ChefFresh Skincare – Q10 and Saffron Boost Serum

Over the past couple of weeks I have been testing out a product for my friends at Cheffresh Skincare. These guys really do have something special going on from the way that they prepare their fresh food-inspired ingredients to the way that they blend them into such light and refreshing products. Like all start-up skincare brands Cheffresh are still working hard to promote and develop their brand and convert the world to their way of thinking about skin health. I think that they have a message worth listening to and so when I asked them to share with me their ‘hero’ product they gave me this:

So, what is it like?
The Look and smell >>>>> This rich yellow serum has a light and slightly spicy aroma which is rather pleasant without being overly intense or polarizing. 

The feel >>>>>  The thin yet structured texture mean that this serum glides onto the skin easily and is rubbed in quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. 

The Science >>>>>> Let’s look at the ingredients to point out what’s doing what in this skin-care super-food!

Aqua – Water, the  main solvent for the actives.

Sodium Hyaluronate – This is a super efficient water binder and as such helps to hydrate the skin and plump up those wrinkled areas from the top down. The fact that the polymer is often too big to penetrate into the skin is not a problem in this product as it is the super-hydrating power that gets you looking smooth and fresh.

Schizophyllan –  Also known as Beta Glucan is a polymeric sugar extracted from oats to help sooth and hydrate super-dry skin. This paired with the previous ingredient make for a super-combo of natural  moisturising actives.

Aloe Barbadensis Gel – This provides the serum with some structure […]

Cheap as chips Anti-Ageing

£2.50 ish (or around $4 ish Australian) doesn’t always get you much when it comes to anti-ageing products but we may be onto something here…..

Lidl, the cut-price supermarket chain set up to rival brother Aldi is gearing up to take the bottom end of the anti-ageing market by storm with its potent formulations and lightweight textures. I picked up this little gem today and thought I’d do some investigationing to see what makes it tick.

And the ingredients are……

Aqua – Water

Glycerine – A natural humectant that keeps the skin soft and supple by binding moisture to it like a sponge and hydrating the skin.

Octocrylene – An ingredient that is usually used to stabilise UV filter but also has a low SPF on its own.

Oleyl Erucate  – A natural emollient that creates a  luxurious and slow spreading feel on the skin making the product feel richer.

Pentylene Glycol –  Another humectant with slightly higher water binding power than glycerine. Not usually naturally derived.

Cetearyl Alcohol – A thickener and stabiliser for the emulsion helping to hold it together as well as giving it a whiter look.

Dicaprylyl Ether  – Another natural emollient that gives a light and silky feel rather like that usually achieved with silicone.

Isopropyl Palmitate – Natural light emollient and solubiliser for some active ingredients.

Tocopherol Acetate – Vitamin E for use as an antioxidant and also as a skin conditioning active.

Theobroma Cacao Butter – Cocoa butter to give the cream a thick, rich consistency while also bringing trace vitamins and fatty acids for conditioning.

Next we get into the smaller ingredients. The more interesting of these are:

Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ceramide 2 – Anti-ageing actives to help with skin conditioning, resurfacing and re-building.

Arachis Hypogaea Oil – This is PEANUT oil which is often used as a speciality emollient […]

It’s not jelly it’s a collagen mask!

If you are after something a little different from your home facial then give this a whirl.  This mask really is something else, filled with high quality collagen, hyaluronic acid and  aloe vera  it is every dry-skin owners dream but what I wanted to know is “is it worth the big dollars????’

Well, I have to say that this product did wonders for my skin today – it felt soft, hydrated and a little plumper than usual over those dreaded wrinkled areas (my laugh in the face of botox frown lines)  however it definitely isn’t something for the faint hearted as it looks and feels like a giant squid has taken up residence on your face and neck…..  This is not something to be caught out in!

