Nutrigenomics | food for thought

Nutrigenomics | food for thought

“Positive health requires knowledge of man’s primary constitution and of the powers of various foods, both those natural to them and those resulting from human skill.” Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, 480 BC We all know that poor diet and exercises affects our physical and mental wellbeing. Now, through nutrigenomics - the study of foods and gene interaction - we are discovering why our genes can have a profound effect on our overall health. Ever wondered why two people eating exactly the same diet have different body shapes and health outcomes? The…Read more …
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 …
Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

Neurocosmetic | the holistic approach to skin care

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…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 …
Hyperpigmentation | just fade away

Hyperpigmentation | just fade away

Hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone, is a harmless condition that affects people of all races and is caused by sun, hormones or injury. Hyperpigmentaion is a condition where patches of skin become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when excess melanin is produced. Melanin is what gives our hair and skin their color. The melanocytes (pigment cells) of dark skinned people produce more melanin than those of people with fair skin. However, when more melanin is produced than the skin can absorb, the result is mottled or uneven skin tone. Freckles and age spots The sun…Read more …