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Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Ingredients | 0 comments

Anti-aging with palmaria palmata

Anti-aging with palmaria palmata

Today we are spotlighting an ingredient known for its anti-aging capabilities:  palmaria palmata.  This plant grows in the Atlantic ocean as well as the northwest Pacific ocean and is often dubbed the ‘red seaweed.’  This botanical actually thrives on the rocks amidst the water.  Its scientific name is “Dulse” (pronounced dullis).

Internal health benefits:

Seaweed is often known for being mineral rich and providing different antioxidants.  It is many times consumed as a healthy snack or topping on prepared foods.  There are a broad range of health benefits from consuming palmaria palmata such as:  improving blood circulation, acting as a digestive aid, boosting your immune system, and lowering blood pressure.

Skincare benefits:

You may be wondering what benefits there are for your skin when it comes to this sea plant.  Just like there are many health benefits for the internal body, palmaria palmata helps turn back the clock on your skin in many ways.  First, it helps to improve blood and lymph circulation to promote brighter skin.  Second, it provides antioxidant support to neutralize damaging free radicals.  Third, palmaria palmata contains a seawater which helps to detoxify and cleanse the skin.  Last but certainly not the least, it contains amino acids and vitamins that help promote collagen production.

The best part about this skincare ingredient is that it contains so many different minerals and vitamins that feed the growth of healthy skin overall.  Not only is it beneficial for anti-aging purposes, but it also aids in the health of your skin.  We love botanicals that feed your internal and external health! Check out this fantastic ingredient in our X-Cell+ brightening serum.

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Ingredients | 0 comments

All about Peptides in skin care

All about Peptides in skin care

Peptides in skin care are hot in our industry these days, but what does it really mean?  In this post, we will explore what peptides are and how they can really benefit the health of your skin.

Let’s start with what a peptide is:  it is a short chain of amino acids that link together to form a protein. You may be wondering ‘what’s an amino acid?’  Amino acids are organic compounds comprised of four elements:  carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen.  Our bodies create peptides in large amounts every day.  Certain peptides help regulate vital functions in the body such as hormones.  Well known glycoprotein hormones includes FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).  These hormones are all essential to regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation.  The peptides serve to signal certain actions to take place within the body.

What does this all have to do with skin?  Just like peptides work together inside the body to signal production of healthy bodily functions, they can work together in the skin to regulate healthy skin functions.  Cosmetic peptides are not the same as what our body creates, but they can transmit signals to the skin cells to perform certain actions.

A large majority of peptides used in skin care are focused on creating  what we all want:  more collagen!  Some examples of this ingredient are Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (AKA Matrixyl), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.  Do you notice how they all have the word ‘peptide’ in their name?  That is a clear indication that peptides are present in the ingredients, and may likely point towards signaling more collagen production in the skin.  We love collagen when trying to reverse the signs of aging and damage and create new, fresh, beautiful skin.

Hopefully this helps to explain a little bit more about peptides in skin care, and how they can benefit the health and appearance of your skin.  As always, check the ingredients label in your product to understand what is really in there, and how it will serve your skin.


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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Ingredients | 0 comments

Treating and preventing pigmentation

Treating and preventing pigmentation

Ahh summer time!  The warm breeze, bright sunshine, and smell of honeysuckle makes us want to stay outside all day long.  Even the sun hates to go down and stays out past 8 pm – we all enjoy this time of year.  The danger is, of course, being out in the sun without the proper protection.  Sometimes pigmentation can form on our skin if we aren’t being careful to prevent it and treat it at the same time.  As much as we think Dalmatians are cute with their little black spots all over, we don’t want to look like one 🙂

If you are noticing dark spots on your skin that are appearing for the first time or getting deeper in color, this may be what we call ‘hyperpigmentation’.  This skin condition can come as a result of trauma to the skin tissue (i.e. picking at your skin, breakouts, irritation, etc.) and sun damage.  The key to treating  pigmentation is  to inhibit the formation of the pigmentation in the first place.  One way to accomplish this is by using a brightening serum.  These serums contain ‘tyrosinase inhibitors’ which are essentially ingredients that try to block the formation of new pigmentation.  These ingredients send signals to the deeper layers of our skin to tell them not to create melanin (what gives our skin its color) so that those lovely little dark spots don’t appear.  Tyrosinase inhibitors will also work on the surface of the skin by lightening the appearance of any pre-existing hyperpigmentation, as well.

This summer, stay protected by not only wearing a quality SPF but creating an additional layer of protection through the use of a brightening serum.  Added bonus – you will notice an even-toned and brightened appearance too.  Let’s leave the spotted look to the Dalmatians this year 😉

*Check out our Simply Brilliant serum with powerhouse brightening extracts including whitonyl, nonapeptide, and waltheria flower.

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Ingredients | 0 comments

Know your skincare ingredients:  Spin Trap

Know your skincare ingredients: Spin Trap

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?  This skincare ingredient is one of the most powerful and intelligent antioxidants out there.  To understand how spin trap molecules benefits your skin, you first have to understand what they do.

  • Free radicals are molecules that are destructive to our skin.  Examples of free radicals are sun exposure, pollution, bacteria, smoke, alcohol, etc.  You got it, all the bad stuff!
  • Antioxidants are like the knights in shining armor – they clash with free radicals in order to stop damage from happening.  Examples of damage would be dehydration, aging, dark spots, wrinkles, and all the other stuff we don’t like.

Now, the way spin trap differs from your typical antioxidant is that they PREVENT damage instead of just reacting to it.  Think of them like a big rubber net that catches the bad stuff and kills it before it can even attempt to cause damage.  This reduces the chance of the free radicals inflicting any damage in the skin before a typical antioxidant has a chance to diffuse it.  Think of it like a ‘better safe than sorry’ kind of situation.

*Look for this intelligent skincare ingredient in our Opti-Crystal eye serum, which includes the ‘phenyl t-butylinitrone’ spin trap molecule.

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Ingredients | 0 comments

Skincare ingredients: mineral oil

Skincare ingredients: mineral oil

Chances are, if you have any widely available skin care products in your bathroom, mineral oil is one of the top 3 ingredients.  I say this without any judgment – it’s just the facts!  Many skin care manufacturers use this substance for at least 2 reasons:  it helps the product to spread evenly, and it makes your skin feel temporarily moisturized.

So what’s so bad about this skincare ingredient anyway?  Well a few things aren’t so great about mineral oil.

1.  It is a by-product of petroleum: the same stuff used to create gasoline.  If it runs your car, it’s probably not so lovely for your skin.

2.  Since the oil acts as an ‘occlusive’ barrier, it can often clog your pores and create congestion.  Your skin needs lipids to keep it moisturized without causing breakouts.

3.  It has no real benefit to your skin because it’s designed to not penetrate layers; it just sits on top of your skin.

I often think of mineral oil like corn; it’s often used as a glorified filler that has no real benefit.  Why spend the money if it’s not really going to do anything? Check your product labels for mineral oil, and keep informed about which skincare ingredients to avoid.


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