Active ingredients in skincare create the change we want to see in our skin. They provide a vast improvement in texture, hydration, depigmentation, cellular renewal, DNA gene expression, and cell organisation. All these benefits fight ageing and reverse the damage already present in our skin caused by many types of pollutants and UV damage. These pollutants attack from within through our diet and from the outside through our skin. Active ingredients provide change through potent antioxidants that donate electrons to balance the damaging free radicals that destroy and interrupt the development of cell replication and expression. Free radicals cause damage through disrupting DNA expression (how the cell acts), that is then replicated from cell to cell, until eventually the newly created cell is compromised and changed. Some of these damaged cells are what we see when we look in the mirror. Sullen, wrinkled unhealthy looking skin with dark pigmentation and a dry, flaky appearance.
By adding active ingredients to skincare, we can give the cell what it needs to repair and improve itself, so when the cell replicates it carries these improvements along inside it. This gives our skin a healthy, clear texture with even complexion and a marked reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.
As a consumer, we are confused daily by marketing tactics, beautiful containers and most importantly, the desire to have a skincare range available to us that does work and create the changes in our skin that we desire, along with the affordability aspect. When creating a skincare range, some particularly important facts are essential. They are the correct percentage and PKA (strength) of acids that are clinically proven to create change in the first place, the correct PH for acid efficacy whilst carefully adding other compounds to a product that do not interact or destroy these bioavailable acids or each other. We must consider the correct storage in a suspension of these acids and further protection in its vessel until the product is used on our skin, where the active ingredients are percutaneously absorbed into your skin and taken up by the relevant receptors that are waiting. This process applies to every ingredient that resides in your product, from enzymes that speed up reactions and peptides which are proteins and building blocks for collagen and elastin including occlusive ingredients and humectants which stop trans epidermal water loss. Cells require certain levels of acids and proteins along with additional matter, to sustain life and replicate into new healthy cells.
There are many active ingredients available on the market, Cosmetic Society only uses ingredients that are tested for efficacy through nonbiased clinical trials and delivery systems, harnessed to protect our ingredients with many years of experience and the amazing technology of nanoparticle science and Liposomal delivery. Cosmetic Society uses black opaque bottles to protect the ingredients from UV damage, along with a high-tech airless system which prevents any air from entering the product. Without these two additional systems, the active ingredients can become degraded and will not perform at their absolute best. We have harnessed the power of the nanoparticle liposome for active ingredient delivery across the phospholipid bilayer and epidermal barriers that stand between your epidermis (outer skin) and the cell receptors inside your body.
In the coming articles, I will elaborate more on each active ingredient and its benefits.
The following are noted active ingredients; however, they must be the correct percentage and PKA for change. Suspension and delivery of these ingredients are vital, or they will be compromised.
Alpha Hydroxy acid (AHA).
Lactic Acid (AHA)
Salicylic Acid (BHA)
L-Ascorbic Acid. 20%
Retinol at 1% – ( always a different % to Retinal, due to Retinal’s slower conversion to Retinoic Acid)
Tocopherol (VIT E active)