On from our previous post about Cosmeceutical Skincare how to see active changed in your skin. Being a self proclaimed cosmeceutical snob we dig into our favourite cosmeceutical ingredients and what they do.
AHA’s - Alpha Hydroxy Acids are what helps dissolve and exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells off the surface of the skin so that new skin cells can come through. AHAs are water soluble within the skin, they are a chemical exfoliation providing better results with less damage to the surface (like granular exfoliations) They also help to strengthen the skin over time and increase more collagen production.
Antioxidants - These protect our skin, reduce free radical damage and reduce further exposure, antioxidants are essential in all skin care regimes as they maintain skin health, hold onto hydration and reduce premature ageing.
BHA’s -Beta Hydroxy Acids (Salicylic Acid) are oil soluble in the skin, this means they get down into the pores to activate and break through the oil that's blocking the pores and causing congestion. BHAs are also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which helps treat acne-prone skin and reduce congestion such as blackheads.
Collagen - Is what helps give the skin its strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells, encouraging healthier ageing and
Cosmeceuticals - Skin care that contains active ingredients which penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin to have a biological change on the functioning of the skin.
Coenzyme Q10 (COQ10) An antioxidant present in the skin which declines with exposure to sun. COQ10 used in many skincare lines to help strengthen the integrity of skin cells and improve texture.
Ceramides - Fatty acids that help to hold skin cells together, strengthening the outer layer of the skin revealing plumper more youthful skin
Ferulic Acid- A plant based antioxidant that enhances the activity of Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Glyceryin - A humectant that attracts water, bonds hydration
Glycolic Acid - An Alpha Hydroxy Acid, derived from cane sugar. Suitable for ageing skins
Green Tea - A potent antioxidant.
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) - are essential molecules in the body. Some GAGs include keratin and hyaluronate. Along with collagen and elastin, they provide the skin with substance, bounce, and hydration to name a few. Omnilux increases GAG molecules which are essential for skin health and healthy ageing
Hyaluronic Acid - A substance found widely throughout the body in neural and connective tissue. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and can hold up to 1000 times it's weight in water, making it extremely hydrating and plumping to the skin.
Kojic Acid - An acid that has powerful brightening effects on the skin as well as is a potent tyrosinase inhibitor. Great for pigmentation
Lactic Acid - An Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from milk. Lactic acid is composed of an extra hydroxy (water) molecule, making it extremely hydrating for the skin and strengthening for the skin.
Niacinamide - A derivative of Vitamin B that is extremely hydrating, balancing and calming on the skin, while helping reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin. Can be used in all skin concerns/types
Oligopeptide - A blend of fatty acids and amino acids that provides the skin with anti-ageing benefites.
Peptides - Chains of amino acids that send signals to cells to instruct them on how to behave. The building blocks to hold collagen and keep stable
Retinol - A derivative of Vitamin A that acts on a dermal level and has clinically proven anti-ageing benefits for the skin. Encouraging faster cell turn over - under the age of 22 we have a 'new skin' every 28 days, as we age that progression slows down and collagen production decreases causing imperfections visible in the skin
Resveratrol - A potent antioxidant, found in red wine and grape skins.
Salicylic Acid - A beta hydroxy acid. Salicylic acid is oil soluble and one of the most common ingredients used when treating acne and oily skins.
Vitamin A - Derivatives of Vitamin A are proven to boost collagen production within the skin cells which help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, speeds up our skin cell turnover helping with pigmentation and discoloration within the cells and gives a brighter, even skin tone. The most common forms of Vitamin A are referred to as Retinol; Retinoic Acid; and Retinyl Palmitate.
Vitamin B - Niacinamide, a derivative of Vitamin B3, helps to improve the function of the epidermis, increasing the absorption of moisture within the skin. This results in softer, smoother skin, helping hydrate, reduce inflammation and reduce fine lines.
Vitamin C - A potent antioxidant that helps protect our skin from environmental exposures such as UV and free radicals, reduces the signs of ageing and is essential for collagen production within the skin cells. Ongoing use of Vitamin C within your skincare routine will help reduce sun damage, rejuvenate, firm and tighten the skin, giving a more youthful look.
Vitamin E - A fat soluble vitamin that may also be referred to as a "Tocopherol". Vitamin E' are required for the proper function of many organs, enzymatic activities and neurological processes. Vitamin E plays an important role in the healthy functioning of the skin. Vitamin E is found only in plant foods, including certain oils, nuts, grains, fruits and wheat germ. It’s also available as a supplement.