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We believe moist, supple skin that is supplied with lots of anti-oxidants is much healthier than skin subjected to acids, temporary plumping agents and chemical line fillers. Our anti-ageing cream is designed to provide healthy ingredients to maintain youthful skin, not short term miracles that might cause damage longer term.
Our Anti-Ageing Cream takes a two step approach to anti-ageing:
One part of ageing is caused by "free radical damage". Free radicals are molecules that have become short of an electron. To become stable, free radicals seek out other molecules and can take an electron from them. This can cause cell damage leading to skin ageing, amongst other things. Supplying anti-oxidants to the skin helps mop up these freed radicals. The difficult part is to ensure that the ingredients get deep enough to function.
The star anti-oxidants for this cream are Resveratrol and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, both included at the maximum suggested percentage by the supplier. Each are some of most effective and expensive anti-ageing actives available. It is especially effective at preventing and reversing sun damage and results should be seen over the course of a month.
We cannot say too much here, so we encourage everyone to look at the peer-reviewed studies being done on Resveratrol and its protective effects. You can find these studies do by going to www.scholar.google.com and searching under "Resveratrol Skin". This way you have access to the latest science journal information, not the cosmetic companies hype. It can be difficult to understand, but basically it is an important new development for skin that has had sun exposure.
We use the highest quality micronised Resveratrol of 1um size for best absorption and almost 100% purity. We developed (after 6 months of failures) a unique system of ensuring that the concentration we needed stayed stable in the cream. The difficulty of this ingredient is that in good concentrations it tends to make creams unstable. Rather than reduce the concentration, we changed the way we incorporate it within the cream so that we have probably a higher concentration of Resveratrol than any other cream. You will notice this new cream a little thicker as Resveratrol arrives as a very fine powder.
Price. The ingredients for this cream are amoung the most expensive ingredients of any anti-ageing product sold at any price. We have seen creams with similiar quality ingredients retail for more than $250. This is because few consumers are cosmetic chemists, and so are not aware of what makes a good anti-ageing product, and must rely on price and advertising as the only indicator. If you have time to do some research, we believe you will find this to be one of the best possible anti-ageing formulas available, and without the chemicals normally used to fragrance, preserve and add a pleasant skin feel (silicone) in most commercial creams.
If you currently use anti-ageing treatments such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid, we strongly suggest not using any skin product in combination with these ingredients due to possible reactions with their acids, or contact the manufacturer of your product for more guidance.
Aqua, Squalene (Olive), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Based Emulsifying Wax), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil,Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM Organic Sulfur), Hydrolyzed Milk Protein (Casein), Allantoin,Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Resveratrol (Japanese Knotweed Extract), Piroctone Olamine, Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Vanilla Planifolia Bean Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hop) Extract
|Aqua||When we were told that we have to call our purified water “Aqua” we thought they were kidding. But we can’t fight bureaucracy. So we aren’t trying to be fancy, but we do need to call our water “Aqua” sometimes.|
|Squalene (Olive)||One of our favourite moisturising oils. It helps leave your skin moisturised and dewy. It is good for all skin types, including acne prone skin.
Our body produces a small amount of squalene, but the amount diminishes when we get older, starting in our twenties. Squalene is required for our skin to keep it moisturised and fight aging. It is also a unique antioxidant from olives that protects our skin from free-radical damages.
Since Olive squalene's composition is very similar to human sebum, it can penetrate our skin very quickly to help our skin to fight dryness. It enhances skin elasticity and moisture retention.
|Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera)||Aloe Vera. Most people already know the healing and soothing benefits of Aloe Vera. We loved it before we made skin care, and we love it in our creams.|
|Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Based Emulsifying Wax)||Creams are made from a mix of purified water and oils so as to be more moisturising than oil alone. To hold water and oils together, they need an emulsifying wax. We use a plant based wax that allows the water and oils to stay together.|
|Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil||Apricot kernel oil is a finely textured oil and is easily absorbed by the skin, without leaving it feeling oily or greasy. Apricot kernel oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin and it helps to soothe inflammation. Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids.|
|Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil||Used to soften and condition the skin. Rich in anti-oxidants, it is also a skin protectant, rich in gamma-oryzanol. This helps protect and replenish your skin. Rice Bran oil can be an effective substitute for lanolin, and can help reduce inflammation and soothe discomfort. It's a wonderful oil for itchy "alligator" skin.|
|Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil||Grape Seed Oil is light oil and is excellent for moisturising the skin. Grape seed oil is is very high in antioxidants and contains high amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, and vitamin D.|
|Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM Organic Sulfur)||MSM is an Organic Sulphur compound which is present in every cell of the body. MSM has been proven to be a great skin softener and soothing compound for irritated skin. Studies have shown it also helps improve the production of collagen and keratin and is often used in many anti-ageing cosmetic applications. It is non-toxic and promotes healthy skin for all types.|
|Hydrolyzed Milk Protein (Casein)||Cognis research found that milk protein in a cream increased skin elasticity by around 20% compared to the same cream without. Skin elasticity ensures lines and wrinkles are minimized after any movement of the skin.
For people with Lactose intolerance this is no problem. However for people that are allergic to Milk Protein itself, this ingredient would not be suitable. If in doubt, all natural products should be patch tested before use.
|Allantoin||Comfrey Root has long been known as a healing plant. Allantoin was identified as the part of the plant that performed this function and it has since been synthesised to make it more concentrated and effective. So the allantoin we use is the pure ingredient. Allantoin has been termed a cell proliferant in texts such as the "United States Dispensatory". It is said to clean away dead tissue, hastening the growth of new healthy tissue. Allantoin has been also termed a counter irritant. Allantoin produces its desirable effects by promoting and speeding up the healthy, natural processes of the body. It helps the skin to help itself. It is also promoted as preventing lines and wrinkles by assisting skin repair.|
|Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Stabilized Vitamin C)||Anti-Oxidants help prevent skin oxidisation and so in theory can help prevent the signs of ageing. The difficulty is developing ingredients that can stay stable long enough to penetrate the skin to work their magic. Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is the latest and most expensive form of the Vitamin C anti-oxidant. It also helps with pigmentation. A typical study is shown here.|
|Resveratrol (Japanese Knotweed Extract)||A new ingredient, Resveratrol may be an important additive to skin products to reduce the risks of skin cancer, according to recent studies.|
|Piroctone Olamine||Piroctone Olamine is an anti-yeast ingredient. Non-irritating, it also helps keep the cream free from bacteria and mould.|
|Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier)||A lot of our customers are small. So small in fact that they have sometimes mistaken the creams their mums or dad’s put on the nappy change table for food. So we always choose the most edible ingredients we can. Polysorbates are used in a lot of foods like Mayonnaise, Ice-cream etc to hold the cream and water together. We use them to help with the same thing.|
|Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)||We use the more expensive, natural Vitamin E in our creams, not synthetic. Natural Vitamin E has up to twice the bioavailability of synthetic forms. Vitamin E has antioxidant action as well as free radical scavenger properties. Abundant assortments of researchers from diversified medical fields have theorized that this can slow the aging process. (Sources: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November-December 2001, and Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 1999).|
|Vanilla Planifolia Bean Extract||Although some claim skin firming properties, we really use this as an edible way to make our creams smell nice. We use Hops to preserve our cream and Vanilla and Apple combine well with the Hops to keep our creams smelling nice.|
|Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract||Although often claimed as an anti-ageing ingredient, we aren’t totally convinced. But it does smell amazing, so we put in some of our creams as it combines well with the Hops Extract (our natural preservative).|
|Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract||We have learned over the years that although Essential Oils can be great for some people, some people are highly sensitive. For this reason we tend to avoid them in our creams. We add Pear Extract instead. This is especially to help parents who use our creams on their children. They tend to be much more willing if they like how something smells.|
|Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract||Cosmetic creams need to stay pure from bacteria. That is why ingredients like Parabens etc are used by a lot of companies. These work great at achieving their aim, but a lot of our “customers” are very young children. Sometimes accidents happen and so we aim to make our creams as food like as possible. We worked for over a year to develop a preservation system based on Hop Extract. All our creams have now been checked for preservative efficacy using the British Pharmacopeia test. We are very proud that we are probably one of the first companies to develop this natural and edible anti-bacterial system into our creams.|
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