Biophora's State-of-the-Art Ingredients
Naturally occurring acids derived from the sugars in particular substances. These acids work by dissolving the bonds that hold together dead skin cells. This action increases cell turnover, and at greater concentrations, deeper dermal effects such as increased collagen synthesis. The lower the pH and higher the concentration or percentage of an Alpha Hydroxy Acid as with a Glycolic Acid determines its strength. The lower concentration or percentage and higher pH as with Lactic acid, acts as a natural humectant having a larger molecule size which makes it less irritating than Glycolic Acid but still an effective exfoliant. AHA’s exfoliate and stimulate the skin; improving the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, acne, tone, texture, smoothness, softness, and overall healthy glow. Used as tolerated, morning and evening, skin should respond within a few days. Glycolic Acid is found in our Bioactive Cleanser, Bioactive Solutions, AHA Active Gel, and Conditioning Body Cream. Lactic Acid is incorporated in our Gentle AHA Cream, Spotless-Oil Control, and Lactic Acid Serum.
Occurring naturally in the body, Allantoin is an effective skin-soothing and skin-conditioning agent. It is formulated into Biophora Antioxidant Moisturizer, Antibac Veil, Dermarich Moisturizer, Calming Toner, Night Protection, Hyaluronic Treatment Serum, and Lactic Acid Serum.
Derived from Berberry (uva-usi) with antioxidant and brightening properties, it naturally breaks down into hydroquinone which is effective for improving and lightening the appearance of darks spots from sun-exposure of hormonal changes. It is found in AHA Active Gel, and Bioactive Gel.
Substance derived from plants (yeast and oats). Studies have found Beta Glucan is a powerful immunity stimulator, activating the macrophage in skin cells, and an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Beta Glucan is a natural ingredient designed to add vitality and a healthy glow to the skin. This ingredient is incorporated in our Antioxidant Moisturizer.
A naturally occurring acid derived from willow bark, wintergreen leaves, and sweet birth bark. Salicylic Acid works from the uppermost layer of the skin, dissolving skin cell bonds layer by layer. BHA is also lipid soluble (cuts through oil) and antibacterial, giving it great effectiveness in penetrating oily skin deep within pores. BHA stimulates the skin’s natural cell turnover and growth processes and can lead to increased exfoliation and collagen synthesis. BHA’s exfoliate and stimulate the skin; smoothing fine lines, evening skin discoloration, and reducing acne conditions. Overall, healthier, brighter skin is unveiled as the BHA reduces the build-up of topical dead skin cells and stimulates more normal skin growth. Salicylic Acid is incorporated in our AHA Active Gel, Antibac Veil, Bioactive Gel, Bioactive Solution, Spotless Oil Control, and Lactic Acid Serum.
A patented ingredient molecularly identical to the life-giving proteins found in the human placenta with properties that include – accelerated healing of the skin, increases rate of skin renewal, helps to slow down thinning of aging skin, reduces wrinkles, boosts collagen and elastin synthesis, and promotes skin rejuvenation. Bio-Placenta is found in Biophora Ultimate Refining Serum.
Citric Acid is categorized in the family of Alpha Hydroxy Acids with anti-inflammatory properties known to stimulate collagen production. As an antioxidant, it repairs the skin and helps to neutralize free radical damage. Citric acids also exfoliate and improve the overall condition of the skin. Citric acid when used in gentle formulations may assist in the repair of sun-damaged skin and acne conditions to firm, tone and improve the signs of aging. This ingredient is formulated into our Biophora Sen-Citric Lotion.
Coenzyme Q-10, also known as ubiquinone, is a compound that is made in our bodies and used by our cells to produce the energy they need to grow and stay healthy. An antioxidant with actions very similar to those of Vitamin E, it has been found to be an excellent defender against free radicals and, when used regularly over time, may help ease lines and wrinkles by building collagen. A coenzyme is a substance needed for the proper functioning of an enzyme, a protein that speeds up the rate at which chemical reactions take place. Q10 refers to parts of the compound’s chemical structure. Like other antioxidants, it has been studied in relation to reducing aging of and damage to the skin. This ingredient is found in our Bioactive Firming Cream.
A soothing, anti-inflammatory used as first aid in sensitive skin. It protects and replenishes the appearance of damaged skin barrier, reduces allergic reactions, soothes the skin after shaving and epilation, and helps alleviate sensitivities related to atopic eczema. Defensil Plus is found in our Liquid Gold Facial Oil.
