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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

For more information on our clinically-endorsed range of products and our signature therapies, please visit www.skinphd.com.

‘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

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.

The Great Benefits of Exfoliation

by Holly Harmon, Master Aesthetician and Executive Director of Training for Placécol USA. 

We often find in the aesthetics profession that many of our clients do not understand the importance of making exfoliation a part of their weekly skin care regimen.  What does exfoliation do?  The term exfoliation refers to the sloughing or peeling away of the horny layer or outer layer of the skin, also known as the corneum.  An exfoliant is a particular ingredient that facilitates this process.

Let’s look at the skin cells journey:  new skin cells are created in the skin’s lower layer, the dermis. Over time, cells migrate to the surface of the skin and become more acidic. During their 30 day journey, they die and become saturated with keratin. Keratin is important because it protects the skin from outside elements. Through the ageing process, and after menopause for women, the natural process of skin erosion becomes uneven, which gives skin a dry and rough character. Exfoliation removes the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and more youthful/healthy in appearance, and helps reduce acne breakouts. There are different types of exfoliants, ranging from chemical, acidic, or enzymatic exfoliants to mechanical exfoliation (such as microdermabrasion).

Chemical exfoliants include scrubs, serums or gels containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, or malic acid which may be applied in high concentrations by a dermatologist or in lower concentrations in over-the-counter products. Chemical exfoliation may also involve the use of products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) that act to weaken the bonds that  holds the skin cells together and sloughs them away more readily.

Why is it vital to skin health?  There are great benefits of exfoliation.  Women have exfoliated their skin for centuries.  In fact, credit is given to the ancient Egyptians for the practice of exfoliation.  Proper and habitual exfoliating can improve dull, lifeless skin tone; oily, clogged pores with minor acne, blackheads and/or whiteheads; dehydrated skin with cell build-up and flakiness; and in some cases, improve fine lines and wrinkles.  Just remember… “you must remove to improve!”

 While we recommend a professional facial at least once per month or once every other month for skin health and we absolutely recommend that you exfoliate two times per week.1

This is your facial at home!  Placécol has several exfoliating options for your skin-specific needs.  Two of Placécol’s exfoliants are rich in alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).  The skin-rejuvenating properties of certain AHA’s have been known for centuries. Cleopatra bathed in sour milk, which contains lactic acid, and the women of the French court washed their faces in spoiled wine, which contains tartaric acid.  AHA’s are weak organic acids. They are naturally found throughout nature in sugar cane as glycolic acid, in sour milk as lactic acid, and in fruits as malic, citric and tartaric acids.  The principal cosmetic actions of AHA’s on the skin are increased exfoliation and moisturization. The moisturizing qualities of cosmetic AHA’s help diminish the appearance of fine lines and help maintain the skin’s proper moisture level.   Low concentration AHA’s facilitate shedding of the outer layer of the epidermis resulting in cosmetically improved skin with a radiant, youthful glow to the skin.  With proper and regular exfoliation, your skin will radiate a healthy glow. Visible improvements appear in skin texture, smoothness, and overall skin health.

Placecol’s Gentle Exfoliating Serum contains AHA’s origin form red berries such Blackcurrant and Bilberry, containing citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid. These red fruits are rich in sugars, minerals and vitamin C, an active stimulant for cell regeneration that protects the skin against free radicals.  It also contains glycoproteins which increase cell turnover and cell proliferation while stimulating the skin’s immunosystem.

 ahaPlacécol’s AHA Exfoliating Cream is rich in Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon extract it is also enriched with Shea butter for additional mildness on the skin.  This concentrated blend of five botanical extracts contains several naturally occurring alpha hydroxyl acids.  These extracts contain a wide variety of residual natural substances, such as cellulose, carbohydrates, proteins, water soluble vitamins and minerals.  The primary action of AHA’s lies in their keratolytic ability – they weaken bonds that hold dead skin cells together. When these bonds are weakened, the dead skin cells can be shed from the surface of the skin, resulting in skin that appears fresher, smoother and younger.

This natural fruit acid blend also helps to normalize and improve the production of new skin cells, while the addition of Shea butter nourishes and conditions the skin, leaving it in superlative condition.  Suitable for dry, sensitive skin.

 

gentle-exfoliatorPlacécol’s Platinum Gentle Exfoliator with Papaya is a unique and highly effective exfoliator that uses papaya as the fruit acid exfoliator.  This highly effective exfoliator is designed for mature/dry skin with changing hormone levels and appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.  It contains super hydrating Ximenia Oil and Calendula Oil leaving your skin more youthful in appearance, toned, hydrated, and rejuvenated.

 

The regular use of products such as Placecol’s Gentle Exfoliating Serum, AHA Exfoliating Cream,  or the Platinum Gentle Exfoliator with Papaya make skin appear fresher, smoother and younger while at the same time releasing the benefits of hydration and collegen sythesis from lactic and citric acids. These products are effective yet gentle enough as to not over-exfoliate or break down the skins natural protection and impeded cellular function while improving the over-all health of your skin.  A simple addition of a good exfoliator to your skin care regime can have beautiful and skin healthy results!

1It is important to note that exfoliation can cause irritation or damage to the skin and capillaries if overused or used incorrectly. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a skin care professional to assess your skin type and proper skin care regimen.