Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Pentavitin | dry skin saviour

Dry skin is the number one unmet skincare need around the world. Until now. Pentavitin provides instant, deep hydration by generating a moisture reservoir that lasts up to 72 hours. Using a new 3D moisture mapping method, Pentavitin was put to the test. The 3D  mapping device by DSM can track moisture levels at 30 different points of the face - compared to conventional tools that take data from just one point. When testing four ethnic groups, this new mapping technology found big differences in levels of moisturisation of the same face, often in close proximity. Pentavitin…Read more …
Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Used for centuries in Indian cooking and Eastern medicine, the West is now touting TURMERIC as a new superfood due to its therapeutic properties. Colourful plant foods are said to be good for our health due to their phytochemical properties. So it’s not surprising that turmeric, the richly coloured, golden-orange spice, has been found to have a range of health-promoting benefits. Turmeric has several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important being the yellow pigment, curcumin. Curcumin provides the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a potent…Read more …
Moisture-ready cosmetics

Moisture-ready cosmetics

To withstand the rigours of water, tears and perspiration, you need sunscreen and makeup formulas that will ‘stay put’ when the going gets tough, aka waterproof cosmetics. What do the following things have in common? A hot humid day A pool party A soppy movie Athletics carnival They all provide the conditions for your makeup to literally slide off your face! Anyone who finds themselves in these situations, and wants their makeup to look top notch all day, or a sun screen with long-lasting protection, needs formulas that will withstand the onslaught of…Read more …
Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Used in beauty regimes since antiquity, clay is a cosmetic natural wonder. Rich in minerals and with countless beneficial properties for the skin and hair, it’s not surprising that clay is enjoying a revival in the beauty industry. Cosmetic clays come in various colours and textures, each differing in mineral content and the benefits they provide. However, it is safe to say that all clays are rich in minerals and offer varying degrees of absorbency, which is excellent for cleansing the skin and drawing out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Clay is also slightly…Read more …
Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid is one of the most researched forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and is effective in treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, scarring, pigmentation, and dull or oily skin. Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid (C2H4O3) is colourless, odourless and water soluble. It also has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, allowing it to penetrate the skin more easily and deeply. How it works Glycolic acid works by dissolving the glue between cells, sloughing away dead skin cells and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. When sebum and other substances that bind…Read more …
AC Kerazyme ® Protect | natural active to protect colored hair

AC Kerazyme ® Protect | natural active to protect colored hair

AC Kerazyme ® Protect is a natural active derived from bamboo, keratin and trametes versicolor (a mushroom grown throughout the US) . This multifunctional active has been developed to seal individual hair strands to protect from heat and UV induced damage while slowing color from fading leading to healthier-looking and more manageable hair. With an application of 2.0% AC Kerazyme Protect in your hair care formula, the fading of hair color is greatly reduced. Compare the hair in the graph. Hair that has been exposed to 30 hours UV exposure and 14 washes has…Read more …
Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposomes are composite structures that aid active ingredients to penetrate multiple layers of the skin. Extensive research has been conducted to determine to best way to deliver actives to various depths of the stratum corneum. One conclusion of this research has shown the preferred mechanism for delivering active ingredients into the skin is by incorporating liposome into personal care products. Microscopic Liposomes are microscopic. Spherical in shape, these self-enclosed capsules range in size from 150 – 3500 nanometres in diametre. A liposome’s lipid bilayer sequesters water-soluble materials but prevents ions, proteins and other molecules from diffusing…Read more …
What price would you pay for a tan?

What price would you pay for a tan?

Sun protection is paramount to looking and feeling young, healthy and skin cancer free. It may look glamorous to lay on the beach working on a golden tan, but have you asked yourself what price is too high to pay for a tan? According to the Cancer Council, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Many people die each year from an almost preventable disease. Fortunately, being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, as well as unattractive photoaging, such as…Read more …
Activated Charcoal | the skincare ingredient with pulling power

Activated Charcoal | the skincare ingredient with pulling power

Activated charcoal is the go-to ingredient for many doctors and skincare specialists around the world. Why? Activated charcoal has the power to draw out impurities from the body, such as bacteria, poisons, chemicals and dirt. In medicine, it can draw toxins to the surface of the skin and away from the bloodstream. In cosmetics, it has the pulling power to extract dirt and oil that clog up pores, making it a superior ingredient in the treatment of acne. What's old is new again Charcoal has been used for years - centuries, in fact - for medicinal…Read more …
Ban on animal testing in Australia | one step closer

Ban on animal testing in Australia | one step closer

Australian Government to ban animal testing.  During the 2016 Federal Election, the Coalition committed to ban the use of animals in cosmetic testing. The date for the new law to come into force was touted as 1 July, 2017. If the Federal Government's commitment is realised, this will mean that from 1 July, 2017, it will be prohibited in Australia to test finished cosmetic products as well as cosmetic ingredients on animals. It will also be against the law to sell cosmetic products or cosmetic ingredients that have been tested on animals outside of Australia. The…Read more …