Our faces are and always have been the manner in which we show ourselves to the world, and down through the ages, skin care has been an essential aspect of daily life. Even in primordial times when humans lived in caves, early men and woman soothed dry skin by rubbing fat into it.
In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that skin care was as important a daily ritual in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome as it is today, albeit contemporary fragrance choices are more plentiful and much more complex thanks to innovations in the field of industrial science and the artistic talent of modern perfumer designers.
And while ingredients, packaging, messaging and celebrity association can lend to differentiating modern brands, deliberately designed fragrances based on timely and/or timeless trends are often what catapult skin care products over the benchmarks of success.
But what fragrance blends separate successful facial creams and lotions apart from their competitors? Our team and master perfumers explain.
The Origins Of Night Creams
Egyptian night creams contained plant oils and fats and also frankincense, which was revered for its anti inflammatory properties. Sometimes, precious stones were ground into the creams, both to ward off evil spirits and for the alluring sparkle they left on the skin.
About 200 BC, the Roman physician, Galen, developed the first cold cream moisturizer, using a blend of rose oil, melted beeswax and water. He named it “cold cream” because of the way it felt when applied the skin.
The word, ‘cosmetics,’ derives from the female slaves of ancient Rome, the “cosmetae,” whose job was to create the creams and cosmetics used by women in Roman households.
The best night creams from the past date back to the 17th century and were an amalgam of rose water, beeswax and sweet almond oil. They were not produced commercially, as they did not have a long shelf-life and were usually made at home.
During this time period, European women favored bleaching products in their night creams, as clear white skin was considered a sign of both beauty and privilege. The stable quality of mineral-based moisturizers, such as petroleum jelly, which was introduced in the 19th century, made it possible for night creams to be both manufactured and marketed.
The twentieth century introduced moisturizing oils and emollients into night creams, which kept skin soft and subtle and replaced that once favored “pure white skin” look with a more toned and tanned character.
Wealth was now symbolized by more leisure time to enjoy outdoor activities, which meant spending hours in the sun, which in turn increased the need for moisturizing night cream to replenish the skin after exposure.
Using facial creams is not a matter of vanity any more than brushing one’s teeth might be considered so. They should be utilized every day, whether or not makeup is applied, because they serve as protective blocks against the harmful rays of the sun.
They moisturize, nourish and revitalize skin layers in ways that nothing else can. They also aid in reducing tell-tale signs of aging such as: age spots, wrinkles and fine lines (crow’s-feet ,etc). Daily moisturizing is vital for healthy skin, which is the body’s largest organ, and demands rigorous attention to stay youthful and healthy.
The Difference Between Day And Night Creams
Day and night creams differ because their functions as they relate to skin care are not the same. Whether buying one or the other, consumers should seek products with labels that list ‘noncomedogenic’ among their ingredients, which means they won’t block pores and cause breakouts.
Many skin experts agree that women should start using facial creams when they are in their mid to late 20s, but should never despair if they didn’t because it is never to late to start unless a person is already residing on the other side of the sod.
A day cream should contain something that will help to protect the skin from harsh and harmful outside elements. Look for ingredients that include: sunscreen protection (with an SPF factor of at least 15); Vitamin C, which brightens skin and also aids in sun protection by increasing cell melanin.
According to Dr. Dhaval Bhanusal, consultant for Skincare.com: “Day creams tend to be lighter in consistency and texture…This is because most of them are designed to be worn under cosmetics, so the formulas are lightweight, easily absorbed and non-greasy. They also typically have SPF in them, the single most important part of an anti-aging regimen.”
Night creams are heavier formulations that are designed to moisturize and repair skin during sleep. The skin absorbs active ingredients and the regeneration power of skin cells is greater at night than during daytime hours. Night creams soothe the face, improve texture and boost collagen production.
They aid in improving blood circulation and reducing wrinkles and other lines. Perhaps their best benefit is the fact that repeated use prevents sagging skin from developing, keeping it soft and supple.
Which Ingredients Should Be Included in An Effective Facial Cream?
Our researchers and chemists at Alpha Aromatics provide many scents that are utilized in personal care products such as candles, soaps, creams, lotions and sprays, and while the industry as a whole is overloaded with a myriad of product offerings that promise many things, much too often, they often fail to deliver.
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In addition to fragrance, the ingredients of a good facial cream fragrance should always work cohesively with the following: hyaluronic acid; vitamin A; vitamin C; vitamin E; ceramides and fruit acids.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
This clear and and sticky material that the human body produces naturally keeps tissues moist and well-lubricated by helping it to retain water. A face cream containing this ingredient will plump skin and prevent the deterioration of its natural development.
HA is also known to regulate inflammation levels and aid in the healing of wounds by transmitting signals to the body to rebuild damaged blood vessels. Repeated use is certain to replenish moisture and enhance skin elasticity.
Known to normalize skin functions and rectify problematic skin conditions, vitamin A can be found on a face cream label with other names that include: Retin-A, Renova and Retinyl Palmitate. This vitamin help with reducing fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots.
