Ingredients Glossary N - P
If you want to know more about, 'what ingredients should be in my skincare', this active ingredient glossary will explain, what, why, how and which products you can find them in. We are serious about offering you effective, evidence-based ingredients in our treatments so, we use them in the clinical concentrations proven to deliver results. They are cutting-edge scientifically proven ingredients, most from a natural source, delivered to your skin in sensorial textures with our Signature Essence Blend, to boost your confidence. Every product is created in collaboration with globally awarded Cosmetic Scientists to target prevention/repair of skin ageing, acne and sensitivity (inflammation), for immediate and long-term, sustained results and at a deeper cellular level.
This information is not medical advice and should never replace the advice of a doctor or dermatologist.
Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Complex
Natural AHAs are proven to act as exfoliants, loosening and removing the top layer of dead cells by decreasing corneocyte adhesion. This reveals the new skin cells below. Natural AHA Complex provides a superficial peel action resulting in an improved surface appearance for a fresher, smoother look to skin. AHAs help to remove dry skin and can be useful in treating blemished or problem skin, unblocking and cleansing pores.
Natural AHAs can be found in Gentle Exfoliating Toner™
Natural Betaine is produced from sugar beet molasses and it is an osmoregulator (manages water balance in skin cells). It can hold 1.6 times its own weight in water and hydrate the surface of skin resulting in a soft and even finish.
It is known to manage the right moisture balance in skin cells and improves the 'tight junctions' in skin. It also decreases the depth of wrinkles, giving a much smoother appearance to your face.
This can be found in Treatment Toner™ and Gentle Exfoliating Toner™
We use a novel Oat Oil rich in skin identical lipids including Ceramides, Phospholipids, natural antioxidants and vitamins. In addition to the rich, luxurious skin feel, Oat Oil supports the skin’s natural lipid barrier to improve moisture retention and condition. Such is the high content of skin lipids in Oat Oil, we consider it to be almost liquid skin.
Oat Oil can be found in Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil™ and Lip Line Restoration Treatment™
Microaglae Polysaccharides is clinically tested and contains algae derived polysaccharides that give an instant tightness. Not only does it tighten the skin, but it also builds fibres to improve elasticity which helps to reduce lines and wrinkles.
Skin is made up mostly of collagen; it is the foundation that gives your skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen and taut, smooth skin. In contrast, older people have much less collagen and thin, wrinkled skin. Collagen is protein and is made up long chains of amino acids strung together, like chains of linked building blocks. When it is broken down, short segments of 3-5 amino acids form, called peptides.
Peptides considerably stimulate the collagen production in cells, to provide structure to connective tissues, encouraging firmer skin.
Peptides can be found in Iconic Youth Serum™, Intensely Youthful Eye Cream™, Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF20.
Pheohydrane® is a complete moisturising active substance from brown and micro algae, with minerals from sea water. It provides immediate, sustained/cumulative and long-term moisturisation and softening.
Pheohydrane® has intense, residual effect on the skins water reserves, allowing the active binding of water to various layers of the skin.
Pheohydrane® can be found in Treatment Toner™.
Pomegranate Enzymes are anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. They gently exfoliate the skin by digesting the surface dead skin cells (imagine Pac man). Pomegranate Enzymes also help to protect against premature wrinkles, fine lines and age spots caused by sun damage and exposure. Pomegranates promote smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production and they also soften skin.
PRIMAL HYAL™ 300 (Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid)
PRIMAL HYAL™ 300 is a lower molecular weight Hyaluronic acid and plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (x1000 its own weight). Because of the lower molecular weight it penetrates to activate the beta defensins that help to prevent the microbial invasion that causes spots. This makes it an excellent ingredient for anti-ageing without exacerbating problem-prone skins.
Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate.
PRIMAL HYAL™ 300 can be found in Iconic Youth Serum™, Youth Preservation Moisturiser™ SPF20, and Intensely Youthful Eye Cream™
Prodizia™ contains Albizia julibrissin (Persian Silk Tree). It tackles the effects of glycation. Glycotoxins deregulate the skin’s natural systems responsible for the repair and protection processes that occur during sleep. Prodizia promotes a visible reduction of the skin’s signs of fatigue: dark circles, under eye bags, dull complexion and drawn features. It works through anti-glycation by supporting key detoxifying systems (glyoxalase and proteasome), helping to protect and repair proteic structures damaged by glycation. It helps regulate melatonin levels of glycation-stressed skin cells ensuring optimal repair during sleep.
p-REFINYL® is a lentil extract which is shown to provide epidermal renewal and in clinical tests, showed reduced sebum, pore size and an improved complexion.
It also restores the normal keratinisation process and reinforces the collagen structure of the dermis, limiting pore distortion and slackening. This gives a visibly more uniform, refined and smoothed skin.