Ignae eyeing the region’s booming luxury niche beauty market

The Portuguese skin care company has its roots in 2009. It was founded by Miguel Pombo, who previously worked in the cosmetic industry dealing with regulation. Pombo, originally from the Azores, has developed his range of skin care products inspired by the unique biodiversity of the archipelago.

The Azores are a set of nine volcanic islands. With a subtropical climate and fertile, rich soil, it is home to a unique assortment of flora, including Europe’s only tea plantations and rainforests.

“The first time I went to the Azores I was immediately impressed, it’s like heaven. Not only is it beautiful, but it has an amazing biological ecosystem. It has thermal water, tea plantations, and rainforests. It’s really amazing, “said Claire Chung, CEO of Ignae.

The brand uses a range of ingredients from the Azores, including Japanese camillia, Japanese cedar and phycocyanin extracted from spirulina.

Powering Ignae is the patent-pending brand’s EPC Factor Complex, delivering the powerful ingredients into the deepest layers of the skin.

With this technology, we are able to deliver them to the basal layer of the skin where they are most effective. Being able to use the full potential of these natural extracts in highly effective cosmetic products was the big step forward, ” Pombo said Cosmetic Design-Asia.

The use of biotechnology improves the effectiveness of the active ingredients and also allows the company to develop its products with minimal impact on the ecosystem.

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