March 10, 2014



A delivery system in a skin care formula is the combination and use of certain ingredients that assist in the delivery of other ingredients into the skin. 

Some examples of delivery systems include liposomes, nanotechnology, microcapsules - encapsulation, microsponge technology, emulsions, carrier oils,  etc. 
Think of a tiny balloon you can fill with active ingredients that delivers the ingredients deep into the epidermis (top layer of the skin) past the lipid barrier. 

Because the skin is so very efficient at keeping things out with the lipid barrier, advanced skin care products encapsulate ingredients to get them down a little bit further. 

Besides delivery systems and vehicles, cell-communicating ingredients actually do a great deal of work on the skin too and are particularly needed to affect the skin at the dermal level. How these cell-communicating ingredients work is, they send chemical messages to cells, which pass the message along to the target cells, and communicate with the target cells to make them behave a certain way. For example, cell-communicating ingredients can activate hyaluronic acid production to hydrate the skin, limit melanin production to reduce pigmentation or boost collagen production to tighten and firm the skin. 

The technology today is getting even more complex with ingredients affecting gene expression in the skin. These ingredients create an environment for the skin cells to switch on and off various genes in the skin cells, to create the desired effect in the skin. Not long ago a company in UK identified genes responsible for greying hair (loss of pigment) and developed an ingredient they apply with shampoos and conditioners which "switch back on" the genes that generate melanin production in hair. So as you use their shampoo and conditioner you no longer grow grey hair. 

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