Ingredients of Raw Complexions

SKINTOX BEAUTY FOOD

Flaxseed Meal; polyphenol antioxidants with the highest source of omega 3 fatty acids, increasing skin hydration and free radical protection. Keeping skin cells hydrated and supple, regulating oil flow and increasing the skins natural moisturising factor. Impeccable for dry and dehydrated skins.(Kajla, Sharma, and Sood, 2014)

Bee Pollen; Rich in over 12 essential vitamins, 8 amino acids, 30 unique minerals, enzymes that rejuvenates damaged skin, increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen and elastin. Protection against free radical damage that causes premature ageing. Anti-Inflammatory to suppress inflamed and aggravated skins, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, essential for fighting acne causing bacteria. (Ulbricht et al., 2009)

Schizandra; This interesting plant has many biological activities including anti-bacterial (equivocal results), sympathomimetic (stimulant), resistance stimulation, liver-protective, anti-toxic, anti- allergenic, antidepressant, glycogenesis stimulant, and antioxidant effects (Alok et al., 2014). Detoxifies the liver, providing oxygen to skin cells and preserving moisture within the skin. (Lee et al., 2015)

Amla Berry; Cleanses skin tissues and removes built up toxins, strengthening and supporting immunity of the skin against bacteria and infections. Regulating hormones and helping to control hormonal breakouts and acne (Binic et al., 2013) Amla elevates the mitochondrial activity of human skin fibroblasts and promotes production of procollagen. These results suggest that Amla extract has a number of potential mitigative, therapeutic, and cosmetic applications (Fujii et al., 2008)

Camu Camu; The most most powerful berry containing the highest amount of vitamin C (60% more than oranges) and beta-carotene (converted to vitamin A within the body) promoting collagen and elastin production, stimulating new growth cells, improving skin tone, texture and clarity. Strengthening blood vessels and organ tissues, helping to reduce the appearance of fine broken capillaries within the skin. (Langley et al., 2015)

Pomegranate; Protection of the outer-most layer of the skin (the epidermis) and the middle layer (the dermis), aiding in skin cell regeneration. Increasing circulation and healing of wound tissues, penetrating deeply into the skin with its small molecular size, deeply nourishing dry and dehydrated skins with the essential fatty acids and punicic acids. Three times more antioxidants than green tea, protecting against free radicals and pigmentation. (Zaid et al., 2007)

How to use:

1 tbsp best enjoyed in your favourite juices, smoothies, raw desserts, sprinkled on top of cereals or yogurts, once daily. 

* Complete list of ingredients as above. We do not suggest to consume whilst pregnant & or breastfeeding - please consult your GP prior to consumption.

 

REFERENCES

Binic, I., Lazarevic, V., Ljubenovic, M., Mojsa, J. and Sokolovic, D. (2013) ‘Skin Ageing: Natural weapons and strategies’, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, pp. 1–10. doi: 10.1155/2013/827248.

Fujii, T., Wakaizumi, M., Ikami, T. and Saito, M. (2008) ‘Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) extract promotes procollagen production and inhibits matrix metalloproteinase-1 in human skin fibroblasts’, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 119(1), pp. 53–57. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2008.05.039.

Kajla, P., Sharma, A. and Sood, D.R. (2014) ‘Flaxseed—a potential functional food source’, Journal of Food Science and Technology, 52(4), pp. 1857–1871. doi: 10.1007/s13197-014-1293-y.

Langley, P.C., Pergolizzi, J.V., Taylor, R. and Ridgway, C. (2015) ‘Antioxidant and associated capacities of Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia): A systematic review’, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(1), pp. 8–14. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0130.

Ulbricht, C., Conquer, J., Giese, N., Khalsa, K.P.S., Sklar, J., Weissner, W. and Woods, J. (2009) ‘An evidence-based systematic review of Bee Pollen by the natural standard research collaboration’, Journal of Dietary Supplements, 6(3), pp. 290–312. doi: 10.1080/19390210903081381.

Zaid, M.A., Afaq, F., Syed, D.N., Dreher, M. and Mukhtar, H. (2007) ‘Inhibition of UVB-mediated Oxidative stress and markers of Photoaging in immortalized HaCaT Keratinocytes by Pomegranate Polyphenol extract POMx’, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 83(4), pp. 882–888. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2007.00157.x.

 

SKIN BALANCE BEAUTY FOOD

Astragalus; The root of Astragalus (Radix astragali) is one of the most popular Chinese herbs, which is used traditionally to strengthen the immune system, boost the energy, and promote skin health. Promotes the production of hyaluronic acid within the body, which in turn induces growth of collagen-producing cells called fibroblast. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1000x times its own water weight therefore providing the skin with super hydration leaving your skin plump, dewy whilst decreasing fine lines and dehydration. Lowers the levels of acids within the stomach whilst maintaining PH levels, protecting the body from gastric issues, giving you a digestive boost (Binic et al., 2013). 

Hemp Seed; Containing 20 amino acids and 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce, replenishing and stimulating skin tissues. Vitamin A to increase skin cell turnover, stimulating collagen and elastin proteins, the essential vitamin for anti-ageing and acne concerns. All B vitamins, providing high antioxidant protection, hydration and brightening for lack-lustre dull skin. Zinc to assist in the proper structure of proteins and cell membranes, improving would healing and protection against UV damage. Balancing/hydrating dry, dehydrated skins, healing skin tissues and supporting skin proteins.

