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Struggling with mask acne? Here’s what to do!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Summer is inching closer, but for some of us the combination of warmer weather, frequent mask wearing and all-round increased stress levels due to lockdowns is bringing about the unwelcome symptoms of mask acne (aka ‘maskne’). And unfortunately it’s only going to get worse as the humidity of summer sets in.

Making some conscious changes to your habits and skincare routine will help to prevent breakouts and flare-ups and restore the all-important balance to your skin microbiome. Read on for our top tips to beat the dreaded maskne.

 

Five tips for combatting mask acne

 

1. Opt for a paper mask

We prefer paper or surgical masks as they are generally more breathable (and effective) than fabric ones. With better flow of oxygen, you’re less likely to sweat and create a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria inside your mask. Paper masks are also easy to clean and sanitize – more on this below.

2. Sanitize your mask in the sun

UV light has the power to zap the molecular bonds that hold together the DNA of viruses and bacteria. With summer on its way, this is good news! So when it’s not essential to be wearing your mask, lay it flat in direct sunlight for 15 minutes or more and let the UV light destroy any nasties that might have settled in the fibres. Scientists use this trick when working in the lab – they place their masks under UV lamps and let the UV light sterilize them. If using fabric masks, make sure to wash them frequently in a mild detergent.

3. Up your daily skincare routine

This is a good time to wear less make-up and add some extra nourishment to your skin. We recommend using a gentle cleanser morning and night to de-clog pores and remove toxins and impurities, followed by a revitalizing toner to balance the skin’s microflora and prep it for moisturizer. If your skin is feeling extra dry or lack-lustre, try a face oil under your face mask, or if you’re struggling with breakouts, apply a targeted serum like our Acne Prone Skin Cream underneath your moisturizer or night cream.

4. Get outside and get moving

Stress levels are sky-high right now, which is only serving to exacerbate skin concerns. Stress stimulates the production of androgen hormones, which make the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin overproduce, leading to oiliness, acne and irritation. Regular exercise and fresh air (safely, and within the current COVID restrictions) will do wonders for your stress levels and well-being. Pop on your mask, walk out your stress and let your skin reap the benefits.

5. Support your immune system

Quality sleep is absolute bliss AND it’s vital for strengthening your immune system – so grab a glass of water and get to bed on time. You can also support your immune system by reducing your toxic load. Go easy on processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugars and load up on gut-loving goodies like yoghurt, kefir, almonds, bone broth, ginger and kimchi.

Why you’ll never find the #dirtydozen in Atopis skincare

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

We believe that improving the condition of your skin should never come at a cost to your health, your immune system – or the environment. In fact, we have clinically proven that our 100% natural and toxin-free hero ingredient Myrecil® actually outperforms its synthetic counterparts while working in synergy with your unique immune system to improve your skin at the very deepest layers.

A 2018 US study released by the David Suzuki Foundation found that “one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks).”

Sound gross? And unnecessary? Yup, we agree! Subsequently, a #dirtydozen list was developed to make consumers aware of the potential effects of some toxic ingredients on the body and endocrine system. This is not our list but one that has been researched and compiled over many years.

For many years prior to founding Atopis, Dr Weir and her team tested dietary supplement and skincare ingredients for efficacy and safety. She identified through her research that a number of commonly used ingredients such as parabens caused oxidative stress, or worse, DNA and mitochondria damage, resulting in cell mutations. She was shocked to learn that many cosmetics and creams were full of these harmful ingredients.

That’s why when she developed Atopis, Dr Weir chose to avoid synthetics, parabens and other nasties altogether (including the #dirtydozen). Using nature and biotechnology in synergy, she did this without compromising performance!

At Atopis, we don’t use palm-oil based ingredients or animal-derived ingredients, and for any ingredients we can’t make ourselves, we ‘fair trade’ source them to ensure they are both ethical and sustainable ingredients. For some ingredients, we pay more than four times the price to source the vegan alternative.

Using our own cutting-edge science and biotechnology we’ve created over 13 all-natural, safe skincare products that are good enough to eat (yes, really) and that also do what they say they will: rebalance the skin microbiome, restore the skin’s lipid barrier and renew your gorgeous, youthful glow. Possessing a deep scientific understanding of how to manipulate and harness the bioactive properties of plant extracts with biotechnology means that we can continue to create new products that achieve incredible skin results with not a single one of the #dirtydozen in sight.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the nasties that you WON’T find in Atopis (the #dirtydozen plus a few extras), along with a list of some of the GOODNESS by category that you will find in there.

