Discovered in 1988, Antarcticine® has recently come to light for it's bioprotective properties. In nature, Antarcticine® serves as a protector of small micro-organisms, shielding them from the harsh Arctic conditions. Now imagine utilizing these bioprotective properties to protect your skin from the harsh conditions of everyday life: sun damage, pollution, poor diet, and the inevitable signs of aging.
How does our Antarcticine® help your skin's appearance?
There a several beneficial skin effects (such as wrinkle reduction) due to Antarcticine®'s ability to help the skin retain water and prevent dryness common with aging. Antarcticine® also aids in the increase of collagens, as well as elastin, which improves firmness, decreases the signs of wrinkles, and creates overall healthier-looking skin.
Scientific results: Antarcticine® also stimulates fibroblast adhesion and keratinocyte growth, meaning regeneration of tissues and faster wound healing. Statistics related to this: Fibroblast adhesion increased 125% in 5 hours and Keratinocyte growth 25% in 24 hours and 36% in 48 hours after Antarcticine was applied to the skin.
Aloe is a self-sustaining ingredient with the ability to thrive in the most brutally hot and dry climates due to the components which feed it internally. We've taken our aloe one step further than traditional delivery methods due to the way it is processed. Our aloe is harvested, picked, and processed right on-site within a critical two-hour window to ensure quality. Processing aloe within this time frame is the only way to take advantage of the product in its most powerful form.
It is then processed through our proprietary, patented process which locks in the naturally-contained carbohydrates, proteins, and amino acids (aloe provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids). Aloe also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. All of this in addition to minerals, enzymes, sugars, and vitamins that have all been harvested at their optimal levels due to our patented procedures.
How does our Aloe Extract help your skin's appearance?
Aloe helps your skin in a number of ways: mucopolysaccharides aid in binding moisture into the skin, amino acids soften hardened skin cells, zinc acts as an astringent to tighten pores, and aloe's moisturizing effects are second-to-none.
KBGA (Klamath Blue Green Algae)
KBGA is naturally grown in an area that has often been referred to as the most mineral rich place on the planet: Klamath Lake in Oregon. KBGA contains what is considered to be a perfect amino acid panel (all essential and non-essential amino acids). It naturally contains glutathione, minerals, vitamins, and the list goes on. We have an exclusive source of this KBGA for our 3.1 Skin Complex and you will not find it in any other product.
How does our KBGA help your skin's appearance?
As we mentioned earlier, amino acids aid in softening and restoring your skin. With the complete amino acid panel found in KBGA, you can rest assured you are providing your body with the most complete, natural source on the market.
Questions & Answers
Q: How do I use it?
A: Make sure your skin is not damp or wet – it must be dry. Apply a thin layer to all areas of your face, neck, décolleté and hands. Wait approximately 45 seconds and begin to rub in a small circular motion. If the gel does not become runny – wait an additional 30-45 seconds and begin to rub again. As you gently massage, you will see balls of dead skin rolling up on the surface of your skin. You will see it working!
Q: Is it really my skin that I am seeing ball up?
A: Snowball Analogy. You know when you were child and you would roll a snowball downhill? As it rolled it picked up more snow and grew bigger and bigger. But, besides picking up only snow it also picked up sticks, and rocks and debris in its path. And then, when you looked back there was a clean path where the snowball rolled. That is what the 2 Minute Miracle Gel is doing. The product does pick up product as you rub it but it also sticks to surface dead skin, dirt, and debris from your pores. It leaves a smooth, clean bright path behind it as you rub and rinse it off.
Q: I applied the gel but I didn’t get the balls of dead skin to roll up.
A: If you apply the gel and leave it on the skin for too long, without massaging (over one minute) you will get the benefits of hydration but you will not get optimal exfoliation. Make sure to apply the gel and begin to gently rub it within the first minute after application.
Q: Why do I need to exfoliate my skin?
