During summer time we enjoyed long days outside in the sunlight, swimming in the sea or pool and loved our tanned skin and its glow. It isn’t over yet, though! We will get an Indian summer, we can be (almost) sure of that. Sunlight is as much beneficial to our body and emotional state as it is damaging our body’s biggest organ, the skin. UV light affects the biological processes in the skin and leads to accelerated aging. Intense and prolonged UV exposure irreversible damages cells.
Sunlight is an extreme challenge for the cosmetic scientist. Many consumers want a tan, they definitely want to be protected against sun, but apply too little sunscreen, and quite a few consumers have a deficiency in vitamin D. The same goes for those people who do not want to have a tan. They do not expose themselves to sunlight enough. Protective strategies are a must, but can the skin be supported in protecting itself more efficiently? Can a cosmetic formulation help with vitamin D? And can it have a balancing effect on the skin in such a way that not only the skin stays healthy, but overall well-being can even be improved?
Active ingredients from CLR provide support in different ways. They work on the cellular level, providing skin cells with the means to perform better. This happens on different levels:
Phytosan™ K supports the skin cells in stabilizing the ‘guardian of the genome’, p53. p53 is a cellular protein which acts as a ‘crisis manager’ when the skin cell is damaged, but p53 can only be active when stabilized through phosphorylation. This is what Phytosan™ K helps the cells with. Cellular damage can be repaired more effectively, which slows down the photoaging processes and reduces sunlight-induced inflammation.
MultiMoist CLR™ instantly moisturizes the skin and acts as a ‘vitamin D-like’ ingredient. It promotes the skin cells’ ability to maximize their ability to make use of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays many important roles for the skin. Both for its physical barrier properties and for the skin’s immune capacity. The use of MultiMoist CLR™ leads to instant moisturizing effects and long term protective effects through vitamin D.
AnnonaSense CLR™ is a CBD-like ingredient which potentiates the skin’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is essential for obtaining and maintaining a healthy homeostasis in the skin. Skin which is in a homeostatic balance, is healthy and looks and feels good. This leads to an increase in well-being and improvement of quality of life. Through its action on the ECS, AnnonaSense CLR™ does not only lead to healthy skin, it also makes sure that skin stays healthy by actively counteracting the main inflammatory system in the skin, the endovanilloid system (EVS). The EVS is an essential player in sun-induced inflammatory processes.
ProRenew Complex CLR™ is a probiotic-derived lysate obtained from Lactococcus lactis. It improves and accelerates epidermal renewal which includes the production of molecules which act as natural endogenous UV filters for the skin. One such molecule is urocanic acid, which is provided by an essential enzyme in the skin, caspase-14. ProRenew Complex CLR™ strongly supports the skin cells in producing this enzyme and, with that, helps the skin to protect itself.
ProBioBalance CLR™ NP is another active ingredient based on a probiotic bacterium. It combines a lysate of Bifidobacterium longum with proteins obtained from cow’s milk. ProBioBalance CLR™ NP acts against sunlight-induced immunosuppression. With its immune strengthening properties it enables the skin cells to repair their damage. ProBioBalance CLR™ NP counteracts photoaging as well as inflammation.