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AHA’s are mainly used for their exfoliating properties to soften the skin and noticeably improve photodamaged skin (skin aged/damaged by the sun). Regular use of AHA’s lighten discolouration on the skin’s surface and increase skin renewal to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
AHA products are best used at night time, daily for thicker and oilier skin types or three times per week for more sensitive skin types. It is recommended to use an SPF during the day when incorporating AHA products in your skin care routine.
Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) commonly used for exfoliation. Being an oil-soluble acid means it is highly effective in penetrating sebum (oil) filled follicles to deep clean and decongest clogged pores. BHA’s are most suitable for oily and thick skin and are an excellent choice for acne treatment due to the specific bactericidal action against Propionibacterium acne (acne-causing skin bacteria). BHA products are best used at night time, the frequency of use depends on product type (please see individual product for usage instructions). It is recommended to use an SPF during the day when incorporating BHA products in your skin care routine.
Not Suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Enzymes are a gentle yet effective choice for exfoliating the skin; they increase the activity of naturally occurring enzymes in the skin that are responsible for breaking down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together to reveal a smoother, brighter skin that glows.
Suitable for most skins, enzymes can be added to your skin care routine up to three times per week, depending on skin type.
Growth Factors are naturally occurring proteins that play a major role in maintaining healthy skin function and structure. As you age, your body’s natural production and preservation of growth factors slow dramatically. Topical application of Growth Factors helps repair damage and increase skin health to improve ageing skins for a noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone. For skin repair, it is recommended to use Growth Factors twice a day and once a day for maintenance.
Not Suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Well known for its excellent water-binding capabilities, Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid brings a host of benefits for the skin, including an immediate smoothness to rough skin surfaces, plumping effects to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as long-term benefits of increased hydration.
Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and dehydrated to use daily morning and night.
Peptides are small chains of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are the building blocks of the skin! The many different types of peptides offer different benefits for the skin. The most commonly sought after and used peptides signal collagen production for stronger, firmer, younger-looking skin. Other peptides are used to deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin for enhanced results, and some for their healing properties.
All peptides have a cumulative action and need to be used once to twice per day for optimal results.
Retinol is considered the gold standard in anti-ageing treatment but also key in treating acne skin conditions. This powerhouse vitamin resurfaces the skin with the proven ability to transform the skin’s texture, leaving it firm and smooth. Known as the ‘normalising’ vitamin, it keeps skin healthy and clear. Most retinol products should only be used at night time. It is recommended to slowly build up the use of retinol products with initial usage two to three times per week, increasing to nightly use as the skin builds up a tolerance. It is essential to use an SPF during the day when incorporating retinol products in your skin care routine.
No retinol products are suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Retinal is another form of Vitamin A which works up to 11x faster than Retinol.
This makes it ideal for mature skin types that want to see a significant improvement in fines lines and wrinkles as quickly as possible.
Of course, not everyone needs such an extreme skin rejuvenation, so younger skin may fare better with retinol. Especially when it comes to preventing signs of ageing.
Retinal is the only retinoid that exhibits direct antibacterial properties. Making it perfect for those prone to blemishes. With continued use, it diminishes the bacteria responsible for breakouts to leave skin looking clear, radiant and youthful.
An alternative to Vitamin A Retinol that is clinically proven is Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a clinically proven alternative to retinol; while molecularly it has no structural resemblance to retinoids, a recent study by the British Journal of Dermatology has found that bakuchiol is comparable to retinol in anti-ageing effects, and is better tolerated than retinol. It is the perfect alternative for those who cannot use vitamin A.
Vitamin B is essential for anyone with skin in need of a boost. Vitamin B increases cellular energy helping to improve the overall function of the skin and boasts a range of benefits for every skin type including oil regulation, brightening effects, hydration, and increased barrier function for a healthier less sensitive skin.
All skin types can benefit from the use of Vitamin B, morning, and night.
Vitamin C is one of the most popular and commonly used ingredients in skin care, with good reason! A potent antioxidant, Vitamin C provides superior protection against damaging environmental stressors. Daily use will not only protect the skin but also brighten, calm, and strengthen the skin through its ability to build collagen.
Vitamin C is best used in the morning to help protect the skin against UV damage when used in combination with an SPF product.