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Did you know? Fun skincare facts from Derma MD Canada


Although scent may seem inconsequential for skin care, it’s actually a very important aspect, beyond just basic enjoyment. The reason being that many consumers experience early onset of aging skin because they don’t use proper skincare on a regular enough basis...they simply forget to do it or don’t feel that it’s important enough.

However, research in the last few decades has suggested that a big part of our behavior is based on habits.

A habit emerges when we have a cue, perform a routine, and receive a reward.

A nice-smelling product can promote more regular use because the good smell acts as a reward for going through the process of applying the product. Therefore, in theory, the consumer is more likely to remember it and use it on a regular basis…which will make the product more effective!

Something will only work if you use it!

And in the case of skincare, a product generally needs to be used daily for a minimum of 28 days to have a chance to show results.


Unlike retinol serum or a hydroquinone cream, (or a cosmeceutical product), this oil is not specialized-enough to target beyond the epidermal layer of the skin. However, the maker of Bio Oil claims that the product can have a meaningful impact on more general problems like aging skin symptoms, stretch marks, uneven pigmentation (like sun spots), and dry skin.

The idea is that Bio Oil contains various ingredients and by using this item regularly, at least one of the ingredients will have a positive effect on the skin.

Some of the key ingredients in Bio Oil include:

Rosemary Oil:  This ingredient is often included in skin care products due to its antimicrobial properties. By reducing infection-causing bacteria and viruses, rosemary oil may be able to reduce inflammation and promote healing of micro wounds. This, in turn, will help keep the skin healthier and more resilient.

Chamomile Oil:  Has healing and anti-inflammatory properties and is formulated into skin care products for several reasons. Firstly, mere inhalation of the oil can have calming properties, which promotes lower stress and an overall sense of well being. However, chamomile oil is also known to reduce inflammation on the skin and to even out pigmentation issues.

Vitamin A:  Helps to regulate the skin’s shedding process. There are many forms of vitamin A and most Spa, Department or Drug Store skincare products that contain vitamin A will be in a less active form and in low concentrations so as not to cause skin irritation or other adverse reactions.  

Lavender Oil:  Is believed to have been used in skincare for thousands of years. It is valued for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungi and calming benefits. Lavender oil also provides antioxidants which help protect the skin from free radical damage.

Vitamin E:  Is a well-known antioxidant and natural preservative which helps keep the product from expiring early.

Calendula Oil:  Has very effective redness-reducing and calming properties and has also been proven to reduce itching, irritation, and helps to heal dry, flaky skin.


The stimulation of fibroblasts to produce more COLLAGEN with HEAT or TRAUMA.

Collagen is the “support mattress” for our skin and is made of many cross-linked fibers in an organized array.

Collagen production stops in our mid to late 20’s resulting in increased laxity and formation of lines and wrinkles.  The common denominator in all treatments and procedures to increase collagen production = heat or trauma.

Heat and trauma stimulate the cells that make collagen (fibroblasts) to reactivate and produce new and/or more collagen. A few ways this can be done include:

  • Radio Frequency – mono, bi or multi polar
  • Laser energy - various
  • Dermal Needling/Rolling
  • Injections
  • Chemical Peels
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