AHA / alpha hydroxy acids
A family of acids that is easily derived from fruits and plants, theses substances are frequently used in skin care applications. The primary players in this regard are lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and glycolic acid. Their gentle peeling action lends ideal support to the natural exfoliation processes of the skin. They improve skin texture and reduce fine lines and small wrinkles. They regulate the disrupted keratinizing processes that are often the cause of acne and blemishes. While removing layers of dead skin cells, they also trigger cell regeneration, thus increasing the overall percentage of living cell material. Fruit acids also improve moisture levels in the skin and benefit natural pigmentation: they have a balancing effect on the skin tone and reduce age marks and the signs of pigment dispersion.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurface Peel, Natura Bissé Glycol Extreme Peel, Oskia Renaissance Mask, Cellcosmet Creme Exfoliante Douce, Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask, Omorovicza Copper Peel, !QMS Active Exfoliant 11%, Natura Bissé Diamond White Serum, Susanne Kaufmann Enzympeeling
The gel from the aloe pant is rich in minerals, biological enzymes, amino acids and vitamins. It is used in skincare applications for its soothing, moisturizing and anti-irritant benefits, and is highly regarded for its antibacterial and healing effects, especially in the treatment of acne. Aloe vera is also used effectively to strengthen the immune system.
This active ingredient occurs naturally in the seaweed known as dulse (Haematococcus pluvialis). This alga is normally green, but in stress situations it produces the red pigment astaxanthin, which enables the plant to survive in extremely hostile environments. This “special effect” is down to the antioxidant action of this agent, which is around 10 times stronger than that of beta-carotene, for example. Astaxanthin minimizes oxidative stress and inhibits the negative effects of free radicals. It also promotes biological purification processes, and is thus an all-around detox super-substance.
Allantoin is an herbal remedy, a natural substance found in particularly high concentrations in comfrey/boneset. Allantoin is used in a broad range of healing applications – to treat cuts, burns and scars, as well as the skin ailments eczema and seborrhea. In the skin care sector, allantoin is in high demand for its soothing, abirritant and regenerative properties. It also improves the skin’s ability to absorb other active substances. Allantoin promotes wound healing and ensures healthy cell metabolism.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Mila d'Opiz Phyto De Luxe Gold Essence, Mila d'Opiz The Skin Whisperer Serum, Mila d'Opiz The Skin Wisperer Eye Cream, QMS Redness Relief Complex, Natura Bissé Essential Shock Mask, Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Cleanser, Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Toner, Derm Institute Anti Oxidant Hydration Blemish Rescue, Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
The baobab tree is a stunning example of tree life, a mighty giant that grows in the vast expanses of southern Africa. The oil from its gourd-like fruit is rich in omega 3,6, and 9 fatty acids, and vitamins, A, D, E and K. The powder made from the fruit contains more antioxidants than are found in any other fruit on earth, making it the uncontested frontrunner in the “superfood” rankings. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, baobab extracts are a highly effective ingredient for reducing first signs of skin aging and protecting the tissue from the negative effects of UV radiation.
BLUE EGYPTIAN LOTUS
This plant has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) applications. The high flavonoid content of the lotus plant offers optimal protection form oxidative stress, thus inhibiting the negative effects of free radicals. Active substances of the bloom protect the collagen fibers from saccharification. This lends the skin tissue noticeably more elasticity and resilience. The skin is regenerated for a refreshed and more youthful look and feel.
Bakuchiol is the oil of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, commonly known as babchi. It is used primarily in Ayurvedic applications and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The active substances in this oil stimulate the production of collagen and of elastin fibers. Similar to vitamin A, babchi has highly effective regenerative properties and thus contributes to the reduction of minor wrinkles and fine lines.
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The elevated excitability of muscle tissue is what causes individual wrinkles to keep digging increasingly deeper trenches into the skin. The relaxation phase of these highly stimulated muscles is also curtailed, compounding the problem – wrinkles are deepened and stabilized. In this situation, polypeptide compounds can act as Botox surrogates to deliver relaxation and a smooth, even complexion. The active ingredients inhibit the transmission of excitability from the neurons to the muscles, causing the muscle contractions to become less intense or disappear altogether, depending on the amount of active ingredient in the formulation.
Every single cell in our bodies needs coenzyme Q10 to ensure a sufficient supply of energy. It strengthens and activates our immune system, thus providing active protection against the negative effects of free radicals. Similar to glutathione and vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 is also capable of reducing antioxidant stress and rendering free radicals benign. Coenzyme Q10 is an endogenous substance, but reserves of it in the body are increasingly depleted with age. Regular application of this substance to the skin helps maintain optimal cell quality.
