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Contemporary Ingredients In Skin Care Products

By Marilynn Syrett Published 04/7/2009 | Beauty

The skin care business has come of age.  What was earlier a simple ritual of cleaner-toner-moisturizer has  become a highly specialized and luxurious activity. As technological  evolution continues, skin care products are making use of new and  innovative ingredients to address special requirements of the skin  and provide superb results. These special ingredients help products  deliver lasting and ingenuous results.
  Here are some special  and high-end ingredients used in skin care products that promise  amazing results.
  One of the most popular  ingredients in the skin care industry, Peptides are made up of long  chain amino acids and are the building blocks of proteins. Topical  application of peptides accelerate the production of collagen within  the skin surface and help enhance the skins texture. Moreover, they  also reduce inflammations and boost the healing process of damaged  tissues.
  Peptides are extensively used in face creams and eye  creams because of thier skin regenerative properties. It is an active  ingredient in many anti-aging skin care formulations and help  diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  NIA 24  Intensive Recovery Complex – This is a rich cream that  moisturizes the skin and helps to boost regenerative activities of  the skin. It contains active ingredients like peptides, ceramides and  liposomes that help tone the skin and make it more firm. It also  locks in the multi-level moisture and reduces trans-epidermal water  loss. With regular use, the skin becomes firm and full and looks  younger.
  NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex – Another  superb product by NIA 24, the skin strengthening complex is an  amazing cream that is neither too light nor too heavy. It contains  Dermaxyl Peptide Complex that reduces wrinkles and fine lines on the  skin. With regular use, there is a significant reduction in the aging  signs as it enhances the barrier function of your skin and  accelerates the repair process by supplying moisture.
  The  benefits of Vitamins for skin care are not unknown. However, it is  only recently that Vitamins have started to be extensively used  topically in skin care products.
  Vitamin C is a powerful  antioxidant that protects the skin against damage by ultraviolet  radiations of the sun and other environmental stressors. It is very  effective in shielding the skin against factors that promote  premature skin aging. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and  acts as an antioxidant that neutralizes the damage caused by free  radicals. Vitamin C is often combined with vitamin E so that the  latter helps prevent the oxidation of Vitamin C in skin care  products.
  iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum – It is a  breakthrough formula that contains 15% Vitamin C, 1% Vitamin E and 1%  retinol along with powerful antioxidants and olive leaf extracts. It  heals the skin and improves skin integrity apart from enhancing the  skin texture and preventing sun damage by the ultraviolet radiation  of the sun.
    iS Clinical Super Serum – It contains 15  % Vitamin C that prevents any signs of premature aging and reduces  acne scars and blemishes. Because it is anti-acneic, it is suitable  for all types of skin and even lightens your skin tone.
    Obagi  Professional C Serum 10 Percent – It contains Vitamin C that  neutralizes the effect of free radicals and prevents skin damage  caused by them.
    Natural Herbs and Extracts
  Herbal  extracts are the new rage in the skin care product industry.  Extracted from flowers, plants and herbs, these ingredients have  special healing properties that take care of many skin conditions.  Some of the popular examples include green tea, rosemary, and aloe  vera extracts. These natural ingredients help nourish and soothe the  skin, especially so if it has undergone any chemical procedures like  chemical peelsand microdermabrasion for example.
  Obagi  Nu-Derm Foaming Gel – It is a unique combination of Aloe vera,  natural herbs and natural cleansers. This gentle formulation removes  all the pollutants accumulated on the skin and excess oil without  disturbing the natural moisture levels of the skin.
Obagi  Nu-Derm Toner – It is a amazing combination of natural  ingredients and herbs like sage extract and calendula officinalis  extract that tones the skin and normalizes the pH balance. It  contains a natural astringent called ‘alum’ that restores the pH  level of the skin and makes it easier for active ingredients of other  skin care products to penetrate better into the skin surface.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences. She has authored several articles about antiaging skin care products including many from Obagi and iS Clinical range of skin care products.