A cosmeceutical is a combination of the words “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients, and often have a variety of these active ingredients combined. They are results-focused products, with the stronger formulations having the ability to bring about visible changes to the skin. Cosmeceutical products are usually restricted to professional skin care stockists where a consultation can be provided. Continue reading →
We’ve all heard it before: “You are what you eat!” And when it comes to your skin, what you eat can have a big impact on how your skin behaves. Your skin is your largest organ, and can act as an indicator of your overall health.
The team at Body Cafe recently had the pleasure of meeting and listening to NZ nutrition expert Claire Turnbull.
Claire is owner/director of Mission Nutrition, author of some excellent books, and has regularly featured on TV, radio & newspapers. We could tell from her energy and enthusiasm that she practices what she preaches, and it clearly works! Continue reading →
What are Peptides and what can they do for my skin?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and increase cellular communication within the skin.
One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), wrinkles form.
Peptides applied topically to the skin help prompt the formation of new collagen, providing for more youthful, supple looking skin.