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Spring Skin: Top Skin Care Ingredients

Totalbeauty.com recently published an article on top skin care ingredients. Let’s take a look at the top tier (in no particular order) and SkinPhD’s products containing these ingredients.
1. Ceramides
What they do: Ceramide is the main component of the stratum corneum of the epidermis layer of human skin. Together with cholesterol and saturated fatty acids, ceramides create a water-impermeable, protective layer to prevent excessive water loss due to evaporation as well as a barrier against the entry of microorganisms. With aging there is a decline in ceramide and cholesterol in the stratum corneum. Ceramides are related to our #2 ingredient…
2. Niacinamide
What it does: A form of Vitamin B3, Niacinamide can stimulate new collagen synthesis and up-regulates epidermal ceramide synthesis with concurrent epidermal barrier benefits.  Niacinamide is also clinically known to treat pigmented lesions and, through its anti-inflammatory agents, effectively treats acne and rosacea.

SkinPhD Products with Niacinamide

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Pigmentation Control          Even Tone Serum          Liposome C&E Serum

3. Grape Seed/Grape Stem Cell
What it does: High in antioxidant properties, polyphenols, and resveratrol that significantly reduce free-radical damage and combat wrinkles, this ingredient is a powerhouse for anti-aging.

4. Mineral Hematite
What it does: This mineral, known for its energy and high in iron, reinforces the mechanical properties of the skin and rebuilds the fibril network. It helps to re-densify the
epidermis and fights against thinning of the skin. Mineral Hematite is more effective at Type I Collagen Production than is Retinol.

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Hematite Grape Stem Cell Serum

5. Retinol
What it does: Retinol is Vitamin A; it promotes the enzyme activity in the skin, thickens the epidermis, increases collagen resulting in improved texture and enhanced barrier function.

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SuperOxidant E&A Serum

6. Linoleic/ linolenic acids
What they do: These fatty acids replenish the skin’s intercellular matrix and act as a protector. They contain a natural tocopherol concentrate as antioxidant and make the skin look younger while giving it a radiant shine.  They soothe dry skin and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Day Care Lotion

SkinPhD Cosmeceutical Day Care Lotion has Linoleic/ linolenic acids and is clinically-endorsed for sensitivity

7.  Hydrolyzed Soy Protein 
What it does: Extracted from GMO-free soybean, this regenerative active is obtained by gentle hydrolysis ensuring a balanced composition in peptides (rich in essential amino-acids). By increasing the cell energetic potential, it stimulates cellular renewal, thereby helping improve skin radiance. Studies show that these derivatives inhibit environmental damage, reduce irritation, improve skin texture, build collagen and fight sun damage.  SkinPhD products that include non-GMO soy protein:

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Perfect Defense Serum                   Eye Care Balm

8. Vitamin C
What it does: A free radical scavenger, Vitamin C activates collagen synthesis and influences the metabolism of amino acids. It inhibits the synthesis of melanin that leads to even tone and lighter pigmentation while protecting the cells against UV-damages by scavenging free radicals and preventing the lipids from peroxidase. Encapsulated Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a very stable form of Vitamin C.  SkinPhD Products with Vitamin C

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Liposome C&E R                                   Razor Relief                              Papaya Enzymatic

9. Alpha Hydroxy Acids
What they do: They work mainly as an exfoliant. They cause the cells of the epidermis to become “unglued” allowing the dead cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. AHA may even stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The following are the five major types of alpha hydroxy acids found in skincare products and their sources:
•glycolic acid – sugar cane
•lactic acid – milk
•malic acid – apples and pears
•citric acid – oranges and lemons
•tartaric acid – grapes

AHAs are reported to improve wrinkling, roughness and mottled pigmentation of photodamaged skin after months of daily application.
AHA have been shown to promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal.

Exfol-AHA 7 Fruit Exfol-AHA Gentle

AHA 7 Fruit  Amidroxy                             AHA Gentle Exfoliating Cream 

Chocolate and Skin: A Love Story?

Holly Harmon, LE, LMT VP Aesthetics and Training, SkinPhD

Holly Harmon, LE, LMT
VP Aesthetics and Training, SkinPhD

Is Chocolate Actually Good for You and Your skin? To answer that question, we must first quchocolatealify the type of chocolate that has benefits, which is at least 70% dark cacao (preferably organic cacao). We are not talking about the processed chocolate laden with sugar and milk.

Made from the cacao seed, dark chocolate is filled with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others. It also contains soluble fiber, and is packed with minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, sulfur, and calcium. The fatty acid profile of cocoa and dark chocolate is excellent and it also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine.

The Facts: Chocolate and the Skin
The Institut für Experimentelle Dermatologie, Universität Witten-Herdecke, Germany conducted a study on the ingestion of high flavanol cocoa containing 329mg of antioxidants. The results demonstrated:
• an increase in blood flow of cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues.
• increases in skin density and skin hydration.
• skin thickness was elevated.
• transepidermal water loss was diminished within the same time frame.
• the skin surface showed a significant decrease of skin roughness and scaling.

In summary, dietary flavanols from cocoa contribute to endogenous photoprotection, improve dermal blood circulation, and affect cosmetically relevant skin surface and hydration variables. Dietary antioxidants contribute to photoprotection and are important for the maintenance of skin health, while minerals nourish the skin, and stimulants increase circulation.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702322

So What about Chocolate Products applied to the Skin?chocolate facial treatment
Our skin absorbs things that are applied to it. It fact, some elements can even enter the bloodstream through topical skin application (think medicinal patches). So, when applying dark chocolate (70%+ Cacao) topically to the skin, the antioxidants and minerals nourish the skin while the fatty acids hydrate, and the stimulants increase blood circulation. The result is the luminous glow of smooth, hydrated, healthy skin!

The Chocolate and Acne Connection…or Is There One?
Samantha Block, a second-year medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues studied 10 men aged 18 to 35 who had previously been diagnosed with acne. Under the researchers’ supervision, they ate as much pure (100% Cacao) chocolate as they wanted in one sitting, up to a maximum of three 4-ounce candy bars. chocolate bar
At the start of the study, the men had an average of three pimples. By the fourth day, the figure had jumped to 13 and by the end of the week, they had an average of 18 pimples.
Also, participants who finished less than one 4-ounce chocolate bar had fewer than 10 pimples a week later, according to the study, presented an annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.  But the young man who ate the most chocolate — just about 8 ounces — had 70 pimples by the seventh day. “The numbers speak for themselves,” Block says.

This study may be an indicator but it is not conclusive. First, the sample size is very small. Second,  the study did not establish a control group who did not consume any chocolate. In addition, some of the ingredients in pure chocolate, such as caffeine and its cousin theobromine, might have exacerbated the existing acne.  The researchers are now planning a study of 28 people with acne in which some will be offered up to 6 ounces of pure chocolate and others will be given no chocolate at all.

So this study may be an indication of a connection between eating chocolate and acne but the jury is still out. Until there is substantive data, we suggest chocolate in moderation for acneic skin types.

In Summary…
Treat your skin this Valentine’s Day… Eat some dark chocolate and indulge in a luxurious Anti-Oxidant Facial with a Dark Cocoa Mask. Your skin will love it…and you will love the experience! Heck, we say throw in some Champagne too! Cheers!Laser Cocoa Mask_SkinPhD_Valentines4x6_2016

‘Tis the Season for Chocolate…on your Face!

by Holly Harmon, Executive Director of Aesthetics and Training Placecol USA and SkinPhD

Ummm, cholocate is the indulgence that so many of us crave.  Can it be true…that chocolate is actually good for us and our skin?  Yes!  Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables.  These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.  Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries).   Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.  Chocolate is good for you internally and as an application on the skin if pure dark chocolate courtesy of the cacao plant is used…as in our signature Revitalizing Facial.

At Placecol and Skin PhD, we have the most luxurious one hour facial therapy that incorporates our signature cold laser therapy and our decadent cocoa mask.

REVITALIZING COLD LASER FACIAL WITH COCOA MASK

As with all of our facials, our steps are to cleanse the face, apply toner, exfoliate ot remove the dead skin cells on the epidermis and then we use cold laser on the face that stimulates a process called ATP in the mitochondria of the cell.  This brings the cells back to their original state of health thus repairing and healing the skin from the cellular level.  Next, we apply our exclusive Revitalizing Cocoa Mask.  This unique mask rejuvenates the skin by means of its active ingredients such as alginates extracted from kelp. The polyphenols and vitamin A are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and slow the effects of aging. The tannins, because of their astringent and tonic properties, bring back the firmness to the epidermis. In addition cocoa has moisturizing properties that are essential for preventing wrinkle formation. The skin’s protective film is reconstituted, and its glow is restored.  How divine!

For more details on our signature therapies or to contact spas/physicians that carry our products and therapies, please visit us at www.placecolusa.com and on facebook www.facebook.com/placecolusa

Kalahari Melon: the gift for your skin from the deserts of Africa

by Holly Harmon, Executive Director of Training and Aesthetics, Placecol USA  hollyh@placecolusa.com

Oil from the seeds of the Kalahari melon is used to moisturize, regenerate and restructure the skin. Kalahari melon oil is rich in essential fatty acids, especially linoleic, oleic and palmitic fatty acids.  It has high antioxidant activity, which possibly helps the plant to survive in the harsh Kalahari desert environment.  

Our cosmetic scientists in South Africa have long known the restoring properties of Kalahari Melon extract along with the many other elements from nature on the Continent.  Of course, Africa is rich with many indigenous plants and fruits whose extracts are unparalleled for skin restoration and repair.  You will find these “gifts” from Africa used throughout our skin care collections.  Our Renaissance® Restoring Night Cream includes the healing antidote from nature for damaged and aging skin–Kalahari Melon–along with Mongongo Nut Oil and Rhodiola Extract.  

About the Kalahari Melon

The Kalahari melon (citrullus lanatus) is also known as the Tsamma melon or wild watermelon and is the biological ancestor of the common watermelon now found worldwide. It is a creeping annual herb with hairy stems and bright yellow flowers.  Unlike the common watermelon, whose flesh is sweet and red, the Kalahari melon’s juicy flesh is pale yellow or green, and tastes bitter. Kalahari melon fruits are small and round in the wild, but larger and oval when cultivated.  The Kalahari melon is highly adapted to surviving drought and the harsh light of the desert environment. Although found all over Southern Africa, it is most closely associated with the Kalahari sands of Namibia, Botswana, south-western Zambia and western Zimbabwe. 

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Rhodiola Extract has antioxidant properties for the skin 20X more powerful than Vitamin C

Hilary Bell, Health and Beauty Blogger

In today’s world of heightened health awareness, to say that skin care has reached borderline revolutionary proportions would be quite the understatement.  “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” has long since been replaced by “Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate,” and the average bar of soap simply won’t do. 

More often than not, the consumer beings we are fall victim to the marketing promises on the front of our skincare bottles, and with promises like- “Silky Smooth Hair in 10 Days!” and “Look 10 years younger in 2 weeks!” who wouldn’t?  The problem is that those exciting results promised on the front of those bottles tend to result in our neglect in reading the back of the “little jar full of promises.”

Your first look at the back of those bottles can be eye opening.   The first few names on the list of ingredients will either look like a foreign language or the answers to that Chemistry test you forgot to study for in high school.  There may be no grade involved in this scenario, but these unfamiliar words are no less frightening.  Despite what the front of the bottle promises, these ingredients are hardly contributing to healthier skin and are actually toxic in some cases. 

For example, any one of the first few foreign ingredients could very well be a toxic preservative snuck into many skincare products.  On the other hand, that word you recognize from your Chemistry test may be an emulsifier used to create the illusion of smoother, healthier skin.  When it, in fact, it may actually be a irritant that damages the skin’s protein.   Even a word as seemingly innocent as, “fragrance” can mean that wonderful pomegranate smell in your cleanser is made up of thousands of harmful synthetic chemicals.  In other words, just because it smells like an antioxidant rich pomegranate doesn’t necessarily mean it’s full of antioxidants.

This is where Placécol comes in.  With an emphasis on nutrient- dense plant based ingredients, the backs of these bottles contain no toxins disguised as nice smells and instant smoothing results.  Placécol’s Renaissance® range, in particular, contains a wide variety of products made of natural ingredients that nourish your skin.  For example, the Radiance Toner and Restoring Night Cream contain Rhodiola Extract. 

Rhodiola Rosea, or Golden Root, belongs to the Crassulaceae family.   Rhodiola contains an almost unlimited amount of phenolic antioxidants and contains Proanthocyanidins—a phytochemical found in grape seed, cinnamon, cocoa, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, and black teaRecent studies show that this phytochemical’s antioxidant capabilities are 20 times more powerful than that of Vitamin C and 50 times more potent than vitamin E.   While this is indeed an impressive little factoid, what makes Rhodiola unique to The Renaissance® Range is its ability to penetrate skin with more melanin (darker skin tones) extremely effectively.  A note to you beautiful women with darker skin tones, when they tell you that “one size fits all” for skin care—it is simply not true!  Placécol’s products are formulated and manufactured in South Africa and we ARE experts in this area.  To put it simply, the free radicals you’re constantly warned about in today’s commercials are no match for Placécol’s Renaissance® products.   Also, the Proanthocyanidins in Rhodiola suppress the production of endothelin-1, a protein that constricts the blood vessels.  Why is that significant?  Well, the suppression of this protein makes for greater bioavailability, which, in short, means your body is able to absorb and use ALL the benefits from an antioxidant rich plant like Rhodiola.  To put it simply, it’s a win-win for you and your skin.

We use Rhodiola in our Renaissance® range because it is a powerful energizing and protective concentrate that results in healthy and radiant skin.  It protects cells from free radical aggression and recharges cells with energy.  The result is a revitalized, glowing complexion with improved skin tone. 

Renaissance Restoring Night Cream with Rhodiomax

Active Ingredients:

Rhodiola Extract:       Protects cells from free Radical aggression and recharge cells with energy.  Significant stimulation of the skin’s cell respiration.

Mongongo Nut :     This oil is restructuring

Watermelon Extract:   Assists in the protection of DNA

Benefits:   This special blend of active skin care ingredients help to revitalize  the skin, refining its appearance and improving texture and tone.  The result is smooth, soft, velvety skin, with a radiant and translucent glow. 

 Ultimately, Placécol’s Renaissance products for skin health offer you something essential – results from REAL all natural plant based ingredients designed to work with your skin instead of against it.  With ingredients like Rhodiola, the back of the bottle will never again be a scary place to look.  Once you’ve achieved the younger, healthier looking and feeling skin you’ve been searching for in those other products, you’ll realize that Placécol is the one skincare line that keeps all its promises.

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Placécol Corporation USA launched to accelerate distribution of Placécol products within the United States

Written by Heather Elrod
Tuesday, 22 September 2009

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Forget dated European Skincare!  Placécol USA, The Science of Beauty, launches innovative, clinically proven products for skin and body health directly from South Africa.

The origins of Placécol date back twelve years in South Africa. Since its inception, the company has formulated ground-breaking products using unique ingredients, indigenous African extracts, and patented ingredients in the creation of the most innovative products for skin and body health. Over the years, the company expanded its offering of special treatments to include the introduction of our exclusive Photo Bio-Stimulation Facial Therapies to provide clients with a unique treatment with immediate visible improvement.

Today, Placécol LTD is a public company on the South African exchange and operates over 64 Placécol Beauty Centers as well as the

Placécol Core Range

Placécol Core Range

Placécol Aesthetics Institute in South Africa which enrolls 200 students. The Placécol Institute is a two-year, internationally-recognized curriculum that entitles our therapists to international accreditation. In early 2009, Placécol Corporation USA was launched to begin accelerated distribution of Placécol products and our Photo Bio-Stimulation Facials within the United States. Placécol USA distributes to spas and physicians exclusively throughout the United States.

Placécol has four sub-brands to provide the optimal and trusted skin care regime for every skin type, tone, need, and color.

The Placécol Core Range is designed for the client who seeks a trusted skin care routine that is easy to follow. This range includes regimes for 1) Sensitive skin, 2) Normal/Combination, and 3) Oily/Problematic and offers special serums, creams and gels for a variety of skin needs: neck/bust firming, pigmentation, eye puffiness, tone/texture, and rejuvenation. Ingredients include Malachite, AHAs, Pentaviten, Arnica Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Tripeptides, and Silk Extracts.

Placécol Advanced Facial Care

Placécol Advanced Facial Care

The Placécol Advanced Facial Range is a fusion of natural extracts and skin-care technology that was formulated for the organics-conscious woman concerned with age prevention, environmental stress and skin sensitivity. Ingredients include a Vitamin Complex B3-B5-B6, Pentapeptides, Antioxidant Vitamins C & E to protect against free radical damage, Smithsonite extract and Omegas 6 & 9 for wrinkle reduction. The Advanced Facial Range is dermatologist-endorsed, sensitivity-tested, and 100% fragrance and paraben-free.

Placécol’s Advanced Body Care Range includes three products: 1) Advanced Cellulite Treatment, 2) Advanced Firming Treatment and 3) Advanced Stretch Mark Treatment which were each clinically-tested for results on women ages 18-61 in South Africa in 28 days.

The Placécol Platinum Range is developed for the more mature client who is dealing with dry

Placécol Platinum Range

Placécol Platinum Range

skin, changing hormone levels, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Some of the latest releases inglobal cosmetic technology are used such as living plant cells, semi-precious stone extracts, phyto-hormones, tri-peptides, and patented collagen-building actives. The development of the Platinum range includes Placécol’s Oxyphytomin™ which contains a unique combination of anti-aging actives to ensure a younger, firmer skin.  Many of the anti-aging products in this range were put through clinical trials where over 95% of women saw improvement in wrinkle reduction after 28 days.

Placécol Renaissance Range

Placécol Renaissance Range

The Placécol Renaissance Range is developed specifically to address concerns of women with skin of color. Ground-breaking, patented active ingredients are a key feature of this range that supports olive to dark chocolate skin in a unique way. Our Renaissance client wants effective skin care for her unique skin type; her concerns are often pigmentation and uneven tone or texture. This product includes Placécol’s Rhodiomax™ which is a powerful, energizing concentrate that results in healthy, radiant skin. It also protects against free-radicals and recharges the cells.

Formulation Testing

Stability testing is performed on all formulations to guarantee the products are of the highest quality. The products are placed in accelerated testing conditions which include temperatures, appearance, color, odor, pH and viscosity. All tests results are recorded and analyzed according to set specifications. Specific test panels are performed to test the product performance and efficacy. Candidates are screened and then selected to take part in the test panels. Results are recorded where after a comprehensive report indicates whether the product is approved. After final approval, the product is subjected to product/packaging compatibility testing. Other tests include sensitivity testing, irritancy testing, claim substantiation and efficacy testing. These tests are carried through by accredited testing facilities, dermatologists, and certificates are issued for every test performed.

Placécol Corporation USA
www.placecolusa.com
President/CEO: Heather Elrod
heather@placecolusa.com
Direct: 615-429-1749
Fax: 866-941-5639

Essence Magazine Offers Insight on African-American Women’s Beauty Market

Posted: May 14, 2009

A study by Essence magazine, in conjunction with Vision Critical Group, shows that African-American women spend nearly twice as much on skin care annually than the general market.

Essence magazine shared the results of its proprietary study, Smart Beauty IV (developed in conjunction with New York-based research firm Vision Critical Group) at the fourth installment of the Smart Beauty series. Presented at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, the study focuses on African-American women and the prestige beauty category, and a panelist discussion that analyzed the attitudes and purchase behaviors of the modern African-American beauty consumer.

“Essence’s Smart Beauty research confirms that African-American women are confident and aspirational; embracing and celebrating their unique beauty to the fullest,” says Mikki Taylor, beauty and cover director, Essence. “As trendsetters, African-American women enjoy the beauty experience and are loyal consumers, who trust prestige brands to deliver the quality they expect.”

Designed to educate, inform and inspire change in marketing to women of color by identifying their buying power, influence, needs and desires, the research methodology for Smart Beauty IV included online surveys among a national sample of African-American women and general market women, 18–54 years old. The sample of more than 1,500 included a mix of women who used branded beauty products and have shopped at a prestige store for a cosmetic, skin care or hair care beauty product in the past six months.

Highlights of Smart Beauty IV:

  • Regarding spending power: African-American women spend 80% more on cosmetics annually and nearly twice as much on skin care products than general market women do annually.
  • Regarding marketing to African-American women vs. general market women: A brand she aspires to (48%) is a more important attribute than one with an appealing celebrity endorsement (33%) when choosing a beauty product.
  • Regarding the mindset of African-American women: Her self-confidence is evident in describing herself as intelligent, independent, attractive, ambitious, sexy and fabulous more often than general market women.
  • Regarding what informs the purchase decision for African-American women: Reflecting her personal style, being a brand she trusts, offering high-quality ingredients and being suited to her needs all stand out as key attributes to compel purchase across cosmetic, skin and hair categories respectively.