{ "ingredients": [ { "id": "aloe", "displayname": "Aloe Vera", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwdde2b779/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-aloe-vera.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Lauded by the ancient Egyptians as the ‘plant of eternity’, aloe vera was believed to hold the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Still to this day, this resilient plant is known for its healing properties and is widely used to reduce inflammation and soothe and hydrate skin.", "howitworks": "Aloe vera possesses water-binding, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. A succulent plant, it draws oxygen to the skin, locking in moisture and encouraging wound healing. As it heals the skin, itching is soothed, redness is minimised and hydration is replenished for a calm, softened complexion.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "A true remedy for sensitive, stressed-out complexions, aloe vera shares the same pH as skin, making it perfect for those prone to irritation!" }, { "id": "arganoil", "displayname": "Argan Oil", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw6b3e3310/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_argan-oil_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Like liquid gold for the skin, this non-fragrant plant oil comes from the kernels of argan trees native to South Morocco. The oil is emollient (meaning, a moisturising ingredient that fills in gaps between skin cells to smooth and soften) and helps to protect, moisturise and nourish skin.", "howitworks": "A potent source of vitamin E, essential lipids, fatty acids and antioxidant compounds, this oil works to nourish, fight against free radicals and restore the skin’s protective barrier. Argan Oil also helps to balance out your natural oil production reducing acne and blemishes.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Argan Oil is the ultimate multitasker! Use as a makeup primer to give your foundation a luminous glow, apply to dry, split ends to nourish hair or use on dry, cracked cuticles." }, { "id": "benzoylperoxide", "displayname": "Benzoyl Peroxide", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw5d22396a/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_benzoyl-peroxide_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "An acne fighting warrior, benzoyl peroxide is a topical antibacterial agent that helps to quickly fight acne-causing bacteria.", "howitworks": "The ingredient works by forcing an oxidant into the hair follicle where it releases oxygen that kills the bacteria which causes acne. Secondly, as an anti-inflammatory the ingredient helps to reduce the redness and soreness associated with acne.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Benzoyl peroxide can be drying to the skin so consider using it only once a day if you have acne. Apply an AHA or BHA exfoliant before using benzoyl peroxide for greater efficacy." }, { "id": "caffeine", "displayname": "Caffeine", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwc52ead38/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_caffeine_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Like a shot of espresso for the skin, caffeine works to firm, tighten and brighten. As an anti-inflammatory, it is fantastic for reducing puffiness around the eye area and helpful in body products that target cellulite.", "howitworks": "Caffeine is able to boost circulation making it great for brightening skin. As an anti-inflammatory, it can assist in reducing fluid, thereby giving the appearance of firmer and tighter skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Say goodbye to dry, flaky skin and the stubborn look of cellulite. Caffeine based products make for great natural body scrubs because they can stimulate blood flow to reduce the look of cellulite." }, { "id": "ceramide", "displayname": "Ceramides", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw4a63b203/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-ceramides.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Ceramides are naturally occurring fatty acids that help to repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier system. They improve skin texture and help to keep it hydrated and soft.", "howitworks": "Ceramides play an essential role in the structure of skin’s epidermal layers. Naturally occurring, they retain water and encourage cell regulation. Ceramide production decreases as we age, which makes topical application beneficial for everyone.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Ceramides are ideal for improving the appearance of stressed, sensitive, scaly, rough, dry, aged or sun-damaged skin." }, { "id": "clay", "displayname": "Clay", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwf81e84e8/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_clay_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Clay provides soothing and healing benefits to the skin and is often used in acne and pore-refining treatments.", "howitworks": "Clay is able to absorb excess oil and impurities to reduce unwanted surface shine and minimise breakouts. Able to re-mineralise the skin, clay helps to promote healthy functioning of cells.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "For oilier skin types, stick to using bentonite clay due to its superior absorption, tightening and acne-clearing abilities. For drier or more sensitive skin types, white kaolin clay is a great option for a milder exfoliation." }, { "id": "cocoaingredient", "displayname": "Cocoa Butter & Powder", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwc258a929/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-cocoa-butter-powder.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Extracted from cocoa seeds, cocoa butter features a rich, creamy texture perfect for nourishing dry, weathered skin. Cocoa powder, a derivative of roasted cocoa beans, is jam-packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants.", "howitworks": "Known for its excellent skin-softening properties, cocoa butter moisturises by filling in the gaps between cells and preventing water loss. Its rich, creamy texture make it perfect for renewing dry, weathered skin. Rich in antioxidants, cocoa powder can effectively prevent and reverse the cellular damage caused by free radicals – unstable molecules implicated in ageing.