You will find this effective substance at Spitzenhaus in Oskia Citylife Booster, Oskia Citylife Facial Mist, African Botanics Fleur d’Afrique Oil, African Botanics Fleur d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream, Susanne Kaufmann Pollution Skin Defense System (ampoules), Kat Burki Bio Correcting Face Cream
“Activated gold” is used to support the natural biorhythm of the skin. As an endogenous trace mineral, gold helps to regulate hormone production in the glands. According to the Ayurvedic tradition, this prized precious metal strengthens the heart and nervous system, fosters stamina and willpower. The fortifying properties of gold promote active cell regeneration and strengthening of the cell wall. Colloidal gold directly influences the heart chakra, which has a harmonizing effect on the entire organism, producing a state of inner balance. The skin takes on a beautiful radiance and is visibly strengthened. It is also able to maintain the newly established balance, regardless of immediate environmental influences.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Julisis day care products, Omorovicza Gold Flash Firming Serum, Omorovicza Gold Night Drops, Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream, Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask, Omorovicza Gold Eye Lift, Omorovicza Gold Shimmer Oil, Omorovicza Gold Sugar Scrub, Mila d'Opiz Phyto De Luxe, Mila d'Opiz Phyto Gold Essence, Mila d'Opiz Phyto De Luxe Forbidden Serum
Paracelsus believed that silver was the element that regulates the movement of all fluids, maintaining a regular rhythm within the body, as the moon governs the tides. It promotes the absorption or secretion of fluids – in conjunction, in fact, with the current phase of the moon – and regulates cyclical process within the human body. Colloidal silver supports the parasympathetic nervous system, providing soothing and balancing benefits, and has a direct effect on the sexual chakra. It also activates the dream center of the brain for deep, refreshing sleep. In addition, colloidal silver neutralizes free radicals; supports detoxification processes throughout the body; and purifies the skin.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Julisis Night Care Products
The term “cosmeceutical” is used to describe a product born of the union of cosmetics and pharmaceutical knowledge and benefits. This product type revolves around providing optimal skin tolerance combined with remarkable regulating and regenerative effects. Cosmeceuticals are indicated especially following surgical procedures and for the treatment of scars and damaged skin.
DMAE is a key bioidentical compound and plays a major role in the production of our neurotransmitters. In younger years our body has no trouble producing DMAE. However, as with so many things in life, this ability declines over time, and as we age, our body no longer generates an optimal level of its own DMAE. Yet this substance is vital: DMAE protects our cell membranes. A deficiency can lead to severe damage of the cell “coverings”, hindering the ability of the cells to rid themselves of metabolic slags and inner-cellular toxins, which leads to significant impairment of cell vitality and longevity. This results in a general weakening of the connective tissue; the skin looses resilience and its youthful, fresh appearance. DMAE effectively protects the skin from free radicals, improves moistures levels and reduces pigmentation disorders.
For some time, scientific theories have suggested that the cell-division capability of individual skin cells is limited. Each one can divide around 50 times before its natural regeneration capacity is exhausted, and the cell atrophies. While many classic anti-aging substances accelerate skin regeneration by stimulating cell division, a new effective ingredient derived from the narcissus aims at “calming” the skin cells, slowing down cell division and thus prolonging the life of the individual cells.
The narcissus flower spends the winter in slumber, as a bulb. An extract from these “resting” bulbs contains many calming elements that decelerate cell division. This effect has been proven in studies by independent laboratories on keratinocytes and fibroblasts. When the special active substance from the narcissus is present, the cells “calm down”, divide more slowly, and thus have more time to fully develop their protective functions. Protected skin, which takes cell division at a more leisurely pace, stays young longer. After just a brief period of application, lines and minor wrinkles are visibly reduced, the skin becomes firmer and more youthful and the complexion looks refreshed.