 

Winter wellness for your skin

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Well, there’s no denying it, winter is officially here (in the Southern Hemisphere, at least)! When it comes to our skin, the change of season can dramatically impact its look and feel. Even your skin’s complex microbiome changes with the seasons.

Hydration is a big one to address in winter. Our skin’s exposure to heating along with the lower levels of humidity in the air can create dryness, accentuating any existing wrinkles. Redness (especially in rosacea-prone skin) can also be a common skin issue in the winter months.

With our bodies asking for a little extra nourishment and care in winter, our skin is no exception. Even the simple act of drinking more water will do wonders for hydrating, firming, and plumping your skin – your whole body will thank you for it. Making some conscious changes to your daily routine, including your skincare, will have you glowing in no time.

 

Read on for our top 5 tips for hydrated winter skin!

 

  1. Get those Omega 3s in

These bad boys are found in foods such as flaxseeds, salmon and chia seeds (or you can take them as supplements). They help to regulate the production of oil in your skin, balance hydration, calm breakouts and minimise signs of ageing. What’s more, they also help to soften rough, dry skin and soothe irritation and dermatitis.

  1. Water, water, water

It’s easy to forget to drink water in the cooler months but keeping your water intake up is vital to the wellbeing of your whole body, and makes a huge difference to the health and appearance of your skin. Carrying a drink bottle with you is a great way to make sure you’re always topping up!

  1. Boost your skincare regime

Adding in some extra nourishment with Atopis Intensive Restore Night Cream will help to restore and rejuvenate your winter skin, as you sleep! Another parched-skin hero is the Atopis Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream which contains Myrecil® – scientifically shown to restore the skin’s natural microbiome to a balanced state – reducing skin sensitivity, inhibiting bad bacteria and promoting the good, beneficial bacteria. Atopis Dry Itchy Skin Relief Cream is also a winner for dry hands – especially those that are regularly doused in hand sanitizer! If skin redness or rosacea is a problem for you, then Atopis Radiant Balance Day Cream is your skin’s saviour.

  1. Go to bed early

Getting quality, restorative sleep is arguably the most important step in your beauty routine. In winter, our bodies need more sleep (at least eight hours per night, but the more the better)! While you sleep your skin cells regenerate and your body increases blood flow to your skin, delivering the nutrients it needs to recover from a day of exposure to the elements. The coveted protein, collagen – which helps your skin keep its volume and elasticity – is also produced while you sleep.

  1. Detox your diet

The condition of your skin is often your body’s way of telling us what’s going on at a deeper level. We all know that what we put into our bodies is super important. Cutting down our toxic load by limiting processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars will help give our skin the best chance to be its happiest, most radiant self. Somebody pass the celery juice!

Why do we call Atopis ‘nature’s scientific skincare’?: Dr Weir explains

Monday, June 21st, 2021

I use nature’s own incredible biochemical processes – and my research into the differences in plant and human apoptosis (programmed cell death) and immunology pathways – to create our multi-faceted botanical ferment Myrecil®, the foundational ingredient of our high-performance Atopis skin creams.

We don’t use diluted plant extracts or traditional extraction methods.

Traditional methods for creating plant extracts are ineffective and either use: solvents to pull out the desired component of the plant extract (for example the flavonoids); a process called ‘supercritical fractionation’ to separate out the desired component (for example astaxanthin – a carotenoid that protects cells from free radical damage); or glycerin to soak the extracts.

Instead, I went back to nature to create a ‘synergistic heterogeneous botanical bioactive’. Let me explain:

A unique feedback loop

Plants, bacteria and insects signal to each other using peptides (amino acids) and proteins. The bacteria in your gut produce proteins which are detected by micro receptors on your gut wall and turn on different functions in response. The bacteria have identical receptors and these are also activated by the food that you eat. So they all work in a feedback loop with each other. Your skin cells work in the same way!

Within nanoseconds of being activated, plants can turn on different biochemical pathways in
response to environmental factors such as UV light or toxins. My area of scientific expertise is in producing plant stem cells by activating pathways for totipotency – as in, turning a normal leaf cell back into an embryonic cell after it’s damaged.

