Welcome to DIY (Do It Yourself) skin care. You like product "X" but do not want to pay $250 for 0.5 oz? Then make it yourself. You wonder whether you can do it? If you can make a salad, then you can make a cream that will have the actives of both ReVive and Lancome. Don't be scared, we will help you step by step and answer all your questions.
The active ingredients in a number of popular skin care lines can be found in this table. We carry a number of these actives. We have also given one of our ready made which will have the same or better effects.
- Long lists of actives do not necessarily mean that a product is better. Some brands use long lists of plant names as a marketing device. On the other hand, plants are a resource of chemicals that it would be silly to ignore, because plants contain many thousands more chemicals than the pharmaceutical companies can ever hope to create (they have been around for a few more million years). If Skin Actives "ignores" a plant extract is not because it is not a good product but because it can be replaced by another, and we do not want to ask our clients to buy 100 different ingredients.
- Our stocked products are standardized extracts: the extracts have been enriched greatly in the active chemicals, eliminating the inactive ones. For example, "Philosophy the big skinny" contains tea leaf (Camellia sinensis) powder, and most of it will be cellulose (not much use for your skin). Skin Actives Scientific sells a green tea extract that contains almost 90% ECGC, the chemical responsible for the cancer preventive activity of green tea.
- There are some very good products around, but there are also some crooks (as in any other human activity). Although the FDA regulates labeling, some brands still cheat in the ingredient listings. One example of creative listing is including tocopherol polypeptide, saccharide isomerate and retinyl palmitate polypeptide: none of these chemicals exist but they sound really fancy, the names are 'marketing names' for common ingredients rather than 'scientific names' for special molecules.
- The order of ingredients in the list means something: they are listed in order of concentration, the most abundant first and the least abundant last. When an ingredient appears after the usual preservatives (example: methyl paraben, propyl paraben, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Lavandula angustifolia, tocopherol) then you know that you should be looking for your vitamin E somewhere else. This is very important when you consider that when we sell you an active ingredient we are providing enough for it to have a real impact rather than just providing enough to make a label look good.
- There are other factors such as interaction between ingredients that may turn an active ingredient into an 'inactive' ingredient as well as very relevant questions of freshness.
- it is our sincere belief that when you make your own skin care line from our actives you are not only saving money but creating a product which is much better for you than the fanciest/trendiest/most expensive brand on the market.
How to use this table
|Brand Name||Actives in the Formulation||SAS Actives To Mix||SAS Ready-Made|
|Aminogenesis Cocoon||Amino Acids||Canvas Base Cream plus Sea Kelp Coral and Dermagen (to supply Amino Acids)||Marine Nutrient Cream|
|Boots Protect and Perfect Serum||Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium PCA,Retinyl Palmitate, White Mulberry, Tocopherol, Matrixyl||Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Acetate, Arbutin, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Antioxidant Booster||Collagen Serum|
|Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-Ageing Serum Eyes and Lips||Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Grape Extract, Witch Hazel Leaf Extract, Chamoille Flower Extract, Polygonum Fagopryum Seed Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7||Resveratrol, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, Pamitoyl Pentapeptide||ELS, Anti-Aging Cream, Collagen Serum|
|Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum with Grapevine Resveratrol||Squalene, Grape Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Ceramides, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, Resveratrol, Calcium Pantothenate, Antioxidant Booster.||Anti-Aging Cream|
|Caudalie Vinexpert Night Infusion Cream||Squalene, Shea Butter, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate||Squalene, Ceramides||Dream Cream|
|Cellex-C Serum||Ascorbic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Grape Skin Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Bioflavanoids||Ascorbic acid, Coconut Endosperm, Sea Kelp Coral, Silymarin, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, Antioxidant Booster (supplies Alpha-D-Tocopherol and more) Glutathione (instead of Ergothioneine)||Antioxidant Serum|
|Cellex-C Serum for Sensitive Skin||Water, Ascorbic Acid, Acetyl Tyrosine, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pine Bark Extract||Ascorbic Acid||Vitamin C Serum|
|CellularskinRX Vitamin C + Firming Serum||Ascorbic Acid||Ascorbic Acid||Vitamin C Serum|
|Clarins Cellulite Control||Caffeine||Green Tea w/ Caffiene, Canvas Base Cream||Cellulite Control Cream|
|Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector||Yeast Extract, Ginseng Root Extract, Linden Wood Extract, Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin||Canvas base cream, Dermal Respiratory Factor, Horse Chestnut, Calcium Pantothenate||UV Repair Cream, Revitalizing Night Cream|
|Clé de Peau la crème||Arbutin, Squalene, Xylitol, Soy Sterol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream, Arbutin, Soy Isoflavones, Antioxidant Booster, Liquorice||Anti-Aging Cream|
|Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel||Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel, Brown Algae Extract, Sea Whip (Soft Coral) Extract||Sea Kelp Coral, Willow Bark Extract||Alpha/Beta Exfoliator, Salicylic Wash|
