The skincare industry has evolved considerably over the last decade. There are now more innovative ingredients, products and technologies available. But what do they all mean?
The Huffington Post (Australia) have put together a glossary of popular skincare words and what they mean. I have pulled together a few of these key words with a reminder of which ENVIRON products they relate to.
These are the key ingredients in a product. They provide benefits such as hydrating, soothing and firming.
Madame Skin says: Vitamins A and C and pentapeptides are present in ENVIRON's Skin Essentia AVST range. They are known as "actives" as they help to soothe, repair and hydrate the skin.
Free radicals are produced by smoking, pollution, stress and the sun. They have an ageing affect on our skin. Using skincare products that contain antioxidants protects the skin against free radicals, thus slowing down the ageing process.
Madame Skin says: All of the moisturisers in the ENVIRON Skin Essentia AVST and Ionzyme ranges are packed full of antioxidants. Once the skin has been cleansed and toned, the moisturiser can perform better and thus enable the skin to look better and feel better.
Our skin can appear dull and uneven when exposed to daily pollution, climatic conditions, sun exposure and sometimes illness. Skincare products with a brightening effect remove dullness and pigmentation, brightening the skin's complexion.
Madame Skin says: ENVIRON’s Evenescence C-Boost is a clarifying cream that contains a stable form of vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate) in a light and non-greasy formula. It is formulated to help improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and sun damaged skin. It maintains healthy youthful skin, provides antioxidant protection, increases natural sun protection, strengthens capillary walls, stimulates collagen, hydrates and heals, inhibits melanin, lightens and brightens and has anti-inflammatory properties.
This ingredient is often referred to as 'the fountain of youth'. It is able to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and is most often found in serums and face creams. Hyaluronic acid is found in abundance in the skin when we are young and is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated, smooth and plump. With age, it is essential to use products that contain hyaluronic acid to create a more youthful complexion, assisting with smoothing and plumping the skin.
Madame Skin says: ENVIRON’s Ionzyme Focus Hydrating Serum contains Hyaluronic acid. This serum assists in hydrating and adding volume to targeted skin areas, which may help improve the appearance of fine lines.
AHAs / BHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids / Beta Hydroxy Acids)
AHAs and BHAs are types of acid that are used for chemical exfoliation. AHAs are found naturally in the form of sugar cane, milk, apples and citrus fruits. BHAs can be found naturally in algae and willow bark. These acids are most often found in face washes or liquid wipes, sheet masks and sometimes serums. With different size structures, these acids work topically and deeper in the skin, dissolving the bonds that hold our skin cells together, hence exfoliating the skin and leaving the skin feeling smooth, soft and supple.
Madame Skin says: These are contained within the toners from the ENVIRON's Skin Essentia AVST range, Ionzyme range and the Intensive range. They help to smoothen the appearance of skin and improve hydration.
Vitamin A can be used to treat fine lines and ageing as well as pigmentation. Products that contain vitamin A encourage skin cells to behave in a more youthful state, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
Madame Skin says: Vitamin A helps to repair and normalise the skin. It is contained in gradually increasing concentrations in many ENVIRON moisturising skincare products.
Vitamin C has a similar effect on the skin to vitamin A. It is most often found in serums and creams. Vitamin C has high antioxidant properties and stimulates collagen production, providing a rejuvenating and brightening benefit to the skin. Skincare products that contain vitamin C protect against ageing and discolouration of the skin.
Madame Skin says: ENVIRON’s Evenescence C-Boost is a clarifying cream that contains a stable form of vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate) in a light and non-greasy formula. It is formulated to help improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and sun damaged skin.
Peptides are molecules containing amino acids, and amino acids make up a large proportion of the cells in our body. Peptides reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Madame Skin says: Peptides are contained within ENVIRON's Skin Essentia AVST 4 and 5 as well as the moisturisers, eye gel and Focus Frown Serum from the Ionzyme range.