THE BENEFITS OF NEUROCOSMETIC INGREDIENTS
Neurocosmetic functional ingredients can be used in combination with other active ingredients, formulated in different cosmetic forms to target the skin type and age of each consumer. However, in the marketplace, these types of ingredients are primarily used in anti-aging and sensitive skin formulations or to combat skin stress.
Monk's pepper, a large shrub that grows in Mediterranean regions and Asia. Its berries contain phyto-endorphins, which bind to opioid receptors, causing an analgesic effect and a sense of well-being. It stimulates the activities of β-endorphin, the body's happiness molecule, and DHEA. This neurocosmetic functional ingredient helps increase skin hydration, firmness, density and elasticity while stimulating collagen production.
Anandamide: Since its discovery in 1992, anandamide (a word from the Sanskrit ānanda meaning joy or bliss) has been widely studied for its effects on pain relief, sleep quality, and recent cell regeneration. Dr. Mauro Maccarrone has conducted fascinating research and published an article on the effects of anandamide on regulating the differentiation of keratinocytes, responsible for the outermost layer of our skin. Naturally present in many plants, it became known through a famous research that found its traces in chocolate. This natural active ingredient interacts with ECS and accesses our nervous system in a similar way to CBD, making it a perfect candidate for neurocosmetic application.
Tephrosia purpurea. This is a common herb from the wastelands of India and Sri Lanka that has been used as an ethnomedicine to treat a number of conditions. Explored as a neurosmetic, it can help stimulate the production of beta-endorphins, while maintaining the properties of
Ponderosa pine, also known as the king of the Alps, has a multitude of uses. The extraction process produces an active ingredient that calms skin sensitivity and reduces redness. Collagen protection and anti-inflammatory properties make this ingredient an excellent addition to the growing line of neuroactive ingredients.