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Archive for the ‘Skin Care Science Ingredients’ Category

Inner and Outer Glow: Juicing as an Enhancement to Facial Treatments

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Berry Delicious: These Fruits Deliver Results!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


What makes berries a good skincare ingredient? A good spa treatment ingredient?  Berries are included in many skin care products and spa treatments because in addition to being very gentle, botanically-based ingredients, they contribute high levels of antioxidants.  Skin care products are incomplete without antioxidants as they help maintain a young and radiant complexion by fighting cell-damaging free radicals that damage and age the skin.

 What unique qualities do the different kinds of berries offer?  Blueberry extracts enhance skin’s elasticity and smooth texture by helping to prevent the formation of Advanced Glycation End products that contribute to collagen breakdown.  For that reason, blueberry extracts are included in HydroPeptide Soothing Serum: Redness Repair & Relief, Blueberry Peel: Gentle Rejuvenating Peel and Blueberry Mask: Nourishing Recovery Blueberry Mask.  We formulated our facial sunscreen, Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with a built-in antioxidant treatment that includes acai berry.  We chose acai because it has a higher antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry.  Many people don’t wear sunscreen as often as they should for fear that their skin will break out.  Acai has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in helping to prevent blemishes and has also been shown to help lighten hyperpigmentation that can result from sun overexposure.

What products most commonly have berries?  I’ve noticed that masks tend to have berries in them.  Our Anti-stress Mask: Cranberry Pomegranate Anti-Stress Mask contains cranberry extract for its antioxidant properties and is a favorite in holiday treatments.  The HydroPeptide Blueberry Mask: Nourishing Recovery Blueberry Mask contains blueberry extracts to help protect collagen.  Last but not least, our Purifying Mask: Lift, Glow, Firm contains Bearberry, a fruit that is in fact a favorite of bears.  Bearberry is not often used by humans as food, however we include it in Purifying Mask because of its effectiveness in lightening hyperpigmentation.

What clients can most benefit from products containing berries?  I think clients who are concerned with age spots, melasma, acne scars and other forms of discoloration stand to benefit the most from products containing berries.  I say that because we thoroughly researched pigment correcting ingredients that were found to be both safe and effective when formulating our Even Out: Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector.  We chose to combine Bearberry with five other skin brightening mechanisms.  Even on its own, Bearberry is a very potent skin lightening ingredient that works by slowing melanin production – a process by which skin darkens from sun and free radical damage.

Has the Hydropeptide line always included berries?  Our facial sunscreen, Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a re-formulation of one of our original products, SPF 30: Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection.  We decided to keep acai berry in the formula because it has a higher antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry.  Many people don’t wear sunscreen as often as they should for fear that their skin will break out.  Acai has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in helping to prevent blemishes and has also been shown to help lighten hyperpigmentation that can result from sun overexposure.

 How do berries complement the well-known peptides in the line?  Peptides are the building blocks for collagen repair, resulting in skin that looks better and acts younger.  HydroPeptide formulations are unique in that powerful peptides are combined with carefully selected botanicals that include berries.  Take HydroPeptide’s Soothing Serum for example.   While the peptides in the formula optimally nourish collagen, we include blueberry extracts as they protect from collagen degradation.  In order to keep skin looking youthful, collagen not only needs to be repaired but it also needs to be protected as it is the skin’s most relevant structural protein.

Personally, do you like berries or have a favorite?  I LOVE berries: strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are my favorite for a great antioxidant-rich snack.

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Targeting Cellulite: Part 1: Cellular Dynamics

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


What types of spa clients are most at risk?  Spa clients who are female are more likely to be concerned with cellulite because of the way our fat, muscle, and connective tissues are distributed.  People who have thinner skin, either naturally or from taking certain medications are at greater risk.  Pregnant women may also get cellulite as a result of hormonal changes.

What are some tried-and-true topical ingredients to help prevent and manage its formation?  Caffeine is included in a lot of topical anti-cellulite treatments because it promotes the hydrolysis of triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol, thus reducing adipose storages.  It has also a diuretic effect, which helps to control the liquid retention associated with cellulitis.

Any ingredient breakthroughs when it comes to treating cellulite?  Our scientists have discovered an anti-cellulite peptide, known as Acetyl Hexapeptide-39.  This peptide diminishes irregularities on the skin surface due by reducing the fat nodules responsible for cellulite.  We included this new anti-cellulite peptide in our new Firming Moisturizer: Slimming Body Rejuvenation because in clinical studies, a 21% improvement was noted in study subjects after 3 weeks.






















































































































































































































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Plant Stem Cells in Skin Care: What They Can and Cannot Do

Friday, April 4th, 2014

What are plant stem cells and how do they support more youthful looking skin?  Plant stem cells are made in cultures in the lab from meristemetic regions of the plant, bud or root.  They have ability to renew and create all differentiated cell types and never undergo an aging process but give rise to new cells.  These cells have potential to grow into any cell or tissue in the body.  Topically applied botanical stem cells cannot repair DNA but they have a special mechanism to withstand environmental stress as a result of being cultivated from a process in which the plant they came from made protective active substances.  This process involves “wounding” the plant so that it responds by making defensive plant extracts that are 100 times more concentrated than a regular plant extract to defend itself against harsh climatic and environmental conditions.  These powerful extracts act as a skin “booster” by supercharging cells to resist inflammation.

Different plant stem cells deliver different skin rejuvenating benefits:

  1. Buddleja stem cells enhance the skin’s natural antioxidant protection by inhibiting inflammation, preserving collagen and fighting free radical damage to help prevent effects of photo-aging and reduce inflammatory response.
  2. Echinacea stem cells revitalize dull and tired looking skin by stimulating collagen synthesis and helping to inhibit collagen degradation.
  3. Edelweiss stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles while improving skin hydration and elasticity by inhibiting the activity of enzymes that degrade collagen and hyaluronic acid.
  4. Gardenia stem cells help prevent loss of firmness by increasing collagen production by 30% and reducing collagen degradation by 46%.
  5. Gotu kola stem cells help preserve collagen and inhibit hyaluronic acid loss by 90%, resulting in improvements in skin hydration and elasticity.
  6. Lilac stem cells have  been shown to reduce blemishes, redness and unwanted pigmentation by balancing sebum production for an overall clearer complexion.

HydroPeptide’s HydroStem+6:  Stem Cell Antioxidant Serum combines all six of the above botanical stem cells with five wrinkle-relaxing and collagen support peptides.  The unique blend of botanical stem cell and anti-aging peptide technology found in HydroStem+6 works synergistically to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote smooth, firm and age-resistant skin.

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Ask April: Skincare Q&A with HydroPeptide’s CEO

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Q: “You include added fragrance in many of your products.  Many people are sensitized by artificial fragrances and try to avoid products that contain them. Are the fragrances you use different, and why do you use them?”

A: “The ingredients in HydroPeptide products that impart fragrance are extracts from plants with aromas.  These are not synthetic nor are they essential oils.  They are water-based, non-toxic extracts.  We chose these botanically-based ingredients over other available alternatives as they create a pleasant aromatic experience and allow us to keep our products free of phthalates, which are used to stabilize fragrance ingredients in cosmetic products in spite of potential teratogenic or endocrine-disrupting effects.

We have more great news.  Our entire product line is re-launching soon in the form of four micro-collections and of those micro-collections, we have one specifically created to address the concerns of sensitive skin, called the Anti-Wrinkle + Sensitive collection.  In addition to being fragrance-free, the Anti-Wrinkle + Sensitive line features calming peptides and a redness-reducing botanical stem cell shown to help produce a more even-toned complexion while restoring a more normal sensitivity threshold to the skin.”  ~ April Zangl, CEO and co-formulator, HydroPeptide

Have a skin care question you’d like to have April answer?  Contact us on social media!

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About April:

April Zangl has been HydroPeptide’s CEO and co-formulator since 2004 and works closely with HydroPeptide’s Scientific Advisory Board in researching new peptides and their benefits.  April is often featured in the press, having contributed as a skin ingredient expert to New Beauty, DAYSPA, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques and other publications.   She is passionate about HydroPeptide’s mission to provide multifunctional products that deliver results without damaging the skin while creating a luxurious, upscale experience.  April holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from Brigham Young University and in her spare time she teaches group fitness classes and runs marathons.

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