At Mario Badescu Skin Care, our anti-aging products are meticulously designed with the worldís most advanced ingredients in order to help your skin look younger, fresher, and more beautiful than ever. Check out what we use to keep you looking young:
There are 25 types of collagen in the body and, along with Elastin, they give skin texture and structure. It is a non-water soluble protein found in animal connective tissue or in marine life (Collagen in Mario Badescu products is derived from marine sources). Topically it is an excellent water binding ingredient that holds the skinís natural hydration, keeping the skin looking soft and plump. Collagen is a film-former and can hold many times its own weight in water so it protects the skin from moisture loss, making it an excellent ingredient in lotions and creams for all skin types, particularly because it is very gentle and non-irritating. Since collagen molecules are too large to actually penetrate into the skin, collagen products have no effect on the collagen production within the skin - a common myth in the skin care world.
Similar to collagen, Elastin is a stretchable protein provides the skin with its elasticity. Elastin contains two amino acids that allow the skin to stretch and bounce back to its original position. Topically, Elastin forms a film on the skin locking in natural moisture making it an excellent ingredient for dry and mature skin. Hydrolyzed Elastin has a smaller molecular composition from Collagen and is able to penetrate the epidermis, improving the suppleness and moisture levels of the skin overall.
Found naturally in the second layer of the skin called the dermis, Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan, or simply described, a major component of the extra cellular matrix, responsible for the moisturizing and firming of skin. When used in a cosmetic product, Hyaluronic Acid holds water to the skinís surface so well that little or no other emollients are needed, leaving a product with excellent moisture abilities without pore clogging oils.
Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid)
The salts and esters of Salicylic Acid are known as salicylates. These compounds work on the skin as exfoliants of the corneum layer of the skin, allowing the skin to shed more rapidly making room for new cell growth. Effective not only for improving the condition of acne and clogged pores, but Salicylic Acid is also beneficial in skin smoothing, irritation reducing anti-aging products for mature and sensitive skin.
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate)
Acting as a keratinization regulator to improve skinís texture, firmess and smoothness, Vitamin A esters convert to retinoic acid and provide anti-aging, antioxidant benefits. Retinyl Palmitate is a milder version of retinoic acid beneficial for stimulating production of epidermal protein, skinís thickness and increasing skinís elasticity. Vitamin A is found in many oils used in our products like Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil and Peanut Oil.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant for the skin, responsible for the production of Collagen. Topically, Vitamin C strengthens the skinís barrier response, reducing moisture loss, strengthens skinís repair mechanisms and reduces inflammation. In higher concentrations in a cosmetic product, Vitamin C reduces the look of discolorations from old acne scars or sun exposure. Topical Vitamin C also can protect against photoaging due to its ability to allow the skin to neutralize free radicals created by UV radiation.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vitamin E is an oil-soluble antioxidant and free radical scavenger when applied topically, helps protect the epidermis from early stages of sun damage, reduce moisture loss and improve rough, dry or damaged skin. The skin is able to absorb and maintain levels of Vitamin E prolonging its benefits between applications. Research shows that topical application is more beneficial than oral. Wheat Germ oil is a major source of Vitamin E.
Aloe Vera is derived from the Aloe Vera plant whose leave are filled with a moisturizing, soothing, mineral and amino acid-rich gel. A beneficial ingredient in skin care products for sensitive, irritated skin, aloe vera gel supplies moisture directly to the tissue for moisture regulation.
A simple Alpha Hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid promotes the shedding of dead skin cells to refresh the surface layer of the skin, revealing newer, healthy skin. Regular use of Glycolic Acid products brighten the skin tone and minimize the look of minor discolorations caused by sun or healed acne.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Naturally occurring acids found in fruits like Papaya, Orange, Apples and Lemon, AHAís promote exfoliation by reducing the thickness of the stratum corneum, resulting in a softening of fine lines and surface pigmentation. This increases the ability of the skin to stay hydrated and smooth.
Kojic Acid is a natural skin lightening ingredient and melanin inhibitor derived from mushrooms. Discovered recently in Japan in 1989, Kojic acid can produce excellent results in fighting age spots, melasma, freckles and skin pigmentation disorders of face and body.
Lactic Acid is the natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid found in sour milk and tomato juice, which promotes the exfoliation of dulling and clogging dead skin cells. Using products with Lactic Acid improve skinís texture and tone by revealing soft, healthy skin.
Rice Bran Oil
Due to its high antioxidant Vitamin E content, Rice Bran Oil is recommended as a superior emollient and promoter of collagen formation, widely used in products for dry and mature skin. Rice Bran oil is known to have good oxidative stability so it is helpful in prolonging the shelf life and efficacy of the product. Rice bran oil is extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice.
Rose Hips Oil
Because of its skin regenerating and wound healing properties, Rose Hips Oil is an effective, non-greasy ingredient for anti-aging serums, masks and moisturizers. It contains high levels of trans-retinoic acid (Vitamin A) for healing and repairing photodamage as well as antioxidant Vitamin C and fatty acid Vitamin F.
Made of vitamins, sugars and minerals, Yeast has oxygenating and revitalizing properties to give skin a radiant appearance as well as to help repair dry, chapped skin.