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Antioxidants: What are they all about anyway?

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We hear a lot about this topic, but do we really know the importance of these powerful substances and the role antioxidants play in the world of skin care? We know the word antioxidant sounds good when we look at the ingredients in a product, but do we really know what they are doing in our products and how we benefit from them? Antioxidants are found in many foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. But what antioxidants are in our skin care products and why?


Some of the most common antioxidants are Vitamins A, (Retinol) C, (L-ascorbic acid) E (Tocopherols) and green tea. These powerful antioxidants are believed to play a major role in preventing cancer, strokes, and heart disease. It only seems logical that when applied topically, these same antioxidants would be beneficial for our skin. When antioxidants are put in skin care, they help to fight the free radicals that have been known to damage our skin and cause pre mature aging. Antioxidants actually help to repair tissue damage. You may have heard of the analogy that explains antioxidants by using fruit as an example. Have you ever noticed that soon after you open a banana or bite into an apple, the fruit will go dark and brown? This process occurs when the air oxidizes the fruit, causing it to wilt and change color. When antioxidants are in place they will help to fight this damage from occurring. A good example of an antioxidant is a lemon. You can use lemons to preserve fruits and vegetables, preventing them from becoming stale and brown. Antioxidants will protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals. They are called free radical scavengers, because they fight off pollutants, sun damage, and help your body stay healthy.


Some other examples of antioxidants are alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, and Vitamin B. You can find these ingredients in many of the products we carry here at  It is important to educate yourself on these powerful antioxidants and what they can do for you. CoQ10 or coenzyme Q10 is actually present in our bodies and it helps the cells in our bodies produce more energy. So you are probably wondering what benefits this antioxidant will have when it is in your skin care right? CoQ10 is considered fairly new to the skin care industry, yet it has been studied and researched for years. While this antioxidant is a naturally occurring antioxidant in our bodies, sometimes the levels can be lower for certain people. This includes people who are stressed, on medications, or who have aging skin.  If you are over the age of 30 chances are your levels are below optimum, so it would be beneficial to use a product that contains this powerful antioxidant. It has been known to speed up skin repair and will help the cells regenerate more quickly, thus reducing free radical damage. CoQ10 has also been effective in naturally stimulating collagen production in the skin.  Because of its small molecular structure, it can penetrate into your skin very effectively. It is also beneficial to take this antioxidant in a supplement form for optimum benefits.


One example of a product containing CoQ10 that we carry is the Osmotics Kinetin Cellular Renewal Serum. This serum also contains Vitamins A, E, and D. This product is beneficial in treating fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and blotchy skin. If you are looking for a vitamin supplement that contains CoQ10 we suggest Murad Wet Suit Cell Hydrating Dietary Supplement. These supplements also contain Vitamin E, zinc, and copper, to protect your skin from the inside out.


Another antioxidant that deserves an explanation is alpha-lipoic acid or ALA. It is an antioxidant that our bodies produce naturally, but only in small amounts. This antioxidant in some cases has reduced wrinkles. It is less irritating than Retin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, so even people with sensitive or delicate skin can find ALA beneficial. A proponent of ALA is Dr. Perricone. He offers Alpha Lipoic Capsules that help to neutralize free radicals and protect against cell damage.  You can also find ALA in a variety of his cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. If you are looking for powerful antioxidant supplements in a drinkable form, you may want to consider Pure Inventions products. Developed by certified clinical nutritionists Pure Inventions offers an assortment of green tea extracts to add hydration, help with stress and relaxation and even appetite suppression. They contain green tea, acai berry, and polyphenols to help support a healthy immune system.


A lot of skin care companies are becoming more educated on giving us what we deserve in a skin care product. It is important to ask questions and do the research when finding the right products. When we are informed about what is in our skin care products, we can make a more accurate choice when it comes to our skin care needs and concerns. It is always best to consult with your health care provider before starting a new vitamin or supplement program.


Products featured in this article: Osmotics Kinetin Cellular Renewal Serum, Murad Wet Suit Cell Hydrating Dietary Supplement, Perricone MD Alpha Lipoic Capsules , Pure Inventions.


