“Skincare shouldn’t just stop at the hairline” is a mantra in the MONPURE offices and for good reason. So many of the ingredients that we’re familiar with in our serums, cleansers and moisturisers also do fantastic things for the skin on our scalp.
You’ll probably be familiar with retinol. Dermatologists have long sworn by it as a solution to a number of skincare dilemmas, from scarring and wrinkles, acne and pigmentation. It’s an ingredient beauty fans and ‘skintellectuals’ are highly likely to be familiar with. But it’s not been cropping up in scalpcare. *Adopts movie trailer voice* Until now…
While hair loss continues to affect roughly 40% of women, people are starting to wake up to the fact that retinoids can have the same anti-aging effects on the scalp – and hair loss – as they do on the face. Our Follicle Boost Density Serum starring a potent form of retinol called retinyl palmitate, which is retinol combined with the fatty acid palmitic acid. (This also occurs naturally in the body and is a renowned anti-oxidant, good for strengthening and repairing cells.)
Consultant dermatologist and MONPURE Ambassador Dr. Sue Ann Chan sheds some more light on this: “While retinoids have been a hot topic in facial skincare - fewer people are aware of how they can similarly rejuvenate the scalp. Recent research has shown that retinoids not just possess exfoliating properties, they can also help with the treatment of hair loss.”
“For example, the retinyl palmitate in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum works to clear the scalp of dead skin and debris, which can then encourage hair to grow through thicker and stronger to maintain healthy hair.”
And how about AHAs – heard of those? These are alpha hydroxy acids to give them their full name, they work to dissolve dead skin cells, dirt and debris and slightly stimulate the skin’s healing mechanism to speed up cell turnover. They’re widely used in acid toners to exfoliate and renew skin that’s dull and prone to congestion and guess what? It does the same for your scalp! Lactic acid is a popular AHA (any vegans reading this, don’t worry – it’s not milk-derived!) and features in our Nourish & Stimulate Scalp Mask, together with our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum.
As well as AHAs, there are BHAs – well, in fact there’s only one BHA (or beta hydroxyl acid) and that’s salicylic acid. This cleanses at a deeper level, purging pores of congested oil and dirt and features in our Hydrate & Soothe Scalp Serum.
And for those looking for a hefty hit of hydration, Pro Vitamin B5 (otherwise known as Pantothenic Acid) is widely used in face creams, masks and toners. And it’s another winning ingredient in our Hydrate & Soothe Scalp Serum, absorbing moisture from the air like a sponge to prevent dry, itchy scalps.
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