alpha glow flash facial reviews


alpha glow flash facial reviews

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Alpha glow flash facial reviews

Good old water, aka H2O. The most common skincare ingredient of all. You can usually find it right in the very first spot of the ingredient list, meaning it’s the biggest thing out of all the stuff that makes up the product.

It’s mainly a solvent for ingredients that do not like to dissolve in oils but rather in water.

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Once inside the skin, it hydrates, but not from the outside – putting pure water on the skin (hello long baths!) is drying.

One more thing: the water used in cosmetics is purified and deionized (it means that almost all of the mineral ions inside it is removed). Like this, the products can stay more stable over time.

The flower water coming from the flowers of the Damask Rose. In general, flower waters (also called hydrosols) are diluted versions of essential oils coming from the same plant. They contain the same components but in much-reduced concentrations.

Similar to its big sister, rose oil, rose water also has a lovely, relaxing scent. It contains some antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds, as well as some fragrant components.

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If your skin is super sensitive, it is a good idea to choose products without fragrant floral waters.

The extract coming from the juice containing leaves of the Aloe vera plant. It's usually a hydroglycolic extract (though oil extract for the lipid parts also exists) that has similar moisturizing, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties as the juice itself. We have written some more about aloe here.

It's a common little helper ingredient that helps water and oil to mix together. Also, it can help to increase the solubility of some other ingredients in the formula.

It’s the – sodium form – cousin of the famous NMF, hyaluronic acid (HA). If HA does not tell you anything we have a super detailed, geeky explanation about it here. The TL; DR version of HA is that it's a huge polymer (big molecule from repeated subunits) found in the skin that acts as a sponge helping the skin to hold onto water, being plump and elastic. HA is famous for its crazy water holding capacity as it can bind up to 1000 times its own weight in water.

As far as skincare goes, sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid are pretty much the same and the two names are used interchangeably. As cosmetic chemist kindofstephen writes on reddit "sodium hyaluronate disassociates into hyaluronic acid molecule and a sodium atom in solution".

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In spite of this, if you search for "hyaluronic acid vs sodium hyaluronate" you will find on multiple places that sodium hyaluronate is smaller and can penetrate the skin better. Chemically, this is definitely not true, as the two forms are almost the same, both are polymers and the subunits can be repeated in both forms as much as you like. (We also checked Prospector for sodium hyaluronate versions actually used in cosmetic products and found that the most common molecular weight was 1.5-1.8 million Da that absolutely counts as high molecular weight).

What seems to be a true difference, though, is that the salt form is more stable, easier to formulate and cheaper so it pops up more often on the ingredient lists.

If you wanna become a real HA-and-the-skin expert you can read way more about the topic at hyaluronic acid (including penetration-questions, differences between high and low molecular weight versions and a bunch of references to scientific literature).

An optical isomer of naturally occurring arbutin (or beta-arbutin). Just like its sibling, alpha-arbutin is also a skin-brightening, depigmenting agent.

Researching the difference between the two kinds of arbutin, you can read in multiple places on the internet that alpha-arbutin is stronger in effect. Unfortunately, it's never backed up with a credible source. 🙁 Our own research resulted in conflicting results: a study from 1995 found that alpha-arbutin is 10x as effective on mouse melanoma as beta-arbutin. On the other hand, a more recent study from 2015 found that beta-arbutin is more effective both on mouse melanoma cells and on human melanoma cells (btw, kojic acid was the most effective on human melanoma cells).

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None of the studies we could find is in-vivo (made on real people) anyways, so who knows. We think you cannot go wrong with trying both beta- and alpha-arbutin and see if one works better for you than the other.

It's an ester form of vitamin A (retinol + palmitic acid) that belongs to the "retinoid family". The retinoid family is pretty much the royal family of skincare, with the queen being the FDA-approved anti-aging ingredient tretinoin. Retinol is also a very famous member of the family, but it's like Prince William, two steps away from the throne. Retinyl palmitate will be then little Prince George, quite far (3 steps) away from the throne.

By steps, we mean metabolic steps. Tretinoin, aka retinoic acid, is the active ingredient our skin cells can understand and retinyl palmitate (RP) has to be converted by our metabolic machinery to actually do something. The conversion is a 3 step one and looks like this:

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retinyl palmitate –> retinol — > retinaldehyde –> all-trans-retinoic acid

As we wrote in our lengthy retinol description the problem is that the conversion is not terribly effective. The evidence that RP is still an effective anti-aging ingredient is not very strong, in fact, it's weak. Dr. Leslie Baumann in her fantastic Cosmetic Dermatology book writes that RP is topically ineffective.