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Peptides: What are they and why are they important?

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Peptides: What are they and why are they important?Peptides are a fairly new buzz word in the skincare industry, but peptides have been around since the beginning of time. So, what are peptides? What is their purpose? Do you need peptides in your regimen?


Peptides are chains of amino acids that are building blocks of tiny molecules. The peptide molecules are the basic building blocks of proteins. There are many different types of peptides that can be found in our body, and they all have their own special purpose. Some work as neurotransmitters, others as pain relievers and some are even associated with hormones. There are a few different peptides that relate to our skin and that can be found in skincare products, some of which are palmitoyl pentapeptide-3, acetyl hexapeptide-3, palmitoyl oligopeptide and copper peptides.

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Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 is also known as Matrixyl, and works to stimulate the production of collagen at the deeper layers of the skin while promoting skin strength and helping for the skin to heal quickly. Acetyl hexapeptide-3, also known as Argireline, is an alternative to Botox as it helps to relax facial lines and wrinkles. Palmitoyl oligopeptide is similar to Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 as it also helps to promote the production of collagen at the deeper layers of the skin. Copper peptides contain a bit of copper in the peptide chain, which helps to promote skin regeneration and healing, thus making the skin stronger.


Celazome N°45 Firming Peptide CreamPeptides are best used in combination with each other, and in addition to other active ingredients. Some peptides, such as the Acetyl hexapeptide-3 work beautifully with vitamin C. Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 and palmitoyl oligopeptide are similar in their chemical structure so they make a very powerful combination for zapping lines and wrinkles.


Peptides are of utmost importance in a comprehensive skincare regimen, just as important as antioxidants, sunscreen and moisturizer, especially for those concerned with correcting and preventing aging. Regular use of peptides will result in firm, even-toned, lineless skin.


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Beauty From Within

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We are all so aware of the outer health of our skin, we spend hours looking and searching for the “best” products and treatments. What if I told you an important piece to this puzzle is your inner health? What’s on the inside will always tend to surface and become exposed on the outside. So if we support the inner system with vitamins and nutrients the outer will appear stronger and healthier.


According to the 2007 study in The Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, by taking an oral supplement combined with topical antioxidant treatment you are provided with greater protection than with topical alone. Skin hydration levels are boosted by 60% and protection against environmental damage by 20%. Those are some killer results! Jan Marini C-ESTAMINS is a great option, with their BioCell Collagen II, this profound breakthrough tackles the common causes of aging skin. These once daily antioxidant packets not only influence skin elasticity and skin texture, but also give additional energy. So you’re looking good and feeling good too!


Skin supplements are meant to play a supporting role in your skin care routine and not the main production. Such exciting advances are sure to lead to greater improvements in the optimization of oral skin care, but I’m sure will never take place of our beloved serums and facial moisturizers.


Source: The Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology has many skincare supplements available. Click here to learn more!

Mineral Bath Therapy: 20 Minutes to Better Health

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Mineral Bath Therapy: 20 Minutes to Better HealthIf you could better your health in twenty minutes, twice a week, while simply relaxing would you do it? Of course, who wouldn’t?! Mineral bath therapy has been used for centuries in Europe to help with a wide array of aliments including: psoriasis, rosacea, dehydration, eczema, stress, depression, bone healing, insomnia, slow metabolism, anorexia, pregnancy aches, and side effects of chemotherapy. Although mineral bath therapy has been widely used for years, it is a relatively new trend in the United States. The fast paced lifestyle of Americans does not allow them the luxury to relax at the spa for the day or travel to the nearest mineral hot spring. (Haha…wouldn’t that be nice!)


Phytomer Laboratories has simplified the mineral bath experience and brought the day spa to you! Their hero product, Oligomer (freeze dried seawater packaged in convenient sachets) has all of the wonderful benefits of a thermal mineral spring without the hassle. Oligomer products contain blue, brown, green and Phytomer Oligomer Lyophilized Sea Water Bathred seaweed that fight free radical damage with super powered antioxidants, flush lymphatic waste, stimulate collagen and elastin production, bind moisture to the skin, and speed metabolic function.


