BeautyCaps – Your Skin Rejuvenation in a Capsule!
(also known as Active Beauty OxyEnergy)
- “Contains the very few natural compounds that have shown effects in clinical human studies”
- “Clinical dose in each capsule”
- “BeautyCaps contains a unique Photo Rejuvenation Technology developed by Swedish doctors and scientists”
- “Protects your skin from the dangerous UV-rays”
There is a delicate balance between healthy sun exposure, and risk for photo-ageing and severe skin cancer (e.g. malignancies). Thus, the consumer is confused whether sun exposure is beneficial or dangerous. A strategy where people can enjoy time out-doors, without risking sun inducedskin damage, is needed.
Beneficial effects of sun exposure
Most of our vitamin D is synthesised endogenously (not diet derived) in the skin upon UV-B (ultraviolet-B) radiation from the sun. There is a correlation between sun exposure, vitamin D status and prevalence of several diseases:
1) Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes is more prevalent in groups that are less exposed to the sun.
2) About 16 forms of cancer are more prevalent in groups that are less exposed to the sun.
Inadequate doses of solar UV-B radiation has been calculated to cost 40-53 billion dollars per year and cause 50.000 cases of premature cancer death, in the US alone (9). However, the beneficial effects are probably not only due to vitamin D. Some signal substances (e.g. serotonin) and hormones (e.g. melatonin) could also be mediators.
Health risks of sun exposure
However, both sun radiation (both UV-A and UV-B) may cause photo-ageing (a.k.a. dermatohelios) and cancer. The incidence of malign melanoma is increased by 4% yearly. And the use of sunscreens seems to offer limited protection.
BeautyCaps improves skin appearance and quality by protecting the skin from damaging UV radiation (premature skin ageing, photo-ageing). BeautyCaps also supports and help repair photo-damaged skin.
BeautyCaps consists of two active compounds. Each compound is of natural origin and with effects that are backed up by scientific studies:
Theobroma cacao, also known as cocoa bean, has profound effects on the human skin when taken orally. The active components in this case are the epicatechins, which belong to the flavanol group of polyphenols. A German research group at Düsseldorf University has published two very well conducted clinical studies on women. In the first study, subjects received Theobroma cacao extracts containing 6.6 or 61 mg/d of epicatechins for 12 weeks. Not much happened in the group given the low dose of epicatechins. In contrast, the high-dose group experienced a substantially increased microcirculation (by 100% at 1 mm depth, and 40% increase at 7-8 mm), increased skin thickness (by 11%), increased skin density (by 14%), increased hydration (by 11%), and decreased transepidermal water loss (by 27%), skin roughness (by 30%) and scaling (by 43%).
The researches concluded “dietary flavanols from cocoa contribute to endogenous photo protection, improve dermal blood circulation, and affect cosmetically relevant skin surface and hydration variables” (1). In their second study they wanted to investigate the effects from a single dose of cocoa extracts (with either 6.6 or 61 mg of epicatechins; i.e. the same dose as in the first experiment). They found that the dermal blood flow was increased by 70% and oxygen saturation by 80% already 2 hours after ingesting the high dose of epicatechins (2).
Pomegranate fruit extracts with a high content of ellagic acid, has recently shown to provide an effective photo protection in humans when ingested orally (3). Female subjects were divided into three groups; placebo tablets, low dose (100 mg/d of ellagic acid) or high dose (200 mg/d) for four weeks. One skin area was subjected to UV-irradiation before the study period. The women in the groups which were administered the pomegranate extracts became significantly less sunburned, and a questionnaire revealed that the two groups receiving the active substance reported significantly improved skin conditions compared to the placebo group, and more so in the high dose group. Extracts with a high content of ellagic acid have recently also shown to promote dermal regeneration, and to increase the amount of collagen and elastin, due to a decrease in the amount of the protein degrading enzyme matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) (4-7). This is of prime importance in photo-aged skin, which normally has decreased amounts of collagen and elastin, and thus disrupted skin structure, characterised wrinkles.
BeautyCaps contains a high-quality cocoa extract (HF-392) with a high epicatechin content, and a pomegranate extract standardised for ellagic acid. The raw materials and the extracts are considered safe for human consumption. The dose in each capsule is based on the effective dose found in several human scientific studies. Although each of the extracts are beneficial alone, together they offer a unique complementary photo rejuvenation effect, where the pomegranate extract provides photo protection while the cocoa extract provides revitalisation and improved nutrient delivery. This way, ellagic acid and other beneficial nutrients and oxygen can reach every part of the skin tissue to offer even further skin protection and improved skin appearance.
1) Heinrich U et al. Long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced erythema and improves skin condition in women. J Nutr. 2006 Jun;136(6):1565-9
2) Neukam K, et al. Consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa acutely increases microcirculation in human skin. Eur J Nutr. 2007 Feb;46(1):53-6
3) Kasai K et al. Effects of oral administration of ellagic acid-rich pomegranate extract on ultraviolet-induced pigmentation in the human skin. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2006 Oct;52(5):383-8.
4) Park HM et al, Extract of Punica granatum inhibits skin photoaging induced by UVB irradiation. Int J Dermatol. 2010 Mar;49(3):276-82.
5) Bae JY et al , Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation. Exp Dermatol. 2010 Aug;19(8):e182-90.
6) Syed DN et al. Photochemopreventive effect of pomegranate fruit extract on UVA-mediated activation of cellular pathways in normal human epidermal keratinocytes. Photochem Photobiol. 2006 Mar- apr;82(2):398-405.
7) Aslam MN et al Pomegranate as a cosmeceutical source: pomegranate fractions promote proliferation and procollagen synthesis and inhibit matrix metalloproteinase-1 production in human skin cells. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Feb 20;103(3):311-8.
8 ) Afaq F et al Protective effect of pomegranate-derived products on UVB-mediated damage in human reconstituted skin. Exp Dermatol. 2009 Jun;18(6):553-61
9 ) Grant WB.Cancer. An estimate of premature cancer mortality in the U.S. due to inadequate doses of solar ultraviolet-B radiation. 2002 Mar 15;94(6):1867-75.