This is what we do with Myrecil® – we activate the plant stem cells pathways to produce compounds that promote skin cell renewal and regeneration.

We ferment our plant extracts to enhance their bioactivity.

I invented a novel fermentation technology, which is used to synergistically fuse Myrecil® into Atopis skin cream bases with other plant extracts, without the use of excess heat, preservatives or radiation. This is a crucial step in retaining the natural integrity and power of Myrecil® and the other plant extracts in our skincare.

During the fermentation process, the plant and microbial enzymes create isomers (changed molecular structure) of the plant flavonoids and peptides which are then conjugated (bound) to lipids for enhanced bioactivity and bioavailability into the skin.

Myrecil® is truly unlike any other skin ingredient on the market – it uses the science of nature to create novel molecules naturally! Try our skin-changing creams for yourself!

We take sustainability seriously!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Over the past 30 years, Atopis founder and CEO Dr Iona Weir has worked as a scientist on a number of exciting conservation and sustainability initiatives, including the development of sustainable packaging solutions, and the remediation of toxic mining sites across various Oceanic countries. She’s also visited palm oil plantations in Indonesia and seen firsthand the environmental impact of palm oil production – which is why you’ll never find palm oil in our products!

Sustainability is a deep value of Atopis, and it’s inherent in all that we do. As a natural scientific-based skincare company we have a huge responsibility to protect and treasure our natural environment and to preserve it for our kids – and their kids.

Below we’ve shared some of the steps we’re taking to ensure the integrity of our skincare ingredients, and the sustainability of our business practices.

 

1. Sustainable packaging solutions

 

Our skincare tubes are made from 100% sugarcane plastic – a renewable, recyclable and carbon-free source. Sugarcane actually absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere like trees do, making it a much earth-friendlier alternative to fossil fuel-based polymers.

We’re also in the process of carrying out our own ‘in-house’ testing of recycled plastic packaging, and we plan to increase our use of recycled plastics once we’re certain that they meet our high standards of stability.

We use biodegradable courier bags that you can compost at home. Here’s a handy tip: simply put your courier bags in the sun to speed up the composting process.

Last but not least, we’ve strengthened the materials used to manufacture our beautiful skincare boxes so we don’t need to use as many when we’re sending out products to you!

 

2. Pure botanicals tracked to their source

 

We use only the highest quality natural ingredients – many of which are native to New Zealand and sourced locally on our back-door step (literally). Every ingredient that goes into Atopis skincare is grown sustainably and we work in partnership with local iwi (Māori) to ensure we protect our biologically unique native plant-life. We also use a special collection process that ensures there’s no wastage.

 

3. 100% natural and toxin-free – zero nasties!

 

When we say we’re natural, we really mean it. Atopis products are free from parabens, fillers, solvents, fragrance, silicone, SLS or synthetic chemicals that could harm your health or your skin. Because we have to meet stringent OTC (over-the-counter) FDA registrations in the USA, you can be sure (and have peace of mind) that every single ingredient meets these very high regulatory standards.

 

4. 100% cruelty-free skincare

 

We never, ever test on animals! Instead we use incredible, high-tech, 3D skin cell culture fluorescent imaging – which allows us to grow living skin in the lab and observe cellular changes – to test our Myrecil® technology and perfect our products before they reach your skin. For any ingredients that we source externally, we undertake rigorous research to make sure they meet our exacting cruelty-free standards!

Your skin loves Vitamin C!

Monday, June 14th, 2021

With its super-charged antioxidant and collagen synthesis powers, Vitamin C really is a natural wonder-worker when it comes to your skin. It deeply hydrates, brightens and enhances skin texture – and perhaps most importantly, it addresses the visible effects of too much UV exposure (think pigmentation, dark spots and fine lines) and strengthens your skin’s natural defence mechanism by neutralizing free radicals.

In the notes below, we shared more on why we love Vitamin C – and why healthy, balanced, glowing skin does too!

 

Brighter, happier skin with Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is one of the superstar multi-actives in Atopis’ patented botanical ferment Myrecil®, which is contained in most Atopis creams. It’s also one of the skin-brightening staples in our new Atopis Radiant Balance Night Cream and Atopis Intensive Restore Night Cream.

