Skin care products are only as good as what they contain and how their ingredients help remove worn out and damaged skin tissues, retain moisture from within, and rebuild, protect and regenerate skin.
So, what is the new standard (benchmark) for efficacy in skin care ingredients?
I cannot give you here a full update of what is going on in the skin care industry… but I will give you some clues for you to decide what is in your best interest.
Here is an outline of those clues:
- I. First we fast forward to the marvels that have shaped the skin care industry in the last 50 years, with skin care ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, Omega Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, etc., and how they are being replaced by more efficient ‘solutions’.
- II. The allure of natural skin care products finally taking hold in the modern era, with many of the popular skin care companies making the switch and turning back to Mother Nature for their ingredients.
- III. Biomimicry or the ability to mimic what we may learn from observing solutions made by biological (bio) organisms and applying them to the design of industrial skin care ingredients.
- IV. Natural solutions embodied by biological organisms and how they shed light or insights about what is necessary for the effective care of human skin lesions and skin affected by immune disorders.
Marvels of the last 50 years and how new skin care ingredients are current replacements
1. The need to remove dull, dead and damaged tissues is been addressed by the skin care industry with exfoliation in forms that go from fruit acids and chemical peels (AHA’s) to abrasive microdermabrasion and burning lasers.
- Buy there is now a better solution, one with no side effects whatsoever, for it induces a NON-Trauma exfoliation by using enzymes that selectively dissolve only damaged proteins and do not affect healthy skin.
2. Retention of moisture is still been addresses by dry skin creams that became popular in the 1920′s, when the cosmetic industry begun to promote oil/water/detergent creams for moisturizing instead of the vegetable oils that had been used for thousands of years.
- Problem is they wet your skin for a while but delay the healing of irritated and damaged skin and make the situation worse by inhibiting natural skin repair. They also degrade the skin’s protective properties against bacteria and viruses.
- The solution is to improve the capacity of the skin to hold in water by stimulating from within the production of the specialized water holding molecules that are normally in healthy skin.
3. For skin repair and skin regeneration the industry is shifting from artificial molecules and skin care ingredients or concoctions created by some clever pharmacists to organic and natural ingredients that activate skin renewal and have fewer risks of having dangerous side effects. And this is because consumers are becoming more and more aware that even drugs approved by the FDA may not be worth the risks their use entails.
Learning from nature? Bio-inspiration, or examining nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements for the purpose of emulating them is driving innovation in all fields, including skin care. Taking inspiration from nature to solve human problems.
Here’s a picture of a solar powered street lamp. Take a look at this photo, and then I want to ask you a question.
In this picture there are two solar powered devices, not one.
One is the street lamp.
The other is the tree right behind it.
Here’s the question:
Which of these two solar devices do you think makes most efficient use of sunlight?
The one made by humans, or the one made by nature?
Did you know this tree actually turns its leaves towards the light automatically? And that’s the least I can say. The tree is hyper-effective at harnessing scarce resources.
The reasons for this are many. Nature has such a treasure of tools she wants to lavish upon us, yet rarely do we stop and ask her really insightful questions.
When you look at the street sign, can you see any lessons borrowed from nature?
I sure don’t see many. The sign wastes tons of energy. The tree doesn’t.
Hint: 99% of skin care is like this road sign. It wastes 3/4ths of your money and time. Believe me my friend, you pay for EVERY BIT of that wasted money and time.
When you use energy the way the tree does – instead of the way the sign does – you get a lot more propulsion for the same amount of money.
5. In the middle of this sunflower are hundreds of seeds. You don’t have to look very hard to see layers of beautiful spiral patterns:
Isn’t it beautiful? I think so. But the algorithm that placed these seeds serves a very practical purpose as well. It packs an optimum number of seeds into a very tiny space. And it uses Fibonacci numbers to do it. If you count you’ll see groups of 13, 21, 34 and 55 seeds, depending on which spiral you follow.
No other arrangement packs more seeds into a smaller space. It’s based on the Golden Ratio 1.618.
Man grows seeds at ‘normal’ 45 degree angles between each seed. See how much space is wasted.
Nature grows seeds using ‘irrational numbers.’ The angle between each seed is 1.618 radians, or 137.5 degrees. See how efficiently it uses space?
The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers also appear in certain snail shells…
The snail must grow in such a way that its body remains more or less the same size in relation to its shell, otherwise the shell would become too heavy to drag around. Also the snail has to fit its body into the big end of the shell. Thus the most recent addition to the shell will maintain a more or less constant relationship with all the shell that has gone before.
The growth process is carried out in two stages: In the first stage the thin, transparent and organic outer layer (periostracum) is created, on which the calcified inner layers are deposited in the second stage. The shell material is secreted by specialized cells of the mantle.
A surprising complex skin care ingredient created by the innate immune system of a biological organism
But this is not the most interesting about snails. What is surprising is that they have skin that is very similar to human skin, and they secrete their own skin care lotion, that protects, repairs, moisturizes and regenerates even their severely damaged skin tissues.
The lotion is created as a fundamental solution by their innate immune system, a machinery way more complex and sophisticated than any laboratory created by man.
Scientists have characterized the secretion as an “adaptogen’ or a “serum” that supports immunity, avoids infection by microorganisms,and is made of macromolecules that act as nano-machines within the cells, moisturizing, scavenging and sequestering free radicals, and cleaning, repairing, and regenerating all the structures of healthy skin.
Macromolecules can be thought of as molecular machines, in the sense that they are modular, complex, have moving parts that carry out the same step many times over, and consume energy. They perform essential tasks in the cell, such as reading out and translating the genetic code; generating or converting metabolic energy; generating force to enable the cell to move; taking up, synthesizing or secreting enzymes, metabolites or other macromolecules; recognizing and reacting to signals from the outside world; to name but a few. Ultimately, the sum of all these assemblies defines the uniqueness of a given cell, an organism or an individual.
No biochemist in a lab can use a machinery as complex as that of the immune system of a living creature to create complete and balanced skin care ingredients of superior efficacy. Such machinery is capable of generating enormous chemical diversity through the processes of genetic recombination and somatic mutation, to create a biological solution totally compatible with living cells.
Testing the effects of the snail serum on human skin has provided us with insights about what is necessary for the effective care of human skin lesions and skin affected by infections and hard to heal skin disorders such as keloid scars, eczema, rosacea, … and many worrisome skin conditions.
We stumbled upon this discovery and we have engaged this naturally occurring serum to consistently get an edge, a natural efficiency that had remained invisible before our very eyes. Now, this new skin care ingredient is here to stay and provide the world with the easiest way to healthy, beautiful skin.