SkinPhD Cellulite Control – Understanding and Improving Cellulite

 

 

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

 

I am often asked if an effective product for the improvement of cellulite really exists. My goal for this blog is to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”  Cellulite, when understood and properly managed, can be significantly improved, and SkinPhD Cellulite Control is the last cellulite reducing product you’ll need to try.

Let me warn you in advance! Cellulite is not to be explained or understood in only a few words. There are complex mechanisms involved and a multitude of factors that culminate in that much dreaded term that keeps so many women from wearing shorts or bathing suits! So, with that duly noted, grab a glass of water, take a deep breath, clear your mind, and let’s now move on to what cellulite is, where this whole beauty-disrupting creature comes from, and what SkinPhD Cellulite Control can do about it.

 

What is Cellulite?

cellulite

 Cellulite is a collection of fat cells found just beneath the surface of the skin skin. As these fat cells enlarge, they push upward on the skin which sits directly above them. With decreasing circulatory function in the tissues, fibrous strands (septa) that hold the skin together become less elastic and more fibrous and pull downward on the skin. The combination of fat cells pushing upwards against the skin while septa are pulling downward on the skin creates the dimpled, lumpy, “cottage cheese” texture on the skin’s surface.

 

 

 

To get a mental picture of what is happening, imagine a decorative pillow with a button in the center. As the button is sewn into the fabric, the thread is pulling down on the pillow’s surface, while the stuffing inside the pillow is pushing upward. 

 
 

 

What Causes Cellulite?

  • Excess fat in the superficial fat cells is directly related to the visibility of cellulite. Because the body does not burn superficial fat (fat that is very near the skin’s surface) for energy, it is very difficult to rid the superficial fat cells of excess fat through diet and exercise.
  • Decreased blood and lymphatic circulation lead to a stiffening of the septa. This decreased circulatory function leads to a lack of nutrient delivery in the tissues and also leaves behind large volumes of toxins that need to be eliminated.
  • Increased fluid retention results from decreased circulatory function. This creates an imbalance in the tissue that results in swelling and pressure and finally leads to the fibrous tissue (septa) becoming thicker and squeezing fat cells such that the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite are visible.
  • Hormones, aging, genetics, and nutrition may all play a role in the development of cellulite.

 

 How to Improve the Appearance of Cellulite

  • Increase Lipolysis – Lipolysis refers to the breaking down of lipids (fats). To truly improve cellulite conditions, excessive fats in the superficial fat cells must be removed.
  • Reduce Fat Cell Differentiation (Adipocyte Differentiation) – Fat cell differentiation refers to the process of a fibroblast undergoing changes that cause it to evolve into a fat cell (adipocyte).
  • Improve Circulation – Beneficial nutrients are delivered and harmful toxins are taken away through circulation. Circulation may be improved through massage and with topical ingredients that stimulate circulation.
  • Reduce Water Retention – Reducing water retention in the tissue alleviates pressure and swelling and allows for improved circulation, nutrient delivery, and detoxification.
  • Detoxify Tissues – Removing harmful, toxic materials allows for a return to a natural and balanced environment in the tissues.

 

How far are you into that glass of water?
Alright, stay hydrated. We’ve gotten past the “deep” part, and we’ll now shift into:

 

Topical Ingredients That Improve Cellulite 

Glaucine (Glaucium Flavum)

 

 

 

 

Glaucine is a derivative of the yellow poppy plant and may also be synthetically derived. Glaucine is a powerhouse ingredient in the reduction of cellulite. Glaucine addresses some of the most important areas of any anti-cellulite regimen including:

 

  • Encourages fat cells to release fat (lipolysis)
  • Discourages growth of new fat cells from fibroblasts (remember fat cell differentiation?)
  • Encourages fat cells to revert back to a stem cell type and then re-evolve into a collagen cell (re-differentiation). Now this is absolutely stunning! Glaucine can promote a change in fat cells that eventually leads to an increase in collagen cells!
  • Increases firmness (because of the activities listed directly above)
  • Reduces water retention
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

The particular Glaucine component in SkinPhD Cellulite control has been shown to improve skin roughness by up to 43% and improve cellulite aspect by up to 35% in 56 days of twice daily applications.

Skin firmness has been shown to improve up to 20% within 28 days of twice daily applications.

These benefits along with the others listed above and combined with our other choice ingredients (to be discussed below) make for an optimal cellulite improvement product with extremely visible results.

 

Ginger and Capsaicin

 

Ginger is a plant with antioxidant, toning, and revitalizing properties. It also functions to boost circulation – a much needed function in any anti-cellulite regimen.

 

 

Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers. Capsaicin has a warming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Capsaicin also works to increase blood flow.

 

Studies on the Ginger and Capsaicin complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show that after only 10 minutes of application (of no more than 1% of the complex), blood circulation is increased by a factor of 5 compared to that of placebo.

 

Arnica

 Arnica is a flower extract that possesses stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and capillary dilating properties. It is also known for its wound-healing effects.

 

 

 

 

 

Yerba Mate and Green Coffee

 Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguaiensis) is a plant found inSouth America. Yerba Mate contains a complex, natural balance of natural detoxifying agents, antioxidants, and diuretics making it an obvious choice ingredient for the reduction of the appearance of cellulite.

Green coffee contains an antioxidant (chlorogenic acid) that inhibits lipid (fat) storage and activates an enzyme that stimulates lipid metabolism. Green coffee also functions as a draining agent for the tissues.

 

 

 

Studies on the Yerba Mate and Green Coffee complex used in SkinPhD Cellulite Control show the following:

  • Increased lipid metabolism (+170%)
  • Decrease in lipid transfer (-33%)
  • Decrease in thigh volume and perimeter of -10% after 2 months of use

 

Now, let’s put it all in simpler terms…

The search for a powerful anti-cellulite product is over!

SkinPhD Cellulite Control is formulated to work. Fighting back against the appearance of cellulite is no easy task, and it requires more than a healthy diet and exercise. It is necessary to address each factor in the appearance of cellulite, and this is why SkinPhD Cellulite Control stands out amongst other anti-cellulite products as a viable option for cellulite reduction.

Consumers are wary of cellulite reducing products and understandably so. No one enjoys paying for something that leads to disappointment, and this is why I’ve gone to such lengths to provide information on what sets our Cellulite Control product apart from the rest.

Yes, there is a cellulite reducing product that works and delivers visible results in a short period of time!
It’s called SkinPhD Cellulite Control, and I just can’t wait for you to see the improvement!

Until next time, here’s to firmer, smoother, bathing-suit-ready skin!

 

For more information on SkinPhD Cellulite Control or our other products, ingredients, and signature therapies, please visit www.skinphd.com.

 

New SkinPhD Ranges featuring Honeybush and Zincite

  

 

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

SkinPhD is unveiling several new product ranges this summer that target very specific skin care concerns. These new product ranges include our Platinum range that centers on Optimal Aging and our Clarify range that improves the challenges often seen in oily skin types.

I’m so thrilled to be writing this blog! Why? Because I’m so fond of the new SkinPhd Platinum and Clarify formulations and I want to share my excitement with you!  Working in the skin care industry means that I’m exposed to many different product and treatment options on an on-going basis. My philosophy in skin care is that we must provide positive change in the appearance of the skin without creating negative side effects and without damaging or creating an imbalance in the skin. Oddly enough, this can actually be a tricky feat for skin therapists. A number of professional treatments and product actives may create a positive effect in the skin, but when used in excess or improperly these same treatments and ingredients can be highly aggressive and detrimental to skin health. I believe we find these types of actives and treatments most abundantly in the anti-aging and oil-control/breakout realms, and this is why I’m thrilled about the new SkinPhD Platinum and SkinPhD Clarify ranges.

SkinPhD Platinum and SkinPhD Clarify will improve challenging skin care concerns without compromising skin health. In fact, these products will encourage the integrity of the skin! Let’s now look at these two ranges and a couple of the ingredients that make them unique.

