the science


we’re obsessed with the botanical brilliance of cyperus esculentus.Also known as chufa, atadwe, earth almond, or as we call it - the Tigernut plant. Modern science has discovered that the plant is packed with super nutrients, particularly Papilactyl D®. This mighty molecule helps skin rebuild collagens (XVI and XII for those who like more detail) by stimulating the synthesis of fibrillin-1, the major component in this collagen network. By keeping collagen production working smoothly, Papilactyl D® prevents skin deforming into wrinkles.

the ‘box spring’ effect.
Think of the Papilactyl D® molecule as acting like the box spring to your skin’s mattress. While mattresses tend to get all the action, it’s the box spring that puts in the work to maintain good shape by minimizing sagging and wrinkling.

Papilactyl D® acts on key factors in the architecture of the papillary dermis, the middle layer of skin, that affects the appearance of wrinkles including fibre deterioration, skin elasticity, and the restoration of the functional and matrix collagens. More specifically, it reinforces the structure of the papillary dermis involved in the majority of the cutaneous tissue’s elastic properties. So your skin wants a shock absorber? Check. A reinforced structure for firmness? Check. To be plumper and uber-hydrated? Check. That’s the box spring effect.

want some clinical science? The effectiveness of Papilactyl D® is proven by independent laboratories in France to prevent the effects of aging and the development of wrinkles. In vivo studies have shown Papilactyl D® significantly increases the integrity, elasticity, and resistance of the skin and 84% of users noticed a high reduction in wrinkles after 56 days of treatment.

Papilactyl D is a registered trademark of Silab.


this isn't mars.

It's an ultrasonic scan of improvement to the Papillary Dermis (the outer layer of your skin) over time.

+322% increase in collagen XVI

90% of Papilactyl D® users found noticeable improvements in skin

total length of wrinkles reduced by 1/3

total wrinkled surface reduced by 40%

85% felt more hydrated after only 5 days

87% felt smoother skin texture after only 5 days

having said (and shown) all that, we also take care of the mattress with some other great plumping, smoothing, brightening, and rejuvenating ingredients in our arsenal.


Meet Retinol’s powerful, plant-based sister Bakuchiol. If you deal with sensitive skin, this wrinkle reducing and skin firming hydrator is just for you. Like Retinol, Bakuchiol triggers your skin cells to pump out more collagens that are great for skin health and hydration. Unlike Retinol, it won’t increase your sensitivity to UV rays and environmental factors. So you get improvements in wrinkles, pigmentation, and elasticity without the irritation.


A water-soluble version of Vitamin B3, this ingredient is overflowing with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for all skin types. By increasing the amount of natural lipids found on the skin’s surface, it can reduce water loss to improve dryness, irritation, and flaking. If increased protection and improved texture is what you’re after, get into this tightening, brightening, pore minimizing titan. 


Our version of this hydration powerhouse has super low-weight molecules small enough to penetrate skin easily and pump up the volume. It’s a hydrophilic ingredient which means it’s attracted to water, so it’s going to seek out any moisture in the air and send it to your skin cells. This keeps them plump and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s the daily reminder to your skin cells (and to yourself) to drink more water.


This ingredient is on a roll, and not just your maki rolls. One of the most abundantly available natural ingredients for skin care on the planet, it’s full of Amino Acids and antioxidants like Vitamin C which help exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production. The naturally occurring Magnesium and Zinc also help reduce inflammation and redness for the plumpest, softest, and glowy-est skin. 


This synthetic peptide is here to help pick up collagen production that has slowed down. The two peptides that make up Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, signal your cells to keep pumping out more collagen. That means fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out and the journey to your best skin is smooth sailing. 


If you’re a fan of K-Beauty, you’re probably familiar with this super ingredient. It’s derived from natural organisms like plants and microbes to soothe inflammation and boost hydration. Its antioxidant properties scavenge free radicals to smooth wrinkles and exfoliate skin as well as stimulate collagen production. And it can prevent trans-epidermal water loss, which is just a fancy way of saying dry air won’t dry out your skin so much. 


Picture the bricks of a house. Those are your skin cells. Now picture the mortar that holds them together. That’s Ceramides. As that mortar gets worn down with time, the structure starts to fall apart. If you notice your skin becoming thinner, looser, and rougher (especially around the eyes and cheeks), those are the signs of Ceramides being lost. The Ceramides in our products look just like the ones you produce naturally. They fill in the cracks between your skin cells to keep them arranged in a matrix and seal in hydration to prevent more from leaking out (and the house from falling down). 


