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Organic Agave Ferment
Organic Agave Ferment


 
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Product Code: FSSA40002


Organic Agave Ferment:
2 oz
8 oz
1 kg (2.2 lbs)

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Organic Agave Ferment

Preserved with Leucidal Liquid SF

As global warming and ozone layer depletion increase in severity, skin needs extra protection from environmental dangers. The agave plant has expertly adapted to its harsh desert climate by developing an extraordinarily efficient water storage system and by stabilizing its cell membranes against stressors that may other­wise destroy it. Organic Agave Ferment utilizes the agave’s defense mechanisms and effectively moisturizes the skin, reduces sunburn pain, and stimulates colla­gen synthesis.

Ozone layer depletion, heat-induced injuries and severe UV damage to human skin: these are only three of a countless number of consequences caused by global warming. Factors such as these have resulted in an urgent need for skincare products that offer an extra layer of protection against a precarious environment. When searching for a natural plant source to bolster skin defenses against the perils of global warming, one should look no further than agave. The suc­culent plant utilizes an extraordinary defense system to protect itself while thriving in harsh desert conditions that grow more callous as global warming steadily advances. Arbor Organic Technologies’ Organic Agave Ferment incorporates the mechanisms employed by the agave in a Certified Organic ingredient to protect the skin from damage caused by increasingly intense and harmful surroundings.

Depletion of the ozone layer is an instant and hazardous environmental factor that directly re­sults in harm to the skin. This gaseous layer is concentrated in the stratosphere, and it pro­tects the earth from UV radiation by filtering out UV-B rays. This filtration is vital to human health, because UV-B radiation damages plants and animals’ DNA, which can lead to skin cancer, eye disease, and suppression of the immune system. As the earth continually grows warmer due to greenhouse gases trapping heat near the earth’s surface, the stratosphere receives less heat distribution, yielding lower temperatures in the ozone layer and accelerating ozone deple­tion. The agave’s remarkable ability to shield itself from environmental stressors such as these makes it an ideal natural defender against the sun and extreme heat.

Through natural selection, organisms have learned to adapt to unfavorable conditions to survive in their environment. The agave has had to develop a tolerance to extreme temperature fluctua­tions. Generally speaking, to live in the desert organisms need to withstand searing heat from the sun during the day, and bone chilling temperatures at night. Desert-dwelling plants and animals face particularly arid conditions with a very limited water supply. The agave has adapted to thrive in such circumstances. It is resistant to fire, which is advantageous when living in hot and dry climates where other plants are prone to starting brush fires. The agave needs little moisture to survive and can withstand long periods of drought. It is understood that the carbohydrates in the agave are capable of binding to water thus store it for later use. Carbohydrates are often used in personal care products to increase hydration. Sugars are hygroscopic so they are capable of drawing moisture close to the skin where it is needed most.

Agave nectar contains high levels of fructose and glucose and also contains sucrose and poly­fructosans. In cosmetics, these sugars help to lock in moisture the same way they frugally store water reserves for the agave.Fructose is also imperative in stabilizing cell membranes against environmental stressors. It has the ability to prevent hemolysis, while helping to maintain the integrity of cell membranes. Fructose directly influences the ion channel activity of cell membranes, restricting or increasing the flow of particular ions into and out of cells as needed. By maintaining the correct balance of ions and stabilizing the membrane itself, fructose protects cells from dangers that may otherwise destroy them, including but not limited to damage caused extreme sun exposure.

The most common consequence of increased exposure to UV rays is of course sunburn, which is exemplified by erythema, pain and depending on the severity, blistering. Organic Agave Ferment significantly reduces erythema and sunburn pain when applied to the skin. subjects were asked to evaluate two lotions containing either Organic Agave Ferment (2.8% w/w) or Benzocaine (0.5% w/w), to apply the products immediately following overexposure to the sun and to re­cord their immediate perceptions as well as their perception after two hours. Studies have shown that Organic Agave Ferment is capable of immediately reducing sunburn pain, and sub­jects tested reported a continued reduction of pain over the course of several hours compared to benzocaine. Organic Agave Ferment was also reported to reduce erythema after two hours whereas benzocaine had little effect. Clearly this indicates that the product is effective for comforting sunburned skin.

In terms of anti-aging benefits, Organic Agave Ferment can also help maintain healthy skin by increasing collagen I synthesis. Collagen I is a major component of the dermis and provides struc­ture and elasticity to the skin. When compared to the untreated control, Organic Agave Ferment increased collagen I synthesis by 172%, resulting in healthier skin thus creating a stronger bar­rier of protection against UV damage.

Organic Agave Ferment capitalizes on the moisture binding properties of agave nectar to maximize epidermal hydration while stimulating collagen synthesis for optimal anti-aging benefits. Between these benefits and the ability to stabilize cell membranes, we can help to overcome the wide array of environmental factors that are a detriment to the health and beauty of our skin.

Organic Agave Ferment contains:

Saccharomyces/Agave Americana Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Superoxide Dismutase, Soybean Peroxidase

INCI Nomenclature:

Saccharomyces/Agave Americana Leaf Ferment Filtrate

Suggested Use Levels:

1.0-10.0%

Suggested Applications:

Environmental Protection, Collagen Synthesis, Sunburn Relief, Moisturization

Appearance:

Light Brown to Amber Hazy Liquid

pH: (Direct)

3.5-5.5

Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.

This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate.

References:

1. “Global Warming, the Ozone Layer, and Acid Rain”. West Wales ECO Centre. http://www.ecocentre.org.uk/global

warming.html. 1996.

2. “Earth’s Protection Shield is Being Destroyed-Ozone Depletion and Global Warming”. Environmental Support

Solutions. http://www.ess-home.com/news/global-warming/ozone-depletion.asp.

3. “The Agave Page”. http://succulent-plant.com. April 30, 2008.—used anywhere?

4. “Conservation Plant Characteristics”. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. http://plants.usda.gov.

Retrieved October 24, 2008.

5. Bhatia, I.S. and Srinivasan, M. “The Carbohydrates of Agave vera cruz Mill.” Biochemical Journal. 55(2): 286-

289. September 1953.

6. Galzigna, L., et al. “Some Effects of Fructose-1,6-Disphosphate on Rat Myocardial Tissue Related to a Mem

brane-Stabilizing Action”. Cell Biochemistry and Function. 7: 91-96. 1989.


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