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Cannabis in skincare?

Cannabis in Skincare | Derma MD Canada

CANNABIS IN SKINCARE?  Try our NEW DREAM CREAM and wake up with skin of your DREAMS.

“HEMP SEED: THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD”

Now available in Skincare – the Oil from the seeds of the plant Cannabis Sativa, hemp seed, contains 21 essential amino acids necessary to maintain healthy skin. No other single plant source has these essential amino acids, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human needs for the skin.

Amino Acids are building blocks to the skin – like flour is to a cake. While other ingredients are important, you cannot bake a cake without flour. This is the same when your cells are producing collagen, elastin, and other proteins and fibers. If they don’t have enough amino acids you won’t get far in the fight against the signs of aging

Dream Cream is combined with additional anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin A & C, along with peptide Matrixyl 3000™.  This unique cream provides all the nourishing and anti-aging ingredients to improve collagen levels and enhance skins natural beauty.

This is more than just a nighttime moisturizer as it is recommended to be used twice daily for maximum benefits. The combination of natural ingredient Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil along with multiple other anti-aging ingredients will give you the DREAMY TEXTURE of feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and supple.

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INTRODUCING NEW DERMA MD – 24k GOLD HYDRAeye MASQUE

Introducing Derma MD 24k Gold HYDRAeye Masque

SEE RESULTS IN 10 MINUTES!!

The late nights, the long years, the laugh 'til it hurts moments. Your eyes show the effects of stress and time before any other place. Our 24K GOLD EYE MASQUES are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the blink of an eye. These masques can be used for a quick pick me up, for special occasions or for LONG TERM results use 2-3 times a week. Use our NON-SURGICAL EYE LIFT underneath the eye area and proceed with the application of the masque pads for OPTIMAL RESULTS!.

Regular use will increase collagen, lighten dark areas under the eye, increase hydration, reduce puffiness & even out skin tons.

EASY & EFFECTIVE

The skin under the eye area is the thinnest skin on your whole body.  This area needs to be treated with products that are specifically formulated for this area.

Our unique 24K Gold Eye Masques are formulated with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Algae Extract & Hyaluronic Acid. These key ingredients work synergistically to improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, under eye dark circles, puffiness, & loss of firmness.

Our NON-SURGICAL EYE LIFT is a product that is specifically formulated for the eye area – including the eye lid. Formulated with a Persian Silk Tree Extract which is clinically proven to lift upper eyelids, and reduce sagging under eye area.The Eye area will appear firmer and fine lines less noticeable. Collagen and elastin levels are improved with a clinically proven ingredient Asteraceae Siegesbeckia Orientalis: a very small thin grass found in India. The active compound found in this grass, named Darutoside, is also found to reduce pigment accumulation, thus reducing the appearance of dark circles.

Use our NON-SURGICAL Eye Lift daily. Can also be used under the 24K GOLD EYE MASQUES for instant results!

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How to Treat & Prevent Severe Acne

This post is part of a comprehensive series on Acne. To start at the beginning, click here.

SEVERE ACNE is when your sebaceous glands are working overtime and the results are clogged, inflamed pores. These clogged pores are very difficult to open and inflammation starts to work its way down into the deeper layers of the skin. This is where several pores will join together under the surface of the skin and become infected causing pustules, nodules & cysts.

This level of acne will require you to go beyond just a topical treatment, however it is important to maintain an acne treatment with home products.

Treating Severe Acne:

Unlike moderate acne you are going to need to add to your skincare regime either prescribed medication to slow down the sebaceous glands &/or clinical treatments. It is very important to maintain a daily skincare regime to keep the skin healthy.

Step 1: Cleanse the skin from grease and oil.

Use our gentle Enzyme Cleanser twice a day to keep your skin clean and oil free. You do not want to use a harsh cleanser as other treatments that you are doing will be hard on the skin and you do not want to add to the irritation.

Step 2: Kill the bacteria & help keep pores open.

Use Wasabi Gel with niacinamide (vitamin B3), micro-encapsulated salicylic acid, wasabi, and hyaluronic acid. This is our “work horse” when it comes to moderate & severe acne. These ingredients will not only help to open the pores and keep them open, but it will also kill the acne “p” bacteria and slow down the production of sebum, all while helping keep the skin hydrated with hyaluronic acid. This part of acne care is usually missed in other brands of treatments. The strong ingredients necessary to keep the pores open are also drying and hard on the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to counteract those issues.