Vitamin C comes in many different structural forms; the form that helps to erase those sun spots and reduce pigmentation is an unstable form. Atopis night creams contain this form of Vitamin C (the purest form there is!), so to protect its potency and to keep it stable until it comes in contact with your skin, we have used our novel technology to micro-encapsulate it into a liposome. This enhances its penetration into the skin cells and also enables us to combine it with the creams’ other active ingredients for powerful skin change.

With its powerful antioxidant properties, Vitamin C works with your skin’s natural biology to:

✓ Reverse skin cell damage by promoting collagen synthesis

✓ Lighten age spots and pigmentation caused by sun damage

✓ Replenish vital sources of Vitamin E – an important antioxidant

✓ Protect skin from oxidative stress (free-radical damage)

✓ Visibly improve skin elasticity and suppleness

✓ Hydrate and brighten skin for enhanced radiance!

Atopis’ unique approach to adding Vitamin C to our skincare protects the active ingredients from oxidation and light to maintain its integrity and allow it to absorb deeply into your skin cells in its purest, most effective form.

Go on – treat your skin to the ultra-brightening and protective benefits of nature’s gold, Vitamin C!

What makes our night creams unique?

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

One of the key things that makes our Radiant Balance Night Cream and Intensive Restore Night Cream so unique is that we’ve rolled all the big anti-ageing ingredients your skin could possibly need into one high performing night cream (most night creams have just one or two hero ingredients!).

This required some high-tech science and innovation using natural ingredients – we explain it in more detail below!

Cellular-level skin renewal

We’ve developed and patented our own cellular (micellar) delivery technology, which wraps around the hero ingredients in the creams, protects them and carries them through your skin’s barrier to nourish and rejuvenate the skin cells deep below. Forget layering up your serums and night creams – this science allows all the big anti-ageing ingredients (think ceramides, Vitamin C, Myrecil® and hyaluronic acid) to be put together in one cream, repairing skin at the cellular level with incredible efficacy.

Synergistic, patented ingredients

When we sleep, our bodies get to work doing the grunt work of restoring, repairing and rejuvenating. That goes for our skin too. Atopis night creams contain Myrecil®, our patented botanical ferment that works in synergy with your immune system to slow skin ageing, boost hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, and rebalance your skin’s microbiome – all while you sleep!

The power of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a star player when it comes to skin regeneration and it’s especially powerful for correcting pigmentation and sun damage. Our night creams utilise the power of the purest, highest grade of Vitamin C there is, and we add it to our creams using a unique method, developed by Dr Weir, that protects the Vitamin C from oxidation. This means it reaches your skin cells in its pure form for a vibrant boost of antioxidant power.

Pure, potent extracts

Atopis night creams are 100% natural and plant-based – but they’re anything but simple formulations. We create our own powerful plant bioactive extracts (sourced by us from New Zealand forests) using incredible patented technology that delivers pure flavonoids. This is a far cry from traditional extraction methods and ensures the plant extracts are as pure and potent as they can be, delivering maximum benefits to your skin.

When colour matters

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

When colour makes a huge difference

At Atopis we are often asked about the colour of our skin creams.  Why are they not white, or a standardised colour like other creams?

Many ‘natural’ skin creams are bleached white or have colour added for a uniform appearance so that they look ‘nice and clean’, but the reality is, bleaching kills any bioactives or natural benefits the cream may have once contained.

Our creams are typically yellow to beige, because our scientific process does not harm our natural ingredients. (In fact, we enhance the natural bioactive super powers of our ingredients!)

Additionally, if you’re wondering why your newest tube of Atopis skin cream is a different colour from the last one, it’s because of seasonal variation in our natural ingredients.

Depending on the time of year, the finished skin care product will appear more yellow or beige simply because our ingredients are sourced from nature.We don’t add any colouring, the colour you see is exactly what nature gave us.When choosing your skin cream, the benefits of using a powerful cream that becomes bioactive on contact with your skin far outweigh the ‘benefits’ of the cream looking white or looking exactly the same colour inside every tube you buy.

Explore our scientifically developed natural skincare

 

Fighting Cellular Ageing with Pine Bark

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Pinus Radiata or pine bark is a powerful antioxidant that heals and repairs sun-damaged skin and fades age spots.

Antioxidants are critical in neutralising free radicals to prevent cellular damage. They’re also potent anti-inflammatories, helping to reduce redness associated with eczema, rosacea and sunburn.