It helps to increase blood flow by stimulating and thickening the dermis, which is the inner layer of the skin and contains connective tissue, blood vessels, oil and sweat glands, nerves and hair follicles. Regular use results in a clear complexion with few signs of wrinkles and aging.
Vitamins C and E
These two vitamins must always be present in face creams because they retain antioxidant properties and bolster the skin by providing nourishment.
They also serve to prevent the development of wrinkles and fine lines and protect it from deleterious environmental effects such as: ultraviolet rays, free radicals and pollution. Fragrance formations created by Alpha Aromatics always perfectly complement facial cream ingredients.
Fatty acids also known as lipids, comprise 50% of the skin’s epidermis, and they seal moisture into the skin, preventing irritation and dryness.
Ceramides are particularly effective in a face cream when the skin has lost fatty acids, which can occur when it has been depleted by over exposure to hot water, soaps and certain chemicals. These acids replenish the skin and help restore the skin barrier, which allows for an increase in moisture levels.
Sourced from an array of fruits that include: apples, pears, sugar cane, lemons and oranges, fruit acids are commonly found in many face creams. These botanicals are known to improve general skin tone and texture and combat signs of aging by promoting the exfoliation of dead skin cells and collagen production.
Some of the most common types are: Glycolic (from sugar cane); Lactic (milk-sourced); Citric (fruit-based); Malic (apples) and Mandelic (bitter almonds.
The Power of Moisturizing And Facial Creams
Moisturizer in facial creams is the unspoken power behind healthy and effective skin care. After a bath, shower or shave are the best times to apply it because hot water deprives human skin of all its moisture and oils.
This always presents a conflict because while hot water can be very soothing, it can also leave skin very vulnerable and parched. When moisturizing becomes part of a daily regimen, it greatly decreases the chances of developing extreme dryness or oiliness, both of which can cause acne and other skin conditions.
There is no underestimating the benefits of applying a moisturizer when it comes to the face, ears, neck and chest areas because they are both vulnerable to environmental changes and to the development of skin cancer.
These specific locations need more moisturizing than other parts of the body because they shed skin cells more rapidly. In order for the newer cells to emerge, there must be enough moisture for them to repair themselves. In addition, the act of applying lotion triggers blood circulation and new cell generation.
Our Most Recently Designed Fragrances For Facial Creams
Standing out from an increasingly populated marketplace isn’t easy for facial cream manufactures, particularly with constantly emerging considerations such as demographics, gender, spending reprioritizations, constantly shifting brand loyalties and other preferences.
While branding, packaging and messaging help, there’s nothing like fragrance to enable a product to succeed in today’s marketplace.
The following represent just a few scents our teams have recently developed for use specifically in facial creams.
Bamboo Grass And Ginger
This fragrance whispers of all things tropical and opens with a top note marked by sweet, fresh and complex bergamot and velvety peach.
These elements soon fade into a heart note characterized by intensely intoxicating and haunting jasmine, green, dry and woody bamboo, bright, sensual ginger and exotic, inviting tea bud.
The scent winds down and completes with a base note featuring floral nutty and peppery sage, passionate, earthy musk and rich, honey-like amber.
Blue Agave And Sea Salt
This marine-inspired scent speaks of the endless flow of the sea, opening with top notes of mild, subtle and sugary casaba melon, fatty, fruity-nuanced apricot kernel and briny, pungent sea salt.
These elements soon fade into a middle note featuring rich, floral and exotic ylang, romantic, musky rose, earthy moss, hot and spicy clove and sweet, fragrant and rich blue agave.
The scent completes with a base note laden with aspects of creamy sandalwood, sensual musk and sweet floral-nuanced sugary nectar.
Cotton Flower & Tamarind
Sour-sweet and lemony tamarind fruit, astringent, clean lemon and fresh, sharp lime form the top notes of this tropical fragrance.
These aspects soon surrender to a redolent floral heart note bouquet featuring rich, narcotic jasmine, fresh, sugary orange blossom and soft, powdery cotton blossom.
A base note of lush elegant vanilla and aromatic, sensual white musk completes this memorable fragrance .
D’Anjou Pear & Pansy
This delightful fragrance opens with a top note featuring crisp, green apple, fresh, dense pear and warm, spicy white peach.
These elements soon acquiesce to a middle note bouquet characterized by delicate and fruity pansy, creamy, sugary magnolia blossom and green, sweet and feminine lily-of-the-valley.
The scent completes with a base note containing sensual musk, warm, rich amber and clean, balsamic cedar wood.
Facial creams and anti aging lotions lotions have come a long way down through the centuries due to many scientific advances. In the modern world, their evolution is both appreciated and enjoyed by a demanding pubic who enjoys their many benefits.
If you’re a product developer, skincare formulation development chemist, cosmetic scientist or a cosmetic manufacturing company, give our master perfumers a call today!
Final thought about skin care: I regret that I took such good care of my skin-said no one ever. ~ Pinterest
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