A: When we are young (under the age of 25) our skin cells readily turn over and fall off of the surface of our skin. This is why young skin looks so smooth, plump and vibrant. As we age, this shedding process slows down and we are left with a layer of dead cells which frequently cover the surface of our skin. In order to get back that youthful look we need to keep our skin turning over like it used to. That is what exfoliation does for you. Also by removing surface dead cells, you avoid blocking all other products you apply which may be sitting on top of a dead layer of skin.
Q: How often can I use my 2 Minute Miracle Gel?
A: Ideally, you should use it every day as we continuously shed dead skin. But, these dead cells do not fall off of the surface of our faces and body – they hang on. Removing these cells are essential for skin health and beauty. For long term benefits you should use it no less than three times per week.
Q: Is it OK to use it at night or do I need to use it in the morning only?
A: It is acceptable to use this treatment either day or night as long as you apply it to your skin while it is dry – not damp or wet. Most prefer to use it each morning because it leaves your skin smooth and glowing and will help your makeup stay on all day long!
Q: What is the best way to store my 2 Minute Miracle Gel?
A: It is important to make sure your lid is closed securely immediately following use so the gel will stay in a gel form. It is also important to not allow moisture to enter your container. We suggest storing it in a temperature-controlled environment away from extreme heat or extreme cold.
Q: Where can I use this gel?
A: The 2 Minute Miracle is designed to be used everywhere; on your face, neck, décolleté, hands, elbows – everywhere you want to instantly revive the look of your skin. Just make sure you apply it to dry skin, not damp or wet.
Q: Do I need to wash my face first before I use the Two Minute Miracle Gel?
A: It is not necessary to remove your makeup prior to use unless you have on waterproof makeup. If you do cleanse first, make sure your face is thoroughly dry prior to applying your gel.
Q: Can I use this with any other products I currently use?
A: Absolutely! It does not matter what other brand of products you are using, what type of ingredients you are using – this works together with every skin care product and system. We actually are confident that you will see enhanced results when this is added to any other beauty regimen.
Q: I have very sensitive skin and have to be careful what I use. Can I use this?
A: The 2 Minute Miracle was actually formulated originally for those with sensitive skin and who cannot use traditional exfoliators. There are no grains or abrasive ingredients to scratch and pull at your skin. This is made from an Aloe Vera gel that feels soothing and hydrating on your skin.
Q: Why does it take longer to get runny on some skin and faster on others?
A: The ingredients in this product interact with the components of dead skin which includes “sebum” (free fatty acids) or oils. Even dry, dead skin has oils. Since this product is pH sensitive and moisture sensitive, it may cause slightly different reactions on each person’s skin. Overall you will find that it should take approx. 45 seconds to one minute to begin to get runny after you begin rubbing. But some will begin to observe the gel liquefy almost immediately and some who will take the full two minutes. The nice thing about this gel is that while it sits on the skin, it delivers an intense dose of moisture to the skin and the Hyaluronic Acid (a humectant - not an acid) draws moisture to the surface. This will give you plump and hydrated skin once the product is removed - as well as to help fill in the look of fine lines. It is a treatment and an exfoliator in one product.
Q: Does climate have an effect on the 2 Minute Miracle Gel process?
A: The humidity of the air and skin will affect how well the 2 Minute Miracle Gel exfoliates and how quickly it will begin to activate. An important fact to consider is that once you apply the gel, you do need to test rub for about 45 seconds to one minute. Gently rub to see if it is starting to activate and liquefy. If it does not, let it sit an additional 30 seconds and then rub again.
If you apply the product and let it sit on the skin for a full two minutes before you rub it, you will not see the same amount of exfoliation because some of the moisture has been absorbed.
Q: Should women remove any foundation they have on their face before using? If yes, what is the best way for them to remove the foundation so that the 2MM will work best?
A: You will observe results more readily without foundation, but it is not necessary to remove your makeup, unless your makeup is waterproof or heavy with a primer (such as silicone). Some makeup products will block the penetration of 2MM and will reduce effectiveness. Mineral powder is generally not a problem and does not need to be removed. It is recommended that you use 2MM before applying your makeup.
Q: What is the best way to remove the 2MM after use? A wet washcloth, a wipe, splash water, etc? If a wipe, what kind would be best so no one gets a reaction from using a wipe that might have something in it that wouldn’t be good for their skin?