You will find this effective ingredient at Spitzenhaus in Alpéor Serum Ulticell, Alpeor Creme Ulticell, Alpeor Cure Ulticell, Omorovicza Inst. Perfecting Serum, Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Serum, Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum, Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum, Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum
Epigenetics is a branch of molecular biology. In a breakthrough discovery, research in this field has revealed: what genes a person carries within is ultimately less significant than which of them are actually activated. Our genetic material is stored in the DNA. This human blueprint consists of 3 billion building blocks, 25,000 genes, as well as numerous sequences, strung out along a two-meter long linear polymer consisting of two strands of deoxyribonucleic acid, linked like a ladder and twisted in a double helix. As brilliant as this blueprint is, the question arises: who (or what) gives the orders regarding which steps are to be taken and in what order. All cells contain the same information, yet they fulfill such diverse functions. Epigenetics looks primarily at which genes in the body are “switched on” and which are “switched off”. Focusing on this overriding control mechanism epigenetic research has now clearly shown that the epigenome can be affected by external influences while the genes themselves cannot. For the ageing process this means: genes do not, in fact, determine everything. They can be directed, respond to lifestyle influences and nutrients introduced both through the diet and externally via skin care applications. This means that specific messenger substances can be controlled and influenced positively. Epigenetics spells innovation and inspiration for the cells.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Cell Premium No 1 Cream, Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Spot Treatment 4x7 ml, Derm Institute Cellular Brightening Bio-Crystal Masque, Derm Institute Anti Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque, Derm Institute Anti Oxidant Hydration Cream, Derm Institute Anti Oxidant Hydration Blemish Rescue, Derm Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Serum, Derm Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Cream, Derm Institute Youth Alchemy Eye Serum, Derm Institute Youth Alchemy Eye Cream
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) actually originates in Asia, but has been at home in the Alps, at altitudes of 1,500 to 3,400 meters, for many millennia now. At such heights the plant is exposed to strong UV-radiation and extreme weather conditions. To survive in this harsh climate edelweiss has developed a protection system specifically adapted to its organism; it contains high levels of substances with an antioxidant effect. Edelweiss extract is thus extremely effective at combatting free radicals and is used in skin care products as a high-performance anti-aging agent. It protects the skin from UV radiation and thus counteracts skin aging and wrinkles.
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The principal of this technology is based on a method of complimentary medicine developed by Geneva doctor Paul Niehans in 1931. In contrast to the medical method, the skin care applications use only botanical fresh cells (also known as live or living cells). These active plant cells are able to transmit “fresh” energy to aging, devitalized skin cells, literally revitalizing and thus extending the lifespan of epidermal cells.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Cellcosmet
One of the “star” substances in this group is hyaluronic acid. The bio-identical form used in cosmetic applications mimics the organic substance produced in the fibroblasts of the dermis. A gelatinous material, it is valued as an especially effective moisture binding and storing agent. It thus plays a major role in moisturizing products, steeping the skin tissue in moisture for an immediate feeling of wellbeing, suppleness and fresh vitality. A key ingredient of the cell’s “putty”, this viscous matter aids in cell binding and cohesion, thus strengthening the protective functions of the skin.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Cell Cosmet Ultra Vital Creme, Natura Bissé Oxygen Range, Omorovicza Instant Perfection Serum, Susanne Kaufmann Intensiv Wirkstoffserum, Cellcosmet Ultra Vital Cream, Cellmen Face Ultra Cream, Seed to Skin, Seed to Skin The Dew Mist, Orveda
Goji berries grow in the vast steppes of China and Mongolia and some regions of Tibet. Those of Tibetan origin are especially rich in vital nutrients and enjoy “super food” status. They contain antioxidant phytonutrients, substances vital to survival, essential fatty acids and indispensible amino acids. The berries also contain vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, as well as vitamins C and E and 21 key trace elements. Goji berry extracts offer effective protection from free radicals, promote detoxification processes and strengthen the skin’s immune system.
You will find this effective substance at Spitzenhaus in Kat Burki Advanced Anti Aging Goji Essence
Glutathione is a tripeptide that occurs naturally in plant and animal tissues and protects all the cells of the body from damaging oxidation processes. However, glutathione levels in the body sink measurably with age. The launch of the patented substance NAC Y2 was a watershed, making it possible to stimulate production of this substance in the cells. Supplementary glutathione enables the skin to better protect itself from degenerative processes, extending the lifespan of skin cells.
