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In Sight: Water from the Inside-out
By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: April 2, 2007, from the April 2007 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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Researchers determined a significant improvement in skin dryness, roughness, elasticity and clarity with the use of the skin care water. Also, at least 50% of the panelists indicated improvement of skin condition in five of the seven parameters evaluated, with a range of improvement from 38.67–50.63%. The second study resulted in a decrease in open comedones with use of the skin care water. In addition, panelists reported positive results in terms of acne.
The skin care water is effective in treating skin issues because of the microdelivery system, according to Borba. “BORBA has a microdelivery system so the nutrients are automatically absorbed into the bloodstream. The water goes through the dermal layer and then to the epidermal layer. In seven days the user will see the result,” said Borba.
To formulate skin care water, Borba incorporated what he terms “radical technology.” First, the formulation starts with reverse osmosis whereby water is combined with the company’s nutraceutical blend. The water, therefore, is forced from a region of high solute concentration through a membrane to a region of low solute concentration. Then, suspended in the water are the micronized, botanical-grade ingredients, or the mineral mixture.
The mineral mixture differs depending on the purpose of the specific skin care water. For example, the Firming Skin Balance Water contains such ingredients as green tea extract, chamomile extract, acai extract, yerba mate, ascorbic acid and dl-alpha tocopherol, among others. The Age Defying Skin Balance Water contains the same ingredients, with the exception of the absence of yerba mate.
Many of the ingredients formulated into the Borba nutraceutical waters are similar to those formulated in topical skin care products; however, the concentrations are different. “We have the highest concentrations of ingredients allowed before they are considered prescription products. We do this to ensure that we are including effective amounts for varying skin problems,” said Borba.