Want to know more about why you should try ZO Skin Health products? Want to know more about how to take care of your skin, outside of a proper skincare routine? This series of blog posts will tackle several skin health myths, as well as how our products benefit you and your skin.

Introducing ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30

Since the early 1990s, skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled (135%) in the UK. There are around 16,200 new cases every year, which makes it the 5th most common cancer in the UK.

86% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to risk factors and could be prevented. ZO Skin Health has launched the latest addition to its sun protection range – ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30, to make SPF reapplication easy and help patients stay protected at all times.

The ZO® Difference

ZO® Triple-Protection products are formulated with exclusive technologies and the highest quality ingredients to offer superior protection against UV rays and environmental aggressors.

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Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 formula features titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to offer physical protection from UVB and UVA rays. The formula is enriched with vitamins A, C and E to protect the skin from infrared damage and free radicals. Rosemary and beta-glucan extracts counteract dullness and dehydration, caused by air pollution, while fractured melanin protects against the HEV light, emitted from phones and computer screens.

Easy and Convenient Reapplication

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The new Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 comes in a compact brush format to offer on-the-go sunscreen reapplication. The brush is densely packed with ultra-soft bristles to guarantee even application onto the skin. Most importantly, the brush doesn’t shed and cleans easily, ensuring it will continue to provide smooth and consistent application over time.

The Perfect Companion for Every Skin Tone

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Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 comes in three universal shades – light, medium, and deep. Light has a cool undertone which neutralises the signs of redness and irritation. Medium creates a clean, even canvas for a natural look or sheer base, while deep is perfect for adding warmth and definition for a bronzed look. The powder is formulated with advanced colour-enhancing pigments to provide buildable coverage and a touch of luminosity for instant complexion perfection.

ZO Skin Health Firming Serum – Defying the Mechanism of Skin Ageing

Formulated with an exclusive biomimetric complex and anti-inflammatory system, ZO Skin Health Firming Serum reduces the appearance of sagging and skin laxity for a more defined facial contour.

The mechanism of skin ageing

The process of skin ageing is complex and influenced by a myriad of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The most prominent intrinsic biological processes involved in skin ageing are alterations in DNA repair and stability, mitochondrial function and cellular metabolism. Extrinsic factors such as UV radiation and free radical damage cause morphological alterations in the dermis, alter fibroblast activity and, ultimately, lead to a thinner epidermis, loss of collagen and weakened skin repair.

Over time, the loss of structural proteins collagen and elastin impact skin’s ability to maintain its shape and structural integrity. Unable to withstand mechanical shocks and environmental stressors, the epidermis slackens, collapses and loses its defined shape.

The Solution

Firming Serum’s bioactive formula supports the anchoring fibrils that connect the dermis to the epidermis and maintains the structural integrity of the skin.

Sodium DNA

Fibroblast cells in ageing skin become inactive and unable to restore collagen and elastin. Sodium DNA works alongside skin’s matrix formation process to support fibroblast activity and improve elasticity and firmness.

ZCORE Anti-Inflammatory Complex

Fibrillar degeneration weakens the dermal-epidermal junction and results in inadequate nutrient replenishment between the dermis and the epidermis. ZCORE complex features biomimetric tetrapeptide and sweet yellow clover to support the anchoring fibrils for dermal-epidermal junction integrity.

Clinically Proven Results

In a comprehensive clinical study of 45 participants, Firming Serum has been proven to improve the appearance of firmness, sagging and help maintain skin’s shape and strength.

97% of participants showed significant improvement in firmness by week 12 as measured by Cutometer, 88% demonstrated elasticity improvement while 93% of subjects showed significant improvement in mid-face and jawline sagging by week 12 measured by an expert clinical grader.

Comprehensive Solutions

Targeted treatment of laxity and sagging cannot replace the basics steps of a healthy routine – cleanse, exfoliation, UV and antioxidant protection. Firming Serum’s lightweight formula is mild enough to be tolerated by all skin types and suitable for sensitive skin areas. It can, therefore, be added to all anti-ageing programmes. Firming Serum is applied AM and PM after GSR and Daily Power Defense and before high molecular weight products such as Growth Factor Serum.

