INGREDIENT GLOSSARY: 10 ingredients you definitely want in your skincare and why

Probiotics, Essential Oils, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, AHA’s, BHA’s, Clay, Charcoal, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Acai, Elastin, Retinol, Caviar, Aloe Vera, Green Tea …The list of “hero” ingredients is endless. But what exactly are the benefits of these ingredients and why do we need them in our skincare?

Pevonia Organic Skincare Australia - Skincare IngredientsTo save all the confusion and prevent you spending hours trolling the internet for answers, we asked skincare expert and Pevonia Australia’s Director of Education, Liane Scior for the low down on her top 10 skincare ingredients (let’s face it without a little help, figuring out which “youth-enhancing” products to buy is enough to give us wrinkles!)

“There are so many skincare products to choose from nowadays, all promising an array of solutions for our skin but without understanding the key ingredients and how they’ll benefit our individual needs, purchasing products can be a minefield,” said Scior.

“It’s important to firstly work out what you really want from your skincare, for example whether it be luminosity, lesser wrinkles, smaller pores, a clear complexion….then read the benefits of these ingredients and understand if they are for you. Understanding ingredients will not only help you find the right skincare choices, it’ll also save time, money and potentially unwanted breakouts, reactions or simply just a lack of results”.

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

Derived from plant and fruit sugars (glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids) AHA’s break down the glue that holds dead skin cells together allowing for fresh, new skin to come through. The gentle acids exfoliate skin, while offering a multitude of other benefits such an evening out skin tone, helping to fade pigmentation and age spots, hydrating the skin and providing an overall brighter complexion.

AHA based skincare products are great for those who have a preference for a gentler exfoliation as they are free from beads and grains found in other exfoliators. Also good for those with dull, ageing and sun damaged skin.

Try: Renewing Glycocides Cream

BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

BHA’s are oil soluble mild acids (salicylic acid) that penetrate pores deeply to unclog, clean and clear oil, dirt, pollution and dead skin cells.

BHA based skincare products are perfect for people dealing with blackheads, congested skin, breakouts and acne

Try: Spot Treatment

Collagen

Collagen is technically a protein. It actually occurs naturally in our bodies giving our skin strength and elasticity and working to replace dead skin cells. However as we age, our natural Collagen levels begin to decline which is why we need a little help by applying it topically through skincare.

Collagen is re-absorbable, which means it can be broken down, reabsorbed into the skin and used to boost your skin’s natural Collagen production processes, leaving you with a plump, refreshed complexion the natural way.

Collagen based skincare products are perfect for those looking to counteract the first signs of aging.

Try: Age Correction Intensifier Collagen & My-Oxy Caviar

Retinol

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It has been proven to boost collagen and elastin production, and energise and speed cell turnover making them function like the cells of a child! Using a well-formulated and stable product with retinol will also visibly reduce the appearance of sun damage, brown spots, lines, wrinkles and large pores.

Retinol based products are perfect for those with sun damaged, dull and discoloured complexion. Also good for those suffering from blemished skin as it can reduce pore size and acne or simply aging skin.

Try: Micro Retinol Essential Moisturiser

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in skin, a component of the body’s connective tissues.

As we age, the environment and lifestyle choices destroy hyaluronic acid in our skin, in turn our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness and plumpness. Hyaluronic acid when applied topically through skincare has the ability to replenish moisture (that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin) as well as revitalise the skin’s outer layers, so they look and feel plumper, smoother and softer. Hyaluronic based products are also known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Try: Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream

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(Plant) Stem Cells

Plant stem cells are undifferentiated cells taken from the stem of a plant. Like human stem cells, they have the ability to self-renew and when applied topically to the skin, help protect the human skin stem cells from damage and deterioration as well as stimulate better cell turnover, leading to more youthful skin cells at the surface of the skin.

Products that contain plant stem cells can help keep skin looking young by fighting off wrinkles, protecting against sun damage and reducing inflammation.

Try: Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Serum

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant which helps boost collagen production while treating photo-damage. Not only does it penetrate the skin to fight free radical damage caused by the environment it also helps fade pigmentation and repair tired, lacklustre skin visibly boosting skin brightness and luminosity.

Vitamin C based products are perfect for those with dull, devitalised, pigmented and aging skin.

Try: “C” Complexe

Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that normally reside in our bodies and in our skin. Due to sickness, toxicity, the use of antibiotics, and other external factors, our good bacteria diminishes.

Topical probiotics help deliver a dose of good bacteria directly to our skin, restoring radiance and balance. Some topical probiotics are recommended for mature skin because of their ability to regenerate as well as protect the skin by retaining moisture, healing wounds, and increasing collagen and elastin production for anti-aging effects. They are also an effective anti-inflammatory which means they bring calm to the skin soothing redness and irritation.

Products formulated with probiotics are great for anyone wanting to restore balance and radiance to the skin. Also perfect for those wanting to counteract large pores, uneven texture, oil excess, aging and dehydration.

Try: Age Correction Micro Pores Bio-Active Mask

Elastin

Elastin is a highly elastic protein in connective tissue that gives skin its flexibility. It is a crucial factor in ensuring we maintain a youthful appearance. Also when applied topically it helps skin retain moisture.

Our bodies start to produce less and less of the protein as we get older. As skin loses elasticity it starts to show signs of aging – sagging and wrinkling.

Products formulated with elastin are great for those with skin sagging and loss of elasticity. They deliver repairing and tightening benefits, visibly firming the skin.

Try: Age Correction Firming Marine Elastin Cream

Vitamin E

An antioxidant that protects skin effectively against free radical damage which plays a large part in the aging of our skin!

