What do the best skin care ingredients do for your skin?
Lightweight yet Highly Concentrated
What is most fascinating is that even though all of the EllieGlow products are highly concentrated, each one has an overall ‘lightweight feel’. The micro-droplets and sophisticated ingredients incorporated within EllieGlow Skin Care formulations have a predominantly large molecular surface area, which means they absorb easily and quickly into the skin.
Basically, Skin Care ingredients fall into a few categories:
1. Enzymes & Peptides
2. Nourishing Natural Oils
3. Hydrating and Moisturizing
4. Exfoliating Elements
Enzymes and Peptides
As you get older (beginning from very young), your skin naturally ages. It starts to sag, loses its elasticity, and has much less volume and ‘plumpness’. Your underlying dermis produces less collagen and elastin. This is where enzymes and peptides come in.
What do Enzymes do?
Because most of us haven’t studied biochemistry, we’ll simplify what enzymes do…
Enzymes are substances that enhance a particular chemical process. For example, some of the many enzymes in EllieGlow Skin Care prompt exfoliation which brightens your skin, making in one of the components that give you a dewy, glowing skin. Other EllieGlow enzyme ingredients work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin. Most companies have ignored the benefits of enzymes for skin for far too long. Enzymes also fall into the category of chemical exfoliants, but they are significantly milder and gentler than better known alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Enzymatic exfoliation enhances dead skin cell turnover, thereby unclogging pores and revealing new more vibrant cells. Fruit and plant-based enzymes dissolve dead skin cells to reveal more radiant, firmer, clearer, and hydrated skin. EllieGlow uses a variety of fruit and plant-based enzymes: Papaya (papain), Pomegranate, Mango, Coconut, and the powerful Coenzyme Q10.
Most important, EllieGlow enzymes set in motion specific—and critical—skin-care reactions:
- Unglue Bonds: EllieGlow Enzymes unglue the bonds between dead skin cells, which causes skin to exfoliate and old dead and dying skin cells to slough off. Enzymes do this without disrupting your delicate pH balance. This pH balance is the precise equilibrium that your skin requires to perform at its best.
- Gentle and Effective: Historically, enzymes are highly unlikely to inflame, irritate or damage skin. They are gentle and effective. This is vitally important because soothing your skin, building up its defenses and your protective barrier means that your skin is resilient and more able to ward off the effects of aging.
- Nurture: Enzymes nurture your skin rather than stripping it. Preserving healthy bacteria and warding off fungal infestation keeps your skin looking and feeling its very best.
EllieGlow Products Rich in Enzymes:
1. Enzymes & Peptides
2. Nourishing Natural Oils
3. Hydrating and Moisturizing
4. Exfoliating Elements
EllieGlow enzymes like mango and papaya (papain) are considered by skin care experts as kinder, more effective alternatives for brightening and toning your skin. Parched, stressed, sun- damaged, or simply naturally aging skin will certainly benefit from EllieGlow Charcoal Cleanser and EllieGlow Papaya LemonGrass AHA Prepping Toner. Additionally, serums infused with enzymes act as a catalyst for super hydrating your skin. Bright Hydrate Vitamin C Serum and Royal Ultimate DMAE & CoQ10 Anti-Aging Serum with Coenzyme Q10 stimulates Collagen Boosting. This serum allows you to use enzyme therapy to supercharge the effectiveness of both day and night creams in protecting and moisturizing your skin.
Levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. Coenzyme Q10 helps break down old, lingering cells hanging out on the surface of your skin. Peptides can boost elasticity and firmness; and they can tell the body to produce even more…
What do Peptides do?
- Building Blocks: Peptides are the building blocks of collagen and elastin fibers that are found in our skin. Peptides are the proteins the skin needs to make it resilient and healthy – When skin cells are strong and healthy, they can repair and renew collagen and elastin levels. A good way to understand peptides — Muscles need protein to stay strong and firm, just like skin cells need the protein peptides provide.
- Messengers: Peptides act as little messengers, triggering skin cells to perform specific functions such as building collagen and elastin, encouraging skin to look and act younger. Our skin needs peptides stay firm, lifted, and tight. Peptides in EllieGlow Skin Care Products work to help even skin tone for a tighter, more youthful- looking appearance.
