Category: Aqueah Active Ingredients

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a normal skin constituent that is found at high levels in both the dermis and epidermis. The vitamin C content of the epidermis is higher than the dermis, although the vitamin C concentrations in both layers are approximately equal to that of other water-soluble antioxidants, including uric acid and glutathione. Aging, however, causes a decline in vitamin C content in both the epidermis and dermis. Excessive exposures to UV light or pollutants (e.g., cigarette smoke and ozone) may also lower vitamin C content, primarily in the epidermis.

Revitalize Aging Skin with Topical Vitamin C
Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and environmental pollutants can accelerate skin aging by degrading collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin. Fortunately, the anti-aging benefits of a time-honored remedy used by ancient civilizations to heal their skin can help overcome these undesirable effects.

Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin.

While vitamin C is an important nutrient for overall health, little reaches the skin when orally ingested. As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

What makes topical vitamin C preparations so important? Humans and a few other species lack the ability to produce the vitamin C that is so vital for beautiful, healthy skin. To make things even more challenging, vitamin C is water-soluble. Consequently, a great deal of the vitamin C we ingest gets excreted rapidly.

While oral supplementation with vitamin C is important for maintaining one’s overall health, it is not very effective at increasing skin concentrations of vitamin C because its absorption is limited by active transport mechanisms in the gut. The most effective method for replenishing vitamin C in the skin is therefore to go straight to the source, and apply it directly to the skin.

Topical antioxidants produce much higher concentrations in the skin than nutritional supplements. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin is 20 times more effective than oral ingestion. Simply applying vitamin C daily for three days can achieve optimal levels in the skin. It is also known that once a topical antioxidant is absorbed into the skin, it cannot be washed or rubbed off. So, even after stopping application, significant amounts of vitamin C will remain in the skin for up to three days.

Rejuvenating the skin by constantly replenishing vitamin C stores can therefore help maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, especially as we get older.

When incorporated into your daily skincare lineup, well-formulated products containing vitamin C can provide a range of benefits that keep your skin younger-looking, longer! See what C can do:

Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
Helps boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage
Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure

Hyaluronic acid in skin scare

Hyaluronic serum

 

What is hyaluronic acid ?
Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. Hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan) is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars.

Present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

It is of the chief components of the extra-cellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin.

How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).

Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate.

Unlike collagen, Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. This is thanks to its small molecular size.

Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection.

What makes it a great ingredient in skincare?
First off, don’t let the word “acid” fool you. Hyaluronic acid isn’t harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite—a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. When you apply it topically it penetrates the dead cell layer (stratum corneum) and permeates the skin It increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage

As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability. hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate can reduce the appearance of fine lines, promote younger-looking skin, and help create a healthier barrier.

While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous results that a hyaluronic acid filler can, you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack is a seaweed that has a high amount of vitamin C. There is also alginic acid, which is insoluble in water and swells by absorbing water up to 100 times its weight. As a result, bladderwrack is used in treatments for cellulite.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter contains a number of different antioxidants which can kill-off a wide range of different free-radicals. In fact, cocoa butter contains a much higher antioxidant concentration then even blueberries and other superfoods. which help fight off free radicals. Free radicals are causes of skin stressers and signs of aging.Cocoa butter is widely noted to help reduce stretch marks and scaring from acne or skin disorders.Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and hydrates the skin deeply.Free-radicals are small molecules formed during the body’s metabolism when energy is generated from glucose in every cell in your body. They are also formed by exposure to pollutants such as car fumes, pesticides, and tobacco smoke.

These free-radicals destroy cells, and when these are skin cells you begin to age. Your skin wrinkles and dries up, and you begin to take on the look of somebody years older than you are. They do this through a process known as oxidation (a good way to think of it is to consider how iron rusts when it oxidises), and antioxidants can prevent it. They neutralize the free-radicals, and prevent your skin cells from being destroyed.

Cocoa butter can also be helpful for many skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and skin irritation.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed, also known as linseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for health and helpful in restoring skin health. Flaxseed contains up to 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil. When applied topically, flaxseed oil may be more effective for skin treatment than when taken as a supplement. Skin is made of protein and requires protein to restore its health. The omega-3 protein found in flaxseed oil smooths the appearance of wrinkles by helping to repair skin cells.

Flaxseed oil has been used to treat the skin condition psoriasis, in which the skin becomes inflamed and irritated. In the skin of a person with psoriasis, the compounds causing inflammation are much greater than normal, according to Herbal-Powers.com. Psoriasis has been linked to a deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3’s. Flaxseed oil, applied topically, may provide the EFAs necessary to inhibit the compounds in the body that cause inflammation.

Flaxseed oil will improve skin texture and overall condition. Flaxseed oil can also help seal moisture into the skin making it a wonderful choice in skin care.

Ricinus Communis / Castor oil

Ricinus communis has been a trusted beauty oil for millennium dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece and India.

Castor is a unique treatment oil because it balances both dry and oily skin. It deeply nourishes reducing scars, under eye circles, and stretch marks, and it sops up excess oil, treating pimples and quickly healing cystic acne.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a beneficial mineral that offers a variety of healing effects helps to stimulate and cleanse the skin, while removing old skin cells, stimulating blood flow and inducing the lymphatic system.Soothes irritated skin and corrects blemishes as well as preventing them from recurring. This is a must have for people with oily skin and blemishes, irritated skin, hormonal acne, adult acne, as a makeup base or simply to supplement your magnesium intake by applying it directly to the area that needs improvement you are directly feeding the supplement to the place that needs it most when suffering from any number of skin conditions.