The New High Potency Ingredients
With all the new products coming on to the market it is increasingly
difficult for professionals to fully understand what works and
why. Let us start by analyzing ingredients, not products. Once
you understand the action of each ingredient you can explore products
that contain ingredients that work.
On their own, even the most potent ingredients may not produce
maximum results. They must be combined in proper, synergistic formulations
with other specific ingredients that serve to enhance the effects
of the product, and further, must be formulated in effective delivery
Some of the new important and effective ingredients to look for
Melablock Complex – has been shown
by clinical studies to be extremely effective at treating all
non-hereditary types of hyperpigmentation, while being much gentler
on the skin than Tretinoin and hydroquinone. It has been clinically
proven to effectively treat many otherwise resistant cases of hyperpigmentation
and is completely non-toxic with no negative side effects or
down time. Melablock is effective on hyperpigmentation caused by
environmental, aging and hormonal stimulations; medications, irritation
and acne, and is an important viable alternative to Hydroquinone.
Super Oxide Dismutase –
one of the most potent antioxidants and also one of the most powerful
sources of phospholipids. SOD is one of the body's first lines
of defense, and helps fight against environmental and other toxic
factors that can severely damage the skin.
Essential Fatty Acids – some of the best skin
corrective nutrients and inflammation fighters, inhibiting the
creation of the free radicals that contribute to aging. They also
have a remarkable toning effect on the skin. Generally marine based,
omega fatty acids are concentrated in salmon and some botanical
Beta Glucan – from
the walls of organically grown yeast cells. It produces positive
results to sun damaged, wrinkled skin and activates the skin's
natural immune system, helping the skin regain its elastic firmness
and smooth texture. Beta Glucan is a very powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
Alpha Lipoic Complex – one
of the most potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory deep acting
skin nutritive complexes, it is both lipid and water soluble, and
can thus rapidly penetrate all portions of the cell. This action
greatly enhances cellular energy and protects vitamins C and E
at the cellular level. Alpha lipoic complex has been clinically
shown to be a powerful therapeutic agent in the treatment of aging
Mandelic Acid – Accelerates cellular
regeneration when combined with highly concentrated glycolic acid
and highly concentrated lactic acid, which also has moisturizing
properties. A mild bleaching agent on its own, when properly combined
mandelic acid produces results on many skin types that have proven
to be resistant to hydroquinone. Mandelic Acid is a form of AHA
that is rarely used due to its prohibitive price, which is roughly
10 times the price of glycolic acid.
Photolyase Liposomes – a
type of liposome that assists in the reversal of sun damage. A
study done at the University of Dusseldorf has shown that photolyase
increases cellular immunity and helps the skin repair UV damage.
Photolyase helps 'recharge", the cells' internal repair machinery
after skin has been exposed to UV damage, enabling the cells' repair
mechanism to do its work.
Oligomers – Although technically
not a high potency ingredient, they are very important as potent
enhancers and stabilizers for delivery system agents. They aid
in the absorption of other key ingredients and allow them to simultaneously
perform both individually and synergistically.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) – According
to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, magnesium
ascorbyl phosphate is percutaneously (deeply) absorbed, and stays
in the skin's cellular layers for up to 48 hours if formulated
in a proper delivery system. This sustained continuous-action complex
bathes the exterior wall and interior of the cell with active Vitamin
C. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is not commonly used in skin care
formulations as it costs 100 times more than L-Ascorbic acid.
Even though these new ingredients seem to be the answer, without
proper purity, combinations, potency and effective delivery systems,
maximum results will still not be achieved.