Anti Aging News

Why hair products will change skin care...

Isn’t it interesting that hair care products are ahead of skin care products when it comes to dropping the use of silicones (which are a mainstay ingredients in most personal care products). So why are hair care product companies more savvy? Great question, maybe because in consumer testing, people feel like the product weighs the hair down, or that’s what many of the TV ads say… or maybe because in Japan there have been reports of the negative effects of silicones on the scalp, or the current push from the popularity surge of Korean products, which are looking for solutions to silicones.

Why do skin care companies push an ingredient that is a plastic based polymer, with thousands of derivatives, some banned for use in the EU and Canada, and many known to be unsafe for the environment? Simple, silicones give products a silky glide and fill in minor imperfections in the skin, so when you touch your face and look in the mirror, your skin appears smooth. Savvy consumers know that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and one of the main functions of the skin is gas exchange. Hmmm, so what happens when you put a plastic based polymer over something that is suppose to breathe? For more info you can read our info page on silicones and skin care here:


Your skin, the sun and English Ivy?

What does your life, your skin, the sun and English Ivy have in common?

Would it surprise you that compounds in the roots of the English Ivy have UV protectant properties?
Curious isn’t it, the same liquid excreted by the roots of the Ivy that bind it to surfaces, is part of a really cool, as Professor Mingjun Zhang, from Ohio State University calls, “a superfamily of hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins present in the extracellular spaces of plant cells.”

What are they? Nanosperical araginogalactan proteins (AGPs).

The study submitted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, (PNSA), by the team, “Nanosperical arabinogalactan proteins are a key component of the high-strength adhesive secreted by English ivy” , shows promise for not just adhesives for medical and cosmetic applications, arabinogalactans have some other super properties… I’ve come across them before and let’s just say you’ll hear more about this one from me soon!

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DIY Warnings for baking soda and skin care...

You may see a lot of DIY recipes on the web for home remedy “cure alls” like the one below for baking soda (everything from blackheads and large pores to face cleansing)…there is a reason why formulators have backgrounds in chemistry. Not that it is a requirement but what you use on your skin, and in your body has more effects than you may be aware of…

For example this recipe for baking soda cleanser, which if you click on the link below, you'll see the pH of baking soda, you will find a pH level of 9. Your skin has an acidic pH level for a good reason, bacteria love alkaline environments, especially dark moist ones, like the pores of the skin. This is why cleansers and products that are not pH correct, require you to use a toner after use, to correct the pH level.

So if you’re going to experiment with home remedies (including egg which has a pH of 8) you may want to consider either using products that are pH correct to your skin (all NaturDerm products are pH correct) or make sure to use an acidic pH toner.

NaturDerm Face Foam cleanses and tones the skin in one step: http://greatnewskin.com/products/face-foam



Boost your romance?

A recent study done by Revlon and Fordham University measured how partners reacted when women followed a daily ritual:

  • facing a mirror
  • using a favorite fragrance
  • applying makeup
  • savoring a candy
  • taking a deep breath
  • looking at herself and smiling

The study with hundreds of participants showed:

  • 97% of participants saw a significant positive change within the first week
  • 71% felt a greater desire for romance
  • 69% were more open to seek love
  • 77% felt more engaging with others
  • 74% said they were more inclined to flirt
  • 85% of the women in the study noticed a positive change in the reaction of others
  • 65% received more compliments from their partner or date
  • 56% experienced more flirting from others


More info:  http://www.skininc.com/treatments/cosmetics/-Do-Makeup-Rituals--Love-Video-338312282.html?utm_source=newsletter-html&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SI+E-Newsletter+11-05-2015

Facial Massage to Lift Saggy Skin

Great article on how to help lift sagging skin, lessen acne issues & dark under eye circles, smooth wrinkles, and relieve muscle tension and stress with facial massage. Meridian Massage has been shown to contour the face to help lift sagging skin and increase circulation for a more youthful appearance, improving skin tone & texture and radiance. 


FDA bans sale on antibacterial washes...

The FDA issued a final ruling on antibacterial hand soap and body wash. We’ve been expecting this one. No benefits have been proven for the use of antibacterial products vs. soap and water hand washing, and the ruling bans OTC (Over The Counter) consumer sales for all antiseptic wash products that are used with water, and contain antibacterial active ingredients. It does not apply to wipes, or hand sanitizers. Triclosan and Triclocarban are 2 big of the big ones, and Triclosan is under review, by the EPA and FDA. Antibacterial soaps used in health care settings (hospitals and nursing homes) are exempt.

Now does that make sense???

Here’s a link to the specifics: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378393.htm

Is Blue Goo the New You?

Is Blue Goo the New You?(sorry couldn’t resist...)Clever scientists have a solution so you’ll never again wonder if your sunscreen is still protecting your skin. Kids will love this! So they combined a mylar film, compounds, polymers and mix it into sunscreen, when the maximum UV exposure is met, it reacts with the UV light and turns BLUE, how about that!

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:



Hormones, Skin Care and Teens


Hormonal issues, due to ingredients in some personal care and skin care products amongst teens, is now validated.

Very interesting new study released from Kim Harley, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California, Berkely in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal.

The study is based on the use of personal care products in teens, with a specific focus on chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, triclosan, petrolatum bi-products and oxybenzone, and the effect these chemicals can have on hormone disruption.

Ms. Harley states, “Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals.”

