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4 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles That Actually Work

dark circles under the eyes, panda

Dark circles under the eyes don’t really look cute on anyone except pandas. If you look tired and rundown all the time because of those pesky purple bags under your eyes—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about under-eye bags and how to get rid of them:

What causes dark circles under your eyes?

  • Agedark circles under eyes, age

As we get older, our blood circulation deteriorates and the collagen in our skin depletes, which causes blood vessels under the eyes to show through more prominently.

  • Genetics

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Dark circles under the eyes often run within a family and can also be down to skin type. People with olive skin are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation under the eyes because their skin has more melanin. Those with very fair and thin complexions are also likely to get visible dark circles because dilated blood vessels appear more visible under thin, pale skin.

  • Sun damage

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The skin beneath the eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face which makes it especially prone to sun-induced damage and hyperpigmentation.

What can do you to prevent dark circles?

Stay hydrated

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When your body is dehydrated, it desperately tries to retain water, causing your eyes to swell and under-eye circles to become more visible. Make sure you drink eight to ten 8-ounce servings of water per day to keep your eyes clear and sparkling and the skin beneath them tight and plump.

Get enough sleep

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It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Your body recovers and repairs itself while you sleep and that leads to a long list of benefits for your health and appearance. If you skimp on sleep regularly, you are likely to end up with a drab, sallow and lifeless complexion.

Watch your diet

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If you want to keep your skin healthy, plump and wrinkle-free, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Too much, salt, refined carbohydrates and alcohol dehydrate your skin and make dark circles beneath them look worse.

Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend

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Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing and the thin skin under the eyes is especially prone to hyperpigmentation and fine lines. To protect your eyes (and the skin around them) from the sun’s harmful rays, apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 all year round and wear sunglasses that can filter out UV radiation.

Skincare

If the dark circles under your eyes are getting bigger than your friends’ circle despite your efforts to maximise your beauty sleep and eat a skin-friendly diet, maybe it’s time to rethink your skincare routine:

  1. The Quick Fixer

Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme, dark circles under the eyes

Hydrafirm is specifically designed to help minimise all signs of ageing around the eyes. You will get visibly smoother and firmer skin after just one application. Packed with vitamin A, proteins and enzymes, Hydrafirm stimulates the production of collagen to restore skin elasticity and immediately softens the appearance of dark circles under eyes.

  1. The Antioxidant Superhero

ossential c-bright serum, dark circles under the eyes, antioxidant

Ossential C-Bright Serum Plus provides a potent dose of 10% pure vitamin C that brightens and re-textures the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect your skin from free radical damage and prevent new pigment formation.

  1. The Night Time Solution

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, dark circles under the eyes

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol that targets sun-induced damage and pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with vitamins C, A and E as well as plant stem cell skin protectors, Advanced Radical Night Repair improves skin brightness, improves skin texture and elasticity and protect the skin from future damage.

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Is it ever too early to start using anti-ageing products? The short answer is no. Prevention is always easier than treatment so starting the fight against ageing in your twenties is a smart move.

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Prevention Over Treatment

The skin is no different to any other organ in the body that suffers age-related degeneration. It’s much easier to prevent the decline than it is to reverse the process after it has happened.

To give your skin a fighting chance, you need to start taking care of it from a young age. However, that does not mean that solely using an anti-ageing cream lets you off the hook. Alongside using the right products such as ZO’s Ommerse® Renewal Crème  and Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème, you need to unlearn bad habits like leaving your makeup on overnight. By leaving makeup on, your pores get clogged, you get breakouts and your skin is just generally left looking dull and worse-for-wear. So it is essential that you always cleanse your skin properly before you go to bed.

Additionally, one of the biggest mistakes made by those in their twenties, is overlooking the importance of protecting skin from the sun. Exposure to the sun, no matter if its bright blue skies or a dull, overcast day, the UV rays emitted from the sun are harmful and damaging to the skin. Thus for skin to remain healthy and taut as you age, twenty-somethings should get a lead on using sunscreen like Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Not only does this product protect your skin from harmful UV rays and HEV light (the blue light omitted from smartphones) but it also doubles up as a makeup primer! A very nifty thing to have in your skincare routine!

See all the sun protection products we offer here. Find your perfect match. 

How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen?

We all know by now that SPF is an essential for any summer holiday. It protects your skin from UV rays, health risks as well as premature skin ageing. But how often do you need to apply sunscreen, to ensure that it is at its utmost effective?

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Before Sun Exposure

A common mistake many make is waiting till they are lying out on their sunbed before they begin to apply sunscreen. Yet, in fact, you need to apply sunscreen about 20-30 minutes before you expose your skin to the sun. This will ensure that the ingredients in the SPF can really begin to work the moment you step outside.