|Combray||Grape Seed Oil, Docosyloxymethoxybenzyl Azafullerenedione (Oxofulleram™)||Grapeseed Oil, a few drops of Antioxidant Booster||EMUlator Oil|
|Crinagen Advanced Hair Therapy||Azelaic acid, Zinc, Niacin, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate, Saw Palmetto Extract, Ginkgo Biloba||Keratinocyte Growth Factor, Niacinamide, Saw Palmetto, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins||Hair Care Serum|
|Elizabeth Arden Prevage||Idebenone, Sodium PCA, Glycosaminoglycans, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Cholesterol, Ceramide III||Coenzyme Q10, Canvas Base Cream (provides Glycosaminoglycans), Antioxidant Booster (supplies Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Rosehip Oil (Linolenic and Linoleic acids)||Marine Nutrient Cream|
|Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R]||Mulberry Root, Liquorice Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Yeast Lysate Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Milk Thistle Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream (with Sodium Hyaluronate,) Centella Asiatica, Dermal Respiratory Factor, Liquorice Extract, Silymarin, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Ascorbic Acid, Antioxidant Booster (for natural Tocopherols,) Rosehip Oil (for Linoleic Acid,) Clary Sage essential oil||Anti-Aging Cream|
|Fusion Beauty LipFusion XL Micro Injected Collagen Lip Plump||Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Sodium Hyaluronate||Natural Active Peptides||Lip Collagen Serum|
FREEZE 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum
|Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Aminobutryic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate||Canvas Base Cream, Antioxidant Booster, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, GABA, Green Tea Extract with EGCG, Alpha Lipoic Acid||Celestite Spritz|
|Green Cream High Potency Retinol Cream||Retinol, Cucumber Extract||Canvas Base Cream, Retinyl Acetate, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Green Tea Extract with EGCG, Niacinamide||Acne Cream|
|Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator||Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid (has been shown to cause inflammation,) Sodium Hyaluronate||Dermagen||Collagen Serum|
|HTY Gold||Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Oil), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter), Red Elaeis Guineensis (Red Palm Super Olein), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Triticum Vulgaree (Wheat Germ Oil), Lecithin||Fatty acids and tocotrienols||Dream Cream or ELS serum|
|Hylexin for Serious Dark Circles||Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Dipeptide-2, Hydrosuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide||Canvas Base Cream, De-Puff (Hesperidine Methyl Chalcone Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 Dipeptide-2), Chrysin, Jiaogulan (Gynostemma Pentaphyllum) Extract||Bright-I Cream|
|Kinerase||Soluble Collagen, N6-Furfuryladenine, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Elastin||Dermagen, Kinetin 10%, Coconut Endosperm||Revitalizing Night Cream|
|Lancome Absolue Premium ΒX Night||Shea Butter, Tocopherol, Liquorice Extract, Brown Alga Extract, Wild Yam Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Skullcap Root Extract||Canvas Base Cream, White Liquorice Extract, Antioxidant Booster, Wild Yam Extract, Soy Isoflavones, White Willow Extract||Anti-Aging Cream and Skin Brightening Cream|
|L'Oréal Paris Glow Renewal Oil||Olive Fruit Oil, Jojoba Oil, Flax Seed Oil||Squalene w/ Olive Extract||ELS Serum|
|L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Serum||Glycerol, Niacinamide||Canvas Base Cream, Niacinimide, Arbutin, Kojic Acid Dipalmitate||Skin Brightening Cream|
|MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Cream||Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceramides, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Cholesterol, Superoxide Dismutase, Allantoin, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Bisabolol, Tocopherol||Canvas Base Cream, Dermagen, Rosehip Oil, Liquorice Extract, Antioxidant Booster, Superoxide Dismutase||Antioxidant Day Cream|
|Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel||Glycolic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream, MAP, Antioxidant Booster||Vitamin C Serum|
|Nectifirm||Sandalwood Extract, Yeast Extract, Phyllodendron Amurense bark extract, Dihydromyricetin, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Squalane, Ceramides, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Algae Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tocopherol, Glucosamine HCI||Dermal Respiratory Factor, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Antioxidant Booster||Firming Collagen Cream/Serum|
|Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes||Poria Cocos Extract, Yeast Extract, Cucumber Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Phytosphingosine, Castor Bean Seed Oil, Caffeine||dePuff for Eyes Concentrate||Bright-I Serum or Cream|
|Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator||Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ergothioneine, Tocopheryl Acetate||dePuff for Eyes Concentrate, Chrysin, Canvas Base Cream with Sodium Hyaluronate and Jojoba Oil, Antioxidant Booster, SOD, Glutathione||Bright-I Serum or Cream|
|Perricone MD High Potency Amine Face Lift||L-Tyrosine, DMAE, Glycolic Acid, Lecithin, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl, Pyridoxine HCl, Resveratrol, Tocotrienols, Pyridoxine HCl, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE, Resveratrol, Antioxidant Booster, EGCG from Green Tea (Hydrophilic Antioxidant)||Anti-Aging Cream, DMAE Serum|
|Perricone MD Neuropeptide Facial Serum Prep||Water, DMAE, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper||DMAE, Sea Kelp Bioferment (to supply the metals), GABA||DMAE Serum|
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum
|Cyclomethicone, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Tocotrienols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, DMAE||Canvas Base Cream, Antioxidant Booster, MAP, EGCG from Green Tea, Bisabolol, DMAE||Vitamin C Serum|
|Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Serum||Squalene, Sodium PCA, Peptides, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream, Antioxidant Booster, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Acetate||Collagen Serum, Vitamin A Cream|
|philosophy hope in a jar||Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Arginine, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan||Canvas Base Cream, Retinyl Acetate, Antioxidant Booster, Amino Booster, Beta- Glucan||Vitamin A Cream|
|ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream||sh-Oligopeptide-1 (Epidermal Growth Factor,) Glycolic Acid, Tea Leaf Extract||Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, EGCG from Green Tea, Epidermal Growth Factor.||Anti-Aging Cream|
|ReVive Eye Renewal Serum||Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Allantoin||Canvas Base Cream, Aloe Extract, EGF, Bisabolol, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5,) Allantoin||Collagen Serum, Antioxidant Day Cream|
|Revivogen Scalp Therapy Serum||Procyanidin Oligomers, Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA), Alpha Linolenic acid (ALA), Linoleic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Saw Palmetto Extract||Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins, Keratinocyte Growth Factor, Azelaic Acid, Saw Palmetto Extract, Sea Kelp Bioferment||Hair Care Serum|
|Scar So Soft||Calendula, Camphor, Prunella Vulgaris, Comfrey and Tamanu Oil||Use Quercetin instead of Calendula; use Betulinic Acid instead of Prunella Vulgaris, use Rosehip Oil to replace Tamanu Oil, Centella Asiatica.||Scar Vanishing Gel, UV Repair Cream, Collagen Serum|
|Shiseido Bioperformance Revitalizer Whitening Formula||Jojoba Oil, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate||Canvas Base Cream with Jojoba Oil and Hyaluronic Acid, Arbutin, Rosehip Oil, Antioxidant Booster for natural Tocopherols, Liquorice Extract||Skin Brightening Cream and Sunscreen|
|Shiseido Future Solution||Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Serine, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Glycine, Arginine HCI, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Niacinamide, Bupleurum Falcatum||Canvas Base Cream, Niacinamide, Antioxidant Booster, Sea Kelp Bioferment (replacing Serine, Glycine, Arginine, ATP.)||Collagen Serum, Antioxidant Cream|
|Shu Uemura Porefinist Cleansing Oil||Tocopherol, Sqalane, Sea Water, Jojoba Oil, Safflower Oil, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid||Squalene, Willow Bark Extract||Cleansing Oil|
|Skin Medica (TNS)||Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Pyridoxine Dipalmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Cholecalciferol, Beta Carotene, Rice Bran Extract (Tocotrienols,) Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate||Canvas Base Cream (with Sodium Hyaluronate,) Epidermal Growth Factor BT, Coconut Endosperm, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Hyaluronic Acid, Antioxidant Booster (Carotenes, Tocotrienols,) Niacinamide, Retinyl Acetate||Collagen Serum|
|Skin Medica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream||Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate.||EGF BT, Natural Active Peptides, Chrysin, Canvas Base Cream||Bright-I Cream|
|Skin Medica Dermal Repair||Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pyridoxine Dipaimitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Cholecalciferol, Beta-Carotene, Tocotrienols||Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Antioxidant Booster, Sea Kelp Bioferment||Antioxidant Booster, Antioxidant Cream|
|SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic||L-Ascorbic Acid, Alpha Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate||Sea Kelp Coral, Ascorbic Acid, Antioxidant Booster, Ferulic acid||Antioxidant Booster|
|SkinCeuticals Eye Cream||Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Ectoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ceramides Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate||de-Puff||Bright-I cream|
|SkinCeuticals AOX + Eye Gel||Phloretin, L-Ascorbic acid, Ferulic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bioflavonoids||Ascorbic Acid, Sea Kelp Coral, Hesperidin, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins||Bright-I cream|
|SkinCeuticals Phyto+||Thyme Extract, Arbutin Glycoside, Glycerin, Uva Ursi Extract, Kojic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Citrus Bioflavanoids||Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Hesperidin, Hyaluronic Acid in Sea Kelp Coral||Skin Brightening Cream|
|SkinCeuticals Skin Firming Cream||Tocopheryl Acetate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Barley Extract, Tomato Extract||Canvas Base Cream, Centella Asiatica, Antioxidant Booster (contains natural Vitamin E and Tomato Lycopene)||Collagen Serum, Antioxidant Cream|
|Strivectin||Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Pal-KTTKS), Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Hydrocotyl Extract, Coneflower Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Bearberry Extract and Licorice PTH.||Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Acetate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Glucosamine, Centella Asiatica, Liquorice Extract||Anti-Aging Cream, Collagen Serum|
|Strivectin Neck Cream||Yeast Extract (Faex,) Polypeptide-1||Canvas Base Cream, Dermal Respiratory Factor, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide||Collagen Serum|
|Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Night||Glycerin, Shea Butter, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid (has been shown to cause inflammation)||Canvas Base Cream, Retinyl Acetate, Hyaluronic Acid||Vitamin A Cream|