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Harvested for centuries in Africa, nutrient-rich cocoa butter and powder have crept into the makeup world in recent years and can be found in lipsticks, eyeshadows and powders. Skin-loving properties aside, the irresistible scent is an instant mood lifter." }, { "id": "coconutoil", "displayname": "Coconut Oil & Coconut", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwb1863f5a/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_coconut_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Coconut is able to deeply hydrate thanks to its excellent delivery system that enables it to transport other nutrients into the skin. Cold pressed, organic and raw coconut oil make for ideal moisturisers for dehydrated, itchy and sensitive skin.", "howitworks": "As a source of antibacterial Lauric and anti-inflammatory Caprylic acids, coconut works as a rich moisturiser and antioxidant. Rich in vitamins and minerals, coconut can also help in combating acne-causing bacteria leaving skin clean and clear. As coconut is so nourishing, it is especially great for dry skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "A hydrating multi-tasker, coconut oil is ideal to use on dry skin during winter. Lather over the entire body as a moisturiser after a hot shower while skin is still damp for optimum results!" }, { "id": "collagen", "displayname": "Collagen", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwedd91f68/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_collagen_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Collagen works to hydrate skin and provide instant skin plumping effects. While it’s naturally occurring in our skin, it gradually depletes over time and with exposure to UV rays.", "howitworks": "Collagen is able to bind and retain many times its own weight in water which allows for its strong moisturising abilities. It works with elastin and assists in renewing skin cells to give skin a smooth and softer texture.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Topical use of collagen is fantastic to hydrate skin, however, the real key to getting the most out of collagen is to help your skin produce it itself. To do this, look to AHAs, peptides, retinol and vitamin C to boost collagen production." }, { "id": "enzymes", "displayname": "Enzymes", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw27a1cd24/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_enzymes_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Fruit Enzymes help to support biological processes in the skin that have slowed due to ageing or sun damage. Using enzymes on a regular basis can help keep the complexion firm, bright and hydrated with fewer breakouts.", "howitworks": "Most enzymes used in skin care are derived from fruits and vegetables, like papaya, pineapple, hyaluronic acid and pumpkin. They help to boost the activity of naturally occurring enzymes in our skin and break down intercellular bonds, polishing away dead skin cells.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Enzymatic exfoliation is the gentlest form of exfoliation, making it ideal for more sensitive skin types. In particular, salmon roe found in Perricone MD products, is a clear winner for sensitive skin as it only dissolves dead skin cells with almost no risk of over-exfoliation." }, { "id": "ferulic", "displayname": "Ferulic Acid", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw26cc9621/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-ferulic-acid.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A plant-derived antioxidant and anti-ageing wonder, ferulic acid helps destroy free radicals and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This acid can also help to stabilise vitamins C and E, thereby increasing their effectiveness at neutralizing free radicals.", "howitworks": "This acid works to stabilise vitamins C and E by preventing their oxidation. Once stablised, these vitamins become more powerful and are able to promote collagen production, improving the look of ageing skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Use ferulic acid in conjunction with retinol. This combination allows both ingredients to easily sink into the skin, giving visible results faster and reducing the skin’s sensitivity to the sun - normally a result of using retinol based products." }, { "id": "ginseng", "displayname": "Ginseng", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwfe4c081e/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-ginseng.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, ginseng works to nourish, revitalise, smooth and hydrate the look of skin. The look of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced and the formation of dark spots is inhibited.", "howitworks": "Ginseng is able to deeply nourish skin thanks to its high vitamin content. It can improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen production and healthy blood circulation.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years as it is thought to promote longer life. It can certainly promote more youthful looking skin by protecting it from aging free radicals and encouraging the production of collagen." }, { "id": "glycolicacid", "displayname": "Glycolic Acid", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwb29435fe/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_glycolic-acid_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "This alpha hydroxy acid helps reduce the look of age spots and leaves the complexion softer, smoother, healthier and more radiant.", "howitworks": "Glycolic acid works by breaking down the substance that holds dead skin cells together, promoting cell turnover and leaving the skin’s surface smooth and clear. At the same time, the acid can stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid and increase moisture uptake which boosts hydration levels. Its hydrating and exfoliating properties make this an excellent ingredient to treat both acne as well and ageing skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecular structure of the AHA’s making it the best for rapid or intense exfoliation. However, as it is deactivated by water, you have the power to control the intensity of the exfoliation. For a gentler exfoliation, add a little water to your glycolic acid cleanser, scrub or mask." }, { "id": "honeyingredient", "displayname": "Honey", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwac2ec432/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_honey_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A gift from nature, honey has skin soothing, softening and moisturising abilities. Able to fight signs of ageing and protect against free radicals, honey helps to keep skin looking and feeling healthy. It’s ideal for treating dryness, acne and skin irritation.", "howitworks": "Made by bees from the nectar of flowering plants, honey has a high amino acid, peptide and vitamin content with strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a potent humectant, honey is able to hydrate skin by retaining moisture from the air. Naturally anti-microbial, honey is able to deeply cleanse the skin and flush away excess bacteria that can clog pores and cause breakouts.