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November 14, 2017 Uncategorized

THE POWER OF THE SEA

For centuries, humans have prospered from the ocean’s bountiful supply of natural resources. From the abundant supply of fresh fish and sea food to the vast amounts of sand and marine gravel used to build our country’s infrastructure, we have learned to use the ocean to our advantage. The sea is one of the greatest sources of vital nutrients, trace elements, oligo minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids, so it comes as no surprise that the cosmetic industry has harnessed the power of these marine ingredients to suit the vital needs of our skin. Whether it’s premature ageing, sensitivity, pigmentation or acne, the ocean gifts us with a wealth of essential ingredients to treat and repair the skin’s condition.

IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN

Seaweed is categorised into four different classes, determined by their colour. Each seaweed type has specific properties and health benefits for both our skin and our bodies.

BLUE SEAWEED of which Spirulina is the most common. You are sure to have heard of this marine supplement, often blended with banana and kiwis for a more palatable taste. Pure spirulina is a fresh water algae, growing in the alkaline crater lakes of extinct volcanoes in the pristine regions of Hawaii and South America. The distinct advantage of Spirulina is its richness in iron, protein and Vitamin B12 which aid in skin strength and ceramide production.

GREEN SEAWEED grows tall, often reaching the surface of the ocean. Known for its firming and nourishing effect, green seaweed is perfectly compatible with a dry, mature skin.

BROWN SEAWEED is arguably the most versatile of all seaweeds, the most popular strains being Laminaria, Fucus and Ascophyllum. Brown seaweeds possess powerful stimulating, slimming and detoxifying properties, and also provide the skin with incredible elasticity. Fucus Vesiculosis is used for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis and inflamed acne as a fundamental nutrient boost for the skin cells.

RED SEAWEED is found on the ocean floor, tiny and small and rarely exposed to light. Densely packed with marine trace elements and minerals, red seaweeds are also known as the “skin normaliser”. Red seaweed species such as Chondrus Crispus rebalance the skin, feeding it with nutrients, moisture and nourishment

THE SEA AND OUR SKIN

Seaweed, algae and seawater share an amazing affinity with the body’s plasma. Our mineral composition is in many ways comparable to seawater, which explains the incredible ease of distribution of seaweed’s active ingredients in the body. Each variation of seaweed contains an individual cocktail of elements. Once the cellular wall of the seaweed is burst by crushing or micronization, its components are released, and by osmosis will be absorbed into the skin. This process is a wonder in itself, through osmosis the body will absorb the minerals and trace elements that are lacking and leave what it doesn’t need behind. As the blood circulates, the capillaries will then distribute these elements to the skin and vital organs where they will then be put to use.

MARINE ACTIVES IN SKIN CARE

The science of skin care is ever evolving, advancements in ingredient research and development has seen the industry sky rocket to new levels that were inconceivable even 5 years ago. Today’s technology has enabled the consumer to be more educated than ever before, with an endless supply of information accessible with just the touch of a few buttons. Clients are demanding faster, more noticeable results from their skin care, yet still the demand for naturally derived ingredients remains. This is where marine actives play a huge role, by meeting the needs of both.

From the sea we are able to harness some of the most dynamic skin care ingredients. We can extract even the most complicated of elements such as plant based Stem Cells from sea and costal botanics to marine collagen and elastin found in the skin of fish. Not to mention the abundance of skin loving minerals and trace elements found in seaweed and sea water. All in all, marine based skin care is essential for regulating skin cell function, fortifying nutrients, restoring hydration levels and combating the ageing process. Need we say more!?

OUR TOP PICKS

Algologie’s products are sourced from the rarest of resources, harvested from the most pristine marine environment near the Pen Lan peninsula in Northern Brittany, France. It is from this exquisite sea garden that Algologie source the very active ingredients that make their products so unique. Here are just some of our favourite products to add to your skin care routine:

Algae Maceration (All skin Types)

Composed of 100% natural Fucus Extract, a brown seaweed rich in natural macro and micro elements, minerals, amino acids and vitamins. Its fluid texture ensures rapid penetration and diffusion into our skin cells. Daily use on the face and body will:

  • Provide essential vitamins, minerals and proteins for a healthy skin
  • Firm and tighten
  • Restore a youthful looking glow
  • Slow down signs of ageing
  • Reduce appearance of facial lines and wrinkles
  • Stimulate cutaneous blood circulation
  • Build skin’s immunity
  • Strengthen and repair skin’s tissues

Algae Maceration is also a fantastic treatment product for skins experiencing eczema and dermatitis. Pair with Algologie’s Centella Asiatica Gel for accelerated healing and repair.