A: If you have access to water and a wash basin, a splash with water will remove the product cleanly and quickly. However, we have found that a squirt bottle and wash cloth is portable and works well. It is fine to use makeup wipes but makeup wipes can sometimes mask the true result and benefits of the product itself - as most makeup wipes have a lanolin or built in moisturizer. Like makeup – lanolin or other moisturizers may mask the effectiveness of 2MM.
Q: Should people dry their face after using 2MM? If so, what is the best way? Towel, paper towel, etc?
A: I prefer to pat dry skin with a soft cloth. It could be a paper towel or just a little wash cloth - even some of those small wash cloths that you pick up at the dollar store.
Q: Why the involvement of Sodium Hydroxide ingredient?
A: Sodium hydroxide is used in many products as a pH stabilizer. It is used in the bread making process, shampoos, soaps, etc. This ingredient should not be confused with a concentrated or un-reacted sodium hydroxide. It is added to 2MM in a very small concentration and is used as a “reagent” – to produce a reaction with another substance. In that reaction, a new substance is formed. I liken it to cooking with wine - after the components of wine “burn off” you are left with the sugars and other substances. It is not the same as drinking wine directly. For reference, we always follow the regulatory standards relating to all ingredients and any which are considered unsafe or toxic are not included in our product. The FDA includes Sodium Hydroxide on its list of substances affirmed as GRAS (Generally Recommended As Safe) for direct addition to food. It is also accepted and approved by the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union and may be used at the specific concentrations and pH values (we are way under both). The CDEU has the toughest standards - even compared to any of our US agencies in that the CDEU conducts extensive scientific testing prior to releasing an approval!
Q: Is it okay to use the 2 Minute Miracle if you are using Retinol or Retin-A. Can they use retinol/retin A at night and 2MM in the morning?
A: YES this is ideal to use in tandem with retinoids. As you know the Retinoids are small molecules that go deep into skin and “disturb” the lower layers to stimulate collagen and cell turn over. As cells synthesize they push new cells to the surface and old cells die on top and should be shed to make room for new healthy cells. The 2MM is not the same type of chemical exfoliation but rather a mechanical one that will help remove only surface cells that the Retinoids bring to the surface. They are perfect together and will only help get better results.
Q: Can I use the 2 Minute Miracle Gel if I am using other Acne fighting skin care products?
A: In general the answer is yes you can and it should not interfere but actually should help the results, for these reasons. Many popular prescription strength acne fighting products help combat the processes in the skin that causes clogged pores and leads to pimples, blackheads and other skin conditions associated with acne. So does the 2 Minute Miracle Gel but in a more gentle and different way. They both attack the build-up of dead skin and sebum (oils) that clog pores and lead to bacteria build up. Most of them are a chemical reaction and a Retinoid type of compound - very small molecules that go deeper into layers. The 2 Minute Miracle Gel is a mechanical reaction and strictly removes the top layer of dead cells which rise to the surface, die and do not shed. When using many acne fighting compounds, you will cause new cells to rise to the surface and leave old cells to die on the surface. The 2MM will remove these while allowing the new and healthy cells to stay intact. Also there tends to be somewhat of a drying effect on skin when using these types of products so the hydration and moisture balance that the 2 Minute Miracle Gel will leave on your skin will have a positive effect because it is not oil but rather natural humectants that draw moisture to the skin. The 2MM will also help remove any light flaking you may have due to the issues of dry skin caused by the acne fighting products.
Q: Does the 2 Minute Miracle Gel have sunscreen in it and do I need to worry about sensitivity to sunlight from using it?
A: Since the 2 Minute Miracle Gel is a rinse off product, it does not contain an SPF. In general when you use skin lightening or brightening products, you would be concerned with sensitivity to the sun. Although I strongly suggest everyone wear a sunscreen every day, the 2 Minute Miracle Gel will not increase your sensitivity to sunlight. There are no chemicals which would cause this type of reaction as you would typically find in Vitamin C, Retinoids, higher percentage Glycolics and other similar products.