Skin Physics® Commitment to Sustainability and use of
Food Ingredients in Beauty Masks
Written by Dr Curtis Crasto, R&D and Technical Manager at Skin Physics®
Global beauty trends according to Google’s market data show worldwide, we are all looking for the crossover use of foods in beauty. After all, foods that are safe to consume, nutritionally rich and beneficial to the skin (as ‘beauty-from-within’ foods) are viewed as valuable ingredients to have in topical skin products (as ‘beauty on the outside’ cosmetics).
Dragon’s Blood Hydration Mask
In my previous article, titled “Skin Physics® responds to Customer Demands for Beautiful Masks”, I explained the unique Gel-Mask technology used in the Hydration Maximiser, Dragon’s Blood Soothing Gel Mask and Total 360 Eye Revive mask.
The key to these mask products superior aesthetic feel on the skin and its excellent performance (with immediate hydration and lifting effect for smooth skin) is based on a mix of swellable food-based polysaccharide fibers used in the Gel-mask.
Glucomannan as a key fiber in this Gel-mask is derived from Konjac plant. You may have come across the weight loss benefits of eating glucomannan. In Japan, Shirataki noodles are made from Konjac glucomannan. But Konjac flour is popularly used in Asia to thicken food and unlike corn starch, does not contain calories.
This soluble, dietary fiber works in the gut by absorbing 50 times its weight in water and forms a viscous Gel that moves through the colon where it is digested by bacteria. Consuming glucomannan and drinking water thereafter, creates a feeling of fullness (satiety) with the result that you eat less, at meals and between meals. Do the math! With less calories consumed and more calories burned from normal daily activities and moderate exercise, your body becomes a natural fat burner.
But the weight loss benefits of Glucommanan also extends to its health benefits, absorbing secreted bile-cholesterol which leads to an overall reduction of total and bad cholesterol in the blood.
Well, what’s this information about Glucomannan food and weight loss got to do with this mask?
Dragon’s Blood Gel-Mask is made with food-grade Glucomannan and other fibers (from Carob Bean Gum, Red Seaweed, and Sacran) that are considered safe and biodegradable. The use of this unique combination mix of polysaccharides gives this Gel-Mask its amazing smooth feel and excellent fit adhering strongly to the skin in comparison to the commonly sold, Cellulose-fabric masks.
Another food ingredient that we have used in the serum of this Glucomannan-Gel mask is Dragon’s Blood extract. This ingredient features in a dedicated Skin Physics® skin care range, called DRAGON’S BLOOD.
Dragon’s Blood Hydration Mask contains active food ingredients: Dragon’s Blood (Organic), Hyaluronic Acid and Herbal Mix Herbal Mix.
The historical data for the many uses of Dragon’s Blood resin by the indigenous of mostly, South America (in the Amazon rainforests of Peru and Ecuador) warrants further comment.
The blood-red sap (resin) of Dragon’s Blood has been used in folk medicine for healing wounds, itching/swelling/pain from insect bites, stomach illnesses, and other ailments. In rural Peru use of the sap to stop bleeding has led to Dragon’s Blood referred to by the indigenous as a “liquid bandage”.
Its wound healing effects as a topical product is based on its scientifically documented antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, mainly due to its principal actives: proanthocyanidins (>90%), taspine (an alkaloid), catechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin, and terpene compounds.
In vitro scratch-wound assay has shown that after treatment with Dragons’ Blood, new fibroblast skin cells are formed and migrate to close up a wound, mimicking natural wound healing in the skin.
In vitro tests also confirm that Dragon’s Blood is a more powerful antioxidant than Vitamin C or E and has a capacity to neutralize both oxygen, nitrogen and carbon free radicals.
In vitro microarray test showed Dragon’s Blood ‘epigenetic activity’ in its ability to modify and activate genes and miRNAs involved in the skin’s natural regulatory mechanisms of stimulating:
Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory activities P Cellular Detoxifcation: Anti-Pollution P Skin’s Protective Barrier & Moisturiser function
In keeping with Skin Physics’s® natural, sustainable outlook we have sourced Dragon’s Blood according to Nagoya principles of fair and equitable sharing of benefits:
- - Conservation of the Bio-Diversity
- - Sustainable use of the Bio-Diversity
- - Fair Distribution of Benefits and Profits
- - Respect for the rights of individuals involved (farmers, local manufacturers)
- - Transparency regarding land ownership and the use of and access to natural resources and information
You’ve heard about the moisturising benefits of Hyaluronic Acid (or its salt form, Sodium Hyaluronate) that is used in many high-end skincare brands. Hyaluronic acid is a key dermal filler molecule that swells in the skin to create fullness, providing 3-D firming structure to the skin while acting as a lubricant to allow the elastic movement of skin cells and their attached components.
Recognising Hyaluronic acid as a key anti-ageing molecule, in Japan this is now being popularly consumed as a dietary supplement to promote skin moisture from within.
The hyaluronic acid used in this Hydration mask has been produced by bio-fermentation of a bacterial strain.
Obtaining natural ingredients through advanced biotechnology methods represents a sustainable approach that allows efficient, stable and reproducible production of high quality cosmetic ingredients that reduces environmental impact from industrial manufacture - using less water, energy, less exposure to trace minerals and pesticides in the raw material ingredients.
Use of as little as 0.025% of this biotech-derived & sustainably produced Hyaluronic acid has been shown to increase hydration in the skin with immediate effect that can sustain moisturisation in the skin over a prolonged period.
It’s not uncommon to find Herbal extracts used in natural and organic skincare products. However, it is the quality of the ingredients (source, extraction solvent, manufacturing method) that determines whether the natural properties are preserved in the extracts as indicated in the traditional medicinal uses of these herbal plants.
One such preserved mix is that used in this Hydration mask. This involves a healing mix of 7 plant extracts from Rosemary, Chamomile, Tea, Centella, Licorice, Japanese Knotweed, and Skullcap. The careful selection of these Herbs to restore the skin’s health and balance is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles.
So it should come as no surprise that a practitioner chosen mix of Herbal extracts was found to have potent anti-inflammatory effects providing soothing relief to irritated skin. A Korean open clinical study on thirty children with mild atopic dermatitis, using 3% of Herbal mix in a topical serum was found to reduce the severity and extent of inflammation from red, swollen and itchy skin by -76.5% after 4 wks (1 month) of twice daily treatment, compared to those who received a placebo cream.
Based on the above food active ingredients used, what you can expect from a 30-min spa-facial treatment using the Dragon’s Blood Hydration Mask:
- + An intense, Quick Hydration of dry skin
- + Skin Rejuvenation of ageing skin
- + Calm & Soothing Relief of stressed (red, irritated) skin