It’s scary to think about how much we put our skin under stress when we cleanse it. To be honest, prolonged or frequent contact of skin with water is no joke. Water is actually drying to the skin, and considering that most people don't use filtered tap water, their skin is in high danger of dehydration.
Water has a pH of 7 which is higher than skin’s pH of 5.5. Slight change in pH leads to many different skin problems like: breakouts, dryness, and irritation .
Knowing this, our team researched on how to achieve the best formulation for a cleanser that would not strip away moisture and the natural oils of your skin, while leaving it hydrated and clean at the same time. That’s when we discovered AQUAXYL: an anti-dehydration shield that in combination with cleansing agents, will help your skin to clear all impurities, retain hydration, and boost the production of Hyaluronic Acid from the skin itself. So what exactly is AQUAXYL? In this blog post we will break down this special skincare technology for you. Continue reading to find out more about AQUAXYL.
WHAT IS AQUAXYL?
- An innovative powerhouse that optimizes the skin’s hydration flow by inducing the synthesis of crucial proteins and lipids responsible for a healthy and hydrated skin barrier.
AQUAXYL is not just an ingredient - it is a combination of three sweet power hydrating agents: Xylitol, Xylitylglucoside, and Anhydroxylitol
These three ingredients are plant derived sugars and humectants. Together they protect the skin from TEWL and increase the synthesis of essential components of skin such as Dermal and Epidermal Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, lipids, polysaccharides, and NMF (all terms are described at the bottom of this blog).
WHY DO WE USE AQUAXYL IN OUR SUNDAY MORNING REFRESHING CLEANSING FOAM?
If you don’t know what Glycerin is, just take a look at any of your skincare, hair care, or body care products and you will most likely find that Glycerin is one of the top five ingredients. The top 5 to 8 ingredients in a product means that these ingredients are the most abundant.
So what is Glycerin and why are we mentioning it in this blog?
According to INCI Decoder, Glycerin is a superstar ingredient.
A natural moisturizer that’s also in our skin. It keeps the skin lipids between our skin cells in a healthy (liquid crystal) state, protects against irritation, and helps to restore the barrier.
Using Glycerin in a cleanser is a way to protect the skin from dryness or discomfort through its moisturizing properties. Even though Glycerin is a moisturizing superstar ingredient, it has one con.
Since Glycerin is a humectant, a type of moisturizing agent that pulls water into the outer layer of your skin from deeper levels of your skin and the air, it needs a source to pull the water. So depending on the humidity, it can either dry out your skin or protect it.
So when you include AQUAXYL to a formula that has a Glycerin in it, AQUAXYL removes the negative effects of Glycerin, making this duo a power moisturizing couple.
In addition, AQUAXYL improves the tolerance of foaming in our Sunday Morning Refreshing Cleansing Foam and improves its sensory quality.
Does dehydration cause acne? And how does dehydration relate to over cleansing?
This is an important point we want to touch on in this blog because dehydrated skin and acne are directly linked together.
Did you know that dehydrated skin and dry skin are not the same thing?
Oily skin can also be dehydrated. So what can we consider skin as dehydrated?
- A skin condition that occurs when there’s a lack of water in the skin. This can happen to anyone, regardless of skin type — people with oily or combination skin can still experience dehydration.
There are many reasons for dehydrated skin, from the environment we’re exposed to, irritating ingredients in our skincare products, to even your diet. When the skin is dehydrated, it tries to produce more sebum to compensate for what is lost to protect the skin. And we all know what happens when there is an excess of sebum production.
Clogged pores→ Acne
Most cleansers strip away sebum making the skin dehydrated, which in return, leads to more production of sebum. Our goal for creating our Sunday Morning Refreshing Cleansing Foam was a cleanser that would not only cleanse the skin but also nourish it.
As you can see, by incorporating AQUAXYL into our cleanser, we made sure that the hydration flow in the skin barrier is regulated and protected. According to the cosmetogenomics that created AQUAXYL, the main function is to control and maintain moisture, circulate water throughout all skin layers, and stimulate/boost production of HA and NMFs.
Wrap Up ll Summary
Here is a brief summary of how AQUAXYL can benefit your skin with our Sunday Morning Refreshing Cleansing Foam:
Restructure and strengthen the upper skin layer (stratum corneum).
Boost all skin hydration elements – lipids, proteins, polysaccharides (dermal and epidermal hyaluronic acid), and NMF.
Smooth the skin and improve its tone.
Strengthen the skincare benefits of Glycerin and removes its side effects.