During Sun Exposure

SPF should be reapplied every 2 hours. If you go swimming, play a sport or simply sweat from the summer heat, sunscreen should be immediately reapplied.

When it isn’t Sunny

Even when it is cold or cloudy, you must still wear SPF. It is a misconception that UV rays are non-existent or cannot penetrate the skin when it isn’t hot or sunny. You must always apply sunscreen because up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day.

Why not try…

Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 for the sun protection that also doubles up as a makeup primer!

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UV Light and Tanning: Is the Sun Making Your Skin Age Faster

Getting older is an inevitable part of life but looking visibly older doesn’t have to be. Ageing skin is generally due to external environmental factors, particularly exposure to the sun and harmful UV light. These  factors not only accelerate, but change the process of ageing for the skin, damaging and make it vulnerable to blemishes and skin diseases.

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UV Light

Skin damage caused by the sun and UV light is generally located in the most sun-exposed parts of the body. In women, it is especially common on the face, hands and decolletage, while for men, on the back.

Photo-ageing is a particular state of skin ageing caused by chronic damage from UV rays and sun exposure. The latter, in the long run, causes long-term damage to the DNA of skin cells, as well as contributing to biological ageing.

The harmful habit of tanning whether on a sunbed or by the beach, repeated over time, will damage collagen in the skin and ultimately speed up the ageing process, resulting in:

  • deep wrinkles
  • loss of elasticity
  • dry and rough skin
  • the presence of dilated capillaries on the cheeks, nose and ears
  • dark spots
  • flaking
  • actinic keratosis
  • skin cancer

The most common signs of sun damage include solar lentigo, wrinkles and loss of elasticity, hemangiomas and seborrheic keratoses (brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back).

ZO Skin Health and Medical offer solutions to prevent and treat the visible signs of UV light sun damage:

TREAT
 Brightamax Brightenex C-Bright Restoracalm

ZO Medical Brightamax

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PREVENT
 Oclipse-C Oclipse Sun Spray 50 Oclipse
Sunscreen + Primer
 Oclipse Smart Tone
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Is Your Smartphone Damaging Your Skin?

There is constant discussion on whether smartphones are detrimental to your emotional and mental health but smartphones could also be harmful to your skin health. Other than the spread of bacteria when you place your phone on your skin, new studies suggest that the HEV light emitted from your phone could cause premature ageing.

HEV light damage

What is HEV Light?

HEV light is short for high energy visible light. It appears blue in colour and is very close to UV light on the electromagnetic spectrum. You are exposed to it from the sun’s rays and from everyday technological gadgets. Mobile phones, computer screens and laptops all produce HEV light.

How Does it Damage the Skin?

It is still not known what exact effect this light has on the skin. However, in susceptible individuals, prolonged chronic exposure to HEV and UV light can lead to non-specific discolouration.  The electromagnetic spectrum can affect the intracellular minerals and their movement out and into the cells. This may lead to cellular dysfunctions.

Dr Obagi explains, “with chronic and long exposure the light from cell phones can cause damage to the texture of the skin. In my experience, I have been able to tell which hand a patient holds their phone in, as the skin takes on a dull, almost dirty texture, which has not been induced by the sun.”

HEV light damage

Ways to Combat HEV Light Damage

Dr Obagi insists that a DNA repairing agent and an antioxidant are necessary to encourage skin’s defence mechanisms against HEV light damage.

“I recommend ZO Skin Health Ossential Daily Power Defense as it uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities, regulate cellular functions and increases skin tolerance and immunity to UV radiation. Skin needs to be encouraged to defend itself. The special enzymes attach directly to your own DNA molecules and repair oxidative damage. It contains time-released retinol, enzymes and antioxidants to repair damaged cells and protect against future damage.

A new breakthrough: Liposhield HEV Melanin

Melanin occurs naturally in the human body. Melanocytes release it into the skin as the first line of defence against exposure to harmful light waves.  Liposhield HEV Melanin is a novel, patent pending ingredient. It is the first cosmetic ingredient designed to protect the skin from damaging high energy visible light.

Liposhield HEV Melanin is a fractionated melanin designed to be used topically as an additional defence. It shields the skin from high energy blue/violet visible light (HEV) that may induce premature ageing. Red visible light is deemed to have beneficial effects, and Liposhield HEV Melanin is tailored so that red light can be transmitted to the skin.HEV light damage

Dr Zein Obagi elaborates; “we have been able to successfully incorporate this breakthrough ingredient into a novel formulation while maintaining its efficacy. ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 is a highly advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen designed to blend into almost any skin tone. Patented, customisable colour beads utilising a comprehensive UVA/UVB photostable sun protection system helps provide daily protection from damaging ultra violet rays, while fractionated melanin helps shield against HEV light damage. The addition of Vitamin C helps to achieve an even-toned complexion by inhibiting pigment formation, and we have enriched the formulation with skin conditioners to improve skin texture.”

The ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 also helps prevent future oxidative stress with DNA repair and protection. It also minimises the irritants that can cause skin redness. It has an exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system to help guard against photo-damage. What’s more, the sunscreen restores hydration with skin conditioners that aid in strengthening the skin barrier.

Dr Obagi believes “that this novel ingredient represents the future of sun protection.”

Always at the cutting edge of science and innovation, Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 first launched 5 years ago with this patented and unique ingredient and in 2017 has introduced a new sunscreen the Oclipse® Daily Sheer SPF 50. This is the next step in sun protection shielding skin from HEV light damage, providing broad-spectrum UV protection but also formulated to be recreational-friendly. A non-greasy, perspiration and water-resistant sunscreen that blends seamlessly into the skin as a sheer matte finish. Swim and sweat this summer without worrying about your sunscreen washing away!

Can the Sun Cure Acne? Debunking The Myth

We have always been told that the sun clears up spots and can help cure acne, but is this actually true?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is a complete myth and a very dangerous one, at that.

Can the Sun Cure Acne?

Acne Is A Genetic Skin Condition

The idea that natural sunlight can help fix all your skin woes while simultaneously giving you a gorgeous glow may sound attractive. However, the reality is that acne is just a genetic skin disorder. Sun exposure cannot miraculously clear up the skin and cure acne. The main factors that cause acne are; the overactive sebaceous glands and sebum, too many cells being formed, blocked follicles, bacteria, and inflammation.

A Pseudo-Acne Cure

Sun damage suppresses your immune system and consequently the immune cells in acne, from which redness is formed. When acne diminishes rapidly after sun exposure, this is actually your immune system shutting down. Thus, it appears as though inflammation has been reduced. In the short-term, this may be appealing, but in the long-term, it could be hazardous to your health. If your immune system can no longer function properly this leaves your body unable to fight off other health risks such as cancer cells. This is arguably not all that surprising as UV rays are known to be a primary cause of skin cancer.

In addition, the sun triggers the skin to produce melanin, making it look darker, which can diminish the appearance of acne. The skin redness induced by acne is disguised, leading some to believe that their acne has been cured.

Moreover, the sun dehydrates the skin. While your skin may temporarily feel less oily, this does not mean your acne has been cured. Your body will quickly kick into defense-mode and create excess oil to combat the dry skin, leaving your skin worse off than before.

Don’t Skip The Sunscreen

Many opt for skipping SPF because they believe that sunscreen is greasy and pore-clogging while the sun itself is much better for acne-prone skin. However, this is far from the truth. With new skincare technology, there are many sunscreens which are compatible with acne skin and do not worsen the condition.

Discover the differences in physical and chemical sunscreen and which one is best for you.

As a general rule, dermatologists do not recommend sunbathing as a legitimate way to cure acne. The sun and UV rays are very damaging to the skin and the risks are too great to even consider it a benefit to your appearance and health.

Find all ZO Skin Health Acne products HERE.

Find all ZO Medical Acne products HERE.

ZO® Triple-Spectrum Protection

ZO triple spectrum sunscreenSunscreens protect against UVA/UVB rays, and the ZO® sun protection portfolio offers both physical and chemical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection against harmful, skin ageing UVA rays and skin burning UVB rays. Our physical sunscreens incorporate proven inorganic sunscreens, while our organic sunscreens incorporate a blend of safe chemical filters. Every ZO® sunscreen is oxybenzone-free.

Our sunscreens have actually been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

What Makes ZO’s Sunscreens the Best?

Each sunscreen not only shields the skin against UVA, UVC and UVB radiation but also provide protection from blue light, (also known as HEV light) and IR-A rays. Let’s break down these two lesser known harmful lights.

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Protection against HEV Light

Fractionated melanin in all our sunscreens protects the skin from the ageing effects of HEV light. Protection from this light is especially important, as exposure comes from many daily sources including the sun, fluorescent and LED lighting, smart phones, computers, tablets and more. HEV light generates the same amount of ROS (reactive oxygen species) damage as UVA and UVB combined. It also causes DNA damage, inflammation and an onset of premature ageing skin. So sunscreen protection is essential.

Defence against IR-A Rays

Antioxidants protect against IR-A rays (Infrared Radiation). Research suggests that more than half of the sun’s radiation is IR-A which results in an increase of free radicals which in turn causes DNA damage and prematurely ageing skin. Every ZO® sunscreen is engineered with our exclusive 12-hour, time-release ZOX12™ to help shield the skin from harmful IR-A rays. They assist in protecting the skin from free radical damage and prevent future signs of premature ageing.

Learn more about ZO Skin Health Sunscreens.

Learn more about ZO Medical Sunscreens. 