The reason that this product SHOULD work is that as mentioned before, it contains high levels of collagen and hyaluronic acid which are both well-known for their water binding and skin-rejuvenating power.  In addition to the ingredients, the fact that this mask forms an occlusive barrier on the skin whilst the actives get to work adds to the products potency.  The key actives are  supported by some aloe vera extract which has skin healing and soothing properties; Rose extract with its gentle anti-inflammatory action;  Orange Oil to help with detoxifying the body and Zea Maize – a natural source of Allantoin for an even bigger calming boost. All of that is held together in a light clear fluid gel and jelly mask by acacia gum.

As I mentioned this mask does feel a little weird and should be worn while relaxing, not while you are trying to type up a BAS statement (taxes) – mine slipped off my face at a critical moment 🙂  That said, this really […]

A Chat With Trilogy

Last month Trilogy launched their Age Proof Triple Action Line Smoother with a key ingredient ‘hydroxyproline’.   As usual I didn’t just want to smother myself in the potion, I wanted to submerge myself in the science of it all and who better to fill me in than one of the companies founders…….

Triple Action Line Smother is available now RRP $45 per 30ml.

A Conversation with Catherine de Groot

 Please tell us about the Triple-Action Line Smoother, which is the latest addition to the Age Proof range. 

Our newest addition to the Age Proof range, Triple-Action Line Smoother, targets deep wrinkles particularly around the eye, brow and mouth area for visibly younger looking skin.

The key ingredient is Hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline is a plant derived Amino Acid with a triple effect on the skin – helping to support the skin matrix, in particular elastin and collagen so that lines are ‘plumped’ from within and skin tone and texture are improved. The result is that skin appears less lined and noticeably firmer.

The product also includes another natural skin firming hero Hyaluronic Acid, which we employ in all Age Proof products, plus Olive esters, and Essential Fatty acids from Avocado, evening Primrose and Olive oils to hydrate and moisturise skin.

The product is designed for daily use. Simply apply a small amount daily targeting areas you feel require extra attention such as crows feet, frown lines and laughter lines. Use a gentle smoothing action. The product has been formulated to glide effortlessly onto the skin to avoid stretching the skin surface.

You should see a visible improvement within one month of using the product. Even days after launching we received emails from customers telling us they noticed an immediate improvement in their skin tone […]

Fungi Face! All about mushrooms.

Above: The Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria),  depicted  in many fairy stories and throughout  folk-law.  This fungus is however, quite toxic causing hallucinations, sweating and stomach cramping in some people. Picture copyright of Amanda Foxon-Hill.
Fungi has been included in the natural medical and nutrition basket for many years, what we wanted to know was “what about for skincare”?    It seems that many well known brands are adding mushroom extracts to their “anti-ageing” ranges – Estee Lauder, Origins and Aveena come immediately to mind making us think that there must be more to the mushroom than meets the eye. Let’s investigate!

While there are thousands of types of fungi – derived from the Latin word for mushroom only a handful have been studied for their effects on the skin.  A “hero”  mushroom as far as skincare is concerned is the Hypsizygus ulmarius – one of the fungi found in all three of the brands listed above. Others demonstrating potential topically are Shiitake and Reishi types.

So what exactly do these fungi do to the skin? Well,  they have the potential to interact with the immune system to one degree or another as they contain betaglucans – a polysaccharide (sugar) based family of chemicals that can either suppress or stimulate the immune system based on the type of betaglucan present (and there are a few!)  The funny thing is that both suppressing and stimulating the immune system can be classed as “anti-ageing” depending on how you look at it.  In addition, other chemicals found in mushrooms have been found to have skin lightening and moisturising properties yet more tools in the anti-ageing kit.

All very interesting if not a little confusing so let’s look at each benefit in turn!

Immune Suppressing

In this instance, immune suppressing relates to […]

Practice Safe Sun All Year Round!

Being part of a five day long sun screen trial where the UV reading was being recorded every hour on the hour really opened my eyes to the strength of the Australian sun. We had a mixture of weather from grey and overcast to muggy and hot and then fresh and breezy. UV readings were all over the place and I watched as the reddened bodies walked off the beach day after day!