Great Ingredients.  They take a dessert from “yum” to “WOW”, a cocktail from “nice” to “OMG!” and your skin from “You look great!” to “Girl, your skin looks AMAZING!”  We at BREVENA know that top-notch, medical-grade ingredients are the cornerstone to skin that makes you look great and feel your best.  So what qualifies an ingredient as “medical-grade” and what difference do they really make?  Let’s dive into our top 5 ingredients to find out.

Macro B Complex:  If you know BREVENA, you have heard about our famed Macro B Complex.  This groundbreaking technology is truly the difference-maker behind the BREVENA line of skincare products.  At its core is an in an ingredient called Oat Beta Glucan(OBG) – a superstar ingredient in its own right, that gets a powerful boost from our proprietary purification process. This ingredient is typically found with a purity level around 70% on the open market, and when used in skincare, provides benefits such as increased hydration, soothed irritation and improved elasticity in the skin.  Since this technology works in conjunction with your body, the efficacy, or how quickly you see results, is significantly improved when the purity is increased.  BREVENA’s process results in a 99.9% purity level that delivers medical-grade results that take it from working okay, to working so well that results are noticed in a matter of days!  That, my friends, is medical grade.

Vitamin E:  This vitamin works as an army battalion for your skin, fighting off the harmful effects of pollution, stress and UV rays.  It not only protects your skin but is quite literally a part of your skin.  Vitamin E is found in the membranes of skin cells and in the lipid-based “glue” that holds the cells together, so it’s easy to see how this vitamin is one of our Top 5!  It nourishes and protects all at once while playing nicely with other ingredients, which according to our chemist, is “quite critical”. ?

Vitamin C:  It’s delicious, nutritious, helps fight colds AND makes you beautiful?  Yes, all true!  Vitamin C has antioxidant properties to protect skin from free radicals, but it also strengthens the skins’ barrier, speeds up the healing process of wounded or damaged skin and reduces the appearance of skin discoloration.  You’re left with healthier, brighter, bouncy skin.  More of that please!

Hyaluronic Acid:  It sounds like something you used in Chem Lab, but it’s actually one of the best skin hydrators behind Macro B Complex.  Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body found in the spaces between skin cells.  It provides moisture, plumpness, and firmness to the skin, or just the opposite if your body is lacking it.  As we age, the hyaluronic acid in our skin diminishes, and wrinkles begin to form.  The more hyaluronic acid we add to our skin the longer we can stave off the effects of aging.

Cocoa Butter:  Last but not least, our good friend cocoa butter.  Why cocoa butter you ask?  Grab a seat my friend, this might take a while ?.  Cocoa butter is perhaps one of the most misunderstood natural moisturizers on the market.  Its benefits range from reducing the visibility of scars to tasting delicious when mixed with cream and sugar.  Yes, that’s right – cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean and is the starting point to many amazing products, skin care being just one of them.  We at BREVENA decided on cocoa butter as a key moisturizing ingredient because it is a safe emollient for even the most sensitive skin types.  It is a fantastic non-comedic moisturizer that calms irritation and improves the tone and elasticity of your skin.  Do you remember reading about the Polyphenols that make dark chocolate “good” for you?  They came from cocoa butter and work as great antioxidants for your skin as well.  This is proof that we should embrace the benefits of cocoa butter in every form possible.