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 …
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 …
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 …
Sheet face masks | a growing trend

Sheet face masks | a growing trend

A long-time staple in Asian beauty care, sheet face masks are now trending around the world – and the high demand is not just coming from Millennials. Sheet face masks are great for the time poor and women on the go. Often referred to as the ‘lazy girl’s facial’, they can be used anytime, anywhere and are great when flying. They are easy to apply. Don’t need rinsing. And you can pack them in your handbag for times when your complexion needs a little ‘pick me up’. With the spotlight focused firmly on…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 …
Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposome | a delivery system that yields results

Liposomes are composite structures that aid active ingredients to penetrate multiple layers of the skin. Extensive research has been conducted to determine to best way to deliver actives to various depths of the stratum corneum. One conclusion of this research has shown the preferred mechanism for delivering active ingredients into the skin is by incorporating liposome into personal care products. Microscopic Liposomes are microscopic. Spherical in shape, these self-enclosed capsules range in size from 150 – 3500 nanometres in diametre. A liposome’s lipid bilayer sequesters water-soluble materials but prevents ions, proteins and other molecules from diffusing…Read more …