Beetroot; Containing Beta-Carotene (vitamin A) and carotenoids that are essential for tissue growth and repair. Also providing antioxidant protection against oxidative damage and premature ageing (Clifford et al., 2015). Brightening and lightening of the skin along with promoting the removal of dead skin cells and replenishing fresh new cells to the surface of the skin. Also containing Lycopene to maintain the skin elasticity and protect skin structures (Kawano and Umemura, 2012).

Ashwagandha; Aiding in moisturising, calming and promoting cell regeneration and collagen production. Ashwaganda and Schizandra berry (ingredient in our Skintox Beauty Food) combined can inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen by over 50% and those that break down hyaluronic acid by almost 90%. (Prakash, Gupta, and Dinda, 2002)

Asparagus; High in powerful antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin and crypto-xanthins to kill free radicals from the body that cause premature ageing. Containing selenium and B vitamins, betacarotene, magnesium and zinc, vitamin C to brighten and lighten dull and lacklustre skins (Matsui et al., 2009)

Alfalfa; Alfalfa chlorophyll rich in vitamin A and enzymes that are essential for the maintenance and replenishing of fresh cells to the skins surface. Balancing PH levels within the skin and body, protecting collagen and elastin proteins(Evron et al., 1990)

Strawberry; Containing high amounts of Vitamin C to lighten and brighten the skin. Ellargic acid to aid in clearing slight hyper pigmentation caused by UV rays by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin (Gasparrini et al., 2015)

Kelp; Containing iron, calcium, potassium, low levels of iodine. Marine algae have gained much importance product development due to their rich bioactive compounds (Thomas and Kim, 2013)

Turmeric; Treating congestion and breakouts fighting against acne causing bacteria with it's antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Containing the potent antioxidant curcumin, that neutralizes free radicals that lead to premature ageing and cell damage due to its chemical structure (Vaughn, Branum, and Sivamani, 2016)

Slippery Elm; Soothing properties to effectively coat the mucous membranes, including those of the digestive tract, urinary and respiratory tract. Also absorbing toxins which can cause intestinal imbalances (Binic et al., 2013). 

Celery Seed; Containing high sources of Vitamin A, C & E to nourish and moisturise skin cells (Binic et al., 2013). 

Siberian Ginseng; High quantities of phytonutrients to fight against free radicals along with promoting the production of collagen and elastin (Kimura, Sumiyoshi, and Sakanaka, 2012)

 

How to use:

1 tbsp best enjoyed in your favourite juices, smoothies, raw desserts, sprinkled on top of cereals or yoghurts, once daily. 

* Complete list of ingredients as above. We do not suggest to consume whilst pregnant & or breastfeeding - please consult your GP prior to consumption.

 

REFERENCES

Binic, I., Lazarevic, V., Ljubenovic, M., Mojsa, J. and Sokolovic, D. (2013) ‘Skin Ageing: Natural weapons and strategies’, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, pp. 1–10. doi: 10.1155/2013/827248.

Clifford, T., Howatson, G., West, D. and Stevenson, E. (2015) ‘The potential benefits of red Beetroot Supplementation in health and disease’, Nutrients, 7(4), pp. 2801–2822. doi: 10.3390/nu7042801.

Evron, R., Guizie, M., Zehavi, U. and Polacheck, I. (1990) ‘Activity of compound G2 isolated from alfalfa roots in experimental dermatophyte infection’, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 34(8), pp. 1600–1601. doi: 10.1128/aac.34.8.1600.

Gasparrini, M., Forbes-Hernandez, T., Afrin, S., Alvarez-Suarez, J., Gonzàlez-Paramàs, A., Santos-Buelga, C., Bompadre, S., Quiles, J., Mezzetti, B. and Giampieri, F. (2015) ‘A pilot study of the Photoprotective effects of strawberry-based cosmetic formulations on human dermal Fibroblasts’, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16(8), pp. 17870–17884. doi: 10.3390/ijms160817870.

Kawano, K. and Umemura, K. (2012) ‘Oral intake of beet extract provides protection against skin barrier impairment in hairless mice’, Phytotherapy Research, 27(5), pp. 775–783. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4792.

Kimura, Y., Sumiyoshi, M. and Sakanaka, M. (2012) ‘Effects of GinsenosideRb1on skin changes’, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, 2012, pp. 1–11. doi: 10.1155/2012/946242.

Matsui, M.S., Hsia, A., Miller, J.D., Hanneman, K., Scull, H., Cooper, K.D. and Baron, E. (2009) ‘Non-Sunscreen Photoprotection: Antioxidants add value to a Sunscreen’, Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings, 14(1), pp. 56–59. doi: 10.1038/jidsymp.2009.14.

Prakash, J., Gupta, S.K. and Dinda, A.K. (2002) ‘Withania somnifera root extract prevents DMBA-Induced squamous cell carcinoma of skin in Swiss albino mice’, Nutrition and Cancer, 42(1), pp. 91–97. doi: 10.1207/s15327914nc421_12.

Thomas, N. and Kim, S.-K. (2013) ‘Beneficial effects of Marine Algal compounds in Cosmeceuticals’, Marine Drugs, 11(1), pp. 146–164. doi: 10.3390/md11010146.

 Vaughn, A.R., Branum, A. and Sivamani, R.K. (2016) ‘Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on skin health: A systematic review of the clinical evidence’, Phytotherapy Research, . doi: 10.1002/ptr.5640.