Vitamin C: The Low Down

What is it, why do we need it, what can it do?
The skincare ingredient you need in your routine!

Vitamin C may be your go-to vitamin when you feel a cold coming on, but it is also an iconic ingredient in the skincare world too. Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, general dullness — you can name just about any common complexion concern and there’s a good chance that Vitamin C is a recommended ingredient.

Firstly, what is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for health which can’t be stored in our bodies, so we need it in our diets every day. It is naturally found in a variety of fruit and vegetables and whilst citrus fruits, such as oranges and limes, are the most well-known source, many other fruits and veggies are bursting with it… plums, papaya, strawberries, blackcurrants, peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts and chili peppers.

However, only a small fraction of the Vitamin C that we consume will be active in the skin, therefore the topical application is necessary for optimum complexion perfection.

Why do we need Vitamin C in our skincare?

Vitamin C, in skincare, is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant with the ability to penetrate the skin for effective results.

Over time, intrinsic (natural) and extrinsic (environmental) factors cause structural changes within the skin. This is what leads to fine lines, uneven skin tone, UV-induced age spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Therefore, a daily dose of this vibrant Vitamin is crucial for healthy-looking skin.

There are many forms of Vitamin C in skincare, but the most commonly used are Ascorbyl-6-Palmitate and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP). Both forms are stable when formulated into skincare products and make for the safest option for your skin.

How else does Vitamin C benefit the skin?

Vitamin C has a wealth of benefits that make it worthy of a permanent place in your skincare routine. In brief, it will brighten your complexion, even skin tone and help to reduce signs of ageing.

Potent Antioxidant: As far as your skin is concerned, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals. This includes damages caused by pollution and sun exposure, which can lead to pigmentation, signs of ageing and dullness.
So, in the same way that consuming antioxidant-rich foods aids your body in fighting off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for your skin. In other words, antioxidants help keep our body and our skin cells healthy.

Radiant Complexion: It is known as a superior brightening agent ideal for those looking to target an uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation or dark spots. It contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration. With continued topical use, Vitamin C can help lighten their appearance and prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.

Boost Collagen Production: Along with these antioxidant and brightening properties, it is an ideal anti-ageing ingredient. Thanks to its ability to stimulate the production of collagen which enhances skin’s plumpness and elasticity, for a firm, smooth, youthful-looking complexion.

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Meet SBC’s NEW Trio of Face Masks

SBC have delved into the fabulous world of face masks and formulated three to cater for a multitude of skin needs or the ideal multi-masking kit.

First up, is the Collagen Radiance Mask…

Not like your usual clay mask! This Collagen Radiance Mask features ingredients to moisturise, tighten pores, and tone the skin.

This luxuriously creamy-clay mask is rich in hydrating Marine Collagen to infuse the skin with hydration to help plump out areas of ageing and maintain a youthful appearance. This glow-giving formula also encompasses vitamin-rich Kukui Seed Oil and exotic Passion Flower Oil to nourish your skin.

Enriched with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Kaolin to nourish and purify the skin, leaving skin feeling toned, supple and pores will be minimised.

This creamy mask will deeply cleanse, smooth and hydrate the skin with every use, skin will emerge hydrated, plump and radiant, feeling silky smooth.

Recommended for mature, dehydrated and sensitive skin types.

Next, is the Witch Hazel & Zinc Purifying Mask…

Experience a cooling sensation that instantly invigorates the skin, leaving it feeling clean and fresh. The light, mousse-like texture helps to clear impurities whilst absorbing excess sebum without over-drying, leaving skin smooth and decongested.

This calming and balancing mask is infused with Witch Hazel to help soothe breakouts and balance the skin, whilst Zinc supports the strength of the skins surface and reduce the frequency of breakouts. Kaolin Clay will control excess oil in the skin, and help remove impurities from the pores, whilst the combination of Tea Tree and Lemon Peel Oil clears impurities and helps to reduce the spreading of blemishes. It is also formulated with Salicylic Acid, a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), which helps remove dead skin and minimise congestion.

