Anyone with Rosacea knows it is never going away completely so the trick is to keep it as calm as possible. Summer is challenging, with many triggers such as:
heat, sun, wind, dryness, and dust,
and often the products that are intended to protect against dryness, sunburn, etc can cause breakouts or congestion!
How to cope:
Try Derma MD’s best seller: PINK SILK – it is full of amazing anti-oxidants (like “Astaxanthin” - an anti-inflammatory antioxidant from red algae found to be 500-1000 times more effective for its antioxidant properties than Vitamin E!)
It contains peptides for combating signs of aging including Palmitoyl Hexpapetide-12 and Copper Tripeptide which is also calming and healing.
Pink silk is also a great rejuvenating moisturizer with castor seed and safflower seed oils, ceramides and papaya fruit extract, as well as, green tea extracts which help strengthen the skin from within, without being oily, heavy, occlusive or irritating. It is healing, calming, hydrating, has a beautiful light texture and penetrates immediately into the skin upon application.
It is very concentrated and a pea-size amount is all you need.
Apply on clean skin twice daily.
This product is now available in new packaging: it’s modern and sophisticated and looks like a very high-end product but the best part is it has a hygienic pump so there is no contamination or degradation of the product.
It’s called REPLENISH, and it’s a silky smooth serum combined with multiple potent peptides and 8-10% hyaluronic acid! This innovative formulation has a combination of multiple peptides…for example: Matrixyl 3000™ which is excellent for firming and tightening and (copper/zinc/selenium/manganese) peptides to allow for prompt skin penetration and optimal cell function.
This peptide solution has been shown to support and improve skin repair and assist in UV protection.
Vitamin B-5 helps reduce inflammation and also assists healing of the skin. Additional antioxidants such as Vitamin C, grape seed skin extract, and fennel seed protect the skin from free radical damage.
And of course, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a sugar that exists in the skin naturally and acts as a natural moisturizing agent. HA is already in our skin, but we lose it as we age, therefore, adding it back in in the form of a serum will help replenish dehydrated, dull, lax skin.
Combining HA with peptides in the form of a serum is ideal. Serums penetrate better than creams or lotions and should be used on clean skin, either twice daily or just at night.
Replenish will reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, furrows and laxity leaving the skin smoother, firmer, tighter, more hydrated and with a more even texture.
The Genetics of Aging (and how to fight it - for you AND your mom!)
Scientists have previously attributed “aging” to cell damage accumulated throughout life, but now studies show some aspects of aging might be inherited! In these studies, certain cells have shown to have damage already present at birth, and are transmitted from mother to child via Mitochondrial DNA.
Gee, thanks Mom!
But we do have a solution….! Peptides to the rescue of your aging eyes!
Aging is a popular topic of study these days as the Baby-Boomer generation is desperate to preserve their youth! Certain ingredients have been proven many times over to help prevent premature aging and even reverse some signs of aging, especially for the delicate eye area.
Some general tips for choosing the right EYE CREAM:
Eye creams for daytime are generally designed to help reduce puffiness and dark circles; where as night time versions usually have more emollients and are meant to repair and correctthe skin while you sleep.
ingredients that target early signs of aging include:
antioxidants (vitamins c, e, ferulic acid), hyaluronic acid
ingredients that target more mature skin with advanced signs of aging:
peptides (copper peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide, Hyloxyl, Eyeliss, Matrixyl, many others), antioxidants, emollients (glycerin, urea), retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, growth factors and brightening agents like kojic acid, mica and titanium dioxide.
An eye cream that contains a combination of antioxidants, emollients, anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling and puffiness, brightening agents, firming and tightening agents and peptides will offer multi-faceted benefits that can be used am and pm.
Hyloxyl (a proprietary blend including: palmitoyl oligopeptide & palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7)found in certain plants and in bee pollen and has been proven to reduce inflammation, dark circles and puffiness. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 also boosts collagen production resulting in an increase in firmness.
Eyelisswhich contains 3 natural and effective peptides that work together to eliminate the causes of eye bags. These three peptides include:
Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone– This is a natural ingredient that is found in several different citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits. This peptide strengthens the tiny capillaries under the eyes, which reduces leakage. It also minimizes some of the swelling and that bluish purple color that can make you look so ill.
Dipeptide Valyl-Tryptophne– A natural ingredient that actually promotes the drainage of fluid that collects under the eyes. It can also reduce some of the puffiness caused by the buildup of fluids.
Lipopeptide Pal-GQPR– This peptide decreases inflammation, improves elasticity and firmness of the skin around the eyes and helps to reduce under eye wrinkles.