Step 3:  Reduce inflammation & swelling.

Use Wasabi Toner with niacinamide several times a day, along with Pink Silk at night, which contains super anti-inflammatory antioxidant Astaxanthin. These will reduce redness, hydrate and protect the skin from free radicals without clogging pores.

Step 4: Use sunscreen to keep redness and inflammation at bay.

Using acne ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays, so it’s especially important to wear a facial sunscreen that won’t clog pores, like our Ultra Shield 30 Moisturizer.

Recommended Products for Severe Acne:

Along with topical products for Severe Acne there are many clinical treatments you may want to research and discuss with a dermatologist or clinical esthetician to see which might be the best fit for you:

  • Birth Control Pills
  • Hormonal Treatments
  • Oral Antibiotics
  • Light & Laser Treatments
  • Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Facials

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How to Treat & Prevent Moderate Acne

This post is part of a comprehensive series on Acne. To start at the beginning, click here.

MODERATE ACNE is when your sebaceous glands are overactive and the results are clogged, inflamed pores. You can see blackheads, whiteheads, and red pustules and papules (pimples & red bumps) on the face and sometimes on the chest or back. This is often referred to as inflammatory acne and acne scars may develop after the spots have healed. Generally the more intense the inflammation the greater the injury to the skin & risk for scarring.  

It is not only teens who get moderate acne. Adults can get this type of acne too, particularly women in their 20, 30s, 40s and even 50s. Moderate acne will usually not go away on its own.

Treating Moderate Acne:

Unlike Mild acne, we need to use more aggressive ingredients to slow down the sebaceous glands and keep the pores open, so oxygen can enter to control the acne “p” bacteria.

Step 1: Cleanse the skin from grease and oil & open the clogged pores.

Use Wasabi Cleanser with salicylic acid and wasabi to help open the clogged pores, control sebum and take down bacteria. You may also want to visit a professional esthetician to schedule regular chemical peels to help open the pores and keep them open, allowing oxygen to flow into the pore and kill the acne “p” bacteria.

Step 2: Kill the bacteria & keep pores open.

Use Wasabi Gel with niacinamide (vitamin B3), micro-encapsulated salicylic acid, wasabi and hyaluronic acid. This is our “work horse” when it comes to moderate & severe acne. These ingredients will not only help to open the pores and keep them open, but it will also kill the acne “p” bacteria and slow down the production of sebum, all while helping keep the skin hydrated with hyaluronic acid. This part of acne care is usually missed in other brands of treatments. The strong ingredients necessary to keep the pores open are also drying and hard on the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to counteract those issues.

Step 3: Reduce inflammation & swelling.

We recommend using Pink Silk, which contains super anti-inflammatory antioxidant Astaxanthin. This lightweight, non-greasy serum will reduce redness, hydrate, and protect the skin from free radicals without clogging pores.

Step 4: Use sunscreen to keep redness and inflammation at bay.

Using acne ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays, so it’s especially important to wear a facial sunscreen that won’t clog pores, like our Ultra Shield 30 Moisturizer.

Recommended Products for Moderate Acne:

Along with topical products for Moderate Acne, you may want to research these clinical treatments to see what might be the best fit for you:

  • Light & Laser Treatments
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Facials

Next week we’ll be discussing Severe Acne, and its specific characteristics and needs.


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How to Treat & Prevent Mild Acne

This post is part of a comprehensive series on Acne. To start at the beginning, click here.

Mild Acne

MILD ACNE is when you can visibly see whiteheads, blackheads, and a few red pimples that contain no fluid. These come from clogged pores that are not inflamed. At this point the bacteria has not caused any (or very little) inflammation. Treating this level of acne is very easy with the correct products.

Up to 70% of teens will get this type of acne, and even this can be embarrassing and cause mild scarring if not treated properly.  However, you can suffer from mild acne at any age.

Treating Mild Acne

As with any treatment you need to give it time. It’s recommended that you use ANY products for 6 – 8 weeks to get maximum results, however there should be visible improvement in your skin within 1-2 weeks.

Step 1: Remove dead skin cells & excess oil.

You can use a mild cleanser such as Enzyme Cleanser along with a gentle exfoliate such as Exfoliating MicroPeel Crème. These 2 products are gentle enough to not cause drying, but will help to keep the pores open so the air can enter and kill the acne “p” bacteria.

Step 2: Kill the bacteria.

