Manuka honey is collected from the nectar of the flowers of Manuka bushes and has always been an important ingredient in For The Real Bloke skin care because of its antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It has a unique composition with minerals, vitamins and proteins. Manuka honey is commonly used by people who have problems with their skin, have different skin needs or want to improve the overall health of their skin.
The properties of the honey have been studied and showed antimicrobial properties which cannot be found with other types of honey. This property has been given the name of UMF or antibacterial property of Manuka honey. The tests of this honey are being done in the Honey Research Unit in the Waikato University established in New Zealand. Honey which is rated to be more than 10 UMF is called active Manuka honey and it can be used as medicinal product. For the Real Bloke uses UMF 20+ honey which has antioxidants known to protect against the free radical which is the main cause behind the aging process.
Our Active manuka honey is used with other natural ingredients such as almond oil, aloe vera, shea butter, natural vitamin E, coconut oil, a number of selected extracts and vitamins and active ingredients to create this complete skincare package. It seems a shame to confine such a wonder substance to the boring business of healing wounds – hence the proliferation of skincare products containing Manuka honey. Will they really help heal your skin and enhance natural cell renewal better than their non-UMF-bearing competitors?
Allantoin is an good anti-aging skin care ingredient when it comes to the facial rejuvenation products that you select. According to European regulation on cosmetic products criteria, Allantoin is a star molecule because of its beneficial effects for the skin and its safety profile. Allantoin is a natural chemical compound that is produced by many organisms, including animals, bacteria and plants as well as chemically synthesized. Once again For The Real Bloke uses a plant based Allantion extracted from the roots and leaves of the comfrey plant which has long been used to expedite healing. For The Real Bloke carefully selected this ingredient in most formulas because of its effectiveness to heal and sooth the skin.
Aloe vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality”. This was the first ingredient selected when formulating this range due to the nature and unbelievable properties of this plant.
Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe.
Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found out that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair and scalp problems to many more. It is also said to be useful in treating wounds, burns and minor skin infections.
As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain antioxidants including beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
We have formulated this ingredient into the full range of For The Real Bloke products and have security in knowing that this ingredient will benefit you as the customer.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants which has a cell-protecting function. It has a strong antioxidant effect that protects the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals. Green tea extract also contains the Methylxanthines that stimulates skin microcirculation and therefore positively influence the tone and health of the skin. Green tea extract can actually decrease wrinkles and also makes you look younger. For The Real Bloke incorporate green tea extract into our Men’s range skin care product to possibly slow down skin ageing.
Green tea extract is a good anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin which helps when putting your face through the elements of shaving daily, and most importantly having an inhibitory action on collagenase (a collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen). Since green tea extract helps to inhibit collagenase, the topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and quantity of collagen, there by maintaining a firm and elastic skin. In one clinical study is was shown that the skin had measurably more elastic tissue content after continuous application of a product containing green tea extract.
As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture and is one of For The Real Bloke's key ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is smart as it has the ability to adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity. Researchers have found Hyaluronic Acid supplementation to be directly involved in increasing skin moisture. Microscopic skin surface analysis shows increased skin condition and the reduction of wrinkles.
Hyaluronic Acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. When applied in an HA cream or serum, hyaluronicacid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid was the perfect choice for our men’s range ensuring we had sufficient penetration through the much thicker skin.
We use a synthetic form of Hyaluronic 100% powder in our formulations and is NOT derived from animals.
Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3/Nicotinic Acid)
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Applied topically Niacinamide can improve skin's elasticity, dramatically enhancing its barrier function to help erase discolorations, and revive skin's healthy tone and texture. Niacinamide has been observed to be well tolerated by skin and to provide a broad array of improvements in the appearance of aging facial skin
A derivative of vitamin A, Retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles to improve the look of fatigued skin, while complementing the skin’s natural process to reduce the appearance of pore size. It also reinforces the protective tissues of the skin, thereby enhancing the overall health and vitality of the skin surface. Vitamin A is essential for the proper maintenance of the skin tissues. For The Real Bloke uses a stringent quality control system when it comes to handling Retinol and we recommend that you store your products away from direct sunlight and replace and close the cap immediately after use to ensure the effectiveness of the Retinol.
Sea Weed Extract
The Sea Weed Extract that we use is called Fucus vesiculosus which is a brown seaweed that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the North and Baltic seas. This species are often included in kelp preparations along with other types of seaweed. A study published in the January/February 2002 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science determined that Fucus vesiculosus extract possesses anti-aging properties and should be useful as a cosmetic ingredient. The study found that a gel containing 1 percent Fucus vesiculosus extract applied to cheek skin twice daily for five weeks decreased skin thickness and improved elasticity when compared with control substances. The authors note that cheek skin thickness normally increases with age, whereas elasticity decreases.