Anti Aging News

Cosmetics Bill in Congress

A bipartisan bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), The Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R.2858, to ban the animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients for cosmetics in the US, finally joining the US to more than 30 countries that ban animal testing of cosmetics.

Science fiction and skin care…

Science fiction and skin care… University of Illinois scientists are working with skin care companies using a flexible electronic sensor that is similar to a quarter size sticker and holds 100K of data measuring skin hydration, temperature and blood flow. Researches can collect the data on environmental pollutants and UV damage as well to increase and affect the efficacy of skin care product ingredients. Read more here…


Smart makeup?

Smart makeup apps? Popular cosmetics brand Smashbox is using an interactive card on their Shape Matters Pallette eyeshadow that when touched to your smart phone shows you to target your eye, face and brow shape with customized videos!

?Dehydrated Skin?

Skin dehydration is not just a problem in winter. Environmental changes in the seasons, heating and air conditioning, UV damage, medical conditions and lifestyle choices such as smoking, and dietary intakes high in salt, sugar and stimulants such as coffee and tea, all have an impact on skin hydration.

Here are a few helpful product ingredients that professionals recommend.
Niacinamide: A form of Vitamin B-3 that impacts ceramides and fatty acids in the stratum corneum of the skin. Research has shown that Niacinamide can decrease transepidermal water loss (TEWL), by up to 20% in 24 days.1
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Hyaluronic Acid: Well known and loved for its hydrating properties, it also plays a critical role in wound repair and the healing process. When the natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin degrades, the skin can become dehydrated and fine lines and crepey skin can become more prominent.2

Acetyl Hexapeptide: Not only has this ingredient had a dramatic impact on the visible signs of aged skin, it also plays an important role in skin hydration. Aquaporin is a protein in the skin that plays a key role in the movement of fluids between the basal layers of the epidermis and the strateum corneum, which impacts hydration and collagen production.
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  1. D Bissett, Topical niacinamide and barrier enhancement, Cutis 70 6 suppl 8–12 discussion 21–23 (Dec 2002)
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyaluronan

Saggy Pores?

“Make my pores smaller!” that’s what Mary P. Lupo, Professor of Dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine says her patients ask her to do…

Leslie Baumann, professor and director of cosmetic dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, says genetics, skin type and age determine pore size, and as we age, the breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin also has an effect on our pores.

Jeannette Graf, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center says, "They begin to stretch and sag around the edges, which can make them look bigger. Pore-minimizing products will help your pores look clearer, and therefore appear smaller, if you use them on a regular basis.”

Dr. Mary P. Lupo says, exfoliation is key to a refined complexion, “ While we can't shrink our pores with any permanency, the right skin-care products and treatments can help keep the skin clear and tight, making pores less noticeable.” Dr. Lupo recommends the use of moisturizers that contain vitamin C or retinol. "These stimulate cell renewal and collagen production, which will firm up the connective tissue around the pores," Graf says. "Over time, they'll appear tighter and smaller."

Epidermx II is an easy effective way to improve the appearance of pore size. A quick nightly massage of 5-30 seconds removes all the debris from your day that is in your pores and boosts the ability of those great ingredients for absorption from Chrysalyx, which contains 4 antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, 16 botanicals, peptides, and DMAE to lift and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin – really! You’ll love it, best priced product of its kind and silicone – paraben free!


Aging Hands

Did you know that Hand Rejuvenation is a big trend? Up to 90% of hand aging is due to UV damage and can be seen as age spots and a leathery texture. A great treatment is to massage Epidermx II on your hands daily and rinse - you’ll be surprised! Years ago when we first started out - this is what we did, the difference was visible even with children. Kind of like when you clean a carpet and you can see the area you just cleaned, it is that dramatic!

New regulation for sesame?

Will sesame become the next government regulated product ingredient? If Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey have anything to say yes. In a recent letter to the acting FDA commissioner, the senators made a request that sesame be inspected for cross-contact and that it be listed by name on ingredient lists, similar to what is required for products containing nuts or made in facilities that produce products containing nuts.

Sesame seed oil is used commonly in anti aging skin care products and cosmetics. NaturDerm products do not contain sesame seed ingredients.




DNA, genes and skin...

Are targeted ultra – personalized products in your future? In a recent study, 76% of US anti-aging skin care users say they look for products specific to a particular need. Product developers are looking into DNA, gene expression and enzymes for new ingredients that mimic responses in the body and “microbiomes”, and how they affect skin disorders like dermatitis, eczema and acne.


? New Trend for Starbucks?

Will a new trend in caffeinated skin care products give your cup of coffee a challenge, or a new product line idea  for Starbucks?

Quick links to our top sellers!

A men's product line is adding caffeine to shaving cream and after shave products to " help liven up your morning shave routine."  Founder Stan Ades says, "Caffeine is a versatile ingredient with many health benefits, and when topically applied, the benefits of caffeine can take effect quickly.  With 50 milligrams of naturally - derived caffeine (an expresso contains approximately 60 milligrams), Pacific Shaving Company's new products may not replace your morning coffee routine, but they will help get you going in the morning - while providing an exceptional shaving experience."

