Functional skincare products for daily repair and maintenance
For health-conscious consumers seeking long-term skincare repair and protection, it is important to compare the skin’s function to ingredients in any product of consideration. There are nine functions of the skin: protection, sensation, heat regulation, evaporation control, aesthetics, storage and synthesis, excretion, absorption, and water resistance. Functional products combine ingredients to meet an intended outcome.
As an example of a widely recognized daily use functional product, consumers seek probiotics to aid digestion. There are both beneficial and harmful bacteria that can affect the human body. With aiding digestion, beneficial bacterial are added to the diet to achieve the intended results.
The skin also holds “skin flora” which are microorganisms estimated to be 1,000 species from nineteen phyla. Research shows that disrupting the skin flora results in imbalance to the skin microbiota composition and can present as eczema, acne, allergies, and dandruff; non‐pathological imbalance can present itself as sensitive skin, irritated skin, and dry skin.
Daily use products for skincare include soap, water, and moisturizer. The history of soap indicates an ancient formulation composed of water, alkali, and cassia oil. Moisturizers including aloe vera have been in use since 2,200 BC. Aloe vera is used in today’s topical moisturizers for its natural moisturizing and skin healing properties. Depicted throughout history, aloe vera is revered as “the plant of immortality” and the “elixir of eternal life” for its ability to treat wounds and burns, reduce fever, and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
When evaluating skincare product ingredient labels, savvy consumers inspect a formulation for the product’s function prior to use. An ideal daily use skincare and maintenance product will support the skin’s function with emphasis on protection, absorption, and resistance to outside elements. These days, protecting the body from harmful bacteria and virus is a decision-making factor by consumers for a daily use preventative skincare product.
GLOBAL SKINCARE MARKET TRENDS BY THE NUMBERS
It is clear, as indicated by the economics of the global skincare market, that cosmetics are essential to consumers worldwide. Topical lotions, creams, balms, wipes and sprays for skincare and maintenance are projected to grow to $134.8 billion USD by 2025. The global anti-aging sector of the cosmetic market is expected to reach $35.4 billion USD by 2026.
It is interesting to note that the natural and organic sector of the global skincare market has surpassed the anti-aging sector. The natural botanical-based skincare market segment is projected to reach $48.04 billion USD dollars by 2025; alcohol-free skincare is included in the natural products category. Scientific research explains increased use of botanicals in cosmetics are to modulate several functions including, “…oxidation, inflammation, the skin barrier, the extracellular matrix (ECM), and DNA repair.”
Natural cosmetic products avoid the use of alcohol, as research indicates that alcohol disrupts natural skin flora resulting in dry, itchy skin, breakouts, and wrinkles. Alcohols remove measurable amounts of lipids from the surface of the skin and long-term use of alcohol in skincare causes dry, leaking skin that leads to inflammation. Types of alcohols used in cosmetics range from ethyl alcohol to denatured alcohols; denatured alcohols are deemed “undrinkable” by adding a mineral spirit. Mineral spirits are commonly known as “thinners” as found in paint and varnish. To be an alcohol-free cosmetic product, it must be void of ethyl, cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl, or lanolin alcohol.
ALCOHOL-FREE DAILY SKINCARE BREAKTHROUGH
When evaluating alcohol-free skin repair and maintenance products for everyday use, factors to take into consideration are if the product components support the skin’s function with protection, absorption, and resistance to outside elements.
The active ingredient in GlanHealth’s Sanitizing Body Spray product is Benzalkonium chloride (BZK), an FDA-approved active ingredient in sanitizing products. BZK is an organic salt, is classified as a quaternary ammonium compound (QAC), is proven safe by medical research, and has been used in sanitizing for nearly 100-years. In addition, GlanHealth™ incorporates five additional components: Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Aqua, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, and Triethoxysilylpropyl Steardimonium Chloride. These ingredients are documented with the following characteristics:
- Aloe: PubMed explains, “The Aloe leaf consists of the pericyclic cells, found just below the plant’s skin, and the inner central area of the leaf, i.e., the gel is used for cosmetic products.” Aloe-derived material has fungicidal, antimicrobial, and antiviral activities, and is not toxic. Aloe is a hydrator.
- Aqua: Water, a hydrator in skincare products, is also used as a carrier for other ingredients.
- Laureth-4: The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated Laureth-4 and concluded that it is safe as a cosmetic ingredient. Laureth-4 Carboxylic Acid is an organic acid that is non-irritating to the skin.
- Phenoxyethanol: A germicidal component often used together with quaternary ammonium compounds, Phenoxyethanol is a commonly used preservative in cosmetic products. In the EU, it has been determined that low concentrations at 1% or less of Phenoxyethanol – and when not combined with other preservatives known to create skin irritation – is deemed harmless.
- Trithoxysilylpropyl Steardimonium Chloride: Used in cosmetics as an antimicrobial and cleansing agent, deodorant, and surfactant, Trithoxysilylpropyl Steardimonium Chloride is water soluble.