You know the name, but do you know all the wonders it can do besides soothe a sunburn? Dark spots are faded. Puffiness and inflammation are reduced. Psoriasis and eczema are relieved. The plant contains high numbers of Mucopolysaccharides (a class of ingredients containing Hyaluronic Acid) which hydrate the skin and help it retain moisture. The Salicylic Acid content acts as an antiviral, natural exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells and bad bacteria. Your skin will thank you by boosting the production of new cells, making you look even more glowy and radiant. 


As a Tripeptide, it contains 3 amino acids (Lys-Val-Lys or Lysine and Valine) that work together to improve skin texture by protecting and boosting collagen production. As a signal peptide, it increases TGF-β (Growth Factor Beta) which penetrates into the dermis and encourages collagen synthesis. What does this mean for you? Reduced appearance of wrinkles, visibly improved firmness and elasticity, and noticeably diminished visibility of pores. 


Dating back centuries, Myrrh has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its healing properties and Ancient Egyptians valued it for the beauty benefits. The reason is terpenes. It contains skin-soothing limonene, bacteria-fighting germacrene, anti-fungal curzerene, and magnesium making it a powerful weapon against inflamed and aging skin. 


Also called Moroccan chamomile, this ingredient contains powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants including sabinene, chamazulene (a natural antihistamine and anti-irritant) and camphor, found to repair UV damage. These antioxidants also help to flush out congested pores, eliminate pimple-causing bacteria, and reduce redness, all while being gentle enough for sensitive skin. 


You may know this ingredient as a calming, floral-meets-wood scented fragrance. But did you know it’s been used in Indian skin care for centuries and is praised by traditional Chinese medicine for its antiviral and antiseptic properties? The key active ingredient is Alpha-santalol and, along with other antioxidants, it works to maintain the buoyancy and structure of skin cells by replenishing moisture and increasing elasticity to keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay.

Are you still with us? there's even more.

sea buckhorn fruit extract

This tiny but mighty berry is found in the cold mountains of Asia and Europe and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The fruit oil has Omega-6 and Omega-7 fatty acids which help to repair damaged skin as well as soothe inflammation and irritation. It’s a powerhouse of vitamins containing 12 times more Vitamin C than an orange, 60 potent antioxidants, 20 minerals, plus Vitamins B1, B2, K, A, and E that all work together to fade acne scars, heal blemishes, and smooth texture. 


A natural astringent and nourishing anti-aging ingredient, Frankincense can help bring youthfulness back to dry, problem skin. Farnesol is the primary compound that makes Frankincense great at increasing elasticity and smoothing lines. It has cytophylactic properties that help to prevent the signs of aging and improve discolouration. And it can help with inflammation by disinfecting pores to speed up skin’s healing process making this a great daily-use ingredient. 


A natural antimicrobial, this violet berry acts as an astringent by tightening and shrinking the appearance of pores. It contains potent antioxidants Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Chlorogenic Acid, as well as anti-inflammatory polyphenols to calm and protect skin. Talk about respecting your elders. 


A refreshing astringent that decongests pores to reduce oiliness (without messing with your natural balance). It packs an invigorating punch that increases circulation to give aging skin a radiant glow. And the antimicrobial benefits help prevent future breakouts. It’s a win-win-win. 

rosehip oil

A gentle emollient and moisturizer rich in Vitamin C that brightens and evens tone by reducing hyperpigmentation. Its high concentrations of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and K helps to regenerate and heal collagen production and elasticity. The high levels of essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 soften skin’s texture and improve barrier function to shield it from the daily grind. Add a dash of Vitamin E to calm inflammation and irritation, and you have yourself a heavy hitting ingredient.


Your hair isn’t the only thing that needs a conditioner. This super hydrator, derived from German chamomile, reduces the appearance of dry and damaged skin by healing flakiness and restoring suppleness. This is all thanks to the high concentration of Panthenol (also known as Vitamin B5). It’s an effective protectant against UV-induced redness and irritation, and it works as a humectant soothing itchiness and irritation by attracting water to your skin cells and enabling them to create their own hydration. 


More than just a tasty addition to your smoothie bowl, papaya is full of Vitamin A, B, and C making it a great topical (and tropical) skin treatment. Its enzymes, Papain and Chymopapain, have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties putting breakouts out of sight and out of mind. The protein-dissolving Papain works to exfoliate skin by gently removing dead skin cells that clog pores. The age-defying Lycopene and other antioxidants prevent damage to skin’s collagen and improves elasticity to slow the clock on aging skin.