Science

Our unique formula has been put together by Yasmin & Jessica and the best health, nutrition and cosmetic experts. We specially collected a few of studies we found for your information and benefit.

 

The choice of our ingredients is completely based on scientific proof, studies and clinical trials.

 

We provide you with a basic set of information regarding every important beauty ingredient we put in our Beautypearls. Our information sets provide you with basic data of origin and studies. Please note that this is general information and may not be applicable to every skin type or person. Do not use this as your only source of information regarding the ingredients for there is a lot more to find on the internet and ongoing studies continue to add more detailed information on the effects.

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Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) is a succulent plant that belongs to the family Liliaceae. Nowadays Aloe vera extracts can be found in a fast multitude of skincare products because of its popular beneficial effects. It has been proven that it has antioxidant properties that contribute to the protection against free radicals which effect the skin in a negative way. Furthermore, Aloe vera is also useful for the process of wound healing, sun protection and antiaging.

Bamboo is a collective term for a lot of giant grasses.  According to a recent study, Bamboo extracts can be used to treat skin pigmentation diseases. Due to the fact that bamboo extracts include a lot of oxidants, it is concluded to add to the protective properties of the skin. 

Obtained from black pepper fruits (Piper nigrum), BioPerine® is a concentrated and pure extract that has been used as a bioavailability enhancer for over 20 years. Black pepper has been used in human diet from ancient times and is one of the most widely used spices throughout the world. It has also been used in various traditional medicines, preservatives and health supplements because of its ability to improve the thermogenic activity of the body. Thermogenesis is the process responsible for the absorption of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants from the daily diet into the body. In general, BioPerine® was found to enhance absorption of nutrients by at least 30%.

Curcuma C3 originates from the Curcuma Longa root and is closely related to the gingerroot. During the research in the laboratory of Natural Products, University Putra Malaysia it was proven that Curcumin C3 contributed to the production of cells and tissues and to the process of cell renewal. The research also showed that another positive effect of the Curcuma Longa was the protection against aging via inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity.

Pycnogenol® is the extract obtained from the Pinus pinaster or French maritime pine. PYC (Pycnogenol®) is a widely used nutritional supplement, containing a variety of natural antioxidants. Within the recent years, extensive research has been conducted to assess whether and how the oral intake of nutritional supplements can affect human skin, concluding that oral photoprotection works. Following clinical studies indicate that PYC protects against oxidative stress in several cell systems following oral intake. Other anti-oxidant effects involve a role in the regeneration and protection of vitamin C and E. There is not only evidence that Pycnogenol® is suited for photoprotection of human skin, but also that the oral intake of this substance affects a number of basic skin functions which are of relevance for the maintenance of healthy skin. It has been shown in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study that supplementation with Pycnogenol® in combination with vitamins and minerals improves skin smoothness and elasticity.

Glycerine, also called glycerol or glycerin, is an odorless chemical used as an additive in many pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. Glycerin is used in body care products as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin and can be derived from numerous sources such as plants. It is used in a variety of medicines to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations (e.g., diaper rash, skin burns from radiation therapy).  This helps the dead skin cells fall off, helps the skin keep in more water, and leaves the skin feeling smoother and softer. Multiple board-certified dermatologists have concluded it to be a super effective skin secret weapon.

Hyaluronan (HA) is present in many tissues of the body and is essential to maintain moistness in the tissues present in the skin, which contain approximately half the body's HA mass. Because of the positive viscosity and moisturizing effect, HA is widely disturbed as a cosmetic medicine and has recently been marketed in Japan as a dietary supplement to promote skin moisture. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study it was found that ingested HA increased skin moisture and improved treatment outcomes for patients with dry skin and is therefore a very popular moisturizer.

Magnesium, in chemistry/science seen as Mg, is a mineral. It is a naturally occurring element that people need as an important nutrient. The human body relies on magnesium for various purposes. For example, it plays a key role in cellular functions, nerve functions, the immune system and more than 300 other biochemical reactions the body needs to operate. Beyond that magnesium is necessary for the formation of muscles and bones, does it also take care of a reddened and irritated skin.

The Apple is a fruit of the plant Malus pumila. It as a popular fruit, consumed in a large part of the world and therefore a wide variety of extracts are available to the public. Most of the Apple extracts are made by drying apples and have different properties and applications. The Malus pumila (Apple) fruit extract is seen as a skin conditioner because of its nourishing and moisturizing properties. There have been multiple studies such as the research of, Wilbur Johnson, Jr., M.S., Senior Scientific Analyst, that show that it protects and supports the skin from the inside when taken orally.

Pomegranate or Punica granate is a red fruit native to Asia. Pomegranate includes polyphenols, which have shown to have antioxidant activities. These activities add to the protection of tissues and DNA in cells against free radicals. Earlier studies have also shown that Pomegranate extract protects HaCaT cells against UVB-induced oxidative stress and markers of photoaging.

CoQ10, Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring antioxidant of your body. Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance, but the problem is that levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. The level of CoQ10 within the skin rises from childhood to adulthood, peaks at 20 to 30 years of age and then gradually diminishes with age.