Caffeine, known for its antioxidant and stimulating properties,  is used in skin care products from brands such as Kiehl's, Origins, Bliss, Vichy and the German brand Alpecin which is one of the largest selling hair loss treatments world-wide.

Dry Water – Liquid Marbles?

Dry Water – Liquid Marbles? Sounds like something from a sci-fi movie doesn’t it? Discovered in 2001 from research dating back to 1968, you probably use cosmetics, skin care, Anti Aging and personal care products, like deodorants with this technology. What is it? Water droplets are coated in a hydrophobic powder that makes the water droplet roll – and be water-resistant. The video clip shows what happens when you coat a finger with a hydrophobic powder.

You can read more about hydrophobic compounds here:

You can read more about silicones, which are hydrophobic compounds here:


New anti-microbial for products....

Could nano-silver be in your future hand soap or skin care product?
NC State University scientists have successfully developed a product that targets harmful bacteria like E. coli that can cause food poisoning,
with nanoparticles containing silver. Their method allows researchers to target specific bacteria and is also being looked at for the possible use of an environmentally friendly pesticide.

Where do CO2 lasers microdermabrasion & peels work on skin?

Questions about other forms of deep exfoliation such as TCA, glycolic acid, and chemical peels, CO2 , Erbium and Fractional lasers, dermaplaning, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, how they work and how deeply they penetrate the skin?  Here is a good graphic from an article by Gül Ç. Zone.

read the entire article here:



New concerns for cosmetics preservatives...

In a recent trade journal article, Katerina Steventon Ph.D., talked about new studies done on preservatives that are commonly used in skincare products. As I shared in my article, Parabens and Preservatives that may be found here: http://greatnewskin.com/pages/parabens-and-preservatives

Product preservation is required for global entry sales to consumers, and for the safety of us all, from a health standpoint. Within the industry, and amongst consumers, there is confusion and controversy.

Dr. Steventon cites a recent study done by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, to evaluate the risks of preservatives in cosmetic products. It’s assessment of 53 preservatives showed an allergen risk from three: DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and thimerosal. On a global level, mainly driven by consumer demand, the use of parabens in products is down, and phenoxyethanol is now the highest use alternative. 
Denmark has lobbied for the preservative, methylisothiazolinone (MI) a synthetic preservative biocide that is used in sun and skincare products, to be banned. In the US, we have seen an alarming trend in skincare products, particularly Anti Aging products of the use of Sodium Hydroxide and Aluminum Hydroxide, which is a lye base.

Our Founder's daughter accepts Emmy Award ~

The Founder of NaturDerm's daughter, Emmy Nominees Meteorologist Britta Merwin, and Investigative Reporter and Anchor Andy Cerota of KPRC Channel 2 Houston accepting the Community Service Emmy Award on behalf of their station, KPRC Channel 2.  Congratulations to you all, we are so proud of you!

You may read their story here: http://greatnewskin.com/pages/our-story



Mirror Challenge...

Did you know scientists have studied how women feel about themselves before and after they apply cosmetics? In a report in the Daily Telegraph, Keishi Saruwatari said, “ We know from previous research that when this area of the brain is activated, we can derive pleasure from certain activities. We interpret that as meaning that when a woman looks at her face she is imagining how she will look when she has applied her makeup.”

Did you also know, that you can change how you feel about yourself, just by the thoughts you allow yourself to think? Maybe this weekend, try looking at yourself in the mirror daily, without makeup, and say to yourself, I am beautiful and loved, because you are!

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New Colors for Fall!

According to pantone Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophisti­cation across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette,” more info: http://www.skininc.com/spabusiness/trends/Fall-2015-Color-Report-Neutral-with-a-Pop-324365201.html



New Environmental Waste?

An interesting study out of Plymouth University in the UK, studied “microbeads” which are plastic based polymers used in personal care products such as shampoo, facial scrubs and cleansers.

Released in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, by Professors of Marine Biology, Organic Geochemisty and Analytical Chemisty, PhD student Imogen Napper said, “As the study unfolded I was really shocked to see the quantity of microplastics apparent in these everyday cosmetics. Currently, there are reported to be 80 facial scrubs in the UK market which contain plastic material, however some companies have indicated they will voluntarily phase them out from their products. In the meantime, there is very little the consumer can do to prevent this source of pollution.”

Due to the small size, these particles pass thru sewage filtration systems and there is growing evidence and concern that there is an impact on marine organisms. Electron microscopic analysis showed that each 150 ml (~ 5 oz) of product can contain between 137,000 and 2.8 million micro-particles of plastic, releasing up to 80 tons of microplastic waste into the sea in the UK alone.

Earlier this year, California banned the use of microbeads in products.