SkinPhD Clarify is developed for clients who have oily and challenging skin.

 

A key feature of this product range is the Honeybush plant – a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal plant from the Cape of South Africa. Honeybush is a close cousin to the well-known Rooibos plant. Often consumed as a tea, Honeybush is characterized by a sweet, honey-like scent.

In our Clarify line, Honeybush not only reduces levels of bacteria in the skin but also provides other layers of protection much needed by oily and problem-prone skin – including anti-inflammatory activity and antioxidant protection.

 

Key features of Honeybush:

  • Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral
  • Limits the growth and reproduction of Propionibacterium Acnes (P. acnes) – the bacteria associated with breakouts
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains minerals including iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, manganese, and sodium
  • Improves skin healing and reduces irritation
  • Rich in polyphenol antioxidants
  • Gentle, non-sensitizing

 

 

 

SkinPhD Platinum is a cosemceutical range formulated for mature skin that is experiencing dryness, changes in hormone levels, fine lines, and wrinkles.

  

In addition to living plant cells, peptides, and patented collagen-building actives, this range contains Zincite – a zinc carbonate that may be found in an array of colors. The use of zinc dates back to ancient times when the Chinese used the mineral to reduce scarring.

Modern science has come to know zinc as an important mineral in the activity of over 200 enzymes. Zinc also plays an important role in every biological component related to growth and development.

Key Features of Zincite:

  • Plays a vital role in DNA and RNA metabolism – without zinc, cell division ceases
  • Assists in elastin and collagen synthesis
  • Protects DNA
  • Increases cellular repair
  • Suitable for daily application
  • Provides constant cellular protection against environmental stress
  • Improves skin elasticity and texture
  • Accelerates the renewal of skin cells
  • Reduces MMP-related collagen degradation
  • Non-iritating

 
As you looked over these featured ingredients did you notice the multiple-benefits they both possess? These are the types of ingredients we at SkinPhD love! As nearly all skin care concerns are related to multiple factors within the skin, we require ingredients with multi-faceted functions to truly create a positive environment for healthy change in the skin’s appearance.

SkinPhD Platinum and Clarify are full of sensible, suitable, effective ingredients and will deliver the results our clients demand.

For more information on our products, ingredients, or signature therapies, please visit us at www.skinphd.com.



Uncovering the Many Benefits of Marula Oil

A Gift to the Skin from Africa

 

 

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

Summer is going to be an exciting season with SkinPhd. As we unveil new and wonderfully unique product formulations, users of our products will be introduced to some fantastic ingredients that are sure to become favorites.

As a skin care therapist, I’m constantly reading labels. I read product descriptions and ingredient lists like they were novels. My eyes scan over the often difficult to pronounce ingredients and my brain processes through each one of them in a “This does this, that does that… Oh what’s this?!” sort of fashion, and when I find something I’m unfamiliar with – I research it. Today I’m going to discuss an ingredient that I wasn’t very familiar with until I began working with SkinPhD, but once I learned about it and how it functions in our Renaissance range I quickly became excited. In case you’re unfamiliar with our Renaissance products, they are formulated for the unique needs of skin of color, and Marula oil (today’s featured ingredient) is a key constituent of the Renaissance range.

Marula oil is an extraordinary plant oil, indigenous to regions in Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, and Zambia, Mozambique, and Swaziland.

The Marula tree may grow up to 20 meters in height (about 65 feet), and is found in low altitudes and open woodland areas. The ripened fruit of the Marula tree is yellow to light orange in color with a very thick skin and possesses about 8 times the amount of Vitamin C found in an orange. Inside the fruit are hard-shelled seeds which contain two to three kernels. Marula oil is extracted from these kernels.

The history and uses of Marula have been traced back thousands of years. Marula fruit may be eaten fresh or used to make jellies, juices, and alcoholic beverages. The oil has numerous skin benefits and is used to condition and protect the skin. The bark has been used to treat fever, malaria, scorpion stings and snake bites. The tree is referred to as the “Marriage Tree” by some cultures, and the bark is brewed to create a tonic which is used as part of cleansing ritual prior to marriage ceremonies. The leaves are commonly used to treat heartburn and indigestion while other parts of the tree may be harvested for use in certain tribal ink preparations, for creating dyes for craft wares, and for making rope.

