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The role of peptides in age reverse

10 March 2020
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Skin is made up mostly of collagen – it is the foundation that gives your skin its support and thickness. Young people have lots of collagen and taut, smooth skin. In contrast, older people have much less collagen and thin, wrinkled skin. Collagen is protein and is made up long chains of amino acids strung together, like chains of linked building blocks. When it is broken down, short segments of 3-5 amino acids form, called peptides. Peptides are not just junk collagen; these “mini proteins” are active molecules and no matter your skin type, peptides might be the anti-aging, hydrating, plumping, skin-renewing, fortifying skincare addition you’ve been seeking.

What are peptides?

Proteins, such as collagen, are made up of amino acids and arranged in a long chain-like format. This chain of amino acids is made up of peptides. The chain is then broken down into smaller chains, which are able to penetrate the top layer of skin, sending signals to skin cells and letting them know how to function.

As these smaller peptide chains effectively penetrate into skin’s deeper layers, they get to work on a cellular level and the signals they send can change the way skin cells function.

While peptides can be natural or synthetic, the ones used in skincare tend to be synthetic as they offer more control over how stable and effective the peptide is, as well as how it behaves.

How do peptides benefit from the skin?

Peptides signal our cells to create more proteins. They’re very specific and can only signal a cell that has the associated receptor. All cells in our bodies have receptors, but they’re only receptive to the right peptide. This is why it’s key to know which peptides to integrate into our skincare routine. Choosing the peptide that targets specific cells is how we can garner the exact benefits we want.

Collagen production; the pinnacle of anti-aging skincare

Our skin is mostly composed of a particular protein—the protein we seek in our skincare products; the protein that is produced at a significantly slower rate as we age; the protein that gives our skin its brilliant youthfulness—collagen.

Peptides are the source that feeds and stimulates new collagen production. They signal our bodies to generate more collagen proteins as collagen breaks down, so you can imagine how instrumental peptides are in maintaining young, healthy, and beautiful skin. Specific peptides will signal elastin and collagen proteins to look and act ‘younger’. Not only do collagen proteins give our skin its youthful and fresh appearance, but they enable our skin cells to behave in a tight, firm, and resilient manner.

Wrinkles and fine lines eradication

Skincare gurus often rave over anti-aging products, like tripeptide 5 cream, that stimulate collagen synthesis by use of specific peptides known to firm the skin and correct wrinkle – or, if you really want to give your skin some love, be a glow-getter. Studies showed intense reduction of wrinkles in subjects who used collagen-like peptides.

Skin hydration

When we absorb or ingest peptides, they know where to travel in our bodies to provide us with the utmost benefit. Peptides are essentially magnetized to our needs. If our skin is lacking in hydration or moisture, our bodies will reorganize the amino acids in the peptides we consume or apply and reassemble them into hydrating structures. Peptides that are small enough in composition for our skin to absorb will signal our skin to repair itself and alleviate dehydration by producing more water-retaining cells and proteins.

Not only do these intelligent protein-builders prompt our skin to produce new collagen, but they boost our hyaluronic acid production too. Hyaluronic acid is key to retaining moisture in our skin. A single gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water, and peptides effectively increase our natural production of this miraculously hydrating substance.

Neck and Décolleté Lifting Cream

There are many different peptides and countless benefits of peptides when it comes to skincare. Different groups of peptides will benefit the skin in different ways. DÉCAAR Age Reverse Line uses Neuropeptides, Palmitoyl tripeptides and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver a multifunction outcome by hydrating the skin, removing oiliness, regaining skin elasticity and reducing wrinkles.

Neuropeptides dramatically improve the appearance of skin’s resilience, tone and texture, while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It combats the appearance of crepiness by reenergizing and hydrating the skin, while increasing firmness. It is safe for damaged, mature or fragile skin.

Some of the most popular anti-inflammatory peptides for skincare, Palmitoyl tripeptides , work to hydrate the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and reduce signs of skin damage caused by the sun and environmental pollution.

 

Rosacea: the ultimate Décaar guide

11 February 2020
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Affecting over 400 million people world-wide according to the most recent studies, rosacea is a skin condition caused by excessive inflammation and vascular dysfunction. This means that the capillaries on the face become enlarged and cause frequent blushing and redness, particularly on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Unfortunately, managing this skin condition can be a challenge since what triggers skin redness and inflammation in one person may not trigger it in another. Indeed, there are many other skin disorders often misdiagnosed as rosacea and vice versa, leaving sufferers at a loss as how best to care for their skin. However, all is not lost and there are things you can do (and not do) to alleviate your symptoms and keep your reactive skin under control.

