Rejuvenate Your Skin Using Advanced Active Ingredients in SkinFitDecember 15, 2014
Hi – my name is Fiona Lewis from Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia and today we have Lee Wood with us to discuss our very own SkinFit range and why this skin care range is such a superb range for all your skin care needs. Lee – we have chatted before about the importance of knowing what’s NOT in your skin care range, but today I’d like to chat to you about what IS in your skin care range – specifically the active ingredients. So perhaps you could share with us what the active ingredients in SkinFit include and what makes it so effective?
Medically, we need some essential vitamins -top of the list is Vitamin A. It needs to be in the right molecular structure in order for it to work and give you the benefits of a prescription grade, which comes in the form of retinaldehyde so we get all the clinical benefits of being able to reverse all signs of damage brought on by outside factors without the side effects. We also store that form of vitamin A in the fat cell and it is converted into the critical vitamin A that we need to prevent and repair damage. So that is a clinically proven vitamin with 20 years of studies released in the 80’s. So, we know that that’s what we need in our skin.
When we’re younger, we get it from our diet and it’s supplied to the skin. In incidence in the sun can deplete that vitamin A by 70-90%. And it integral to the healthy communication between the cells so without it, the signals that we normally get to replicate a nice healthy cell are destroyed. So if part of the communication is missing and therefore every cell that replicates is a poor copy of that last damaged cell.. So with that, all the natural functions of the cell begin to degrade. We deplete our collagen, we develop scar tissue and we develop abnormal cells that can then mutate into cancerous forms
So have a lack of Vitamin A can actually have a knock on effect in many different ways?
So that really is an essential part of your daily skin care regime. Is the Vitamin A product normally applied in the morning or the evening?
We start you off at night time – so just a small dose, just a pea size is enough because they’re highly concentrated. Every night for two weeks. Vitamin A accelerates the ways the cells migrate up to the surface, so it’s like having a mini peel from the inside-out. So you might get a mild shed of those dead skin cells that are sitting on the top, hiding healthy skin and if you’re good after two weeks, we can put you onto a program where you’re using it morning and night.
You don’t become photosensitive, which means you become more susceptible to damage from UV rays…
I’d read about that and I was curious to know your opinion on that topic – so is that not the case?
With retinaldehyde, it has never been found in the blood stream. It’s always found to be stored in your fat cells, so rather than having Vitamin A high on the surface of your skin, you’re storing it there and when the skin becomes compromised it will be converted into that critical Vitamin A that your skin needs to prevent damage, repair existing damage and also equip the skin to better defend itself against the cascade of UV.
So we’ve got Vitamin A, what are some of the other active ingredients?
Vitamin B in the form of niacinamide, which is Vitamin B3, which is a brilliant ingredient to have on the skin. It keeps the surveillance function active during UV exposure, so it prevents tumour formation in the skin. It also helps to repair the barrier function, it’s really good for pigmentation, so it inhibits brown spots forming in the skin
If you’ve already got some spots, will Vitamin B help to reduce those, or is it only helpful in deterring new spots developing?
It can inhibit the darkening of pigment that you have. Some of it you can’t because it’s programmed within the skin – but Vitamin A will help with that to re-encode those damaged signals, but Vitamin B will prevent further darkening but also help have a restorative effect on present spots.
They’re two very important vitamins by the sound of it! What else is there?
Vitamin C is one of the vitamins we know is great for the internal system. , but if you topically apply it to your skin, it gives your skin a local defence mechanism. Normally we might get those vitamins from our diet when we’re younger, but when we’re older, we need to apply them. If you’re younger and you’re suffering from inflammatory skin conditions like acne, it’s brilliant to apply as well as it will prevent scar tissue formation.
Vitamin C when taken internally is an immune booster, an antioxidant and so it’s working the same topically on the skin?
Yes, absolutely. It’s brilliant in reducing pigment formation, it has a hydrating quality as well, a wound healing and anti-inflammatory so it’s a really potent anti-oxindant. We have it in an ABC serum in a very stable form, it’s a slow dose release vitamin. We also have it in a form with peptides which is brilliant in giving you accelerated reform to damaged DNA.
So the ABC serum has vitamins A, B and C together?
Well, that makes it easy! So rather than having to have three separate products, you can do the one application and you’re getting the three essential vitamins. We’ve endeavoured to keep the skin care program as simple as possible so that we get great compliance – so it’s not hard to use! If you make it too difficult, it won’t work because you won’t use it.I think that’s the case with a lot of people… If there’s too many things to think about and do, you might start off all excited and motivated to stick to your skin care regime, but then life gets in the way, it gets busy or maybe you’re too tired one night and can’t be bothered, because it’s a 15 minute regime!
