If you have sensitive skin, you will know that many things can stress out your skin and make it flare up, not least allergies to skin care, ingredients and formulations that can cause inflammation and soreness.
People can be allergic to anything some of the key triggers for skin care allergies:
- Chemical formulations and preservatives – synthetics, Parabens and SLeS are all key ingredients. Alcohol can be a big one too
- Essential oils
- Specific ingredients (sometimes even natural ones)
As a result, creating an entirely hypoallergenic skincare range is extraordinarily difficult, however, we do know that there are some ingredients that can support sensitive, allergy-prone skin to encourage resilience and reduce inflammation.
As part of our research plant actives, we came across Sea Whip (also called Gorgonian extract). It’s known as the world’s ‘most powerful anti-inflammatory’ and not without good reason.
Sea Whip is a marine organism, named after its characteristic long, whip-like fronds. It's survival, like much marine life, is based on a symbiotic relationship with another organism, algae called Symbiodinium.
(image courtesy of tolweb.org)
The algae provide food for the plant, and in return, Sea Whip offers protection and access to light.
To turn it into a usable ingredient, the algae feathers are sustainably harvested, sun-dried and ground into a powder, which contains pure Pseudopterosins, a naturally occurring powerful anti-inflammatory.
These are potent anti-inflammatory ingredients. So, powerful in fact that tested against hydrocortisone, Sea Whip out-performs it in reducing inflammation, irritation and skin damage.
The Pseudopterosins in Sea Whip have been proven in double-blind, independent clinical trials to reduce inflammation of the irritated skin.
It is so effective (more so than Bisabolol and Indomethacin) that it is often recommended for use in products that are highly peeling, acidic or specifically designed for sensitive skin. Interestingly, it is at its most effective when used prior to application of inflammatory ingredients, to protect the skin from further damage.
That’s why we decided to include it in our ‘Calm Serum’. This is our formulation for sensitive, allergy prone skins, not just to reduce the effects of inflammation, but to prevent it and build skin resilience.