From colloidal silver to blue tansy, we discuss four of the latest buzz ingredients fuelling our favourite skincare products. Find out why you should invest…
Silver has been used as a natural antibacterial treatment for centuries, but scientists have more recently discovered that silver nanoparticles, also known as colloidal silver, have the power to eliminate germs and bacteria and encourage skin to repair itself – making it the ideal skincare ingredient. Its ability to repair damaged skin cells and trigger regeneration makes colloidal silver an effective treatment for targeting blemish-prone skin, signs of ageing and scarring and inflammation.
“Colloidal silver has long been known for its powerful antibacterial and miraculous healing properties. This made it the perfect key ingredient for our new product, Silver Skin Saviour – a targeted treatment to combat blemishes and breakouts.” Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza.
Featured in: Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour and May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Enzyme Cleanse and Masque
You might recognise this ochre-toned root as being commonplace in Indian cooking or of late, the most popular way to spice up the humble latte, but turmeric is also becoming a mainstay skincare ingredient. And, considering its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, it’s hardly surprising. Ideal for those with sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea or eczema, turmeric helps to calm and reduce inflammation and also works to fight bacteria and so is often used to effectively target blemishes and breakouts.
May Lindstrom speaks of this healing hero as ‘her medicine’, referring to way that blue tansy works on a cellular level to relieve heat and reduce skin inflammation. A potent, anti-inflammatory, this calming ingredient is derived from the blue tansy flower and helps to cool and soothe angry, irritated skin making it suitable for conditions such as sun damage, eczema and spots.
“It works [like] magic to clear rashes and allergic reactions, psoriasis and rosacea. With its unparalleled ability to bring peace to troubled complexions, it is like a meditation and spa vacation for your skin,” explains May.
Featured in: May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate and Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
White willow bark contains salicin – a natural form of beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid. When used in skincare salicylic acid’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles, pores and even out skin tone while helping to increase skin’s elasticity. A natural exfoliant, it also sloughs away dead skin cells and encourages cell regeneration making it ideal for treating problem skin.
Although extremely effective, salicin is gentle and non-irritating, making it safe for even more sensitive skin types that are prone to peeling or flaking.
Featured in: Tata Harper Resurfacing Serumand Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic