Boost Your Skincare Routine with a Face Serum
We’ve formulated Boost face serum to enhance your skin quality, texture and glow - and it's easy to incorporate into your skincare routine. Here’s a breakdown of our main ingredients and how they will benefit your skin. These ingredients have been scientifically formulated to improve collagen, reduce wrinkles, redness, inflammation and excessive sebum production. We take our skincare routine seriously, utilising and optimising research-based natural ingredients without the side effects.
Niacinamide is vitamin B3 and is excellent for supporting inflamed skin, especially redness and lesions. Bioavailable topical niacinamide will go directly into the dermal layers required to facilitate skin healing and nourishment. Research has suggested it benefits the skin in many ways, including:
- Reducing hyperpigmentation and skin spots
- Lessening redness and yellowing of the skin
- Decreasing excessive sebum and pore size
- Enriching skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles
- Protecting against UV and oxidative damage
- Increasing collagen formation and structure
- Improving keratinocyte proliferation
- Enhancing skin hydration
Dermatological tests also indicate this nutrient is wonderful for supporting acne vulgaris and rosacea as it helps to target the integrity of the skin barrier matrix. Vitamin B3 is a precursor to the cofactors NAD(H) and NADP(H) which regulate many metabolic pathways in the skin. It also helps to build proteins and form collagen structures within the skin and improve antioxidant status within the dermal layers. Niacinamide inhibits fatty acids and excessive sebum production associated with oily skin and acne, whilst simultaneously regulating the skin's cellular membrane quality.
Vitamin B3 is also an excellent protective nutrient for the skin. It can significantly protect against oxidative and UV-induced skin damage and prevent UV immunological changes associated with skin cancer. Your skin also has a circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and niacinamide has likewise been indicated to support the restorative timing for skin barrier functionality – pretty amazing! It's a great ingredient in our face serum to include in your skincare routine.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a precursor to Vitamin C. Topical vitamin C is quite unstable, which is why Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate works a treat for improved bioavailability and skin penetration for optimal nourishment. Vitamin C is a major go-to for supporting skin health and quality, particularly if it is inflamed. Acne is commonly associated with inflammatory pathways and increased sebum production. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that targets pro-inflammatory free radicals (reactive oxygen species) and helps to eliminate them from your skin.
Inflamed skin alters skin-related DNA, which negatively impacts elastin, collagen, skin immunity and skin function. It’s all about reducing skin inflammation and improving the physiological processes behind the scenes – which is exactly what Vitamin C does. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate can enhance collagen formation, making it a key nutrient to support anti-aging.
Vitamin C can also support excessive skin melanin that causes discolouration and erythema (skin redness associated with the nervous system and superficial capillaries e.g. a nervous blush).
Saccharomyces lysate is a probiotic yeast that enhances skin care nutrient bioavailability and absorption while decreasing irritation or side effects, which makes it an ideal extract for sensitive skin. Even better, it helps to combat sebaceous gland over-secretion of sebum (hyperseborrhea) which triggers acne, inflammation, comedones and oily skin. This yeast helps to reduce keratinocyte (skin cell) plugs that cause congested skin and disruptions of the follicle wall.
The probiotics within this formula aid in the enzymatic conversions and breakdown of the other ingredients to ensure they are small enough to penetrate deeply into the dermal layers. This fermentation process augments amino acids and peptides, neutralises toxins, and enhances skin antioxidants. Saccharomyces lysate can improve cellular health by increasing oxygen production and reducing destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS). By reducing cellular damage, skin can improve cellular mechanisms such as forming and stabilising collagen, elastin, DNA, and cell membranes.
Valine & Glycine
Valine and glycine are two skin nourishing amino acids in our face serum. Valine is often produced by the gut microbiota and is known as an essential amino acid (we cannot make this amino acid ourselves so it must be externally derived in the diet). Valine is also part of the amino acid structure that forms collagen I and III peptides in the skin. If you want to learn more about why collagen is so important for skin health and quality, read our article on Collagen for Radiant, Glowing Skin. Collagen is the scaffolding behind supple, healthy skin and must be supplied the right amino acids to ensure its structure and integrity.
Glycine is another amino acid that plays a major role in collagen synthesis and connective tissues such as bones, skin, cartilage, and blood vessels. When glycine is applied directly to the skin, it improves wound healing, ulceration, and redness. Collagen and elastin fibres rely on glycine for extracellular structure. You can find the amino acid glycine located at every 3rd amino acid in collagen and this little gem also brings together collagen's triple helix.
How to Use Happy Skin by Lisa Curry™ Boost Face Serum
- Apply morning and/or evening during your skincare routine.
- Warmth, tingling and flushing are completely normal with use until the skin is more familiar with the high actives.
- Should your skin respond with warmth, redness or sensitivity, drop back the use and introduce it slowly into your skincare routine (every 2nd-3rd day).
Using Boost face serum morning and evening plus taking collagen supplements will improve collagen production from inside out!
By adding amino acids in skincare, we can ensure the skin directly gets the nutrients it requires to nourish the complex underlying mechanisms and give you that happy glow!
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