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Take inspiration from the famed Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, and bathe in milk and honey to break down dry, dead skin (with the milk) and soften new skin with the honey." }, { "id": "hyaluronicacid", "displayname": "Hyaluronic Acid", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwe6de4d31/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_hyaluronic-acid_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "The secret to plump, hydrated and super soft skin lies within hyaluronic acid. Naturally occurring in the body, we lose 1% of hyaluronic acid each year, so topical application is essential to moisturise, reduce inflammation, prevent water loss and boost skin’s elasticity and plumpness, in order to relieve the look of fine lines.", "howitworks": "Hyaluronic acid is able to hydrate and improve skin’s elasticity by regulating general skin activity thanks to its ability to aid the regulation of epidermal cells. Its ability to retain 1000 times its own weight in water, boosts skin’s moisture content and helps to plump the look of skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "For skin cells to make use of important nutrients, there has to be enough water available to them which is what makes hyaluronic acid such an ideal delivery system. However, as it breaks down every 24-48 hours, it’s important to re-apply on a regular basis to maintain optimum hydration levels and continue allowing cells to make the most of the nutrients available to them. Even better, as hyaluronic acid plumps to perfection it’s ideal for applying under makeup to create a smooth canvas." }, { "id": "lacticacid", "displayname": "Lactic Acid", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwb3eba706/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_lactic-acid_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Lactic acid, is an AHA derived from milk that is both a chemical exfoliant and a moisturiser. The acid helps to brighten, reduce the look of wrinkles and improve skin texture.", "howitworks": "Lactic acid is able to exfoliate dead skin cells off the skin’s surface by breaking down the substance that binds them together. Its humectant abilities (able to attract, absorb and hold onto water) enable it to keep skin hydrated and the skin’s surface smooth.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Lactic Acid is the most gentle of all the AHA’s because it has the largest molecular structure, making it the ideal exfoliator for sensitive skin. You can use this in high concentrations with almost no risk of over exfoliating skin." }, { "id": "micellar", "displayname": "Micelles", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw7b8c6c20/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-micelles.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Gentle on skin yet highly effective, micelles thoroughly cleanse leaving skin soft and hydrated.", "howitworks": "Micelles are electrically charged oil molecules suspended in water that, when grouped together, form micellar water. When applied to the skin, micelles latch onto dirt, makeup and other impurities and dissolve them.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "The first micellar waters were fashioned in France over 100 years ago to rescue delicate Parisian skin from the region’s infamously harsh water supply. They remain a staple in the French beauty regime and their ability to remove makeup, cleanse and soften in one simple, no-rinse step make them a must-have, especially for dry and sensitive skin." }, { "id": "milk", "displayname": "Milk Proteins", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw7ff10396/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_milk-proteins_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Naturally derived from dairy, milk proteins are soothing and nourishing making them ideal for dry and sensitive skin types.", "howitworks": "Milk proteins’ water-retention abilities enable it to hydrate skin and provide a smooth look and feel.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Whether it's a dry face or body, skin in need of gentle and nutritive effects can benefit from milk protein. Like all proteins, they’re non-irritating, making it an excellent option for those with particularly dry or sensitive skin." }, { "id": "niacinamide", "displayname": "Niacinamide", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwd4d6918c/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-niacinamide.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A powerful ingredient from the vitamin B family, lauded for its ability to interact with and guide cells. Niacinamide addresses a number of skin concerns including the appearance of acne, hyper pigmentation, reduced skin elasticity and redness.", "howitworks": "When applied topically, niacinamide encourages the skin’s cells to behave in a more effective manner to mimic younger, healthier cells. In particular, niacinamide has been found to boost synthesis of fatty acids, ceramides and fibroblasts, stimulate microcirculation in the dermis, inhibit the appearance of pigmentation, prevent water loss, preserve enzymes responsible for the production of cellular energy and lipids, protect against oxidative damage and promote production of collagen.