SOIL TO SKIN

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by @JohnCaruso on Friday, 16 Sep, 2016

Soil to skin, is it a new catch phrase, or is it really that down to earth?

Vitamins in skincare are popular in cosmeceutical products that you can only buy from a professional skincare specialist in a salon, spa or clinic and are usually produced by, or for, dermatologists. Vitamin A, C and E are the building blocks for skin repair and rejuvenation but we are now seeing the introduction of B vitamins as well:

  • VITAMIN A comes in many forms and it is imperative that you introduce a low level of vitamin A to your skin and gradually build your skin’s tolerance. Vitamin A is an essential ingredient for healthy skin as a skin normaliser to help repair, exfoliate, even skin tone and is a must have ingredient of anti-ageing skin care.
  • VITAMIN B3 is heralded as the key ingredient to help with rosacea, acne, dermatitis, eczema, pigmentation, dry skin and anti-ageing. Other B vitamins are currently being researched to better understand the benefits they can offer so watch this space.
  • VITAMIN C is packed with antioxidants, which help assist skin repair, especially from UV damage, resulting in age spots or pigmentation. Vitamin C is a key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels, giving skin its firmness and strength and aiding the skins ability to retain moisture.
  • VITAMIN E, another antioxidant, plays an important role in skincare as a stabiliser for other ingredients as well as offering numerous benefits to the skin. Vitamin E is absorbed easily into the deeper layers of the skin and encourages the natural growth of collagen and giving skin a firmer, plumper look. Vitamin E is an expensive ingredient so beware of cheaper products that contain a derivative and therefore do not offer the same results.

PROBIOTIC SKINCARE is on the rise and while it seems a great concept of providing ‘good bacteria’ to the skin’s surface to balance the natural mantel, it’s still early days in the proof of results. Probiotic skincare is aimed at the problematic skin type where bacteria levels of the skin needs balancing to improve acne, skin tone, texture and of course anti-ageing with a better balance of skin flora. In theory, probiotic skincare sounds like a fabulous idea but stabilising the live culture in the products has only been mastered by a few skincare brands and it comes with a big price tag as it is a lengthy process and expensive to produce.

DNA REPAIR ENZYMES are at the forefront of cosmeceutical trends as they represent a major development in the science of anti-ageing, says Advanced Cosmeceuticals CEO Catherine Biedermann. UV radiation from the sun, smoking, pollution, lifestyle and the natural ageing process are just some of the factors that can cause DNA to become damaged, resulting in an aged skin appearance. DNA enzymes have been incorporated in advanced skincare formulations for the past few years and it is predicted that a great emphasis will be focused on DNA since the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists for their studies in DNA repair.

Pure quality skincare is expensive but you only need a small amount to see results.Professional skincare specialists in a salon, spa or clinic offer the best option to purchase high level active ingredient products and the only way to ensure you are buying quality skincare. Sure, you can buy skincare elsewhere and probably cheaper but it won’t be the same quality as a professional clinic sells. Beware of inferior quality products sold online as while the packaging looks authentic, you do not know where it is produced or what you are actually buying inside the packaging.

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