What's more, the anti-aging effectiveness is not the only questionable thing about RP. It also exibits questionable behaviour in the presence of UV light and was the center of a debate between the non-profit group, EWG (whose intentions are no doubt good, but its credibility is often questioned by scientists) and a group of scientists and dermatologists lead by Steven Q. Wang, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre.

Dr. Leslie Baumann wrote a great review of the debate and summarized the research available about retinyl palmitate here. It seems that there is a study showing RP being photo protective against UVB rays but there is also a study showing RP causing DNA damage and cytotoxicity in association with UVA.

We think that the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and we agree with Dr. Baumann's conclusion: "sufficient evidence to establish a causal link between RP and skin cancer has not been produced. Nor, I’m afraid, are there any good reasons to recommend the use of RP". We would add especially during the day!

Bottom line: If you wanna get serious about retinoids, RP is not your ingredient (retinol or tretinoin is!). However, if you use a product that you like and it also contains RP, there is no reason to throw it away. If possible use it at night, just to be on the safe side.

A type of lipid that's the major (about 75%) component of all cell membranes. As for skincare, it works as an emollient and skin-identical ingredient.

It has a water-loving head with two water-hating tails and this structure gives the molecule emulsifying properties. It is also often used to create liposomes, small spheres surrounded by phospholipid bi-layer designed to carry some active ingredient and help its absorption.

  • It's one of the gold standard ingredients for treating problem skin
  • It can exfoliate skin both on the surface and in the pores
  • It's a potent anti-inflammatory agent
  • It's more effective for treating blackheads than acne
  • For acne combine it with antibacterial agents like benzoyl peroxide or azelaic acid
  • Works best between a concentration of 5-20%
  • Boosts the skin’s own collagen production
  • Fades pigmentation and brown spots
  • If used under sunscreen it boosts its UV protection
  • Extremely unstable and oxidizes very easily in presence of light or air
  • Stable in solutions with water only if pH is less than 3.5 or in waterless formulations
  • Vit E + C work in synergy and provide superb photoprotection
  • Ferulic acid doubles the photoprotection effect of Vit C+E and helps to stabilize Vit C
  • Potent Vit. C serums might cause a slight tingling on sensitive skin

A form of skincare superstar, vitamin C. Even though we are massive vitamin C fans, Ascorbyl Palmitate (AP) is our least favorite. (Btw, if you do not know what the big deal with vitamin C is then you are missing out. You must go and read our geeky details about it.)

So, AP is one of the attempts by the cosmetics industry to solve the stability issues with vitamin C while preserving its benefits, but it seems to fall short on several things.

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What's the problem?

Firstly, it's stability is only similar to that of pure ascorbic acid (AA), which means it is not really stable. A great study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology compared a bunch of vitamin C derivatives and this derivative was the only one where the study said in terms of stability that it's "similar to AA". Not really that good.

Second, a study that examined the skin absorption of vitamin C found that ascorbyl palmitate did not increase the skin levels of AA. This does not mean that ascorbyl palmitate cannot penetrate the skin (because it can, it's oil soluble and the skin likes to absorb oil soluble things) but this means that it's questionable if ascorbyl palmitate can be converted into pure Vit C in the skin. Even if it can be converted, the palmitate part of the molecule is more than the half of it, so the efficacy will not be good and we have never seen a serum that contains a decent (and proudly disclosed) amount of AP. We are highly skeptical what effect a tiny amount of AP has in a formula.

Third, another study that wanted to examine the antioxidant properties of AP was surprised to find that even though AP does have nice antioxidant properties; following UVB radiation (the same one that comes from the sun) it also promotes lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity. It was only an in-vitro study meaning that it was done on cell cultures and not on real people, but still, this also does not support the use of AP too much.

The only good thing we can write about Ascorbyl Palmitate is that there is an in-vitro (made in the lab, not on real people) study showing that it might be able to boost collagen production.

Regarding the skin-brightening properties of pure vitamin C, this is another magic property AP does not have, or at least there is no data, not even in-vitro, about it.

Overall, Ascorbyl Palmitate is our least favorite vitamin C derivative. It is there in lots of products in tiny amounts (honestly, we do not really understand why), however, we do not know about any vitamin C serum featuring AP in high amounts. That is probably no coincidence. If you are into vitamin C, you can take a look at more promising derivatives here.

