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ChefFresh Skincare – Q10 and Saffron Boost Serum

February 20, 2011

Over the past couple of weeks I have been testing out a product for my friends at Cheffresh Skincare. These guys really do have something special going on from the way that they prepare their fresh food-inspired ingredients to the way that they blend them into such light and refreshing products. Like all start-up skincare brands Cheffresh are still working hard to promote and develop their brand and convert the world to their way of thinking about skin health. I think that they have a message worth listening to and so when I asked them to share with me their ‘hero’ product they gave me this:

So, what is it like?

The Look and smell >>>>> This rich yellow serum has a light and slightly spicy aroma which is rather pleasant without being overly intense or polarizing. 

The feel >>>>>  The thin yet structured texture mean that this serum glides onto the skin easily and is rubbed in quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. 

The Science >>>>>> Let’s look at the ingredients to point out what’s doing what in this skin-care super-food!

Aqua – Water, the  main solvent for the actives.

Sodium Hyaluronate – This is a super efficient water binder and as such helps to hydrate the skin and plump up those wrinkled areas from the top down. The fact that the polymer is often too big to penetrate into the skin is not a problem in this product as it is the super-hydrating power that gets you looking smooth and fresh.

Schizophyllan –  Also known as Beta Glucan is a polymeric sugar extracted from oats to help sooth and hydrate super-dry skin. This paired with the previous ingredient make for a super-combo of natural  moisturising actives.

Aloe Barbadensis Gel – This provides the serum with some structure and also provides a further source of skin nutrient. Aloe is well-known for its calming and soothing properties and is therefore a good fit for products that work on very dry or inflamed skin.

Ubiquinone Oil – This is the Co-enzyme Q10 –  an oil soluble enzyme with tremendous anti-oxidant properties meaning that it is perfect for products targeting ageing or damaged skin such as this.  This product has over 10 times more Q10 than other on-the-shelf brands for a more intensive health-boost.

Macadamia, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) make up the bulk of the products oil phase and provide a heady blend of moisturising, skin conditioning and soothing properties to the skin. Sea Buckthorn is a powerful natural oil with the ability to boost the skins own repair mechanisms making it great for skin suffering from environmental or hormonal stress.

Hydrolized Collagen –  As we know  it is the collagen that gives our skin much of its plumpness and youthful appearance so adding more of it via a serum should do good things shouldn’t it?  Well yes and no as collagen applied topically is usually too big to get through the skin.  What it can do however is again boost up the skins moisture content, provide surface cells with useful amino acids and generally give it a bit of a boost.

The serum also contains a few other goodies that help to keep the skin glowing with health and the good thing is that this is all hand-made with many actives sourced from fresh fruits and vegetables!  I think that what we need is a demonstration of how this sort of thing comes together so if you want to all give the serum a go while I make some arrangements we’ll meet back here in a few weeks. 

Let me know how you get on!

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