ASAP Ingredients

About ASAP Ingredients

 

The skin is a very active structure and by far the largest organ of the body. To correctly prescribe for the skin it is necessary to determine which layer or structure within the skin is the site of the problem.

 

In acne and sun-damaged skin the exfoliation process can be delayed leading to a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and within hair follicles. This build up leads to dull, flaky skin seen in sun-damaged skin and the development of pimples and comedones in an acne afflicted skin. Located inside the hair follicle is a gland whose job it is to produce sebum or oil to moisturise the skin. Using a daily exfoliator does not stimulate the sebaceous gland to produce more oil. Follicles swell and infect when they become blocked with sebum (oil), dead skin cells and pollutants. That blockage can be effectively cleared and treated with the use of ASAP skin care utilising active ingredients such as AHA’s and BHA’s (fruit acids).

 

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

 

 

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)

 

These are naturally occurring fruit acids

Includes Glycolic, tartaric, malic, lactic, and citric acid

Glycolic acid – very low molecular size allowing for rapid penetration

Appears to have similar effects / benefits to retinoids

Stimulates collagen production in the dermis Does not sun-sensitise like retinoids

 

Antioxidants

 

 

Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules which can damage cellular structures

Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals

Most sun-damage and ageing is thought to be caused by free radicals

Use of topical and oral antioxidants is beneficial

 

BHA – (Beta Hydroxy Acids)

 

 

Salicylic Acid (a derivative of Aspirin) is a BHA which helps loosen the top layer of dead skin cells ultimately retexturing the skin

Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

Oil soluble capacity to penetrate oil-filled follicles unclogging and refining pore size

May assist in reducing the formation of black-heads, pimples and any new blemishes

Regular use will result in smoother skin, even out skin tone, refine pore size and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Biomimetic Peptide

 

 

Speeds up cell renewal for a fresher, more vibrant skin

Smooths and refines skin structure

Intensely hydrates the skin

Reduces wrinkle depth

 

Chromobright

 

 

Helps fight against photo-ageing

Helps prevent skin damage caused by UV radiation

 

CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

 

 

An important anti-oxidant which protects the body’s cells in its destructive battle against free radicals

A naturally produced enzyme that diminishes in times of stress and ageing which needs to be replaced

Assists skin’s cells to produce more energy and support correct function of the skin

Help’s to fortify skin’s defences against UV damage

 

Green Tea / White Tea

 

Powerful anti-oxidants helpful in preventing free radical damage caused by sun exposure and pollutants

Potent anti-inflammatory agents with excellent anti-bacterial properties

Assists in supporting the health and quantity of collagen, promoting firm and elastic skin

 

Hyaluronic Acid

 

ASAP’s unique cross-linked hyaluronic acid has 50 times the water-binding capacity of traditional hyaluronic acid

Natural moisturising agent for softer skin

Helps to hydrate the skin’s intercellular reservoir raising its moisture levels and smoothing age lines

Plumps and smoothes resulting in firmer more youthful-looking skin

Helps regulate cell turnover in skin

Supports formation and maintenance of collagen for increased strength and elasticity

 

Idebenone

 

Anti-oxidant closely related to CoQ10

Powerful anti-ageing anti-oxidant

Prepares an environment for cells to repair themselves

Very effective in protecting cells from free-radical damage

Decreases appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Brightens the skin

 

Niacinamide

 

One of the two principal forms of Vitamin B3

Improves the skin’s barrier function and benefits those suffering with rosacea

Anti-inflammatory properties especially beneficial for acne sufferers

Improves skin’s firmness, tone, fine lines and wrinkles

Reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, increases skin lightness

Improves hydration

 

Pycnogenol

 

Potent anti-oxidant – neutralises radical oxygen molecules that attack the body’s cells (more powerful than Vitamin C).

Builds strong capillaries

Helps prevent UVB radiation damage

Aids Vitamin C in rebuilding collagen

Reduces inflammation

Water soluble

Small molecular structure enabling effective penetration to the dermis

 

Retinol (Vitamin A)

 

 

The most powerful form of Vitamin A available over the counter

Particularly effective for preventing skin damage from UV radiation

Improves the growth of skin cells and ensures maintenance and function of the skin

Stimulates collagen re-growth in the upper dermis to strengthen the skin

Caution: May cause skin irritation when used in high doses – ensure directions are followed

 

 

Vitamin C (L-absorbic acid) – Purest form of Vitamin C

 

 

Essential ingredient needed to produce collagen in the skin

Promotes and stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production

Powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage caused by UV light and environmental pollutants

Reduces pigment production

Assists effectiveness of sunscreen

Assists in prevention of photo-ageing

Helps stabilise Vitamin A

May help counteract oxidative stress in the skin

 

Zinc Oxide

 

 

Zinc is crucial to cell growth and division – especially important in wound healing assisting in conditions such as acne

Used as a preventative coating

Zinc Oxide reflects ultraviolet rays (UVA’s and UVB’s) away from the skin