Precious Oil (All skin types particularly Dry Skin)

Similar to that of the Algae Maceration the Precious Oil is an extremely powerful natural seaweed concentrate. With the addition of the new Algo4 Complex, organic cotton and hazelnut oil and natural vitamin E the Precious Oil will protect, oxygenate nourish and stimulate with the many healthy benefits of the sea. The highly concentrated formula requires only a few drops per application massaged over the face preferably at night either alone or before your regular skin care.

Marine Plants Mask (Oily/Combination Skin)

A deep cleansing, purifying mask treatment to draw out impurities and mop up excess oil, sebum and congestion. The detoxifying benefits of marine silts, natural green clay and the exclusive Algo3 Complex remineralise and clarify the skin. Due to its stimulating effect, this mask is not indicated for use on a particularly sensitive skin. Used once to twice a week as a deep cleansing treatment the skin will be left with a beautifully refined, luminous complexion.

Anti-Dark Spot Serum (Mature/Pigmented Skin)

Algologie’s Lift and Lumiere Firming Anti-Dark Spot Serum an intensive concentrate to combat all signs of ageing and minimise uneven pigmentation.
Recent advances in marine biotechnology have brought about the re-energising and unifying power to native Christe Marine stem cells combined with hexylresorcinol, a key anti-dark spot molecule. Firmer, smoother skin glowing with vitality is guaranteed. Enriched with the essential minerals and trace elements of the sea and the exceptional hydration ability of sodium hyaluronate, this treatment serum covers all bases. Apply morning and night on the face and neck followed by a moisturiser.

Redensifying and Plumping Mask (Mature Skin)

This rich, creamy mask immediately provides comfort and suppleness, enhancing the skin’s beauty. The power of the exclusive Algo4 Complex combined with the moisturising and revitalising botanical extracts work together to deeply hydrate and plump the skin from the inside out.

For best results apply to face and neck once or twice weekly and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Exfoliating before the application will ensure even better absorption and results

Intensive Hydro-Protecting Serum (All skin types particularly Dehydrated/Stressed Skin)

This serum combines the power of Algo4® and Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturise, protect and rejuvenate the skin. Applied morning and night to a cleansed face, neck and décolleté before applying your moisturiser will leave the skin looking visibly younger and glowing with vitality.



October 16, 2017 Uncategorized

Anyone who’s business lies in dealing with the skin will already know Hyaluronic Acid as the staple ingredient that most of us consider to be absolutely essential to any skin care routine. However, to others “Hyaluronic Acid” may sound like some frightening form of skin torture! Never fear, here is everything you need to know about this marvellous little molecule and why you need her in your life if she is not already.

First of all, to clear up the stigma around it’s name, hyaluronic acid (HA) is not in fact an acid as we know it. HA is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (large sugar molecule) found within our body’s tissues. Its function is to cushion, lubricate and intensely hydrate the tissues of our skin, joints and eyeballs.

The HA used in our skincare is biotechnologically produced in a lab, which is a fancy way of describing the process of combining multiple naturally sourced ingredients to replicate a particular molecule. They do this by extracting different components from sugars, peptides (proteins) and yeast extracts to clone the Hyaluronic Acid that our bodies produce as part of our NMF (Natural Moisturisation Factor).

Hyaluronic Acid is the most powerful moisturiser and humectant known to the beauty industry. It is proven to bind water molecules to the skin by 1000 times its own weight. Imagine you placed one droplet of water on your tongue and received the benefits of drinking an entire glass!

Over time damaging environmental factors and ageing (particularly exposure to UVB) decreases our skin’s natural volume of Hyaluronic Acid and consequently the ability to attract and maintain moisture. The skin then becomes dry and lifeless and begins to wrinkle and sag.