 

 

ZO Skin Health Wrinkle + Texture Repair – New, Improved Formula

ZO Skin Health’s comprehensive anti-ageing solution has been reformulated to increase efficacy and accelerate treatment results.Beneath the surface, the first manifestation of skin ageing begins with the degradation of skin’s collagen network.

Wrinkle + Texture Repair targets the underlying pathophysiology of skin ageing and stimulates the restoration of collagen-1, fibronectin and hyaluronic acid aids in skin’s collagen network. The formula features a blend of retinol, carprooyl tetrapeptide-3, melilotus officinalis extract, Buddleja davidii meristem cell culture and phospholipids that work synergistically to restore natural hydration and minimise the appearance of wrinkles and all signs of ageing.

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Advanced Delivery System

The key to Wrinkle +Texture Repair lies efficacy in its new delivery system. ZO Skin Health has introduced a microemulsion delivery system that enables the rapid release of retinol and accelerated penetration in the deeper skin layers.

Clinically Proven Results

  • The Study

A 12-week clinical study, including 43 subjects was conducted to evaluate the effect of Wrinkle + Texture Repair formula on the facial skin of female subjects.

All subjects were initially analysed at baseline, and then reassessed at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks of product use. Skin changes in all subjects were analysed by an external grader, utilising a visual scale to measure lines, wrinkles and changes in skin texture.

Bio-instrumental analyses were also conducted utilising Tewameter to assess trans-epidermal water loss and digital images were obtained with a Clarity 2D system at all study timepoints, and analysed by a trained technician. All data points were compared against baseline visit results.

  • The Results

After 12 weeks of application, a significant improvement in all expert graded skin attributes was found, and no significant adverse events were reported during the study. Participants were overwhelmingly satisfied with the results, with 93% of participants showing improvement by the end of the study. 98% of participants showed improvements in crow’s feet and facial fine lines by week 12, and 95% of participants showed improvements in skin function by week 12.

Furthermore, none of the expert graded results showed any plateauing effect at the conclusion of the study, which suggests that patients may expect to see even further benefits when using the product for longer than 12 weeks.

The Perfect Skincare Routine for Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Dry, flaky  and  dehydrated skin and cold weather go hand in hand. This is because low temperatures mean low humidity, both outdoors and indoors. The water content of the epidermis tends to reflect the level of humidity around it, so even oily and combination skin types suffer from red, itchy skin during winter months.

Fortunately, few simple changes in your daily skincare routine can alleviate winter skin symptoms.

Gentle Exfoliation

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Switching abrasive physical exfoliators for a gentle cleanser can help the skin adjust to cooler, drier weather. ZO Gentle Cleanser For All Skin Types is great for dehydrated skin thanks to a potent blend of antioxidants and botanical extracts that removes dead cells, sebum and dirt, while maintaining healthy lipid balance and helps retain epidermis natural moisture level.

Switch to a Non-Retinol Serum

Retinol is a gold standard ingredient for treating all signs of skin ageing and inflammatory conditions such as acne and rosacea. However, skin becomes drier and more prone to irritation during winter months, so cutting down the frequency of application or switching to an antioxidant serum is beneficial for drier skin types.

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ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum is a retinol-free formulation that delivers daily DNA repair and antioxidant protection to slow and correct the signs of ageing. Formulated with ZPRO™ exclusive antioxidant biomimetic protein complex, Growth Factor Serum stimulates the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid and protect skin cells DNA from future damage.

Enzymes are Key

Sloughing off dry patches with exfoliating brushes and other mechanical devices is a short-term fix that can exacerbate dry skin symptoms and lead to more irritation and flaking.

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Ceramides are enzymes, found naturally in the uppermost layers of the skin, that help shed dead cells and limit moisture loss. ZO Skin Health Renewal Crème features ceramides, antioxidants and jojoba esters to reinforce skin barrier functions and restore healthy hydration levels.

Don’t Skip On SPF Protection

During winter months, sunlight contains less UVB radiation which is the culprit for sun burns. However, long-wavelength UVA rays are present all year can penetrate through clouds, fog and window glass, causing oxidative stress and premature signs of ageing. SPF protection of minimum 30 is vital in high altitudes as snow reflects 80% of UV rays, in comparison to sand and water that only reflect around 10-15%.

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ZO Skin Health Smart Tone SPF 50 blends seamlessly into all skin types and provides an invisible, matte protection against UVB, UVA, blue light and air pollution.

