What's Inside Skin Care Products and Do They Work


Real Science or Marketing Hype? - A Look At Skin Care Product Ingredients

In this article, we look at skin care ingredients and what’s inside the many skin care products that are available on the shelves today. Are they effective and do they really work? Can they really do what the manufacturers claim they can do?

There are two very important factors to consider when looking into ingredients that go into a skin care product

These are: (1) chemistry and the (2) how the skin naturally works

The effectiveness of a product ingredient depends on a number of factors with chemical compatibility being the number one key factor

The chemistry of ingredients contained in a product formula must be recognized by the skin as being as its own otherwise the skin will simply reject it.

About Natural Ingredients and the Chemistry of Your Skin

Because a product may claim to contain natural ingredients does not necessarily make it more effective or even good for the skin.

Simply stuffing natural ingredients supposedly “good for the skin” into a formula is a meaningless exercise and does not guarantee that it will produce the desired results. It’s having the right chemistry that counts.

Some ingredients work better on their own while others need one or more additional components as a catalyst or activator to make them work. Ingredients combined in a formula without a real understanding of the chemistry involved can reduce their potency or render them totally ineffective or even harmful to the skin.

This is why you must never mix different brands of products together in a treatment no matter how closely a generic product may resemble the original. Any slight mismatch in the formulation can start a chemical reaction leading to serious unwanted results or no results at all

One problem in the beauty, skincare and cosmetics industry today is the ease with which manufacturers and even some DIY home industries can enter the market with no real scientific background, a limited medical knowledge or lack of understanding of the skin and the chemistry involved.

The living cells of the body do not accept any chemical, natural or synthesized ingredients that they do not recognize as part of their genetic blue-print. In other words…

Rule #1: A Product Formula Must Match the Chemistry of the Skin

DMK were among the first to recognize the importance of using formulations that match the chemistry of the skin

Skin Care Product Ingredients To Avoid

There are many ingredients used in skin care products and cosmetics that are toxic or harmful to the skin. Some substances have been banned from use in certain countries but continue to be used in some products. Often these harmful ingredients are additives used as preservatives or to provide a fragrance to a formula.

The list of substances is endless but the internet has a rich supply of information. Did you know that over 1 372 substances have been banned in Europe for use in cosmetics and skin care products but only 10 have been banned in the US?

Here are just a few:

Formaldehyde still used in some natural skin care products. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and skin irritant

Coal Tar is used to add colour to cosmetics. It is a carcinogen

Petroleum is linked to cancer but is used in many cosmetics and lip products

Hydroquinone a skin lightening chemical substance, banned in South Africa but continues to be used in the US. It causes a condition called ochronosis which is a severe blackening of the skin

Lead usually found in lipstick can cause brain damage

Nickel is an allergen that causes dermatitis but it is still used in many make-up products

Ingredients Tested on Animals have been banned in Europe but are continued to be used in the US

To quote this writer in regard to harmful ingredients used in skin care products:

“Applying some creams and oils is NO DIFFERENT from eating them, because they could enter the blood-stream regardless if they are ingested in the mouth or absorbed through the skin!”

A very important point and one that is not often given careful consideration by manufacturers whose primary concern is to cut costs, prolong the shelf life of a product or to deliver a pleasant fragrance

Ingredients and Marketing Hype

Often product manufacturers will use the name of a well-known active ingredient as a marketing ploy. For example, a product might bear a prominently displayed label saying “Contains Hyaluronic Acid”.

The fact is that while many off-the-shelf skin care products may actually contain the active ingredient, it often does not contain enough of it to be able to produce effective results.

Rule #2: An Active Ingredient Must Be Present In Sufficient Quantities To Be Able To Do Its Work

DMK products contain potent doses of active ingredients to ensure that effective results are obtained. This is why DMK products are more expensive and the reason why DMK can absolutely guarantee results without fail if the product is used correctly for the right application.

Another trend in the market today is to punt some miracle ingredient or cure-all for problem skin or the latest method or scientific discovery.

Be wary of marketing slogans that boast some miracle discovery or ancient secret ingredient. Product manufacturers have only one thing in mind and that is to sell as many products to as many people for as long as possible. They will use whatever tactic is needed to get you to buy.

If the marketing is right, the product will sell even if it produces mediocre results or is totally useless. By the time this is discovered by the public, the company will have already raked in huge profits.

One shudders to think of how much money is actually being spent (or more accurately, wasted) on products that simply don’t work

This is the reality of what is happening in the beauty and skin industry today. Far too many “snake oil salesmen” (literally) and not enough real science coupled with the right knowledge, experience and a sincere desire and motive to effectively resolve real skin concerns for millions of sufferers all over the world.