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The addition of plant extracts in homeopathic form – that is, in keeping with the teachings of medieval physician, herbalist and mystic Paracelsus – are an effective enhancement to purely organic skin care. Holistic products of this kind, formulated according to the principals of subtle vibration with which homeopathic essences are made, provide fine-tuned cell nutrition and tangible results.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Julisis Skincare
In its native southern Africa, the Kalahari melon is deeply rooted in tribal medicine and has long been used to great effect in medicinal and skin care applications. The plant thrives mainly in the desert plateau in the tri-border region shared by Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The seeds of this “wild melon” are pressed to extract a precious oil that is especially rich in omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C and E. Omega 6 fatty acids stimulate cell renewal and the restructuring and regeneration of the skin. Fine lines and minor wrinkles are reduced, skin tissue becomes visibly more resilient and gains a youthful glow.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in African Botanics Marula Detoxifying Salt + Sugar Body Scrub, African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, African Botanics Intensive Recovery Cream
KGF/ keratinocyte growth factor
The skin of human lips is made of a very specific tissue cell type known as the keratinocyte. KGF/ keratinocyte growth factor is a biological active ingredient from the group of polypeptides that stimulates collagen production and promotes the health and growth of lip skin cells. It provides deep regeneration action to this skin tissue, rendering the lips smoother and firmer. This substance activates natural pigment production: lip contours are redefined and the lips become fuller and firmer.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: 111 Skin Meso Infusion Lip Mask
KUKUI NUT OIL
The kukui (or candlenut) tree is the state tree of Hawaii. Its nuts are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. They are the source of this valuable oil, which lends the skin an extra portion of lipids and other smoothing and restorative substances. It guards the skin against moisture loss and negative environmental impacts. The skin becomes noticeably suppler, with increased vitality and resilience. Kukui nut oil is very lightweight and absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy film on the skin. It strengthens the protective mantle of the skin and guards against free radicals.
Kukui nut oil is used in Hawaii to protect the skin from the skin-taxing elements of sun, wind and water. It is the traditional oil of choice for lomilomi, an ancient Hawaiian from of massage therapy.
Kigelia Africana, also known as the sausage tree due to the shape of its fruit, is native to the southern part of the African continent. The fruit is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants that protect the skin from the negative effects of UV radiation and reduce pigmentation disorders significantly. The extract has powerful soothing and regenerative properties. Minor wrinkles and fine lines are reduced and the tissue becomes firmer and more resilient.
White lupines contain a multitude of proteins, which makes them a valuable commodity for modern skin care. Low-molecular proteins are imperative for the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin The specific proteins found in lupines also have the special capability of stimulating regeneration in damaged and aging collagen fibers. The skin enjoys renewed elasticity, resilience and youthful smoothness.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Oskia Restoration Oil, Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, Susanne Kaufmann Lifting Maske, Susanne Kaufmann Intensive Powerserum, Susanne Kaufmann Regeneration Cream
Mafura-Butter ist eine besonders feuchtigkeitsspendende Pflanzenbutter aus den Samen des Mafura-Baumes, der auch Natal Mahogany genannt wird. Der Mafura-Baum ist in vielen ost- und südafrikanischen Ländern wie Tansania, Mosambik, Zimbabwe oder Südafrika beheimatet. Die Samen haben einen sehr hohen Ölgehalt. Seit vielen Jahrhunderten wird das Öl von afrikanischen Stämmen zur Haut- und Haarpflege eingesetzt. Neben seinen geschmeidig machenden und schützenden Effekten fördert Mafura-Butter die Hautregeneration und die Wundheilung und beruhigt die Haut.
Diese Substanz finden Sie bei uns in African Botanics Marula Shower Cream,African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream, African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream
Manketti oil is extracted from the egg-shaped nuts of the mongongo tree, native to Namibia. In Africa this oil has been revered for centuries for its moisturizing, nutrient and protective properties. It contains copper, minerals, proteins and antioxidants that effectively protect skin and hair from the negative effects of sunlight. Manketti oil has a wide variety of applications and is especially suitably for making dry patches of skin smooth and supple again.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Susanne Kaufmann Hand Serum, Susanne Kaufmann Handpeeling, African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream, African Botanics Cloudburst Micro Emulsion
This oil is extracted from the seeds of the marula tree, originally native to South Africa. The oil is especially rich in antioxidants and contains over 60% more of these substances than the much-lauded argan oil. That means outstanding protection for the cells, enabling the oil to combat fine lines and minor wrinkles. In addition, marula oil contains very high levels of vitamin C, which supports the generation of collagen and elastin fibers, has a smoothing effect on the skin and promotes reliance and elasticity. Marula is also a valuable ingredient in hair care, as well as providing high-performance treatment for nails and the nail bed.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in all African Botanics products
MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that was first identified in certain types of marine algae. The substance is now widely recognized as an important component of a healthy diet. The sulfur content plays an important role in maintaining a healthy metabolism. It is also responsible for the formation of keratin, collagen and elastin, and thus influences the firmness and structure of the body’s connective tissue. Moreover, new research has shown that MSM is also a powerful detox agent, helping to rid the organism of damaging toxins. MSM thus makes a unique contribution to promoting youthful skin and a refreshed complexion. It minimizes existing fine lines and minor wrinkles and reshapes tissue for increased firmness and density.
