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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

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.    

Placécol uses Cold Lasers for Revolutionary Skin Therapies

Placécol is the first skin care company to use cold laser therapy with our dermatologist-endorsed, clinically-validated skin care products for a revolutionary treatment that actually heals and repairs your skin!   We have been performing these treatments in South Africa for the better part of a decade and now we are bringing them to the U.S. market.  But what is a cold laser?  There are so many lasers and light-based aesthetic treatments that the whole thing is just plain confusing!

Cold lasers supply energy to the body using non-thermal photos of light versus those that use heated photons of light.  Light waves in the near infrared (cold laser) ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves.  Cold lasers transmit light through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin).  Cold lasers create photo bio-stimulation which is the process where a chain of chemical reaction is triggered by exposure to light.  Primary photo-acceptors (which are activated by light) are located in the mitochondria and can convert light energy to electro-chemical energy.  Cold lasers stimulate the cell’s mitochondria and thus trigger the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) which is to say that they bring the cells back to their original state of health.  It is this energy that heals, repairs, builds collagen, increases cell turnover, and oxygenates the blood.

Cold lasers are good for your skin…and the rest of your body!  It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to

Placécol's Cold Laser from Multi Radiance Medical

the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the entire body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell, increasing cell turnover, and improving collagen and elasticity. Up until this point, cold laser therapy has been used by pain management physicians, chiropractors, and massage therapists for pain reduction.  The science that enables the device to work for healing also has incredible rejuvenating effects on the skin.

Credibility and Clinical Studies

Laser therapy is supported by over 4000 clinical studies.  Our engineers worked on the Russian space program; they are among the most prominent physicists and engineers in the world.  Over 2500 published articles on light therapy exist with over 1200 references.  Over 170 randomized, double blind studies were conducted.

How does our cold laser work?

Our cold laser by Multi Radiance Medical is FDA-approved and includes patented technology.  It is designed with three specific radiances built into a cluster that combines the following wavelengths and light sources:

∞ 905nm super-pulsed laser                 ∞ 875 nm non-coherent IREDs           ∞ 660nm non-coherent LED

These wavelengths combine the most effective infrared wavelengths with a red light LED.  The resulting photochemical reaction from these modalities produce:  1) an increase in the cellular metabolism rate that expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems, 2)  an increase in collagen and elasticity in the skin, 3) an increase in oxygen flow and energy throughout the body, 4) a decrease in bacteria, 4) an improvement in tone and texture, and 5) a reduction in wrinkles which all lead to beautiful, glowing, and healthy skin!

For more information visit www. placecolusa.com and www.facebook.com/placecolusa