 

New ZO Skin Health Hydrating Crème – Just The Thing For Dry Skin!

Having dry skin isn’t fun in any form. The various symptoms, associated with the condition include itching, redness, uneven texture and take a serious toll on sufferers’ self-esteem.  In a survey conducted by FEMAIL, seven in ten participants agreed that having dry skin impacts their overall confidence.

So, what causes it?

Dryness can be a symptom of an overactive immune response and skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis. Sore, itching skin can also be a result of a compromised protective barrier which is often caused by improper skincare regime and environmental factors such as cold weather and low humidity.

The Solution

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Our new Hydrating Crème is a lightweight formula designed to relieve the symptoms of severely dry skin, soothe irritation and replenish skin’s natural hydration levels. It is ideal for treating moderate to severe dry skin on the face and body, including skin showing visible signs of eczema.

Benefits

• Smoothes skin texture
• Reduces itching
• Restores hydration
• Calms redness
• Supports skin barrier function
• Reduces intensity and frequency of flare-ups

Key Ingredients

Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract

Works in the epidermis to speed up healing and reduce the intensity and frequency of skin flare-ups. It inhibits bacteria intrusion and helps restore skin barrier functions and natural hydration levels.

Myristoyl Pentapeptide – 11

Stimulates cell renewal and helps regulate tissue repair. The multipeptide complex provides anti-inflammatory benefits and speeds up wound healing.

ZOX12

Our exclusive slow-release antioxidant complex that protects the skin from free radicals and prevents premature aging.

Clinically Proven Results

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In a clinical study conducted on patients with moderate to severe eczema, Hydrating Crème was clinically proven to be effective in restoring hydration, reducing redness and improving skin texture.
• 90% of participants reported a visible improvement in skin dryness by week 8.
• 87% reported reduction in itching by week 8.
• 85% reported reduction in redness by week 12.
• 90% reported visible improvement in skin texture and smoothness.

5 Big Fat Rosacea Myths You Need to Stop Believeing Now

Rosacea affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and yet there is hardly any other skin condition that has been misdiagnosed and mismanaged as frequently. Because of the variety and complexity of its symptoms, theories and a fair share of myths, abound as to what causes and exacerbates rosacea flare-ups. Separating fact from fiction can go a long way in helping you keep your symptoms at bay, so here are some the biggest rosacea myths out there and the truth behind each of them:

Myth #1: Rosacea is caused by poor hygiene

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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease within the pilosebaceous glands of the skin and has nothing to do with hygiene. In fact, using harsh cleansing products and over-exfoliating your face can exacerbate your symptoms and cause further damage to your skin’s protective barrier. To keep skin clean and healthy use gentle, nutrient-rich products that are specifically formulated for rosacea-prone skin.

Myth #2: Rosacea is contagious

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Rosacea is not an infectious disease, so you won’t catch it from coming into contact with someone else that has it. However, rosacea runs in families and people from some nationalities are more likely to develop the disorder than others.

Myth #3: Caffeine Triggers Flare-Ups

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No, you don’t have to give up your morning coffee to stave off your rosacea. According to researchers, it isn’t the caffeine in tea and coffee that may trigger the flare-ups, but rather the heat of the beverages.

Myth #4: Rosacea is caused by heavy drinking

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Despite the common heavy drinker stereotype, someone who has never had a drink in their life can develop rosacea just as easily as someone who enjoys a nightly glass of wine. For many rosacea sufferers alcohol is a proven flare-up trigger, but it has nothing to do with the original development of the condition.

Myth #5: Rosacea Can Be Cured

No matter what “miracle solution” you’ve heard of, there is no cure for rosacea. It is possible to get your symptoms under control and prevent flare-ups, but a permanent solution does not exist (yet).

5 Bad Habits Ruining Your Skin

If healthy, glowing skin is at the top of your beauty priorities, you need to kiss these bad habits goodbye:

1. Smoking

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If you smoke, you already know you need to quit. You know smoking is bad for heart, lungs and brain but do you know that every puff is also adding ages to your face?
Every time you light up, you inhale over 4 000 toxic chemicals that cause oxidative stress and inflammation in your skin. Long-time smokers develop wrinkles earlier in life because the chemicals in tobacco smoke deprive the skin from oxygen and damage collagen and elastin molecules. Quitting smoking cold turkey isn’t easy, but the overall health and wellbeing of your body and skin, it’s surely worth it. If you are struggling to stop smoking, then why don’t you consider an alternative like vaping? It’s not quite the same but it is certainly better and easier then going cold turkey. You could check out sites like this Portuguese one called Grossistas de Vaporizadores if you are interested in finding an alternative method to stop smoking.

2. Skipping on SPF

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Sun damage doesn’t discriminate. It can happen all year-round, affects all skin types and the damage builds up each year. If you want to protect your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy and unevenly pigmented, SPF should be a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum formula that includes protection against UVB, UVA and HEV radiation.

3. Eating too much junk food

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What is wrong with the occasional burger and chips? Nothing! But if you are a junk food junkie or have a monster sweet tooth, you are damaging your skin. Refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar level and trigger a surge of insulin. Overproduction of insulin leads to hormonal imbalances that can exacerbate breakouts and irritation. Make your diet work with you rather than against you and load up on antioxidants and skin-friendly foods.

4. Squeezing pimples.

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We know, there’s something too irresistible about squeezing a spot out of existence. However, you should resist picking your pimples if you don’t want to end up with some nasty scars and acne hyperpigmentation. Squeezing zits just pushes bacteria and deeper into your skin (and transfers new germs from your fingers), causing inflammation, irritation and scarring.

5. Over-exfoliating

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Going overboard with exfoliation (physical and chemical) does more harm than good to your skin. Scrubbing too hard and too often can damage the protective barrier of your skin and hinder its ability to retain moisture. Watch your skin for the sneaky signs of over-exfoliation and scrub no more than three times per week.

Free Radicals Beyond the Hype: Everything You Need to Know

Free radicals are the busiest buzzwords in the beauty world, but do you know what exactly are these beauty “devils” are and why they are so harmful to your skin? Here’s everything you need to know:

So, what exactly are free radicals?

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Free radicals are extra “packets” of energy, created through our natural metabolic process. We call them “free” because they are not dedicated to any particular biochemical reaction in the body. Free radicals have an unpaired electron in their outer orbital shell which makes them highly reactive and unstable molecules. They penetrate into the interior of other cells, trying to regain their missing electron, and damage whatever cell structure they strike.

Why free radicals are particularly bad for the skin?

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More than 85% of all free radical damage in the body comes from the cells’ own metabolic process. However, the skin is extremely rich in lipids, proteins and DNA which makes it a major target for unstable radicals and especially susceptible to oxidative stress. It is also the body’s first line of defense against environmental factors and as such is exposed to various external sources of free radical damage in addition to cellular metabolism.

Major external sources of free radical damage include:

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  • UV radiation: skin receives 80% of its free radical damage from sun radiation. The oxygen, contained in the lower levels of the epidermis, is a primary target for UV rays. When UV light waves penetrate the skin, they donate electrons to the oxygen within skin cells, creating a chain of unstable, aggressive free radical molecules.
  • Cigarette smoke: tobacco smoke is critically damaging to all cells and tissues. With every puff, you deliver to your body more than 4 000 toxic chemicals that lead to oxidative stress.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption: drinking alcohol increases your levels of cytokines, inflammatory molecules, responsible for excessive free radical production which leads to oxidative stress.
  • Exposure to air pollutants: industrial pollution and allergens increase oxidation in our bodies.

How can I protect my skin from free radicals and prevent oxidative stress?

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When it comes to fighting off free radicals and oxidative stress in the skin, antioxidants are our superheroes. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals before they touch the cell as well as stop ongoing cellular damage.

There is a tricky part though – only 1% of dietary antioxidants reach the surface of the skin. To effectively protect your skin from free radical damage, you need to apply topical antioxidants.

Choose antioxidants wisely for best results

Not all topical antioxidants are created equal. Effective topical antioxidants must be stable and come in the purest form, so they can penetrate the outermost barriers and reach the interior of the cell.

Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% pure, stabilised vitamin C that to brighten and re-texture the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect the skin from environmental damage, while lipids and skin conditioners hydrate and support barrier restoration.

 

Ossential Daily Power Defense is formulated with vitamin E, enzymes and ceramides to speed up DNA repair in skin cells and protect against future oxidative damage.

