Follow us on our new Insta page »

Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract

Also-called-like-this: Iceland Moss Extract
What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant


Though it's commonly called Iceland Moss, this one is actually a lichen. Not one but two things (a fungus + an algae) living in symbiosis under extreme environments (like alpine and arctic regions). 

It's an edible folk medicine that's used traditionally in the arctic regions to cure cold, cough, and sore throat. It's a so-called demulcent, an agent that forms a soothing and moisturizing film over the mucous membranes and relieves dryness and irritation causing the cough.

When you slather Cetraria Islandica all over your face, the same moisturizing and film forming effect happens. It's due to the polysaccharides (big sugar molecules) called lichenan and isolichenan that are abundant in Iceland Moss.

Products with Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract

Bionnex Nord Salicylic Acid Bella Aura Skincare Hydra Revive Sérum Cocoon Apothecary Nordic Boost Hydrating Serum Madara Acne Acute Spot Roll-on NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2) Natura Siberica Mint, Bereza & Retinol Mousse-Peeling For Scalp Roccoco Skin Nectar Natura Siberica Mint, Berëza & Retinol Conditioner Natura Siberica Super Siberica Mint, Bereza & Retinol Shampoo Skin doctors Hydraplenish Duopearl Serum Freshly Cosmetics Superoxide Dismutase Face Mist Hylamide Glow Booster Hylamide Photography Foundation Transparent The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG NIOD Photography Fluid, Colorless, Opacity 12% Dollar Shave Club Post Shave Dew Dr. Carver's Post Shave Dew Hylamide Photography Foundation NIOD Hydration Vaccine NIOD Photography Fluid NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% Target Pro By Watsons Hydration Concentrated Serum COSMOSS Face Cleanser Quintal Aqua Babosa Hydrating Daily Booster Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Day Fluid NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 8% Madara Intense Blemish&Pore Treatment Smart Skin Super C Moisturiser Neogen Oxygen Aha Bubble Peeling Mask Emma Hardie Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% ZUII Organic Flora Gradual Tan Face Lotion Bynacht Hypercharged Glass Skin Serum Madara Smart Anti Fatigue Urban Moisture Cream Madara Smart Fine Line Minimising Cream Day Madara Anti-Fatigue Eye Rescue Cream Madara Smart Anti-Fatigue Rescue Eye Cream COSMOSS Face Cream Ursa Major Alpine Rich Cream Elizabeth Grant Youth Molecule Serum NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate