Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA Fruit acids. Derived from various natural sources like fruit, sugar cane and willow bark. They are several types of alpha hydroxy acids used in skin care: glycolic acid, phytic acid, lactic acid, and others. Due to their small molecular size, they penetrate deep into the skin to better exfoliate it.
Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins such as collagen and elastin. They are essential for the proper functioning of our organism. 20 amino acids make up the proteins of the human body; 9 of these are said to be essential because the body cannot produce them and must therefore be supplied by the diet.
Substances or materials that eliminate or slow down the spread of micro- organisms, like bacteria, mold, fungi, viruses, parasites….
compounds that are produced in our body and that also occur naturally in plants, and plant-based foods. These compounds protect our body from premature ageing by fighting against free radicals, harmful molecules that damage our cells.
Antioxidants include vitamins (A, C, E), trace elements and minerals (Zinc), as well as the whole family of polyphenols.
Beta hydroxy acids. Exfoliants that are ideal for blemish-prone, oily skin. They can penetrate below the skin’s surface as they are oil soluble. Salicylic acid is the best known BHA.
The most abundant protein in the body, helping to provide structure to the skin (also nails, hair, bones, ligaments and tendons…)
A skin protein that, with collagen, forms the main skin proteins. It is an essential molecule for maintaining mechanical properties of the skin.
Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells by triggering oxidation (oxidative stress), causing premature cellular aging (wrinkles, sagging etc). The production of free radicals is notably favoured by pollution, an unbalanced diet, smoking, the sun, excessive sport or stress. Antioxidants are capable of fighting effectively against free radicals by neutralising them.
What is it? It is a naturally sourced Poly-Hydroxy Acid (PHAs). Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and mature. What does it do? Gently exfoliates, removing surface dead skin cells for a more radiant, toned complexion. Hydrating, antimicrobial and antioxidant for smoothing, stimulate and rejuvenate the skin.
What is it? It is a naturally occurring Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHAs) that is easily absorbed by the skin. What does it do? Exfoliates dead cells in the skin surface and stimulate cell turnover, boosts collagen production, minimalizes pores, fights blemishes, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. For fresher, brighter, younger-looking skin.
(SKIN BRIGHTENING/ ANTIOXIDANT).
What is it? It can be found naturally in whole grain wheat and rye and, as an antioxidant, plays a role in neutralizing free radicals that can be harmful to skin health. It is also a skin-brightening agent. What does it do? Skin is brighter and more homogeneous
(ANTI-AGEING/ CELL REGENERATION)
What is it? It is an amino acid found in the skin and a major component of collagen. It plays a part in keeping collagen stable. What does it do? As a powerful cell regenerator, it improves the skin’s firmness, elasticity and smoothness and helps to reduce wrinkles.
What is it? It is a molecule naturally present in all our connective tissues and skin. It diminishes with age. It is able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water in the skin, so ideal for hydration.
What does it do? It plays an important role in hydration, the cell-renewal process, increasing skin density while maintaining a good architecture thanks to the stimulation of collagen and elastin fibers production. For hydrated and rejuvenated skin.
What is it? It is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHAs) originating in milk, fruit, vegetables and other plants. It is an exfoliator and a natural moisturizing agent that plays a key part in skin hydration. What does it do? It increases hydration of the top layers of the skin through gentle exfoliation. For healthier-looking, brighter, hydrated, even-toned skin. Improves the skin’s natural barrier and resistance to dryness.
What are they? Peptides are chains of amino acids, which link together to form the proteins that are the building blocks of the skin, including collagen and elastin. As we age, our levels of collagen and elastin naturally tend to diminish. What do they do? Peptides help with repairing and cell renewal. When used in serums/moisturizers, they are small enough to penetrate the skin and will stimulate the production of collagen. They are instrumental in maintaining skin firmness, tone, texture and elasticity, stimulating collagen elastine fibers synthesis and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Poly-Hydroxy Acids are a group of acids with a larger molecular size: they penetrate less deeply into the skin and are therefore ideal for sensitive skin. Gluconolactone is a Poly Hydroxy Acid (PHA) which is gentler on the skin than AHAs.
