How it Works
“Build your perfect Corpa Flora skincare regimen, for your specific needs and get the perfect Hydration and Nutrition DUO.”
Corpa Flora President
How to use Corpa Flora’s formulas, and why you should use them in Duos!
Corpa Flora’s lipid complexes go beyond conventional beauty products by combining both HYDRATION and SKIN NUTRITION. By using two independent formulas, our customers can adjust & personalize their own skincare needs all year round. The major advantage of lipid formulas is that they can penetrate the epidermis (where most conventional beauty creams cannot go), and strengthen the skin’s natural lipid barrier with essential fatty acids. It is also possible to use our Corpa Flora facial oils with pure water, floral water, micellar water or toners, but we do suggest to use them with our hydration enhancer serums to get optimal results.
Understand your basic skin chemistry and Corpa Flora guidelines
The Advantage Of Two Formulas ..... Fewer Conservatives
Water-based formulas require preservatives in contrast to lipid formulas. Corpa Flora uses TWO formulas based on skin hydration (water-based products) and skin nutrition (lipid complexes), which significantly reduces the number of preservatives required, making them less irritating formulas for the skin.
Bioactive Facial Oil Complexes
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All natural, preservative-free without any synthetic fragrances. Only a natural antioxidant (Rosemary CO2 extract at 25% diterpene) is added to our oil-based formulas to delay oil oxidation.
Ultralight – Fast Absorbing – Non-greasy
In synergy with the skin's epidermis. Our skin is based on a lipid/oil chemical structure and designed to be selectively absorbent, allowing the penetration of oil-soluble components, preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
The skin at its healthiest. When you look at luminous skin, skin cells are held together by a lipid/oil matrix. As we age, we produce less of the oils that give our skin a healthy glow. It is necessary to add them back because a healthy lipid barrier prevents dehydration.
Facial oils vs creams: Creams are mostly waxes and water, with few oils. Waxes form an occlusive layer on the skin which helps to hold moisture in. There are two downsides to waxes: wax build-up may lead to clogged pores, and the wax barrier may prevent the oil component of the cream (the part of the product that actually benefits skin) from penetrating. This is likely the reason why creams typically deliver a higher level of diminishing results over time. They will work, at first, because they help to initially hold in moisture, but as time goes on, the wax barricade may prevent oils from delivering nutrients, like essential fatty acids, to the skin.
Corpa Flora bioactive facial oils go beyond simple moisturizers. We use high grade natural and organic botanical oils (cold-pressed and CO2 extracted), bursting with omega 3,5,6,7 and 9 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and other natural nutrients, to topically supply the skin, which influences skin's physiology (skin barrier, inflammatory status, & antioxidants response) (5).
We formulate with botanical oils, rich in omega 6 (linoleic acid and GLA) that the body cannot synthesize. Linoleic acid is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid available in human skin. Linoleic acid derived fatty acids are an important structural component of the cell membrane. Research shows that essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency, especially omega 6 or linoleic acid (LA and GLA) leads to abnormalities in skin function, resulting in dry, flaky skin. (3) Sebum deficient in linoleic acid (omega 6) is hard, sticky and lacking in inflammatory properties. This leads to an increase in congestion within pores.
Linoleic acid (omega 6) is an essential building block for making ceramide 1, one of the key beauty essentials. Changes in ceramide 1 linoleate are associated with cutaneous abnormalities: essential fatty acid deficiency, atopic dermatitis and acne. Topical application of linoleic acid can raise ceramide 1 linoleate levels in the skin, thus reducing skin dryness or xerosis (4).
Targeted results with natural cosmeceuticals can be achieved with our clinically tested oil-soluble molecules, a truly dazzling array of proven, high performance natural and vegan active ingredients, to amplify results.
We use Squalane derived from 100% sugarcane in our ANTIDOTE facial oils. Squalane mimics your natural sebum without clogging the pores.
Epidermal Hydration Enhancers
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Fragrance-free. Created to work in synergy with all our lipid-based formulas to prevent skin dehydration.
Non-oily melting gels containing biocompatible hyaluronic acid (naturally occurring in the human body). H.A. works like a magnet to keep the moisture on the skin and works for any skin type, even sensitive, breakout-prone and oily complexion skin. (1)
Using only plant oils to moisturize the skin is not enough, as we age, we need humectants and additional skin-loving ingredients to properly hydrate our skin.
Our facial oils are preferably used in DUO with our Epidermal Hydration Enhancers so that you can adjust your own dose of nutrition and hydration all year round.
These Hydration Enhancers assist our lipid-based complexes to deeply penetrate the epidermal layers without leaving any oily residue.
Formulated with panthenol, which is best known for its ability to act as a moisturising ingredient — which attracts and retains moisture in the skin. As a moisturising ingredient, Provitamin B5 stabilises the skin's barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. This, in turn, improves skin texture and elasticity, making Panthenol ideal for treating dry, scaly or coarse skin. Mature skin is perceived as smoother and more supple.
In addition to its moisture-retaining and softening properties, Panthenol also helps skin to defend itself against external stresses. When applied, Panthenol reduces itching, redness and suppresses inflammation, thanks to its soothing and repairing properties. Panthenol also helps relieve inflamed acne and skin that has recently undergone clinical treatment, such as chemical peeling.
Formulated with propanediol, a natural skin-friendly and preservative-boosting humectant, derived from corn through an environmentally sustainable process. 100% bio-based, Ecocert certified (GMO-free) propanediol extends delivery time of active ingredients.
Microstatic preservative systems
All of our water-based serums are preserved with Microstatic preservative systems, like leuconostoc fermented radish root (Leucidal™ approved by Ecocert) which is beneficial to the skin, as it minimizes irritation. The preservative activity comes from a peptide secreted during the fermentation process of the radishes with leuconostoc Kimchii, a probiotic lactic acid bacteria (2).
Ethyl ascorbic acid is what may be considered a next generation Vitamin C derivative. It is a highly stable, non-irritating, patented derivative which is oil and water-soluble. Ethyl ascorbic acid is effective in boosting collagen synthesis and lightening skin, with over 80% metabolized to pure L-ascorbic acid. A solution containing just 2% 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid was found to improve skin whitening and radiance after just 28 days of twice-daily application (6).
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a well-researched and proven multitasking ingredient that addresses a surprising range of skincare concerns, no matter your age or skin type. It visibly helps improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles (7) (8).
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