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Integrating Science and Nature

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

Breakthrough ingredients with high-performance properties are hitting the market in earnest. While sloughing and exfoliating set the stage for spa preparation, many new products target orange-peel skin by boosting collagen production and enhance the skin’s own natural defense systems with antioxidant lotions.

A skin-firming formulation from Croda contains a botanical-rich blend of actives designed to keep skin looking firm and fit. Phytotal FM and Phytotal SL are said to provide slimming and firming effects, while Phytessence Wakame and Phytessence Stevia work to preserve the effect. Phytessence Stevia is a glycerin/aqueous extract of stevia leaves made by multi-step classical maceration and used in such applications as after-sun products, smoothing body and face creams, shower and bath products, and moisturizing milks and lotions. According to Croda, Phytessence Stevia is a moisturizer with three times greater skin hydration than glycerin, and is said to improve skin’s smoothness after two weeks of treatment.

Phytessence Wakame, drawn from the thallus plant of Japan, may be used in numerous spa products—including texturing skin care, post-lifting care, and for sun and after-sun care. Its properties are said to prevent the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin, thereby maintaining skin firmness and elasticity. While many know that hyaluronic acid functions as one of the skin’s natural moisturizing agents, it is also a major structural component in the skin.

Sonia Dawson, marketing executive, botanicals, Croda, notes that “The spa is a place where consumers turn to find global beauty rituals, and Croda’s botanicals are derived from plants and fruits sourced from all over the world.”

Emphasizing the roots of water-based treatments in the spa, Croda’s Blue Lotus extract is derived from the blue lotus water lily—found in Africa, Asia and India. The blue lotus is purported to be an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, veinotonic moisturizer that helps improve skin elasticity and maintain collagen for firmness. Its calming and revitalizing properties make it appropriate for use in spa products. Other botanical extracts from Croda suitable for spa products include Balinese sea salt, Polynesian noni, pearl/pear extract and quartz (crodarom rock crystal).