WHAT MAKES OUR FACE MOISTURISER THE BEST FACE MOISTURISER FOR YOU?
So here you are, searching for the best face moisturiser. You could scroll through the endless results on Google and still not sure which one is the best or even what makes it the best.
Here’s the TOP 10 reasons why our 5in1 Super-Hydrating Face Moisturiser IS the best face moisturiser for you:
Natural skin care focuses on various ingredients that come from natural sources and are not synthetically derived from petrochemicals. Since ancient times, people have relied heavily on plant extracts, herbs, and other natural components for their skin care and cosmetic needs.
These natural ingredients have been tested, by us humans, over thousands of years and in that time, we have learnt a lot. We’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t. What’s safe and what isn’t.
What many, if not most other skincare products use, are petrochemical derived synthetic chemicals. While some of these chemicals are totally benign, quite a few are not. There is limited testing on safety & efficacy and legislation only requires the manufacturer to make a pinky swear of its safety.
For these reasons alone, we chose to make our entire skincare range 100% natural.
Concentrated Botanical Extracts
Peeking at our skincare range, you will come to notice the different concentrated botanical extracts infused into each one. These natural botanical extracts all serve different purposes, many of which were known for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Whether it’s to help prevent acne, brighten skin complexion, reduce pore size or even ward off insects to give a few examples.
The molecules responsible for all the beneficial purposes are only present in miniscule amounts in the plants. These miniscule amounts aren’t enough to make a noticeable difference. Even though we can still legally state we use these ingredients and of the benefits given, it just wouldn’t be in the ethos of R10 Labs. To boost the miniscule amounts of beneficial molecules, we concentrate the botanical extracts, to give more in every drop.
Transparency & Honesty
With a growing trend for natural skincare, there have been numerous faux-natural products jumping onto the natural bandwagon, learning how to spot a true natural skincare product has never been more important.
What makes the actual difference to your skin is not the pseudoscientific claims, the multi-million-pound ad campaigns, the fancy packaging or the arty design on the label…. It’s the ingredients inside.
Not only the ingredients we put in but also the ingredients we leave out. Fragrance (or parfum), is an umbrella term for thousands of other chemicals. Since manufacturers don’t have to legally share what, exactly, makes up the said fragrance—they can hide some truly nasty & harmful chemicals, like phthalates, associated with damaging the male reproductive system or octoxynols and nonoxynols which break down into persistent hormone disruptors.
For example, in 2012 the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety concluded that hydroxy-isohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde should not be used in cosmetic products due to the number of cases of contact allergy associated with them. But products containing these chemicals will be on sale until mid-2021, meaning you could be using it until 2024.
That is why we list each & every ingredient used in our skincare right on the label and our website gives you more information on why we use the ingredients we do. There are no “hidden” ingredients and there never will be.
Time is money says the proverb but turn it around and you get a precious truth. Money is time. Whichever way you look at it, you can save both time & money with our 5in1 Face Moisturiser.
Rather than buying five different products and then going through the hassle of applying five different products every day, we took the decision to combine five powerful actions – Moisturiser, Hydration, After-shave, Anti-irritation & Anti-ageing solution into one simple to use product.
Supporting a Healthy Microbiome
When we think of organs, we picture our vital organs, such as our brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys but we wouldn’t think about our microbiome, the newest organ modern science has identified as being essential to health.
Our bodies need bacteria and other microbes. The microbes on our skin prevent other, nastier germs from moving in and causing trouble. We have “good” microbes in our mouths, noses, and pretty much every place where the body meets the outside world.
How times have changed, from when we were doing all we could to kill the pesky bugs before they killed us. To now, the modern age where we are rushing to eat them up, gobble them down… and right now, a new breed of probiotics is taking centre stage – slathering them on our skin.
Creating a healthy skin microbiome is a prerequisite function built right into the core function of our skincare range. R10 Labs skincare is not a probiotic, it increases your skin’s natural biodiversity by creating an environment that takes the skin back to its natural state rather than blindly applying probiotics on the skin that can reduce the diversity, and skin health.
Where there is water, there is life. That is a universal truth. So a form of preservation is required, after all, you don’t want to rubbing a budding petri-dish of microbes in your face. The simplest way is to remove all the water from the product by using only oils. One of the downsides to this method is that the product can be occlusive and cause issues such as spots & pimples. Not ideal in most situations.
The most popular method is to use a preservative. There are dozens, if not hundreds of different preservatives out there, from Formaldehyde donors to biocides. But preservatives are not intelligent. Preservatives cannot differentiate between a mammalian cell such as ours and unwanted microbial cells and due to this, cause irritation and allergies.
So we chose to replace the usual suspects, Phenoxyethanol & Sodium Benzoate and replace with a safer alternative. A preservative that is one of the most expensive available & that we fully understand the method of action. Sodium Anisate and Sodium Levulinate cause the microbes to die by steadily supplying the microbe with electrolytes, reducing the pH inside the cell. The microbe tries to counter this by expelling protons, this process consumes energy.