Within the skin, CoQ10 is localized primarily to the most superficial layer of your skin and functions to protect the deeper layers of your skin from damage caused by harmful free radicals, which is one of the major causes of ageing. A healthy level of CoQ10 results in the skin’s ability to produce a healthy level of collagen, which gives skin firmness, and elasticity which results in countering the effects of sagging and wrinkles. It is very popular nowadays for its skincare benefits in topical creams. Not many are familiar with oral supplements, while they can be a lot more beneficial to the rejuvenation of skin cells than topical lotions alone. The study, “Biofactors,” published in 2003, demonstrated that the simultaneous administration of oral supplements containing CoQ10, vitamin E and selenium along with a topical CoQ10 preparation effectively increases the levels of the substance in the outer layer of the skin. Application of the topical preparation alone raised the level of CoQ10 in the sebum only, (the oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin). This study indicates that oral CoQ10 supplements may be more effective at increasing the level of CoQ10 in the skin itself than topical preparations because the oral intake of it, positively influences the age-affected cellular metabolism and enables to combat signs of aging starting at the cellular level.

Selenium is a chemical element with symbol Se and atomic number 34. Selenium is an amazing nutrient that is vital to your health. While it’s best known as an antioxidant, this essential mineral is a component of more than two dozen proteins that influence reproduction, the making of DNA, thyroid function and immune response. It has a variety of applications, for it neutralizes free radicals and other skin-damaging compounds before they can lead to wrinkles. It’s similar to vitamin E and actually works together with the vitamin to safeguard cell membranes, the protective coating around cells. That makes selenium a major player when it comes to slowing the signs of aging. In fact, research has shown that it’s a triple treat, protecting against UV-induced cell damage, skin inflammation as well as pigmentation. Recent studies continue to emphasize that your immune system relies on selenium to function well. In fact, it’s selenium, along with other minerals and vitamins, that bolsters your body’s army of white blood cells and strengthens your response to infections, including those on the skin. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, selenium is a powerful ingredient for calming inflamed, irritated skin.

Retinol, also known as vitamin A is an essential vitamin needed for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function, and reproduction. Besides that, vitamin A is good for a correct internal functionality, it also has a lot of health and beauty benefits for the skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using topical retinoids to treat acne in both adolescents and adults. Studies reported in Toxicological Research also indicate that retinol is effective at stimulating collagen production and reducing wrinkles. Scientist testing the properties of Vitamin A on the skin like, Pillat (1929), Frazier and Hu (1931) confirmed that a diet rich in vitamin A improved the skin, countering the effects of raised papules, which resulted from the blocking of the hair follicles with cornified material. To conclude, vitamin is essential for maintaining optimal levels of skin health, appearance, and function.

Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, is an organic compound and a form of vitamin B3, an essential human nutrient. Vitamin B3 is present in many food sources and having enough niacin, or vitamin B3, in the body is very important for general good health.

The primary forms of vitamin B3 have been used in skin care products. There is published clinical work that reveals it to have countering effects on aging skin.  Also, has it shown in several clinical studies to significantly reduce facial hyperpigmentation appearance, in particular, hyperpigmented spots. It significantly reduces surface sebum in human skin biopsy specimens and in facial testing with decreases specifically in the glyceride and fatty acid components of skin surface sebum resulting in a healthier and less oily skin.

Vitamin B5 also knows as Pantothenic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is a precursor in the synthesis of coenzyme A. Coenzyme A is essential to many biochemical reactions that sustain life. It also includes acyl-carrier protein that is involved in the creation of healthy fatty acids. Over the years, a lot of research has been done on the properties of vitamin B5 that could show to be beneficial to the skin. So, has a study in china has shown that Vitamin B5 helps preventing acne. a 2002 "Journal of Dermatological Treatment" study noted that provitamin B5 enhanced the repair of the skin barrier while reducing inflammation. In terms of protecting skin, provitamin B5 acts as a barrier, shielding the skin from skin irritation and does it show to possess natural broad abilities to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin.

Alpha-tocopherol, or vitamin E. The term “vitamin E” describes eight different compounds. Alpha-tocopherol is the most active one in humans. It acts as a protector against oxidations of collagen present in the skin. This involves antioxidant functions in cell membranes due to the fact that, in a manner parallel to the general cellular action of free radicals, the specific deterioration that free radicals have on this dermic conjunctive tissue must be added, especially at the macromolecular level. One of the major photo-protective components of SSL has been proven to be α-tocopherol, working as sacrificing antioxidant. Therefore, Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Symbol Zn, stands for zinc, which is one of the elements in the periodic table of elements. This mineral is found in every single cell in your body, and more than 100 different enzymes need it to function. Skin cells are particularly dependent on zinc’s powerful properties. In fact, the top layer of your skin is concentrated with up to six times more of the mineral than is found in the lower layers. Pimples develop when a buildup of oil, bacteria and skin cells block pores, causing the skin around the pore to turn red, swollen and tender. Zinc, which boosts immune function, may help control that inflammatory response and prevents the clogging of pores in the first place. Also does the mineral lessens the formation of damaging free radicals and protects skin’s lipids (fats) and fibroblast (the cells that make collagen), when skin is exposed to UV light, pollution and other skin-agers. This has been confirmed by multiple researches that have shown that zinc takes care of reddened skin and severely other irritated skin conditions, including acne and nappy rash.