Should you be using so many actives?

An increase in sun sensitivity among individuals?

While the depletion of the ozone layer plays a significant role, let’s shift our focus from environmental science to skincare for a moment.

Are you aware that your skincare products might be contributing to sun sensitivity? How so?

Many active ingredients found in skincare products, whether derived from organic or inorganic sources, are highly concentrated versions of their natural counterparts. In the past, such potent ingredients were reserved for severe cases. However, they are now widely available in stores, leading to a concerning trend of overuse and reliance on multiple actives.

The role of active ingredients in promoting skin health is crucial and shouldn’t be overlooked. 

Historically, our diets were rich in nutrients as our ancestors used fewer chemicals in food production, resulting in higher concentrations of natural actives. Today, our food contains significantly fewer natural actives, necessitating the external sourcing of these compounds.

What exactly do topical active ingredients accomplish?

Cell Regeneration Therapy: Advancements & Limitations (2023)

Food nourishes our cells internally while externally sourced active ingredients aid the regeneration of epidermal cells through nourishment. Well-nourished cells regenerate and produce newer, healthier cells, maintaining youthful and healthy skin.

But why is excessive use problematic?

Concentrated active ingredients accelerate cell regeneration, which can hinder optimal cell reproduction. Healthy organisms require time to reproduce effectively, and rapid regeneration may yield short-term solutions to skincare issues, not sustainable ones as the newly formed cells are not in the most optimal form. Over time, the skin may develop a tolerance and dependency on these products, leading to the need for increased usage.

One mutation every day

Furthermore, the high concentration of multiple active ingredients can result in the formation of incompletely developed cells, compromising the skin barrier and causing long-term damage to skin health. 

These factors, along with ozone depletion, contribute to heightened sun sensitivity.

While limited research exists on the long-term risks of overusing active ingredients, studies have shown that certain compounds can mutate cells and release carcinogens, such as Kojic acid above 2%, prompting its ban in countries like Japan and Switzerland.

So, what’s the alternative to topical active ingredients for addressing nutrient-deficient skin?

Utilizing plant, fruit, or flower extracts, which contain a multitude of potent actives in optimal proportions. By understanding the cell regeneration time required by each ingredient and comparing it to our body’s natural regeneration process, we can formulate a skincare routine that blends natural ingredients with a scientific approach. This balanced approach can offer long-term solutions to skincare concerns, including sun sensitivity, and prevent future issues from arising.

Why should Cosmus Skincare become your new go-to brand for skincare?

At Cosmus, we embrace the philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection and the natural rhythms of life. We understand that many aspects of life are beyond our control, and our constant pursuit of control often leads to unnecessary stress. Take aging, for instance—it’s inevitable. But you know what we can do? Age gracefully !

This philosophy forms the core of Cosmus. Our formulations prioritize gradual, frequent, and natural methods of deep healing, redefining conventional notions of beauty. By harmonizing nature and science, we meticulously craft our products to transform natural ingredients into formulations that are not only effective but also safe for our skin.

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