And that’s the idea. We’ve created a 1, 2 3 step program. It’s cleansing, an ABC serum and then really simple exfoliating serum that really gently works with lactic acid. Lactic acid is the only AHA that is naturally found within your skin…
What is AHA?
Alpha hydroxy acid… What that does is dissolve the bonds that keep the dead skin cells together. When we’re young and healthy, we might have, we might have a layer of up to ten dead skins cells on the surface. Some damaged skin can have up to twenty layers of dead skin cells. Acne and rosacea skin types can have up to twenty five layers of dead skin cells. So, it’s really important that we exfoliate and list off those dead skin cells so we can feed the skin really well. So, we’ve got our nutrients and we’ve also got our exfoliant.
It’s funny because when you say ‘exfoliant’, I remember growing up in the era where exfoliants were abrasives. I think there’s still a lot of people out there that still think of exfoliation as something that is abrasive, something with micro beads in it or even using an exfoliation glove! Which of course, you should not using on your face?
No! Physically abrading or scrubbing the skin, no matter what mechanism you use to do that actually causes an immune response and inflammation. So what we will use is a lactic acid with a blend of enzymes, which just naturally work as a chemical process. when we’re younger, we have an enzyme within our skin that naturally helps us to exfoliate and that depletes as we get older and we start to retain our dead skin cells. That’s when you might find that you hit your mid to late twenties and the more sun damage you have, the faster this will happen because your functions are starting to break down. Using enzymes and lactic acid, they’re a brilliant anti inflammatory way to lift those dead skin cells off the surface, to remove any debris that’s lining the pores of the skin, so it stops pimples from forming, helps keep the skin clean and clear. When you’re using really good vitamins like Vitamin A that creates an accelerated migration process, it’s really important that we help to lift off what we’ve accelerated up to the surface.
And that’s going to give you that really fresh, glowing appearance
It really firms the surface, smooths it, helps to clear off any pink dermal pigment that is lining the surface of the skin – so it works in lots of ways. It’s really critical that we do that.
Are there any other active ingredients we should cover off on?
In our super serums we have 150 plus growth factors…
WOW! That sounds impressive! What exactly is ‘150 plus growth factors’?
We have thousands of different growth factors that help our skin to repair and heal. We deplete them rapidly because we’re constantly under assault. By fueling the skin with more of these growth factors, we’ve got this constant repair mechanism, like an army, to help heal existing damage but also prevent further damage. They‘re also brilliant for scarring and current inflammatory skin conditions. They’re derived not from plants, they are actually derived from human stem cells which are purified – so a very advanced stem cell instigated growth factor formula.
Is that fairly new in the skin care world?
We’ve had the formula for a couple of years in growth factors derived from stem cells. It’s very, very big and one of our key advancements – especially in the area of wound healing and not just on the skin but internally as well. I believe there will be a lot of work done to advance these properties even more and develop ways to have them penetrate the skin as well..
It’s really exciting! And I guess this type of technology is not really available in the general skin care products that you might buy at the chemist or a supermarket?
Yes, it’s quite an expensive process to harvest all of those growth factors. It’s not a cheap formula to work with – however we try to keep it as affordable as possible so we can get it out there to as many people as we can. It’s one of the ultimate anti-ageing and regenerative formulas that we have in the SkinFit range.
So, I’m hearing Vitamins A, B, C, growth factors from stem cells, we haven’t spoken about it today, but there’s the SPF protection from Zinc and Titanium, peptides… We haven’t gone over that one yet?
Well, peptides are brilliant accelerators in reforming damaged DNA. Up until now, it’s always been Vitamin A that we’ve used to instigate changes within damaged cells, so we can get each cell to replicate in a healthier state. and rebuild the skin really well. So Peptides are another advancement we’re using that is critical in accelerating that reform. In our formulation, they are blended with Vitamin C, so it has a brilliant anti-inflammatory effect and a lot of pigment is caused by inflammation, so you’ll see a fading in your pigment straight away and it rapidly repairs damage done to blood vessels people refer to as ‘broken capillaries’. you’ll see the redness reduce from your skin, you’ll see vascular repair and it’s also brilliant at reversing abnormal cell formation.
I’m so excited! Just sitting down and talking to you about all the active ingredients in SkinFit has made me realise just how special this skin care range is. I think that Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia are very lucky to have been able to work with you to develop this range.