You will find this effective ingredient at Spitzenhaus in Oskia Nutritional Cosmetics
The nutrient density displayed by marine algae (amino acids, mineral salts, trace elements, vitamins) is virtually unique. Algae boost microcirculation, supply moisture to the skin, regulate sebaceous (oil) gland function, and activate cell renewal and metabolism. Algae strengthen resilience, have an anti-inflammatory effect, and help drain excess fluids from the tissue. The specific proteins contained in algae supply energy to the skin; their gelatinous material guards against skin dehydration. Vitamins and minerals protect the skin from negative environmental influences. The Marine algae thus combat free radicals and act as a natural anti-aging complex. In skin care products marine algae are used primarily to hydrate dry skin and to help restore lost resilience.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Oskia Restoration Oil, Natura Bissé Body Contour, !QMS Lip Line Corrector, Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil, Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask, Cellcosmet Cellsplash, Orveda Healing Sap, Orveda Deep Cleansing Mud Masque, Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, Tata Harper Elixir Vitae
Minerals from thermal water
More than 2,000 years ago the ancient Romans discovered the beneficial effects of thermal water. As a result, over the centuries that followed a glorious spa bath culture developed that has retained its allure to the present day. The minerals and trace elements in thermal water support all of the skin’s own metabolic processes. The ability of these substances to optimally tap the metabolic resources of the skin contributes to producing a fresh, youthfully radiant appearance and helps you feel “good in your skin”.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Omorovicza Cosmetics
The neem tree is a mighty specimen native to India and parts of Southeast Asia. The oil extracted from it contains a wide range of organic substances (rutin, quercetin, flavonoids, linoleic acid, essential oils, et al), which opens up many possibilities for skin care applications. Especially noteworthy effects of this oil its balancing, regulating and calming properties. It detoxifies the tissue and gives the complexion a more refined look. It is used in hair care applications to strengthens the hair and give it more volume and shine.
You will find this effective substance at Spitzenhaus in Kat Burki Complete B Eye Cream Complex, Derm Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Eye Contour Mask,Derm Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Toning Essence, Derm Institute Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser
Neurogard, based on the extract of a brown alga, is a new effective ingredient in the skin care sector. Its special feature is the ability to improve communication between the nerve cells and the fibroblasts. The cosmetics industry acknowledged the extraordinary effectiveness of Neurogard with its “Best Ingredient Award 2015”. Neurogard stimulates elastin and collagen production in the fibroblasts and protects the neurons from the negative effects of free radicals. Wrinkles and fine lines are reduced and the skin gains resilience and radiance.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in 111 Skin Y-Lift Neck & Décolletage Treatment Mask
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
The substances known as highly unsaturated fatty acids occur naturally in especially high concentrations in sunflower, thistle, wheat germ, black cumin seed and grape seed oils. A component of the skin’s own naturally produced ceramides these fatty acids are especially vital to the construction of the outer skin layer, strengthening the barrier function of the epidermis. Ceramides are thus literally essential for healthy, resilient skin. Our body requires numerous substances that must be ingested with foodstuffs, including the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. A deficiency of them can have very negative effects on our skin, and indeed our entire organism. Highly unsaturated fatty acids improve the skin’s water reservoir capacity, strengthen immune defenses, and are highly effective in treating scaly and/or irritated skin.
