Why We LOVE the Antioxidant Cleanser
Having a high-quality face cleanser can do your skin a world of wonder. Our Happy Skin by Lisa Curry™ CLEANSE has been designed to gently cleanse day-to-day impurities with gentle ingredients. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types and is ideal for nourishing sensitive, inflamed or ageing skin.
Your skin is the first line of defence protecting your internal world against the external environment and comprises a unique network of immune and neuroendocrine functions to keep you safe. A good cleanser can make a big difference. Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients and why we love this formula.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Hello aloe, my old friend! Aloe vera has been traditionally used for centuries to support skin irritation, redness and wound healing. It’s a powerful ancient medicinal plant, which is why it’s our numero uno ingredient. It’s jam packed with over 200 biologically active, skin-loving phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, helping to prevent skin injury and repair existing damage.
Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immuno-modulating properties – perfect for targeting all skin layers, but especially the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin). This medicinal plant can improve how the skin utilises blood sugars, responds to inflammation and builds collagen. Technically speaking, aloe barbadensis has proven to influence skin associated DNA transcription, regulate granulation tissue, and up-regulate glycosaminoglycan protein structures and collagen type I scaffolding (well-done aloe!).
Aloe is scientifically proven to enhance dermal rejuvenation, reduce scarring and redness, and promote new healthy skin. That’s not all – aloe vera is a major skin protector as it inhibits growth of nasty pathogens and helps to create a well-formed cell membrane. This natural plant is the queen of hydration and loves to nourish and revive dry, irritable skin.
Aloe Vera can help improve:
- Redness and rosacea
- Chronically inflamed skin (acne) and lesion healing times
- Flaky or dryness (dermatitis)
- Wrinkles and collagen production
- Skin firmness and elasticity
- Moisture retention
- Skin texture and smoothness
- Sebaceous gland integrity and communications
- Skin barrier formation and quality
- Dermal vascular insufficiency
Thermus Thermophilus Ferment
Research for probiotics and skin are leading the way in the cosmetic industry, especially helping to improve nutrient bioavailability, skin penetration and reducing chances of skin irritation. Thermus thermophilus is a fermented probiotic strain that can upregulate the major skin antioxidants, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GP). These strains are potent antioxidants and help to scavenge damaging free-radicals, making them the perfect addition to support anti-aging and inflammation. Within the skin, SOD and GP naturally exfoliate dead cells and protect the skin from destructive ultraviolet light (UV).
This ferment can also nourish dry, itchy, scaly, red skin as they have their own internal enzymatic reactions to help bond collagen, keratin and elastin. Within keratinocytes (skin cells) these proteases can help regenerate new cells and scarring – hello flawless, smooth skin! Thermus thermophilus is also known for photo-protection, improving skin barriers and increasing dermal antioxidant status.
Saccharomyces lysate (SL) is a probiotic yeast to improve skincare nutrient bioavailability and absorption. It also helps decrease irritation or side effects, which makes it a supreme extract for sensitive skin. Skin has its own microbiome and must be nourished according to its natural mechanisms. Even better, SL helps to combat sebaceous gland over-secretion of sebum (hyper-seborrhoea) 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.
Niacinamide is vitamin B3 and 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
- Lowering excessive sebum and pore size
- Enriching skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles
- Protect against UV and oxidative damage
- Increasing collagen formation and structure
- Improving keratinocyte proliferation
- Enhancing skin hydration
Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter)
Shea butter oil is a natural cleansing ingredient to remove waterproof cosmetics and sunscreens. It helps to gently clean clogged pores without excessively drying the skin and exasperating other skin conditions. This extract contains high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, known to positively influence skin barrier functionality. Did you know your skin cell membranes are made from fat?
The Butyrospermum Parkii fruit comprises ascorbic acid (vitamin C), iron, calcium, b-complex vitamins and bountiful concentrations of healing fats. It’s perfect for securing hydration as it helps seal evaporation processes to create a hydrophobic barrier. Butyrospermum Parkii is deeply hydrating for the stratum corneum by increasing water absorption from the dermis into the epidermis.
Skin relies on membrane fluidity for optimal communication and collagen synthesis. It’s essential for cross-linking elastin, which gives you the freedom to repeatedly stretch and relax your skin without inducing wrinkling. Reduced collagen and membrane fats weaken the dermis and epidermis layers, contributing to poor wound healing and damaged fibres. We want to nourish and support the natural cellular mechanisms behind healthy, supple skin – which means fats are vital!
If you’re looking for a gentle, nourishing cleanser without the harsh ingredients, we highly recommend Happy Skin by Lisa Curry CLEANSE. Understanding cosmetic ingredients can make all the difference in obtaining the right formula for you. Our facial cleanser has been designed to enhance hydration and wound healing in conjunction with preventing wrinkles, redness and inflammation.
If you’re looking to nourish your skin from the inside out, check out our article on Top 6 Foods to Support Skin.
How To Use Happy Skin by Lisa Curry Face Cleanser
- Massage a generous amount in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes. Focus on problem dry areas around the face, neck and décolletage.
- Leave on the skin for 3-5 minutes, as you would with a mask.
- Remove with a clean, warm face washer. The probiotics act to rebalance the skin’s natural microbiome.
This great product is gentle on all skin types. Our Happy Skin by Lisa Curry CLEANSE is a multi-functional exfoliant and mask in one. Exfoliate sensitive skin without massaging the particles by simply applying as a mask. Leave for 5-10 minutes and then remove.
Happy Skin by Lisa Curry CLEANSE is best used with other supporting products in the Happy Skin by Lisa Curry - The Collection.
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