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5 Reasons why Spirulina is your new favorite food and skincare ingredient

blue_green_algaeSpirulina is one of those super foods everyone knows is good for your, but very few know what it is, or how it works!  For starters,  spirulina  is derived from algae plants and has several internal health benefits.  Skin PhD uses this super plant as a skin care  ingredient,  but it’s just as good for your insides, as it is for your  outsides;  there’s nothing like skincare you can eat!

Spirulina is derived specifically from blue-green algae. which is scientifically known as Cyanobacteria. It normally grows in in lakes, ponds, and slow streams where water is warm and nutrient rich.

Spirulina is rich in protein, Iron and B vitamins,  If you read other posts in this blog, you’ll find information on how all three of these nutrients are  a must for healthy skin and a must for a healthy body.

Topically applied, spirulina can improve your complexion, reduce inflammation and  help tighten the skin.  Internally,  spirulina has  been used to treat  mouth sores, improve  the immune system, increase energy and metabolism, lower cholesterol and improve  digestion.

So,  with all this new information on spirulina, don’t go eating your Skin PhD products,  but seriously, go to your local health food store, and  have a taste! Clearly, your body will thank you.

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Three ways to keep glowing, radiant skin in the Fall

fall leavesFall is slowly creeping around the  corner. Before you know it, leaves will go from green to gold and pumpkin scented candles will  be in every store you walk into.  Don’t assume that just because it’s not warm, you can’t keep a healthy glow to your skin. The secret to radiant skin is healthy skin.  Here are three ways to keep your skin radiant, even in the Fall.

 

1. Moisturize and hydrate

Moisturizing daily will help prevent your skin from chapping and peeling in cool weather.  It will also give your skin a supple, more soft feel.  The Skin PhD Light Day and Night Cream is made with South African Botanicals  that will improve the appearance of your skin over time, while you reap the immediate benefits of more supple and hydrates skin.

2. Give your skin vitamins and minerals

Just like the body, the skin needs vitamins too! Vitamins A, C and E are well known vitamins that drastically improve the skin’s appearance by controlling sebum production in order to reduce breakouts, increasing collagen production, promoting an even skin tone and increasing moisturization in the skin  Click here to learn about Skin PhD products that are made with these vitamins.

3. Protein, protein and more protein

Protein in your skin comes in  many forms.  Collagen production is often damaged when the sun is over exposed to UVA and UVB rays.  The Fall gives our skin a chance to replenish what was lost over the Summer.  Skin PhD has many products that contain peptides.  Peptides are composed of amino acids. Amino Acids makeup  collagen and other proteins in the skin and throughout the body.  When topically applied, peptides encourage the skin to replicate collagen cells at a faster rate, which lead to more youthful, more firm skin.

With these three skin care tips and products, utilized on a daily basis,  your skin will look like Summer never left!

Seven reasons why watermelon is the eighth wonder of the world!

watermelon

Like many Skin PhD ingredients, Watermelon was originally found in Africa, and then found its way to the Middle East around  900 A.D. This delicious fruit has made its way around the entire globe, and its sweet, delicious taste is enjoyed by many.  Here are seven reasons why watermelon is easily one of the most healthiest fruits in the world!

Watermelon is high in carotenoids

Carotenoids (7,481 mcg per cup) are actually what gives the watermelon its beautiful reddish color.  Your body uses carotenoids to make other useful antioxidants. Antioxidants dramatically reduce inflammation and skin cell damage by absorbing free radical oxygen atoms in your body and on your skin (when topically applied).

It is loaded with vitamin C!

To be precise, one cup of watermelon has about 15mg of Vitamin C in it.  Vitamin C will tone the appearance of your skin by its ability to fade aging spots.

High in vitamin  A

Vitamin A (865 IU per cup), another antioxidant, is also used for its skin tightening properties and is fat soluble. This means that it will be able to hydrate your skin  beyond its first layer, which means that over time the use of topical watermelon will visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene (461 mcg per cup) is great for hydrating the skin.  This is especially important because as we age, dry skin can lead to peeling, discoloration, and even promote the formation of fine lines.

High in potassium

Potassium (170 mg per cup) helps rejuvenate skin cells, more specifically, the rejuvenation of collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity and makes your skin tight and youthful.

Great  anti-inflammatory properties

Because of the flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids in watermelon, It has great anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it will help reduce any redness, puffiness, or irritation in the skin.

Rich in citrulline

Inside our bodies, citrulline assists the kidneys in amino acid composition.  this in turn, this leads to increased blood flow. Increased blood flow helps the skin make new skin cells by helping much needed vitamins and minerals reach the layers of the skin.  Essentially, this allows the skin to retain elasticity, to heal, and to retain its supple appearance.

Skin PhD utilizes watermelon and other nutrients to naturally make your skin more beautiful over time.  To learn more about Renaissance, click here.

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How Your Skin Can Benefit From Vitamin C

We know that Vitamin C has a whole host of important roles within the body, but have you heard just how important it is for your skin?

Let’s look at a few of the reasons topical Vitamin C should be a new tool in your skin care toolbox.

 

Combat Premature Aging from Sun Damage with Vitamin C
UV exposure results in free radical damage that degrades your skin in a variety of ways including the breakdown of collagen and elastin (the two primary proteins needed for firm, resilient looking skin).

  • Vitamin C, being a powerful antioxidant, can help neutralize free radicals. This results in a slowing down of the aging process.
  • Topical Vitamin C stimulates fibroblast (the most common collagen producing cell) activity which leads to increased collagen production in the skin.
  • By preventing damage to existing collagen and stimulating the production of new collagen, the skin appears firmer and the formation of new wrinkles can be lessened.

 

Prevent and Reduce Age Spots with Vitamin C
Spots are beautiful on the majestic leopard, but for people, they’re one of the most common skin care complaints. Sun spots or “age spots” are another form of UV damage and respond beautifully to topical Vitamin C.

 

  • The wonderful antioxidant properties of Vitamin C protect against and repair UV damage. Vitamin C has actually been shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells in skin.
  • Vitamin C can lighten existing age spots as well as help prevent the formation of new ones.
  • The best results in brightening the skin with Vitamin C come via consistency in routine. A properly formulated Vitamin C serum should be applied to the skin each day (preferably morning and evening).

 

Protect Capillaries and Reduce Redness with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a major strengthener of the blood vessels and can benefit skin that tends to be red or is predisposed towards capillary damage.

  • Vitamin C can reduce the tendency towards dilated blood vessels visible in the skin (often called broken capillaries).
  • A reduction in overall skin redness may be experienced after prolonged use of topical Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C can improve the appearance of skin affected by Rosacea.

 

Normalize Problematic Skin with Vitamin C
Oily and breakout prone skin types often experience inflammation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown or pink spots left behind from breakouts). Vitamin C can play a vital role in reducing the complications of oily/breakout prone skin.

  • Vitamin C assists in normalizing the skin and healing lesions.
  • Areas of discoloration left behind by inflammatory breakouts and pimples can be evened out and often prevented.

 

Whether 18 or 80, acne or rosacea, dry, oily, or completely normal – everyone can benefit from this powerhouse nutrient!

 

Topical Vitamin C vs. Oral Vitamin C and Formulation Notes

  • Though supplementing Vitamin C through diet offers considerable health benefits, for maximum results in the skin, you must apply it topically.
  • Topical application of Vitamin C may be as much as 20 times more effective than oral supplementation (for specific skin benefits).
  • The method of delivery to the skin is important for Vitamin C. Vitamin C, on its own, isn’t very good at penetrating the skin. Look for formulations that deliver Vitamin C to the skin with liposome technology. Think of liposomes as little spheres that microscopically encapsulate the Vitamin C, help it penetrate the skin, and deliver all those wonderful antioxidant properties just where the skin needs it most.
  • Vitamin C works synergistically with Vitamin E increasing the antioxidant effect and renewing the activity of Vitamin E. Look for formulations that combine these two ingredients in one bottle.

 

So What Vitamin C Serum Should I Try?

 

If you’re ready to begin receiving all the benefits a Vitamin C serum can provide your skin, check out SkinPhD’s Liposome C & E Serum. This is THE top selling product in my private skin care studio, and one I use every day myself. It is gentle enough in formulation to not be prone to causing reactivity irritation, yet it is powerful enough to see results very speedily. It is formulated with both Vitamins C and E and possesses a liposome delivery system for maximum delivery to the skin. This product is concentrated, so a little goes a long way! If you’re not yet using a quality C serum, or you’re not seeing results with your current C product, I encourage you to give the SkinPhD Liposome C & E Serum a try!

 

 


 
 
by Casey Durrett, LEI – National Educator, SkinPhD

Summer Skin Care | Top 3 Summer Skin Care Challenges and how to Manage Them

summer-time-skin-careJust as the earth has its seasons, so it is with our skin. The summer months, full of brilliant rays of sun, can bring noticeable changes and challenges to our skin. So let’s take a look at a three of the challenges most associated with summer time skin care and how we can manage them!

