Our active ingredients and why we use them

At Rivage, your skin is our top priority, which is why we only use the most natural ingredients to ensure that the products that you use everyday have nothing but the best and most organic properties inside each of them to ensure your skin is the best that it can be.

Dead Sea Mud

This miraculous mud provides numerous benefits  – some of which stem from the wealth of the minerals it contains, and others from the cleansing and exfoliating properties of the mud. Dead Sea Mud hydrates and moisturises your skin while the fine mud granules slough away dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin beneath. By tightening your skin, Dead Sea mud can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as help to boost cell metabolism.

Dead Sea Salt

Two thousand years ago, Flavius wrote about the healing qualities of the Dead Sea’s salts, and today we continue to rely on these rich salts to promote healing. Bathing in high quality sea salt can replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism. Calcium can help to prevent water retention, increase circulation and strengthen bones and nails whilst Potassium energizes the body, helping to balance out skin moisture and replenish the body following exercise. Bromides helps ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles as Magnesium fights stress and fluid retention, while reducing the signs of aging and soothing the nervous system. By promoting cell regeneration, the salts can renew and rejuvenate your skin, while also reducing cellulite, slowing skin ageing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dead Sea Salts can simultaneously moisturize, detoxify and soften the skin, while helping to treat conditions including acne, dandruff, dermatitis and eczema. The salts are also treasured for their ability to reduce stress, relax muscles and eliminate toxins.

Almond

A highly effective natural moisturiser, sweet almond oil is great for nourishing dry skin. Thanks to its emollient properties, almond oil can soften and enhance skin while improving your overall complexion and balancing your skin tone. Almond protein is rich in amino acid which is known to effectively support gland activity, while helping to protect the skin against oxidation and other cellular damage.

Avocado Oil

Rich in vitamins A, D and E, avocado oil encourages collagen production and reduces signs of ageing. The oil is also a good source of sterolins, which soften skin and reduce the frequency of age spots. Avocado is an effective natural moisturiser and is often used to treat eczema and wounds as well as proving beneficial for dry and itchy skin, due to it’s promotion of collagen production.

Aloe Vera

This natural moisturiser also promotes healing and is often used to treat burns, eczema, irritation and psoriasis. Aloe vera is also used medically to stimulate the immune system, promote detoxification and improve digestion. Used since ancient Egyptian times as a natural moisturizer, this ingredient smoothes skin while contributing to a healthy glow. Research carried out on aloe vera gel shows large quantities of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Apple

High in vitamins and rich in fruit acids, apple extract can reduce the signs of ageing, puffiness around the eyes and produce a brighter skin tone. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and they were then taken to North America by European colonists.

Bearberry

This powerful tonic can be used to reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles and vitiligo. Bearberry is also an antioxidant which can combat free radicals and boost cell production. Extracted from a shrub which is native to the mountains of Europe, this botanical complex can reduce hyperpigmentation of the skin, thanks to its ability to inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme which affects levels of melanin.

Blueberry

Originating from North America, blueberries are bursting with vitamins C, E and K, manganese, fiber and riboflavin. Blueberries contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, which can both reduce free radicals, helping to maintain younger, softer-looking skin. The vitamin A in blueberries can also help to reduce or balance sebum levels, which is beneficial to anyone suffering from acne.

Blend Of Herbs

Our blend of herbs, which includes aloe vera, chamomile and fennel helps to smooth, moisturise, soothe and calm the skin, relaxing both your mind and body.

Castor Oil

This remarkably powerful oil is derived from the seeds of the castor oil plant, which is native to the Mediterranean, Eastern Africa and India. Rich in vitamin E, this oil can help your skin to remain youthful and energized while reducing the occurrence of skin worries. Castor oil is popularly known as a healing oil for every purpose because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to treating a wide variety of skin conditions, castor oil helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Chamomile

A natural antiseptic which offers many benefits to your skin. As well as soothing irritated skin and treating conditions such as allergies, psoriasis and eczema, chamomile is a natural source of bisabolol which can encourage skin regeneration and promote healing. It has been cherished for its healing qualities since the Egyptians dedicated it to their gods for being a cure for acute fever.

Ginger

This invigorating and stimulating root provides a wealth of benefits. Ginger can be used to improve your skin’s elasticity, helping it to stay firm and youthful, while the root’s antioxidant effects can combat free radicals to improve your skin’s health. Ginger has been used in home remedies to treat a wide variety of conditions, including burns and scars and can also help stimulate your skin while detoxifying it and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Ginger is also antibacterial and antiviral which can reduce inflammation and blemishes.

Ginseng

This ingredient helps to tighten your skin, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst also helping your skin to retain moisture. Ginseng contains many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which can stimulate the skin’s metabolism and can also enhance the whiteness of your skin while balancing the texture and improving your skin tone. Although being originally considered just a food product, it was soon valued as a rejuvenating and energy-giving plant.

