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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.

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AHA 7 Fruit  Amidroxy                             AHA Gentle Exfoliating Cream 

The Semi-Precious Stone Zincite and Summer Skin

Laura Hunnewell-croppedby Laura Hunnewell, LE, Contributing Writer, SkinPhD Trainer

 

 

Platinum Flawless Day

SkinPhD® Flawless Day Cream has been a staple in the winter months when I am treating dry and flaky patches on skin. I was looking for a nice light moisturizer for a client who spends a lot of time in the hot sun working outside- and his skin is dry. I really believe this cream is just about perfect for any season-including summer. With ingredients like firming Hexapeptide-10 and the semi-precious stone Zincite, Flawless Day combines the powers of a cosmeceutical product with the soothing benefits of natural ingredients such as rosemary leaf and lemon root which collectively stimulate cell growth, brighten and even help calm a breakout. Clinical studies on the active ingredients have shown a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 months.

Zincite

Zincite

Some facts about Zincite: historically known for its power to reduce scarring, today we know it plays a role in growth and development of skin. The Zincite used in the flawless day product is derived from the blue green Smithsonite stone which embodies energy. One role of Zinc is that it helps to incorporate amino acids into proteins, resulting in increased elastin production. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce elastin. Applying regularly to the face and neck helps ours bodies to produce more elastin resulting in firmer skin.

 

benefits-of-black-tea1-300x230The Kombucha black tea in this product helps to create a natural looking radiance and even tone to the skin. Try applying a layer of the SkinPhD’s® Liposome C & E Serum first, then Flawless Day on top. You will be providing sufficient hydration to your antioxidant without a heavy feeling on the skin. When used daily it helps to fight against the damaging effects of harmful pollutants and even provides some natural sun protection.

Have a skin care problem or question? Ask Laura!
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Three ways to keep your new year’s promises, that won’t break the bank

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundIt’s December 31,  hours away from the first day of a brand new year,and the first of a brand new month,  For many,  the first marks the first  day of new goals,  new attitudes and new challenges,  Right now, you might be making promises to yourself that sound like this:  “I’m gonna be trim an slim in 2015,” or ” in ’15,  I’m going on vacation.”

We are always promising  ourselves things that might never get to see the light of day,  but don’t let the cold truth discourage you from your  new year goals.  If you made yourself promises this year,  I have three simple things you can do in 2015 that will help you achieve them!

Promise 1: “I’m going to start eating right.”

First step solution: Drink more water.

For those of us who love to munch,  sometimes eating right can be difficult.  When you know you’re eating right,  not only do you feel better inside,  but your skin looks better on the outside.  Incorporating more water in your diet will do good for your body, and for your skin!

Promise 2: ” I’m going to try new things.”

First step solution: If you haven’t tried Skin PhD yet,   now’s the perfect time to change that!

Sometimes breaking from routines can be difficult,  especially if you are afraid of new things.  Skin PhD offers products using  ingredients I’m sure will intrigue you, like marula oil and watermelon extract.   If you’re still suspicious, read through this blog to  learn more about Skin PhD and what’s available,  then make a decision!

Promise 3:” I’m going to treat myself.”

First step solution:  Treat yourself to a day at the spa.

I Know for some,  it can seem easier to take care of others, than it is to take care of yourself.  Many  spa treatments using Skin PhD products, don’t take hours to complete, but you still get an effective treatment  where you really get to see the results.  To find a spa near you that uses Skin PhD,  visit the website.

 

The Big Picture on Exfoliation

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

If you’ve spent much time in the world of beauty, you’ll know that exfoliation seems to be the answer to everything skin. If you’ve got wrinkles – exfoliate. If you’re breaking out – exfoliate. If your complexion is dull – exfoliate. If you’ve got sun spots – exfoliate. If you’re dry – exfoliate. If you’re oily – exfoliate. So how is it that this one action can help to improve so many unsightly skin conditions? And with so many choices on the market today, how are we to know what to look for in an exfoliation product? How do all these different types of products really work with the skin? And could it be that there are risks associated with the overuse and/or misuse of these products?