Your skin will feel clean and mattified after each use as skin becomes less oily and pores less obvious. For a beautifully clear, smooth and refined complexion.

Recommended for oily, problematic skin prone to breakouts.

Finally, the Cucumber Hydrating Gel Mask…

This hydrating and soothing gel mask is infused with Purified Water, refreshing Cucumber extract, moisture-boosting Vitamin A and refining Vitamin E, to promote a brighter, more youthful appearance.

The cooling formula reduces puffiness and helps to retain moisture for a smoother complexion that feels plump and looks dewy. This vitamin rich mask also helps to combat the effects of environmental stresses on the skin, for a bright, healthy-looking glow.

The light-weight gel mask is suitable for all skin types and is the ideal answer for stressed skin by alleviating inflammation and discomfort instantly, leaving skin comfortable and instantly refreshed.

Masks are the perfect addition to your skincare regime to give your skin a power surge of key ingredients that have the ability to penetrate deeper into you pores.

Sit back, relax and pamper yourself after a busy day in the evening, simply apply and leave it to get to work. Use a mask once or twice a week for the best results.

  • For the Witch Hazel & Zinc, and Collagen Masks – Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes. Remove with a cloth and warm water.
  • For the Cucumber Gel Mask – leave to absorb for 10 minutes, massage in any excess.

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Have you met our Micellar Gel Cleansers?

You may have spotted our Micellar Cleansers popping up here and there, but we wanted to officially introduce you to them.

Our all-in-one Micellar Gel Cleansers not only cleanse the skin but also soothe, tone, hydrate and remove make-up, even on eyes and lips – no rinsing required. Leaves skin instantly refreshed, comfortable and residue-free in one quick step.  

The Collagen Micellar Cleanser is packed with conditioning plant extracts including Calendula, Chamomile and Passionflower to protect and sooth the skin. Anti-ageing Collagen supports the skin and helps promote a firmer appearance, whilst Glycerin and Kukui Nut Oil lock in moisture, for a plump, youthful looking complexion.

The vegan-friendly Cucumber Micellar Cleanser is infused with refreshing Cucumber to cool, balance and condition the skin, whilst Glycerin locks in moisture. This lightweight formula glides over your skin attracting make-up and dirt and delivers instant soothing hydration, leaving it feeling smooth without any tight or drying sensations sometimes experienced after cleansing.

Both Micellar Gel Cleansers are suitable for all skin types, true multi-taskers, these light, soothing and hydrating water-gel formulations are perfect for mature and even sensitive skin.

For best results…

Apply to cotton pad and gently wipe over face and eyes, hold pads over eyes to dissolve heavy make-up, then gently remove. Repeat if necessary. No rinse required after use.

Contact us today in Cyprus to find out participating salons to order you Micellar Cleansers today

10 Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

When we think of hydrated skin, we imagine plump, healthy-looking skin – yes please! Here are 10 simple ways to keep your complexion hydrated so you can enjoy naturally glowing, hydrated skin every day…

  1. First & foremost – drink water!

Let start working from the inside out. Give your skin the boost it needs to kick start the hydration journey. Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity.

Just keep sipping – drink water first thing, every hour on the hour, and before bed.

  1. Eat your Water too

 Leading dermatologists always recommend ‘eating your water’.

In other words, eating water-rich fruits and vegetables – as they will help keep your skin hydrated as well as deliver the beneficial nutrients. Eat water-dense fruits and veggies such as berries, watermelon, plums, peaches, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, and lettuce.

  1. Cut down on Caffeine, Alcohol & Sugar

So, whilst we are on the topic of diet, avoiding processed sugar is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Consuming too much sugar causes the collagen and elastin in your skin to break down. Also, diuretics such as caffeine or alcohol draw the water out of your body, and that includes your skin.

