Ingredient Glossary

At Anirva, we strive to develop thoughtful skincare products that are uncompromising in results, yet still connected to the vitality of nature as a source of healthy nutrition. Discover the ingredients we select to go into our formulas:

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  1. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

    Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a naturally occuring substance in some foods, but it’s also produced in the human body. It contains vitamin-like chemicals popular as the primary antioxidant that protect the skin from inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals. It is known for its unique ability to exfoliate the skin and to get rid of dead cells, exposing the tighter, brighter and fairer skin underneath(1). It’s these properties that have made ALA popular in the production of skin whitening and lightening products.

    Some of the main foods that contain alpha-lipoic acid include liver, yeast, spinach, potatoes, yeast, and broccoli (2).

  2. Astaxanthin

    Astaxanthin is the reddish pigment that is found in some seafood, and feathers of quails and flamingos. It belongs to a group of chemicals known as carotenoids and it causes the pink-red color in lobster, salmon, shrimp, trout, and other seafood (3). Good sources of Astaxanthin include crustaceans and marine algae.

    In clinical trials, Astaxanthin has been shown to boost skin moisture levels, skin moisture retention, and elasticity. It promotes skin smoothness, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Carotenoids are known for their strong photo-protective properties and strong antioxidants that increase the skins’ UV blocking properties, and ability to combat effects of free radicals (4).

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