“Originally prescribed in the Dongui Bogam (a 17th-century text of eastern medicine) for treatment of respiratory ailments, ginkgo nut is a small piece inside the ginkgo fruit that possesses concentrated antioxidant activity, rich in vitamins C and E,” Dr. Craig Kraffert says. “Ginkgo also exhibits anti-inflammatory and calming properties and aids in the production of collagen and elastin.” This is the latest in anti-oxidant skin treatments. “Creating the extract is a painstaking process that takes four months at minimum, but the payoff is palpable.” As such, Dr. Kraffert predicts we’ll be seeing much more of highly concentrated super-antioxidant.
Retinol is nothing new. And science still hasn’t come up with a better do-it-all skin-saving solution. However, the issue of irritation still remains a big deterrent for many sensitive-skinned women. But a recent breakthrough in retinol technology is changing all that. Skincare companies have figured out how to nano-encapsulate it. “The result is a retinol that’s more stable and more slowly absorbed into the skin, making products more efficacious while diminishing irritancy,” Dr. Kraffert says. Essentially, nano-encapsulated retinol is time-release retinol. So, rather than the active ingredient penetrating your skin all at once, causing irritation, nano-encapsulated delivers the same potent anti-aging powers just over an extended period of time. The nanotechnology has been out there for a little while, but in 2016, Dr. Kraffert says we’ll be able to find replacing traditional forms of retinol in our favorite products.