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Words by Antoinette Barnardo

HYDRACTIN® is a derivative from algin, a gel-forming sugar molecule found in sea algae, papain, a protein splitting enzyme derived from the papaya fruit and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a molecule that is the energy carrier in cell metabolism. The skin has to master a variety of tasks and ATP provides the energy needed for ion pumps that regulate osmotic pressure and water balance of the epidermis and prepares the skin for stresses lasting from just a few seconds to several hours.

The enzyme papain has a softening effect on the skin: through its protein splitting effect papain helps to remove dead flakes from the skin. Through the water retentive and film-forming properties, algin protects the skin against evaporation and it optimises the water balance of the epidermis while forming a hydrofilm on the skin and reducing the transepidermal water loss (TEWL) to encourage skin regeneration. Algin protects the skin against evaporation making HYDRACTIN® an effective moisturiser, while papain gives the skin a more youthful appearance and contributes to softening and detaching the dead skin's layers.

Words by Antoinette Barnardo