You may have read our recent article advising what ‘no’ ingredients really mean in skincare (if not, you can read it here).

While the list of things to avoid in skincare can seem endless, as a consumer, it can be overwhelming remembering everything you should avoid applying to the skin.

To provide the information required to help consumers make informed decisions about skincare, following on from the list of ‘no’ ingredients, we’ve now created a list of ‘yes’ ingredients.

Skincare manufacturers have spent years over-complicating formulas and bamboozling consumers with technical terminology when, in fact, the list of what your skin needs is very short.

The ‘yes’ ingredients all fall under one category.


All that’s required for healthy cellular turnover are natural nutrients from a source that cellular tissue is familiar with namely fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and the sun.


Plant phytonutrients

Nutrients such as polyphenols, methoxy glycosides and phenolic acids are all rich antioxidants that build the skin’s outer barrier. Protecting cells against free radicals and environmental toxins, these nutrients hydrate, defy the visible signs of ageing, control blemishes and reduce pigmentation.


Plant-based water-soluble vitamins – vitamin C

Plants produce only one water-soluble vitamin the skin needs to restore and repair connective tissue and that’s vitamin C. 

While you may believe vitamin C is already a common ingredient in skincare, this is purely marketing hype.

Plant-based vitamin C is notoriously unstable once extracted using traditional techniques. To protect the integrity of natural vitamin C and deliver the potent actives to each individual skin cell, the nutrient must be extracted in its liquid cellular matrix which transports the nutrients to the rest of the plant including the roots, leaves, flowers and fruit.

Biologi is the first, and so far, only, skincare company in the world to extract vitamin C in its liquid matrix to provide consumers with 100% active, stable, plant-based vitamin C.

Ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbates, ascorbyl glucoside and all synthetic versions of vitamin C are NOT natural even though products may be labelled ‘naturally derived’.


Why vitamin C in moisturiser is a myth, according to science

As explained, vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient.

To put it another way, when natural vitamin C comes into contact with water, it dissolves. If you look at the ingredients list on your moisturiser, we’re willing to bet a lot of money that the first ingredient listed is either water or aqua. The combination of the two is a scientific impossibility and even if the vitamin C in your product was natural, the water/aqua would render any natural activity inactive.

The most potent sources of vitamin C are Kakadu plum, finger lime and desert lime.


Plant-based oil-soluble vitamins

Plants only produce two oil-soluble vitamins required for skin health which are vitamins A and E.

These vitamins, along with fatty acids and omega oils, can only be delivered in oil form by cold-pressing seeds from specific plant sources.

Not all seed oils contain these vitamins so make sure you only use an oil that’s bright yellow or orange. If not, the product is unlikely to be a source of essential vitamins the skin needs as the label may state.

The seed oil which delivers these nutrients most effectively is rosehip oil as the plant most closely resembles human skin cells.

And that’s as much as skin cells in a product. Simple nutrients.

The long list of all other ingredients used to formulate products only serve to make something smell nice, stretch further or easier to apply. Rarely do those ingredients contribute in any way to healthy cellular turnover.

While there’s nothing else the skin needs topically, there are other nutrients required for healthy cellular tissue, but these must be delivered through diet or lifestyle.

To shop the Biologi range of 100% active, unaltered plant extract serums, click here.


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