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 …
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 …
Tattoo protection | jump on the trend

Tattoo protection | jump on the trend

One in three 18-30 year-olds have a tattoo, and the numbers are growing. As Millennials age, they are looking for solutions to protect their body art against blurring and fading. Tattoos degrade when the ink pigments trapped in skin cells are exposed to ultraviolet light, environmental toxins and pollutants that create free radicals. Until recently, there was no other solution to brighten old tattoos than to be re-inked. Daily skincare treatments that protect tattoos from environmental damage are starting to be in great demand. Millennials are looking for solutions to enhance their tattoos. Do they head back…Read more …
Pollution | public enemy #1 | premature aging

Pollution | public enemy #1 | premature aging

For a long time, pollution was simply considered to be dirt or dust that could be easily removed by cleansing. However, it has been discovered that pollution is a massive accelerator of premature aging, including wrinkles and dull complexions – and is considered the #1 public enemy to health and beauty. Recognised as a major health problem by WHO, studies have shown that effects on the skin from pollution are caused by oxidative stress* carried by particles as well as nitric oxide, ozone and other pollutants. Pollution is particularly problematic in many Asian…Read more …
Wrinkles | and what causes them

Wrinkles | and what causes them

Skin aging causes a decrease in the condition of the skin and an increase in the appearance of imperfections, such as wrinkles. These furrows appear prematurely in stressed areas of the skin and are called expression wrinkles. Wrinkles are the result of the multiple, daily stresses that our face undergoes. Each frown, and unfortunately, each smile and laugh, contributes to gradually deepening these lines in the skin. As we get older, the skin loses its ability to fill in the macromolecules. As a result, the skin becomes less dense, and less able to adapt to…Read more …