dirt and oil residue on the skin for fewer breakouts.

  • COQ10 Skin Elasticity Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Coenzyme Q or vitamin Q10 (also called CoQ10 or CoQ-10) is a natural compound that’s important for cell energy production, namely collagen and elastin. This substance is ubiquitous in the human body, which is how it got its other name, ubiquinone. Unfortunately, this lessens as we age. COQ10 can help rejuvenate aging skin.

  • Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit) Extract Soothing & Hydrating Irritated Skin

    Great for soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, this extract contains several antioxidants including ascorbic acid, beta carotene, caffeic acid, quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol. It’s also high in minerals, potassium and sulfur which softens and hydrates the skin.

  • Geranium Calming & Soothing Dry & Irritated Skin

    Derived from the geranium flower, this essential oil balances the skin’s production of sebum, calms irritated skin and keeps it soft and supple to assist with dryness.

  • Glycerin Moisturizing Dry Skin

    Glycerin draws moisture to the skin, alleviating dryness and keeping it hydrated, soft and supple.

  • Glycolic Acid Exfoliating & Brightening Dry & Dull Skin

    Glycolic Acid helps dissolve dead skin cells and unclog deep blockages of dead skin cells and sebum.

  • Grape Extract Anti-Aging Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Antioxidants in grape seeds, vitamin C and vitamin E in particular, help reverse or reduce wrinkling effects.

  • Green Tea Anti-Inflammatory & Protective Oily & Inflamed Skin

    Green tea is rich in many antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps with oily and blemish-prone skin but most importantly, it contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays and is an antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores.

  • Guaraná Anti-Aging Puffiness & Wrinkles

    Guarana is a natural reservoir of caffeine. Guaraná helps reduce puffiness around the eyes and excess fat. It may aid blood flow to your skin and reduce damage linked to aging. Its seeds contain antioxidant and antimicrobial properties with high amounts of methylxanthines (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline), saponins, pigments and choline.

  • Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Dry Skin

    Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant which means it will draw water from deeper layers of skin and the air, delivering lasting hydration into the skin’s surface. Known for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, it has a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules.

  • Lactic Acid Moisturizing & Exfoliating Mature & Dry Skin

    Lactic Acid has hydrating properties and helps the skin’s natural moisture factor, making it a smart choice for dry or mature skin that requires moisture and an improved skin texture. Exfoliating with Lactic Acid also speeds up cell turnover and stimulates cell renewal.

  • Mandelic Acid Brightening & Exfoliating Dull& Mature Skin

    Mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover and helps remove dead skin by dissolving the tiny bonds that hold skin cells together. This greatly helps with a dull complexion, wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Octinoxate Sun-Protection All Skin

    A UV absorber that helps to prevent sunburn. When used as directed with other sun protection measures, it reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

  • Peptides Anti-Aging & Exfoliating Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Successfully reduce wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen.

  • Pyruvic Acid Smoothing & Exfoliating Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Pyruvic Acid helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other premature signs of aging, and help with a more even skin tone and texture.

  • Resveratrol Anti-Aging Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, a class of antibiotic compounds produced as a part of a plant’s defense system against disease. Extracted from the skin of red grapes, it’s a potent antioxidant that defends the skin against oxidative damage that brings about the signs of aging.

  • Rose Hip Seed Oil Moisturizing & Anti-Aging Dry Skin & Signs Of Aging

    Rose Hip oil is derived from the seeds of rose hip flowers using a cold extraction process. The essential oil is a known source of retinoic acid (natural precursor to Vitamin A), which helps with rosacea and skin pigmentation. Rose Hip contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids that aid in repairing dark spots, scars, fine lines while providing moisture.

  • Salicylic Acid Exfoliating & Unclogging Oily & Irritated Skin

    Beta hydroxy acid deep cleans oily skin and clears pore congestion. This ingredient has been proven to calm inflamed skin, minimize oiliness and reduce the appearance of large pores by exfoliating dead skin.

  • Seaweed Extract (Chondrus Crispus) Soothing & Protecting Inflammation & Anti-Aging

    Seaweed extract is derived from red algae, and is a powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory ingredient that can regenerate, protect and soothe skin.

  • Sodium Olivate Cleansing & Refreshing All Skin

    Sodium Olivate is a natural ingredient derived from olives to cleanse the skin.

  • Soy Extract Collagen-Building Wrinkles & Fine Lines

    Soy Extract supports elasticity and firmness, helping keep skin soft and flexible as is needed when rebuilding damaged collagen.

  • Squalane Oil Hydrating & Moisturizing Dry Skin

    Excellent for dry skin, Squalane Oil is a natural hydrocarbon that helps prevent loss of hydration and improve suppleness to the skin.Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types.

  • Zinc Oxide Sun Protection All Skin

    Zinc oxide is a physical UV blocker that filters out UV rays, keeping them from penetrating the skin and causing cell damage to help prevent sunburn. When used as directed with other sun protection measures, it reduces the risk of skin cancer and premature aging that is caused by sun damage.


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