The Superheroes of Skincare with NUORI: 8 Ingredients your skin should not live without
With the constant stream of new products and ‘miracle’ ingredients coming at us, it can be truly mindboggling to decide which ones you should include in your daily skincare routine. Each person’s skin is different and depending on their skin concerns they can benefit from different active ingredients and formulas. However, there are eight ingredients that stand out from the rest due to their numerous proven skin benefits and documented safety. NUORI explain, “these are the ‘superheroes’ of skincare: niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, panthenol, bakuchiol, ceramides, and peptides.” They’re all found in the one exciting new facial cream from NUORI, The One.
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that has become increasingly popular in skincare products due to its numerous benefits for the skin. From improving skin texture and tone to reducing inflammation and fine lines, niacinamide can have a significant impact on the health and appearance of the skin.
One of the most significant benefits of niacinamide is its ability to improve the skin barrier function. The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin, which acts as a protective barrier against environmental aggressors and prevents water loss. Niacinamide helps to strengthen the skin barrier by increasing the production of ceramides, which are natural lipids that help to keep the skin hydrated and plump.
Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent ingredient for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It helps to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation by suppressing the production of inflammatory cytokines, which are molecules that contribute to inflammation in the skin.
Another benefit of niacinamide is its ability to regulate sebum production. Excess sebum can lead to clogged pores and acne, but niacinamide can help to balance the production of sebum, reducing the risk of breakouts.
Niacinamide is also known to be effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It stimulates collagen production, which is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness. Collagen production decreases with age, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. Niacinamide can help to boost collagen production, resulting in smoother, firmer skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the environment and locks it into the skin. It helps keep the skin plump, hydrated, and youthful-looking. It is an excellent ingredient for those with dry or dehydrated skin, as it helps to keep the moisture where it’s needed.
Hyaluronic acid comes in different molecular weights, and each has unique benefits for the skin. Higher molecular weight hyaluronic acid forms a film on the skin, which can help to lock in moisture and provide a protective barrier. Lower molecular weight hyaluronic acid can penetrate deeper into the skin and help to plump and hydrate the skin from within. Therefore, the best skincare formulas combine different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid for optimal performance.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that works to protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by exposure to environmental stressors such as UV radiation, pollution, and cigarette smoke.
When applied topically in a skincare product, vitamin C can penetrate the skin’s surface layers and neutralize free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cellular structures, including the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, leading to premature skin aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Vitamin C works by donating an electron to neutralize free radicals, converting them into stable molecules that are less harmful to the skin. This process helps to prevent collagen breakdown, improve skin texture, and promote a more youthful appearance.
Moreover, vitamin C can also help to brighten the skin and even out the skin tone by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and hyperpigmentation. By reducing the production of melanin, vitamin C can help to prevent the formation of dark spots and improve overall skin tone.
There are different forms of vitamin C used in skincare products, and each has its benefits and properties. L-ascorbic acid is the purest and most potent form of vitamin C but it can be unstable and degrade quickly. This is why l-ascorbic acid gives best results when it is freshly blended into a skincare product.
Sodium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable, water-soluble form of vitamin C that is gentler on the skin than L-ascorbic acid. Another benefit of sodium ascorbyl phosphate is that it can be safely together with niacinamide. When combined in the same formula, sodium ascorbyl phosphate and niacinamide work together synergistically to provide multiple benefits for the skin. They can help to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide protection against environmental stressors.
Vitamin E is another potent antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. It also helps to moisturize the skin, reduce inflammation, and improve the skin’s texture. Vitamin E is an excellent ingredient for those with dry or sensitive skin.
When used together in a skincare formula, vitamin C and vitamin E can work synergistically to enhance each other’s antioxidant properties. Vitamin C helps to regenerate vitamin E, which has been oxidized, while vitamin E helps to stabilize vitamin C, preventing it from breaking down and losing its potency.
Furthermore, when used together, vitamin C and vitamin E can help to protect the skin from both water- and lipid-soluble free radicals, making them a powerful combination for overall skin health and protection.
Panthenol, also known as vitamin B5, is a water-soluble vitamin with skin moisturizing and soothing properties. It is an excellent ingredient especially for those with dry, sensitive, or irritated skin.
When applied topically, panthenol is quickly absorbed by the skin and converted into pantothenic acid, which plays a critical role in the synthesis of fatty acids and proteins. This makes panthenol an effective ingredient for promoting skin barrier function and reducing transepidermal water loss, which can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation.
Moreover, panthenol also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe and calm irritated skin. It can reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and promote the production of anti-inflammatory molecules, which help to reduce redness, swelling, and discomfort associated with inflammation.
