At Medik8, we pride ourselves on being pioneers of cutting-edge product technologies in skincare. Our products are truly bespoke, designed by our in-house formulation scientists and researchers who intricately curate and experiment with the unique ingredient combinations to deliver the best possible experience and results. Throughout the process, we meticulously test and constantly fine tune our formulations to ensure they are of the highest quality in skincare.
Here are some of the key technologies and testing we do which make Medik8 formulations so effective.
Some active ingredients in skincare are notoriously difficult to work with due to stability issues, for example, vitamin A and C. These ingredients are sensitive to things like light, heat and air. Using unstable actives on the skin can cause irritation, or even skin damage over time.
We are committed to achieving stability innovations within our product technology, to extract the ultimate power from our ingredients, resulting in the highest quality of skincare that you can put your trust into.
Medik8 not only strive towards stability innovations and cutting edge product technologies, we also have exclusive ingredients that you will not find elsewhere within the skincare industry.
The r-Retinoate range is home to a true breakthrough in vitamin A skincare technology: encapsulated retinyl retinoate. Retinyl retinoate spectacularly fuses retinol (the classic form of vitamin A) and retinoic acid (the active form of vitamin A) together in a unique super molecule. Patented all around the world with a wealth of robust, scientific evidence, retinyl retinoate is the first molecule of its kind to be published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The best part? It is exclusive to Medik8, meaning that you will only be able to find it in our r-Retinoate range.
All Medik8 products undergo many forms of testing before they arrive ready to purchase on the market. This includes in-house stability and sensory testing to ensure the high quality of our formulations, consumer and clinical studies to test the overall effectiveness of our products, and analytical trials to validate newly discovered, innovative product technologies.
For example, we conducted a unique analytical stability trial on our revolutionary Crystal Retinal™ formulation to test the efficacy of our patent-pending stabilization complex. The complex was designed to ensure the retinal is stabilized throughout its whole life cycle - from raw material, all the way onto our skin. A unique analytical method was developed by scientists at Medik8 and the School of Life and Medical Sciences Division at the University of Hertfordshire to study the behaviour of retinal over time. Analytical technique UV-Vis was used to assess the stability of our final Crystal Retinal formulation, with the results displaying how much of a substance is actually present in a formula. We compared the UV-Vis spectrum of stabilized, encapsulated Crystal Retinal, alongside a control of unstabilized, unencapsulated Crystal Retinal. We found that almost all of the stabilized, crystal-encapsulated retinal remained after one year, while the unstabilized retinal degraded within just one month.
All Medik8 vitamin A products include Time Release Technology to minimize irritation potential while maximising results. Our Intelligent Retinol™ serum protects retinol in a polymer reservoir, essentially working as a protective shield between retinol and the skin. The polymer reservoir slows down how quickly the retinol is able to penetrate into the skin. This significantly minimizes the risk of irritation and ensures that skin benefits are received slowly over a prolonged period of time. Experience is key.
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