Grapefruit

In addition to its refreshing citrus aroma, grapefruit is a cooling and cleansing essential oil which is often used to treat acne as this oil increases your skin’s pH level. Grapefruit is a hybrid fruit, combining sweet oranges with Indonesian pomelos. The carbohydrates, amino acids and fruit acids in grapefruit provide a source of natural moisturisation and skin cleansing.

Grapes

Loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, grape juice and seeds can protect your skin from oxidative damage while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and promoting smooth, glowing skin. Grapes are widely regarded as an effective anti-ageing ingredient. They are native to the Mediterranean, as well as central Europe and parts of Asia and at Rivage, we value the alpha hydroxy acids which are present in the skin and the fruit itself. These acids help exfoliate your skin while reducing superficial scars.

Green Tea

A remarkable source of the antioxidants known as catechins, green tea rejuvenates skin cells, neutralizes UV damage and soothes the skin, thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory effect. Green tea extract is an effective treatment for dandruff and hair loss as it contains the polyphenol EGGG, which can also aid in strengthening hair.

Honey

This natural moisturiser contains powerful antioxidants which fight free radicals and reduce the effects of ageing on your skin. Produced by honey bees, honey is also antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, so it helps fight infections and promotes sking healing, whilst also smoothing dry and rough skin. Rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids, honey has long been a favorite ingredient in beauty treatments, since the ancient Egyptians first enjoyed its many benefits.

Hops Extract

The extract of the hop plant’s fruit provides an anti-inflammatory effect while its phytohormones promote blood flow and can enhance your skin tone. Hops can moisturise the skin while reducing redness and soothing itchiness. The hop extract is derived from the pinecone-like fruit of the hop plant, which was originally cultivated in China before marching west across Europe, Asia and North America.

Horsetail

Packed with silica, horsetail encourages connective tissue to grow, strengthen and remain elastic, which can then  help to give you firmer and tighter skin. As a powerful astringent and anti-inflammatory agent horsetail can aid in reducing the effects of eczema and acne. The horsetail plant is the only surviving member of the class Equisetopsida, making it a living fossil.

Jasmine

Considered the ‘Queen of Flowers’, jasmine is treasured for helping to relieve aches, pains and tension. Soaking in a jasmine tea bath can also cleanse and soothe the skin, helping to treat conditions such as eczema.

Jojoba Oil

This natural emollient is rich in nutrients such as vitamins E and B, silicon, chromium, copper and zinc. As a natural source of iodine, jojoba oil is an effective antibacterial treatment, while its gentle moisturising properties make it a great friend of your skin.

Lavender

Used since ancient times, lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to treat acne and dermatitis. Lavender softens skin while soothing muscles, leaving you feeling refreshed. The Egyptians, Phoenicians and Arabians used lavender for perfume, bathing and cooking.

Lemon

Containing citric acid and B vitamins, lemon oil is effective at moisturising, toning and purifying the skin, whilst reducing the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Lemons also contain vitamin C, carbohydrates and a small quantity of protein. The citric acid in lemon juice can help to peel away the surface layer of your skin and provide a ‘matte’ effect. Lemon extract helps to tone the skin and remove dead cells, leaving behind the fresh, youthful skin beneath.

Liquorice

The roots of the liquorice plant include compounds which have powerful moisturising, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In addition to treating conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, liquorice root extracts can brighten the skin and prevent hyper-pigmentation. The licorice plant originates from the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, where its roots have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

Locust Bean

Prized for its thickening properties, the locust bean is made by milling the seeds of the carob tree. It has regenerating and smoothing properties as well as aiding with the moisturising of your skin. The locust bean is native to the Mediterranean, and is also used as a nutritious addition to soups and condiments across Africa.

Mellisa

This leaf extract reduces free radicals, cleanses the skin and eliminates bacteria. Packed with antioxidants, the melissa leaf extract is often used in skin care products thanks to its effective cleansing properties and can also reduce the signs of ageing. During the Middle Ages, it was used to encourage sleep, promote appetite, fight stress and tackle indigestion.

Milk

A natural exfoliating agent due to it’s lactic acid present, milk is often utilized to treat age spots, minimize fine lines and energise the skin. Milk is also helpful for keeping your skin moisturized, which is evident throughout history as Cleopatra took milk baths to maintain her legendary beauty.

Mint

This ingredient tackles dry skin, acne and inflammation which are among its hundreds of uses, including medical applications to skin care and dental treatments. Mint makes an excellent moisturiser and can be helpful at restoring the moisture which is stripped away by acne treatments, leaving your skin bright and hydrated. In the Middle Ages, mint was also used as a cleanser.

Mistletoe

This powerful antioxidant has long been revered by the people of Europe, with a long history filled with magic, mystery and legend. Considered sacred in the Iron Ages, mistletoe was believed to give life and enhance fertility. It was also used to defend against poisons, while today we value its moisturising properties and ability to improve skin tone.