 

If you’re a skin care therapist, or if you’ve visited one – you know we estheticians love our exfoliants. We love to use scrubs, enzymes, hydroxy acids, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. Aside from a handful of conditions that contraindicate exfoliating, you’ll see us prescribing the use of exfoliants for just about every skin care concern imaginable. The chart below will provide information on some of the common skin types and concerns and how exfoliating properly can improve them.

 

How Exfoliation Improves Common Skin Types and Concerns

Dry Skin

An actual dry skin “type” is skin that does not produce adequate oil.   This is not to be confused with normal or oily skin that is experiencing a   build-up of dry, flaky skin cells. Truly dry skin may be fragile, sensitive,   and have a tendency to age prematurely. Proper exfoliation of dry skin will   improve skin texture and increase the movement of new healthy cells to the   skin’s surface. It may also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles   commonly associated with drier skin.

 

Oily Skin

In oily skin, dead skin cells may have a harder time shedding from   the skin because excess oil works as a glue that keeps dead skin cells stuck   to the surface of the skin. This combination of oil and excess dead skin   cells can clog follicles and lead to increased follicle size and breakouts.

 

Excess Pigmentation

Pigmentation concerns are a 3-phase process. Excess pigmentation is   first activated by some form of stimuli (hormonal, inflammatory, etc.),   melanin is then synthesized inside melanocytes (melanin producing cells) and   delivered to the surrounding skin cells. The final phase of this process is   what we call “expression” this is where we visibly see pigmentation on the   skin’s surface. Exfoliation targets the “expression” stage by sloughing off   pigmented cells that have moved to the higher surface layers of the skin. It   also improves the rate of cell migration from lower layers of the epidermis   which can help pigmented cells to surface and be shed off more quickly. It is   important to note, however, that exfoliating alone is not a viable option for   controlling pigmentation concerns. All three phases must be targeted to   provide a true solution for skin with excess pigmentation.

 

Breakouts

Breakouts can be attributed to a number of factors. We often see   complications with excess oil, uneven shedding of the follicles, acne-causing   bacteria being trapped in the follicles, and excess dead skin cell build-up   (other factors may be involved in breakouts as well). By responsibly   exfoliating skin that is prone to breakouts, we can reduce the amount of dead   skin cells on the skin’s surface, and with certain topical ingredients the   follicle interior can also be exfoliated. This can allow increased oxygen   into the skin, decrease the amount of trapped bacteria, and clear the skin of   congestive factors that contribute to breakouts.

 

Aging Skin

As we age the process of cells dividing and moving up through the   layers of the skin is slowed. Dead and rough cells linger on the skin’s surface   longer and eventually we see an increased build-up of these dead, dry cells.   As the top of the skin is thickening, the lower layers of the skin that keep   the skin looking firm and plump are decreasing in thickness. Rough texture,   lack of a healthy glow, fine lines and wrinkles are all common signs of skin   that is aging or prematurely aging.    Exfoliation of aging/prematurely aging skin can smooth the skin’s   surface, speed up the rate at which new, healthy cells are delivered to the   surface, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Certain   exfoliating agents actually penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and   help to restore vitality to the areas of the skin where problems actually begin.

 

 

Responsible Exfoliation:  Brings Positive Results without Negative Side Effects

As you can see, exfoliation is an integral tool in managing a variety of skin concerns. Texture is improved, new and healthy cells can move more quickly to the surface, breakouts and excessive pigmentation can be reduced, complexion can become brighter and more radiant, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be significantly reduced. The key to these improvements, however, is exfoliating in a way that brings about these positive changes without damaging the integrity of the skin.

The skin is an important barrier and a living organ. It is designed with purpose and function. All too often skin is attacked, abraded, peeled, scrubbed, and over-exfoliated to the point of creating damage to not only the barrier of the skin but also the deeper tissues. The results of improper exfoliation can lead to disrupted barrier function, increased skin sensitivity, injury to fragile capillaries, stimulation of excess melanin in darker skin types, damage to the lower layers of the skin, and premature aging.  Unfortunately, we don’t always see this damage taking place, so we don’t make the connection between exfoliating too much (or improperly) with negative changes happening in our skin.

Higher levels of exfoliation should be left to the hands of well-trained professionals. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion should not be performed at home and should be administered by licensed skin therapists. Home-care exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids and scrubs should be gentle, used as prescribed, and the skin should be monitored for any changes good or bad. Irritation, excessive redness and/or flaking of the skin are all signs that we may be over-exfoliating. For breakout prone skin, over-exfoliating may actually stimulate additional breakouts.