Use our gentler Wasabi Toner with Niacinamide to kill the acne “p” bacteria. This can be used several times a day. For any inflamed pimples, you can use our spot treatment “zapper” with Micro-Encapsulated Salicylic Acid to help open the pore and kill the bacteria.

Step 3: Reduce inflammation & swelling.

We recommend Pink Silk, which contains super anti-inflammatory antioxidant Astaxanthin. This lightweight non-greasy serum will reduce redness & protect the skin from free radicals without clogging pores.

Step 4: Use sunscreen to keep redness and inflammation at bay.

Using acne ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays, so it’s especially important to wear a facial sunscreen that won’t clog pores, like our Ultra Shield 30 Moisturizer.

Recommended Products for Mild Acne:

Next week we’ll be discussing Moderate Acne, and its specific characteristics and needs.

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What causes acne (and what to do about it!)

Acne: What causes it and what to do about it! | Derma MD Canada

Over the next 4 blogs I will be going over the 3 different levels of acne & how to treat it.

Let’s talk about what acne really is and what causes it. Once you understand how acne is formed, it’s much easier to treat.

Acne is a disorder of the skin caused by inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles. Since it forms under the skin, washing away surface oils doesn’t do much to prevent or cure it.

A hair follicle (pore) branches to glands that produce sebum (oil). These sebaceous glands produce a small amount of oil to help keep the skin hydrated and healthy. This oil stimulates the follicle to shed cells within the follicle for healthy natural exfoliating. When oxygen enters the hair follicle, it kills the “p” bacteria that tend to hide within the follicle. This oil, along with the dead cells, flows to the top of the follicle and is secreted on the skin’s surface. Regular cleansing of the face will then wash it all away.

But for some people, the sebaceous glands are producing too much oil (sebum).

This can be caused by:

  • hormones
  • stress
  • trauma
  • environmental factors
  • … & several other reasons

This excess oil will stimulate the follicle to shed cells more rapidly. These cells & oil cannot make it to the surface of the skin fast enough so they start to stick together, forming a plug. This plug traps the sebum & prevents the oxygen from entering the follicle and killing the “p” bacteria.

So how do you treat acne?

All you need to do is:

  • slow down the sebaceous glands
  • keep the pore open
  • kill the acne “p” bacteria

Then voila...NO more acne. Even though this seems simple, the hard part is that the ingredients needed to keep the pore open & clean are often times drying and irritating to the skin. So treating acne becomes a balancing act. You need to use specific acids to keep the pore open, but also need to incorporate ingredients to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.

Derma MD Wasabi products do just this.  We use Micro-Encapsulated Salicylic Acid, which means it is time released into the skin and therefore not as harsh as straight glycolic or salicylic acid. PLUS the salicylic acid helps to slow down the sebaceous glands. We also use natural, gentle Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which reduces inflammation and “p” bacteria, all while keeping the skin healthy and hydrated.

One more key ingredient that is unique to the Derma MD Wasabi line is Hyaluronic Acid. This is an excellent ingredient to maintain the hydration in your skin. This is the step that is missed by most acne treatments on the market.

Ingredients with latest technology to treat acne include:

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 4% or more
    • Comparable to 1% Clindamycin (a prescription antibiotic)
    • Increases moisture retention
    • Helps fight bacteria
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory properties
    • Reduces Acne “P” bacteria
  • Micro-Encapsulated Salicylic Acid
    • Nano-Technology delivers superior results
    • Superior penetration for better control of sebum
    • No irritation
    • Non-drying
    • Timed release
  • Wasabi Extracts
    • Anti-bacterial Agent
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Hydrating

Next week we’ll be discussing the different types of acne, and the specific treatments for each.

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7 Tips for Travel Skincare

Travel Skincare: 7 Tips to Keep Your Glow During Your Getaway

Getting away from winter. Traveling south to some heat! Don’t forget to maintain your skincare routine on the go!!

