HERO INGREDIENTS + WHY
- Natural foaming agent cocoamidopropyl betaine (from coconuts)
- Best quality essential oils bergamot, neroli and mandarin (bergaptene-free, removing photosensitivity issues)
- Natural moisturising agents maintain skin’s protective barrier: ginseng extract, glycerin, jojoba oil and NaPCA (a factor found in the skin, reproduced in the lab as a bio-identical ingredient)
- Vitamin E antioxidant D-alpha-tocopherol to moisturise and aid penetration of natural moisturising factors
Next generation vitamin B technology – 13% niacinamide (vitamin B3)
- Stimulates epidermal ceramide (intercellular lipid) production to keep moisture in the skin, strengthen natural barrier function and improve hydration
- Builds up the skin’s barrier: reduces sensitivity and combats flushing, red cheeks.
- Stimulates collagen by topping up niacinamide (depleted by age) to keep fibroblasts working, for firmer, smoother skin and better elasticity.
- Increases skin's immunity: by helping to prevent UVA light generated reactive oxygen species (a type of free radical), which can cause cell mutations that increase the likelihood of developing cancer. And by helping to prevent the negative impact UV light can have on the immune system (also called UV immumosuppression).
- Reduces existing hyperpigmentation and inhibits transfer of melanosomes (which carry melanin pigment) to the outer skin layer.
- Reduces sensitivity to help eradicate temporary, superficial imperfections.
- Reduces sebaceous oil production and the subsequent occurrence of acne.
Panthenol (vitamin B5) - A water-binding humectant that partners brilliantly with niacinamide to add moisture into the skin
Rose essential oil - A rich emollient which also adds a beautiful light, scent
10% Retinol Molecular™
- Stimulates fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen and elastin) and skin cell DNA to repair UV-induced cell damage, inhibit cell breakdown and stimulate healthy skin cell renewal: restoring dermal thickness to more youthful levels and reducing fine lines
- Increases skin’s nutrient and immune support: vitamin A is essential for healthy skin cell DNA synthesis and is a powerful antioxidant
- Reduces age spots and reverses sun damage – by evenly sloughing hyperpigmented cells in addition to reversing UV-damage done to skin cells (which otherwise results in continued hyperpigmentation); plus inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, to reduce melanosome size and melanin ‘clumps’
- Up-regulates cell turnover to reduce fine lines, ‘crepeyness’ and roughness in ageing skin; down-regulates cell turnover for better health in acne skins (too-high turnover traps cells in follicles and causes congestion)
- Acts on sebocytes (cells that make up the sebaceous glands) to regulate oil levels
- Antibacterial action reduces Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) that build in blocked follicles
- Strengthens skin’s protective barrier to restore natural hydration
- Promotes healthy blood vessel formation and decreases capillary dilation in rosacea patients
Cape rose essential oil – a rich antibacterial with healing properties for acne, bruises, broken capillaries, burns, congested skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema
Witch hazel – an antioxidant astringent and natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, scars and skin blemishes
18% blend of AHAs and BHA (lactic, malic and salicyclic acids):
- The gentle, non-abrasive, exfoliating properties of lactic and malic acid are used (in preference to the harsher glycolic acid) to slough excess skin cells and stimulate the turnover (production) of fresher, clearer, lighter looking skin.
- Lactic and malic acids are humectants, which draw water into the skin to improve hydration and leave a protective moisture layer on the skin – helping to minimise scarring and improve texture.
- Malic acid is an antioxidant which helps to protect skin cells from damage.
- Salicylic acid (BHA) exfoliates and also goes deep into the follicles and pores to act like a little bottle-brush, pulling out oil, debris and reducing inflammation in one go. Great for acneic or congested skin
The gentle, non-abrasive, exfoliating properties of lactic and malic acid slough excess skin cells. (adding Ultimate A and Vitamin B to your regime will regulate oil production] They also aid skin hydration by drawing water into the skin and leave a protective moisture layer on the skin to help minimise scarring and improve skin texture
Potassium azeloyl diglycinate – an antibacterial that also reduces excess sebaceous oil by inhibiting the sebum producing enzyme 5-a reductase
Lemon grass and manuka oils – destroy the p-acne bacteria which causes inflammation and redness (a better choice for this task than the potentially toxic benzoyl peroxide, which can produce ‘rebound acne’ due to bacterial resistance)
Salicylic acid (a BHA, or beta hydroxyl acid) helps exfoliation and goes deep into pores to act like a bottle-brush, pulling out oil, debris and reducing inflammation in one go
Aloe vera – calms, soothes and aids the healing process, and minimises scarring