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WITH SUN PROTECTION FACTOR
The use of products with a sun protection filter is one of the most important measures against premature skin aging – 365 days a year. UV radiation is also there when the sky is cloudy or when it rains. Components of products with a light protection are filter substances which act similar to a protective shield between our skin and sun. We distinguish between chemical and physical light protection filters. Chemical light protection filters are UV filters which act within skin. There, they absorb the UV rays from the sun. A physical, also called mineral, light protection filter always contains light-refracting minerals. They reflect the UV rays reaching the skin so that they are not able to penetrate into skin. Ideal for children and sensitive skin. However, light-protection filters offer no absolute protection during excessive sun bathing.
WITH BIOACTIVE INGREDIENTS
This product contains bioactive ingredients. Plants develop a variety of metabolic products which can be used as bioactive substances. But also biotechnologically manufactured substances can develop a “biologically active” effect on skin’s metabolism. Bioactive ingredients help to build up the protective barrier of skin and to stimulate the skin’s own repair processes
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE ANTI-AGE COMPLEX
This multi-functional complex is composed by a plant stem cell extract (argan tree, apple) and biopeptides. It helps to vitalize and protect the human skin stem cells, to impart more firmness and tightness to skin and to reduce the first lines in their depth. Bioactive peptides like tripeptides and tetrapeptides help to even out fine lines and wrinkles. At the same time, the collagen formation is stimulated. Skin regains more youthful elasticity.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE NUTRI COMPLEX
Ideal for dull, fatigue skin: This Complex consists of Revitalin® and biopeptides. Revitalin® consists of sugar-protein compounds (glycopolypeptides). This substance activates the oxygen exchange between the skin cells and supports important metabolic processes in skin so that it regains a fresh and rosy complexion. Biopeptides stimulate the production of collagen and strengthen the epidermis. They help to plump up first lines “from inside”.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE PURAN COMPLEX
This complex with BioEcolia® and panthenol counteracts the spreading of harmful bacteria which are considered to cause skin impurities, it also helps to prevent inflammatory reactions.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE REPAIR COMPLEX
This complex contains phyto stem cell extract (alp rose) and Repair Complex. Alp rose stem cell extract provides for a visible anti-aging effect and protects the skin stem cells against UV damages. Repair Complex activates and supports the body’s own repair ability.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE SENSITIVE COMPLEX.
This complex contains the Derma Membrane Complex (DMC) and panthenol. DMC is an alternative regarding the traditional emulsifiers. Due to its „skin-related“ structure and its „skin-similar“ structure and ingredients this complex offers perfect tolerance. Skin’s natural protective barrier is stabilized and the ingredients are optimally transported to the epidermis. Panthenol was chosen as soothing ingredient which prevents irritation processes and helps to diminish light irritations and redness.
Hyaluronic acid is able to bind approx. 6000 times more water than its own weight. So it is above all suited for the use against the visible signs of aging: wrinkles. Even though most of the hyaluronic acid in our body is found in skin, where it holds together the cells, it is almost everywhere in our body.
As early as age 25, the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid diminishes. At the age of 60, only about 10% of the initial quantity of hyaluronic acid is still found. Hyaluronic acid (high-molecular) intensely hydrates skin and protects it against dryness. Super hyaluronic acid (low-molecular) promises an optimal water-binding capacity in the epidermis. Dryness lines are visibly diminished leaving skin looking soft and supple. Due to its moisturizing and moisture-binding properties, hyaluronic acid makes skin looking clear, plump and radiant.
Perfumes in cosmetics have a odor-masking, deodorizing or perfuming effect and also diminish the basic odor of a product ingredient. However, perfumes may also irritate skin and cause allergies. Almost every fifth German shows an allergic reaction after the use of perfumed products. Besides the INCI name “perfume”, additionally 26 perfumes exceeding a certain concentration must be listed individually due to their suspected higher allergy potential in comparison with others. Examples are: limonene, citral and benzyl alcohol. Perfume-free cosmetics is a very good alternative for sensitive and allergy-prone skin types.