Panthenol has also been shown to improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. It can stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote skin elasticity and firmness.
Bakuchiol is a natural plant-derived ingredient that has gained popularity in recent years for its potential to provide similar benefits to retinol, without the potential side effects such as irritation, redness, and peeling. This makes bakuchiol an excellent ingredient for those with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate retinol.
Due to the recent popularity of bakuchiol, several forms of the ingredient have been put on the market and not all are of the same quality. Sytenol A is a patented form of bakuchiol, which is derived from the seeds of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia. One of the reasons why Sytenol A is considered to be better than other forms of bakuchiol is its high stability and purity. Sytenol A is a highly purified compound that is free from impurities and contaminants, which can sometimes be present in other forms of bakuchiol.
Another benefit of Sytenol A is that it is a photostable form of bakuchiol, meaning it is not phototoxic and does not cause any adverse reactions when exposed to sunlight. Phototoxicity can occur when certain ingredients in skincare products react with UV light and cause skin irritation and sensitivity. However, Sytenol A has been specifically developed to be photostable, which means it does not undergo any chemical reactions when exposed to sunlight. In contrast, some other bakuchiol derivatives and vitamin A derivatives, such as tretinoin and retinol, can be phototoxic and cause skin irritation and sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. This is one of the reasons why Sytenol A has become increasingly popular in recent years as an alternative to retinoids, as it offers similar benefits without the potential for irritation and sensitivity associated with phototoxicity.
Moreover, Sytenol A has been clinically proven to provide multiple benefits for the skin. It has been shown to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhance skin elasticity and firmness, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and age spots. Additionally, Sytenol A has been demonstrated to increase collagen and elastin production in the skin, which helps to improve overall skin texture and tone.
Another advantage of Sytenol A over other forms of bakuchiol is that it has a lower molecular weight, which means that it can penetrate the skin more easily and provide more targeted benefits. This makes it an excellent ingredient for anti-aging formulations that are designed to target specific areas of concern, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Ceramides are lipids that are naturally present in the skin’s barrier. They help to keep the skin hydrated, plump, and healthy. Ceramides also help to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin from environmental damage.
Ceramide IIIB, in particular, has several benefits for the skin. It helps to improve the skin’s moisture levels, preventing dehydration and dryness. This, in turn, can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Ceramide IIIB also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function, protecting it from external aggressors such as pollution and UV radiation.
As we age, our skin’s natural ceramide levels begin to decline, leading to a compromised skin barrier and a higher risk of dryness and sensitivity. Therefore, incorporating skincare products that contain ceramide IIIB can be beneficial, especially for those with dry or mature skin.
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can help improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boost collagen production. They can also help to brighten the skin and improve skin elasticity.
Traditionally, peptides used in skincare have been derived from animal protein sources. The latest generation of plant-derived peptides are more sustainable than animal-derived peptides and suitable for everyone, even vegans. Plant-based peptides are also less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin sensitivities, making them suitable for all skin types. Additionally, plant-based peptides are more bioavailable and easily absorbed by the skin, making them more effective in promoting skin health and improving skin texture.
Pea peptides are a plant-based ingredient that has gained popularity in recent years due to the potential benefits for skin health when used topically in skincare formulations. Pea peptides are derived from the Pisum Sativum plant, which is commonly known as the garden pea.
Pea peptides are known for their ability to provide multiple benefits for the skin. They are a rich source of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. When applied topically to the skin, pea peptides can help to improve skin elasticity, firmness, and texture. Additionally, they can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote a more youthful-looking complexion.
One of the key benefits of pea peptides is their ability to stimulate collagen synthesis in the skin. Collagen is a protein that is essential for maintaining skin structure and elasticity. As we age, our natural collagen production decreases, which can lead to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pea peptides can help to stimulate collagen production, which can help to improve skin elasticity and firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Pea peptides also have antioxidant properties, which means they can help to protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by environmental factors such as pollution and UV radiation. Additionally, they can help to soothe and calm the skin, making them an excellent ingredient for formulations designed to address sensitive or irritated skin.
These eight skincare ingredients are some of the most powerful and effective ingredients available for achieving healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. Whether you’re looking to address specific skin concerns or simply want to maintain healthy, radiant skin, incorporating these ingredients into your daily routine will pay off. With their ability to protect the skin from environmental stressors, boost collagen production, improve skin texture, and provide a host of other benefits these superheroes can give you the skin you always dreamt of.
Learn more about our superhero face cream from NUORI The One here.
P.S. Just remember, everyone’s skin is different, so it’s always a good idea to patch test new products and seek advice from a medical professional if you have any concerns or medical skin conditions.
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