For many years the cosmetic industry has harnessed the incredible hydration power of Hyaluronic Acid. With new advancements in technology, skin care scientists have developed a technique to break Hyaluronic Acid down into it’s salt form: Sodium Hyaluronate. With a smaller molecular size, Sodium Hyaluronate has the advantage of deeper penetration, thus increasing skins moisture levels even further than ever before.

Here are our top picks for Hyaluronic Acid products that you can easily incorporate into your home care routine:

Fleur De Mer Sodium Hyaluronate Serum

This serum forms an invisiable viscoelastic film upon application that will consantly hydrate the skin throughought the day. Providing an overall plumping effect to volumise and fill in the lines around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Its low molecular size allows for exceptional penetration, never before thought possible. It is no wonder that Sodium Hyaluronate is creating such a huge impact with cosmetic researchers and the skin care industry today. Suitable for all skin types, this serum is sure to be a holy grail product for any skin care routine this summer.


MTS Hyaluronic Peptide Serum

Featuring a myriad of the highest quality ingredients to provide long lasting hydration, soften fine lines and wrinkles and minimize free radical damage.
Sodium Hyaluronate is the most effective humectant for skin healing and regeneration.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 works through a unique mechanism which relaxes facial tension, leading to reduction in superficial facial lines and wrinkles.
Palmitoyl PentaPeptide-3 gives anti-wrinkling and lifting effect while helping to restructure and repair the skin.
Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28 are stabilised peptides engineered for deeper deliver. Mimicking our skin’s natural collagen for increased collagen production.
EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) stimulates the growth of various skin cells and nutrients essential for anti-ageing.
Vitamin B5 reduces water loss in the skin and aids in skin protection.
DMAE a natural substance known as ‘facelift in a jar’ due to its amazing ability to dramatically tighten, firm and tone neck and facial muscles.
MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) a stabilised form of Vitamin C providing potent anti-oxidant protection from free radical damage, collagen production and a brighter overall complexion.


Algologie’s Global Anti-Ageing Range

This Plumping and Redensifying range is specially formulated for women experiencing the hormonal changes of menopause. It meets the fundamental needs of mature skin: lack of moisture, need for protection, regeneration and re-densification. These four beautiful products have been carefully developed, incorporating both science and nature to bring you the very best in Marine Biotechnology. The brand new Exclusive Algo4 Complex® combines the potent anti-ageing ability of Brown and Red Microalgae, Sea Fennel Stem Cells, and Alpine Sea Holly to oxygenate, nourish, protect and stimulate the skin’s tissues. The addition of Sodium Hyaluronate provides even more effective hydration and penetration of active ingredients essential for skin of this condition. Not to mention its gorgeous new packaging!



August 1, 2017 Uncategorized

Pigmentation, premature ageing, capillary damage and skin cancers all have one troublesome mutual friend: The Sun. It’s no secret that the sun’s rays are one of the main causes of skin ageing, accounting for 80% of the external damage to our skin tissues. Our sun has a lot to answer for where our skin is concerned but without it, life would simply not exist. So how do we manage a healthy balance of enjoying the sunshine while preventing the damage from UV? The answer is not rocket science, but knowing your facts when it comes to sun care could save you the heartache of unsightly wrinkles, pigmentation and more importantly, skin cancers later on.

New Zealand has one of the highest exposure rates to Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) in the world. The Ozone layer is depleted most dramatically over Antarctica with New Zealand coming a close 2nd. As a result, we have the highest skin cancer and mortality rates relative to population. Statistics that can only be reduced if we decide to look after ourselves and our families better. In New Zealand it’s important that we protect against UVR every day, no matter the weather!

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Here are some key things to look out for when choosing a sun screen:

Broad Spectrum Protection meaning the UVR filtering ingredients in the sunscreen defend against both UVA (responsible for ageing) and UVB (responsible for burning) rays. The ‘+’ sign next to the SPF number on the packaging represents broad spectrum protection.