7 Travel Skincare Tips:

  1. HYDRATE – Traveling can take a lot out of you, especially when it comes to hydration.  At the airport or on the road, bring your water bottle that you can keep full. Drinking plenty of will help eliminate toxins and keep skin looking fresh & hydrated.  
  2. MOISTURIZE – Traveling in airports or cars can be so dry with air conditioning &/or heat. This means the extremely dry air blasting at you wants to absorb moisture from anywhere it can, including your skin. Always bring intensive moisturizing cream you can use on your hands, feet, and everywhere in between. COUGAR Hydra Boost Body Crème not only adds moisture to your hands & body but helps keep the body’s moisture in.  
  3. BARE – Heavy makeup on a long flight or road trip can be a recipe for disaster and breakouts! If you are on an extended road trip or flight have some disposable cleansing pads on hand to wipe away makeup for a clean fresh face during your travel.  
  4. ROUTINE – Don’t let your travels throw off your beauty regime once you get to your destination. Derma MD offers all your products in one handy kit which is great for travel. The 5 moisturizers and serums come in a travel case containing 15ml syringes for no mess application ANYWHERE. These syringes will last 4 – 6 weeks. So will last for those extended trips and can be thrown in your carry on.
  5. EYES – Pack a cooling eye mask to fight puffiness around the eyes and to help you get some beauty sleep on the long car ride or airplane. Feel well rested and look great too!
  6. MOVE – Long flights and car rides can cause muscle aches (or worse) if you’re not careful. Make an effort to get up and stretch your legs on a plane or go for a short walk on your stops if traveling in a vehicle. It is important to get your blood circulating when you can.
  7. PROTECT – Last but MOST importantly protect your skin from the harmful UVA & UVB rays. Make sure you use a sunscreen every morning and throughout the day for full protection (Ultra Shield SPF is included in the Derma MD Anti-Aging kit)

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What do Apples and Snails have to do with Skincare?

What do apples and snails have to do with skincare?? | Derma MD Canada Blog

Let's talk about apples and snails. Now that's an odd topic of conversation, you might say. Well indeed it is, however, Apple Stem Cells and Snail Secretion Filtrate are two of the active ingredients in our revolutionary anti-aging serum Lifting Stem Cell Serum!

 Lifting Stem Cell Serum | Derma MD Canada

As odd as these two ingredients may sound, they both have very interesting stories. Each are anti-aging powerhouses on their own and they have been combined into Lifting Stem Cell Serum to create a super serum that provides quick results to aging skin and also helps those who are battling both acne and aging.

Apple Stem Cell Technology comes from the Uttwiler Spatlauber apple tree in Switzerland. This rare type of apple is known for having a remarkably long shelf life. It was cultivated in the 18th century, before refrigeration, when it was necessary for an apple to last through the winter without spoiling. Although it is no longer cultivated, some of these trees still remain in Switzerland. A group of Swiss scientists decided to study the apple to find out its secret of self preservation. They discovered that these apples contain highly active stem cells that, like human stem cells, have the ability to regenerate other cells. This regeneration process allows the apple to essentially preserve itself! Pretty cool, but what's even cooler is that this apple stem cell extract has been shown to stimulate human stem cells, helping them to regenerate and protecting them from ultra violet (UV) damage. This is big news in anti-aging skincare! This precious extract can increase the longevity of skin cells and rejuvenate aging skin. Wow!

 

 

Snail Secretion Filtrate has been used since the time of the Greeks and Romans. This ancient garden snail (known as Helix Aspersa Müller) has survived extreme environmental conditions for more than 600 million years. The secret to the snail's longevity is its ability to repair any damage to its skin and prevent infection with its complex secretions. More recently, snail farmers in Chili discovered that the snail's secretions made their hands incredibly soft and smooth and that wounds and infections healed rapidly and without scarring. This is due to the fact that the snail's secretions are rich in vitamins such as A, C and E and are a natural source of skin softening allantoin, collagen and elastin. These ingredients help repair and rejuvenate skin and this Snail Secretion Extract also opens clogged pores and provides anti-bacterial benefits, making it an excellent choice for those who are trying to prevent pimples as well as wrinkles. The snail's secretions are collected without harming the animal and then filtered to produce this rich, anti-aging extract.

These two revolutionary ingredients have been combined with skin smoothing Apricot Kernel Oil, oxygenating Tissue Respiratory Factor (TRF), moisturizing Algae Extract and anti-inflammatory AstaXanthin to create an anti-aging powerhouse serum. Used twice daily, this product will help provide longevity of skin cells, reverse signs of aging, unclog pores and create a more youthful and vibrant appearance.

Now who doesn't want that?

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Did you know...?

Did you know? Fun skincare facts from Derma MD Canada

PRODUCTS THAT SMELL NICE ARE MORE EFFECTIVE

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.

HOW BIO OIL WORKS…

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.

WHAT DO ALL SKIN TIGHTENING, FIRMING, TREATMENTS HAVE IN COMMON…?

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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MASKS and SCRUBS – what do they really do?