Caring for highly sensitive skin

Use a gentle cleanser morning and night. Getting into a regular routine will really help you to manage your skin and using the right products will help you avoid flare ups or worsen the condition further. A soap-free cleanser with a pH of 5 is best. Rinse with lukewarm water and wait for your skin to dry completely before you put on makeup or other products.

Take good care of your skin. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face.

Protect your face from wind and cold. Using a scarf to cover your face will help to protect your skin. Just make sure that any material touching your face is not made of wool or a fabric that feels rough to the touch, as these fabrics can irritate the skin.

Change your skincare products. Look for products that are specifically formulated for redness-prone or sensitive skin containing antioxidants, bisabolol, panthenol, mallow and allantoin, as these products usually help calm and soothe the skin. Also, products that can strengthen the skin barrier (like niacinamide or unsaponifiable oils) can be real game changers for rosacea sufferers. Azelaic acid (also known as Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate) works as a natural antibiotic and could be used as a green alternative to metronidazole gels (dermatologists’ first choice).

Wear sunscreen. Choose a natural sunscreen packed with soothing zinc oxide that will protect your skin without aggravating it. However, keep your time sunbathing time to a minimum as rosacea is very often aggravated by sun exposure.

Eat a rainbow diet. A very colourful diet with plenty fruits and veggies provides much needed antioxidant protection.

Stay calm. Stress can aggravate rosacea as it increases production of cortisol, the main stress hormone. Cortisol has an inflammatory effect on skin and can contribute to flare ups. Reduce your stress levels by using daily management practices such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. Gentle exercise can also help regulate cortisol levels.

What to avoid

Be ingredient savvy. As rosacea can be easily aggravated by commonly found skincare ingredients, it is especially important to get the correct information and make the right choices. It’s best to avoid harsh exfoliants or soaps, alcohol containing toners, astringent formulas or products that are rich in fragrances, witch hazel, eucalyptus oil, camphor, clove oil. Even some laundry detergents can aggravate this skin condition.

Avoid extreme temperature changes. Excessive climatic shifts including high heat (such as sunbathing, saunas, hot baths/showers and hot drinks), strong winds, extreme cold and high humidity can all aggravate sensitive skin.

Keep make up to the minimum. Although make up comes in handy to cover the excessive redness, some pigments can cause a flare up. We always recommend you do a small skin test on your upper arm before wearing any make up products.

Our best skin care products for Rosacea

Calming Mask

Removes dead cells, reduces inflammation and improves the blood circulation of the skin. The advanced formula revitalises the skin from all sorts of damage including sun damage, excoriation, rosacea and other inflammatory dermatosis.

Algae Peeling Regimen

The combination of the natural ingredients based on algae, herbs and perfluorocarbon is considered to be the most advanced and effective treatment on the market for the most common skin problems like acne, oily skin, wrinkles/sagging or dry skin, pigmentation and age spots, couperose and rosacea, scars and enlarged pores. It is even suitable for the most sensitive skins.

DÉCAAR Algae Peeling Regimen works biologically, providing a 100% safe treatment process. The micro-fibres of the peeling powder penetrate the skin, increasing the blood flow and production of new cells. As these cells are found in the keratin layer, the DÉCAAR Algae Peeling can also be applied to sensitive or rosacea skin. The decrease of keratin cells reduces the redness in the skin. Furthermore, as the Langerhans cells are also stimulated and the bacteria overgrowth killed, acne, eczema and rosacea can also be treated and, in most cases, reduced.

Vitality of Vitamin C

27 January 2020
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Vitamin C is that wonder vitamin that not only fights cold and flu from the inside, but also defends skin against dark spots, signs of ageing and sun damage when applied topically. It is a vital and multi-functional ingredient for glowing skin and a radiant complexion. It can assist in helping the skin’s ability to heal itself and minimise scar formation. Normal skin contains high concentrations of vitamin C, which supports collagen synthesis and antioxidant protection. However as we age, our levels of vitamin C and collagen production decrease, so it should be included in our skin care routine.

The importance of Vitamin C

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s a powerful antioxidant present in both the epidermis and dermis of the skin. As it’s water soluble, it’s not stored in your body in significant quantities and the excess that is consumed gets eliminated through the body. This is also why regular replenishment is important. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralises free radicals in the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, so it heals and hydrates the skin too. It also has an anti-ageing effect as it boosts collagen production, which in turns helps to reduce the formation of wrinkles.

Vitamin C application has been known to improve fine lines and reduces both pigmentation and inflammation. The vitamin also empowers skin with potent antioxidant activity, which helps neutralise the oxidative stress developed due to various environmental stressors and pollution. You can use it for photo protection as well—it’s equally effective against both UVA and UVB damage and to ward off pigmentation. Vitamin C works beautifully on pigmentation and uneven skin tones as it inhibits the tyrosinase activity (oxidation), thus decreasing the melanin production.

