Did you know that Squalene is a precursor of bigger molecules - hormones, sterols (cholesterol), ceramides and vitamins, making it a crucial and essential building block for our skin? It is the protective secretion of sebaceous glands. It forms
10–15% of the lipids on the skin surface, very useful
in replenishing the acid mantle of dry skin (van Smeden and Boustra, 2016; Azalia Lozano-Grande
et al., 2018).
Squalene though, falls unstable in an open environment so quality and freshness is truly vital which is why we are so careful when formulating
with it to ensure its potency stays at peak performance.
Amaranth is also particularly high in phenolic acids - gallic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid and vanillic acid, making it a super antioxidant (Souza et al. (2012)). Another review by E Obrenovich et al. (2011) highlights its potency in scavenging free radicals, DNA mutators and premature ageing. Amaranth contains almost 7x more protein than oats or rice
and more calcium than milk even.
What’s notable to me as a skincare formulator is its diverse vitamin profile, offering enhanced UV protection. Vitamins A, B complex and E fight stress, enhancing tissue structure to lift and firm skin while iron and calcium enhance blood circulation to enrich skin and hair tissue.
Little wonder then that I’m so enamoured and excited to work with this superlative oil. My Illumine now features Amaranth as a stellar ingredient and I’m excited to include it in many more of my formulations, so stay tuned guys!