NATURE'S HEALING GIFTS
Each Puriskin formulation is designed with the holistic principles of complementary medicine, harnessing the natural potency of plant-based actives which function in harmony with and support the body's protective activities.
The guiding principle for our range has been that in providing restorative care adverse reactions should be avoided and existing conditions not exacerbated.
As such nature's kindest offerings have been specifically selected for their equal ability to perform while being soothing and gentle. Effectiveness has been weighed in equal measure with harmony to the delicate canvas of skin.
In the development of our products, in conjunction with clinical practitioners and patients, the high performance of a select group of star botanicals became evident and, in varied combinations, form the basis of our leading products newly available to the consumer.
Our skincare is formulated with the naturally-active properties of Comfrey and Tigergrass, a combination of two highly effective botanicals renowned for their exceptional healing benefits.
The allantoin is the active ingredient which we derive from the root of the comfrey plant. Allantoin performs a vital role in supporting the healing and skin renewal process by sloughing off keratin and facilitating the environment for softer healthier skin.
This preparation of a softer healthier complexion is powerfully supported through the naturally anti-oxidant and collagen-stimulating qualities of Tigergrass which promotes new cell growth – another integral step in the healing process.
Working in tandem, these two outstanding ingredients promote the optimal regenerative environment to facilitate the skin's repair process – and fortified with additional differentiating ingredients in each Puriskin product make the skincare suite so considerable in their effectiveness as truly gentle and targeted healing therapies.
The preparatory work of comfrey and tigergrass is then fortified with additional anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Chamomile is highly soothing and used in our products to calm and ease irritation.
Cucumber is exceptional in it's ability to cool and calm on contact, and to reduce redness and itchiness.
Understanding and Protecting Your Skin
As the coating and overlay to our internal organs, skin performs the vital role of keeping out harmful elements, aiding in temperature regulation, providing sensation and protection against water loss.
Made up of three primary layers epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, each level contains integral components with specific relationships to one another which perform key functions for structural maintenance:
The epidermis, the outermost and visible layer of skin, performs a barrier function locking in moisture, locking out pathogens, and contains pigmentation such as melanocytes that are responsible for our skin tone and which absorb some uv radiation. The epidermis contains a structural network of keratin, making this outer layer of the skin virtually waterproof, and together with collagen and elastin, gives skin its strength.
The dermis, lies underneath the epidermis, and houses tough connective tissue, sweat glands and the sebaceous glands which secrete sebum (the body's natural oil) into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair. Maintaining balance and the disruption-free performance of the sebaceous glands, are a key part of keeping skin healthy and avoiding conditions which can lead to build up, congestion and outbreaks such as dandruff and acne.
The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) contains 50% of body fat and is made up of loose connective tissue, adipose tissue and elastin.
Lying underneath the dermis it provides padding and insulation for the body and attaches the skin to underlying bone and muscle.
The hypodermis contains many elements including fibroblasts and hair follicles, as well as delivering the supply of blood vessels and nerves.
Keratin, Collagen & Elastin
Keratin provides the rigidity of your skin. It is the strongest protein in our skin and a primary component of hair and nails.
Keratin plays a vital role in the life cycle of a cell. As cells in the epidermis move up the various layers inside the epidermis changing shape and composition they become filled with keratin. When they eventually reach the top layer called stratum corneum they are sloughed off as dead skin cells. The outermost layer of the epidermis consists of 25 to 30 layers of dead cells.
This process is called keratinization and takes place within weeks.
When the balance of this process is affected it can result in various disorders such as rashes, dandruff and support the development of conditions such as athlete's foot and ringworm whose fungi feed on keratin.
The gentle support to removing dead skin cells is therefore a desirable goal in a healthy skin care regime.
Collagen is the key protein that makes up 75% of skin and wards off wrinkles and fine lines. With age, time and environmental factors the body's ability to produce collagen diminishes.
In striving to maintain a smooth and youthful complexion, creating an environment that supports and boosts the production of collagen becomes a key factor.
Found with collagen in the dermis and providing skin elasticity , the presence of the elastin protein serves to plump out skin and provide structure to organs, similar to collagen, the diminished production by the body of elastin over time results in the appearance of sagging and wrinkles in the complexion.
Due to the way that skin is structured, the maintenance of a healthy canvas and smooth appearance to the skin can be assisted with careful support of the skin's collagen production and managing the excess of keratin in the elimination of dead skin cells.
While the presence of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin's most outer layer the epidermis is a natural occurence as part of the life-cycle of skin, if this process becomes unbalanced (keratinization), more keratin than normal is produced and the skin’s barrier function is altered.
Dry skin and infected skin are often indications that this delicate balance has been interrupted.
Puriskin formulations gently support the body's elimination process through the star botanicals which gently help to hydrate, rebalance and resurface with effective action and without the use of harsh chemicals.
ALLANTOIN - hydrating, smoothing and calming.
This powerful, natural plant-active delivers several highly beneficial properties to skin.
It's keratolytic properties, make Allantoin an invaluable resurfacing aid as Allantoin interacts with keratin to thin an abnormally thickened stratum corneum resulting in smoother, softened and healthier skin.
Protective and restorative, Allantoin helps to increase the water content of the extracellular matrix which provides structural support to cells and is an important part of connective tissue. The increased water content in the skin leads to a reduction in irritation and redness resulting in a calming and hydrating effect on the skin surface.
In addition Allantoin stimulates the production of new healthy cells.
These resurfacing and hydrating qualities are not only felt very quickly in application of Puriskin products but also provide longterm balance and, effectively support the healing of skin where serious damage has occured.
TIGERGRASS - stimulating collagen-production
With the presence of collagen being a key contributing factor in maintaining smooth and line-free skin, the gentle and powerful collagen-stimulating properties of Tigergrass play a vital role in Puriskin formulations.
Tigergrass not only boosts collagen production at a cellular level but also has anti-oxidant properties, assisting in the defense against free radicals which cause damage and breakdown to cell structure.
This anti-oxidant effect provides a second level of protection to skin health and immunity and assists in providing longerterm support and maintaining a smoother refined appearance to the skin surface.