There has been a lot written about the well known benefits of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and hyaluronic acid, perhaps even ferulic acid. You may have heard about the wonders of anti-oxidants and which ingredients to watch out for.
But you probably have never heard about 4 super ingredients, all with incredible science to back them up, which can change the nature of your skin care. And yes, you want these ingredients in your skincare routine.
This sleep-inducing neurotransmitter also happens to be a powerful anti-oxidant (Fischer 2014) that can reduce sun damage. Like so many other biological molecules that serve as transmitters in the body, it makes little sense that they would only transmit one thing. Melatonin not only travels to sleep centers to say “goodnight,” but also to skin cells (which contain melatonin receptors) where it sends a message to repair damage and prevent future damage.
Melatonin is, in fact, a fascinating and diverse transmitter, with several powerfully beneficial effects on skin. Beyond its anti-oxidant role and protector of skin from the ravaging effects of free radicals and ultraviolet light (Tobin 2005), melatonin also appears to signal cells to repair DNA, to restore normal hair cycles, and even to create smooth pigment tones (Kim 2015).
Bottom line? Get a good night’s sleep; live healthy; and add a little melatonin to your skin care, and you too will see the magic of natural skin restoration.
We get a lot of questions on this one, as it’s in all the Alon Labs products. Urea is a small molecule that acts as a natural skin penetrating agent, helping active molecules reach their targets. In fact, it’s one of the best skin penetration promoters (Wohlrab, 1990) naturally found in the human body. It’s also, in its own right, a skin moisturizer and calming ingredient, as well as an aid in the battle against acne.
You may find this molecule written as carbamide, but either way, it’s use in topical skincare products is a major plus. After all, great ingredients that don’t reach their target layers of the skin are like trying to fill up your gas tank without first removing the gas cap. Urea helps the skin directly, as well as indirectly by enabling the other effective natural skin healers in Alon Labs’ products to reach their intended destinations where they can heal your skin.
You’ve heard that drinking coffee is good for you, but what about caffeine for your skin?
For starters, caffeine is another one of the strongest natural anti-oxidants known. It helps tip the balance in favor of anti-oxidation and suppresses free-radicals that cause cellular damage from sun-induced inflammation (Hadi, 2003).
Importantly, caffeine limits sun damage during UV exposure. It inhibits UVB-induced formation of thymine dimers (molecular markers of genetic injury) and sunburn lesions in the skin (Nghiem et al, 2013).
This one got us very excited; caffeine suppresses skin tumor formation! Caffeine has been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma (Yale School of Public Health, 2014; Han 2012), and may cause early tumor cells to undergo programmed death (apoptosis) rather than going on to form skin cancer (Weinong, 2011).
While you may still want to watch the amount of caffeine you drink, topical caffeine may just make you look more fresh and awake than your latte!!
While vitamin C has gotten a lot of love in the “vitamin” category, vitamin B3 has been correcting pigmentation problems, decreasing sebum production, and reducing fine lines. This vitamin works great in concert with other antioxidants in Alon Labs’ products such as melatonin and caffeine. Evidence shows that vitamin B3 blocks the transfer of melanosomes (carrying the skin coloring pigment melanin) and was effective when placed in a head-to-head study against hydroquinone (the controversial and irritating ingredient banned in several countries).
Perhaps even more noteworthy is that vitamin B3 has been shown to have clinically meaningful and statistically significant reductions in the rate of skin cancer!
Alón Labs has spent years researching the top of the line ingredients in skin care and these are just some of the cornerstone molecules in our products. Ensure you have these as part of your skincare regimen, and you too are likely to have younger looking and actually healthier skin!