If retinoids are the gold standard then Vitamin C is the silver standard for reversing photo-ageing of skin. Although Vitamin C in itself is not sun protective, topical application protects you against the photo damage. The vitamin works by deactivating UV-induced free radicals.

Vitamin C in Décaar products

Taking all the above and more into consideration, we include Vitamin C in some of our special products. These are the Energizing Eye Cream,  the Brightening Cream 24hr, Youth Elixir Day Cream and Youth Elixir Night Rich Nourishing. Discover more at our brandbook.

Jojoba Wonders

11 January 2020
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Could the secret to ultra-hydrated skin be found in nature’s more arid regions? The answer is, yes. Jojoba is a desert shrub and the extract from its nut is known for its rich moisturizing benefits.

Although it appears to be oil, jojoba is a liquid wax ester with a structure similar to the natural esters present in sebum, which is a natural protector produced by the body’s sebaceous glands. Sebum holds in skin’s moisturizing water, leading to healthier, more radiant skin and a more youthful appearance.

Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory

Jojoba is naturally an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal substance and this makes it ideal for several skin conditions. It has also long been used as an anti-inflammatory for dry, itchy or sensitive skin. It moisturizes while providing the skin with a nutrient rich substance to soothe.

Antioxidant

It contains natural Vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant. This means it helps to prevent damage to the skin caused by free radicals such as pollution, while also boosting skin complexion by discouraging the oxidization of things like oil, which helps to prevent clogged pores and blemishes.

Helps balance out sebum & doesn’t clog your pores

The make up of jojoba is very similar to sebum, which is the natural oil produced by our bodies. As jojoba is similar to this naturally occurring substance, when applied, the skin believes it has produced enough oil which prevents to production of more oils on the skin. Hence helping to balance out sebum production and prevent clogged pores from excess oils on the skin. Jojoba for oily skin is a powerful ingredient that will work wonders.

Aids wound and scars healing

Its benefits don’t stop there, research shows the jojoba binds with your skin when damage has been caused on it, providing a protective coating while aiding the repair of these separated skin cells. Due to the rich vitamin E content of jojoba, in the same way it helps to heel wounds, it also helps to lighten dark patches of skin due to its skin repair qualities.

Reduces wrinkles

Jojoba works as an excellent moisturizer which helps to fade deep set wrinkles and fine lines. Research shows that jojoba  also increases the skin’s suppleness in the short-term and is somewhat long-lasting.

All in a scrub

In DÉCAAR we understand that the jojoba benefits for skin are too hard to resist, so we’ve created the Oxygen Scrub. This gel based exfoliator rejuvenates and boosts the skin to restore all of its functions. It cleans out the pores, resulting in radiant glowing and healthy looking skin.

Radiant glowing in time for the holidays

12 December 2019
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Christmas is coming, and your calendar is no doubt rapidly filling up with the many obligatory personal and professional annual gatherings including the company Christmas dinner, family gatherings, get togethers with friends and many more. You’ve got your hair style sorted; you know what you’re wearing for the big do, but what about your skin? The winter weather can seriously affect the health and appearance of your skin, not to mention the seasonal excess and the late nights. There are several simple procedures that can really transform your appearance quickly and extremely effectively. Read below as DÉCAAR shares the best facials to offer during the holidays that will have your skin glowing for those under-the-mistletoe moments!

Breath of Life treatment for all skin types

For those who are looking for that holiday sparkle, DÉCAAR offers the Breath of Life program. It is provided for any type of skin with signs of tiredness, and oxygen deficiency caused by unfavourable factors of the environment, stress, diet and chronic somatic diseases. This treatment helps deep cleanse, hydrate, and brighten the appearance of the skin to create the perfect canvas for holiday makeup!

Oxygen is essential to rejuvenate dull and ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to help clear acne. When your skin breathes, everything that one does thereafter in terms of skincare brings even more exceptional results, as oxygen opens the pores all the way down through the layers.

Protocol

Start with cleansing the skin with a DÉCAAR Cleanser according to skin type. After that restore the skin with PH Balancing Lotion.

Apply Oxygen Scrub and rub for 3-5 minutes. Thoroughly remove the scrub with watered sponges or a small towel.

Next, apply Oxygen Serum+ to the treated area. Follow with the Oxygen Massage Cream and perform extensive massage for 20 minutes.

Apply a thick layer of Oxygen Mask+ and rub the treated area with a membrane for optimum results, then leave it to rest for 15-20 minutes.