We aren’t saying cut them out completely, just cut down on the naughties. We believe everything in moderation is key – as we don’t want to deprive you of your favourite treats!

  1. Showers should be Luke Warm

Yes, we know, a toasty shower feels incredible – especially when it’s freezing outside. But long, hot showers can strip your skin of moisture, leaving you feeling dry. Instead, rinse off in lukewarm water, then apply moisturiser when your skin is still damp post-shower lock in the moisture.

  1. Choose a Creamy Cleanser

 Cleansers can be drying on the skin, so a creamy cleanser like SBC’s Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser will become your new best friend when it comes to locking moisture into your skin. Naturally mild, yet creamy, the delicious blend of Passion Flower and Kukui Seed Oils with added Cocoa and Shea Butters, help to cleanse skin leaving it soft, supple and – most importantly – balanced. Use daily and follow with a nourishing moisturiser.

  1. Upgrade your Moisturiser

Topically, you can fight dryness and the visible signs of aging with a moisturiser that contains hydrating and nourishing ingredients. Also, adding a little Hyaluronic Acid to your routine won’t hurt now. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant which binds moisture to the skin by attracting water from the environment around you and help your skin preserve water. Think of it as a moisture magnet that will help the skin look smoother.

Collagen Ultra Rich Cream is a powerhouse moisturiser that intensely hydrates and absorbs easily and quickly into the skin. It’s also filled with high-performance ingredients including Hyaluronic acid. The powerful blend also encompasses Shea Butter, luxurious Sweet Almond Oil, vitamin-rich Kukui Seed Oil and exotic Passion Flower oil to effectively hydrate and nourish dry, dehydrated skin.

  1. Add a Gel

Our lightweight skincare gels can add and lock in moisture at the same time.

Since water is the ultimate hydrator, SBC Skincare Gels are formulated as exceptional multi-tasking products, to boost hydration from head to toe. The gels have a variety of uses which can be tailored to suit any skincare regime.

  1. Use a Hydrating Eye Cream

 The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your face, which is why it can easily lose moisture, and you can end up with fine lines. Consider a light, hydrating eye cream such as the new Collagen Illuminating Eye Cream – coming very soon and make it a staple in your daily skin-care routine to keep this delicate area hydrated, smooth and bright.

  1. Think Outside of Moisturiser

If your skin is craving more hydration, it might need a little extra something. Look for a hydrating serum to be applied after cleansing and before moisturising and can be used day at night. The rich and intensive Collagen Hydra-Gel Serum is full of hydrating ingredients to give skin an extra hydrating boost to smooth and condition the skin.

  1. Spritz throughout the day

These lightweight formulas may seem too gentle to make a difference, but it’s really about maintaining hydration. A light spritz is the perfect pick-me-up and won’t mess up your makeup.

Facial mists typically contain lower levels of extracts and skin conditioning agents than most facial moisturisers, so they are safe to use several times throughout the day. Mists are convenient to use on-the-go, at your desk, while traveling and anytime your skin feels dry or tight. SBC’s soothing, and hydrating Aloe Vera Spritz will cool, refresh and restore skin’s moisture balance, bringing an instant bust of radiance and relief to your skin.

If you are a Beauty Salon and are interested in SBC please contact us as we have a full range for professional use

Happy Hydrating x

 

Find out more how to bring dull skin back to life…with SBC

SBC Loves Gingko Biloba – Squeaky Clean Skin

Nature gives us some amazing ingredients and Ginkgo Biloba is one of them. Keeping skin clear and even looking, it is brilliant for those suffering with problematic, uneven skin.

About Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba, is a very old species of tree which is from the Ginkgophyta family, and is the last type to exist as the others breeds are now extinct. Native to China, Ginkgo Biloba has been used throughout the ages and are very tall, the average height reaches between 20–35 metres with some over 50.

Having as strong resistance to diseases they have an insect-resistant wood and can form aerial roots and sprouts. These makes the Ginkgo Biloba have a long life span, some specimens have been claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.

