Glycogen – an amazing active ingredient

Your skin is a living organism

Your skin is doing some amazing things for you, day and night, 24/7! It protects you from the everyday effects of the environment like UV damage and pollution, repairs damage caused by these effects (as well as all those cuts and scrapes), and moderates which substances (and how much) can enter or leave your body to maintain an optimal balance.  Your skin is a living organism, and it requires energy to fuel all these important functions.

Where does your skin get this energy from?

It turns out that energy is stored in your skin the same way it’s stored throughout the rest of your body – in carbohydrate molecules. The amazing active ingredient glycogen is made up of many glucose (sugar) molecules, packed together so that they can be stored efficiently in cells as carbohydrate molecules. These are then used as an energy source.

The amount of energy your skin stores reduces as you get older

The amount of energy your skin stores decreases as you age, so that over time there is less energy available to the cells to perform everything they need to do to maintain youthful looking skin: Cellular renewal slows down and the rate at which the skin can produce components that impact structure and suppleness, like hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen, begin to decline.

Electronic pollution speeds up the ageing process

The ageing process is also speeded up by the sea of electronic pollution we live in in today’s life, that is electro-magnetic radiation and high energy visible light including blue light (emmited by cell phones, wi-fi, computers etc). Some of these are visible and others are not. This is known as e-ageing and has now been identified as one of the four main causes of deep and medium wrinkles and fine lines (the other three being natural ageing, photo-ageing and expression lines). And, because you are exposed to electronic pollution 24 hours a day, protection against the ravaging effects are critical.

What glycogen does for your skin

When glycogen, which is identical to carbohydrates already found in your body, is applied topically, it gives your skin an extra boost of energy to keep working at its best. It naturally reenergises and fuels the skin.

There is glycogen in the new Coverderm Peptumax range

Together with some other very powerful ingredients, the newly reformulated Coverderm Peptumax treatment range contains glycogen.

This range consists of a serum, an eye cream, a day/night cream, a make-up, a concealer and a compact powder. Apart from the new ingredients the make-up products also all have an SPF 50+ which protects against high energy visible light including blue light.

Importantly the glycogen used in Coverderm Peptumax is totally plant-based, natural and not derived from, or tested on animals.