Sodium Hyaluronate – a great moisturizing agent
Retinyl palmitate – is converted to retinol, once absorbed into the skin and ultimately to retinoic acid, which stimulates collagen production, cell turn-over rate and overall skin health.
copper PCA – reduces wrinkles, redness & supports hydration in the skin
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy and for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is very useful to promote healing and tissue repair post treatment, as well as for damage from sun exposure, injury or irritation.
Copper Peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal.
The Copper Peptide Complex fights aging by its firming & tightening benefits and diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Ceramides absorb moisture and Algae contributes to a more even skin tone.
We’ve all been there…even under the age of 30, well hydrated and with enough sleep…we look in the mirror in the morning and see the eyes of an OLD, TIRED person looking back!
CAUSES of TIRED-LOOKING, AGING EYES:
GENETICS = #1 reason.
Fair skinned people tend to have thinner skin under the eyes, which makes it more obvious when blood pools there (especially with slower circulation from lack of sleep).
This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak, resulting in…DARK CIRCLES!
Darker skinned individuals tend to have a different structure to the orbital socket often causes restricted circulation around the eyes, leading to blood pooling under the eyes and the appearance of…DARK CIRCLES! AGE is another factor (obviously!). Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity becoming thinner, so veins show through more prominently. We also lose fatty tissue and the areas within the orbital socket hollow out.
UV EXPOSURE (esp. sunbathing) speeds up the breaking down process = UV BREAKS DOWN EVERYTHING! Collagen, elastin vessels, capillaries etc, and UV radiation is also a huge “supplier” of Free Radicals which cause further break down of basically everything in our skin and bodies! SEASONAL ALLERGIES are to blame for many people. They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn causes inflammation and swelling of blood vessels and puffiness under the eyes.
SLEEPING WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON! Take the extra 3 min at night to remove your makeup!
Use an eye-makeup remover or good quality cleanser that doesn’t irritate your eyes, lather in circles for a good minute (including your lashes and lash line), and rinse…voila!!
It’s worth it, and your skin and eyes will thank you.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REJUVENATE YOUR TIRED-LOOKING EYES?
If your circles are the result of vascular issues, (pooling blood from poor circulation or Genetics, etc.) you can increase blood circulation by:
using products with caffeine (the secret behind tea bags on your eyes);- some people have also suggested preventing the pooling by doubling up on pillows at night, but watch your neck.
If your aging, tired-looking eyes are due to thinning skin:
you can look for these collagen boosting ingredients in high quality eye products, which are formulated to increase collagen production, stimulate skin growth and repair:
copper peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper, can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal;
green tea & silk tree extract have been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process (where collagen & elastin fibers become stiff and clumped) while stimulating collagen synthesis;
For lightening properties look for ingredients like:
Kojic Acid, Licorice Root, L-Arbutin, Vitamins C & K
For lifting, tightening & firming look for these ingredients:
The Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator is made with caviar as well as astaxanthin, a red algae found primarily in Hawaiian waters. Astaxanthin contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the appearance of redness and makes your skin feel more vibrant and youthful.
Pink Silk is Derma MD’s favourite product – it is full of amazing anti-oxidants (like “Astaxanthin” - an anti-inflammatory antioxidant in red algae found to be 500-1000 times more effective for its antioxidant properties than Vitamin E!)
It contains peptides for combating signs of aging including Palmitoyl Hexpapetide-12 and Copper Tripeptide.
Another powerful anti-aging ingredient it contains is Retinyl Palmitate, known for it’s ability to increase collagen synthesis.
Pink Silk is also a great rejuvenating moisturizer with castor seed and safflower seed oils, ceramides, papaya fruit extract and green tea extracts help strengthen the skin from within.
This product is now available in new packaging: a beautiful hygienic airless pump, so there is no contamination or degradation of the product.
It feels amazing, looks like a light pink serum and absorbs into the skin immediately without a greasy feel.
This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! Glamur Lip is formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!
What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!
A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!
Moisturize – Protect your skin from the day's stressors. Every morning, on a clean face, use Pink Silk Serum to fight free radical damage, and then apply an SPF to protect the skin. At night before bed, use Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer to repair any damage done during the day.
Exfoliate – This is a necessary step for glowing skin. Get rid of the dull, dead skin cells and let the new cells glow! Use Exfoliating Micro Peel Crème 2-3 times per week.
Lips – don’t forget about those beautiful lips! You want them supple, soft and plump for those wedding smooches. Use Glamur Lip Plumper treatment twice a day. This treatment will protect the lips from free radical damage, plump, hydrate and build collagen.
Stay with this routine to see REAL results!!