It’s the most commonly used version of pure vitamin E in cosmetics. You can read all about the pure form here. This one is the so-called esterified version.

According to famous dermatologist, Leslie Baumann while tocopheryl acetate is more stable and has a longer shelf life, it’s also more poorly absorbed by the skin and may not have the same awesome photoprotective effects as pure Vit E.

We are big fans of all kinds of roses as ornamental plants but when it comes to skincare, it is a mixed bag. Before we list out the good and the not so good, here is an interesting thing.

The oil content in rose is very, very low so distilling rose essential oil requires huge amounts of rose flowers. It has such a wonderful scent that there are no comparable synthetic alternatives. You can probably guess that this means rose essential oil is expensive. very very expensive.

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So the good things: thanks to its wonderful scent the high-end perfume industry loves rose oil. Also, we (humans :)) love rose oil. We love its scent so much that it can heal headaches, depression, stress, and even grief.

Rose oil contains more than 95 compounds, among them flavonoids, anthocyanins, vitamin C, and quercetin that are all known for their medicinal properties and great antioxidant effects. Similar to many other essential oils, it has antimicrobial properties too.

Now, the not-so-good thing? Out of the 95 compounds, the major ones are citronellol and geraniol, fragrant components that might irritate sensitive skin.

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Customer Reviews

Love it! I use it before I moisturise in the morning and over my night cream in the evening. My skin feels smooth and looks fresh.

Over the past 3 years, I’ve loved EVERYTHING I’ve bought from 001.

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After a few weeks of trials, this is one beauty tool that I would be upset if I lost, one that has become part of my beauty routine and improved my skin. Please read on…because I have found a beauty tool that actually works!

The Cryopress & Alpha Flash facial by 001 London Skincare:

After a few weeks of trials, this is one beauty tool that I would be upset if I lost, one that has become part of my beauty routine and improved my skin. Please read on…because I have found a beauty tool that actually works!

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

So what is it and how does it work?

This large roller is kept in the freezer (it comes with its own little bag for safe storage) needless to say you use it on your face when it is extremely cold. It feels sublime when you roll it over areas of your face that hold a lot of tension, like your forehead or jawline. The coldness makes you feel exhilarated, a bit like going for a run on a frosty day but without leaving the house?

The box gives you simple illustrative instructions on how to use it on your face:

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” size=””]a bit like going for a run on a frosty day but without leaving the house?[/perfectpullquote]

How it works; a quote from the 001 London Skincare website:

“…When CRYOpress is in contact with skin (usually at 27 C degrees), cold receptors are stimulated which causes vasoconstriction (opening of blood vessel 3-4x normal) and increasing blood circulation. The continuous rolling motions also improve blood circulation, this combination comes to fruition by delivering more oxygen & nutrients to the skin’s surface encouraging new cells growth while flushing toxins and impurities away from the skin. This supports better oxygenation of dermal cells, encourages collagen production and helps to detox, tighten & even skin tone”

Use with the Alpha glow Flash facial for best results!

I use them both in the morning for amazing results that last all day. Sunday mornings are a good time to turn this into a ‘me time ritual’

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” size=””]…after using the cryopress roller I only need a spot of tinted moisturiser on my skin and I’m good to glow![/perfectpullquote]

After I use it with the Alpha glow facial my skin is softer plumper and it truly glows, best of all my muscle tone appears tighter! I will also be using this duo in the evenings for a quick session, before I go out during the party season. It will work like a quick pick me up!

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

How to use it:

Allow 5-15 minutes for massage to get the brightening and lifting effect. Use the roller back and forth, up and down and out to the side working around your facial contours for an uplifting massage.

A reality Shot ! no makeup, but feeling good first thing in the morning…!

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

Would I recommend it?

Yes absolutely! I know it is not cheap, perhaps buy the roller first and use with your own serums. Use it with something so your skin does not get pulled? I use mine twice a week at the moment with good results. The central heating is back on and my skin is not at all dry and itchy like it usually is at this time of year. I put this down to my new 001 London skincare.

Yes these are luxury products, they are not gimmicks but wonderful treats for your hardworking skin and they actually work!

001 London Skincare Cryopress Alpha Flash Facial it actually works!

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” size=””]These are luxury products, not gimmicks they are wonderful treats for your hardworking skin and they actually work![/perfectpullquote]

Now on my wish list from 001 london skincare:

The cryopress roller is large and I said to my friend the other day I wish I could use it under my eyes (especially puffy morning eyes) On checking the website today I found the perfect solution!

