Infused with key actives from cosmeceutical science and presenting them in pure luxury, the Sapphire Dust skincare regimen delivers 5 vital processes to revitalise skin of all adult ages.
Explore our 5 key processes below, the key active ingredients behind them, and our corresponding products:
The very first step in any effective skincare routine should be to calm inflammation. This is why we introduce this principle in our cleanser.
salix alba: natural anti-inflammatory agent derived from white willow bark used since centuries to calm inflammation & irritation.
Skin purification achieved through Sapphire Dust’s combined strategy of mechanical and chemical exfoliation, through our patent-pending formula involving sapphire microparticles.
sapphire microparticles: for fine mechanical exfoliation, removing dead cells and debris
crushed rhyolite (volcanic lava stone): for coarser mechanical exfoliation.
alphahydroxy acids: low dose lactic acid as a mild chemical exfoliant
The Sapphire Dust skincare range harnesses the power of some of the very best naturally- occurring and scientifically validated antioxidants* in the world.
inka camu camu berry a rare Amazonian berry that is a natural and powerful source of antioxidants, including but not limited to vitamin C. The camu camu berry has one of the highest antioxidant (ORAC) scores** of any superfood in the world. It also has the highest concentration of naturally-occurring vitamin C of any fruit in the world - up to 7.5% of its weight. But vitamin C is a small contributor to this berry’s antioxidant power, the rest of it is sourced from other antioxidants contained in the berry, such as anthocyanin, flavonols, & ellagic acid. It also contains important amino acids and beta-carotene, which is converted by the body to vitamin A.
chardonnay grape extract (in a product coming soon) resveratrol from the grape, and antioxidant polyphenols from the grape seeds, make this one of the most powerful naturally occurring antioxidant sources.
tocopherol or vitamin E, as an additional important antioxidant.
*Antioxidants that enter the body mop up harmful free radicals (e.g. reactive oxygen species) that can cause serious disturbance to the structure and function of the body’s cells. In the skin these free radicals can cause premature ageing, as well as other abnormalities, via their harmful oxidative processes.
**The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) score is a laboratory technique of measuring a food substance’s antioxidant capacity, developed around 20 years ago by scientists of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA.
Improving the hydration of the skin matrix (dermis) at a deep cellular level is a key principle, which we approach from several angles.
low molecular weight hyaluronic acid particles large enough to hydrate and replenish the skin matrix but small enough to penetrate the stratum corneum layer of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a vital component of our skin’s extracellular matrix, which is lost progressively with age. Hyaluronic acid molecules attract and retain up to 1000 times their weight in water. Restoring hyaluronic acid into the skin matrix allows it to deal with water more efficiently, increasing skin hydration and reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).The result is fuller and firmer looking skin.
glycerin - one of nature’s best humectants (moisture retainer), and skin conditioner.
panthenol (provitamin B5): well-established humectant and skin conditioner.
exotic lightweight oils that are easily absorbed into the skin without residue, e.g. Abyssinian oil, coconut oil, meadowfoam seed oil.
Possibly the most important aspect of our science: actives that help promote renewal and targeted repair of skin cells.
retinyl palmitate vitamin A in its various forms has been hailed for decades by dermatologists and cosmeceutical science as being the single most important “skin normaliser”. Retinyl palmitate is converted in the skin to retinol (the proper molecular form of vitamin A) and then to small molecules of retinoic acid. Retinoic acid activates key cellular pathways that lead to accelerated cell renewal, enhanced cell communication and elimination of “problem cells”. This leads to new collagen formation in the skin, and renewed skin cells.
growth factors (in a product coming soon)