Kittens, as I promised in the previous post, I share information about the package with natural cosmetics that I'd received today. You know that I love natural cosmetics, but my world of organic cosmetics is usually limited by ingredients more or less available in stores. So I was happy to receive samples of the real natural cosmetics, created in laboratories according to all cosmetic standards. I'd received the first class package, because, as you know, such products are not stored for a long time. The box was sent to me by U.S.'s online store Skinactives.com, based in Arizona. There were miniatures of collagen serum, of coral cream (though it is only the name, this cream contains a set of ingredients, one of which is identical in properties with coral pigment, this is because, as you know, catching of corals is limited) and of the gel-concentrate of these same ingredients separately of cream. Apparently, it can be added to other creams or used for creating new ones. Overall, the store is divided into selling of ingredients for natural cosmetics, and ready-to-use products. So I understood all with cream and serum, but I have not decided yet how I'll use the gel-extract =) But to use is necessary, because otherwise the remedy will deteriorate. Below I will give you the annotations to the presented products. These annotations are with a detailed description of the biochemical ingredients, I hope you will not get bored and will not fall asleep while reading: D All the details you can also read clicking on the attached links. I will write my opinion after I will test this stuff! ♥
Our Collagen Serum (a.k.a. let’s make collagen serum), is a short name for a serum that should be called “keep your skin happy by giving it the actives it needs to keep making all the components of the matrix, including collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and maintaining the native structure of the proteins, protecting them from glycosylation and loss of function; and making sure that the cells producing that matrix, including stem cells, are protected from endogenous and exogenous antioxidants so that your skin can be healthy for as long as you need it”. Because this name would take too much space in the label, we had to shorten the name to “collagen serum”. The rest of the space on the label we can use for the ingredient list, which is pretty impressive and includes the best actives from nature and laboratory.
SAS Sea Kelp Coral is a light gel with healing, UV protective and antioxidant properties.
Ingredients: Sea Kelp (Lactobacillus/kelp ferment filtrate) Bioferment, Porphyridium extract, fucoxanthin, astaxanthin.
Kelp, the substrate in our bioferment, is the common name for a number of species of brown algae (Phaeophyceae). Kelp is a rich source of iodine, potassium and many essential minerals, and has been used as food and for its medicinal powers for milennia. Kelp also contains organic chemicals like alginic acid, laminaran, laminitol, lutein, zeaxanthin, xanthophyll, violaxanthin, fucosterol, sulpholipids, inositol, phytol, phloroglucinol, aldobiuronic acid and much more.
The Sea Kelp also contains Fucoidans. These are sulfated polysaccharides with a structure that depends on the plant source and growing conditions. Applied to the skin, fucoidan will increase the density of collagen bundles, decrease activity of proteases (enzymes that break down dermal proteins), increase scavenging of free radicals and increase cell proliferation. These effects are mediated through increased expression of integrin a2ß1 and may also help with wound healing. In addition to assisting in collagen synthesis, fucoidan inhibits the replication of many viruses, including herpes, human cytomegalovirus, HIV-1 and others. The action of lactic bacteria on the kelp will solubilize nutrients further and increase bioavailability to the skin.
Porphyridium extract - The extracellular polysaccharide produced by this red algae has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Xylitol residues may be responsible in part for the anti-inflammatory properties (we use xylitol in our anti-inflammatory cream).
Fucoxanthin is a major carotenoid in brown algae. Topical treatment with fucoxanthin seems to prevent skin photoaging (wrinkles, hypertrophy, VEGF, and MMP-13 expression) by UVB light, probably via antioxidant and antiangiogenic effects.
Urikura, I., Sugawara, T., Hirata, T. (2011) Protective Effect of Fucoxanthin against UVB-Induced Skin Photoaging in Hairless Mice. Biosci. Biotech. and Biochem, 75: 757-760.
Astaxanthin is not the actual pigment that gives color to the coral skeletons (obviously we can’t use corals as a source!) but astaxanthin is very similar to the pigments in the corals skeleton, derived from photoprotective pigments produced by the endosymbiotic photosynthetic algae that make coral life possible.
If you have anu questions - just let me know!
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