Free radicals (including UV, pollution, smoking, excess sugar in diet and stress) are a major contributor to premature skin ageing as they nick DNA, they impair mitochondrial cellular respiration and they induce inflammation due to the release of nitric oxide. When free radicals are in excess they cause skin cell damage, wrinkles and age spots – additionally they’re associated with rosacea, acne, lupus and psoriasis.

New Zealand pine bark is a more potent plant extract than other plant flavonoid extracts because it has had to adapt to our ultra-intense UV exposure. Incredibly, the plant has developed enhanced UV bioactive components to protect its own DNA and mitochondria.

Atopis pine bark is even more powerful than the average pine bark extract. The pine bark that we gather is treated through our patented process to enhance all of its natural defence mechanisms, thus making it far more potent and effective on the skin.

Almost 30 years of scientific research has shown our proprietary plant compounds can actually protect your skin cells against UV, pollutant and DNA damage, oxidative stress, inflammation and even promote wound healing. We have demonstrated using in-vitro lab testing that the Atopis pine bark promotes optimal mitochondria respiration and free radical scavenging within skin cells.

Mitochondria are the energy source of our cells. Basically, they protect our cells from incurring damage and re-energize them. If the mitochondria become tired, your skin gets tired. Skin appears lifeless, cell renewal slows down, and your skin doesn’t refresh itself as it naturally should. When your cell mitochondria are working optimally, your skin promotes a healthy glow.

We recommend you always use sun protection, and add antioxidants to your diet and skincare for optimal skin health.

Learn more about Atopis Intensive Restore Day Cream – and reap the skin benefits of Atopis pine bark!

The Amazing Kiwifruit

Monday, August 19th, 2019

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By Dr Iona Weir PhD
Chief Scientist and CEO
Atopis Skincare

In my early days working as a Scientist I developed techniques that would allow for high-throughput screening of the DNA and biochemistry of individual cells and applied this to kiwifruit breeding.

This meant that when hybrid seedlings were produced the characteristics of the potential fruit could be identified and quickly ascertained to determine the value of the seedlings. My techniques were used extensively within the kiwifruit breeding program including the gold kiwifruit and kiwi-berries.

This technology was also used to identify the bioactive components within kiwifruit and their efficacy.

Of all the fruit, kiwifruit has benefits for the gut and skin that make it a superhero.

Kiwifruit is known as a meat tenderizer and this is due to the protease enzymes which digest protein.

These proteases (which break down the protein in cells) have been shown to increase gut motility (movement), protein digestion and modulate the gut microbiome (Weir et al, 2008).

The kiwifruit extract Phloe I was a part of developing in 2006, is a prebiotic that not only promotes the growth of good gut bacteria, it also inhibits the growth of bad bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. (Weir Patent No. 2015/0037315).

Kiwifruit has been clinically shown to enhance protein digestion and improve metabolism resulting in decreased fat absorption, lowered cholesterol and reduction in hunger cravings. (Weir et al., 2018).

Kiwifruit is also a potent anti-inflammatory food if you are not allergic to kiwifruit.

Clinical trials have shown that kiwifruit reduces inflammation of the gut by modulating the gut microbiome and regulating signalling receptors on the gut wall (Weir et al., 2018).

Kiwifruit and Your Skin

Kiwifruit is not just amazing for the gut, but also for the skin. Due to the improved digestion and metabolism this reduces excess sebum production and hence acne.

In my later research I discovered that amazingly, kiwifruit also reduces cytokine IL6 in human cells.

Cytokine IL6 is the cellular transduction molecule responsible for the inflammation that causes eczema. (Weir et al., 2008).

A reduction in this cytokine in the body effectively means that we can heal the cause of eczema and at the same time our skin creams soothe and treat the physical symptoms as well – healing the skin from inside the cell and out!

Using the latest biochemistry technique called lipid fractionation technology, I isolated and purified the component of kiwifruit pollen that reduces IL6 and included it in our US patented extract Myriphytase and added it to all of my Atopis skin creams. (Weir US Patent No.  9,877,991).

After I invented Myriphytase, it was clinically trialed in both New Zealand and the USA and shown to help human skin including an improvement in quality of life, an increase in skin quality, a significant reduction in the severity of eczema symptoms, and a decrease in redness, itching, and scaling.