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Toners, Facial Mists, Toning Mists, Elixirs, Hydrating Water, etc...are everywhere these days. And they have been around for quite some time. So, what exactly do they do? Well, they vary, but generally they can help to hydrate your skin, remove the last traces of makeup and dirt, and restore the pH balance of your skin back to where it should be after cleansing has disrupted it.
Now we have toners that can also provide protection to your skin cells (antioxidants), refresh your makeup (when used throughout the day), shrink your pores and even help calm irritation. Usually you use a toner between your cleanser and moisturizer; that means after you’ve taken off all your makeup and washed away all dirt and impurities.
Most toners come in a spray bottle so you can mist your face directly or spray the product onto a cotton pad and swipe it across your face. Then you follow it up with your favorite serum and/or moisturizer.
Some toners can also be used post workout to help prevent acne bacteria from building up and can be a “pick-me-up” when a complete cleansing is not practical.
Toners are also great for men and teens! They just help clean the skin better and we all know these two categories tend to not be the most conscientious skin caretakers!
In summary, toners are lovely and can be of great benefit to almost all skin types, so choose one that suits you and enjoy!!
So I did some research into what’s trending for the new year in skincare, beauty, spas and wellness and you won’t believe what we’re in for…
The Urine Facial
One of the latest DIY skin care treatments circulating the internet is...big breath...applying pee to your face!!
According to a Refinery 29 story, human urine is sterile, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The practice of applying (urine) to the face reportedly goes back to ancient Eastern traditions.
The story referred to dermatologists, who noted that: the user must use their own sample, they must use it immediately and there are some contraindications based on health conditions. (…no really!??)
The trend, while gross, is not entirely off base. A major component of urine is urea, which is a popular skin care ingredient to hydrate and exfoliate skin. Urine also contains ingredients with skin benefits such as minerals, enzymes and antibodies.
If you have clients (or friends) who want beautiful skin so bad they'd be willing to use their pee, advise them that their time is better spent elsewhere!
While it most likely won't cause harm and might even provide a little benefit, applying urine to the face isn't nearly as effective as today's skincare treatments and products!
Ok, this trend is a little more acceptable…or is it? Advanced Drone Technology
New age drone technology to target aging - and I’m not talking about male wasps, but rather those unmanned aircrafts that can zoom in on precise targets.
What does drone technology have to do with skin care?
This technology refers to the delivery of active ingredients from a product into your skin and even directly into cells. More than that, this so-called drone technology is getting so clever that it can target a specific cell and in some cases, a precise area of that cell! (Is that not freaking amazing!?)
This advanced drone technology targets skin neurons to stimulate botox-like effects to minimize the communication channels for muscle contractions, providing unbelievably smooth skin. (Yes please!) Cosmetic formulators have started talking about how drone-like delivery can boost the efficacy of active ingredients.
During the Face and Body conference and Expo held in San Jose, California, Christine Heathman, CEO of GlyMed Plus and medical master aesthetician, revealed the effect of drone technology on the skin. "It extends the cell life span, it boosts the collagen production. These are super powerful peptides."
Is it a fad, a meaningless analogy, or something that will make you rethink what it takes to make an effective anti-aging potion?
Whether some new technology provides better ingredient penetration, or some new magic mineral is discovered, or some new approach to an old concept…. for healthy, youthful, glowing skin it still comes down to:
- active ingredients (that will Prevent, Correct & Protect), in high enough concentrations and formulated in such a way as to penetrate to where these actives need to go and used often enough…
You will stimulate skin cell renewal, correct & heal damage, prevent further damage, and effectively keep the skin “fit” and healthy and working the way it was intended to.
Someone famous once said “There is no such thing as ugly women, only lazy ones”!
Wow! Well, there you go.
A couple of other trending tid-bits:
- It used to be about products with Collagen & Elastin, (which are too big to penetrate the epidermis so they don’t end up doing much), now it’s more about ingredients that stimulatenew Collagen and Elastin to be produced!
- It used to be about Retinol and Vitamin C, now it’s about the actual benefit of using the right formsof Retinol and Vitamin C.
- New anti-oxidants are being incorporated all the time to help provide more and more protection against free-radical damage in our skin, ie Astaxanthan, Resveratrol, all kinds of seed, fruit and berry extracts, green & white tea extracts and many more.
- Skin lightening agents are also being sought after for correcting sun damage and hyperpigmentation, which not only contributes to looking older, but can lead to cancer in some cases.
- It used to be about actives and loads of great beneficial ingredients, now it’s about formulations with advanced penetration technology to get the actives into the skin so they can actually get to where they need to go to make a difference. It’s very high tech!