Masks & Scrubs: What do they really do? | Derma MD Skincare Canada

Masks can be fun and beneficial for a variety of concerns.

Generally, masks and scrubs are home treatments done 2-3/week to provide extra care for your skin to compliment daily routines.

Masks can be in the form of:

- Mud/Clay like: Bentonite, Kaolin, Fullers Earth, French Clay; these generally absorb oil and detox the skin of impurities, great for oily, congested skin

- Charcoal – absorbs 1000’s of times it weight in oil, very detoxing

- Sulfur – the first antibiotic, great for acne, oily skin

- Vitamin C – antioxidant boost, anti-aging, brightening

- Hyaluronic acid – super hydrating

- Pumpkin – very gently exfoliation for sensitive skin using enzyme action

Scrubs can be in the form of:

- Apricot/Walnut shells – not recommended for the face – can cause scratches in the skin for bacteria to grow…

- Polyethylene beads – effective exfoliants but are bad for the environment – they don’t break down!

- Pumice – ground natural stone, completely biodegradable, gentle and smooth for sensitive skin, excellent overall for all skin types!

-  Enzymes (pumpkin, papaya) – these are generally gentle and provide mild exfoliation.

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Clear Skin is Easy with Wasabi & Charcoal

Clear Skin is Easy with Wasabi & Charcoal | Derma MD Canada

What’s worse than sending your kids back to school with a face full of acne, blemishes, or red, ugly, irritated skin? School is hard enough without dealing with skin problems.

The trick is to get the right balance between ingredients that target and treat the acne without stripping all the natural skin’s protectants and leaving the skin super dry, flaky and sensitive.

Acne is classified from stages 1 – 4.  Only a medical professional can “diagnose” a skin condition, however, the basis of what causes acne and blemishes is:

Dead skin cells mix with sebum to form clogs in your pores, and if these clogs don’t get cleared out, bacteria starts to grow, resulting in redness, blemishes, whiteheads, blackheads, acne etc.

The key elements for preventing and treating mild acne is:

- exfoliation: to remove dead skin cells

- controlling excess sebum production (oily skin)

- effective cleansing of pores (at least twice daily)

- and do all this without over-drying or irritating the skin

For effective but gentle exfoliation try: salicylic acid, scrubs with pumice or beads (avoid walnut or apricot shells – they can cause microscopic scratches which can promote bacterial growth)

For controlling oil try: low levels of retinol, toners (alcohol free), moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid in serum form to provide hydration without causing congestion. If the skin is stripped of natural oil (sebum) too often, it will stimulate more sebum to be produced because the skin thinks it is too dry.

Masks are great too, especially detoxing clay masks or charcoal or sulfur or various others.

For cleansing try: salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleansers to dissolve clogs, and anti-bacterial agents such as tea tree, wasabi, niacinamide (which is comparable to 1% Clindamycin).

Try DermaMD’s Wasabi Line for acne prone skin. It’s easy to use, smells great, comes in attractive unisex packaging and is suitable for tweens right up to adults. It comes as a pack with a Gel Cleanser, Toner and Serum. Use twice daily for healthy, clear skin!

DermaMD’s Charcoal Mud Mask is the perfect compliment for your Anti-Acne Skincare basics.

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COCONUT OIL – pros and cons for skin, hair and body use

Coconut Oil: pros and cons for hair, skin and body use | Derma MD Canada Blog

First, let’s start with the pros.

Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which:

  • promote cellular repair & protect against premature aging
  • minimize the appearance of pores
  • prevent moisture loss

Virgin Coconut Oil is a natural combination of Lauric Acid, Caprylic Acid and Capric Acid. These 3 fatty acids provide strong disinfectant, anti-microbial and moisturizing properties when applied on skin and hair. Benefits include:

  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • properties proven to successfully fight candida and other skin infections such as acne
  • coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for those with severely dry skin conditions (like eczema and psoriasis), and is excellent for providing moisture to dry hair.

IN SUMMARY: Coconut oil is a great body oil, hair moisturizer and night-time facial moisturizer for dry and mature skin types.

Now, onto the cons.

While organic coconut oil can be an ideal moisturizer for those suffering from very dry skin, those with sensitive or oily skin should be wary of slathering coconut oil on their faces.

Coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4, which means that it has a high likelihood of clogging pores and causing breakouts for most skin types. If you want to experience the intense hydration and antioxidant powers of coconut oil (without risking a breakout), try using the oil sparingly as a night mask, or a homemade sugar scrub, or as a makeup remover.

