Is Your Skincare Actually Getting Into Your Skin?

They say beauty is skin deep, but how do you make sure your skincare products are really sinking in—and working their magic?

How do you know if the nutrients in your skin care are simply sitting on top of your skin or if they’re being absorbed into the deeper layers?

These are both important questions to consider, and the answers can help you optimize your skincare routine so you can see maximum benefits. Read on to learn more.

A Deeper Look at Your Skin and Skincare Molecules

Our skin’s outer layer, called the epidermis, is responsible for regulating temperature and preventing microbes and other harmful agents from entering our bodies. For this reason, only smaller molecules can truly penetrate the epidermis and get to the middle layer, the dermis (this is where collagen and elastin, the two proteins responsible for taut, firm skin, reside). Retinol and vitamin C are two such compounds that are able to “sink” in your skin and deliver nourishment to the deeper layers.

But what about larger molecules? Larger molecules have a much harder time getting past your skin’s epidermis, so they simply sit on top of skin. They’re not completely useless, though: these compounds can hydrate and moisturize the outer layers. Hyaluronic acid is a great example of this. In its natural form, hyaluronic acid can’t easily make its way into the inner layers of your skin, but it can still attract water from the environment to give your complexion a dewy glow.

On the other hand, sodium hyaluronate, a salt of hyaluronic acid with a smaller molecular weight, can more easily penetrate skin, delivering the same benefits of hyaluronic acid to the base layers. To prevent the visible effects of aging or really fix some of your skin concerns, you need to make sure your products feature ingredients that nourish the epidermis and get past it, too.

Skincare’s New Technology: Advanced Delivery Systems

Thanks to advances in science, there are now better ways to deliver nutrients to your skin—and they can even target specific concerns.

Over the recent years, delivery systems have been making big waves. Originally used in medical research, a delivery system basically uses one molecule to carry another molecule to specific location. It’s just like Postmates or Uber, but for microscopic skin care!

In cosmetics, we can use these cosmetic delivery drones to ensure that all layers of skin are nourished and zone in on specific cells. Here are two of our favorite technologies.

1. Peptide Delivery System

Our first delivery system makes use of palmitoyl peptides. These little spheres are often referred to as “Botox-like ingredients,” and are prized for their visible anti-aging effects.

If you’re not already familiar, Botox works by blocking your neurons and muscles from communicating, effectively freezing the muscle so it cannot contract and create lines, furrows and wrinkles. The skin therefore relaxes, and wrinkles soften (or are prevented from manifesting in the first place).

This drone works in a similar way, targeting skin neurons and inhibiting calcium entry. Calcium is what powers our neurons and muscles, so without it, our neurons cannot communicate to our muscles for movement. The result? Muscles relax and wrinkles become less severe.

2. Pigment-Targeting Delivery System

Our next delivery system is a glycolic acid, lactic acid and multi-peptide combination specifically created to lighten the appearance of dark spots.

This “smart capsule” is able to identify and target melanocytes, which are mature cells that produce melanin (responsible for color). The capsule focuses only on those melanocytes that are overproducing, causing uneven skin tone. (Other whiteners can leave a “halo” effect by targeting the skin cells near the overproducing melanocytes, which is what this technology was developed to avoid.)

When our skin is exposed to certain stimuli, such as sunlight, melanin production increases in a phenomenon known as facultative pigmentation. By targeting the receptors on those melanocytes, this drone can mitigate the effects of the hyper-production of melanin.

Pretty nifty, huh?

How to Get Your Skin on These Delivery Systems

The best part is you don’t need access to a dermatologist or esthetician to reap the benefits of these technologies—you can get them right in your daily skin care.

8CELLENT’s Vitality Complex Serum and its richer sister, Vitality Complex Cream, both contain these revolutionary delivery systems—which means one thing: the formulas WORK to revitalize the appearance of skin.

Combined with an elixir of luxurious botanical oils and extraordinary plant extracts, the delivery systems work to create smooth-looking, uplifted and youthfully resilient skin, all of which is guaranteed thanks to the technologies that enable skin to truly drink in the benefits.

Your skin can feel the change, and you can see the transformation.