is founded on the belief that serious, high end skin care
should be accessible to everyone. For this reason, we offer
the most cost effective, cosmeceutical range using
top-quality, potent, cutting-edge ingredients from all over
offers a remarkably effective, full range of active,
result-oriented products designed to strengthen the skin and
make it healthier, thereby slowing down the visible signs of
products contain high concentrations (1.5% to 4.0%) of
Synthetic Snake Venom (SYN®-AKE).
SYN®-AKE is a new anti-wrinkle active
compound based on a synthetic tri-peptide that mimics the
effect of a peptide that is found in the venom of the Temple
Viper. This compound imitates the parts of the venom that
cause relaxation of facial muscle contractions in a similar
way to Botox®, blocking the neuromuscular contractions that
cause facial muscle tension. Thus, wrinkles are visibly
reduced when muscle contractions are inhibited. Whilst
SYN®-AKE may note be a true substitute for Botox® or
cosmetic surgery, it nevertheless is a non-invasive approach
and a much less costly option.
SYN®-AKE has excellent smoothing and fast
anti-wrinkle properties that have been proved in vivo in a
short term study (1 month).
What is glycolic acid?
Acid is one of several Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) that are
found in certain plants and fruits. A sugar cane derivative,
Glycolic Acid is the most commonly found AHA in cosmetic and
skin care products due to its small size and ease of
What does Glycolic Acid do?
Acid works as an exfoliant, removing dead skin that has
accumulated on the surface of the skin. The build-up of dead
skin accentuates fine lines and pores, dulls the appearance
of the skin and produces a rougher skin texture.
How does Glycolic Acid work?
Acid loosens the glue-like substance that holds layers of
skin cells together. With use of a Glycolic, the glue
becomes loosened and thickened dead skin is sloughed away,
leaving newer skin cells with a smoother texture and
healthier appearance on the surface. Glycolics, such as the
popular Skinstitut 12% Glycolic Cleanser and 14% Glycolic
Scrub, have also proven to be excellent for unclogging
pores, which decrease the tendency for acne to appear.
I have never used a Glycolic product before.
What can I expect?
first beginning a Glycolic treatment or regimen there are a
few things for which you should be prepared. You should feel
a tingling sensation when applying a Glycolic Acid. After a
few days of use you may notice slight redness or irritation
of the skin as well as light to moderate flaking. Generally
irritation will taper off within 2 to 3 weeks as your skin
becomes accustomed to the product. When starting out with a
Glycolic product it is best to start off slowly, say two
three times per week, until your skin acclimates, then you
can gradually increase the usage to once or twice per day.
What is the best Glycolic product to use?
each persons skin is unique, it will react differently to
products than another persons skin. Thus, it is difficult
to say one product is better than another. However, it is
important to keep in mind the concentration of Glycolic Acid
in a product as well as the pH of the product. The most
effective Glycolic products consist of 8% to 15% glycolic
Acid and have a pH between 3.5 and 5.5. The higher the
amount of Glycolic Acid, the higher the pH can be.
Does Glycolic Acid thin the skin?
loosens the glue holding dead skin together on the surface
of the skin; it does not have any thinning or dissolving
effect on the actual skin cells.
Should I avoid using any other products while
using Glycolic Acids?
Glycolics actually work well in conjunction with other types
of products such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, bleaching agents
and topical acne treatments. With prescription-strength
products, it is recommended that you alternate usage of the
Glycolic and the prescription product to avoid possible
Will I flake or peel when I start a Glycolic
people experience some form of flaking during their
treatment. Skin type has a lot to do with how much
exfoliation you will experience. Glycolic Acid will not
cause more drying or dehydration for those with dry skin
types; if you do have dry skin, you will tend to flake more
than oily skin types because you have more dead skin cells
that are being sloughed off. Glycolic Acid tends to be very
hydrating and therefore an excellent option for dry skin
types who wish to resurface their skin.
How often should I use Glycolic products for
the best results?
typical daily regimen should use the 12% Glycolic Cleanser
in the morning and the 14% Glycolic Scrub at night. If you
dont have time to follow a twice daily regimen, follow your
complete regimen at night in lieu of a day regimen. Skin
repairs itself more at night, making treatment products more
effective when used at night as opposed to the day.
How long do the results last?
will last as long as you continue to use a Glycolic regimen.
What results should I expect from a Glycolic
should see initial results within a week, such as improved
texture and tone of the skin. Over a few months Glycolic
Acid will help in clearing up acne, deep cleansing the
pores, decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
and will also lighten hyperpigmentation (dark spots).
Will the use of a Glycolic Acid make me
Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant, you will be exposing new,
fresh layers of skin to the sun that have not been
previously exposed. The newer skin, much like a babys skin,
will tend to be slightly more vulnerable to the sun. Use of
a sunscreen is always recommended as part of a good
preventative skin care regimen.