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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Trend watch | Hairceuticals | Therapy for your hair

Trend watch | Hairceuticals | Therapy for your hair

You may have heard of the word “hairceuticals” bandied around lately. Like cosmetcuiticals - a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals - hairceuticals combines biologically active ingredients claiming medical benefits with haircare products. Think of it as over-the-counter medication for your hair. With global spending on haircare purported to be over US$50 billion per year and growing, haircare manufacturers not tapping into the latest trend may see their sales diverted to other companies. Capitalise on demand for hairceuticals  Consumers are embracing the age of hairceuticals and demanding remedial measures to reverse damage caused by…Read more …