08 Dec Radicals are free: get rid of them!
Have you ever wondered why the skin ages? In addition to an inexorable and natural process linked to the passage of time, the skin also ages due to free radicals, molecules responsible for oxidation that accumulate on epidermal cells.
Oxidation is the same chemical reaction that darkens a cut apple left in the air for half a day: imagine what can happen to your skin! Free radicals are produced both by external factors (smoke, alcohol, environmental agents, sun, stress) and internally, acting as the ‘waste’ in normal cellular exchanges.
The good news is that the body, including the skin, has the capacity to repair oxidative damage; the bad news is that over time, this capacity is gradually lost, especially when the body is continually exposed to factors that accelerate the production of free radicals. The result is an ageing of the skin and in particular the degeneration of support fibres such as collagen and elastin: the features sag and the skin looks hollow, dull and tired.
This is why it is useful to introduce moisturising and nourishing cosmetics with antioxidant active ingredients into your beauty routine. A valuable habit to use during the change of season, when the skin looks most in need of extra care.
Our Age Nouveau hyper-nourishing antioxidant face cream contains an all-natural base of shea butter, jojoba oil, chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid, enriched with antioxidant nano-liposomes. These are spherical vesicular structures less than 250 nm in size, made up of phospholipids, which contain various types of actives. In this case, two antioxidant molecules work in synergy, Q10 and lipoic acid, for an anti-radical and anti-age action.
Nanoliposomes are small spherical vesicular structures made up of naturally occurring phospholipids. In nature, there are perfect examples of liposomes such as the phospholipid membranes of animal and plant cells.
The cosmetic technique has reproduced epidermal liposomes to exploit their ability to carry water and functional substances through the different skin layers.
In addition, the substances carried are protected from the degrading action of oxygen, enzymes and unfavourable environmental agents and are released gradually as they diffuse through the epidermis, making them more bioavailable.
The antioxidant nanoliposomes contain Q10 and lipoic acid, two of the most widely used molecules in cosmetics with antiradical, photoprotective and anti-ageing actions, which, in microencapsulated form and thanks to their synergistic action, enhance their functionality.
In addition to their antioxidant and anti-age action, liposomes have an emollient, nourishing and protective action on the skin and are designed to combat the action of free radicals.
The liposomal form, in the case of lipoic acid, also solves some of the formulation difficulties associated with the substance in pure form, such as instability, poor solubility and a strong, characteristic odour, which is difficult to cover by fragrance.
Antioxidant nanoliposomes are also indicated to delay skin ageing and protect the skin from sun-induced damage. They are also often included in sun and after-sun products.
Liposomes of Vitamin A+E
Vitamin A+E liposomes consist of an aqueous solution of phospholipid liposomes loaded with tocopheryl acetate and retinyl acetate. They have antioxidant, anti-ageing and emollient properties.
The transported substances are also protected from the degradative action of oxygen, enzymes and unfavourable environmental agents.
Vitamin A+E liposomes are particularly suitable for mature, dull and anaelastic skin and for firming the body.
In addition, given their balancing and anti-inflammatory action, vitamin A+E liposomes are also indicated for impure and inflamed skin and in after-sun preparations.
In addition to Vitamins A and E there is another vitamin, C – Ascorbyl Glucoside, which is a stabilised form of water-soluble Vitamin C.
Ascorbyl Glucoside is a glucose-stabilised derivative of ascorbic acid with high stability in formulation. It is easily soluble in water and resists discolouration and degradation while retaining all the biological activities of L-ascorbic acid.
Ascorbyl Glucoside has the same lightening, sun protection and anti-ageing properties as ascorbic acid. It penetrates the skin where it is metabolised as free vitamin C.
To counteract the oxidising effect, we have created Age Nouveau multivitamincream, which offers excellent broad-spectrum protection against free radicals.
At the first applications, you may feel a slight tingling sensation, which is normaland due to the fact that the cream has a slightly acidic pH due to both hyaluronic acid and alpha lipoic acid. This slight acidity, especially on skin that is already alkalinised, perhaps by mineral make-up, will tend to cause a slight redness in the first few applications due to the normalisation of the skin’s pH. Once it has returned to physiological values, it will not bother you again.