Myriphytase goes into all of our skin creams and like our other 100% natural ingredients, is not made up of mere plant extracts – our scientifically enhanced food grade compounds are clinically shown to benefit human skin.

References:

Weir I, Shu Q, Wei N, Wei C, Zhu Y (2018) Efficacy of actinidin containing kiwifruit extract Zyactinase on constipation: a randomised double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial. Asia Pacific of Journal Clinical Nutrition: 27 (3) 564-571.

Weir IE (2008) Zyactinase stimulates the probiotic gut microflora whilst inhibiting pathogenic microflora. International Journal of Probiotics and Prebiotics: 3 (4) 231 – 238.

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All Atopis skin creams contain Myriphytase – choose your product here:

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A Digital Attack on the Face

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

We all know that too much time spent in the sun (aka UVB and UVA light) can wreak havoc on skin, but did you know that blue light (High Energy Visible or HEV light) emitted from our screens and devices can also be incredibly damaging to skin cells?

Similar to UV rays, blue light inhibits free radical generation, causing oxidative stress to skin cells. In fact, studies have shown that blue light can penetrate even deeper into the skin than UV light, affecting our collagen and elastin. Eek!

You’re probably spending more time than ever before in front of screens and devices (thanks to lockdown!) so here are a few things you can do to protect your skin from excessive blue light exposure:

– Add an anti-blue light protector to your phone or device. They’re relatively affordable and will protect your eyes as well as your skin.

 – Turn on ‘night-mode’ on your smartphone to switch from blue to yellow light. 

– Call hands-free where possible to avoid having the screen in direct contact with your face.

– Wear an SPF50+ sunscreen daily, whether inside or out.

– Protect skin with a daytime moisturiser like Atopis Intensive Restore cream or Radiant Balance cream, which are rich in flavonoids and natural antioxidants. Flavonoids are plants’ natural UV defence compounds and they are powerful at protecting skin from blue light damage. Antioxidants are free radical ‘scavengers’ meaning that they help to protect your skin cells from free radical damage.

 

Three-phase Therapy for your Skin

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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When we say we are natural, we are. We ensure that the plants we source are not changed but keep the original state as they were in the New Zealand forest.

Instead of using solvents, or traditional extraction methods, we use nature’s own processes to fuse bioactives together in synergy.

We dive into the unique process that brings prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics together on the skin.

 

Prebiotic

Just like our gut health requires good bacteria, our skin does too!

In 2006, Dr. Iona Weir patented a technology for a gut health prebiotic from kiwifruit that promoted the growth of good bacteria, whilst inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

What sets this science apart is that traditional prebiotics can only promote the growth of all bacteria.

This means that not only does the good bacteria grow, but also the bad bacteria is being kept alive too. When this process (in the gut) goes wrong it results in bloating. Dr Weir’s patented kiwifruit prebiotic successfully reduced IBS symptoms in clinical trials.

For Atopis, Dr. Weir took this concept further, and created another patented prebiotic that promotes the growth of the good bacteria on the skin, whilst killing the bad bacteria such as acne propionic and staphylococcus bacteria. Thus, only good bacteria can thrive.

 

Probiotic

It gets better; Dr. Weir encapsulated probiotic bacteria within the prebiotic so that the interior would remain dormant and stable within the cream until being applied to the skin.

The Atopis probiotic bacteria only becomes active when rubbed onto the skin, which releases them and allows them to grow and populate on the skin leaving no room for the unhealthy bacteria to stay.

This is especially vital when it comes to the health of the skin.

 

Postbiotic

Postbiotics were developed by testing numerous plant extracts, fermenting them and identifying their skin benefits.

They were then synergistically fused together with the prebiotic encapsulated probiotics.

Only the best postbiotics for skin repair were selected after intensive testing. Atopis postbiotics have potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing properties.

 

Atopis brings prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics together giving your skin our ultra three-phase therapy.  Learn more about our ingredients.

 

Explore our range of skin care products containing patented prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic treatments for your skin:

 

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What is really in those “all natural plant extracts”?

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Learning what is in your natural plant extracts

As the consumer demand for more natural products has grown, there has been an ever-increasing trend to use whole plant extracts in skin creams and dietary supplements, instead of highly purified single molecule ingredients. This approach is very good as the synergistic benefits of the whole plant extract are concentrated and are in a form that your body knows and recognizes.