Urine samples showed after using lower chemical products for 3 days, chemical levels fell. Co-Author Maritza Cardenas concluded, “Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”

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Bringing out the sunscreen?

Maybe you've never thought of this, especially for kids, your sunscreen choice and how you apply it may change...

You also may not have considered this before, but you can choose your sunscreen based upon your different exposure needs.

For example, if you’re going to be in the water, or sweating, you obviously want a water resistant high exposure sunscreen, vs. if you are just going about your daily events. I say that, because sometimes we forget that UV exposure occurs even with things as simple as driving in a car. Have you ever had pink, or even aged spot browning of the skin along your jawline and wondered where that came from?

Daily use, choose something less heavy, without silicones and a good zinc base.

Did you know that spray sunscreens make up 50% of total sunscreen sales? One thing to keep in mind, to tamp down an oily film, they often contain high levels of alcohol, which can impact your skin. So if you notice your skin reacting, or feeling dry and you tend to use spray sunscreen a lot, you may want to switch it out. Some are concerned about the risk of inhalation of ingredients, and with some ingredients, that is a valid point that manufacturers attempt to lower with spray systems that regulate the droplet size to > 10 microns in diameter, to lower deep inhalation into the lungs. A good practice is to make sure to turn your face and have someone else apply your sunscreen for you, and especially when you are spraying sunscreen onto your child, have them turn their face away from the spray.

Stick products contain more waxes to help the product hold its shape over 120”F.
Perhaps you are a cyclist and need a higher level of protection on certain areas of your body, or you need to keep your sunscreen with you in an easy format that won’t explode out the cover when you open it up, due to heat or pressure.

Lotions and creams fall into the category of with emulsions or without. Think of a bottle of oil and vinegar. You can shake it up, but it settles out. Something has to be added to bind the properties. When you apply a lotion, or cream, the water evaporates leaving the oil and sunscreen component on the skin.

A Lotion, or cream that is a water-in-oil emulsion will feel heavier, or greasy on the skin, and are more water resistant. A lotion, or cream that is oil-water emulsion can be as much as 60% water. Looking at an ingredient list won’t disclose which type of emulsion is present in the lotion, or cream. An easy way to see, is to place a drop of product into a glass of water, if it disperses it is an o/w (oil – water) if it forms a ball it is a w/o (water-in- oil) emulsion.

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Can you Guess the 2016 Color of the Year?

The Pantone Fashion Trend Colors for Spring 2016 are out! The winner calls us to reflect on peaceful surroundings, can you guess which one?

And The Color of the Year is “Rose Quartz “....
This soothing tone calls us to reflect on peaceful surroundings.

#2 “Serenity “, we are looking to calming expansive effects.
Followed by: Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Peach Echo, Limpet Shell, Iced Coffee, Green Flash, Fiesta 

To see all of the new colors for 2016, visit the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016:

2016 Skin Care Trends

Natural-based anti aging skin care, salt therapy (thalassotherapy), multi-benefit products, wellness workplace and travel, spa visits, apps and subscriptions top the skin care trends for 2016 ~ what will your plans be?

Our Face Foam uses these properties:


  1. Workplace Wellness
    In addition to great business opportunities, look to see companies add this trend to your employee benefits…you can always request!
    2. Cannabis in the Spa
    As more states legalize marijuana physical cannabis skin care products are entering the spa markets.
    3. Multi-tasking with Multi-masking
    With busy schedules, doesn’t everyone love more efficient products? Look in 2016 for the use of several facial masks to address separate skin issues and skin care products that offer more than one benefit. 3-4 NaturDerm products can do the work of 12, or as we like to say, we can’t give you more time in your day; we can give you more time in your hour!™
    4. Instant International Inspiration
    From forest, mud and sand bathing, to K-beauty (Korean skin care), where will you go?
    5. Wellness-focused Travel
    Maybe an international multi-tasking wellness travel trip paid by your company will be on your 2016 agenda?
    6. Spa Subscriptions
    7. Spas in the App Store

    If your company won’t spring for a trip, maybe a subscription or App?
    8. Adopting Halotherapy
    Similar to salt therapy (thalassotherapy), halotherapy is dry salt therapy in salt rooms and caves. Enjoy NaturDerm Triple Lavender Face Foam – SLS/ALS free with enzymes and a blend of 3 yummy lavenders for a multi-tasking treat – tones and cleans in one step!
  2. 9. Demographics are Dead
    You are more than a face to us at GreatNewSkin ~
    10. Demanding Natural
    We’ve been with you on this one since 1998!

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Lye base - Alarming Trend in AA skin care

Sodium Hydroxide (and Aluminum Hydroxide) use in Anti Aging and Skin Care product ingredients is an alarming new trend. A lye base:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lye  and highly alkaline. Healthy skin pH is 4-5.5 on average, nor do bacteria like acidic environments.

Wikipedia says this:

A lye is a liquid obtained by leaching ashes (containing largely potassium carbonate or "potash"), or a strong alkali which is highly soluble in water producing caustic basic solutions. "Lye" is commonly the alternative name of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or historically potassium hydroxide(KOH).

Some of the products containing Sodium Hydroxide include:

Murad Advanced Active Radiance, SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex, VERSO Day Cream, Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Cru, Caudalie Premier The Eye Cream, Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator, Algenist Anti-Aging Eye & Genius Cream, and Clarisonic Opal Anti-Aging Sea Serum, Epionce Melanocyte Pigment Perfecting Serum, and Epionce Facial Lotion.