Phenolic Acids have been extracted from orange, pineapple, mango, and pomegranate fruits. A major Phenolic compound in orange juice is Ferulic Acid. Phenolic compounds from these natural sources have strong antioxidant activity. The antioxidant effects of Ferulic Acid will revitalize element exposed skin, lighten and brighten discoloured skin. Also aids the skin’s ability to heal, repair, and protect itself from free radical assault. This extract is incorporated into our Bioactive Gel.
Grape seed extract is a Pycnogenol which is a special class of bioflavonoid found in the seeds, bark, and fruit of many plants and are highly potent antioxidants and free radical scavengers. Highly regarded in the effective cross linking and strengthening of collagen and elastin tissue. Also has wound healing effects. The antioxidant effects of Grape Seed Extract will revitalize element exposed skin, lighten and brighten discoloured skin. Also aids the skin’s ability to heal, repair, and protect itself from free radical assault. This ingredient is incorporated in our AHA Active Gel, Bioactive Gel and DermaRich Moisturizer.
Green Tea Extract, being a Polyphenol, is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial agent. It also helps protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage via its free radical scavenging ability. Thought to protect basic DNA from oxidative stress and selectively inhibits skin bacteria. The antioxidant effects of Green Tea Extract may help to revitalize element exposed skin, lighten and brighten discoloured skin. It also aids the skin’s ability to heal, repair, and protect itself from free radical assault. This ingredient is incorporated in our Bioactive Cleanser, Gel, and DermaRich Moisturizer.
Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid used in moisturizing and anti-aging creams. Rejuvenates the skin by improving its viscosity and elastic properties. Decreases deep wrinkles. It is found in Intense Hydration.
A powerful skin-identical ingredient with restorative, antioxidant, hydrating, and boosting properties. It visibly improves the appearance of fine lines, plumpness, roughness, and assists in the improvement of the skin’s protective barrier. This ingredient appears in particularly high amounts in Biophora Hyaluronic Treatment Serum, Rejuvenating Elixir, and Après Soothing Serum.
The skin lightening properties found in Kojic Acid, along with Arbutin, and Licorice Extracts; naturally occurring substances that are highly regarded in inhibiting tyrosinase production are vital for evening out skin tone. It is this tyrosinase enzyme production (usually overly increased by sunlight or excessive skin irritation) in the basal layer of the epidermis, which is responsible for melanin production by the melanocytes (the skin cells responsible for the creation of pigment). This overproduction of melanin leads to cosmetically displeasing pigmentation. Once melanin is suppressed, the skin can then purge the pigment to the surface normally. AHA’s, BHA’s, Retinol, L-Ascorbic acid, and Enzyme Exfoliants help quick migration of these pigmented cells to the surface of the skin for their ultimate removal. Daily use of these natural bleaching agents as found in our Bioactive Solution and Bioactive Solution Extra Strength, and Bioactive Gel along with sun protection will aid the skin’s natural ability to lighten and brighten.
A lab-created, non-living probiotic ingredient made by fermentation of the microorganism, Lactobacillus. Applied to skin, it’s been shown to have a potent soothing effect that in turn strengthens skin’s ability to defend itself from aggressors. Research has also revealed that this ferment may play a role in helping skin’s microbiome to maintain a healthy mix of flora, a benefit that may reduce the risk or visible severity of several common, and often uncomfortable skin conditions. It is also used as a natural preservative. This ingredient is formulated in our Après Soothing Cream, and Hyaluronic Treatment Serum.
Topical Vitamin C must be in the form of L-ascorbic acid to be useful to the body and skin. Studies show that L-ascorbic acid stimulates collagen synthesis. L-Ascorbic Acid serves as a signal, relaying a critical message to Collagen genes to synthesize Collagen, as well as being a co-factor for two enzymes important in Collagen synthesis. This element provides photo protection by neutralizing reactive oxygen species (free radicals), the highly reactive molecules produced by the interaction of sunlight, cell membranes, and other components of skin tissue. Vitamin C, known as an antioxidant, protects skin by neutralizing free radicals, which would otherwise destroy skin and its components. L-Ascorbic acid improves fine lines, discoloration, and protects the skin from environmental assaults resulting in healthy revitalized skin appearance when used regularly. This is the only ingredient in our 100% stable PURE “C”. This highly absorbable powder can be mixed to boost the effects of any Biophora cream or gel product.
