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 …
Antioxidants | neutraliser of free radicals

Antioxidants | neutraliser of free radicals

Antioxidants stop free radicals from wreaking havoc on our skin and defend against pollution and environmental stressors, making them an important part of any skin care formula. Free Radicals are unstable molecules. Because they have only one electron instead of two, when they come into contact with oxygen, they are highly reactive. This results in damage to parts of cells, such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes. However, for our bodies to burn energy, it requires oxidation reactions (or redox reactions) in the mitochondria of cells, and it's this process that releases the damaging…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 …
Blue light | cause of sleep disruption | potential for skin damage

Blue light | cause of sleep disruption | potential for skin damage

Is your skin paying the price for exposure to blue light from electronic devices? It's no secret that light throws our body clock, or circadian rhythm, out of whack. Not only does sleep suffer, but research shows it may even contribute to some pretty nasty diseases; think cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease. However, different coloured light has different effects. Blue light, for example, is beneficial in daylight hours as it boosts our mood, reaction times and our attention. Come night though and it's a different story. Blue light is thought to cause more…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 …
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 …
Follow your nose | the olfactory system

Follow your nose | the olfactory system

Our olfactory system doesn't just detect scents. It plays a major role in how and what cosumers buy - and don't buy! Have you ever caught a waft of a perfume or an odour and, a split second later, you were transported back to a time or a memory - buried deep in the cortex of your brain? According to research, sensory memory does exist and it connects you to experiences and sensations, sometimes from the distant past. Our sense of smell, or olfaction, has been extensively studied, including in terms of marketing…Read more …
Postbiotics | beneficial for digestive health

Postbiotics | beneficial for digestive health

Postbiotics are gaining scientific recognition as a key factor in maintaining long-term digestive health. When dietary fibre is broken down and fermented in the colon by bacteria, it forms byproducts known as postbiotics. Previously considered as the metabolic waste of probiotic activity, postbiotics are now being recognised as a potential alternative to using whole bacteria, and may produce the same effect on gastrointestinal health as probiotics (friendly bacteria associated with good gut flora). Probiotics v postbiotics Probiotics are living organisms. When they die they secrete postbiotics that are believed to mimic the beneficial…Read more …
Natural v manmade chemicals

Natural v manmade chemicals

Q: What do apples, pears, potatoes and zucchinis have in common? A: They all contain toxins. Regardless of whether a chemical is made by nature or made by man, it tells us nothing about its toxicity. Chemicals are everywhere. In the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the pills we pop. Even the most self-sufficient humans can’t avoid consuming or coming in contact with chemicals. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that chemicals made naturally are harmless, whereas manmade ones can damage your health or the environment. Yet, the fruit and…Read more …