How can Ginkgo Biloba help skin?

Natural Anti-inflammatory

Containing anti-inflammatory properties, Ginkgo Biloba helps to reduces area of swelling, reducing redness and easing the pressure caused. Skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema and be calmed and soothed with this ingredient, and used regularly, can slow down the rate at which these conditions occur.

Anti-Ageing & Antioxidant Rich

Substances such as polyphenols and flavonoids which are found within Ginkgo Biloba help to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to prevent further oxidative damage from occurring to the skin, and it is this which can speed up the ageing process. With these antioxidant compounds present, the skin will begin to look younger and healthier, with the signs of ageing reduced and fine lines and wrinkles fading.

Evening Out Hyper-Pigmentation

Helping to soften the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, Ginkgo Biloba does this by balancing out the skin’s melanin content. Areas of a higher concentration will be lowered, creating an even complexion and will be beneficial for those suffering with skin conditions such as Vitiligo.

Anti-bacterial

With natural anti-bacterial properties, Ginkgo Biloba is an excellent ingredient for combating breakouts and skin conditions such as acne. Keeping the surface of the skin free from bacteria, skin will look brighter with an even texture and will heal and grow new cells much more efficiently.

Collagen Building

Boosting collagen production, Ginkgo Biloba stimulates the fibroblasts found within the skin, which in-turn causes an increase in the production of collagen, helping skin to preserve its firmness and elasticity.

SBC’s All Skins 3-in-1 Cleanser is a highly effective triple action cleanser that leaves skin cleansed, fresh and bright. Containing botanical extracts of Ginkgo Biloba and Green Tea, this refreshing gel cleanser removes all traces of make-up and impurities, gently lifts away eye make-up and tones skin with its revitalising tonic properties. Suitable for all skin types, except sensitive.

British skincare brand SBC, has poured their expertise, passion, dedication and extensive knowledge into its collections, inspired by nature’s most potent and active forces.

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New Year New Body Goals

New Year New Body Goals

New Year New Body Goals

  • Body Sculpt Intensive Body Gel (250ml)
  • Body Sculpt Body Cream (100ml)
  • Camphor & Menthol Massage Gel (250ml)
  • Collagen Hand & Body Lotion FREE (100ml)

Is ‘tone up a little’ on the resolution list this year? Let us give you a help in hand – the Body Sculpt Collection is your ideal companion and this New Year Body Care Kit includes the Intensive Body Gel and the Body Cream from this high-performance collection. These products are formulated to target problem areas for a smoother, firmer appearance. Use them both on targeted areas of concern, simply use the Body Gel in the morning, and the Body Cream in the evening for optimum sculpting results.

If you do over do it in the gym, there’s nothing like massage with this energising Camphor & Menthol Massage Gel to help ease tired muscles and joints.

Finally, don’t forget to pamper! Skin can feel slightly parched at this time of the year, so we have included our luscious Collagen Hand & Body Lotion FREE  enriched with a unique source of hydrating Collagen to leave skin soft and visibly uplifted.

Contact us to find participating Salons in Cyprus

 

Collagen Body Butter

One of our best sellers Collagen Body Butter – your skin will soak up this richer body butter.
Shea Butter which we know is really good at absorbing into the skin – what’s special about out Body Butter is its not greasy, its thick but light.
Vitamin-rich Kukui Seed Oil an exotic Passion Flower Oil are ideal for skin that’s prone to inflammation and sensitivity so they are very effective at keeping skin subtle but not reactive.
So sometimes when you go into skin that is mature and dry you go into anti-ageing ingredient’s which can sometimes be quite aggressive and sometimes cause reaction. SBC Collagen collection is suitable for all mature skin types even if you’re sensitive – and this is Collagen for our bodies ladies. We deliver all over Cyprus and Greece order on line or message mehttps://xtessentials.com/product/collagen-body-butter/