 

Challenge #1 – Excessive Sun Exposure & Premature Aging

The sun, in all its glowing radiance, is the key to life on earth. Sad to say, it’s also a major stumbling block in the battle against aging skin.

Excess sun exposure leads to free radical damage and inflammation that shows itself in the following ways:

  • Damaged  cellular DNA leading to the replication of unhealthy cells
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone and sun spots/age spots
  • Collagen and elastin breakdown
  • Skin sagging

Healthy, vibrant, firm skin doesn’t come from damaged cells.

What to do:

We have all heard by now to use sunscreen. This is a given. But, what else can we do to fight the effects of sun damage?

  • Antioxidant Serums – Serums are highly concentrated formulations that are typically worn under moisturizer/sunscreen. Look for serums containing important antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E. Antioxidants protect your DNA and skin from free radical damage that lead to premature aging.
  • Pigmentation Control – Melanin producing cells are highly stimulated by sun exposure. Using a potent, but non-irritating melanin control product can help keep your skin tone even and reduce unsightly brown spots on the skin.
  • Build Your Skin – Choose products that contain powerful peptides for building major skin proteins like collagen and elastin. These wonderful skin-rebuilders can make a huge difference in fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, and firmness.

Some researchers claim that 90% of premature skin aging symptoms are related to sun exposure!

Challenge #2 – Excess Oil

summer_skin_careMany of us, especially those of us already on the oily side of the skin spectrum, experience challenges with increased oil production during the summer months. The dreaded oily shine and potential for clogged pores and breakouts can be improved with a few simple measures.

What to do:

  • Adjust Your Moisturizer – As your skin changes with the seasons, so should your skin care. Select lighter moisturizers that hydrate the skin with water based ingredients but have minimal levels of light oils/emollients.
  • Control Oil – Look for products containing specialized ingredients to control excess oil production in the skin. Acnacidol is a wonderful agent for regulating oil production in the skin.
  • Clarify and Refine – Use silt-based masks once a week to draw out oil and impurities, and choose daily cleansers that effectively remove oil without dehydrating and stripping the skin. Your cleanser should not leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

Challenge #3 – Dehydration

summertime-skin-careDespite more humidity, and whether your skin tends to be oily or on the drier side, dehydration (lack of water) can be a problem during the summer. Hot temperatures coupled with more sun exposure can dehydrate the skin leading to rough texture and increased, visible signs of aging.

What to do:

  • Keep Moisturizing – Don’t drop the use of moisturizer during the summer in attempts at controlling oil. A better option is to alter the type of your moisturizer to suit your skin’s needs. Moisturizing adds a protective layer to your skin that helps maintain water levels in your skin.
  • Hydrate Your Skin – Hydrating serums containing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate can attract and bind water to your skin. Gentle toners can also be a useful water source for the skin (avoid overly astringent toners as they can be especially drying).

Quality anti-aging serums can offer both hydrating and antioxidant protection.

 

Products for Summer-Time Skin Care:


by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

 

 

SkinPhD Platinum – Ingredients for Optimal Aging

 

Casey Durrett, Social Media Manager, SkinPhD

 

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

 

The first step in an anti-aging skin care regimen is selecting products with optimal ingredients. Optimal ingredients produce Optimal Aging, and SkinPhD’s Platinum range has been formulated with this truth in mind. Our Platinum products for mature skin contain multi-functional complexes of actives that address the key factors in aging skin.

 

As a cosmeceutical range, SkinPhD Platinum products are biologically active and promote beneficial changes in the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, skin tone and texture, and overall radiance. The Platinum range consists of specialized daily skin care products including targeted treatments for the delicate eye area and unique anti-aging, firming, and protective serums.

In working with aging skin, I often find that long-term use of many anti-aging products results in a new set of skin concerns. These often include redness, flakiness, increased UV sensitivity, thinning of the skin’s important protective barrier, and irritation. There is a prominent misconception in the beauty industry that aggression produces better results. This is simply untrue.  The skin is a living, functioning organ, and as with any other major organ of the body, if you constantly attack it and deprive it of critical nutrition, damge will be the result. 

SkinPhD Platinum nourishes, protects, and creates definite, positive changes in the skin without compromising skin health. This approach is critical to creating lasting improvement in the skin’s appearance.

 

Today I’ll walk you through the selection of products in the Platinum range and introduce you to the ingredients that make Platinum the best answer for Optimal Aging.  

SkinPhD Platinum


Cleanse and Tone

Soft Foam Cleanser

 A mild, non-drying foaming cleanser containing protective lipids and rich plant extracts. Our soft foam cleanser is effective at providing a thorough cleansing of the skin without leaving the skin feeling tight and irritated.

Key Ingredients

  • Zincite – a critical mineral to skin health. Zincite plays a vital role in cellular repair, DNA protection, cellular renewal, and collagen and elastin synthesis

    Zincite

    Zincite

 

 

Active Defense Toner

An alcohol-free toner that moisturizes, smoothes, and refreshes the skin.

Tip:  Toning is an often skipped (but much needed) step in a daily skin care routine. Toning skin with our Active Defense Toner after cleansing will hydrate the skin, increase spreadability of your daily moisturizer (making your product last longer), balance the pH of the skin, nourish the skin with important nutrients, and provide a plumper, smoother surface for makeup application.

Key Ingredients

  • Centella Asiatica Extract (Gotu Kola) – boosts circulation, regulates collagen, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  • MSM – a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms. MSM is used by the body to repair and create healthy cells. Lack of adequate MSM in the body and skin leads to premature aging.
  • Zincite

 

Centella Asiatica

Centella Asiatica

 

 

 

Repair and Reverse

Flawless Day Cream

A light day cream that increases elasticity and firmness and decreases fine lines.

Key Ingredients

  • MSM
  • Zincite
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 – Stimulates collagen biosynthesis, improves elasticity, effectively combats fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acmella Oleracea Extract– reduces wrinkles through its face-lift like activity

    Acmella Oleracea

    Acmella Oleracea

 

 

Extreme Night Cream

A multi-hydration night cream formula that will visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the skin’s texture and tone.

Key Ingredients

  • Zincite
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5
  • Kombucha (Black Tea Extract) – a detoxifying, hydrating extract that improves skin elasticity, tone, texture, clarity, and metabolism. Kombucha also possesses antioxidant and probiotic components.
  • Encapsulated Vitamin E – a rich, conditioning, antioxidant that is critical to skin health. Encapsulation ensures optimal activity and delivery of Vitamin E.

 

Eye and Mouth

Peptide Complex Eye Cream

A rich, fragrance-free formula designed for the delicate eye and mouth areas. This cream will firm and smooth the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Key Ingredients

  • Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 – a peptide celebrated for its powerful ability at reducing puffiness in the eye area
  • Hexapeptide-10 – an extraordinary peptide with powerful skin restructuring and firming properties that visibly improves the appearance of thinning, sagging skin.

 

Ultra Rapid Perfecting Gel

A light, easily absorbed gel for the eyes that is rich in proteins and plant extracts. This gel will produce immediate improvement in the appearance of skin where applied. Regular use will result in increased skin brightness, tone, firmness, and youthfulness.

Tip:  I experience a good deal of redness and sensitivity after waxing my brows. Our Ultra Rapid Perfecting Gel reduces the redness and sensitivity unlike any product I’ve ever used post-brow-wax. It also works beautifully under eye makeup.

Key Ingredients

  • Centella Asiatica
  • Rice Bran Peptides– a peptide that protects collagen and improves skin that has been damaged by UV.

    Rice Bran

    Rice Bran

 

 

Firm and Protect

Perfecting Mask

A refreshing mask that reduces stress on aging skin. Rich in active plant extracts, this mask will tighten the skin, improve texture, and increase skin softness and suppleness.

Tip:  Masking is an important step in improving the skin. Think of your hair; we all understand that our hair needs deep conditioning and nourishment to keep it in a healthy state. Masking provides the same sort of treatment for the skin. Our Perfecting Mask will provide the skin with an extra dose of rejuvenating, soothing, and nourishing botanical extracts.

Key Ingredients

Arnica

 

Arnica Extract – a wildflower with wonderful healing properties that regulates circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties

 

 

Kigelia Africana

Kigelia Africana

 

Kigelia Africana Extract – derived from an indigenous African tree also called the Sausage Tree because of the sausage-like shape of its fruit. Kigelia Africana heals and conditions the skin, tightens and firms, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

 
 
 
 
 

Ginko Biloba

 
Ginko Biloba – a plant active that increases circulation, boosts collagen formation, rejuvenates skin, and prevents capillary fragility. 

 

 

 

Active Complex Serum

A rich and light serum which absorbs easily into the skin and provides nourishment and hydration to the skin. This serum improves the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, provides long-lasting moisturizing effects, and deeply nourishes the skin.

Key Ingredients

  • Hexapeptide-10
  • Zincite
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – a natural hydrating substance that is capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water. With its small molecular size, sodium hyaluronate penetrates deeply into the skin where it attracts and maintains water and promotes microcirculation and nutrient absorption.

 

Perfect Defense Serum

A light serum that protects and defends the skin against visible aging and dehydration. This serum oxygenates the skin, protects against free radical damage, and improves the appearance of skin’s elasticity.

Key Ingredients

  • Zincite
  • MSM
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture and provides long lasting smoothness that results in improved texture and reduced visibility of wrinkles.

Each Platinum product addresses the unique challenges associated with mature skin. A daily regimen of morning and evening use of Platinum products will result in smoother, more radiant, even textured, and more youthful skin without the negative side effects commonly associated with corrective skin care products.

For more information on our products and signature therapies, please visit us at www.skinphd.com.

SkinPhD Cellulite Control – Understanding and Improving Cellulite

 

 

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

 

I am often asked if an effective product for the improvement of cellulite really exists. My goal for this blog is to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”  Cellulite, when understood and properly managed, can be significantly improved, and SkinPhD Cellulite Control is the last cellulite reducing product you’ll need to try.

Let me warn you in advance! Cellulite is not to be explained or understood in only a few words. There are complex mechanisms involved and a multitude of factors that culminate in that much dreaded term that keeps so many women from wearing shorts or bathing suits! So, with that duly noted, grab a glass of water, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and let’s now move on to what cellulite is, where this whole beauty-disrupting creature comes from, and what SkinPhD Cellulite Control can do about it.

 

What is Cellulite?

cellulite

 Cellulite is a collection of fat cells found just beneath the surface of the skin skin. As these fat cells enlarge, they push upward on the skin which sits directly above them. With decreasing circulatory function in the tissues, fibrous strands (septa) that hold the skin together become less elastic and more fibrous and pull downward on the skin. The combination of fat cells pushing upwards against the skin while septa are pulling downward on the skin creates the dimpled, lumpy, “cottage cheese” texture on the skin’s surface.

 

 

 

To get a mental picture of what is happening, imagine a decorative pillow with a button in the center. As the button is sewn into the fabric, the thread is pulling down on the pillow’s surface, while the stuffing inside the pillow is pushing upward. 

 
 

 

What Causes Cellulite?

  • Excess fat in the superficial fat cells is directly related to the visibility of cellulite. Because the body does not burn superficial fat (fat that is very near the skin’s surface) for energy, it is very difficult to rid the superficial fat cells of excess fat through diet and exercise.
  • Decreased blood and lymphatic circulation lead to a stiffening of the septa. This decreased circulatory function leads to a lack of nutrient delivery in the tissues and also leaves behind large volumes of toxins that need to be eliminated.
  • Increased fluid retention results from decreased circulatory function. This creates an imbalance in the tissue that results in swelling and pressure and finally leads to the fibrous tissue (septa) becoming thicker and squeezing fat cells such that the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite are visible.
  • Hormones, aging, genetics, and nutrition may all play a role in the development of cellulite.

 

 How to Improve the Appearance of Cellulite

  • Increase Lipolysis – Lipolysis refers to the breaking down of lipids (fats). To truly improve cellulite conditions, excessive fats in the superficial fat cells must be removed.
  • Reduce Fat Cell Differentiation (Adipocyte Differentiation) – Fat cell differentiation refers to the process of a fibroblast undergoing changes that cause it to evolve into a fat cell (adipocyte).
  • Improve Circulation – Beneficial nutrients are delivered and harmful toxins are taken away through circulation. Circulation may be improved through massage and with topical ingredients that stimulate circulation.
  • Reduce Water Retention – Reducing water retention in the tissue alleviates pressure and swelling and allows for improved circulation, nutrient delivery, and detoxification.
  • Detoxify Tissues – Removing harmful, toxic materials allows for a return to a natural and balanced environment in the tissues.

 

How far are you into that glass of water?
Alright, stay hydrated. We’ve gotten past the “deep” part, and we’ll now shift into:

 

Topical Ingredients That Improve Cellulite 

Glaucine (Glaucium Flavum)

 

 

 

 

Glaucine is a derivative of the yellow poppy plant and may also be synthetically derived. Glaucine is a powerhouse ingredient in the reduction of cellulite. Glaucine addresses some of the most important areas of any anti-cellulite regimen including:

 

  • Encourages fat cells to release fat (lipolysis)
  • Discourages growth of new fat cells from fibroblasts (remember fat cell differentiation?)
  • Encourages fat cells to revert back to a stem cell type and then re-evolve into a collagen cell (re-differentiation). Now this is absolutely stunning! Glaucine can promote a change in fat cells that eventually leads to an increase in collagen cells!
  • Increases firmness (because of the activities listed directly above)
  • Reduces water retention
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

The particular Glaucine component in SkinPhD Cellulite control has been shown to improve skin roughness by up to 43% and improve cellulite aspect by up to 35% in 56 days of twice daily applications.

Skin firmness has been shown to improve up to 20% within 28 days of twice daily applications.

These benefits along with the others listed above and combined with our other choice ingredients (to be discussed below) make for an optimal cellulite improvement product with extremely visible results.

 

Ginger and Capsaicin

 

Ginger is a plant with antioxidant, toning, and revitalizing properties. It also functions to boost circulation – a much needed function in any anti-cellulite regimen.

 

 

Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers. Capsaicin has a warming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Capsaicin also works to increase blood flow.

 

Studies on the Ginger and Capsaicin complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show that after only 10 minutes of application (of no more than 1% of the complex), blood circulation is increased by a factor of 5 compared to that of placebo.

 

Arnica

 Arnica is a flower extract that possesses stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and capillary dilating properties. It is also known for its wound-healing effects.

 

 

 

 

 

Yerba Mate and Green Coffee

 Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguaiensis) is a plant found inSouth America. Yerba Mate contains a complex, natural balance of natural detoxifying agents, antioxidants, and diuretics making it an obvious choice ingredient for the reduction of the appearance of cellulite.

Green coffee contains an antioxidant (chlorogenic acid) that inhibits lipid (fat) storage and activates an enzyme that stimulates lipid metabolism. Green coffee also functions as a draining agent for the tissues.

 

 

 

Studies on the Yerba Mate and Green Coffee complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show the following:

  • Increased lipid metabolism (+170%)
  • Decrease in lipid transfer (-33%)
  • Decrease in thigh volume and perimeter of -10% after 2 months of use

 

Now, let’s put it all in simpler terms…

The search for a powerful anti-cellulite product is over!

SkinPhD Cellulite Control is formulated to work. Fighting back against the appearance of cellulite is no easy task, and it requires more than a healthy diet and exercise. It is necessary to address each factor in the appearance of cellulite, and this is why SkinPhD Cellulite Control stands out amongst other anti-cellulite products as a viable option for cellulite reduction.

Consumers are wary of cellulite reducing products and understandably so. No one enjoys paying for something that leads to disappointment, and this is why I’ve gone to such lengths to provide information on what sets our Cellulite Control product apart from the rest.

Yes, there is a cellulite reducing product that works and delivers visible results in a short period of time!
It’s called SkinPhD Cellulite Control, and I just can’t wait for you to see the improvement!

Until next time, here’s to firmer, smoother, bathing-suit-ready skin!

 

For more information on SkinPhD Cellulite Control or our other products, ingredients, and signature therapies, please visit www.skinphd.com.

 

New SkinPhD Ranges featuring Honeybush and Zincite

  

 

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

SkinPhD is unveiling several new product ranges this summer that target very specific skin care concerns. These new product ranges include our Platinum range that centers on Optimal Aging and our Clarify range that improves the challenges often seen in oily skin types.

I’m so thrilled to be writing this blog! Why? Because I’m so fond of the new SkinPhd Platinum and Clarify formulations and I want to share my excitement with you!  Working in the skin care industry means that I’m exposed to many different product and treatment options on an on-going basis. My philosophy in skin care is that we must provide positive change in the appearance of the skin without creating negative side effects and without damaging or creating an imbalance in the skin. Oddly enough, this can actually be a tricky feat for skin therapists. A number of professional treatments and product actives may create a positive effect in the skin, but when used in excess or improperly these same treatments and ingredients can be highly aggressive and detrimental to skin health. I believe we find these types of actives and treatments most abundantly in the anti-aging and oil-control/breakout realms, and this is why I’m thrilled about the new SkinPhD Platinum and SkinPhD Clarify ranges.

SkinPhD Platinum and SkinPhD Clarify will improve challenging skin care concerns without compromising skin health. In fact, these products will encourage the integrity of the skin! Let’s now look at these two ranges and a couple of the ingredients that make them unique.

SkinPhD Clarify is developed for clients who have oily and challenging skin.

 

A key feature of this product range is the Honeybush plant – a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal plant from the Cape of South Africa. Honeybush is a close cousin to the well-known Rooibos plant. Often consumed as a tea, Honeybush is characterized by a sweet, honey-like scent.

In our Clarify line, Honeybush not only reduces levels of bacteria in the skin but also provides other layers of protection much needed by oily and problem-prone skin – including anti-inflammatory activity and antioxidant protection.

 

Key features of Honeybush:

  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral
  • Limits the growth and reproduction of Propionibacterium Acnes (P. acnes) – the bacteria associated with breakouts
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains minerals including iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, manganese, and sodium
  • Improves skin healing and reduces irritation
  • Rich in polyphenol antioxidants
  • Gentle, non-sensitizing

 

 

 

SkinPhD Platinum is a cosemceutical range formulated for mature skin that is experiencing dryness, changes in hormone levels, fine lines, and wrinkles.

  

In addition to living plant cells, peptides, and patented collagen-building actives, this range contains Zincite – a zinc carbonate that may be found in an array of colors. The use of zinc dates back to ancient times when the Chinese used the mineral to reduce scarring.

Modern science has come to know zinc as an important mineral in the activity of over 200 enzymes. Zinc also plays an important role in every biological component related to growth and development.

Key Features of Zincite:

  • Plays a vital role in DNA and RNA metabolism – without zinc, cell division ceases
  • Assists in elastin and collagen synthesis
  • Protects DNA
  • Increases cellular repair
  • Suitable for daily application
  • Provides constant cellular protection against environmental stress
  • Improves skin elasticity and texture
  • Accelerates the renewal of skin cells
  • Reduces MMP-related collagen degradation
  • Non-iritating

 
As you looked over these featured ingredients did you notice the multiple-benefits they both possess? These are the types of ingredients we at SkinPhD love! As nearly all skin care concerns are related to multiple factors within the skin, we require ingredients with multi-faceted functions to truly create a positive environment for healthy change in the skin’s appearance.

SkinPhD Platinum and Clarify are full of sensible, suitable, effective ingredients and will deliver the results our clients demand.

For more information on our products, ingredients, or signature therapies, please visit us at www.skinphd.com.



Uncovering the Many Benefits of Marula Oil

A Gift to the Skin from Africa

 

 

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

Summer is going to be an exciting season with SkinPhd. As we unveil new and wonderfully unique product formulations, users of our products will be introduced to some fantastic ingredients that are sure to become favorites.

As a skin care therapist, I’m constantly reading labels. I read product descriptions and ingredient lists like they were novels. My eyes scan over the often difficult to pronounce ingredients and my brain processes through each one of them in a “This does this, that does that… Oh what’s this?!” sort of fashion, and when I find something I’m unfamiliar with – I research it. Today I’m going to discuss an ingredient that I wasn’t very familiar with until I began working with SkinPhD, but once I learned about it and how it functions in our Renaissance range I quickly became excited. In case you’re unfamiliar with our Renaissance products, they are formulated for the unique needs of skin of color, and Marula oil (today’s featured ingredient) is a key constituent of the Renaissance range.

Marula oil is an extraordinary plant oil, indigenous to regions in Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, and Zambia, Mozambique, and Swaziland.

The Marula tree may grow up to 20 meters in height (about 65 feet), and is found in low altitudes and open woodland areas. The ripened fruit of the Marula tree is yellow to light orange in color with a very thick skin and possesses about 8 times the amount of Vitamin C found in an orange. Inside the fruit are hard-shelled seeds which contain two to three kernels. Marula oil is extracted from these kernels.

The history and uses of Marula have been traced back thousands of years. Marula fruit may be eaten fresh or used to make jellies, juices, and alcoholic beverages. The oil has numerous skin benefits and is used to condition and protect the skin. The bark has been used to treat fever, malaria, scorpion stings and snake bites. The tree is referred to as the “Marriage Tree” by some cultures, and the bark is brewed to create a tonic which is used as part of cleansing ritual prior to marriage ceremonies. The leaves are commonly used to treat heartburn and indigestion while other parts of the tree may be harvested for use in certain tribal ink preparations, for creating dyes for craft wares, and for making rope.

Now that we’ve discovered what the Marula tree is and its many uses, let’s discuss what Marula oil can do for the skin.

Marula oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids. These protective, healthy fats help restore the barrier of the skin leading to increased hydration, elasticity, smoothness, and suppleness of the skin. Marula oil absorbs quickly so it will not leave the skin feeling heavy or greasy. This is a fantastic benefit, as those of us who work with skin well know – our clients who have oily or breakout prone skin often need skin conditioning agents that will reduce trans-epidermal water loss but they will be unhappy with any topical that makes their skin feel greasy or heavy. Marula oil has shown itself to be effective in producing positive, visible improvement in both dry and oily or breakout prone skin.

Marula oil is also rich in antioxidants including tocopherols (Vitamin E), flavanols, condensed tannins, and catechins (similar to those found in green tea).

These antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage, but the oil has an added benefit that many antioxidants cannot claim: it is highly stable. This means that Marula oil has exceptional resistance to oxidative degradation and easily stays efficacious in product formulations. We skin therapists, recognizing the detrimental activity of free radicals, are always thrilled to hear about the antioxidant properties of given ingredients, but we must also be aware of whether our ingredients have a viable shelf life and whether or not these ingredients degrade quickly once the package has been opened. Marula oil is remarkably stable and will provide your clients with antioxidant protection long after the bottle has been opened.

In addition to the wonderful benefits described above, Marula oil has also been shown to improve the appearance of skin affected by the following conditions:

  • Dry / Cracked
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Redness
  • Acne
  • Wrinkled
  • Scarring
  • Sun damaged
  • Chapped lips

 

Finally, I’d like to discuss one facet of this ingredient that makes me even happier. Though I may work as a skin therapist, I’m first and foremost a human being – with love in my heart for all the people of the world and all the world’s rich wildlife and geography. Our Marula oil comes from a fair trade, ethically sourced, and environmentally sustainable supply chain. That’s great news to me, and I’m sure it is to you too!

For more information on Skin PhD products, technologies, and signature therapies, please visit www.skinphd.com.

What’s in the Bottle?

Discovering the Ingredients that Make SkinPhD Unique
Niacinamide and Prickly Ash Bark

  

  

  

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director and National Educator, SkinPhD

The SkinPhD commitment to quality skin care means we must choose ingredients of merit that result in positive changes in the skin’s appearance while remaining soothing, balancing, and healthy for the skin. Prickly Ash Bark and Niacinamide are two unique ingredients you will find in our formulations for just these reasons. Prickly Ash Bark is a component of many of our products, and Niacinamide is the key ingredient in our Pigmentation Control serum.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide possesses skin hydrating, lightening, and anti-aging properties. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on breakout and acne prone skin. Niacinamide is one of two principle forms of Vitamin B3. It is better tolerated than its counterpart niacin and does not produce the well-known “niacin flush”. It is stable in heat and light and remains efficacious in formulated products. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the fantastic benefits of this skin improving agent!

Niacinamide as a Skin Lightener
As a skin lightening agent, niacinamide effectively reduces areas of uneven pigmentation and age spots. Niacinamide does not inhibit melanin production but instead inhibits the transfer of melansomes to the surrounding cells. Because of its strong lightening capabilities and its gentle, soothing nature on the skin, niacinamide is an excellent solution to pigmentation control without the negative side effects commonly associated with many other skin lightening agents. You can find niacinamide in our specialty treatment, Pigmentation Control.

 

 

 

 

Niacinamide and Skin Hydration
In order for the skin to be soft, supple, well-hydrated and radiant, the skin’s barrier must be in a healthy condition. Several classifications of lipids including ceramides and fatty acids are integral components of the skin barrier. These lipids work to maintain skin vitality by holding water in the tissue. When these important lipids are damaged or not present in sufficient volume, the result is skin that may rapidly dehydrate in a process called trans-epidermal water loss or “TEWL”. Dehydration results in poor skin texture and a lifeless complexion. Long-term dehydration of the skin may lead to damage in the deeper skin layers resulting in loss of skin firmness and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Damaged or missing ceramides and fatty acids are also linked with increased sensitivity, irritation, and redness.  

Niacinamide works to increase ceramide and fatty acid levels in the skin thereby increasing hydration levels. The end result is skin that is softer, smoother, and less prone to irritation, redness, and sensitivity.

Niacinamide and Aging Skin
As the skin ages, collagen and elastin become damaged and deteriorated. These losses lead to skin laxity, fine lines, and deep wrinkles. By increasing the activity of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen and elastin fibers), niacinamide is an effective component in anti-aging regimens.

 

Prickly Ash Bark (Zanthoxylum Americanum)

The Prickly Ash tree was known to the Native Americans as the Toothache Tree because of its use in treating tooth aches. The bark of this tree contains potent wound-healing, stimulating, pain-relieving, and detoxifying properties. With a long history of use amongst Native American cultures, Prickly Ash also became a tool in the treatment of joint pain, arthritis, and poor circulation. Today, Prickly Ash bark is still used to improve these conditions and has been found to improve a number of skin conditions due to its excellent wound-healing properties.

Skin Protecting Properties of Prickly Ash Bark

  • Pain reliever
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Stimulates circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Wound healing

 You will find Prickly Ash bark in our Cleansing Lotion, Skin Tonic, Day Care Lotion, Night Care Cream, Breakout Control Gel, Lip Treatment Cream, and Moisture Maintenance.

Skin PhD Products

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