Modern, urban life can be tough on our skin. Studies suggest that sensitive skin may be on the rise worldwide, which could be linked to the urban environments we live in and the chemicals we come into daily contact with. We’re constantly exposed to stress, dust, smoke and exhaust fumes that impact our general health as well our skin.
Pollution is full of free radicals that can have a negative effect on the skin in various of ways. Short-term impact can be redness, sensitivity and inflammation. Long-term, pollution can cause dullness, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and a gradual decrease in elasticity – in short it can cause premature skin aging.
Free radicals are tiny nanoparticles that are missing an electron, which makes them chemically unstable. They’re constantly on the hunt for electrons, to reach a more stable state, so they snatch them from other molecules – like those in our skin cells. On the flip-side antioxidants have a spare electron that they can donate without sustaining any damage and that’s what makes them so effective against free radicals. They can stabilise a free radical molecule and prevent it from causing any damage to our system.
Our skin has its own antioxidant defence system, however, over time the constant and increasing onslaught of free radicals can still damage our cells and their DNA. In addition, the antioxidants in our system decrease with age, leaving the free radicals unchecked, and your cells and DNA vulnerable. That‘s where antioxidants in skincare come in.
BIOEFFECT EGF + 2A Daily Duo was formulated to prevent and protect against these adverse effects modern life can have on our skin while also helping to slow the skin aging process. The Age-Defying Concentrate, or Step 1, contains our unique barley-based EGF and Hyaluronic Acid. Together they work to increase skin volume and density while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for more hydrated, radiant and younger-looking, skin.
The Urban Pollution Fighter, or Step 2, is where the true antioxidant defence begins. It contains Ferulic Acid and Azelaic Acid, two antioxidants found in barley. But Ferulic Acid is the real star when it comes to fighting free radicals. It is a very potent antioxidant and is also more stable in skincare than the popular Vitamin C.
As a company founded by scientists, we back up our claims with research. We have measured the antioxidant activity in our Step 2 serum and it is around 224 μC, or microCoulomb, which is very impressive. As a baseline comparison, our EGF Serum has an antioxidant activity of 4.6 μC.
Furthermore, in a three-month, split-face study, forty women applied a quality moisturiser to one side of the face and BIOEFFECT EGF + 2A Daily Duo to the other. On average BIOEFFECT EGF + 2A Daily Duo demonstrated: a 39% improvement in hydration, a 29% increase in collagen density, a 24% decrease in fine lines and wrinkles and a 21% decrease in skin roughness.
BIOEFFECT EGF + 2A Daily Duo truly is a dynamic, age-defying defense system.