You will find this effective ingredient at Spitzenhaus in Omorovicza Miracle Oil, Omorovicza Gold Rescue Cream, Omorovicza Body Cream, Omorovicza Lip Balm, Julisis Facial Oil Serum, Oskia Super 16 Collagen Serum, Oskia Restorating Oil, Oskia Nutri-Active Day Cream
Organic skin care
THE NEWEST GENERATION
To create contemporary products that meet the demands of today modern organic cosmetics draw on centuries of accumulated knowledge about medicinal plants and their healing applications. Cutting-edge extraction and infusion methods convert the active substances into a form that is optimally bio-available to the skin. They are thus able to deliver proven extraordinary effectiveness. Certified organic skin care products are completely free from parabens, mineral oils and silicons. They contain no artificial coloring or aromatic agents and are 100 % pollutant-free. No animal testing is conducted in the creation of these products or their ingredients
The effective substance spilanthol (also known as “organic Botox”) is an extract of the Acmella oleracea plant native to South America. This substance is known for a remarkable effect in the treatment of laugh lines and other light wrinkles due to habitual facial expressions. Used in serums and creams it is able to penetrate deep into the skin, where it acts as a temporary facial muscle relaxant. These muscles display a high degree of excitability, causing individual wrinkles to dig increasingly deeper trenches into the face over time. The relaxation phase of the effected muscles also shortens with age, which compounds the problem of ever-deepening, persistent wrinkles. Spilanthol can be used in this scenario to trigger relaxation, for a smoothed, even complexion. Para cress inhibits the neuromuscular transmission of stimuli, suppressing excitability either partially or entirely, depending on the dose and strength of the substance.
Phytosterols are important components, found in the cell membranes of plants and the oils derived from them (avocado oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn, soy and wheat germ oils). Due to their similarity with the lipids present in the barrier layer of our epidermis these substances, with their ability to soften and make supple, are used to fill gaps in our weakened skin barrier layer. They thus effectively work to counteract transdermal moisture loss, strengthen the protective acid mantle of the skin and improve its defense function. Phytosterols are successfully employed in the treatment of conditions such as dryness, hypersensitivity and skin irritations. They provide immediate relief, protection and a sense of wellbeing.
You will find this effective ingredient at Spitzenhaus in Mila d'Opiz Phyto Lift Cream, Omorovicza Miracle Face Oil, Tata Harper Elixir Vitae, Susanne Kaufmann Advanced Anti-Aging System Day Cream Skin Renewal Prot. SPF Day Cream Skin Renewal Protection SPF 15, Susanne Kaufmann Advanced Anti-AgingSystem Night Cream Repair Skin Control
Scientific studies have shown that panthenol penetrates the skin and is then converted into pantothenic acid, which promotes the enzymatic breakdown of debilitating metabolic byproducts and impurities . Panthenol stimulates cell division and actively promotes the epithelialization (wound healing) process.The skin’s moisture-binding capacity is increased, for soothing and regenerating effects. Panthenol is especially suitable for the treatment of flakey, irritated, cracked, chapped and rough skin.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Oskia Bed Time Beauty Boost, Oskia Get up & Glow Serum, 111 Skin Y Theorem Repair Serum, !QMS Day Collagen, !QMS Night Collagen, !QMS Redness Relief Complex, Nescens Regenerating Emulsion, Nescens Resurfacing Body Lotion, !QMS Hydro Foam Mask, Derm Institute Anti Oxidant Hydration Blemish Rescue
PURSLANE / SKULLCAP
Portulaca Oleracea / Scutellaria Baicalensis
Both of these plants are especially rich in glutathione, vitamins A, E, and C and high-quality fatty acids. Working in tandem, the two provide optimal protection from free radicals and deliver healing and regenerative effects. Purslane and skullcap also promote the formation of telomerase in the mitochondria of the cells. This substance has a unique way of protecting the ends of our chromosomes from deterioration. Known as the “longevity enzyme”, telomerase thus protects and prolongs the renewal potential of each individual cell. The skin tissue displays significantly increased resilience, elasticity and youthful radiance. In 2009, the breakthrough discovery of telomerase was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti Aging Serum, Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream, Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Rich, 111 Skin Y-Lift Neck & Décolletage Treatment Mask
Bacteria for beautiful, healthy skin
Our skin is a microcosm, colonized billions of times over by a wide range of bacteria that form the microbial protective shield of our skin – the skin flora. An imbalance in this defense system results in visible negative effects on our skin. This is often the source of hypersensitivity reactions and irritations. But when the skin flora is healthy and intact damaging germs have a hard time gaining a foothold. When the veritable army of protective bacteria comes under attack its produces proteins that kill the invaders. The healthy bacteria are responsible for maintaining the acid mantle of our skin and also break down waste products, such as scales from flakey or callused skin, and sebum.
Daily cleansing and environmental factors impair the vital balance – the protective acid mantle is able to regenerate, but the process slows down increasingly with age. Unwelcome germs and negative environmental influences can exploit any gap in the defense shield. Now, modern skin care products fortified with prebiotic substances, such as lactic acid bacteria, can help to reestablish this protective shield and sooth irritated skin.