Olive Oil

Rich in four major antioxidants, olive oil is a highly effective moisturizer, cleanser and skin protector. Olive oil is equally effective for treating dry skin as it is for treating oily skin. It can also soothe skin and improve the skin’s elasticity while reducing fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

Orange

Packed with vitamin C, collagen and citric acid, orange extracts offer many benefits to your skin. These extracts can reduce dark spots and sun damage while promoting moisture retention and fighting skin infections. The citric acid in oranges acts as a bleaching agent which can lighten the skin and reduce darkening. Orange peel is an effective cleanser because it purifies the pores, removing excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells and reduces the frequency of acne outbreaks. The refreshing aroma of oranges is due to the essential oils, which are popular in the worlds of perfume and cosmetics.

Palm Oil

A rich natural source of glycerin, a substance which helps to retain skin moisture. Glycerin also has a hydroscopic action which draws water to your skin from the air. This ingredient helps to improve your skin’s natural elasticity and suppleness while also defending against dry skin conditions.  People have been using for palm oil for countless generations, from possibly even as far back as 3,000 BCE.

Papaya

The enzyme papain in papaya is a powerful natural exfoliator. As well as reducing the appearance of freckles and sun spots, papaya extract produces smoother, healthier-looking skin. Papaya extract is used to treats wounds because of its antibacterial properties. Native to the tropics of the Americas, papaya was first cultivated in Mexico.

Passionfruit

Packed with skin-friendly nutrients, the oil of passion fruit can feed your skin and keep it looking smooth and clear. The oil contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, phosphorous, calcium and vitamins A and C. Fatty acids in the oil, including oleic and linoleic acids help to maintain your skin’s natural structure, while making a perfect moisturiser for all types of skin. Passion fruit extracts help to fight the signs of ageing by preserving your vital collagen and elastin supplies to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.

Pea

The botanical extracts from the seeds of Pisum Sativum (the pea) contain enzymes which protect your skin’s natural collagen and elastin levels, which in turns helps your skin to remain firm and elastic. Pea extract helps repair epidermal problems. It also delivers an anti-aging effect for slackened, weak skin.

Peach

Tones, refreshes, moisturises and nourishes the skin. Peach contains an abundance of potassium and flavonoids which help to revitalize your skin whilst boosting recovery and preventing the early signs of ageing. Peach trees are native to China and South Asia, where they have long been celebrated for their flowers and fruit.

Rosemary

The essential oil from this popular herb helps to firm and tone your skin. Rosemary offers a detoxifying effect while also increasing blood flow and general skin health. Rosemary oil has disinfectant, cleansing and anti-ageing properties and can be used to treat conditions including dermatitis, acne and eczema.

Shea

This natural fat is derived from the nuts of the Karite tree, and has been treasured as a beauty treatment throughout history. Shea butter is a great natural moisturiser thanks to its acids and phytochemicals. Shea butter also contains vitamins A, E and F, which help to balance, soothe and hydrate your skin. This age-old treatment can help to diminish stretch marks while reducing other blemishes and marks. Shea butter can also rejuvenate dry skin and replenish damaged hair.

Soy Bean

With its natural anti-oxidant and conditioning qualities, soy beans can protect your skin from free radicals whilst also providing a degree of protection from the sun and from environmental pollution. Used in traditional Chinese medicine for countless generations, soy beans contain the isoflavone aglycones, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting the firmness of your skin. It does this by promoting collagen production.

Sunflower

The oil extracted from sunflower seeds is a powerful moisturiser which can help to reduce skin injuries, treat psoriasis and heal wounds. Sunflowers are phototropic, which means they turn to face the sun. Sunflower oil provides a natural protection from UV rays while keeping skin youthful-looking and glowing with vitality.

Tea Tree

This potent oil is often used to treat acne, burns, inflammation and fungal infections. Tea tree oil can open clogged pores and kill bacteria, whilst its antioxidant effect reduces free radicals while encouraging the production of collagen. Tea tree oil can also reduce allergic skin reactions. Native to eastern Australia, tea tree leaves were crushed so the oil could be inhaled as a treatment for colds and coughs.

Thyme

This powerful herb provides many benefits. It is astringent, antiseptic, anti-oxidant and antimicrobial. The antioxidant properties help protect your skin from the impact of free radicals and encourages skin cell regeneration, while the astringent properties help to balance your skin’s pH levels.

Tomato

Packed with vitamins A, C and E as well as iron and potassium, tomatoes are a great help for healthy skin. The extract of tomatoes includes natural acids which are helpful at fighting excess oil, while they also help to close pores and leave your skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Walnut Shell

After being finely ground, the shells of walnuts make a great natural exfoliator. The shell particles gently remove dead skin cells to reveal the glowing skin beneath. Walnut shell also encourages blood to circulate to the skin, which can heal damaged or irritated skin. Walnuts are native to the mountain ranges of central Asia and southern Europe. They are believed to have been treasured as a symbol of intelligence because of their brain-shaped kernel.

Waltheria

A species of the mallow family, extracts of this plant are used to lighten the skin and inhibit melanin production. Waltheria indica has natural emollient, tonic and astringent properties. Waltheria indica reduces deep pigmentation by slowing down the process.

Watermelon

An effective natural moisturising agent, sunscreen and exfoliant. Watermelon extracts contain glycerin and is effective at fighting acne while revitalising tired skin.

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