An anti-aging peptide used to target a wide range of aging signs, which helps skin look and act more youthful. To diminish the signs of aging, it promotes the production of collagen and elastin in the under-layers of skin. It is a key formulation found in Biophora Intense Hydration and Ultimate Refining Serum.
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-rejuvenating ingredient especially efficacious for aging and blemish-prone skin. It minimizes the appearance of large pores, dullness, fine lines, and help to clarify skin tone. Light and heat stable, Niacinamide can assist in the visible repair of UV damage and assist in repair of environmentally exposed skin. Niacinamide is offered in Biophora Spotless – Targeted Oil Control, Ultimate Refining Serum, Hyaluronic Treatment Serum, Lactic Acid Serum Après Soothing Serum, Rejuvenating Elixir (Face and Neck Serum) and Conditioning Body Cream.
Exhibiting natural enzymatic exfoliation properties, Papain & Bromelain Enzymes utilize catalytic action to digest and exfoliate dead skin cells and proteins from the surface of the skin and deep within pores. Papain is derived from papaya fruit and Bromelain from pineapple fruit. Used as an exfoliation mask, these enzymes will help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and protein on the surface of the skin and deep within pores. The result is a much smoother texture, reduction of acne concerns, and overall softer and healthier glow. These enzymes are incorporated in our Enzyme Exfoliating Mask for both home and clinical use.
Peptides as applied to skin care are natural or synthetic compounds containing two or more Amino Acids linked forming a peptide bond in the matrix of Collagen and Elastin that support the skin. Depending on its particular size and structure, a peptide is targeted to perform a specific function in the skin – suggested benefits, range from Collagen synthesis to increased lymphatic circulation. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 used in our Bioactive Firming Cream, Intensive Antiaging Eye Treatment, and Light Hydration stimulates synthesis of Collagen, Elastin, Fibronectin and Glycosaminoglycans, elements that bind tissue and hold the moisture of the skin.
A powerhouse ingredient that has value for skin on several fronts: It’s a skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, firming ingredient and an antioxidant, allowing it to improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of aging. Increases cell division and enzymatic activity. It is the primary ingredient in our Bioactive Retinol Creams.
After its absorption into the skin, Retinyl palmitate is converted to retinol, and ultimately to retinoic acid (the active form of vitamin A present in Retin-A). Studies show that topically applied Retinyl palmitate reverses some aspects of skin aging. A preservative agent as well as an antioxidant which is essential for the generation and function of skin cells. Retinyl Palmitate improves the skin’s texture, firmness, and smoothness and is used to stimulate and smooth fine lines. This ingredient is incorporated in our Bioactive Cleanser, Antioxidant and Dermarich Moisturizers, Light Hydration, and Multivitamin Freeze Mask.
Considered the most effective form of Hyaluronic acid which performs as a Collagen and Elastin supporter. A protein occurring in the skin that appears to bind water in the interstitial spaces between skin cells while it forms a gel-like substance to hold these cells together. A viscous Polysaccharide that is a natural moisturizer with excellent water-binding capabilities which infuses moisture deep within the upper layers of the skin. Being an ideal moisturizer base, it allows for the delivery of other agents to the skin. Its ability to retain water gives immediate smoothness to rough skin surfaces and significantly improves skin appearance. Used to smooth, re-hydrate and regenerate the skin. A light, greaseless, ultra-moisturized feel is the result. This ingredient is incorporated in our DermaRich Moisturizer, Bioactive Firming Cream and Light Hydration.
A natural component of skin and a good emollient that has antioxidant and immune-stimulating properties found in our Bioactive Retinol Creams.
A natural organic compound which physically protects the skin from UV radiation. Physically absorbs and scatters UVA and UVB rays. Provides superior protection from UVA and UVB rays and resulting skin damage. Will not irritate skin or eyes like chemical agents. This ingredient is incorporated in our Tinted Mineral SPF 30.
A form of Vitamin E considered as one of the most important oil-soluble anti-oxidants and a free radical scavenger. Serves as a preservative function due to its ability to protect against oxidation. Improves the appearance of rough, dry, and damaged skin. This ingredient is incorporated in our Cleansers, Gentle AHA Cream, Moisturizers and Multivitamin Freeze Mask, Rejuvenating Elixir.