 

Choosing and Using Exfoliants Properly

  • Chemical formulations that include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acid, enzymes, etc. should be gentle and not cause excessive stinging, burning, or discomfort. Pain is often associated with a
    product “working” – this is a dangerous viewpoint. Exfoliation does not have to be painful to work!

 

  • Look for formulas that have added benefits. A great exfoliator won’t just take away the dead skin cells it will have added ingredients to create additional benefits in the skin. For instance, an exfoliator for dry skin should be formulated differently than an exfoliator for oily or breakout prone skin. Be sure your product is targeted to your specific skin type and condition/s.

 

  • Mechanical exfoliants such as facial scrubs should not be overly abrasive and should not be aggressively scrubbed into and over the skin. Go for a “polishing” movement rather than a heavy handed scrubbing action. These exfoliants are best suited to skin when the abrading agent isn’t extremely rough and jagged. The ever popular “apricot scrubs” are well known for creating micro-tears in the skin which, though invisible, lead to inflammation and barrier disruption.

 

  • More isn’t better. Over-using exfoliators is more detrimental to the skin than failing to exfoliate at all. Use exfoliants as directed. Generally, an exfoliant should be used 1-2 times per week, but this will vary according to product type and strength. Follow package directions.

 

Exfoliating Products worth Discovering

With the above guidelines in mind, I’d like to introduce you the SkinPhD exfoliating products. These products are designed to promote positive changes in the skin without causing irritation or barrier disruption. I have personally used each of these products and work with them professionally in my skin care business. They are effective, non-irritating, and the results of regular use are beautiful.

AHA 7   Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator


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This concentrated serum contains a special blend   of red and citrus fruits that gently and effectively exfoliate the skin   leaving it radiant and with improved color and complexion.

  •   Provitamin B5   moisturizes the skin, makes the skin more elastic, and has an anti-inflammatory   effect
  •   Natural sources of   alpha hydroxy acids contain minerals, vitamins, and proteins. These   substances work together to slough away dead skin cells, stimulate collagen   synthesis, and increase cellular renewal.
  •   Red Fruit Amidroxy   is rich in minerals, Vitamin C, Flavanoids and other skin improving actives   providing cellular regeneration and protection against free radical damage.
  •   Suitable for all   skin types
AHA Gentle Exfoliating CreamIdeal for the Special Needs   of Dry Skin – A gentle exfoliating   cream that effectively helps slough away dead, dry skin cells while also   moisturizing and improving skin softness.

  •   Exfoliates with a   multi-fruit alpha hydroxy acid complex that increases cellular regeneration   and collagen synthesis while restoring radiance to dry skin.
  •   Contains Spirulina   which is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  •   This unique   formulation also contains shea butter which has unique healing properties and   a wonderful fatty acid profile that moisturizes the skin, improves elasticity,   and prevents wrinkle formation.
  •   An effective   formula for dry skin – exfoliation and rich moisturizing activity in one   product.
 AHA Exfoliating Cream
  Papaya Enzymatic ExfoliantA Wonderful Skin-Polisher   with Enzymes and Micro-SpongesThis   enzymatic exfoliant also contains soft, round micro-sponges that soften and   smooth the skin.

  •   Enzymes in this   formula effectively remove dead skin cells while avoiding irritation and   dryness.
  •   Contains Vitamins   A and C to neutralize free radicals.
  •   Micro-Sponges   gently cleanse and polish the skin’s surface.
  •   Ideal for darker   skin, oily skin, and thick skin.
  •   This product is an   excellent replacement to harsh scrubs that actually cause damage in the skin.

Think over your current exfoliation routine. Have you been using the same product or method for an extended period of time and aren’t seeing visible results? If so, I want to encourage you to review how you’re exfoliating – how often, in what way, and is the product you’re using appropriate for your skin? Is it providing benefits beyond removing dead cells?  If not, it’s time for a change!

Healthy, radiant skin is an attainable goal, and SkinPhD exfoliants can help you reach that goal more quickly, without irritation, and with results you will definitely see.

For more information on our products and signature therapies, please visit us at 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

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