Why Skincare Formulations Matter: The Secret Behind The Ingredients.
In the world of skincare, the spotlight often falls on the ingredients - that promise miraculous transformations. Retinoids, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid - the list goes on. However, the true effectiveness of these ingredients lies not only in their presence but in the skincare formulation itself. In this article, we are going to delve into the importance of skincare formulations and how they can make all the difference when looking at different skincare products.
The art of formulation.
Formulation is the delicate art of blending various ingredients together to create a skincare product that maximises efficacy, stability, and safety. Skincare formulations involve meticulous consideration of ingredient interactions, pH levels, delivery systems, and overall compatibility. It is a science that combines expertise, innovation, and a deep understanding of the skin's biology.
Does the ingredient percentage really matter?
Achieving the perfect balance of active ingredients is crucial when formulating skincare products. While it may seem intuitive to assume that higher concentrations of active ingredients will yield more impressive results, this is not always the case. In fact, some potent actives can be too harsh for regular use at higher concentrations, leading to redness, dryness, or even compromised skin barrier function.
By formulating certain products with lower concentrations of active ingredients, we can ensure greater compatibility with a wider range of skin types and minimise the risk of irritation. This compatibility and lack of irritation enables users to use the products consistently without any adverse side effects, leading to sustainable, long-term results.
The power of synergy.
Moreover, the formulation process involves considering the compatibility of various ingredients. Certain ingredients may interact synergistically, enhancing their individual efficacy when combined - for example, powerhouse couple Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid. On the other hand, incompatible ingredients may cancel out each other's benefits or even cause undesirable reactions, like Vitamin A and AHA’s (they are both exfoliating and may be too irritating when used together!)
By carefully selecting and blending ingredients that work harmoniously together, skincare formulations can optimise the overall effectiveness of the product, allowing for better absorption, targeted action, and improved skin health. Read about how our powerful yet calming blend of actives in our Nonapeptide Niacinamide Rejuvenating Serum works with your skin, not against it.
Stability and longevity.
Formulations play a crucial role in maintaining the stability and longevity of skincare products. Ingredients, especially those prone to degradation or oxidation, require appropriate stabilisation techniques to ensure their efficacy throughout the product's shelf life. Sometimes, ingredients may need to be separated within the formulation, like in our GHK-Cu Repairing Serum with its two part packaging - allowing you to create the formulation just before you use it, keeping it as fresh and potent as possible to deliver the best results possible for your skin.
Formulations that maintain the stability of key ingredients, preserve their potency allowing users to experience their full benefits from the first application to the last.
Biotechnology formulations are the way of the future.
Biotechnology is an engineered process of creating products by replicating natural processes in controlled environments. You may have heard of biotechnology being used to produce new pharmaceuticals, higher crop yields, and sustainable energy. Learn more about our Biotechnology process here.
In the skincare industry, biotechnology produces synthesised proteins and peptides derived from natural substances – such as fungi, yeast, and bacteria – with the same genetic structure. As a result, biotechnology does not require the land, water, or resources that botanical ingredients do, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of production.
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