The Chinese Medicinal Herbs
Chinese herbal medicine originated in China thousands of years ago and has been adopted as mainstream medical system throughout the world. Chinese herbs are complex pharmacological substances that contain powerful nutrients and actives that address health issues and are able to restore biological balance, by treating the underlying causes of a concern as well as the certain pathologies. There are over 12,000 types of herbs recognised by Traditional Chinese Medicine, although only a few hundred of these are commonly used in clinical practice. In dermatology Chinese herbs are a very important field of clinical applications and research as their efficacy to treat skin problems has become evident throughout the centuries.
The Alchemical composition – The state of the Art
In SkinPointEight formulations specific herbs are employed to address pathologies of skin and treat underlying causes of premature ageing. The formulations blend the herbs according to their Chinese medicine hierarchy divided into the Principle, the Deputy, the Assistant and the Envoy herbs that are combined in an optimal manner. The combination maximises the therapeutic efficiency of the actives as well as their healing benefits on the skin. Their specific amount of each herb, enhances the result oriented value of the sophisticated formulations.
Representative Chinese medicinal Herbs
Burdock (Fructus Arctii Lappae)
Key constituents: Arctiin, Inulin, Polyphenolic acids, Phyto-sterols, Caffeoylquinic acid.
Benefits: inflammageing, improves collagen production http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Formulation-Science/Burdock-fruit-is-the-latest-ingredient-to-join-the-fight-against-skin-ageing
Salvia (Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Radix)
Key constituents: Ursolic Acid Oleanolic acid, Danshenshu.
Benefits:Antioxidant, Antinflammatory, stimulation regeneration of skin cells. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16364033
Skull cap (Scutellariae Barbatae, Herba)
Key constituents: Flavonoids, Glycosides, Baicalein, Wogonin.
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-pigmentation, Protects skin DNA integrity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16621886
Angellica (Angelica Sinensis)
Key constituents: ferulic acid, Z-ligustilide, butylidenephthalide, polysaccharides
Benefits: Antioxidant, proto-protection, anti-inflammatory, anti-pigmentation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12651240
The Superior Adaptogens Potents
The scientific revolutionary discovery
Adaptogen herbs are one of the most unique and fascinating groups of herbs to take into the 21st century. They do not only increase the resistance to the adverse effects of long-term ageing factors yet the majority are also tonics, immune-regulating and increase a general sense of well-being.
The term adaptogen was first defined by pharmacologists in mid-1990’s. They defined “adaptogens” as bioactive agents which allow an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating non-specific resistance.
- They are nontoxic even to very high concentrations
- They produce a nonspecific response on the body’s physiology and increase the body’s resistance to multiple challenges from either internal (cellular) or external (systemic or environment)
- Adaptogens have a normalising influence on physiology, irrespective to the direction of ageing factors that the body is facing at present.
Thousands of scientific research papers have been published on adaptogenic herbs. This research into the adaptogenic properties of plants continues today and there remains little doubt that adaptogens increase an organism’s adaptation to stress and have a normalizing influence on our physiology with significant clinical and research applications.
SkinPointEight skin care collection uses a very high potency of primary and secondary adaptogen herbs in a fine balance to deliver the balanced support for the skin’s needs.
Representative adaptogen potents
Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) ‘THE GOLDEN ROOT’
Key constituents: Rhodosin, Rosavins – rosavin, rosin, rosarian.
Benefits: Antioxidant, proto-protective, anti-inflammatory, assists collagen production. http://ir.cnu.edu.tw/handle/310902800/10437
Astragalus (Astragali Membranacei, Radix) ‘THE YELLOW SUPERIOR’
Key constituents: Astragalosides I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VI, VIII, Phenolicacids: Ferulic, Isoferulic, Linoleic, Linoleic acid.
Benefits: antiiflammatory, antioxidant, collagen and hyaluronic acid production. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/
Goji berry (Lycium Sinensis) ‘THE WOLFBERRY FRUIT’
Key constituents: Glycoproteins, glycopeptides, peptidoglycans, Carotenoids, Flavonoids.
Benefits: skin cell stimulation, antioxidant, cell membrane integrity, collagen production http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15693720
Schisandra (Schisandrae Chinensis, Fructus) ‘THE FIVE-FLAVOURED BERRY’
Key constituents: Flavonoids – quercetin, Lignans, Malic acid, Schisandrins.
Benefits: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, activation of epidermal genes. http://www.cosmeticsciencetechnology.com/articles/samples/1441.pdf
Ganoderma (Ganoderma lucidum) ‘THE HERB OF IMMORTALITY’
Western cosmetic Actives
Cosmetic industry-leading concentrations synergistically work with the herbal blends to deliver the optimum beautiful skin from within. All natural ingredients are of the highest quality processed and handled in UK state-of-the-art extraction techniques ensure all cosmetic actives are extremely concentrated with evident efficacy. The result is an extremely skin-compatible active concentrate with optimum skin bio-availability delivery targets.
The ingredients in SkinPointEight formulations have never been tested on animals and SkinPointEight is proud to be a member of the Leaping Bunny Association.
SkinPointEight does not include in its formulations anything that is not skin friendly, natural and effective:
Representative western cosmetic actives
Improves and retains skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s epidermal barrier. The skin feels softer, smoother and well hydrated
Ascorbic glucoside (vit. C)
Photo-protective, antioxidant, supports Collagen production, brightening
Co-enzyme Q10 complex with assisting vitamins
Improves cell communication, collagen-elastin fibre support, photo-protection, diminishes wrinkles
Bioidentical lipids that penetrate deeper layers of skin. (dermis).collagen/elastin stimulation, anti-inflammatory, photo-protective, moist retaining
Undaria Pinnatifida extract
Reduces depth of wrinkles and improves skin texture and integrity. Increases moisture retention following UV exposure. Assists photo-exposure recovery. It inhibits glycation and reduced the activity of radical-producing enzymes. It stimulates a protein known for its longevity-boosting and age-reverse activity.