Stratum C Ingredients
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I have sensitive skin, can I use Stratum C?

Stratum C products are suitable for sensitive skin, though all skin types are different, so you should always check to see if you may be allergic to any of the ingredients before you try. 

Stratum C products have been made using natural base ingredients including essential oils and Irish Moss Seaweed Extract. Stratum C products use a mild and low preservative system and where present, less than 1% has been used to help improve the shelf life of the products, which is very low in comparison to many high street brands. 

We have a no quibble returns policy and so if for whatever reason you are unsatisfied with Stratum C, you may return it for a full refund, even after opening. But we are confident this will not be the case. For more information, please contact us using the contact page

Do Stratum C products actually contain collagen?

No. Stratum C products do not contain actual collagen and the reason for this is that collagen molecules are too large to actually penetrate the skin’s surface. 

What we use instead are peptides, strings of amino acids, which help to stimulate your body’s own collagen levels by 70%. To read more about the peptides we use, click here. 

Do Stratum C products contain preservatives? 

Yes. Except for the Gentle Cleanser, which has 0% preservatives. Each of the other products contain less than 1% mild preservative which is very low in comparison to other high street brands. Please see each specific product page for a full list of ingredients. 

Do Stratum C products use any artificial fragrances or harmful ingredients?

No. Stratum C products avoid the use of any harmful ingredients or artificial fragrances. All of our products are naturally fragranced using essential oils or natural base products such as Irish Moss Seaweed Extract. 

Our products are not tested on animals. Stratum C products are suitables for all skin types. All of our products are EU and FDA approved. If you have concerns that you may be allergic to any of our products, please contact us, and check each product page for the ingredients list for each product. 

Does Stratum C follow the appropriate safety regulations?       

Yes, Stratum C complies fully with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (the “Cosmetic Products Regulation”) and follows all of the UK safety regulations. It has been through rigorous performance and safety checks including 3 year stability testing, preservative microbiological challenge tests to prove its resistance to key bacteria. The clinical benefits have been the subject of published and peer reviewed research. In addition Forme Labs subjects its products to a comprehensive safety assessment by a highly qualified chemist from an independent laboratory. It is notified by the CPNP European Agency and Forme Labs Ltd holds a comprehensive PIF that shows that Stratum C is made with safe ingredients that are non-harmful. If you would like to find out more, please contact Customer Services and we will happy to provide safety information on request.      

Who makes the products?     

The product is manufactured especially for Forme Laboratories in the USA. The manufacturing is carried out in compliance with FDA (federal drugs agency) regulations and under the guidelines of GMP (good manufacturing practice).     


What is a peptide?     

A peptide is a composed of several amino acids, naturally occurring proteins that are the building blocks of life. They have been the subjects of substantial research in areas like skin care and wound healing.     

What is Hyaluronic acid (Hyaluron)?       

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a major component of skin where it lies in the connective tissue aiding hydration and elasticity. It is also found in cartilage and eyes and is commonly used in healthcare and medicine where it is involved in tissue repair. When skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays, it becomes inflamed and the cells in the dermis stop producing as much HA, and increase the rate of its degradation. It is used widely in the beauty industry to increase hydration, suppleness and plumpness of skin, although because of its cost, often in very low quantities with questionable benefit. Within Stratum C Repair Serum the proportion of HA is 26% making it a highly effective treatment for lines and wrinkles.     

What is CoQ10? 

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that’s found naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant.
Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Some researchers believe that CoQ10 may help with heart-related conditions, because it can improve energy production in cells, prevent blood clot formation, and act as an antioxidant.

Source: Coenzyme Q10 | University of Maryland Medical Center 
University of Maryland Medical Center 

What is the purpose of the Jojoba / Apricot / Seaweed ingredients?     

We try where possible to use natural materials as the base moisturiser. These ingredients are both natural and comprehensively tested for their benefits. 

Jojoba Seed Oil (Protect Cream) is actually a natural wax ester containing lipids very similar to those found in human sebum (a lipid secreted by human skin to prevent dehydration). It provides excellent moisturising and emollient (prevent drying) characteristics. It has been shown to be an effective anti-oxidant (protects the skin from free-radicals in UV and smoke). 

Apricot Kernel Oil (Protect Cream) is a source of vitamin A and E that are lost during menopause. It is rich in gamma linoleic acid (come from Omega 6) proven to moisturise and tone the skin but being mild with a modest anti-inflammatory response improving tolerance to sensitive skin.      

Seaweed Extract (Repair Serum) has natural moisturizing and hydrating properties and an excellent gel like substrate for our repair serum.  It is rich in nutrients typically found in the skin and so acts to replenish.