They are non-oily and absorb immediately into the skin making your skin feel soft and velvety.
We use a base of natural oils which have a similar weight to human sebum (your naturally produced skin protection)
and add to these special oils that add particular benefits for each product.
Our Every Day Face Protecting Cream
contains apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil
Our Every Night Face Replenishing Cream
contains avocado oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, blackcurrent
oil, and jojoba oil.
Our deeply penetrating Eye Cream
contains grapeseed and rosehip oils.
Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca) oill
comes from the large pits of apricots that yield up to 45% oil. Apricot
kernel oil has 30% unsaturated essential fatty acid content. The oil is
similar in weight to human sebum. Extremely nourishing to the skin and
excellent around the eyes and neck. Apricot kernel oil is an emollient.
This oil helps make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness,
cracking and irritation, and may retard the fine wrinkles of aging.
Avocado(Persea americana) oil is
made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is a rich, heavy but penetrating
oil that is full of nutritive and therapeutic components. Avocado oil
contains more than 20 % essential unsaturated fatty acids. It contains
vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids
and the "youth mineral" potassium. Avocado oil is high in unsaponifiables
(sterolins) which are reputed to be beneficial in reducing age spots,
healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin. Unsaponifiables
are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They
soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer
of the skin and reduce scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found
to diminish age spots
Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdales) oil
is a light nearly odorless oil. Sweet almond oil is said to have great
nutritional value for all skin types. Has a similar make up to baby's
sebum, the oil naturally produced by the skin to protect it and is easily
absorbed. Contain glucosides, minerals, and vitamins and is rich in protein.
Sweet almond oil has very little natural smell and can be used as a perfume
base. It was highly valued by the Egyptians for cosmetic purposes.
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil
is cold pressed from the nuts of the jojoba tree which is cultivated in
California, Arizona, Mexico and Israel. Jojoba is pronounced Ho Ho Ba.
Jojoba is technically not an oil, but a liquid wax ester with a long unsaturated
carbon chains. It resembles human sebum; the natural coating our body
produces to protect the skin and keeps it supple. Jojoba is skin therapy;
our skin loses sebum with age, sun, wind, cold, and the environment. It
contains protein, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen.
Jojoba is perfect for any skin type it has a large molecular structure.
Jojoba can help dry or oily skin. If your skin has an over production
of sebum jojoba oil will dissolve clogged pores and restore the skin to
its natural pH balance. The reason jojoba oil works so well is that it
actually penetrates the skin because it is accepted as sebum.
Black Currant (Ribes nigrum) oil
is obtained from the fruit of the Ribes nigrum. High in fatty acids, especially
in GLA. It is included to help restore damaged skin and aid in the reconstruction
of cell membranes.
Evening Primrose (Oenothers bennis) oil
is taken from the seeds of the evening primrose. The name comes
from the fact that its flowers blossom in the evening and wither in the
day. Evening primrose oil has high gamma linoliec acid, which is an essential
polyunsaturated fatty acid that is converted into prostaglandins and hormones.
Because evening primrose oil has an extremely high gamma linolenic acid
(GLA) content it has been extensively researched. GLA is vital for the
synthesis of prostaglandin an important function in the body, especially
the skin. Linoliec acid is said to rejuvenate skin cells. Evening primrose
is full of vitamins and minerals. It also repairs damaged skin, keeps
skin healthy, helps repair sun damaged and mature skin. Evening primrose
oil is an emollient which helps to make the skin feel softer and smoother.
Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera) oil
is made from the seeds of wine producing grapes. The lightest of
oils and virtually odorless. Contains vitamins, minerals, high in polyunsaturates
and protein. Grapeseed oil is wonderful used around the eyes and neck.
Widely used in hypoallergenic natural products because it does not often
cause allergic reactions in the highly allergic.
Rose Hip (Rosa mosqueta) oil is extracted
from ripened fruit of a hybrid, thorny, wild rosebush native to South
American countries. A healing oil that is said to regenerate the skin
and counteract the effects of aging. Rose hip oil is a rich source of
omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA)
and vitamin C. Rose hip oil is often used in products made for mature
dry skin as it is an emollient.
Heptapeptide is one of the newest anti-ageing ingredients discovered so far and is now being used in only the best anti-ageing creams. It is known to mimic the action of laminin-5, an important molecule that is present in the dermal-epidermal junction and is responsible for improving its function. Studies have indicated that laminin-5 is necessary for the health and appearance of the skin and is directly involved with skin ageing. Clinical studies indicate that using Heptapeptide over a 21 day period helps tonify the skin, improves its smoothness and helps regenerate and renew the skin on a cellular level. We use heptapeptide in both our Every
Day Face Protecting Cream and our Every Night Face Replenishing Cream.
We combine our natural oils with Powerful Natural Anti-Oxidants
which act to reduce the free-radicals
in your skin. Anti-oxidants help to reduce the effects of sun damage, aging and general
wear and tear on your skin.
The antioxidants used in skin care are mostly derived from Vitamins
A and E. The derivatives of Vitamins A (retinol) and E combat free
radicals. Other antioxidants
work by exfoliating the dead skin on the surface to reveal newer, younger-looking
skin underneath. Still others create a barrier to prevent moisture loss
from the cells.
Both our day and night facial creams contain Vitamin A &
E, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), and Green Tea Extract.
Vitamin E is the most widely used ingredient in skin care products,
used for its moisturising and antioxidant properties. We use only
natural Vitamin E at a level of 5%
in all our products.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is another emerging anti-oxidant which
can penetrate deep into cells to improve the overall appearance of the
skin and moisturize lines and wrinkles, helps to clear oil from enlarged
pores. We use it in our day and night face creams.
. Green Tea Extract is a well know anti-oxidant . Both animal and human
studies have credibly demonstrated that topical green tea formulations
reduce sun damage. appears to exert sun damage protection by
quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking
UV rays. Therefore, green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection
when used in addition to a sunscreen. We use
Green Tea extract in all our face and eye creams.
Gingko extract is wonderful natural anti-oxidant, which helps
to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Gingko soothes the irritation
of dry skin, and is a stimulating tonic to the skin. We use Gingko in
our Every Night Face Replenishing Cream.
Alpha hydroxy acids such a lactic acid, are found naturally in
yoghurt, fruit and sugar cane. They are used in skin care because of their
exfoliating effects on the skin. We use lactic acid in our Exfoliating
Cream which works by sloughing away the outer layer of dead
skin cells, revealing the newer, smoother cells underneath. This results
in a fresher, healthier complexion and reduced pore size, which then allow
the full effects of the anti-oxidants in our day and night face creams
to penetrate deeply into the skin.