Coconut Oil, Glycation & Other Trending Terms in Skin Care

by | 8 October 2014

In our ongoing search for lasting beauty, the dermaviduals team combs through the latest news and information to uncover emerging technologies and trends. Recently we’ve been reading a lot about coconut oil as a skincare miracle worker, as well as an interesting process called glycation and scientific proof that the more sugar you eat, the more collagen in your skin is compromised.

Here’s what we found about top trending terms in aesthetic beauty…

Cracking the Code About Coconut Oil Moisturisers

Coconut oil smells heavenly and the claims made by manufacturers who use it in their products make the benefits sound heavenly, too:

“Coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cells on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It’s also great for shine and as a natural moisturiser for your hair.”Coconut Oil for Skin, The Huffington Post

What the manufacturers don’t share as readily is the fact that coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it tends to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin. For people who are already prone to clogged pores, the use of coconut oil as a moisturiser may worsen the problem.

The news isn’t much better for people whose skin is dry. Part of the appeal of coconut oil is that it is a very light moisturiser that sinks in quickly. Appealing though that may be for some, it means that coconut oil doesn’t moisturise skin deeply enough to be effective for people with very dry skin.

It is great to cook with but the same benefits do not apply to the skin, which is why it is not found in any dermaviduals products.

Skin-Loving Ingredients in the News

We suggest you buck the trend and go with proven ingredients, which will help your skin flourish when nourished by our favourites:

  • Green Tea – There have been a number of encouraging studies of the benefits of green tea. It quenches free radicals and reduces inflammation.
  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A and its derivatives known as retinoids reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness. They are tried-and-true substances whose effects have been documented in more than 700 published studies
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C aids the skin by absorbing free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other ageing changes. This versatile vitamin also helps firm and smooth skin and fade brown spots.
  • Vitamin E – Nicknamed “The Protector” due to its ability to neutralise damaging free radicals, Vitamin E fights against dryness and helps skin retain its natural moisture.

No hype, just results. That’s the dermaviduals difference…

Glycation & The Sugar Threat

Glycation is a word commonly found in professional magazines aimed at aestheticians, but dermaviduals found that it is generating growing interest among consumers.

“The science is this: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor shower—glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation.” – Sugar and Ageing, Elle Magazine

What does that have to do with your skin? Quite a bit!

“Effects of the glycation process at the cellular level of the skin’s structure may result in wrinkling, loss of elasticity, stiffness, accelerated aging and compromised barrier function.” – Glycation and the Skin by Kris Campbell

It has been proven that the more sugar you eat, whether processed or natural, the more AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products) are produced. When the body is overwhelmed with AGEs, your body’s collagen becomes compromised, and your skin suffers:

  • Volume loss due to a redistribution of fat
  • Slowdown in cell turnover
  • Premature facial ageing

So go easy on the treats and enjoy the sweet reward of looking younger, longer. Speak to your aesthetician about dermaviduals products that can help you win the war on ageing.