- They brighten the skin. Royal Vitamin C Regeneration Serum is a high-performance serum that works with skin’s own defenses to brighten and firm.
Advanced bio-technology fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C with other advanced ingredients, helping to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Levels of CoQ10 in your body decrease as you age. Coenzyme Q10 helps break down old, lingering cells hanging out on the surface of your skin. Peptides can boost
elasticity and firmness; and they can tell the body to produce even more collagen!
- Transport: Peptides actually stabilize and transport compounds that are important to the production of collagen. In doing so, peptides can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, they assist in smoothing, firming, reducing inflammation, and locking in hydration.
EllieGlow Products rich in enzymes:
Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum is made up of amino acids and therefore is essentially a protein. Promotes cellular rejuvenation and prevents deep tissue moisture loss. As you age, your collagen production levels slow down.
Your skin’s ability to stay plump, firm, and supple lessens considerably without help. Effective creams and treatments like Exotic Hydrating Day Cream and Royal Ellie Rejuvenating Night Cream actually contain a potent dose of collagen- building peptides. These peptides can traverse the skin cells in your outer skin barrier (transport function of peptides). In doing so, these specialized peptide ingredients make their way into the dermis, essentially providing the building blocks for fibroblasts to make new collagen. That’s why it’s critical to use peptides as part of your anti-aging skin care routine.
Self-Tanning Peptides: EllieGlow Skin Care products for your face and neck aren’t the only products on the EllieGlow range with peptides and enzymes. Your skin all over your body is important! As an example, EllieGlow Natural Bronzing Tan Extender contains tan enhancing peptides, fruit enzymes, and amino acids, too.
Nourishing Natural Oils
If you already have (or you don’t want to get) deep wrinkles around your mouth and forehead, and you want to smooth them out (or avoid them!), you have to have protection and plumping. It’s that simple. For stubborn wrinkles and lasting hydration, natural (and top quality) oils are essential. If the term oil has you thinking “I can’t put oil on my skin!” we want to assure you that; 1. You already have lots of essential oils on your skin naturally; AND 2. Although essential oils contain the word “oil”, they are not oily at all.
Your Skin’s Makeup
To understand the makeup of your skin, and to figure out why the oils in/on your skin are so important, imagine that your skin is made of bricks and mortar. Your skin cells are the bricks. The mortar between them holding them together, is a ‘cellular glue’ made up of oils and lipids (fats).
This ‘cellular glue’ binds the skin cells together creating a protective barrier which, when operating effectively, keeps your skin healthy. What’s more, this ‘cellular mortar’ holds the bricks (skin cells) together and in place, and prevents anything from seeping through.
What’s Your Cellular Mortar/Glue made from?
Scientifically speaking, your skin’s ‘cellular glue/mortar’ is actually an emollient – made of water and your natural oils. This is important, because the best way to clean and hydrate an emollient, is with other water/oil emollients. EllieGlow Charcoal Cleanser, Exotic Hydrating Day Cream and Royal Ellie Rejuvenating Night Cream as great examples of some EllieGlow emollient-based products. These emollient-based formulations cleanse, moisturize, and help strengthen the outer layer of your skin (stratum corneum) by softening and sealing it. This helps prevent water loss, and keeps your skin it plump, elastic, defended, and hydrated.
History of Essential Oils: Many confuse essential botanical oils with vegetable or carrier oils and therefore can’t imagine why they’d ever put them on their skin! But the search for important ingredients to nourish the body has been going on for centuries. Think of Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Marie Antionette, Helen of Troy, Bathsheba, and Salome – all used oils to beautify their skin. In the Middle Ages, alchemists had already identified 4 elements: fire, water, earth and air. They searched for the 5th element (quintessence) believing it to be the essence of all living things. They cooked up all manner of plants and concocted compounds and formulas, gathered and studied thousands of plants and animals across their world. All agreed that the one thing that all living organisms need to nourish themselves and essentially thrive, was oils. The origin of the term ‘essential oil’ dates back to their search. Thankfully, modern chemists have continued the alchemists work and have truly revolutionized skin care through the addition of Essential Oils.
Where do Essential Oils come from?
