Neurocosmetic is a new concept that acts on the mind via the skin.
Based on the communication between the nerve system and the skin through neurotransmitters, Neurocosmetic is providing consumers with a holistic approach to caring for their skin.
Neurotransmitters are chemical messages released by skin nerve fibres with similar characteristics to nerve cells. Recent research has found that skin cells, such as keratinocytes, melanocytes, and fibroblasts, produce and secrete neurotransmitters.
Unlike traditional cosmetic actives, which limit the consequences of daily aggressors on the skin, Neurocosmetic actives either inhibit or activate messages to the mind, playing an important role in skin balance.
Of the 200+ neurotransmitters that have been discovered so far, 25 are found on the skin – and of these 25, most are neuropeptides.
Neuropeptides are compounds made up of two or more bonded amino acids and occur naturally in the body. They are released by brain cells either as neurotransmitters or as hormones.
Without neuropeptides, communication between the brain and the body wouldn’t function properly. Unfortunately, as we age, so does our body’s production of neuropeptides. But thanks to important skin research, neurocosmetic actives are being developed, such as Ôcaline and Betaphroline
Ôcaline soothes sensitive skin by inhibiting a neurotransmitter that induces itching, redness and swelling.
Betaphroline provides a feeling of wellbeing by releasing beta-endorphins – neuro-hormones known for their analgesic properties.
Benefits of neurocosmetic skin care
• Provides anti-inflammatory effects
• Revives dull and lifeless skin
• Minimises discoloration and dark, under-eyes circles
• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
• Protects from free radicals
• Decreases skin sagging
• Improves circulation and cell metabolism
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