Science of beauty

Science of beauty

With the demand for natural skincare growing at a rate of knots, we meet the green alchemists who are responsible for the industry’s most innovative products to date

Skincare has come a long way since the days of lotions that had to be kept in the fridge and creams that separated after a week or two. Fortunately, science and technology have evolved to help us harness the power of nature’s naturally occurring skin saviours.

We don’t have to choose between nature and science, or environmentally friendly botanicals and reliable man-made products. As a result, the industry is awash with wonder-products created using natural ingredients and clever science. And they just keep getting better. We explore the latest yield in innovative skincare that brings us the best of both worlds.

Oil

Science has helped to prove that oil can penetrate deep skin layers and is as effective as chemical-driven treatments, although results are often visible later. House of Life has launched the Equalize Anti-Wrinkle Organic Face Oil, £47.50, with 100 per cent organic content, which soften wrinkles and, with the natural scent of Rose Otto, equalises moods and reduces stress. Deborah Phan, the founder of House of Life, explains: ‘Science has proved that natural methods can be as effective and, in some cases, more effective on our skin than chemical-driven skincare solutions in the long run. One of the key benefits of using natural skincare or skin treatments is that there are fewer side effects.’

Antioxidants

We know that ingesting antioxidants via food is good for you, but applying them topically (to your skin) can have great benefits too. One of the greenest brands on the market, Caudalíe, has launched Face Lifting Soft Cream, £39, which uses potent antioxidants to counteract skin damage. In 2015, Caudalíe and Doctor David Sinclair of Harvard Medical University filed an anti-wrinkle firmness patent; it is the synergy between Vine Resveratrol and a complex of micro hyaluronic acid (skin-plumping acid). Resveratrol, taken from grape vine stalks, is a potent antioxidant that has been proved to significantly reduce damage caused by the environment and stimulate the production of new healthy cells.

Probiotics

Probiotics are something that we know help our gut health, but Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, has created a unique range containing them. They are scientifically proven to reduce inflammation in your skin, boosting collagen production at a cellular level, along with ethically sourced 100 per cent BioOrganic botanicals with a strict “free-from” chemical ingredients philosophy. Claire says, ‘I have spent many hours in the lab to ensure the science behind my skincare offers women the best age-prevention technology out there. I loved tweaking and refining our prototype formulations until they were just right; the perfect balance between science, nature and luxury.’ The newest addition to the range is the Firm and Replenish Body Serum, £58, which launches next spring. This revolutionary texture delivers antioxidants and omegas where you need them most, and the steam-distilled essential oils rebalance and relax the mind, as well as the body.

Microalgae

Microalgae love extremes; surviving in the harshest of environments, from the depths of the deepest oceans to the highest of altitudes. The regeneration of these organisms has been harnessed by scientists to deliver remarkable results on fine lines and the brightness of skin tone. Algenist is a US brand that has gone all out to give us effective natural skincare. Using biotechnology, it has given us the remarkable benefits of microalgae with its Elevate Firming and Lifting Serum, £75. It contours the definition of your skin on the face and neck, hiding some of the ravages of the summer sunshine.

Acid

Dr Gary Goldfaden is the creator of the first physician strength, natural skincare line. From his dermatology clinic in southern Florida, he has created the line Goldfaden MD using state-of-the-art technology and active plant cells to deliver a range that has remedies for a host of skin concerns. He found that ferulic acid increases the blood flow to the superficial tissues and firms the skin, hence his Brightening Elixir, £72, is excellent for repairing and leaving you with a flawless complexion. Other brands are following suit. The floral waters and hyaluronic acid of the Revitalizing Beauty Booster, £22.50, from OM Skincare, make it the perfect multi-use, youth-giving product.

Acids

Dr Gary Goldfaden is the creator of the first physician strength, natural skincare line. From his dermatology clinic in southern Florida, he has created the line Goldfaden MD using state-of-the-art technology and active plant cells to deliver a range that has remedies for a host of skin concerns. He found that ferulic acid increases the blood flow to the superficial tissues and firms the skin, hence his Brightening Elixir, £72, is excellent for repairing and leaving you with a flawless complexion. Other brands are following suit. The floral waters and hyaluronic acid of the Revitalizing Beauty Booster, £22.50, from OM Skincare, make it the perfect multi-use, youth-giving product. Dr Om Prawarisa says: ‘What really makes these so innovative is that beauty boosters allow you to tailor your skincare routine. Use it as a rescue remedy or to supercharge your current skincare product.’ Anne Semonin’s latest offering also relies on acids in the new Super Active Cream, £159, to promise a Botox-like boost to prevent wrinkles. The peptide is synthesised from six natural amino acids. Science derives this active formula from natural ingredients.

The development director of Anne Semonin, Anne Nguyen, sums things up. ‘The green chemistry (where science meets nature) is an ongoing revolution. I believe that both efficacy and sustainability are key to consumers, so these two parameters will play a big role in the development of natural and nature-inspired ingredients. But the performance of a formula is not only based on innovative actives, it requires the synergy of raw materials and formulation techniques.’ So while skincare looks to nature for its next breakthrough – it’s science that opens the door between the two worlds.



1.
Anne Semonin Super Active Cream; £159
2. Algenist Elevate Firming & Lifting Contouring Serum, £75
3. House of life Equalise Anti Wrinkle Face Oil, £47.50
4. Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Soft Cream , £39
5. Om Skincare Revitalising Beauty Booster, £22.50
6. Goldfaden md Brightening Exilir, £72
7. Aurelia Firm and Replenish Body Serum, £58 (launching next spring)

  • Words: Emma White Turle

  • Photography: David Edwards