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4 Anti-Ageing Ingredients to Look For in Skincare Products

Do you know what makes your anti-ageing cream work? Healthy and young-looking skin is within reach at any age. Become better acquainted with your skincare products and look for active ingredients and powerful wrinkle fighters. No matter what products you decide to go for, it’s always important to choose quality over price.

So, here are the 4 real-deal anti-ageing ingredients to look for in skincare products:

#1 Retinol

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Retinol is an active form of vitamin A and your most powerful ally in the fight against premature ageing and skin damage. Retinol sweeps away the dead cells that cause dullness and stimulates cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. It also helps to improve the overall skin tone and texture by increasing blood-vessel formation and boosting blood circulation in your skin layers.
Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. It’s formulated with antioxidants and plant stem cell protectors to defend your skin against free radical damage and prevent future signs of ageing.

#2 Lipids

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Lipids fill the spaces between skin cells like mortar and cement and help your skin retain natural moisture. As we age, the epidermis loses lipids, collagen and elastin causing the internal support structure of your skin to collapse and lose its firmness and elasticity.
To keep your skin plump and smooth you need to reinfuse it with lipids. Ommerse Overnight Recovery crème reinforces skin’s barrier functions and protects against transepidermal water loss. It’s packed with ceramides (waxy lipid molecules) and retinol to support skin’s structure and boost collagen production.

#3 Antioxidants

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Antioxidants are superheroes against free radical damage. Free radicals form in your body when you’re exposed to UV rays, air pollution or other environmental assault. Unchecked, they can damage and destroy collagen, elastin and the very DNA structure of your skin cells.
Antioxidants are a crucial part of your skin’s defence system. As free radicals are highly charged and unstable, antioxidants bind with them to create a harmless stable molecule. Some antioxidants multitask too; Ossential C-Bright Serum contains vitamin C and E to protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and co-enzyme Q-10 to help stimulate collagen production and boost cell repair.

#4 SPF

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Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen all year round is the easiest way to protect your skin from premature wrinkling, sagging and discoloration.
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young-looking, an SPF of 30 or higher should be the core of your skincare regime. Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and I-RA radiation. Its ultra-lightweight formula contains customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into every skin tone. The sunscreen is enriched with 12-hour release antioxidant complex to give your skin an extra layer of protection against free radical damage.

Reduce and Prevent Crow’s Feet Following These 3 Simple Steps

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Crow’s feet AKA the fine lines around your eyes, that seem to develop overnight, are usually the first signs of ageing to show up on your face. The delicate eye area has the thinnest skin in our body – 40% thinner than the rest of our face – making it prone to wrinkles at an earlier stage. If crow’s feet have started to appear on your face, here is what you can do to slow them down and prevent deeper wrinkles:

#1 Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

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Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing. No matter how careless you’ve been with sun protection in the past, get religious about it right now to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from getting worse.

Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides a broad-spectrum protection against the harmful effects of UVB, UVA and HEV radiation. It’s formulated with customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into most skin tones and provide a sheer matte finish.

#2 Add Vitamin A to your skincare routine

Active vitamin A supports the healthy function of skin’s protective barrier and encourages collagen production to restore and maintain skin elasticity.

Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme, crow's feet

Hydrafirm™ is a potent repair eye cream that addresses all signs of ageing in the delicate eye area. It’s packed with active vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and enzymatic vasodilators to smooth fine lines around the eyes, soften the appearance of dark circles and reduce puffiness.

#3 Protect Your Skin from Free Radicals

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You can’t see it, but your skin is constantly under attack by unstable, reactive molecules called free radicals. Environmental factors such as UV radiation, air pollution, cigarette smoke can spawn free radicals, but they can also form through natural physiological processes. Unchecked, free radicals attack proteins like collagen, lipids and elastin fibres which causes your skin to lose firmness and elasticity. So, how can you protect your complexion from the harmful effects free radical damage?

Antioxidants, vitamins C and E in particular, are your most powerful allies in the fight against free radicals. Vitamin E binds with free radical to create stable molecules and neutralises their damaging effects. Vitamin C boosts collagen  production and helps your skin heal itself faster. Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% vitamin C, combined with vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10, to protect your skin from environmental damage and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.