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  • 22 Certified Organic Extracts: What Are They & What Do They Do?

    October 14, 2020 8 min read

    This exclusive botanical complex created by Dr. Kaplan is found in every single one of our  products. Why? Because it provides incredible skin nourishing properties and works to heal and soothe the skin. 

    By introducing this blend of organic extracts into our skincare products, your skin is being fed essential ingredients that make it look youthful and healthy.

    Each one of the 22 extracts does something for your skin, and we have many people asking us just what those are and what they do individually. So, we’re about to tell all, so that you can just refer back here when you’re wondering what these extracts are. 

    Ready to jump into the 22 Certified Organic Extracts you’ll find in all of KAPLAN MD Skincare’s products? 

    Let’s do it. 


    Aloe Barbadensis Extract

    The cactus-like plant that you’re probably familiar with is Aloe Vera and that’s exactly what this is. This plant which is part of the Liliaceae family houses vitamin B, vitamin c, folic acid and carotene. You may have used it on your sunburns, or other wounds and that’s exactly why it’s essential for your skin. 

    So what’s it do? As an ingredient in your skincare routine it soothes the skin while also helping to reduce inflammation. This ingredient focuses on healing and hydrating so that your skin is as healthy as possible.


    Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract

    This extract is made from, you guessed it, green tea leaves. If you’re a tea lover, you probably know that drinking green tea has been known to improve your overall health -- and the same goes for your skin.

    As one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, green tea extracts work to fight free radicals, and stimulate circulation which helps even skin tone and your overall skin health.  On top of that, it works as an anti-inflammatory agent and also works to firm the skin.

    Talk about a well-rounded ingredient!


    Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract

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    When you think of sage, you may immediately think of that beautiful herb that’s delicious in pastas (no? Just we think so?), but it’s also an incredible ingredient in skincare. That’s why it’s part of our 22 Certified Organic Extracts complex. 

    Salvia Officinalis, or Sage Extract is especially helpful when it comes to fighting bacteria and it’s also known for the antioxidants associated with it. So, when it comes to cosmetics it’s no surprise that it’s usually used to fight acne or inflamed skin.

    It also is a powerful extract that helps with hydration, which is key to skin health.


    Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Extract

    Pelargonium Graveolens (aka Rose Geranium) also goes by another name in skincare, Geranium and it’s most frequently used by those who are concerned by their skin aging. 


    It naturally tightens the skin, reducing wrinkles, while also focusing on moisturizing. Both tightening and moisturizing skin is key to anti-aging treatments for skincare. So, if this is something you’re focusing on, it’s safe to say that all our products work to fight aging, even if it doesn’t explicitly say it!

    On top of all this, it’s also an antibacterial and helps to heal wounds. 


    Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Extract

    Ahh yes, Melissa Officinalis (or Lemon Balm) extract isn’t just something that smells great, it’s also been widely used to treat skin conditions since it’s rich in antioxidants. With its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it’s used to battle acne while also soothing, healthing and tightening skin all at once! 

    Another important outcome? It stimulates circulation to keep your skin looking glowing and healthy.

    What’s great about it too, is that it’s able to penetrate even deeper than other ingredients, past the top layers of the skin for a more long-lasting outcome. It also works to fight free radicals so you can be sure your skin is safe throughout the day.


    Ginkgo Biloba Extract

    The Gingko Biloba Extract is taken from a tree that’s native to both China and southern Japan. It’s an extract that has been known to have many skin benefits, which is why it’s one of our 22 Certified Organic Extracts.

    So what does it actually do??

    Good question. It has skin-soothing effects, reduces signs of aging while also protecting your skin from UV rays and other environmental stressors. 


    Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract

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    This particular extract works hard to improve circulation in the skin while also acting as a protector since it fights against UV rays. 

    For mature skin, it especially provides great outcomes due to its focus on promoting circulation and skin elasticity. 

    If you experience blemishes frequently, Rosemary Extract (or Rosmarinus Officinalis) helps bring it back to a more balanced state.It’s also a powerful antioxidant which is essential for overall skin health. 


    Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract

    It might be one of your favourite flavors of gum, but Peppermint, or Mentha Piperita, Extract has properties essential for skin care. Since it works as an anti-inflammatory agent, it’s perfect to use in your skincare routine if you’re experiencing acne or any other redness. 

    This extract is also rich in antioxidants and fights against free radicals throughout the day.


    Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract

    This extract can have some serious antioxidant properties, and the fact that it has beautiful fragrant notes also makes it a great ingredient for skincare. It’s strongest component though? It’s able to battle UV rays more so than others.

    Mixed with other ingredients, Thyme Extract can do great things for your skin including battling acne.  


    Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract

    Now, you may have already guessed this but this extract is derived from the Chamomile plant. Just as Chamomile tea can soothe you after a full day, it can do the same for your skin. Soothing your skin after a long day is essential, especially when you’re exposed to various free radicals and environmental stressors.

    This is especially important when it comes to any blemishes, or irritations on the skin since it can help soothe these conditions when your skin is acting up.

    Outside of the soothing nature, this extract also works to strengthen the elasticity in your skin to right aging.


    Lavandula Intermedia (Lavender) Extract

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    Widely known for its beautiful, fragrant smell, Lavender Extract, or Lavandula Intermedia, also has some incredible benefits to your skin. 