This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! It’s formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!
What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!
A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!
How does the “plumping” work?
Niacin actually stimulates blood flow and lips appear fuller instantly.
Some other great ingredients include:
Tripeptide-1: Increases collagen production.
Hyaluronic Acid microspheres: Increase moisture retention and provide fullness.
Retinyl Palmitate: Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells resulting in smoother lips.
Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant and natural preservative.
Titanium Dioxide: Physical sun block, protects against UV damage.
Approximately fourteen million people across the U.S. (that’s about 1 in 20) suffer from rosacea. Usually it develops in adults between 30 and 50, and affects both men and women. Although it’s more common in women, the more severe cases seem to occur in men.
It tends to affect people with fair skin, typically north-eastern European descent ie. Celtic, English, Scottish, although rosacea can develop in any skin type.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by lingering facial redness, as well as painful, tiny pus-filled bumps. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as Eczema, Acne or Allergies and unfortunately, the longer it’s undiagnosed and untreated, the worse it can become.
Signs and symptoms of the different forms of Rosacea
There are 4 forms of rosacea, which are defined by the following range of symptoms:
Mild: The main symptoms are facial flushing and redness, there may also be some swelling, burning, stinging, roughness, and visible broken blood vessels.
Moderate: This is a more advanced form of rosacea that is marked by persistent redness and pimple-like bumps (often mistaken for acne).
Severe: In some individuals, rosacea may affect the nose, causing the skin tissue to thicken (giving an enlarged appearance) and become red, bulbous and bumpy. This advanced form of rosacea is called rhinophyma, and tends to be more common in men.
Ocular rosacea: In addition to skin symptoms, rosacea may also affect the eyes and eyelids. It may cause redness to the surrounding skin tissue but also burning or stinging, dryness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and watery, bloodshot eyes.
Senior woman suffering from rosacea
Experts are not certain what specifically causes rosacea. They believe it is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as:
Individuals who suffer from rosacea should ensure they avoid or limit their intake of:
some also believe dairy can be a trigger
and definitely intense sun exposure!
There is no known cure for rosacea, although it can be managed with appropriate treatment and lifestyle changes. Rosacea does not improve or resolve on its own, and untreated rosacea can worsen over time.
Unlike acne, self-treating with over-the-counter products may not help and may even irritate skin more, causing more redness and bumps. Your family doctor or dermatologist can prescribe various forms of treatment and recommend which skin care products and cosmetics are appropriate. Sticking with the treatment recommended by your doctor will improve symptoms within a few weeks.
Treatment has typically been with medications, such as:
Sodium sulfacetamide and sulphur
Laser therapy and other cosmetic treatments include:
NdYag 1064nm: safe on all skin types; targets deeper vessels, pigmentation and can be used to inhibit the overgrowth of tissue in rhinophyma.
Most of us have heard of these common skin conditions, Psoriasis and Eczema, but how many of us actually know what they are? The difference between them? Causes? Treatments?
Here’s a little review:
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of red, itchy, scaly skin that varies in severity from small and localized spots to complete body coverage.
Elbows, knees, and scalp are a few areas commonly affected by psoriasis
Psoriasis is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors. Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDS. Infections and psychological stress may also trigger or worsen symptoms.
Psoriasis is notcontagious. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. Diagnosis is typically based on the signs and symptoms.
There is no cure for psoriasis. However, various treatments can help control the symptoms.These treatments may include steroid creams, vitamin D3 cream, ultraviolet light, and immune system suppressing medications and about 75% of cases can be managed with creams alone.
Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is in a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. They are characterized by itchiness and red skin. In cases of short duration there may be small blisters while in long term cases the skin may become thickened. The area of skin involved can vary from small to the entire body.
The exact cause of dermatitis is often unclear.
Treatment of atopic dermatitis is typically with moisturizers and steroid creams. Antibiotics may be required if there are signs of skin infection.
Atopic dermatitis is very common and generally starts in childhood. In the United States it affects about 10-30% of people.
Some ingredients that are known to calm, sooth and reduce irritation and provide relief from dry, red, itchy, flaky skin include:
DermaMD’s Soy Moisturizer was specifically formulated to calm, sooth, repair, soften & hydrate dry, irritated, red skin, including skin affected by psoriasis and eczema. It is suitable for the face or body.
This smooth creamy formulation is combined with multiple antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Soy bean oil helps to reduce inflammation, while shea butter, olive oil, and rose hips seed oil will increase moisture retention. Additional conditioning ingredients such as algae help to hydrate dry skin. Skin will be softer, less red and smoother. Excellent when used on broken fissures in heels, and callouses to increase smoothness and hydration.