Now that we’ve discovered what the Marula tree is and its many uses, let’s discuss what Marula oil can do for the skin.

Marula oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids. These protective, healthy fats help restore the barrier of the skin leading to increased hydration, elasticity, smoothness, and suppleness of the skin. Marula oil absorbs quickly so it will not leave the skin feeling heavy or greasy. This is a fantastic benefit, as those of us who work with skin well know – our clients who have oily or breakout prone skin often need skin conditioning agents that will reduce trans-epidermal water loss but they will be unhappy with any topical that makes their skin feel greasy or heavy. Marula oil has shown itself to be effective in producing positive, visible improvement in both dry and oily or breakout prone skin.

Marula oil is also rich in antioxidants including tocopherols (Vitamin E), flavanols, condensed tannins, and catechins (similar to those found in green tea).

These antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage, but the oil has an added benefit that many antioxidants cannot claim: it is highly stable. This means that Marula oil has exceptional resistance to oxidative degradation and easily stays efficacious in product formulations. We skin therapists, recognizing the detrimental activity of free radicals, are always thrilled to hear about the antioxidant properties of given ingredients, but we must also be aware of whether our ingredients have a viable shelf life and whether or not these ingredients degrade quickly once the package has been opened. Marula oil is remarkably stable and will provide your clients with antioxidant protection long after the bottle has been opened.

In addition to the wonderful benefits described above, Marula oil has also been shown to improve the appearance of skin affected by the following conditions:

  • Dry / Cracked
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Redness
  • Acne
  • Wrinkled
  • Scarring
  • Sun damaged
  • Chapped lips

 

Finally, I’d like to discuss one facet of this ingredient that makes me even happier. Though I may work as a skin therapist, I’m first and foremost a human being – with love in my heart for all the people of the world and all the world’s rich wildlife and geography. Our Marula oil comes from a fair trade, ethically sourced, and environmentally sustainable supply chain. That’s great news to me, and I’m sure it is to you too!

For more information on Skin PhD products, technologies, and signature therapies, please visit 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.

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.    

‘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. 

For more information on our products and therapies:  www.placecolusa.com  www.facebook/placecolusa

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

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.

Placécol launches the World of Beauty in South Africa

Heather Elrod, President and CEO of Placécol USA

 

The Skinwell group (parent company of Placécol) launched a new concept store called the World of Beauty which is a combination Placécol Skin Treatment Centre, Dreamnails & Body, and also includes a hair salon.  The World of Beauty is comparable to a day Spa in the United States but before now in South Africa, skin care and hair/nail services were separate so this is a historic event for Placécol!

The World of Beauty was launched today at Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg.  This concept store has been tested by the group for over a year at Placécol Zambezi and has proved to be a very profitable business model.  The World of Beauty concept store offers the best in skincare, nail care and hair care in both services and retail offerings.   

The recently appointed Skinwell CEO, Esna Colyn says that the World of Beauty salon is based on international trends to offer a one stop innovative beauty experience to its customers.  Dreamnails & Body, which is a 25 year old brand and ready to evolve, offers the best in nail enhancements to its customers. Placécol, also a brand that is older than 13 years, offers the best in skin care treatments through its signature Photo bio-stimulation facial therapies (with patented cold laser technology) that is used in conjunction with its dermatologist-endorsed and clinically-tested Placécol skincare ranges. Placécol will launch its own Placécol Peels in July 2010.  The hair offering is equally exciting through the Goldwell and Redken brands.  The Skinwell group has more than 100 franchised and company owned beauty outlets nationally.  The group will continue to open Placécol and Dreamnails & Body outlets where appropriate, such as the recently opened Placécol in Sea Point, Cape Town and also plans to open a new Placécol store in the Eastern Cape in July 2010.