Finish with the Oxygen Serum +, Oxygen Gel, Oxygen Hydro 24hr and Oxygen Cream SPF30 for sun protection.

Algae Peeling Regimen for all skin types

For those who want a skin boost, they can indulge in express facials with natural ingredients like algae herbs and perfluorocarbon found in Algae Peeling Regimen. This treatment is the most advanced and effective treatment for the most common skin problems like; acne, blemished dry and oily skin, wrinkles and sagging skin, pigmentation, scars and enlarged pores. Because the DÉCAAR Algae peeling regimen works biologically, it is suitable even for the most sensitive skin.

Protocol

Cleanse with Purifying Cleansing Gel and massage the skin lightly with your fingertips. Within 2-3 minutes, wash off with watered sponges.

Apply Natural Exfoliation Scrub for Oily and Normal skin, or Oxygen Scrub for Sensitive and Dry skin, and massage for 3-5 minutes. (In case of sensitive skin do not massage) Wash off with watered sponges.

Follow with Phyto Lotion using cotton pads.  Then, apply a thin layer of Pro-Cleansing Gel Mask for 10 minutes and cleanse the skin with Phyto Lotion using cotton pads.

Protect your eyelids, eyebrows and any birthmarks with Oxygen Massage Cream.

Dissolve one Algae Peeling Powder sachet with 10-12ml of Natural Peeling Solution until the paste is uniform. Make sure you wear gloves and apply uniformly a thin layer of it to the face and any other areas you want to treat (hands, neck, breast, back). You want to make sure you do not treat the face, neck, décolleté and back in one treatment, not to over ballast the lymphatic system of the facial/neck that connect to the clavicle-arteries. If you want to treat more than one area, please wait 24 hours per area and use one sachet per area.

Within 5-10 minutes, depending on the damage degree and skin sensitivity, rub the preparation gently into skin. If the mixture gets dry on the skin while scrubbing, wet your skin with your fingertips.

In case of a very thick skin leave the preparation on the skin for 10-15 minutes. In case of a very sensitive skin apply the algae peeling like a mask and leave it for 5 minutes without massaging the peeling. To remove, use watered cotton pads.

After that, clean and restore the skin with PH Balancing Lotion.  Apply the Calming Mask and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

Wash off with watered cotton pads and restore again with the PH Balancing Lotion. Finish with the Oxygen Gel and Oxygen Cream SPF 30.

Deep skin penetration by DÉCAAR

20 November 2019
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Serums are essential supplements for your skin, as they have been proven to make a noticeable difference to how the skin looks and feels. With their lightweight texture and smaller molecular structure – much smaller than those found in oils, moisturizers and lotions – they can deeply penetrate the skin. This allows them to deposit powerful active ingredients like peptides, antioxidant rich vitamins or glycolic acids in the deeper layers of skin for more targeted results. So, it is no wonder serums are considered to be a vital step in correcting a variety of different skin issues.

Even though serums can be chock full of moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help skin retain moisture, they can’t replace a moisturizer. Face lotions and creams are richer and create a barrier on top of the skin to keep all that good stuff in. Following with a moisturizer is an important step after using a serum. Since the key purpose of a serum is to deliver active ingredients deep within the skin, most are not formulated to also provide intense hydration.

DÉCAAR offers four unique formulas with powerful concentrations, perfect for targeting specific skin concerns, whether they may be fine lines, fatigue or large pores.

Oxygen Serum

This highly active serum rejuvenates the skin and has a perfect application for damaged skin or skin with eczema. The skins immune system is enhanced, fine lines are smoothened, and the skin takes on a brighter look.

Delicate Serum

Silky and smooth, this serum is highly concentrated, providing an immediate calming effect, reducing skin redness, itching and inflammation while boosting moisture levels and reinforcing skin’s natural barrier. It intensively smoothes and hydrates sensitive skin, irritated or weakened by external factors such as stress and pollution.

Brightening Exfoliating Serum

An innovative formula that prevents face from reddening, resulting in an even skin tone effect. Through its gentle exfoliating activity and strong antioxidant properties, it refreshes and brightens the skin. The tendency of gluconolactone and lactobionic acid to bind water molecules, also results in increased hydration of the skin and reduces its roughness.

Elixir Serum

Last but not least, the strongly condensed DÉCAAR serum which with its firming and lifting properties, eliminates mimic and static wrinkles. Using a new generation of ingredients, the elixir serum provides the immediate effect of skin illumination. It restores health to wrinkled skin caused by sun damage, stimulates collagen production, and it moisturizes and protects the skin against water loss and harmful external factors.

 

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