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Friday, 11 January 2013

Daily Defence Moisturiser from English Rose Cosmetics

This is my 5th English Rose product and I’d like to share with you how I’ve developed this product.  Available from

Key Ingredients
Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt of Hyaluronic Acid and occurs naturally in skin, it holds 1000 x its own weight in water which makes it an intensive moisturiser resulting in plumped out, wrinkle free skin.

Betaine is a by product of sugar beet production and is GMO free and Ecocert approved.  It attracts water which makes it a good moisturiser.   It tightens the skin which prevents water loss and prevents penetration of harmful substances into the skin i.e. allergens and pollutants.
A study was conducted on 22 panellists with inflamed blotchy skin that showed Betaine reduced hyper pigmentation by 86% after 56 days.

Anti-oxidants and Free Radicals
Free Radicals - UV radiation is one of the major creators of free radicals. Free radicals can damage cell function and alter genetic material. Free radical damage causes wrinkles by activating the metalloproteinase’s that break down collagen. They cause cancer by changing the genetic material, RNA and DNA, of the cell.  Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals and are therefore important ingredients to include in skincare products.

Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) – as well as being an anti-oxidant it increases collagen production resulting in plumped out skin, regulates melanin production resulting in brighter more even skin tone, and strengthens blood capillaries resulting in reduced redness

Vitamin E (tocopherol) – promotes wound healing and prevents UV damage

Rooibos or red bush is a plant indigenous to South Africa it makes a lovely tea which excellent health benefits.  It is a powerful natural anti-oxidant which protects the skin from the inside out against harmful free radicals (often UV exposure).  It has a naturally has anti-bacterial action which makes it effective against acne.  It is also rich in zinc which regulates sebum production.

Texture - I’ve opted for a very light gel like texture that feels substantive yet sinks in quickly, is non sticky and non greasy.

Benefits -  The key ingredients used have been clinically proven to be effective against aging by protecting, moisturising and firming the skin.

Value for Money Contains only naturally effective ingredients and retails on line for £14.00 for 50ml – the texture and ingredients used are typically found in premium products retailing in excess of >£25.00

I do not use Petrol in any of my products i.e. Petrolatum or Paraffinum Liquidum – there are so many more effective vegetable products which are more expensive, but our skin deserves it.  I source naturally active ingredients that are non-animal tested and the majority are Ecocert approved.

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