Emulsifiers form an emulsion or a cream out of water and oil mixtures. With the concentration of the emulsifier the risk of skin-barrier disturbances increases. Alternatives are (skin-identical) ceramides or an alternative cream basis such as creams with DMC. DMC stands for Derma Membran Complex: Its structure and composition with skin-similar ingredients are guided by human skin and can therefore be designated as “skin-related”. DMC has ha barrier-stabilizing effect and guarantees excellent skin tolerance. Ideal for sensitive, irritated skin. The Derma Membrane Complex is an intelligent ingredient delivery system which can be described as „ingredient shuttle“. This shuttle perfectly delivers the ingredients barrier-free into skin. The cosmetic efficiency of products containing the Derma Membrane Complex is far more direct and quicker. The products have an enormous skin tolerance, offer an immediate effect and help to restore the natural protective barrier of skin.
NO MINERAL OIL
This product contains no mineral oils or derivates. These oils (Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffinum Subliquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite Wax, Ceresin, Vaseline) are odorless and purified oils which have been used in cosmetics for many years due to the fact that they seldom cause allergies or skin irritations. While plant oils are similar to the natural lipids of skin and therefore penetrate into the upper layer of skin, mineral oils remain on skin’s surface where they develop their protective effect.
Parabens are preservatives. Parabens (isobutyl parabens, ethyl parabens, methyl parabens, propyl parabens, butyl parabens) have been used in cosmetics for many years and efficiently protect them against germs. However, they are suspected to cause allergies. Principally, parabens are listed as ingredients in cosmetics on the positive list, meaning that their utilization is allowed. Sensitive skin may, however, react with intolerances. Therefore, they were often replaced in the last years by other substances with preserving, anti-microbial properties. Additional critical factor: The structure of parabens is very similar to the female sexual hormone estrogen, they are absorbed via the skin and are suspected to trouble the hormonal balance. The German office for risk valuation points out that due to the uncritical maximum quantity used there is no sufficient proof for a health risk.
Polyethylene glycols - PEG – are chemical compounds which effectively combine lipids and moisture. They are emulsifiers with a pleasant formulation. In the INCI they are normally found as the abbreviation PEG and a number. Sodium Laureth Sulfate also belongs to the PEG group. A typical example is Laureth-9, often utilized in cosmetics as emulsifier and in dermatology as local anesthetic. PEG are used in cosmetics as surface-active excipients. Depending on their composition, they serve as solubilizers, emulsifiers, surfactants, lipid replenishing and moisture-maintaining agents. PEG improve the penetration ability, i.e. skin becomes more permeable for ingredients, but as a consequence also for possible toxic substances. Therefore, the use of PEG is discussed controversially.
There are different opinions regarding silicone oil. It has both advantages and disadvantages. Non-soluble silicone oils are e.g. “Dimethicone“, „Cyclomethicone“, „Cyclopentoxilase“, „Dimethiconol“. Water-soluble silicones are „Amodimethicone“, „Polysiloxane“, „PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone“ or „Dimethicone Copolyol“. Silicone oil forms a water-repellent film on skin’s surface which protects against moisture loss.Allergic reactions to this substance have not been reported. Silicone oils last forever, fix fragrances on skin and do not feel greasy. But: If there is too much silicone oil in a cream, the sweat may be blocked, the skin under the film may swell and become brittle. Therefore, the concentration to be used must be selected very carefully.
NO ANIMAL INGREDIENTS
All ingredients used in this product are of either natural or synthetic resp. biotechnological origin. This statement is important for persons who live vegan and who follow this philosophy not only regarding their nutrition but also in their entire life. When selecting alternative ingredients we take care that synthetic or biotechnological substances were not subject to any animal testing by the manufacturers.
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS THE BIOACTIVE MOISTURE COMPLEX
The Bioactive Moisture Complex supports the transportation and distribution of moisture in skin. Skin is optimally supplied with moisture. This Complex is a synergistic formula of hyaluronic acid, super hyaluronic acid and madecassoside: Hyaluronic acid protects the horny layer against dryness – even with a low air humidity. Hyaluronic acid is non-toxic, non-allergen and does not irritate skin. Madecassoside is a valuable component from the Centella Asiatica (tiger grass) growing in Madagascar. Madecassoside activates the exchange of water in skin and is the ideal supplement for the supply and binding of moisture in skin.