IN SUMMARY: Coconut oil can clog pores (highly comedogenic) and should be used sparingly until you know how your skin will react.  Also, exfoliation after coconut oil use will help to clear pores and prevent breakouts.

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Is Tanning Really So Bad? Yes, and here's why.

What's so bad about tanning?

We used to think it was the ideal way of ‘LOOKING HEALTHY’…you know, that 'HEALTHY GLOW', right?!

Remember back in time when the rich never went outside, and the most desired look was to be as PALE as possible.

The ones with colour and a tan were the workers, because they were outside.  

Then it changed, and the desired look was to look tanned, because that was associated with those who could afford to take vacation and go somewhere warm! So, the rich were those who could travel to warm exotic locations and 'live the life of leisure'!

Well, now times are slowly changing again, and there is clear scientific evidence showing that a TAN is actually damaged skin

A tan is when melanocytes are stimulated to produce more than the normal amount of melanin (the colouring in our skin & hair) to protect the skin cells from burning and it’s a sign of disrupted natural function of the skin.

Why is this so bad?

Well, melanin forms a sort-of umbrella over the nucleus of the cell (the nucleus is like the heart of the cell and where the DNA is) and if the melanin can’t protect the nucleus of the cells from the radiation of the sun, FREE RADICALS are formed and the DNA can be effected and cause unnatural replication which can lead to cancer

So the best ways to prevent skin cancer are to:

Use Sunscreen: action is similar to melanin (to protect against radiation);

Use Antioxidants: action is to prevent Free Radicals from damaging cells.

How Antioxidants Work

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VITAMIN C: The Ideal Concentration

Vitamin C: What's the Perfect Concentration?

You may have already heard (probably from us!) that Vitamin C is an important ingredient in your skincare products. But...

The truth is not all products containing vitamin C are created equal.

 

There are different forms of vitamin C, different concentrations and different formulations (serums, creams, and combinations with other antioxidants).

It is important to do your research before purchasing a Vitamin C product.

The most effective topical Vitamin C products for skin health must be:

 

  • in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • at a concentration level between 10-20% (below 10% is not effective and above 20% is irritating and can’t be absorbed fully into the skin)
  • in a serum (for the best penetration)
  • in a stable and pure form
  • packaged in a dark/opaque container to protect from UV degradation
  • in a blend with other antioxidants (multiple antioxidants work synergistically helping each other to act more potently together than each on their own.)

Vitamin C in its basic state is very unstable (as are all antioxidants, by nature), and can become ineffective when exposed to UV light and oxygen. 

Derma MD's Vitamin C Serums contain only stabilized forms of Vitamin C, so you know you are getting good value for your investment!

The Vitamin C21 serum contains 20% L-ascorbic acid, making it highly active, and can tingle on the skin for those new to using very active ingredients. It is also formulated as a blend with other powerful antioxidants such as ferulic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). Skin appears brighter, younger and has a more even skin tone, and a luminous glow. It is packaged in a beautiful air-tight pump to provide excellent protection for the product.

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TRANSFORMING C: "Age Eraser" and Antioxidant Powerhouse

Derma MD Transforming C Serum: Age Eraser and Antioxidant Powerhouse

It is important to do your research before purchasing a Vitamin C product.

 

The most effective topical Vitamin C products for skin health must be:

  • in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
  • at a concentration level between 10-22% (below 10% is not effective and above 22% is irritating and can’t be absorbed fully into the skin)
  • in a serum (for the best penetration)
  • in a stable and pure form
  • packaged in a dark/opaque container to protect from UV degradation
  • in a blend with other antioxidants (multiple antioxidants work synergistically helping each other acting more potently together than each on their own.)

Vitamin C in its basic state is very unstable (as are all antioxidants, by nature), and can become ineffective when exposed to UV light and oxygen. 

Derma MD's Vitamin C Serums contain only stabilized forms of Vitamin C, so you know you are getting good value for your investment!

Derma MD Transforming C Serum

Derma MD Transforming C Serum

This serum contains a combination of water and oil-soluble vitamin C for excellent penetration.  It is blended with additional antioxidants such as Astaxanthin, willow bark extract, vitamin E, grape seed, pomegranate, and cranberry seed extracts for collagen boosting abilities and powerful protection against free radicals.

Bilberry and bearberry extracts assist in lightening dark spots and brightening your complexion.

Always use antioxidants (under sunscreen) in the morning– to PROTECT during the day!

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