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Whether you’re concerned about the look of dryness, pigmentation, sun damage, acne or the signs of skin aging, Niacinamide can help. Pair with a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day to protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun." }, { "id": "omegas", "displayname": "Omegas", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwb1301430/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_omegas_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Omegas, such as Omega 3,6, 7 and 9, help to nourish and hydrate the skin. Omega 7 is best for helping to renew and restore skin suppleness; Omega 6 deeply hydrates; Omega 3 reduces redness and irritation; and Omega 9 intensely nourishes and protects from environmental stressors.", "howitworks": "With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, they can help to strengthen the skin’s barrier and allow your other skin care products to penetrate more deeply.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Omegas provide essential fatty acids that the body cannot naturally produce so that the cell membrane of your skin cells remain supple, plump and resistant to damage caused by the elements. Omegas will also help reduce loss of hydration and restore a youthful glow to skin." }, { "id": "peptide", "displayname": "Peptides", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw4572fcd3/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-peptides.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Known for their reparative power, peptides are ideal for those seeking the look of firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Whilst the specific benefit is largely dependent on the individual peptide, most promote cellular repair, resulting in the appearance of a smoother, more youthful looking complexion.", "howitworks": "Formed by chains of linked amino acids, peptides are cell-communicating compounds. Peptides are able to communicate with surrounding cells and help to activate numerous skin-restorative processes. Two of these processes—collagen production and tissue repair—, lead to an improvement in skin elasticity, softening of fine lines and wrinkles and reduction in inflammation.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Peptides are often found in anti-ageing products thanks to their reparative power. Keep an eye out for Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, known for its ability to encourage collagen production and firm the skin, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, attributed to lessening the inflammatory response." }, { "id": "retinol", "displayname": "Retinol", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw8e5cba70/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_retinol_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A powerhouse ingredient, Retinol works to enhance skin’s radiance and visibly improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, oiliness and rosacea. With the ability to help skin cells create better, healthier cells, the skin’s structure, tone and texture improves.", "howitworks": "A potent derivative of vitamin A, this is a cell-communicating ingredient (and antioxidant) which instructs damaged skin cells to make healthier cells and counteract the activity of enzymes that degrade collagen and elastin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "It’s always important to wear an SPF during the day, but it’s especially important when using retinol for two reasons; firstly, the skin can become more sensitive when using retinol so it’s more susceptible to burning, secondly, as it is photosensitive, the sun renders the ingredient inactive. The added benefit of using cosmetic based retinol products is you will experience less irritation than prescription based retinoic acid." }, { "id": "roseingredient", "displayname": "Rose Oil & Rosewater", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwcd71d8c5/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_rose-oil_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Rose oil provides essential moisture to the skin and helps to treat redness and inflammation. Similarly, rose water provides cleansing and soothing properties.", "howitworks": "As an antiseptic and antioxidant, rose is able to support the healing process of damaged skin and also protect against free radicals. The flower’s scent also has relaxing, blood-pressure lowering benefits that help soothe skin’s surface.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Ditch the sugar for your 3pm pick-me-up and instead reach for a rosewater spray. It’s a great spritz over the face throughout the day and over makeup to keep skin feeling hydrated and refreshed." }, { "id": "rosehipoil", "displayname": "Rosehip Oil & Rosehip", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw14601db1/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_rosehip_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "One of Mother Nature’s treasures, Rosehip helps to nourish, rejuvenate and hydrate the skin. Soothing and restoring, rosehip can help maintain healthy collagen levels, leaving skin smooth and plump.", "howitworks": "A rich source of vitamin and a natural source of vitamin A with high levels of essential fatty acids, this oil has anti-ageing and antioxidant properties. As an emollient, Rosehip is able to moisturise and nourish skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "All skin types can benefit from rosehip oil as its packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a healing oil that has the unique ability to deeply nourish and balance all skin types." }, { "id": "salicylicacid", "displayname": "Salicylic Acid", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwb4e07402/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_salicylic-acid_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Highly effective in clearing acne and blackheads as well as the appearance of wrinkles, roughness and tone. As a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), it has both exfoliating, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.", "howitworks": "Salicylic Acid is able to renew and refine skin texture by dissolving the glue between dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. If these dead skin cells multiply quickly and stick together, a breakout or acne can occur. This is where salicylic acid comes in and dissolves the sticky glue that holds these cells together, effectively unclogging the pores. At the same time, the lipid soluble acid treats breakouts by penetrating the pore lining to exfoliate from inside the pore as well as on the skin’s surface.