BIOMIMIC™ Anti-glycation Complex is formulated with a combination of active ingredients that help to gently resurface the upper layers of skin to improve skin texture and restore radiance.
Kombucha is a unique fermented tea found in Asia, and has significant anti-glycation properties. It is a non-irritating substance that increases collagen content and helps in skin regeneration.
Kombucha tea mostly owes its beneficial effects to the presence of flavonoids and other polyphenols (compounds that are packed with antioxidants).
- Promotes skin cell renewal
- Helps fight against oxidative damage
- Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Black Tea Extract
Black tea assists enzymes that neutralize free radicals and prevent their binding with skin receptors (2), this process in turn limits the damage inflicted on the skin caused by glycation.
This potent anti-glycation activity decreases the risk of structural changes and protects the skin’s extracellular matrix (2,3).
- Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Helps strengthen the skin barrier for healthy looking skin
- Helps prevent water loss and provide a lasting moisturising effect
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHAs)
BIOMIMIC™ Anti-glycation Complex contains 2 types of alpha hydroxyl acids:
Extracted from sugarcane, is one of the most effective and well-researched forms of AHA.
Extracted from milk, is part of skin’s natural moisturizing factor, or NMF. It has a unique structure that allows it to bind water within skin.
These exfoliating agents peel off the damaged keratinocytes layer from the skin. They also have strong anti-glycation properties.
- Visibly softens the signs of ageing
- Helps boost the absorption of other skincare treatments
- Helps reduce UV-induced damage (sun spots, dark spots)
- Helps skin cell renewal by shedding dead skin to renew skin’s surface
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan (GAGs) that is present in the skin that help attract water. This amazing molecule can absorb 1000 times its weight in water (1,2). In fact, more than 50 percent of the hyaluronic acid in your body is found in the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a large molecule which can make it difficult to penetrate the skin. However, within BIOMIMIC formulations Hyaluronic Acid has been designed to sit within the cells of the epidermis providing optimum ability to absorb water from both the upper and lower dermal layers plumping the skins appearance.
Hyaluronic acid’s ability to redistribute water by pulling it from deeper layers of skin transferring hydration from the dermis to the epidermis, keeps the skin supple, while preventing dryness (2).
- Visibly plumps skin
- Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—including fine lines around the eyes
Hyaluronic AcidBIOMIMIC™ Anti-glycation Complex is best applied at night, as a Step 2 to your skincare routine.
The science of Biomimicry
BIOMIMIC™ Anti-glycation Complex is a serum that mimics the action of plants. When plants face stressful conditions, they also form protein-glycated complexes. In plants, UV-exposure aggravates the situation by creating free radicals.
Plants fight the effects of free radicals with flavonoids and antioxidant compounds within their plant structure. These compounds help stop abnormal non-enzymatic pathways, neautralize free radicals, and reduce DNA damage.
What is skin glycation?
Your skin has an extracellular matrix that contains various proteins such as collagen and elastin that helps keep skin youthful. When your blood sugar levels are high, glucose by-products react with collagen in the skin and form advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). This reaction of sugar with protein is known as the Maillard reaction.
Glycated collagen and elastin fibers can become rigid, less elastic and have reduced regenerative ability which can lead to damage such as laxity, cracking and thinning skin.
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