    Just like the scent, Lavender Extract also calms the skin down and has also been said to normalize any sort of skin type -- which is why it’s a favourite ingredient amongst those with more oily skin. 

    This anti-inflammatory ingredient is perfect for when your skin is experiencing acne, a sunburn or just general changes. It’s also a hydrating ingredient and also encourages collagen synthesis, both essential to anti-aging products.


    Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Extract

    This extract is important for those with dry or mature skin. Why? Because it not only contains powerful antioxidants, but it also fuels and stimulates cellular metabolism. It’s also been known as a great way to remedy eczema and psoriasis.

    So, if you often experience dryness, or if you’ve noticed your skin starting to age, this extract should be an important part of your skincare routine. That’s exactly why it’s one of our 22 Certified Organic Extracts at KAPLAN MD Skincare.

    PSST. it also even fights against free radicals!


    Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Extract

    Rose Hip, or Rosa Canina Extract have been used for medicinal benefits for centuries. Since it’s a strong natural source of Vitamin C, Rose Hip Extract works hard to help repair fine lines along with skin pigmentation. It also holds fantastic moisturizer properties which is important for overall skin health. 

    It’s also been known to improve skin health by stimulating collagen production to help firm the skin and regenerate collagen cells. The extract also focuses heavily on nourishing skin with deep hydration, making it perfect for someone who may be prone to dry skin.


    Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract

    This skin-conditioning and anti-inflammatory agent for your skin is essential in helping to soothe redness and irritated skin. Oftentimes, you’ll see the Borago Officinalis, or Borage Extract in many anti-acne creams that are natural. 

    It’s also oftentimes found alongside harsher ingredients that work to exfoliate like AHA’s and retinoids. This is because it helps calm the skin down after these ingredients have done their work. 

    The main focus of this extract? Healing, hydrating and protecting the skin’s function.


    Lippia Citriodora (Lemon Verbena) Extract

    Lemon Verbena, or Lippia Citriodora Extract is a great ingredient in skincare since it benefits all skin types and not just one. It also holds great anti-aging properties, is an anti-bacterial, smells amazing and soothes your skin.

    But wait, there’s more!

    It works hard to detoxify and brighten your skin as well, so it’ll be as nourished as possible. Especially because it’s an extract that is great at removing oils and dirt that your skin has naturally picked up throughout the day.


    Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract

    This member of the brown algae family does wonders with its properties as an anti-aging superhero. Kelp Extract is mostly known for invigorating skin and your tissue, this means that it specifically works to improve the appearance of your wrinkles overall. 

    On top of this, like many of the other extracts, it works to hydrate and soothe the skin while aiding in overall healing from free radicals and environmental stressors.


    Panax Ginseng Root Extract

    This herbal supplement has always been known to help with a number of different issues including defending against illnesses, to even enhancing memory. But, it does so much more than that.

    When it’s applied to skin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract actually delivers countless antioxidants. This includes flavonoids and it’s a great source of B vitamins. By using this extract in your skincare routine, it assists with enhancing skin hydration, evens out skincare and even helps improve wrinkles. 

    On top of that, it brightens the skin more than most extracts for a glowing complexion. That’s why we have it included in our 22 Certified Organic Extracts, it’s all around amazing for your skin.


    Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract

    Researchers have shared that they believe the antioxidants in Camellia Sinensis, aka White Tea Extract, reduces oxidative stress in the skin. 

    So, what does that mean? 

    Well, that type of stress is believed to promote wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation and even promote skin cancer. So, not only will your skin be looking younger, but at KAPLAN MD Skincare, we also want to make sure you’re fighting more than aging which is why this is in every single one of our products.


    Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate) Extract

    Yerba Mate Extract is the great protector against free radicals. This particular extract ensures that your skin is protected all day against environmental stressors such as UV rays, pollution and more. No matter where you work, or what you’re doing you want to make sure this is in your skincare routine since everywhere you go, there’s evidence of these stressors on your skin and the more you can protect your skin, the better.


    Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract

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    Not only is Grapefruit delicious, but the extract works wonders when it comes to detoxifying and clearing out our pores. By clearing out our pores, our skin looks naturally healthier and brighter. This is why it’s such an essential ingredient to look out for if you’re prone to more oily skin.

    On top of that, it strongly protects skin against UV rays to ensure your skin doesn’t get damaged by the sun. 

    It also houses great anti-aging properties including helping to diminish wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.


    Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Extract

    Rich in vitamins, Elderflower, or Sambucus Nigra Extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient. So, if your skin’s feeling a bit irritated, it’s a great ingredient to have around. 

    On top of that, it works with your skin to make it firmer while improving your overall complexion. This is essential when it comes to anti-aging. It also helps prevent breakouts since it focuses on balancing out access oils on the face. Lastly, it also works on improving microcirculation in the skin which is critical in your skincare routine.


    Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract

    Soothe, soften and reduce sensitivity is the name of the game for Fucus Vesiculosus, or Seaweed Extract. Since these cells are shockingly similar to our actual skin cells (no joke!) it works synergistically to maintain the natural balance your skin is constantly needing to defend against irritation. 

    On top of that, seaweed extract works to hydrate while simultaneously promoting skin thickness and elasticity.

    So, now you know a bit about all the 22 Certified Organic Extracts that are featured in all of our products at KAPLAN MD Skincare! Stay tuned for more blogs that dive into each of these ingredients separately. 

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