You will find this effective ingredient at Spitzenhaus in Oskia Renaissance Clensing Gel, Oskia Perfect Cleanser, Oskia Nutri Active Day Cream, Omorovicza Intensive Hydralift Cream, Omorovicza Gold Night Drops, Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Eye Serum, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, Orveda products
Progerin is a natural component of the structural proteins (lamina) found in the nucleus and membrane of a cell. An increased presence of progerin in the cell nucleus leads to a significant decrease in subcutaneous fatty tissue: the skin gradually loses its natural underlying padding. That results in loss of firmness and resilience and an acceleration of biological aging processes. A biological active ingredient regulates and inhibits the production of the natural substance progerin. This significantly slows the natural aging process of the skin. The tissue quickly regains youthful freshness, firmness and tone.
The Reishi mushroom is also known as the “mushroom of eternal life”. It has been used in medicinal applications in China for centuries, where it is even more highly regarded than ginseng. Modern scientific studies have now confirmed almost everything written about this miracle fungus in ancient Chinese texts. The Reishi mushroom has been shown to contain more than one hundred different highly effective polysaccharides, which implement their special ability to combat oxidative stress by strengthening the body’s own immune system. The Reishi mushroom has also be shown to contain over 140 triterpenes. These compounds have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect and also inhibit histamines, and thus supress allergic and hypersensitivity reactions. Reishi regulates the immune system and supports the self-healing power of the body.
Wild roses belong to the Rosaceae family. They are especially prevalent in the northern hemisphere, because their seeds require cold period to germinate. Retinoic acid is a special effective substance found in Rosa Mosqueta. After application to the skin, endogenous lipases divide this acid on the molecular level allowing it to be released slowly to take effect over time. Thus the positive cosmetic effects of the vitamin A derivative Tretinoin can be enjoyed without any of the common negative side effects. This substance is especially effective in treating light-related signs of aging. Results included a significant decrease in wrinkle depth; evening out of pigment disruptions and visibly smoother more supple tissue, for a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
You will find this effective substance at Spitzenhaus in Omorovicza Miracle Face Oil, Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost, Natura Bissé Diamond Cream, Royal Fern Phytoactive Hydra Firm Intense Mask, Kat Burki Rose Hip Intense Recovery Eye Serum
This evergreen fern variety (Osmunda regalis) is extremely resistant to UV rays and environmental pollution and is also an effective moisture dispenser. For over 400 million years this plant has continuously adapted to the changing conditions on earth. International studies have proven that the valuable constituent substances of the fern have a measurable positive influence on all signs of skin aging. These effective substances stimulate regeneration processes and repair existing skin damage. The antiinflammatory properties of the plant sooth the skin and provide moisture. Pigmentation is evened out for a smoother-looking complexion.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Royal Fern
Young cells constantly communicate with each other. For example, when the hyaluronic acid level in the skin drops signals are immediately sent to the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) to step up production. As these cell signals weaken over time the skin becomes dryer and loses elasticity: wrinkles appear. Sirtuin technology helps the skin to help itself. Deploying specific signal proteins that improve cell communication, the skin is enabled to tap its own regenerative powers.
Spirulina + chlorella
Spirulina is a genus consisting of a number of blue-green algae known for their exceptional nutritional value. Spirulina is rich in a particularly high-quality protein that contains all the essential amino acids – “essential” because the body cannot generate them itself, yet they are vital to its daily optimal functioning. Spirulina also contains beta-carotene, vitamins B and E, and a whole host of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium oand zinc. Nowadays, spirulina and chlorella (likewise sweet water algae, it, too, a rich source of the above-mentioned nutrients) are an indispensible component of a modern nutritional supplement program. In skin care, these two natural substances supply the skin with essential elements necessary for maintaining healthy metabolic processes in the skin.
Stem cell technology
IN SKIN CARE
First deployed in the year 2009, botanical stem cells have been an integral part of modern skin care ever since. Their introduction has significantly improved the overall performance of skin care products and their effect on the epidermis. 2015 saw a new breakthrough in stem cell technology: a Swiss research team had succeeded in locating the seat of the dermal stem cells – the subcutaneous skin cells.Using botanical stem cells they had also found a way to significantly boost dermal cell functionality. This breakthrough innovation made it possible for an active skin care ingredient to directly influence this deeper skin layer and demonstrably improve tissue condition.
