Bioactive Products and Why The Matter
By Myra Michelle Eby
Many people feel if something is natural and nontoxic, it’s not strong enough to be effective. Others feel if a product is effective, it can’t possibly be natural. Natural ingredients are not only effective; they are often even more effective than chemicals. The reality is that most skin care manufacturers add chemicals to their products because they are cheaper than the natural, more effective alternatives. MyChelle Dermaceuticals was founded on the idea that nature and science can be combined successfully to create the most effective safe skin care products possible. Our research on this subject has helped MyChelle become the skin care leader in creating a successful partnership between nature and science.
Why Bioactives Are Best
Not that long ago scientists thought the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, was made up of flat, dead skin cells that had no interaction with living skin cells. Today, we know this is not true. There are very active layers within the epidermis featuring intricate interaction between the cells in the epidermis and the growing, lively cells located in the deeper (dermis) layers of the skin. This is truly significant because if the cells in our epidermis are communicating with cells in the lower layers, we can positively influence the health of our skin on a much deeper level. That’s why it’s so important to apply ingredients that have been scientifically proven effective at a proper dosage and concentration. Even more important, the non-toxic ingredients you apply must be bioactive and safe.
The simple definition of a bioactive ingredient is a substance that has a therapeutic effect on living tissue. Advanced scientific techniques guide us in not only choosing the right ingredient for a specific application; they help maximize the therapeutic activity of the ingredient. All bioactive ingredients we choose serve multiple therapeutic purposes. For example, some ingredients will not only protect, they will also nourish the skin. Some bioactive ingredients have been proven to ease inflammation, while positively stimulating the immune system for proactive healing. This fermented extract of black tea is not only rich in organic acids and important vitamins; it has also been clinically proven to decrease skin roughness and increase skin luminosity and clarity.
Bioactive Peptides can slow the skin’s aging process
Many peptides, which are natural protein fractions, are also great examples of non-toxic bioactive ingredients. Several key peptides have been scientifically proven to stimulate skin regeneration and repair. For example, many of our bioactive peptide ingredients can actually help slow the skin’s aging process.
Here are just a few of the unique and extremely effective natural peptides we use in our products:
- Instalift™ (Lycium Barbarum – Goji Berry Fruit Extract) is a polypeptide that improves skin firmness by 26.8% after 1 hour.
- Argirlene™ (Acetyl Hexapeptide -8) is a neuropeptide that is proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles up to 30%.
- Eyeseryl® (Acetyl Tetrapeptide – 5) improves the elasticity of the skin by 35%.
Bioactive Herbal & Fruit Extracts
In addition to peptides, many standardized, concentrated herbal and fruit extracts are also bioactive. For example:
- SCO2 TotarolTM from the totara tree in New Zealand has been shown to be effective against bacteria that can cause acne.
- Resveratrol from red grapes has anti-aging effects and is a powerful antioxidant.
Bioactive ingredients have been discovered as a result of cutting-edge technology, solid science, and proven research methods. Bioactive ingredients are not the only successful blending of nature and science. As the leader in technologically advanced non-toxic skin care, we constantly strive to find innovative ways to nourish, restore, and support the structure and function of the skin.
Does Organic Mean Active?
Organic ingredients are great. They are safer for us and better for our environment. We have many organic ingredients in our products. However, it’s important to clarify that just because something is organic, does not mean it is bioactive. Bioactivity refers to a proven therapeutic benefit of the ingredient. Organic refers to how that ingredient was grown. Both are important, but bioactivity is paramount.