Essential oils are extracted from all different types of plants and from specific parts of a plant: leaves, flowers, stems, twigs, fruit, roots, and bark. The many different types, origins, qualities of essential oils make their therapeutic uses unlimited. Most essential oils are generally antiseptic, antibacterial, and antibiotic in nature and, depending on the essence used, they may be invigorating or relaxing as well.
That’s precisely why they are called essential oils!
Essential Oils and Your Skin
Back to why they’re important for your skin care needs: Our skin naturally makes oils and lipids (fats), which help prevent water loss from our skin’s surface. They also keep it hydrated. The essential oils we’ve curated in EllieGlow Skin Care and Self-Tanning Products are rich and luxurious ingredients that help complement our natural oils.
The curation of the proper oils and elements is important because, as you age, you have only a few choices in combatting deep lines and wrinkles caused by moisture loss and environmental factors like sun exposure leading to sun damage. You can go the medical route and choose to plump with injectable fillers and have cosmetic surgeries, but for long-term results that are more effective and a lot less invasive, natural oils like those in EllieGlow are a fabulous and effective remedy.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and even acne can be caused by lack of water in the skin. When your skin gets dry or think it needs protection, it will quickly produce its own oils, and that’s often not healthy. For example, if you go from Florida’s summer humidity into air-conditioning for a few hours, or from a cold winter’s day into a heated room, your skin screams: “Help! You’re drying me out!”
EllieGlow’s natural essential oils have many potential benefits. But essentially, their overall purpose is to give you an extra level of protection for your skin.
The response is almost instantaneous. Your skin checks its water and oil content and if they are lacking, it jumps on the bandwagon and starts pumping out oil and transferring water from deeper cells to those near the surface. However, if it senses a protective barrier or ingredients like hyaluronic acid start grabbing moisture from the environment or from your skin, it won’t pump out its own response oils.
Bottom line: No matter if you are 20 or 80 – your skin is getting older. Aging and especially mature skin needs natural oils to seal in hydration and keep your skin’s barrier moisturized throughout the day.
Additionally, while some oils cause breakouts and acne, certain nourishing oils such as soybean oil and shea butter are rich in Omega-9 fatty acids to help smooth stubborn wrinkles, setting up a hydrating and protective barrier for your skin. They do this with absolutely no ‘greasy feeling’. In fact, you’ll notice that your skin feels ‘dewy’ and plumper.
And finally, there are actually some of the essential oils we’ve selected for EllieGlow facial products can actually help your skin produce LESS pore-clogging sebum. Some of the essential oils in EllieGlow Skin Care contain ingredients that can prohibit acne-causing bacteria and help dead skin cells shed from the surface of your skin, too. We’ve specially tailored them to work with your natural oils to help keep your skin balanced. They include a range of potent ingredients, so the potential benefits are endless.
Moisturizing and Hydrating Ingredients
Anybody can experience dehydrated skin. Water and moisture get sucked out of your skin for many reasons: Medicines you are taking can cause dehydration. When you sweat you lose moisture. A dry environment can wick moisture from the depths of your skin, leaving you parched. Not replenishing the water volume you need (by drinking enough) can do the same. Things you eat and drink can cause dehydration, too. Caffeine, high fiber foods, ‘spongy’ foods – these can restrict blood flow and/or sap water reserves. It’s a very common state to need additional moisture throughout your body. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the look and feel of your skin. Looking parched isn’t uncommon!
Your skin getting dehydrated can happen even if you have oily skin. Think of oily skin as skin in a stressed, hyperactive, or unhealthy state. Often, oily skin is actually dehydrated skin which lacks water (moisture). The skin’s reaction is to overcompensate for lack of water by producing too much oil. Dry skin, on the other hand, also lacks water but is not able to produce enough natural oil. To avoid fine lines caused by dehydrated skin, the best formulations include powerful hydrating ingredients. In EllieGlow products, some of these are Royal Jelly, Hyaluronic Acid, dimethicone, glycerin, propylene glycol, lanolin, various proteins, and urea also help attract water to your skin and lock in moisture.
An exfoliator removes dead skin cells that clog pores and make skin dull. Frequent use of an exfoliator promotes circulation and maintains a younger skin texture. Even if you’re lucky enough to have relatively problem-free skin, you still need to exfoliate regularly. You can use either a scrub or an enzyme-based exfoliator. The ingredients in these are very different. Learn More About the Benefits of Exfoliation