It’s simple, just run a bath, grab a glass of wine (if you feel so inclined), add your Oligomer sachet and unwind! For maximum efficacy just add one sachet to your room temperature bath water twice a week for five weeks and soak for twenty minutes. For maintenance thereafter use every three to four weeks.


Here’s to a healthier and more relaxed you!


Products featured in this article: Phytomer Oligomer Lyophilized Sea Water Bath, Phytomer Alguomer Aqua-Detoxifying Bath.


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Understanding Key Skin Care Ingredients

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Understanding Skin Care IngredientsWe all want them, most of us have used them, but do we fully understand what is in them? Sure it’s as easy as reading a product description from the back side of a bottle or from a product detail page online to see what the product is used for. However, each product we use has a different combination of ingredients in them used to help us obtain the skin care goals we set forth or to repair the damage our skin has incurred over the years. Being able to look at a products ingredient list and understanding each purpose is something I find that most people cannot do.

The following list below will provide some of the most widely used and most talked about ingredients found in the products we use and love. These descriptions will help you to identify and understand the key ingredients listed in a product, as well as the benefits each has to offer.


Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a fruit acid used to exfoliate, smooth skin texture & help to prevent or even treat acne.


Glycolic Acid (AHA) is used to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, treat acne scars, treat any skin discoloration, exfoliate the outer skin surface, and improve skin texture. Glycolic acid is a natural chemical or fruit acid derived from sugar cane. A daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient because it can cause the skin to be more prone to sunburn.


Lactic Acid (AHA) AKA milk acid is used for its moisturizing, exfoliating, and slight lightening properties. People with sensitive skin can tolerate this ingredient more easily than glycolic because the molecule is larger, thus the acid takes longer to penetrate the skin. A daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient because it can cause the skin to be more prone to sunburn.


Malic Acid (AHA) is a fruit acid that is used to help soften rough skin and also has superior hydration properties. A daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient.


Mandelic Acid (AHA) is used to smooth away dull, dry skin. It is also used to reduce fine lines or wrinkles, prevent acne, reduce skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation, and helps kill bacteria. Mandelic acid is derived from almonds. A daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient.


Tartaric Acid (AHA) is used as a non chemical lightener and is extracted from bearberry. It is also an antioxidant.


Salicylic Acid (BHA- Beta Hydroxy Acid) is oil soluble; penetrating into the pore and exfoliating inside the oil gland. It has antimicrobial & preservative properties and is derived from plants, typically willow bark. It is used to fight off blackheads, white heads, clogged pores, even out skin tone, treat fine lines and wrinkles. A daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient.


Antioxidants are used to help aid in reduction of aging and to help protect your skin from environmental damage. Antioxidants attack and neutralize free radicals or cells with unpaired electrons. Cells with unpaired electrons attack healthy cells in order to gain electrons, when they do this they damage yet more healthy cells. Antioxidants essentially donate their electrons thus neutralizing further cell damage.


Ascorbic Acid is an antioxidant and better known as Vitamin C. Found in fruit and vegetables, it is a skin protector and helps to boost collagen production.


Benzoyl Peroxide is an antibacterial organic compound found in many over the counter medications used to treat acne.


Collagen is a fibrous protein used to firm and strengthen the skin.


Copper Peptide is an antioxidant blend used to help protect the skin from cellular damage. It also promotes the production of elastin and collagen.


DMAE (Dimethylethanolamine) is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory organic compound used to help improve muscle tone and skin tone. DMAE can be found in several types of fish.


Elastin is a fibrous protein found with collagen within the dermis, it is used to help firm and strengthen the skin thereby giving it structure.


Enzymes are natural proteins used to clear away dead skin cells.


Epidermal Growth Factor is used to help speed up the process of skin cell renewal and aids in the repair of damaged skin.


GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is a complex that causes muscles to relax, making the skin appear smoother. GABA is found in foods such as almonds, lentils, bananas, spinach and beef liver to name just a few.


Glucosamine is used to balance pH and stabilize pigment production. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Glucosamine can be extracted from the shells of crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp and lobster. It can also be derived from corn.


Hyaluronic Acid is a natural complex carbohydrate that is found in skin and connective tissue within the body. It protects the skin from moisture loss and can assist with the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid used in skin care products can be manufactured through a bacterial fermentation process.


Hydroquinone is a chemical agent used to bleach the skin. Sensitive skin types may not react well to this ingredient and a daily SPF should be used with products containing this ingredient.


Idebenone is an antioxidant used to assist with protecting the skin from free radical damage (See: Antioxidant). It is an organic compound. Idebenone is thought to be similar to coenzyme Q10.


Kojic Acid is a naturally occurring ingredient found in mushrooms. It is used to break up excess pigmentation and has similar effects as hydroquinone.


Niacinamide is a Vitamin B3 complex used to reduce inflammation and boost collagen production. Niacinamide is found in foods such as green vegetables, beans, fish and milk, to name a few.


Peptide is a composite or chain of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides are used to relax wrinkles and are easily absorbed into the skin.


Retinol is a form of Vitamin A used to promote cell renewal in the skin.


Sodium Hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid and is used as a moisturizer.


Sulfur is a naturally occurring element used to help soothe skin irritation and heal the skin.


Urea is used to help retain skin moisture.


Vitamin C is an antioxidant used to help produce collagen.


Vitamin K is an essential nutrient used to help improve circulation and also aids in under eye swelling reduction.


Yeast Protein is a substance used to control oil production and balance skin moisture.


Next time you look for new skin care products or look at the products you already use, you will be able to identify the ingredients used in the product and understand why you would or wouldn’t want to use a particular product. It is a very important factor in determining what products you should be using and if you aren’t using the correct products. Your time spent committed to these products is precious and so who wouldn’t want to know about these ingredients which produce your skin care products!


Sources:  Skinfopedia, Health Information Directory

Repair And Protect Your Skin

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iStock_happy girl_L1It’s all in the name…Remedy CX DNA Recovery Complex! This product reverses cell-dysfunction and helps to protect your skin from future damage by using a combination of active enzymes and antioxidants. Some of you may have used the Remergent DNA Repair; this is a comparable replacement that does wonders for your skin. It has a lighter texture, so our customers seem to like this one better. It is suitable for all skin types, but those of you who are looking for a progressive anti-aging treatment should really consider giving this product a try. Also, anyone with sun damage can appreciate a little repair and wrinkle reversal!


Here is a listing and description of effectively proven ingredients that help make this product stand out from a lot of other anti-aging products.

  • Evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract: A recent study by the Journal of Dermatological Science proved evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract to be effective in treating inflammation when used topically on the skin. This is important when treating sun damaged skin or people with skin irritations.
  • Plankton extract: Is a natural algae enzyme that over time has developed a resistance to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. The algae will use energy from the sun to repair the damage caused by solar UV radiation. This material holds a significant potential of energy that can stimulate cellular metabolism to revitalize aged skin. This will improve the radiance of skin complexion, tone and strengthen the cutaneous tissue, and trap free radicals. This enzyme is proven to target damaged DNA and help correct the damage that we have done to our skin.
  • Arabidopsis thaliana extract: This extract has a repair enzyme known as OGG1 and is a member of the Remedy CX DNA Recovery Complexmustard seed family. It recognizes DNA damage that will help the body’s natural development by initiating the cellular repair process.  

The results are an improved appearance of your skin’s texture and reduction of visible damage that your skin may have. Because of the active enzymes, antioxidants, and moisturizers Remedy CX promotes self healing of the skin which will prevent further damage from occurring.


Remedy CX is easy to use and cost effective because it comes in a metered dose to ensure you are putting the right amount on. You can use it after you cleanse your skin, and it will be an added benefit to any skin care regime. Don’t forget your sunscreen after your morning application!


Sources: About Arabidopsis, Journal of Dermatological Science, Looking Fit.

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