By blocking free radicals, products formulated with Vitamin E can reduce the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots in turn prolonging youthful looking skin.

Try: Vitaminic Concentrate

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What happens to your skin when you turn 40

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Keep yourself together. Literally.

That’s exactly what collagen does. It’s that protein substance that holds our body together, giving our skin the strength and elasticity, and aids in fast production of new skin cells. At age 40, collagen production begins to decline and if you aren’t really very particular with your health and lifestyle, it may come early.

Imagine that you are creating a paper maché. You need enough glue to keep your art together, right? And what happens if you don’t have enough glue? Sure, you can keep the paper together but the surface won’t be smooth and will be crumpled. Same is true with our skin. Without enough collagen, our skin start to sag, crease and wrinkle.

What affects the slow production of collagen in our body?
Excessive exposure to sunlight. Smoking. High Sugar Consumption.
So unless you have plenty of money to spend on collagen IV, avoid these three.

How can we restore the lost moisture and at least slow down our skin’s aging process?
Refrain from getting exposed to UV rays unprotected. Exercise. Follow a good skincare routine. Eat nutritious food and drink water. What types of food exactly? Foods rich in Amino Acids (fish, poultry), Proline (egg whites, cheese, cabbage, meat, soy), Anthocyanidins (berries, cherries), Vitamin A (dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, squash), Vitamin C (oranges, pepper, broccoli), and Copper (shellfish, nuts, red meat).

Do all skincare products that promise the benefits of collagen deliver the results?
Unfortunately, no. Be careful of the products your purchase. Homemade topical solutions do not make the cut because collagen is too dense to be absorbed by the skin. Pevonia moisturisers are made through a technology called tri-phase homogenisation where the collagen is reduced and mixed into the moisturiser so that it blends in and gets absorbed by the skin easily. The process is done and supervised by our professional skincare engineers.

Making a paper maché with no enough glue is daunting and you won’t be satisfied with the results. Wishing for youthful skin with poor collagen production, well, that remains a wish.

Check out the Pevonia Power Repair Line abundant in collagen, elastin and DNA that help rejuvenate and restore skin.

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Aside from products with collagen, you can also use skincare with Retinol (Vitamin A). Retinol renews, repairs and brightens the skin. Pevonia’s Spa Clinica Pro Micro-Retinol Essential Serum is currently featured in Prevention Magazine, Australia’s leading magazine for women 40+.

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Help the men in your life refine their skincare choices

Pevonia Botanica Australia Organic Skin Care skincare Australia Men with great skin are hotMen are into gadgets and cars and they’d spend more hours scanning hardware shelves to score new tools than shop for skincare products. Women do the grocery shopping most of the time and when it comes to skin care, if you leave the men to do it, they’d probably pick a product they know from eighth grade. Geez.

This September, help the men in your life refine their choices with Pevonia Organic Skincare. When a man reaches his 30s, he becomes more concerned about his age so starting a basic anti-aging skincare routine is step one to achieving younger looking skin.

Remember:

  • Men’s skin has thicker epithelium or outer layer so it’s important to use skincare products especially made for men to address their needs.
  • Go for regular facial treatment at the spa. Facial treatment for men is different from regular facial because men’s skin needs more hydration and it needs a powerhouse combo of repair actives. Because men’s skin is thicker, it needs products with tremendous ability to penetrate and bond moisture to skin.
    Perfect Father’s Day Gift: Pevonia’s Skin Fit Treatment for Men
  • Sunscreen is a must. No excuses. In a study done by Skin Cancer Foundation, men are more prone to Melanoma than women. Excessive exposure to the harmful sun rays burns men’s skin and that is because men tend to take for granted proper skin protection than women.
  • Exfoliate. And we mean men should exfoliate more often than women.
  • After-shave balm isn’t a substitute for moisturiser. Aftershave only shrinks the damaged pores so you need a moisturiser to hydrate your skin.
  • Have a nutritious diet. Remember, it shows on your skin when you eat healthy food so when you don’t, the dullness becomes even more visible. Tip: the more colourful your plate is, the better. Fruits and veggies are life changing!
    Check out our list of Super Food for Super Skin

Start with these four powerful products to rejuvenate and hydrate skin to recover from years of walking under the sun, unprotected:

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Where did the time go?

You wake up one day, look at the mirror, and an old face greets you a good morning! Don’t get me wrong – wisdom comes with age and experience and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Wouldn’t you feel better if people mistake you for someone younger than your actual age? Anybody would be thrilled to receive such compliment!

Facial aging:

1. Spider veins – blood vessels that look like spider web crawling on your skin’s surface

2. Photoaged skin – dead and irregular epidermis (outer layer of the skin) caused by heavy exposure to sun

3. Crows feet – lines at the corner of the eyes developed after many years of squinting, laughing, and smiling

4. Facial lines – caused by frowning or holding up drooping eyelids or eyebrows

Reverse the facial aging process!

Yes, you can’t stop time but you can definitely follow a skincare routine that helps you slow down aging! We’re sure you’ve read so many articles about keeping your skin young and we’re going to tell you again:

1. Clean your face before going to bed, leaving absolutely no trace of makeup or any other chemical on. There is no valid excuse for this.

2. Drink plenty of water. It helps hydrate your skin.

3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to provide the nutrients that your skin needs.

4. Strictly follow a skincare routine. (There is no shortcut to good health, only hard work). You might want to try the following moisturisers from the Pevonia Power Repair Line. These are rich in collagen, elastin and D.N.A. to rejuvenate, nourish, hydrate and restore matured skin.

Until March 14, get a FREE travel size Hydrating Cleanser when you purchase any of the Power Repair Care Creams! 
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