Along with the biological aging process of the skin, various environmental factors - e.g. sun exposure, climate, air pollution, smoking, and an unhealthy diet - also affect the skin and accelerate its aging. These damages may be manifested in pigmentation, spots, wrinkles and fine lines, uneven skin tone, and a rough and lifeless appearance.
The good news is that in the last decade, modern cosmetics has effective treatments that can achieve impressive results in repairing damages and rejuvenating the skin - lightening age spots and pigmentation and repairing sun damage, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, blurring scars and giving skin a healthier, smoother and firmer look. At the top of the list of effective ingredients for skin rejuvenation are a number of substances, the main ones being alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinol, and vitamin C.
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids
Alpha and beta hydroxy acids are now used as key ingredients in many exfoliating treatments - treatments defined by the dermatology associations around the world as one of the most effective methods for rejuvenating the skin and improving its texture. Both acid types work by peeling the skin. However, each acid has its unique mechanisms. Alpha hydroxy acids are found naturally in milk, fruits, and plants. They work by detaching the intercellular adhesion and allowing the peeling and dissolving of dead skin cells in the upper skin layers. As a result, the skin undergoes a natural regeneration process, and the peeled layers are replaced with new skin cells. In addition, these acids have been found to increase the production of collagen and elastin deep in the skin, as well as encouraging the production of other important skin components such as hyaluronic acid.
The beta hydroxy acid, also called salicylic acid, is fat-soluble, and therefore can penetrate the pores of the skin and sebaceous glands, and peel off the dead skin cells that accumulate inside them and clog them. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which operate against bacteria and fungi. These properties make the acid especially effective for treating oily skin with comedones and pimples.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. In recent years, this substance has been known to be one of the most effective cosmetic ingredients, along with alpha and beta hydroxy acids - all able to lighten sun spots and repair skin damage resulting from sun exposure. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. The active component in retinol, and in Retin-A - another derivative of the vitamin - is retinoic acid. Retin-A is FDA approved for the treatment of wrinkles and can only be prescribed by a doctor, while retinol, which contains lower concentrations of active retinoic acid, is approved for use in cosmetic products and preparations. The great advantage of retinol is that when applied on the skin, it breaks down into retinoic acid that acts on the cells. Similarly to Retin-A, retinol helps in improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, skin tone and texture, but only after prolonged use.
Many clinical studies have shown that applying vitamin C to the skin, in concentrations of at least 10%, can induce the regeneration of the fibers. In addition, vitamin C is an important and well-known antioxidant, and as such, it reduces the free radical damage to collagen and elastin and protects them from further destruction and breakdown. The result: restoring the elasticity and vitality of the skin, reducing the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and lightening the skin.
The restoring combination
In order to achieve particularly impressive results in skin regeneration, HL Laboratories developed the ABR COMPLEX. The secret behind this series is the combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, with retinol and other active ingredients, including vitamin C. Studies examining the effectiveness of alpha and beta hydroxy acids have found that their combination with retinol and antioxidants such as vitamin C - which have anti-inflammatory and rejuvenation properties - provides better results in improving skin texture and rejuvenation, compared to the use of those acids separately. This powerful combination creates a very effective treatment, which leads to noticeable results in the short and long run, in lightening sunspots and pigmentation, in reducing the depth of wrinkles and laugh lines, and in creating a radiant and healthy skin appearance.
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New from HL! Restoring serum - from the ABR complex line
This powerful serum works to renew the skin and slow down the aging process. It contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids in extremely high concentrations that operate to remove dead skin cells, as well as retinol stored in milicapsules, which helps in accelerating the rate of cell renewal, reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture and tone.
The active ingredients in the restoring serum and their benefits are:
- Alpha hydroxy acids - extracted from fruits and considered highly effective in restoring and rejuvenating the skin.
- Beta hydroxy (salicylic) acid - works in the deep layers of the epidermis and is an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) - accelerates the regeneration of skin cells, improves blood circulation and oxygen supply to the skin, and gives the skin a more even and radiant appearance.
Encapsulation technology - the benefits of encapsulated retinol:
Retinol is a light-sensitive substance. Encapsulation protects it from oxidation and direct exposure to light. Retinol as a lipophilic molecule "prefers" to be in its natural environment. The milicapsule enables the retinol to be in a "reservoir" until it is applied to the skin, and so the skin receives the desired maximum concentration in each application.
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