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 …
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 …
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 …
Topical probiotics

Topical probiotics

Probiotics have long been associated with good gut flora, however topical probiotics are now trending in personal care lines. Probiotics, aka friendly bacteria, are live bacterial cultures found in live microbial food supplements and fermented foods, such as yoghurt. Yogurt is recognised around the world for its health benefits owing to its probiotics ABC cultures.When ingested these non-pathogenic micro-organisms help fight illness and disease, and may significantly improve a person’s health. Topical probiotics are now trending in both skin and hair care product lines. This friendly bacteria can influence the makeup of the…Read more …
Silicones | versatile, multi-talented cosmetics star

Silicones | versatile, multi-talented cosmetics star

Silicones play an important role in cosmetics Silicones have many functions and uses in formulating.  Essentially, silicones are a number of polymers containing silicon and oxygen atoms in chains, which can be manipulated into different lengths with the aid of a catalyst. This results in various viscosities and textures of the silicones we use today. When used in a product, this translates into a softer silky feel, depending on the chain length of the silicone used. Another few benefits of silicones are that they are odourless, colourless, water resistant and are stable at high temperatures. One…Read more …