It’s this unique property which is magnitudes safer for use on the skin than other commonly used preservatives, with the preservative itself being fully bio-degradable, meeting OECD criteria, minimising risk to the environment and to you.
A phrase that is increasingly appearing on skincare labels, usually listed alongside assurances that a product is paraben free and hypoallergenic. So what exactly does non-comedogenic mean, and why is it important for those with acne-prone skin?
The word comedones, refers to a type of imperfection that forms on the skin. These blemishes are a result of clogged pores and are considered one of the milder forms of acne. Non-comedogenic indicates that a product has been formulated to avoid causing clogged pores.
One way to make a face moisturiser non-comodogenic is to use plant oils which have a natural affinity for skin, such as Cherry Kernel & Argan oils, which sink straight in to the skin. That’s a great start but again, we go the step further.
The framework to make a moisturiser usually involves a petrochemical, coconut or palm oil based emulsifier, such as Ethylhexyl palmitate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride and Cetearyl Alcohol. These are all quite heavy & waxy and needs to be included in higher amounts of the beneficial plant oils we want.
This simply would not do. Instead we used Olive oil in a novel way to create our Liquicrystal Technology, which provides a far lighter feel and is non-comedogenic.
Liquid Crystals are matter in a state which has properties between those of conventional liquids and those of solid crystals. Liquid crystals are an organised state of matter (thus crystal), but they can still flow (thus liquid), forming a unique family of materials.
Whatever high-tech actives or exotic botanicals a skin care range contains, a delivery system is still an essential key to the product’s effectiveness. Without an effective delivery system, the key ingredients will not be able to penetrate the Extracellular Matrix to deeply nourish and condition your skin.
The structural complexity of the skin means that this route is only really suitable for active ingredients with quite a narrow profile in terms of molecular weight and lipophilicity. Even then, it can be difficult to achieve good bioavailability – a sufficient quantity of actives, delivered to the right location in the skin within a suitable time frame so as to be efficacious.
This is where science meets skincare. Key to the effectiveness of R10 Labs performance-driven skincare range is the foundations. Our unique LiquiCrystal® Technology.
Designed by combining the properties of natural Olive Oil and our technical expertise, LiquiCrystal® Technology enables our skincare formulations to deliver unmatched performance in moisturisation, hydration, lower skin irritability and to deliver the complimentary high-tech actives to all parts of your skin.
When we use a face moisturiser, we use it for a specific reason. To maintain & improve the facial skin. Whether you eat antioxidants or put them on your skin – these molecules are vital to healthy skin.
One antioxidant you will be familiar with, is Vitamin E and it’s included. But there’s a super-antioxidant found only in super-luxe products. Ferulic Acid. When combined with Vitamin E, both antioxidants make each other more effective, as noted by a study at Duke University – They boost one another’s antioxidant properties.
All of that’s great but we do something with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid not many others do. We include both at high quantities to ensure you receive the best antioxidant package.
Are Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid the only antioxidants? With over 8000 varieties, including vitamins, polyphenols and flavonoids there are plenty of antioxidants that are effective. And just like a healthy diet, the more potent, mixture of antioxidants you use, the healthier and younger you will look.
That is why we didn’t just use Vitamin E and call it a day. We went a step further with Ferulic Acid… and a giant leap with the 12 potent concentrated botanical extracts to give as many of those 8000 varieties as possible.
Plastics are incredibly versatile – by definition: the word plastic, which means flexible, says it all. From spaceships to skincare and planes to pens, you can make just about anything… and everything from plastics, including skincare containers to keep the formulations within usable.
Whilst you may think of plastic as being non-porous (i.e., not allowing liquid or air to pass through it), this isn’t the case for all plastics. Different plastics have different properties which leads to the need for creating multi-layer, multi-type, plastic tubes for skincare products, which makes recycling those tubes nigh on impossible – even though the packaging can say it’s recyclable, no municipal authority like your local council, will recycle it.
If you look at the back of most skincare packaging, on there, somewhere you should see a little recycling symbol with a number in it. If it is a “7”, even though it is recyclable, you will not be able to recycle it by placing it in your recycling bin – and most skincare packaging are either mixed plastics or simply can not be recycled at all and doomed to end up in landfill.
That’s why we took it upon ourselves to develop our skincare packaging with the help of a top tier European plastics supplier – a high-density opaque tube to use across our skincare range, which not only is far easier to recycle but makes sure our complex formulas stay as potent and effective as possible.
When formulating our entire skincare range, we had one mission in mind. To make the very best skincare possible. Our efforts have rewarded by the numerous awards we have won since launch. But is it the best skincare for you? That is a question we’ll leave up to you.
The science in skincare is our ongoing series helping consumers better understand the science in skincare. We translate the science into a format that is much easier to read, bust the myths and give you a clear, transparent and honest assessment so you can make an informed choice of what goes onto your skin.
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