(SOOTHING/ EXFOLIATION/ HYDRATION/ ANTI-BLEMISHES)
What is it? It is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHAs) naturally present in cereal seeds, fruit seeds and bran. What does it do? It provides exfoliation, hydration and skin brightening. Improves skin tone, texture, hydration and radiance.
What is it? A natural plant compound found in the skin and seeds of many foods like grapes, peanuts, seeds, berries etc… What does it do? It acts as an antioxidant and has also anti-inflammatory properties. It brightens the skin and preserves skin density, elasticity and firmness.
(ANTI-WRINKLES /ANTI-AGEING/ANTIOXIDANT/ BRIGHTENING)
What is it? It originates from Vitamin A and belongs to a family of substances known as retinoids. What does it do? It boosts the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, stimulates and accelerates skin renewal, brightens the skin, regulates sebum, fades dark pigmentation and is a powerful antioxidant. For smoother, younger-looking, with a rejuvenated complexion.
What is it? It is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHAs) often used in chemical peels and is effective against blemishes. It exfoliates right down to the hair follicles to help unclog pores. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Oil-soluble. What does it do? An exfoliator, excellent for skin regeneration, it minimalizes pores, hydrates and purifies the skin.
What is it? It is a natural component of skin tissue, found on the surface of the skin. What does it do? It is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing mechanism, essential for maintaining the health, function and hydration of the more superficial skin. Moisturizes and soothes the skin.
(NIACINAMIDE) (SOOTHING/ ANTI-AGEING)
What is it? Also known as Niacinamide, this is a very stable vitamin with an important role in cell functions, DNA repair, energy metabolism and in regulating inflammation. It cannot be made by the human body. What does it do? With its excellent soothing properties, vitamin B3 helps to fight irritation and redness. It prevents water loss, helping to maintain skin hydration, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and improves overall skin texture.
(PANTHENOL) (HYDRATION/ REGENERATION)
What is it? Panthenol also known as Vitamin B5 is naturally present in all living beings and has an ability to capture and retain water in the cells as well as promote skin regeneration. What does it do? It improves skin hydration, restores and protects the skin barrier function, reduces water evaporation through the skin, acts as a skin repairing agent and stimulates skin regeneration. For smoother, hydrated and healthy-looking skin
(OVERALL SKIN HEALTH)
What is it? Also known as Pyridoxine, this vitamin is essential for skin health and maintenance. It cannot be made by the human body, but you will often get enough through a healthy, balanced diet (present in poultry, peanuts, soya beans, oats, bananas….). What does it do? It is involved in cell metabolism (which assists the growth and repair of skin cells), the production of certain hormones and the renewal of red blood cells. It can help reduce the effects of hormonal imbalance that could lead to blemishes, it helps collagen production and skin hydration. Great for overall skin health.
(ABSORBIC ACID) (ANTI-AGEING/ ANTIOXIDANT/ BRIGHTENING)
What is it? A vitamin found in some foods, like fruit and vegetables. Also known as L-ascorbic acid. It is an essential nutrient that cannot be made by the human body that plays an important role in skin health density and immunity. Shields against sun exposure, free radicals and pollution. What does it do? It is an antioxidant and so assists with anti-ageing, it helps in collagen production, revitalizes cells, reduces skin pigmentation and promotes skin radiance.
(TOCOPHEROL) (ANTIOXIDANT/ ANTI-AGEING)
What is it? It is a fat-soluble antioxidant which is ideal in synergy with vitamin C (help to stabilize). It can penetrate deep into the skin, having anti-ageing benefits. What does it do? It helps to strengthen the skin, accelerates the skin repair, enhances skin elasticity and repairs cell damage. For brighter, lighter, hydrated, healthy-looking skin.
(ANTI-BLEMISHES/ SEBUM REGULATOR)
What is it? It is a key mineral used by the body to produce collagen, as well as being a sebum regulator, a soothing and repairing agent. What does it do? It helps to regulate the secretion of sebum and so is widely used to treat oily skin. The skin barrier is reinforced, and the shiny appearance of oily skin is mattified. For a flawless, matte and healthy looking skin.