RENEW your skin with these RENEWABLE Ingredients

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Ingredients that are good for your SKIN & PLANET - Anato Life Skincare

In the face of rapid climate change, perennial plants, especially in the context of regenerative agriculture, are a multifaceted solution to:

⟡ Sequestering carbon from the atmosphere

⟡ Re-building healthy soils

⟡ Creating long-lasting crops for farmers

⟡ Reducing or eliminating the need for pesticides and fertilizers

⟡ Creating more habitat for diverse ecosystems

By focusing our ingredient sourcing on perennial plants with rich benefits for your skin paired with rich benefits for the ecosystems in which they live in, we are revolutionizing skincare. No more toxic ingredients in disposable packaging. No more “plant-derived” or “plant-based.” We simply use perennial “plants” like trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials.

Here is our favorite perennial ingredients that do a stellar job at improving skin & benefiting the environment:

Jojoba as a symbol of resiliency. 

Jojoba is chemically close to human sebum so it absorbs easily & leaves  a non greasy film. - Anato Life Skincare

Jojoba trees thrive in arid conditions, where many other plants can’t survive. According to the United Nations, desertification is happening around the planet at a rate 30-35 times higher than historical rates(2). So valuing crops that can thrive in a hot and dry environment will be a critical piece to coping with climate change.

The regenerative farm we source our jojoba from intercrops with the beneficial nitrogen fixer, Bara Bara. This Arizona farm planted their first jojoba crop in 80's! And we are still reaping the nutritious jojoba oil from these original trees. A long-term investment well worth it for the environment, and the economy.

Find out all of the benefits of jojoba oil & how it works for all skin types.

Kelp forests - saving our climate and our skin.

Kelp can draw up deep sea nutrients and impart this onto our skin for hydration. - Anato Life Skincare

It is not just land trees that sequester atmospheric carbon. In fact, it is estimated that the oceans have sequestered 20-40% of all man-made carbon since the industrial era.

Did you know? Coastal ecosystems can absorb up to 20 times more atmospheric carbon per acre than land forests

For our skin, kelp has the ability to draw up deep sea nutrients and impart this onto our skin for hydration and healing. With each purchase at Anato, we either plant a tree or contribute to kelp forest restoration. This is one aspect that contributes to our closed-loop business model.

Shea feeds our skin and our bellies in areas most threatened by climate change. 

Shea butter promotes healthy circulation and oxygenation - making way for clear and nourished skin. - anato Life Skincare

Shea trees provide shade, water conservation, and enhanced soil health in the semi-arid Sahel savannah belt in Northern Africa. This area is facing extensive tree cover loss, due to mining, logging, urbanization, and other threats that make the regenerative agroforestry practice of managing shea trees even more important. These trees provide nutritious nuts that are a staple to the region’s cuisine, and they serve as a valuable economic product as shea butter, energy, and construction material. The byproduct of shea butter production provides rich organic fertilizer and mulch (4).

JOJOBA: ALL SKIN TYPES AND GLOBAL WARMING health benefits of trees: It’s chemically close to human sebum so it absorbs easily & leaves a non greasy film (3)  Exceptional at preventing water loss - the cause of aging skin  Noncomedogenic = means it will not clog pores  Treats and prevents acne causing bacteria A resilient arid plant that thrives where most other plants can’t survive  Significant growing habitat in the face of global warming because it can tolerate heat well.  A perennial plant - meaning even though it takes upwards of 10 years to reach maturity, once it is mature, it will perennially be a cash crop
SHEA NUT BUTTER: DEEP MOISTURE & NORTH AFRICAN IMPACTS health benefits of trees Ancient use: heals muscle aches, pains, strains, and arthritis  Rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutritive compounds for the skin  High in cinnamic acid and vitamin e, which protect skin from the sun  Promotes circulation, oxygenation, and thus clears skin from toxins  Oleic & linoleic acids lock in moisture and retain skin’s elasticity Multifunctional tree that benefits the environment and local economies  Highly nutritious, multi-use seeds are eaten or pressed into butter  Trees provide much needed shade  Requires little water  Provides ecological services like water filtration
KELP: HEALING SEAS AND THE OCEAN'S TREES health benefits of trees: Rich in minerals, vitamins, and bioactive compounds  It’s mucilaginous texture is soothing for redness, dryness, and irritated skin  Humectant = helps keep skin hydrated  Its silicon content has shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles  useful for preventing and treating acne  Helps to soothe itchy skin conditions like eczema Helps to reverse climate change by permanently sequestering atmospheric carbon  Anato’s kelp is locally wild harvested in Santa Cruz  A perennial plant that regenerates after being harvested  Provides habitat for marine life  Has an incredibly fast growth rate


Yup! Along with these feel good holistic treatments for anti-aging, found in our free, downloadable guide.




(1) Li, Q. (2010). Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function. Environmental health and preventive medicine15 (1), 9-17.
(2) Nunez, Christina. Desertification: Explained. National Geographic. May 31, 2019
(3) Parker, Susan (2014). The Power of the Seed.
(4) Bonkoungou, E. G. (2002). The shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) and the African shea parklands. CFC Tech Pap(21), 51-59.

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