Naturally Active Ingredients in Clinical Skincare Australia

There is a direct link between extrinsic skin ageing and inflammation — the reciprocal effect of many chronic inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic and seborrheic dermatitis on the stratum corneum barrier which is supposed to maintain healthy hydration levels in the skin but when this integrity is compromised, an immune disorder occurs. The integrity of this barrier is maintained by the metabolic balance such as the synthesis of collagen fibres and the replacement of old and worn-out fibres and skin cells by means of enzymes called matrix metallo-proteinases (MMP).

For Professional Skincare Treatments

It is therefore important for all skincare professionals to promote an enzyme peel once a month, as part of their clients’ skincare maintenance program, to ensure the stratum corneum maintains healthy hydration levels so the deeper skin layers can continue to replace old collagen fibres through the process of MMP. Inflammaging on the other hand, destroys this balance, decreasing cellular metabolic activity and collagen renewal. Externally the skin loses its suppleness and elasticity and becomes flaccid, generating reactive oxygen species accelerating oxidative damage, which further perpetuates a chronic, pro-inflammatory state!

As a skincare professional you should:

Combine your treatments to target the source of inflammation — e.g. choose your acids wisely when providing peel treatments such as the cabernet peel (rich in resveratrol), lactic, salicylic, malic or pyruvic acids, as these work well in the epidermal layer.

Reinforce the barrier functions after exfoliation by protecting the natural moisturising factor against trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).

Include serums containing ingredients rich in epidermal growth factors or amino acids, phospholipids, hyaluronic acids, lactates etc., infused into the skin and followed with creams rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help counteract irritation and combat inflammaging.

Protect your treatment results with proper UV defense (SPF 30 +) and barrier support to help minimise the visible effects of inflammaging.

Whilst inflammation is recognised as the body’s response to cellular aggression or injury, it also represents a defense mechanism designed to heal cells suffering from injury and protect the area from the consequences of that injury. However, inflammation also facilitates early tissue healing and repair as seen after any anti-ageing laser treatment, allowing the body to restore itself to normal functions.

Complete Healing of an Injury

The complete healing of an injury can take several months as it goes through three phases in the healing process: 1) the inflammatory phase, 2) the proliferation phase, 3) the remodeling phase.

Popular Ingredients That Combat Inflammaging

  • Aloe vera
  • Allantoin
  • Alpha lipolic acid
  • L-ascorbic acid
  • Beta glucans
  • L-bisabolol
  • Blue agave
  • Boswellic acid
  • Catalase
  • Copper peptides
  • L-glutathione
  • Green tea
  • Magnolia bark extract
  • Omega-3 and 6
  • Resveratrol
  • Superoxide dismutase
  • Tamanu oil
  • Tocopherols
  • Turmeric
  • Giant knotweed
  • Mangosteen
  • Noni fruit extract
  • Camu camu
  • Rosemary extracts
  • Willow herbs
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