What Makes Your Skincare Product Effective?
Ever wonder why some skincare products work better than others? After all, many products contain the same or similar ingredients, yet some are simply more effective and deliver superior results. The answer is a little more complicated than you might think and it gets a little scientific. However, we will keep it simple and focus on two of the key issues that can affect the performance of your favorite skincare product.
First, there is the issue of ingredients – the ‘active’ or ‘performance’ ingredient is in your product. Second, is the delivery system. Is the formula created with the right composition of active or performance ingredients and delivery system to take the beneficial ingredients to the targeted skin cells.
While many of these formulas are closely guarded secrets, any skin care product that intends to stimulate or enhance normal cellular function must include ‘active’ or ‘performance’ ingredients. Examples of active or performance ingredients include hydroxy acids used in anti-aging and exfoliation products, tretinoin or benzoyl peroxide found in acne treatments, polysaccharides in moisturizers, hyaluronic acid for skin lightening, and antioxidants found in a wide variety of skin care products. There are hundreds of active/performance ingredients available to skin care formulators.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are a good example of an ingredient that fits into both active/performance and functional categories. Not only are AHAs used in exfoliants and anti-aging products to reduce the signs of aging while improving skin texture, they also function as humectants (to draw moisture into the skin).
New technologies and scientific breakthroughs continue to enhance skincare products with new delivery systems that produce improvements in the skin that were simply not possible in the past. Those delivery systems enhance old standards like hyaluronic acid or kojic acid. For the purpose of this discussion, we are going to focus on five new ‘performance’ ingredients that deliver superior results.
Kojic Acid Dipalmitate – This new and improved form on kojic acid remains stable when exposed to the air and does not oxidize. As a result, it delivers powerful skin lightening and anti-melasma properties directly to the melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) to effectively lighten dark patches and control signs and symptoms of hyperpigmentation.
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid from Mushrooms – The active ingredient found in some mushrooms, contains polysaccharide, a superior performing ingredient which enables it to penetrate the skin and settle in the cellular matrix between cells. While there, products with this form of hyaluronic acid, hydrates the epidermis (outer layer of skin) all day long to keep the kin plump and healthy for more than 14 hours. Other hyaluronic acids hydrate the surface of the skin, and do not last as long.
Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture – Or simply stated, Swiss apple stem cells. This groundbreaking product delivers amazing anti-aging results, promotes the growth of skin stem cells and protects the skin the UV rays and chronic skin aging.
Erythritol and Homarine HCI – These two ingredients boost moisture to the skin, providing optimal water balance in the lower and upper levels of the skin. When used together these products deliver fast results, providing 30% more hydration in the epidermis (upper layer of skin) and 13% more hydration in the dermis (lower layers of the skin) within 24 hours of use.
Myristoyl Hexapeptide 23 (SYMPEPTIDE 380®) – This acne peptide delivers superior anti-bacterial properties directly to the acne bacteria (P. Acnes) where it effectively heals breakouts and prevents acne from spreading.
There are loads of new products with new and improved ingredients on the market – it’s difficult to know what to pick and why it’s important. Knowledge is power, so for more information, read our article on Anti-Aging Creams: What’s in Them.