Choosing the Right Sun Care for You

Damage from UV rays and HEV light can create a wide berth of problems for the skin. From hyperpigmentation and an early onset of wrinkles to more dangerous health risks such as skin cancer. So sun care products are essential to protecting yourself against these harmful rays. But which type of sun care is ideal for your skin type? sun care

There are two types of sun care; chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Below we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each formulation to help you decipher which is the most compatible and beneficial for your skin type and lifestyle.

Formula

The most obvious difference between physical and chemical sunscreen is its actual appearance. Physical sunscreen is commonly a thicker, milky white formula that needs to be thoroughly and generously rubbed in. In contrast, chemical sunscreen is a thinner, clearer formula that can easily be absorbed into the skin.

Sun Care Depending on Skin Conditions

Physical sunscreen is better for sensitive, acne and rosacea skin as it is less likely to cause skin irritation and clogged pores. However, the multitude of ingredients required in chemical sunscreen to allow full broad-spectrum protection results in a higher likelihood of irritation for sensitive skin.

 

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What’s more, physical sunscreen can deflect heat from the sun away from the skin which is ideal for rosacea sufferers. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs and transforms UV rays into heat energy, meaning that for those with rosacea skin, there is a higher chance for redness and flare-ups.

Longevity and Effectiveness

While physical sunscreens instantly protect the skin from the sun, chemical sunscreen requires approximately 20 minutes to be fully effective. Similarly, physical sunscreens last longer when in direct sunlight, while chemical sunscreens require more frequent re-application to remain useful.

However, physical sunscreens are not effective when the body gets wet or sweaty. Any physical activity can easily make it rub off. Plus, if physical sunscreen is not applied thoroughly, the skin may not have total protection. In comparison, the molecular formulas of chemical sunscreens have no spaces between molecules so there is no risk of UV getting between and into the skin.

Find all ZO Skin Health’s various sun care products here.

The Dangers of Sun Exposure

So you’ve got a holiday coming up and you can’t wait to get a healthy tan. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might want to re-think getting that sun-kissed skin. Find out everything you need to know about the dangers of sun exposure and the skin problems that can arise because of it. dangers of sun exposure

What makes sun exposure so problematic?

Sun exposure induces chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is a destructive process that leads to abnormal cellular function and weakens skin’s immunity, specifically the immunity that helps skin repair itself. Very simple, sun exposure weakens your skin’s ability to repair damaged DNA and with repeated exposure, more damaged DNA-mutated cells appear. These are initially pre-cancerous cells that will eventually mutate into skin cancer. So, in the short term, you may think that holiday glow makes you look healthy, but in the long-run, it’s actually extremely dangerous for your skin.

Sun exposure also disturbs many cellular functions and normal skin texture, resulting in:

  • Discoloration.
  • Dryness and roughness.
  • Sensitivity and redness.
  • Damaged skin collagen and elastin, which will lead to a leathery skin texture and accelerated skin ageing (earlier and deeper wrinkles and folds), later in life.

Sun Exposure Before Age 20

Think you’re safe from sun damage before the age 20? Think again.

The skin is rich with vitality due to proper and active cellular function and repair, but this doesn’t mean your skin is damage-proof. The earliest sun-damaging effect seen in this age group is the appearance of freckles in light-skinned individuals. This freckling is an indicator of early photosensitivity and susceptibility to severe sun damage later in life. This can affect skin texture and lead to a high possibility of skin cancer. So, unfortunately, you may think your freckles look ‘cute’, but they’re actually an indicator of sun damage.

Those who tan well may have less chance of skin cancer in the future as tanning represents the presence of strong natural resistance (due to stable, real melanin, also known as eumelanin). However, they will suffer from severe textural damage, resulting in skin with a leathery feel and solar elastosis. So, no one escapes sun damage if the skin is not protected at an early age. Even in individuals who tan well, as tanned skin is essentially the skin screaming “help.”

Sun Exposure After Age 20

After age 20, sun damage is manifested by skin dullness, discoloration and roughness. In your 30s and 40s, it is characterised by the appearance of actinic keratosis and lentigines. During your 50s, full-blown textural damage and precancerous lesions are evident, as is the appearance of skin cancer in some.

Those with fair skin will experience more damage than darker skin. Similarly, for those with thin skin, you will find that you show earlier sun damage signs compared to thick skin.

What’s more, if you suffer from other skin problems such as acne or rosacea, these skin diseases can increase susceptibility to sun damage. Equally, certain diseases and genetic disorders (i.e. lupus, xeroderma pigmentosum) can increase photosensitivity, accelerate the appearance of sun damage and result in skin cancer.

Keep note that sun-damaging effects are stronger near water, snow or at high altitudes.

Discover the ZO® Sun Protection Principles designed to protect you from sun exposure.

Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

oclipse-sunscreen-primer-spf30Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection