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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

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.

Founders of Placécol USA Launch New Cosmeceutical Skin Care Line – SkinPhD

by Casey Durrett, LEI – Social Media Director, Placécol USA & SkinPhD
   
Beyond Beauty & Skin – The founders of Placécol USA are launching a potent, clinically-endorsed range of cosmeceutical skin care products – SkinPhD. Our products are formulated and manufactured in South Africa where rich African extracts and the latest innovations in cosmetic technology are combined to create a product range that balances, nourishes, and renews the skin. 
 

Our philosophy in caring for and correcting skin results in a product portfolio that has undergone rigorous testing, is suitable for sensitive skin, and is endorsed by dermatologists. SkinPhD products are intended to correct and balance the skin without aggression. Our formulators ensure that the ingredients used in our products will create positive changes in the skin through the use of materials that improve the skin’s barrier function, maintain healthy skin pH, reduce inflammatory conditions, and bring balance to the oil and water content of the skin. All skin types experience positive results when these important areas of skin health are addressed.    

 As a cosmeceutical range, our products rely on bio-active ingredients to produce beneficial changes in the appearance of the skin. Bio-active ingredients work beyond the skin’s surface to create true change. Some benefits of bio-active ingredients include increased cellular renewal and regeneration, improved barrier function, and the stabilization of collagen and elastin. SkinPhD features a host of bio-actives including vitamins, polysaccharides, botanicals, proteins, peptides, and enzymes.    

 
The SkinPhD product portfolio includes:    

  • Core Range – These daily care products are formulated with beneficial ingredients such as Prickly Ash Bark which promotes wound healing and increases circulation, and Niacinamide which increases barrier function, improves collagen synthesis, and reduces hyperpigmentation concerns. In addition to fundamental products like cleansers and moisturizers, SkinPhD offers specialized products that target key areas of concern including eye and lip care, skin firming, and cellutlite.
  •  RenaissanceA complete range of products for skin of color – This range addresses the unique needs of skin of color and features indigenous African ingredients Marula extract and Kalahari Melon.
  • Platinum A complete range of optimal aging products – These powerful anti-aging formulations contain Phyto-Hormones, Collagen-Building Actives, high levels of Antioxidants, and Zincite. Zincite is a semi-precious stone that plays an important role in the metabolism of DNA maintaining their double-helix structure, aids in cellular proliferation and survival and brings long-term geno-protective benefits.

In addition to our existing product ranges, SkinPhD will be launching an exciting new selection of products intended to clarify problem skin. This range will feature a powerful yet natural purifying ingredient – Honeybush. Honeybush is a sibling of Rooibos and is cultivated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region. It is a natural anti-fungal agent and is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, and manganese.    

   
Left: Zincite – A feature ingredient of SkinPhD’s Platinum range
Right: Honeybush – A potent ingredient in SkinPhD’s upcoming Clarify range  

  

 SkinPhD reaches beyond beauty and skin.
Value, excellence, and integrity are at the core of our vision.
Our products are a viable choice for skin of all types, conditions, and ethnicities. We welcome you to the SkinPhD brand and invite you to experience the wonderful changes our products have to offer.