Credit: Christina Mossaad, Ph.D.
Question: How does the hand cream reactivate through adding water or rubbing throughout the day?
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (Occlusive), Isopropyl Palmitate (Dry Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Stearic Acid (Occlusive), Glyceryl Stearate (Fatty Emollient), PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol (Occlusive), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Synthetic Urea, Orchid Extract, Dimethicone (astringent Emollient), Tocopheryl Acetate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Stearate, Na-Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Blue 1, Red 33
Above is a list of ingredients in the hand cream and some have an extra bold noted synergistic function within the hand cream. Glycerol/Glycerine is a trihydroxylated hygroscopic molecule that is one of the most effective humectants available and is one of the top contenders that would be available on the surface of the skin for reactivation through the action of rubbing or addition of water.
Hygroscopic molecules seek water from the air or surrounding environment for adsorption or absorption onto or into the structure. Hygroscopic molecules are usually combined with an occlusive to prevent the loss of water back to the environment. In the SeneGence hand cream, the occlusives used are mainly hydrocarbon triglycerides, fatty acids, and fatty alcohols.
The extra bonus offered by the SeneGence hand cream over other moisturizing options is the addition of SenePlex, specifically with the algae and Borago Officinalis Seed oil, both enhancing healing, and repair as well as soothing damaged skin.
The presence of Cucumber fruit extract is something we haven’t discussed before, but reading the cucumber reference linked below, I have an overwhelming need to go eat cucumber, as well as put them on my eyes for a bit! It has a reported specific link to reducing skin melanin and sebum production, showing promise for the application of anti-acne formulations.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4885180/ (very good read!)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025519/ (also very useful to understand moisturizing)
http://www.jarcp.com/3050-evaluating-the-potential-benefits… (cucumber reference!)
http://www.academicjournals.org/…/article1380726732_Akhtar%…(additional cucumber reference)