But in choosing which ones you use, you need to be aware there are many ways in which to make plant extracts, some which increase the potency, some which have no benefit and other techniques which can be harmful.

How do they make extracts?

Dietary supplements are plant based extracts that have been made using a variety of manufacturing processes. Some of these techniques will produce a highly concentrated plant bioactive, while others use solvents to pull the bioactive compounds out of the plant material.

Freeze drying is an expensive process in which the plant material is gently frozen to a highly concentrated form using water.  There is also spray drying which passes the liquefied plant material through a high-pressure nozzle and removes the water.

The use of solvents

Alternatively, the far cheaper and more common form of making plant extracts is the use of solvents such as methanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol and acetone. This process works by absorbing the bioactive compounds out of the chopped up plant material and then evaporating the solvents off and drying the extract.

The problem with evaporating off solvents such as methanol is that not all of the solvent is removed and traces remain. Some of the solvents used and the other chemicals that are often mixed in during this process can be toxic and affect your long-term health.

Regulatory environments allow these solvents to be used based on the premise of limited exposure.

What to look for

When choosing which skincare to use or dietary supplement to take, check which process they use to make their plant extracts.

Using a solvent to make an extract is very cheap and allows companies to make bulk extracts for minimal cost, but traces of the solvent can remain.

Also remember information about the extracts used in skin creams does not have to disclose if they contain solvents, parabens or preservatives, only the finished cream.

Plant extracts can also contain traces of herbicides, pesticides and excess levels of heavy metals. Some countries have regulations requiring routine testing of these as well as solvents and microbial contamination, but others do not.

So the “all natural” product may not be as pure as suggested. It pays to really do your homework and check where companies are sourcing their “natural ingredients”.

Beauty cream fillers make up majority of product but have no active role

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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The global manufacturers won’t tell you, but the fillers that are going into your treatments and beauty creams make up the majority of what you’re paying for, writes international cellular scientist and creator of Atopis, Dr Iona Weir. 

Like most women, I’ve always been a label reader. Whether it’s buying my family’s breakfast cereal or a skin cleanser, I won’t buy it unless I’m satisfied with what’s on the label.

In the consumer product industry, food and ingredient labelling is a comparatively new phenomenon, sparked by widespread demand to know exactly what is in the products we’re consuming. The good news is that the government listened and introduced regulations to make manufacturers accountable for their products.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established The Food Labelling Guide in 1994 to guide the industry, while Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) set out its legislative requirements labelling in the Food Standards Code (2003).

Although the legislation was predominantly aimed at food manufacturers, the same labelling principles are now being applied to most health and beauty products to help consumers make informed choices about the products they purchase. For food particularly, it can also help prevent adverse or life threatening reactions.

Regulations are very clear, particularly in New Zealand, Australia and the US, that a label needs to be legible and, most importantly tell the truth. Occasionally some beauty and health products can slip into the market not telling the whole story. Just do a quick Google search and you will find countless examples of where a particular ingredient might have been excluded because it’s such a small quantity, or the ingredient is being disguised under another name, such as palm oil-derived ingredients that can have more than 20 different name variations.

Consumers need to check the amount of each ingredient including what is known as ‘filler’ like benign cream of something like petroleum-derived waxes such as paraffin.  If the filler is the highest-listed component and the active ingredient is less than or similar to the preservative amount, forget it.

Thankfully, this issue is rare in most reputable brands. However it highlights why it’s so important for consumers to understand not only what ingredients are being used, but what quantities are being used in each product. When you know this basic information, the next step is to ask yourself: ‘Am I getting value for money?’ This is like buying what you think is mango juice, which is only 5 percent mango, and the rest apple juice, – check the amount of each ingredient. Again, if a filler is the highest-listed ingredient and the active is less than or similar to the preservative amount – don’t buy it.

So, what is in your skincare products?

The ‘breakthrough ingredient’ sits within, in most skin products, ‘the rest.’ In other words, the filler. This means the bulk of what you’re buying does nothing at all. 

Too many ‘beauty creams’ at all levels of the market fall into this category, and while it’s not harmful, the filler still has no active role to play. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do – fill up the bottle.