Physical Blocks of which there are two: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. We have two different types of sun protection that prevent burning and skin damage. A physical sunblock and a chemical sunscreen. The physical blocks work by deflecting the UV rays from the surface of the skin, like a mirror. Chemical blocks absorb the UVR into the superficial layers of dead skin cells and dissipate the radiation before it reaches our living tissues. Sunscreens that are too high in chemical ingredients have the tendency to cause skin reactions and sensitisation, these are often the cheaper sunscreen options we find in the supermarket. Although, there is certainly a place for chemical screens, the best sun protection products will have a balance of both physical and chemical ingredients.

Antioxidants: Studies show that the efficacy of the SPF is greatly increased by the addition of antioxidants. When UVR comes into contact with our skin it can create a molecular reaction resulting in the formation of ‘free radicals’. Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable atoms responsible for the ageing process known as ‘oxidation’. There are many factors that play a role in generating these troublesome molecules: pollution, cigarette smoke, prescription medications, exposure to harmful chemicals and of course UV Radiation just to name a few. Oxidation is unavoidable and is happening constantly all around us. The good news is, we can counteract these oxygen scavenging free radicals with the help of antioxidants, now the name makes sense, right? Vitamins A, C & E are the most common sources of antioxidants, recommended both within our diets and our skin care for best possible protection. Special polyphenols and carotenoids found in certain plants and seaweeds such as green tea and spirulina also prove effective in counter acting the damage caused by free radicals.

Water Resistant Properties. Water acts as a magnifying glass when it comes to UVR. It is imperative we wear sunblock to ensure damage isn’t exacerbated when swimming at the beach or in the pool. When our skin is cooled down by the water we can’t rely on our temperature gauge to tell us when we have had too much sun. It is essential that we reapply sunblock each time after being in the water to ensure full protection

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Other helpful sun smart tips:
Keep kids covered as much as possible. Rash shirts, brimmed hats and board shorts aren’t the greatest fashion statement but are necessary if you want to properly protect your children. Most sun induced damage and lesions (including skin cancers) are caused during the first 10 years of life and may not manifest themselves until later on.

The Teaspoon Rule. Studies show most of us only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen required for proper protection. As a rule, the average adult should apply roughly 1 teaspoon per area:
1 tsp for face, neck and décolleté
1 tsp for front of body
1 tsp for back
1 tsp per arm
1 tsp per leg

T I P : If you don’t take your kitchen utensils along to the beach, have no fear! Squeeze a line of sunblock from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm for the perfect measurement!

Check yourself and your family. Skin cancers may be in places that are not easy to see for yourself, make sure to check places such as behind the ears, underarms, scalp, soles of feet, back of neck, fingernails and toenails. If you aren’t able to have someone check these areas for you, try using a hand held mirror. Certain skin cancers are extremely fast growing and can be fatal if not dealt with in time. Seek medical advice as soon as possible if you notice any changes in the colour and/or texture of a moles, if you notice a new mole or if you see or feel something that is different from other moles.

Our famous Fleur De Mer Sunscreen in Foundation Creams are specially formulated in Australia to protect our skin against the harsh Australian and New Zealand sun. With SPF50+ broad spectrum protection to filter damaging UVA and UVB rays aiding in the prevention of premature skin ageing, pigmentation, wrinkles and most importantly reducing the risk of some skin cancers.

Available in three shades ranging from LIGHT (very subtle coverage), MEDIUM (somewhat darker with a warm undertone) and SOFT MEDIUM (in between with a cool undertone).

Clear Sunscreen Lotion also available with a non-ghosting formula and added Vitamin E for powerful antioxidant protection.

Why choose Fleur De Mer Sunscreens?:

  • Soft, non-greasy texture
  • Natural Iron Oxide mineral pigments
  • SPF50+ broad spectrum protection
  • 3 hours water resistance
  • Three shades to perfectly match your skin tone
  • Suitable for sensitive skins
  • Clear formula available in 375ml size for full body protection
  • Specially formulated for Australian and New Zealand skins
Fleur De Mer Soft Medium

Check out what some of the beauty industry’s best have to say about our Fleur De Mer Sunscreens. Click here for product review.

Youtube Clip: How the Sun Sees You

More information on sun safety can be found at http://www.sunsmart.org.nz/