Antioxidants are vital to help combat the damaging effects of free radicals and protect our skin and bodies cells. Free radical damage is caused by the effects of the suns harmful rays, pollution, cigarette smoke, unhealthy diets, medications and other external environmental factors. We consume antioxidants through certain foods but our skin also needs extra protection via topical applications as the skin is often the last to receive the benefits of antioxidants consumed orally.
Heptapeptide and Matrixyl 3000
The latest in antiage ingredients and why they can help? Read on….
Heptapeptide is one of the newest anti-ageing ingredients that are being incorporated into skin care. It is known to mimic the action of laminin-5, an important molecule that is present in the dermal-epidermal junction and is responsible for improving its function. Studies have indicated that laminin-5 is necessary for the health and appearance of the skin and is directly involved with skin ageing. Clinical studies by the ingredient manufacturer found that using Heptapeptide over a 21 day period helps tonify the skin, improves its smoothness and helps regenerate and renew the skin on a cellular level.
Matrixyl™ 3000 is an active ingredient that contains matrikines – peptide molecules that facilitate cutaneous restructuring and repair by activating the genes involved in the process of intercellular matrix renewal and cell proliferation. Through this activity, the matrikines effectively restructure and smooth the surface and deeper layers of the skin, which results in a drastic reduction of the depth, density and surface area of wrinkles.
Whilst producing significant and scientifically proven anti-wrinkle benefits, Matrixyl™ 3000 has also been shown to improve skin tone and elasticity. The dermal-epidermal junction is where the epidermis meets the dermal layer of the skin. Its function is to resist mechanical forces that may damage the skin and its permeability regulates water, oxygen, nutrient exchanges and waste removal. As we age this junction flattens and as a result the skin has a decreased resistance to structural changes and less dermal-epidermal exchanges. Communication between these two layers is essential for skin homeostasis.
Marine Collagen is a fabulous addition to our range as it stimulates the synthesis of collagen which is critical for healthy and young looking skin.
Our Marine Collagen used in our range is extracted from the natural seaweed variety Porphyra tenera with water. It is enzymatically hydrolyzed to achieve an average molecular weight of approximately 1000. It is exclusively gained from Non-GMO ingredients and it is free of any GMO-fragments. Our Marine Collagen is grown, harvested and processed within the strict principles of creating animal free products.
CO Q10 is a relatively new ingredient used in skincare but it’s an effective antioxidant. It has a soothing effect on the skin and has shown to be beneficial in collagen and cell renewal. COQ10 occurs naturally in our bodies but diminishes with age.
VITAMIN A PALIMATE
Vitamin A promotes the enzyme activity in the skin. It thickens the epidermis and can regenerate skin prematurely aged by UV-radiation. This ingredient can also assist in increasing the skin’s elasticity and the reversal of photo damage / sun damage.
VITAMIN B3 NIACINAMIDE
Niacinamide (also known as Nicotinamide) is one of the B group of vitamins that is essential for health cell metabolism. Some studies have shown it to be an effective active for evening out the skin tone as well as being useful in the management of problem skin and effective in antiaging management.
Native Aborigines traditionally used Lilly Pilly for its great healing and anti bacterial properties and ate the berries when in season for the vitamin C content. The Lilly Pilly has good astringent properties that improve firmness of the skin, while its high vitamin C and fruit acid content create great anti-ageing effects to keep skin looking radiant and youthful.
Quandong or Wild Peach is a native Australian super-food and extract. This botanical has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as containing more vitamin C than an orange. The fruit is also a good source of Vitamin E, Folate and Magnesium.
Quandong is also a great additive for anti age products due to the presence of Rutin which has been found to be helpful in reducing dark circles and correcting the visible signs of ageing.
Kakadu Plum is a native tree from Australia which is found exclusively in the Northern Territory and around Arnhem Land. The Kakadu Plum fruit has the highest known Vitamin C concentration of any single natural food source in the world. Indigenous Aborigines have used this plant and its fruit extensively for food as well as for its traditional healing properties. It is known to have ten times the amount of Vitamin C found in other fruits, making it an excellent antioxidant in our range.
Vitamin C Is a valuable ingredient and we have incorporated stable skin compatible form in our range.
Benefits of Vitamin C include: powerful antioxidant, increases skin vitality and resilience by helping to regulate collagen – the tissue responsible for skin suppleness. Vitamin C has also been shown to slow the production of age spots / pigmentation whilst providing some UV protection.
Vitamin E plays a crucial role in protecting skin cells and membranes from environmental damage. This protection extends to stopping damage to the skin from UV rages, pollutants and ageing. It provides deep moisturisation for the skin whilst allowing the skin to breathe and function naturally, therefore helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that affects millions of people. The cause of rosacea is still unknown, and there is no cure. However, research has allowed doctors to develop a course of treatment that effectively controls rosacea by minimizing its symptoms.
There are four subtypes of rosacea. Each subtype has its own set of symptoms. It is possible to have more than one subtype of rosacea at a time. (Some clients come in for treatment for rosacea but its another condition called LUPUS that’s the culprit behind their redness.)
Rosacea’s trademarks are small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that are present during flare-ups. Typically, rosacea affects only skin on your nose, cheeks, and forehead.
Flare-ups often occur in cycles. This means that you will experience symptoms for weeks or months at a time, the symptoms will go away, and then they will return.
There are several types of rosacea but here are a list of symptons for acne rosacea.
Signs of acne rosacea:
- acne-like breakouts and very red skin
- oily skin
- sensitive skin
- broken blood vessels that are visible
- raised patches of skin
The cause of rosacea has not been determined. It may be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. It is known that some things may make your rosacea symptoms worse. These include:
- eating spicy foods
- drinking alcoholic beverages
- having the intestinal bacteria Helicobacter pylori
- a skin mite called demodex and the bacterium it carries, Bacillus oleronius
- the presence of cathelicidin (a protein that protects the skin from infection)
From a treating aestheticians point of view, I’ve been treating this skin type successfully for many years, of course what works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else. Rosacea is never ‘ cured’ as such but its managed. Clients often have unsightly flareups that are managed with treatments and then have periods that the skin is almost flawless. The trick I find here is learn your parameters and note what triggers your rosacea be it red wine or capsicum for some.
There are some factors that will make you more likely to develop rosacea than others. Rosacea often develops in people between the ages of 30 and 50. It is also more common in people who are fair-skinned and have blond hair and blue eyes.
There are also genetic links to rosacea. You are more likely to develop rosacea if you have a family history of the condition or if you have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestors. Women are also more likely to develop the condition than men. However, men who develop the condition often have more severe symptoms.
Most of my clients coming in for help with this condition have an Irish skin ancestry.
Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in the body and generally decreases with age. In the skin it exists in the epidermis and keeps the skin hydrated and supple due to its high water retention ability. A skin that’s plump with moisture looks and feels youthful.
As we age our production naturally decreases and we begin to notice alterations in our skin such as wrinkling or dry skin. A product containing Hyaluronic Acid would be beneficial for mature or dry skin to help restore smoothness and elasticity of the skin or anyone that is suffering with dehydrated skin.