These Eyecicles I need them… Santa Claus I have been a good girl this year (so far…)

A Note: This product was gifted to me, but with no pressure to review. Having tried and loved it I am very happy to recommend it. One for your christmas list perhaps?

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The first serum designed to triple as a primer and mask. The performance-driven formula tackles 4 main concerns stemming from our natural skin ageing process with 9 proven actives all in 1 bottle. Expect improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity.

Alpha-Glow Flash Facial

The first serum designed to triple as a primer and mask. The performance-driven formula tackles 4 main concerns stemming from our natural skin ageing process with 9 proven actives all in 1 bottle. Expect improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity.

Stand Number: 3G-C1D Hall: 3G

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This product is a finalist in the category 天然有机产品 of Cosmoprof Asia Awards 2018

Product headline

The first serum designed to triple as a primer and mask. The performance-driven formula tackles 4 main concerns stemming from our natural skin ageing process with 9 proven actives all in 1 bottle. Expect improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity.

Product – Description

THE EVERYDAY POWER FACIAL TO TACKLE THE CORE OF NATURAL SKIN AGEING A 3-in-1 serum, primer and mask, this next generation, advanced daily “super serum” combines 9 powerhouse actives in one bottle. With regular use it actually mimics the effects of the very best power facial. The performance-driven formula tackles the four concerns stemming from our natural skin ageing process: Loss of moisture, Collagen depletion, Melanin irregularities, inflammation. Visibly aiding to – Tighten skin & lift contour – Reduce the appearance of dark spots – Refine pores and skin texture – Fill fine lines & wrinkles

Product benefits

9 potent, skin-identifying actives daily complex to 1) intensely hydrate and bind moisture within skin 2) repair and reconstruct collagen and elastin 3) inhibit melanin production and brighten skin tone 4) protect against and soothe chronic inflammations caused by the effects of stress, pollution and free radicals THREE WAYS TO USE Serum: After cleansing (and toning), apply 3-5 drops gently tap across face, neck and décolleté. Primer: Before applying foundation, apply a thin layer to plump and fill imperfections Mask: Apply a generous layer over face as the last step to bind moisture and let all actives work synergistically overnight.

Technical details

4 identified major concerns stemmed from natural ageing process and the respective actives to tackle them: 1. LOSS OF MOISTURE Sodium Hyaluronate: Low molecular size HA, binds hydration Phospholipids: Unique molecular structure for a strong hydration barrier, firm skin from within and fill lines 2. MELANIN IRREGULARITIES Alpha Arbutin: Producing an enzyme that inhibits melanin production Vitamin C: Well paired with Alpha Arbutin, potent antioxidant 3. COLLAGEN DEPLETION Retinyl Palmitate: Gentler form of Retinol, small molecular size works deeply repairing the lower skin layers to regenerate collagen Salicylic Acid: Initiate regeneration 4. INFLAMMATION Aloe Polysaccharides: Polysaccharides penetrates the epidermis four times faster than water Vitamin E (Tocopherol): Anti-oxidant Rose Stem Cells: Anti-inflammatory and constricts over-active capillaries to calm redness and sensitivity issues.

What makes this product so special?

1 Super Serum that tackles 4 Ageing Concerns using 9 Proven Actives 3 Way Usage AFTER APPLICATION: – Lines caused by dryness and natural ageing process look significantly filled – skin surface smoothed – texture plumped up from within – sagginess lifted – overall complexion brighten with a radiating translucence.

How the brand is promoted on line?

Across Social media channels and website: Showcasing different image and video content that articulates the a) brand ethos & lifestyle b) packaging c) usage d) texture e) before & after f) testimonials Digital PR, Bloggers and Influencers seeding & reviews: (for example)

Why the product/formulation is innovative?

A new concept to push a bottle to work harder, and harder. 1 Super Serum that tackles: 4 Ageing Concerns: Loss of moisture, Collagen depletion, Melanin Irregularities, Inflammation 9 Proven Actives: Sodium Hyaluronate, Phospholipids, Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate, Salicylic Acid, Alpha Arbutin, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Aloe Polysaccharides, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Rose Stem Cells 3 Way Usage: Serum-Primer-Mask. Power Facial at all times. Daily use restores the skin’s natural hydro-balance for a visibly improved skin texture, suppleness and luminosity. Expect to see an improvement in overall skin appearance: – Tightens skin & lifts contour – Reduces the appearance of dark spots – Refines pores and skin texture – Fills fine lines & wrinkles


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