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Bid breakouts and the look of wrinkles goodbye with a dose of salicylic acid. Use it in targeted areas, all over the face or even the body depending on the product. Interestingly, salicylic acid comes from the Willow Bark tree, which is also where Aspirin comes from!" }, { "id": "seaweed", "displayname": "Seaweed", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw9b6be51d/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_seaweed_v1_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A remedy for the look of ageing skin, seaweed works to stimulate, revitalise and nourish. Able to smooth and soften skin, it is effective in improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as treating acne. Seaweed is used in Chinese medicine and Polynesian culture to alleviate the symptoms of mild burns, rashes, wounds and swelling.", "howitworks": "With a high iodine and sulfur amino acid content, seaweed treats a wide variety of skin concerns. Its moisturising and wrinkle-smoothing properties come from its high silicone content and ability to react with protein to form a protective gel on the skin’s surface. With antibiotic properties, seaweed can also protect against infection and reduce acne-causing bacteria.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "With tens of thousands of seaweed varieties in the world, this is a skin care superstar. In particular, the pigment astaxanthin found in algae (used in Sunday Riley and Dr Dennis Gross formulations), is ideal to use for potent anti-inflammatory action and to support cell renewal. Seaweed is suitable for using on all skin types, but especially great for dry skin due to its hydrating, nourishing and conditioning properties." }, { "id": "shea", "displayname": "Shea Butter", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwd1858c05/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-shea-butter.jpg", "whatitdoes": " Derived from the nut of the African shea nut tree, shea butter is a rich source of vitamins A, D and E, as well as a host of antioxidants. A naturally rich emollient, this butter helps skin retain its moisture, keeping it hydrated and nourished. ", "howitworks": "When topically applied, shea butter works to restore suppleness, boost moisture and improve the look of dry skin. ", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "For millennia, the people of Africa have been using this miracle butter to protect their skin and hair from the scorching sun and drying desert winds (it is said that the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti owed her legendary beauty to the use of shea). Protective and deeply moisturising, consider shea butter a ‘superfood for the skin’." }, { "id": "sulphur", "displayname": "Sulphur", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw105c2d72/images/ingredients-glossary/tile-sulfur.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Highly effective yet gentle on the skin, sulphur is a naturally-occurring mineral that is often used in the treatment of acne, eczema and psoriasis. With mild antiseptic properties, it is perfect for those with delicate, sensitive or dry skin.", "howitworks": "Sulphur works to banish the appearance of blemishes and treat skin ailments by inhibiting the activity of oil glands and acne-causing bacteria as well as dissolving the top layer of dead skin cells. In doing so, it encourages cell turnover, minimises excess oil and prevents the blockage and inflammation of pores, leading to more refined, clearer skin.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "A great anti-blemish alternative for those who find salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide irritating or a little too harsh. Plus, with ancient natural healing properties, itchy and irritated skin will find blissful relief when soaking in hot sulphur springs." }, { "id": "vascorbic", "displayname": "Vitamin C", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dwec20f09b/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_vitamin-c_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "Vitamin C works to fight against free radical damage, strengthen collagen, brighten, treat the look of pigmentation caused by sun damage and smooth skin’s texture.", "howitworks": "As an antioxidant with some anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C is able to help protect against free radicals. As a melanin inhibitor, it brightens hyperpigmentation and improves the look of skin over time.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Vitamin C can be great to use under sunscreen as research has shown that it boosts sunscreen’s efficacy by defending skin from free radicals produced by sun exposure. The skin can be more sensitive when using vitamin C as the new skin cells have not been exposed to sunlight, so be sure to always wear an SPF in conjunction." }, { "id": "vtocopherylacetate", "displayname": "Vitamin E", "image": "http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aark_prd/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-MeccaAU-Library/default/dw67702376/images/ingredients-glossary/tile_vitamin-e_NEW.jpg", "whatitdoes": "A long loved favourite in the beauty world, vitamin E works to recharge other antioxidants and accelerate their results, moisturise, sooth and rejuvenate. It also has anti-ageing benefits.", "howitworks": "Naturally present in the skin but depleted with age and sun exposure, topical application of vitamin E can have many benefits. As an antioxidant, it can fight free radicals and offer substantial anti-inflammatory support. It can also keep skin hydrated by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier and therefore reducing water loss.", "meccaskinspecialistsays": "Naturally present in the skin but depleted with age and sun exposure, topical application of vitamin E can have many benefits. As an antioxidant, it can fight free radicals and offer substantial anti-inflammatory support. It can also keep skin hydrated by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier and therefore reducing water loss." } ] }