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 …
Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty devices | personal care essentials

Smart beauty provides a big opportunity for the cosmetics industry. Handheld beauty devices are forecast to become a staple addition to beauty bags all over the world. According to Google, tech-savvy Millennials are looking to technology to support their skin care routines. They are demanding products that save time, offer value, and provide instant gratification. And as Millennials account for close to one third of the world's population, smart beauty devices have the potential to become personal care essentials. Across the three core markets that Google reported on - France, the US, Japan - facial…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 …
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 …