Every product needs some emulsifier to bind the cream ingredients together, but many companies use them in excess to bulk, or “fill” the product. This is why I was determined to make Atopis – a clinically trialled skincare range that effectively treats common skin conditions as well as signs of aging – a complete, concentrated product. Every Atopis product only has a very small amount of emulsifier to help bind it, but you can be assured that the majority of the cream is made up of active ingredient.

The key ingredient in all Atopis treatments is Myriphytase, which includes our own probiotic peptilipids, using a unique fermentation process. Instead of mixing Myriphytase into a filler product, Atopis is concentrated further with coconut water – a substance containing vital minerals and vitamins as well as cytokinins, which slow down the aging process by encouraging cell renewal, and antioxidants to neutralise environmental toxins. Coconut water regulates the skin pH, tones and reduces pores and is anti-inflammatory, and reduces redness.

Beware of claims from so-called ‘coconut-based’ creams, which purport to contain coconut water or oil. Instead of real coconut, they might contain a synthetic chemical that is actually coconut-smelling glycerine filler.

Why should you care?

As an entrepreneurial scientist, over the years I’ve turned down some very lucrative opportunities with international manufacturers based on ethics. I will not lie to consumers nor will I ever rip off the original innovator.

This is particularly important when choosing a treatment product for a particular skin complaint such as eczema, acne, psoriasis or very dry and itchy skin. As a consumer you should know what level of ‘active ingredients’ is required to control and treat your skin condition – and check to see if it’s really in the product.

Anti-aging products drive one of the largest segments of the global beauty and cosmetics industry, and many manufacturers aren’t shy in making claims that their revolutionary, age-defying product, in regard to the appearance of your skin, can literally turn back time. It is not unusual to enter a department store or beauty salon and see names like ‘liquid gold’, or ‘skin caviar’ listed on packaging. These luxe creams are marketed at high-end consumers and are often based on such claims.

However, just because a product touts the latest global ‘active ingredient’ trend with a flashy price tag doesn’t mean you should just jump on the bandwagon – always check the percentage of the claimed active ingredient in the product.

Think value and percentage of active ingredient

Again, when buying any product, keep value in mind and ask what amount of active ingredient you are really paying for. Whether it’s a small or large purchase, always read the label and look for a product that is as concentrated as possible.

The entire product has to work for you, so do your research and pay for a product that offers you the honesty and transparency that you and your family deserve.

 

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Explore the Atopis product range and rest assured you’re feeding your skin natural, organic ingredients.

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For more information, see: 

https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm

http://www.foodstandards.govt.nz/industry/labelling/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.ran.org/palm_oil_s_dirty_secret_the_many_ingredient_names_for_palm_oil

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Fresh coconut water has many benefits for our skin

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Dr Iona Weir was horrified to see a photograph, taken this week, of a bacterial/fungal growth in someone’s pasteurised coconut beverage container. Dr Weir explains that when we pasteurise coconut water we often lose most of the goodness that is beneficial for our skin. Here’s also why fresh coconut water will always be best!

Mass found in a pasteurised coconut water container

It’s not the latest hopeful auditioning for Alien 3, but instead this slimy guy is a huge slug which likely grew through contaminated coconut flesh. I’ve seen this happen when I undertook a global search for the best possible coconut water essential to formulate the breakthrough Atopis treatments for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and hormonal acne, and for treating the signs of aging.

As recently reported, in the NZ Herald     a woman discovered an unwelcome addition while drinking what was, until then, her favourite coconut water. It was a popular ‘long life’ brand which is flash pasteurised. This procedure is done in a matter of seconds at temperatures of around 71C (159F).

Problem is if there is a solid-like coconut flesh and some bacterial/fungal spores present – the flash pasteurisation will not be enough to kill them. Flash pasteurisation works really well for clear juices but not good for solids in which such spores can survive up to 115C (239F).

However, the high temperature of flash pasteurisation destroys many of the vitamins, nutrients and plant hormones that are essential for health benefits and skin health.

This meant for Atopis, I will not compromise and instead we source fresh coconuts and use our unique filter sterilisation process of the fresh coconut water, which removes bacterial spores but protects the nutrients, vitamins and plant hormones.

Fresh coconut water provides treatment for dry skin

And you can be sure that our treatments are so natural and toxin-free they could be eaten, also making our creams safe for babies and animals.

You’ll find nothing alien in Atopis – just relief and beautiful skin. Free shipping, for a limited time, at www.atopis.com/au