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 …
DIY beauty trend | on the rise

DIY beauty trend | on the rise

DIY beauty is on the rise on online searches across the US, Japan and France – and it’s a trend that the beauty industry in Australia should keep a close eye on. In its 2017 Beauty Trends Report, Google has highlighted that DIY beauty will be a dominating trend in the coming year. According to its findings, the term ‘DIY beauty’ grew by 38%, while searches using the terms ‘recipe’ and ‘homemade’ are in decline. The trend is closely linked to consumer appetite for personalised beauty and ‘naturals’, especially in the Millennial target…Read more …
Certified Organic | what it really means

Certified Organic | what it really means

Organic, certified organic, Australian Certified Organic... there is consumer confusion over the meaning of different organic claims within Australia, and even more so in other countries around the world. We look at what it means to claim "certified organic". There are numerous organic certifiers around the world, and every one certifies cosmetic products to a different set of standards. So it’s hardly surprising there is confusion around what the different symbols mean, and what constitutes ‘certified organic’. Organic v natural The term ‘organic’ means much more than just ‘natural’. A product can be 100%…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 …
Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Used for centuries in Indian cooking and Eastern medicine, the West is now touting TURMERIC as a new superfood due to its therapeutic properties. Colourful plant foods are said to be good for our health due to their phytochemical properties. So it’s not surprising that turmeric, the richly coloured, golden-orange spice, has been found to have a range of health-promoting benefits. Turmeric has several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important being the yellow pigment, curcumin. Curcumin provides the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a potent…Read more …
Personalised skin care | for the discerning customer

Personalised skin care | for the discerning customer

The demand for personalised skin care, created for individuals by beauty professionals, brands or online tools, is on the rise. The digital revolution, with all the trappings of image awareness, has created a new breed of customer: men and women who are discerning about the products they put on their skin. They are demanding bespoke face creams and serums that are luxurious and exclusive and provide optimal results for their environment, lifestyle and skin type. Although there will always be a place for mass-produced products, an opportunity exists to capture this niche market.…Read more …
Moisture-ready cosmetics

Moisture-ready cosmetics

To withstand the rigours of water, tears and perspiration, you need sunscreen and makeup formulas that will ‘stay put’ when the going gets tough, aka waterproof cosmetics. What do the following things have in common? A hot humid day A pool party A soppy movie Athletics carnival They all provide the conditions for your makeup to literally slide off your face! Anyone who finds themselves in these situations, and wants their makeup to look top notch all day, or a sun screen with long-lasting protection, needs formulas that will withstand the onslaught of…Read more …
Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Cosmetic clay | natural wonder

Used in beauty regimes since antiquity, clay is a cosmetic natural wonder. Rich in minerals and with countless beneficial properties for the skin and hair, it’s not surprising that clay is enjoying a revival in the beauty industry. Cosmetic clays come in various colours and textures, each differing in mineral content and the benefits they provide. However, it is safe to say that all clays are rich in minerals and offer varying degrees of absorbency, which is excellent for cleansing the skin and drawing out excess oil, dirt and toxins. Clay is also slightly…Read more …
Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid | effective skincare treatment

Glycolic acid is one of the most researched forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and is effective in treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, scarring, pigmentation, and dull or oily skin. Derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid (C2H4O3) is colourless, odourless and water soluble. It also has the smallest molecules of all the AHAs, allowing it to penetrate the skin more easily and deeply. How it works Glycolic acid works by dissolving the glue between cells, sloughing away dead skin cells and increasing the production of collagen and elastin. When sebum and other substances that bind…Read more …
Prebiotics | fibre for good gut health

Prebiotics | fibre for good gut health

Prebiotics are a type of soluble fibre that supports microbes beneficial to good gut health. Although a relatively new discovery -  evidence is still emerging that supports the health benefits of prebotics - there is already quite a substantial list of benefits attributed to ingesting prebiotics. Health benefits According to Monash University Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, benefits to eating a diet high in prebiotics include: modulation of the gut microbiota improved mineral absorption possible protection against colon cancer improved blood glucose and insulin profiles protection against intestinal infections and alterations in the…Read more …