The Benefits of Niacinamide in Skin Care Products
Choosing active ingredients for skin care means weighing up all their effects. If you can find one that covers off a range of key functions, from improving wrinkles to reducing water loss, you’re onto a winner. That’s what we believe we have with niacinamide.
Do Your Neanderthal Genes Influence Your Skin and Skin Care?
If you have European or Asian ancestry there’s a good chance you have Neanderthals in your family tree. These prehistoric hunters interbred with modern humans during the Ice Age, leaving today’s Europeans with a genome that’s 1-4% Neanderthal.
Face Yoga to Improve Your Skin Condition
Besides consuming nutrient-rich foods and using premium quality products, a face massage is another essential element of any skin care routine.
P&G's Patent Application Opens the Door to Skin Care Products with Prebiotic Agent
Consumer marketing companies don’t get much bigger than Procter & Gamble. So the American giant’s patent application for a cosmetic product containing a prebiotic agent is a sure sign that skin care technology is entering a new phase.
The Rise of Male Skin Care
Caring about the appearance of one’s skin used to be a female thing. But as we approach the third decade of the 21st century, men are increasingly challenging this stereotype.
The new focus on male skin care mirrors the broader interest in healthy living seen amongst men around the world.
Metagenomics and the future of skin care
Your skin is a complex ecosystem made up of your skin cells and many other organisms including bacteria, yeasts and viruses. The sum of all of these organisms’ DNA and your own genetic makeup is known as your microbiome.
It’s an environment that’s unique to you, incredibly diverse and barely understood. Nature Reviews Microbiology has an interesting paper that looks into the implications.
Skin Care Tailored to You
The old-fashioned subdivision of skin into just a few types is yesterday’s thinking. New developments in ‘the omics’ – genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, lipidomics and more – are changing the way we look after skin.
Cold processing... The Way of the Future
Cold processing... the way of the skin care future. Technology is advancing all the time; scientists are looking for new ways to produce smarter, more efficacious skin care formulations.
Cold processing methods really appeal to us and looking at the benefits, it is almost a crime not to give it a go! We use this method in both our moisturizers. What this article doesn't tell you is that not heating the ingredients to 80-90˚ means that the original molecular structure of the natural and active ingredients is better preserved.
Bakuchiol - The New Vitamin A?
A meroterpene phenol, which is extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant has been found to work as a "functional analogue of retinol" (a synthetic vitamin A used in skincare for its anti-aging properties) without the associated side effects. It is non-irritating, non-sensitizing and can be used during the day including outdoors as it does not make the skin photosensitive. Limited studies so far are promising and have shown that after 12 weeks of twice daily application of Bakuchiol, significant anti-aging improvements were noticed. Watch this space!
Keratin in Skin Care Products
The Quest for Natural, Safe Preservatives in Skin Care
The movement away from preservatives like parabens is a good thing. But the notion of the preservative does serve a purpose. This incredible ingredient, Totaral is all-natural and has hidden talents.