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Our Active Ingredients



An active ingredient is a substance that is biologically active. The original Greek word for these active substances was 'pharmakon' which meant something magical or something with mysterious properties. From this comes our word for pharmaceuticals. These are substances that change the biology of things they come into contact with. They actively work to change what they touch. In natural skincare, these are ingredients that occur naturally but which are powerful enough to change the chemistry of the skin.

Put a few of these powerful actives together and you have an even more potent product - something with the power to make a significant difference to the skin. Not all products with active ingredients are equal though - unless they are at a high enough percentage, change to the skin won't be noticeable. To ensure you see and feel immediate results with our products, VM uses active ingredients at the highest recommended percentages.




What is it? Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body & generally decreases with age. In the skin it exists in the epidermis & keeps the skin hydrated & supple due to its high water retention ability.

What does it do for the skin? Water is an important component required for collagen production, one of the key building blocks of the skin that is lost during the ageing process. Hydrated skin looks plumper than dry or dehydrated skin.

Skin ageing is associated with loss of skin moisture. The key molecule involved in skin moisture is Hyaluronan or Hyaluronic Acid, a glycosaminoglycan with a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules.

Hyaluronic acid is known as a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate. Unlike collagen, Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve the skin when applied topically.

Is it natural? Hyaluronic Acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissue) and can be derived from multiple resources - foods, supplements and HA powders.

There are two main sources of Hyaluronic acid: animal extraction (from Rooster Combs typically) and bacterial fermentation. At Vanessa Megan, our material is from bacterial fermentation using corn-derived glucose to create the Hyaluronic Acid in a bio-fermentation process.


Green Coffee Beans contain various bioactive compounds. These include polyphenols like flavonoids and chlogenic acid which function as powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce the formation of free radicals in the body thereby protecting the cells and molecules from damage. Apart from the antioxidant agents, Green Coffee Beans are also rich in fatty acids and esters including Arahidic Acid, Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid, which nourish and moisturise skin to stop sagging and discolouration. It is also a metabolic booster, which means the blood flows more quickly around the areas where it is applied, clearing out excess fluid and helping with bags around the eyes.


IBR Dormin is a natural aqueous extract from Narcissus bulbs in their dormant stage, capable of slowing down cell proliferation, preserving cell youth capital and slowing down ageing. It also helps to control sebum and lighten age spots. Our Narcissus Tazetta Bulb extract is captured without parabens or preservatives.


Gotu Kola, also called Centella asiatica, is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and numerous potent phytochemicals. Extracts have been found to calm inflammation, speed wound healing, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen, and improve circulation. A center piece of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, Gotu Kola can be used to treat infected wounds, eczema and psoriasis.


Quandong is an edible native Australian fruit found in many of our bushland regions. It was an important bush food for indigenous Australians because it was so high in nutrients, but it was also important as a medicinal plant. The roots of the tree were used as an infusion for inflammation and the leaves were crushed to make a topical ointment for the skin. The seeds are processed to create a conditioning, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory oil which is incredibly high in Vitamin C. The effect is a strengthening of the capillaries, diffusion of fluid that creates puffiness around the eyes and a cleansing and healing of the skin.


Ginseng is a plant root prized for its anti-ageing benefits. Packed with phytonutrients that help tone and brighten skin, it has been shown to rejuvenate the look of dull, tired and ageing skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and firming skin. Ginseng allows the skin to find a natural equilibrium, helping counteract both oiliness and dryness. Like most herbs, Ginseng may also protect skin from environmental stressors.


Pineapples are so much more than a delicious fruit. They contain the enzyme ‘bromelain,’ which is a powerful exfoliator and conditioner for the skin. Pineapple's high concentration of Vitamin C is effective for treating acne and inflammation while amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair.


Bearberry Extract is made from the leaves of the Bearberry shrub, whose berries are a favourite food for bears (hence the name). It contains the active agent Arbutin, which naturally lightens and brightens skin. Arbutin works to brighten your skin by deactivating tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for producing melanin. Bearberry is a totally natural, botanical-based compound and is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.


Yogurtene combines the skin benefits of yogurt with the prebiotic activity of Inulin, a vegetable fructose polysaccharide derived from chicory. Yogurtene reduces the growth of pathogenic bacteria in favour of friendly microorganisms naturally present on the epidermis. It is gentle on the skin and provides all the benefits of yogurt: non-hydrolysed proteins, lactose, vitamins and minerals.