NaturDerm products do not contain plastic based polymers or microbeads.
More info: http://cosmetics.specialchem.com/news/industry-news/british-scientists-find-million-of-plastic-particles-in-cosmetics-polluting-marine-life-000177212

New color options...

Will prismatic colors change your look?

Impact Colors is launching a new collection of prismatic colors for cosmetics and hair care products. Prismatic colors change with movement, angles and light intensity.

As described by the company, “Imagine a chameleon-like hair coloring product for the teen market that delivers a different color effect with each toss of the head or a fragrant powder advertized for brides that disappears once it is applied, leaving a sparkling veil of light-catching color across the neck, shoulders, and upper chest.”


New bill for cosmetic products?

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) proposed a bill to the Senate Health Committee, called the Personal Care Products Safety Act, that would seek a harmonized cosmetic regulation within the USFDA. Current cosmetic product regulation is by each individual state. It is backed by Personal Care Products Council (PCPC).

Here is a link to the bill:


Silicones in Skin Care

Anyone find this curious? 

An article in beautyhigh.com based upon a panel presentation of MD’s reported this on silicones:

Unless accompanied by a penetration enhancer, silicones stay on top of the skin—and that’s why they feel so great.
“Silicones by themselves just stay on the skin, and that’s why you feel that silky after-feel when you put something on that has silicone,” said a dermatologist. “There are certain things that are penetration enhancers, but I don’t know why you would use [them] unless you’re trying to really drive an active ingredient into the skin.”

Products with silicone feel better—and are more likely to be used.
“I think the silicone issue is a very valid point, because there are biodegradability issues with it, but there’s also one of these other things: people love to have products that feel good,” said a Counsel dermatologist. “Silicones are not all bad; they’re different types of chemical structures. But the silicone question is a big one because you can formulate wonderful products, but if they’re not aesthetically pleasing, your consumer base and your patients will not use them.”

Let’s see, silicones just sit on the skin and prevent active ingredients from being absorbed and have biodegradability issues that these MD’s acknowledged is a valid issue, but not to worry, they have to be used in skin care or customers won’t like the way products feel… Really?

Thousands of people worldwide love the silky botanical serums of NaturDerm products and the high level of performance, without silicones…you do have a choice, you don’t have to compromise!

More info on silicones: http://greatnewskin.com/pages/siliconesandskincare

More article info: http://beautyhigh.com/10-parabens-silicones/


Do you look like this?

Here is a dramatic video, by Thomas Leveritt, showing UV skin damage. When you are exposed in the sun,or refractive light - like driving - use your zinc sunscreen!  Working on a series that shows you, due to the ingredients, many skin care products have an occlusive nature to them that look the same way under UV light.


Skin lightening products and Mercury?

Brown age-spots, hyperpigmentation and melasma are skin conditions that cause browning of the skin. Some pigment issues are deep into the skin tissue, others are more superficial.There are alternatives, as Dermatologists, Zoe Draelos, MD, and Peter T. Pugliese, MD, discuss here:

Epidermx II is a manual microdermabrasion cream that gently and effectively removes dead surface skin to reveal brighter skin tone and texture.

Doctors in ER's are seeing patients with skin discolorations, rashes, headaches and shaking of the hands, who are using imported skin lightening products from Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Africa, that are being marketed in the US as herbal medicines.  Upon testing, these products are showing high levels of Mercury.  XRF (Fluorescence Spectrometer) testing by EcoWaste Coalition, of imported products from Japan, Taiwan, and the USA, as well as Chinese products, from Chinese Drug Stores in 2014 showed mercury levels ranging from 123 ppm to 51,000 ppm (part per million).  US-FDA mercury limitations are 1 ppm.

Some of the testing results, by EcoWaste from July 2014 include:

  1. BG Sea Pearl and Papaya Natural Essence 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream with 51,000 ppm.
  2. BG Ginseng and Ganoderma Lucidum 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream with 46,800 ppm.
  3. Yudantang Ginseng and Green Cucumber 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence with 43,500 ppm.
  4. Feique Herbal Extract Whitening Anti-Freckle Set with 28,800 ppm.
  5. Erna Whitening Cream with 8,284 ppm.
  6. Yinni Green Tea Quickacting Whitener and Speckle Remover Package with 6,554 ppm.
  7. Jiaoli Miraculous Cream with 4,740 ppm.
  8. S'zitang with 4,565 ppm.
  9. Bai Li Tou Hong with 2,859 ppm.
  10. Jiaoli 7 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle AB Set with 2,184 ppm.
  11. Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream with 1,305 ppm.
  12. Gakadi with 123 ppm.

Google deodorants?

If Google isn't involved in enough of your life, you may need to be checking product labels soon too! The technology uber-giant has just secured a US Patent for a wearable device that will emit a spray, when body odor is released. The device detects changes in body temperature, and sweat release. According to the patent filing, US Patent 8950238, " When a user is wearing the fragrance emission device and begins to exert himself or herself, an activity module within the device may detect the physical exertion.."
What will they have in mind for new anti aging skin care products?


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