The REAL Science Behind Effective Skin Care

Responsible manufacturers of skin care products spend millions of dollars on research and development in finding cures for skin conditions. Hundreds of trials and tests are carried out before a product can be released.

Science is everything when it comes to the design and manufacture of skin care products and treatments. A thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of the anatomy, chemistry and functioning of skin is essential.

Rule #3: A Skin Care Product Or Treatment Will Only Work If It Is Designed To Emulate The Way Your Skin Works Naturally

No home-based or backyard manufacturer without the right scientific resources, knowledge and equipment can produce a formula that is precise and accurately replicates the chemistry of the skin

What You Need To Know About Your Skin

Your skin works as a factory with many different chemical components, processes and functions all working toward a common goal – that of protecting the body and keeping the skin healthy, in other words, keeping the factory running smoothly.

If the health of the skin is compromised, it is because of physical damage or a loss of some function or imbalance in the skin. The only way to rectify the problem is to address the origin or cause of the condition and restore normality and functioning by stimulating the skin at cellular level to get it to do what it’s supposed to do naturally.

Rule #4: There Is No Single Ingredient, Treatment Or Device That Will Change, Alter Or Normalise All The Functions Of The Skin

No product manufacturer can claim to have a cure-all ingredient.

Are Your Skin Crèmes Really Working For You?

The outer layer of the skin is structured like a brick wall with skin cells overlapping each other to prevent harmful bacteria, chemicals or foreign bodies from penetrating the skin and causing damage or infection. This means that even skin crèmes or lotions and the active ingredients contained in them are prevented from penetrating the layers of skin to reach their target.

While some may have a marginal effect of the skin, the majority of skin care products on the market today simply sit on the surface of skin doing absolutely nothing.

The penetration of a substance depends on several things, particularly the molecular size of the particles. The smaller the particles, the more likely they can be absorbed into the voids of the skin. The molecular size of a particle of an ingredient has to be taken into consideration – a fact that many product manufacturers have simply failed to take into account.

The mechanism by which the ingredient is delivered into the skin is also important and the active ingredient will need a delivery system, transport agent or carrier to move it down through the layers of skin in order to interact with the skin cells or initiate a chemical or mechanical reaction with the skin tissue and its components.

Rule #5: Direct Delivery Is The Only Way To Ensure That The Therapeutic Agent Is Delivered Directly To The Site

The design of a product formula at molecular level is critical in order to work effectively with the way the skin naturally works at deep cellular level and how it is structured



All DMK products are formulated for high penetration. The advantage of transdermal delivery is allowing the active substances right down into the reproductive layer where these substances encourage growth and repair of cells. Visit this page on our website to learn more about DMK TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY

What’s Inside DMK Products?

The ingredients used in DMK products are too numerous to mention them all so we’ve only highlighted a handful here that are naturally found in the skin and compliment the skin’s functioning.

Water is the principle wetting agent in all DMK formulations. Water is provided for humectants and water-binding ingredients to work effectively and provide maximum hydration. It also acts as a carrier agent for ingredients to be delivered deep into the skin tissue. Water naturally makes up for 70% of the chemical composition of your skin

Beta Glucan stimulates the Langerhans Cell (the skin’s immune system) subsequently activating the macrophages and recharging the cellular immune system. The Langerhans Cell fights off foreign bodies and bacteria, releasing substances such as epidermal growth factors that encourage skin renewal and healing

Vitamin C is obtained from the food that we eat and is needed by the skin and body for strengthening the immune system to ward off infection and disease. It also promotes the production of collagen the skin to reduce the effects of ageing. To learn more about Vitamin C, read The Power of Vitamin C and Your Skin and also Vitamin C: The Continued Mystique of Vitamin C

Sulphur is known as nature’s beauty mineral. It makes up 0,25% of human body weight. It is responsible for tissue regeneration, controlling acne causing bacteria, tissue respiration and more

Niacinamide flushes swollen capillaries and increases blood circulation promoting the flow of healthy blood and nutrients to skin tissue. It also suppresses the transfer of melanin from the melanocyte to the keratinocyte to prevent pigmentation from occurring

Allantoin stimulates the growth of healthy skin tissue which helps to heal wounds and skin ulcers

Glycosaminoglycans – a basic element found in skin tissue. It helps water to penetrate the skin keeping the surface soft and supple

Wheat Germ Oil has a high content of vitamin E which naturally accumulates in the epidermis. It also contains other important vitamins that are naturally found in the body to aid metabolism, promote the growth of healthy tissue and assist the body’s immune system

Squalene is a rich fine lipid that easily emulsify with water. It is a good water-binding ingredient that penetrates extremely well into the skin. Squalene is found in the natural sebum of your skin and it is therefore a good imitator of the skin’s own natural oil

Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in the skin. It acts as a moisturizer because of its ability to hydrate the skin, keeping it plump and firm.

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