Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

So you want to add another line to your skincare range. Probiotics in skincare can influence our skin microflora and treat skin problems, and may just give another dimension to your beauty brand. Before refrigeration, much of the food our ancestors ate had to be preserved. These fermented or cultured (probiotic-rich) foods provided them with large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourished the gut. As probiotics in foods are largely missing from modern diets, people have been taking supplements or returning to age-old recipes to improve digestive and immune health. Some of these…Read more …
The science behind beauty | human v plant-derived growth factors

The science behind beauty | human v plant-derived growth factors

In part 1 of our Science behind Beauty blog, we looked at how award-winning science is changing the face of the cosmetics industry. In part 2, we discuss human and plant-derived growth factors. As mentioned in our previous post, growth factors are cellular messengers produced by the body to communicate with neighbouring cells. Their purpose is to stimulate and grow cells to repair damage. All human cells can produce growth factors. As we age however, the number of growth factors the body makes starts to decline. Fortunately, now growth factors can be bio-engineered…Read more …
The science behind beauty | cellular activators

The science behind beauty | cellular activators

How do you separate clever marketing from fact? How does one navigate the daunting number of elixirs on the market promising to turn back the clock on your skin? The answer is Nobel Award-winning science. In early 2000, Icelandic stem-cell scientists used *award-winning science to develop a platform to produce human growth factors – or cellular activators, as they are known in Australia - by bio-engineering a plant-based replica of human protein. What the northern scientists discovered was that these cellular messengers were really important to maintaining healthy skin. In 2008 the scientists…Read more …
Intrinsic v extrinsic skin ageing

Intrinsic v extrinsic skin ageing

We can't do much about chronological ageing, but we sure can slow down extrinsic, or lifestyle, skin ageing. It is a given that we will all age. However, whether we age gracefully or gracelessly often comes down to individual lifestyles. Intrinsic ageing Until science has worked out how to stop the clock, there is nothing we can do about intrinsic ageing. We are genetically programmed to age, and there is little we can do about it. Intrinsic skin ageing starts at around 60 years of age and accounts for about 10% of the…Read more …
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 …
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 …