Anti Aging News

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.

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



Do you have a Power Pose?

What an interesting thought, do you have a power pose?  Did you know your posture can alter your level of hormones?  Scientists measured saliva samples that showed within 15 minutes of viewing different posing stances that it has the highest effects on testosterone levels.  Maybe our Grandmas were ahead of their time!

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What are your 2017 colors?

Are you Primrose Yellow, Kale, or Island Paradise? Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Institute says the 2017 colors have a renewed sense of imagination, playful colors to capture the promises hope and transformation  …

New Color Options for Makeup?

Harvard has applied for a patent that just may have new implications for how you wear color, in make-up and hair. Scientists are working with nano scale structures, like colloidal crystals that have the ability to scatter and reflect light which affects color. Using this technology in films and layering the applications, gives the color different reflective properties.

Find out the details here:

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

Silicones, do your products contain them?

Silicones, do your products contain them? Most people are surprised to find the answer is, yes…


Some Top Sellers with silicones and ingredients like sodium hydroxide, which is a new alarming trend, especially in Anti Aging skin care products. Why? Sodium hydroxide is a lye base (as if that isn’t enough…) and alkaline. Your skin, and many Anti Aging high performance ingredients are acidic, which can affect performance.

Here’s a blog post on some products that contain sodium hydroxide:

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.


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:


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. 


Microdermabrasion without the price tag...

Here's a great little article on chemical peels, microdermabrasion and dermabrasion... http://bit.ly/2dShxct  You can get great results without a $127 price tag for microdermabrasion, by maximizing the scientific properties of Corundum Crystal with daily use.  Epidermx II is the only product on the market with a proven 20 year track record of results, that is developed for daily use and used as a tool for skin health. Used daily you get the benefits plus remove daily dirt and grime that clog pores and cause blackheads, remove product residue and get rid of old dead hard skin, that only does one thing... make you look older!


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

The "Why" behind looking your best...

A Recent study by GfK looked into the “why” behind people wanting to look their best. What nationalities spend the most time weekly on personal grooming? Would you be surprised at the Italians, Argentinians, and Americans. Who spends the least amount of time? China, South Korea and Japan.

The three top motivators, across 22 countries are:
• Positive feelings about themselves
• Good first impressions on others
• To be a good example to their children

New Regualtions for toxic chemicals

H.R.2576 - Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act this week passed on a 403 - 12 vote, after clearing the senate in December 2015.

Other chemicals, with EPA imposed regulations are phlates and benzidiine dyes, both used in personal and skin care products, and BPA. BPA is a chemical used in plastics and resin products, human exposure is usually through food packaging, and is a concern in particular for children’s health as it has a weak estrogenic effect and is toxic in animal studies on a systemic level for reproductive and developmental effects. Over 1 million pounds per year of BPA is released into the environment per year.

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Sunscreens, lye and the EU…

What do they have in common?...

If you live in the EU, last week, a lot.  

Finally the EU approved Zinc Oxide as a UV Filter for sunscreen. This long standing dance in Brussels opens up the doors.
Pretty remarkable when you consider the tandem approval of Potassium Hydroxide, as an ingredient for skin care.  An issue we’ve covered, and is an alarming trend in Anti Aging products, as it is a lye base.

EU Products containing Potassium Hydroxide, must include a warning label that says, "contains alkali, avoid contact with eyes, keep out of reach of children and read directions for use carefully."

Here is a link to our earlier post:

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.

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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