In the midst of the summer, it’s the perfect time to refresh and revisit our skincare routine. Most of us know how important sunscreen is, but what about all the other incredible ingredients that can help give us that sun-kissed and glowy complexion?
Enter: our first day cream ever, Radiance! We’ve formulated this powerhouse staple with grape stem cell extract and cane-sugar squalene to give your summer routine a boost. Here’s everything you need to know about these superpower ingredients.
The Battle Against UV Rays
Did you know that approximately 80% of skin damage is the result of sun exposure to ultraviolet rays? While we can’t deny the glory of a fabulous tan, UV damage and free radicals are extremely damaging for our delicate skin.
We’ve created Radiance to help protect your skin so you’ll never have to say no to pool parties and beaches! Grape fruit cell extract, the hero ingredient, is a natural botanical substance and has been proven to protect and heal skin exposed to the sun. Curious to hear exactly how that happens? Keep reading.
Grapes, Not Just Good for Wine!
For thousands of years, grapes have been an incredible fruit source and enjoyed by many all over the world (we’ll raise a glass of red to that!). But did you know grapes were discovered to have a plethora of anti-aging benefits coming out of the grape peel and seed? They contain compounds such as anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins. We break down these compounds in understandable terms below!
Anthocyanins act as an inflammatory and antioxidant to calm and relax your skin after being out in the sun. Best of all, it’s over 20 times more effective than Vitamin C (which is a common beneficial ingredient in serums and oils)! Right next to that you have proanthocyanidins – which stabilize collagen and maintain elastin to help you look youthful and minimizes wrinkles. These compounds work together to protect your face from environmental pollutants, tanning and sun exposure, all of which leads to fresh, vibrant and smooth skin!
Stem Cells - Small but Mighty
In plants, there are two main types of stem cells: embryonic and adult. Embryonic stem cells are capable of transforming into any type of cell in the new host while adult stem cells are capable of replicating itself. Since grape stem cells are embryonic and can regenerate into new skin cells, they are a catalyst in helping aged, sun-damaged skin to heal itself – maybe magic is real?
In addition to its powerhouse effects, harvesting plant stem cells often results in less water and less waste, making it much more sustainable than other methods. These stem cells are typically made in labs, without interference from pesticides or pollution and ensures that the extracted ingredients are as pure as can be.
Squalene, Try Saying That Three Times Fast
No one likes a good oil more than us and squalene might just be our new fave! Despite its funny name, squalene is actually a natural substance produced by our own bodies. In fact, around 12% of our skin surface is made up of squalene at birth but this rapidly decreases as we get older.
The benefits of squalene include balancing oil production and providing just enough moisture to keep your skin clear and healthy. Squalene oil also helps to kickstart blood circulation which increases the formation of collagen for firmer, plumper skin and an instant sun-kissed look! Our squalene is sourced from sugarcane (many companies use animal fats as their primary source) so rest assured that this formula is 100% vegan and cruelty-free! Combined with our hydrating prickly-pear and argan oils, Radiance will give you superior hydration while still remaining lightweight as you go about your summer days.
Sounds great! So How Do You Use Radiance?
Splash some warm water on your face and cleanse with your favourite cleanser.
Follow with a toner to get rid of any excess dirt on your skin.
Add a couple drops of serum and gently pat onto your face.
- Massage one pump of Radiance cream to clean, dry skin.. Let absorb for 2 minutes before applying sunscreen and makeup.
Are You Ready for Summer!
After countless requests by customers, and 9 months of perfecting our first day cream ever, we couldn’t be more excited to share this with you. Summer is the best time for new routines, new goals and a brand spanking new moisturizer to get you summer-time fine!
We hope you love Radiance as much as we do. As always, leave any questions you have in the comments below!