Tamanu oil is extracted from the nut of the tree native to Southeast Asia and the South Sea Islands. Native South Pacific peoples have revered this oil for its protective, healing and skin care effects for thousands of years. Tamanu oil is especially rich in polyphenols and highly unsaturated fatty acids, compounds that strengthen the natural protective mantel of the skin and promote suppleness and a pleasant feeling. Other benefits attributed to tamanu oil are anti-inflammatory and wound healing action, including cicatrization (promotion of scar tissue formation).
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in Kat Burki Power Trio Radiance Oil
IN SKIN CARE
The double helix molecule of our chromosomes is capped on both ends with two end pieces called telomeres. With each cycle of cell division the four end sections become shorter. After just fifty divisions these end pieces have already been shortened by half. From this point on the cell will no longer divide. An exclusive active ingredient inhibits this process, keeping the ends of the chromosome from shortening too rapidly. This extends the lifespan of the skin cell and also lends protection to the cell renewal cycle.
Triple collagen technology
PATENT HELD BY !QMS
Collagen production decreases with advancing age. As a result moisture levels in the skin drop, and small wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear. Thanks to the groundbreaking technology from !QMS, collagen is reintroduced to the epidermis to promote regeneration.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus exclusively in !QMS products
The tyrosinase family of enzymes is responsible for the enzymatic production of the protective pigment melanin, and thus plays an important role in the natural pigmentation process of the skin. Free radicals, heavy UV exposure, and negative environmental influences can lead to a disruption of tyrosinase activity. This “inhibition” can result in Pigment Dispersion Syndrome, age marks (Lentigines solares) and abnormal pigmentation. Antioxidative substances, including vitamins A, E and C, saponaria extract, and the substance glutathion monitor and regulate tyrosinase function, and thus help keep the skin tone balanced and smooth.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Nescens Dark Spot Corrector, Oskia Renaissance 360 Cream, Oskia Bright Light Serum, Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum, Derm Institute Cellular Brightening
In skin care applications, vitamin A is used in its pure encapsulated form, or as an ester (retinyl palmitat) to ensure stability Used topically on the skin vitamin A boosts enzyme activity, which has a positive, holistic effect on the metabolic processes of the skin. It stimulates production of collagen fibers as well as cell division. Vitamin A is especially effective in the treatment of light-induced skin damage, such as pigment dispersion and thickening of the skin. Vitamin A promotes the epithelialization (wound healing) process and is especially effective in regenerating rough, dry skin patches.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Oil, Omorovicza Gold Eye Lift, Omorovicza Gold Night Drops, Natura Bissé Life Infusion Retinol Eye Serum, Natura Bissé Life Infusion Serum, Royal Fern Anti Aging Cream, Susanne Kaufmann Advanced Night Repair Cream, Seed to Skin Midnight Miracle, Kat Burki Rose Hip Serum, Kat Burki Retin C Serum, Derm Institute Youth Alchemy, Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, Seed to Skin The Cure
Vitamin C and its derivatives are among the best-documented anti-aging substances. However, vitamin C is unfortunately a very unstable molecule that oxidizes easily and is thus marketed almost exclusively in capsule form. An important co-factor in collagen generation it promotes the creation of new collagen fibers, which lends the tissue increased elasticity while decreasing the severity of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that inhibits the creation of free radicals, and thus protects the cells from the negative effects of light and sunlight. It helps neutralize pigment dispersion and spots and activates the skin’s own ability to protect against negative light rays. Vitamin C also has anti-inflammatory properties, which are highly effective in the treatment of fresh acne scarring.
You will find this effective substance at Spitzenhaus in Oskia Renaissance Bright Light Serum, Oskia Super 16 Serum, Natura Bissé C+C Linie, !QMS Density Structure Night Serum, African Botanics Marula Firming Body Oil, Seed to Skin The Cure
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is readily available in its naturally occurring form in various vegetable oils. In the skin care sector, vitamin E is often used as an ester (tocopheryl acetate), for greater stability. This substance provides high-level protection from damage due to free radicals. Vitamin E improves the texture of the skin and significantly boosts its humectant (moisture retention) ability. Vitamin E provides significant protection and regeneration benefits during and after intensive UV- exposure. The substance is a highly effective anti-inflammatory agent and promotes wound healing.
You will find this effective principle at Spitzenhaus in: Oskia City Life Booster, Oskia Renaissance 360 Super Cream, Oskia Super 16 Serum, Oskia Eye Wonder, 111 SkinNocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream, Royal Fern Cream, !QMS ACE Vitamin Day&Night Cream24 h Cream, Omorovicza Firming Body Oil, 111 Skin Rose Gold Facial Mask, Seed to Skin products