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Tips, advice, informational articles, product reviews and in-depth explanations of ingredients, common hair and skin problems (and their solutions), and even some "home remedies" that can help your skin and hair look and feel great.

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Key Active Skin Care and Hair Care Ingredients



Effectiveness is most often a function of key active ingredients, their formulation, and the ingredients that make the bases - whether its a shampoo, conditioner, serum, cream or lotion. While the key "actives" provide the targeted application or solution, the bases provide the foundation.

Many companies use extensive amounts of water. This is often necessary in production and may be required for some "actives". However, water can be supplemented with other ingredients - such as aloe, for instance - that enhance the product and its effectiveness, yet also makes the product much more expensive and typically not as "gentle".

For all our hair products and skin care, HHP consults with professional chemists, ingredient manufacturers and experienced formulators to find the best balance of efficacy and cost - allowing you to provide your customers wholesale or private label solutions that work...without the high prices found so often with major, highly advertised brands.

Below are several (but not all-inclusive) ingredients we think you might want to understand better. They are often key ingredients that help our products perform and get results equal to or better than distributed, popular brands.

Trichogen VEG LS 9733 is an advanced scalp and hair treatment to fight against hair loss and restore hair vitality. This is the active ingredient we use in our hair growth products such as the Awaken & Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner, Follicle Stimulator, Enzy Block, Dermal AN, Anastim and the Prominox line. Trichogen is a combination of about 12 herbal extracts that have been tested and proven to put hair back in to the anagen phase, new growth phase.

Here are the extracts that make up the Trichogen, panax ginseng root extract, arginine, acetyl tyrosine, arctium majus root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, calcium pantothenate, zinc gluconate, niacinamide, ornithine HC1 ,citrulline, glucosamine HCl, and biotin. Trichogen is a topical treatment as alternative to hair restoration procedures that is able to improve hair strength, decrease hair loss, stimulate growth, improve scalp conditions, and to counteract hair-loss disorders.

Zinc PCA is a trace mineral that your body needs to stay healthy. It is found in fatty acids, seafood and is popularly used in creams and powders. The main problem is that most people often confuse zinc PCA with zinc, but there is a big difference since Zinc PCA helps to combat dihydrotestosterone which cause hair loss. It helps improve health of the hair by naturally controlling production of sebum. This has proven beneficial in preventing hair loss as well as dandruff. In addition to that, it can help reduce scalp odor by killing bacteria that grows on the scalp.

Zinc PCA is also used to help eliminate dandruff and dry hair as it contains elements that control and prevent its spread. When dandruff is left untreated, it can become a serious infection especially when exposed to elements like dirt. For this reason, it is advisable that you take the necessary steps to treat the dreaded condition before it worsens. Studies have shown that zinc PCA may have anti-aging effects on the scalp and skin. Regular use of Zinc PCA can improve your skin tone as well as eliminating undesirable facial features that make you appear tired and worn out, leaving your skin smooth and glowing.

Emu Oil is almost 100% triglyceride in nature which makes it an almost completely neutral lipid. Researchers feel that the reason that it penetrates human skin so readily is that it has a total lack of phospholipids. Human skin is phospholipid decient which means that there is no phosphorus in human skin. Anything put on human skin and scalp that has phosphorus in it will not penetrate because skin is programmed to keep such penetration from happening. Conversely, anything such as emu oil that is phospholipid decient, i.e. has no phosphorus, will penetrate right in and take with it any medicinal materials added to it. Even on its own without added materials emu oil has amazing hair growth properties.

The most important property of emu oil has already been mentioned. It is highly penetrating. This ability to penetrate the stratum corneum barrier of the skin, brought about by the high levels of oleic acid mentioned earlier, has in it the basis for many new uses in the future. Emu oil could be combined with various medicinals or cosmetic materials to take them beneath this barrier and could do it relatively more cheaply and as effectively as the costly liposomes and iontophorisis now available. At the present time, physicians in Australia specializing in hair growth are using emu oil for this penetrating ability because it gets into the scalp and enhances the potency of topical medications, in addition to making them last lasts longer.

Matrixyl 3000 is an anti-aging product from Sederma. "Matrikine" is the term proposed for fragmented matrix peptides able to regulate cell activity. Matrixyl™ 3000 contains two matrikines, Pal-GHK and Pal-GQPR. Matrixyl 3000 has been tested and proven to tighten the elasticity of the skin. It aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging loose skin. Matrixyl 3000 combines two peptides, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl oligopeptide, resulting in an entirely new super peptides.

Hyaluronic Acid isn't harsh or skin-stripping at all. In fact, it's the exact opposite – a powerful humectant (aka moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. As we age our bodies do not produce as much as they should to keep us looking and feeling young!

Pepha-Tight is a highly purified biotechnologically produced extract from the microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata combined with a well balanced fraction of polysaccharides. It functions as a skin tightener which provides immediate tightening to the skin. It has been shown to protect human fibroblasts from oxidative stress, simultaneously increasing the formation of collagen-l thereby promoting a long term tightening effect through the strengthening of the skin's connective tissue.

Lipocare is a hydroglycolic solution combining caffeine, Coenzyme A and a Bupleurum chinensis extract that fights cellulite by stimulating the catabolism of lipids, a process that empties excess fat stored in the adipocytes. This product is formulated specifically for cellulite. It targets the fat tissue and helps reduce the appearance of any dimpled skin which we refer to as cellulite.

Vitamin K is a group of structurally similar, fat-soluble vitamins the human body requires for complete synthesis of certain proteins that are prerequisites for blood coagulation that the body needs for controlling binding of calcium in bones and other tissues. The vitamin K-related modification of the proteins allows them to bind calcium ions, which they cannot do otherwise. Without vitamin K, blood coagulation is seriously impaired, and uncontrolled bleeding occurs. Low levels of vitamin K also weaken bones and promote calcification of arteries and other soft tissues.

Jojoba Oil is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum – an oily substance naturally produced by the oil glands below the skin surface, so its uses and benefits to the skin and hair are high. Jojoba Oil is also beneficial for it's moisturizing and emollient properties. Jojoba oil on scalp works to clean the residues of blocked and encrusted sebum leading to reduced hair loss and diminished hair damage.

Sunflower Oil is rich in vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body.

Vitamin E come from its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants remove free radicals — the unstable compounds that damage the cell structure. Immunity levels improve when vitamin E is consumed. Another important benefit of vitamin E is that it reduces cholesterol and the risk of developing cancer.

Argireline is a hexapeptide mimics the N-terminal end of SNAP-25 and competes with this natural protein for a position in the SNARE complex. As a result, neurotransmitters are note released efficiently and facial contractions are weakened and muscles relaxed, thus inhibiting the formation of wrinkles.Same as botulinum toxin but safer and smoother, this anti-wrinkle peptide, the first of its generation, attenuates wrinkles and expression lines, reducing the depth by 17% in 15 days and the face becomes smoother.

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