Rethinking Retinoids: A New Approach to Skincare's No. 1 Anti-Aging Ingredient

Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to turn back the clock by decreasing the look of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, as well as helping to decrease the loss of elasticity. Choosing the best type of Vitamin A is key.  Retinol (Vitamin A) and its natural and synthetic derivatives are collectively known as retinoids. Retinaldehyde (aka retinal), retinoic acid and retinyl esters are all part of the retinoid family. Retinoids are the most efficacious ingredients proven to stimulate fibroblasts cells that aid in maintaining the integrity of the skin matrix and promoting collagen thus significantly reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Retinol and its derivatives remain the closest thing skincare companies have to a “fountain of youth,” however they’re not without its weaknesses. Retinols degrade rapidly in light and oxygen and cause irritation in large doses.

Of all the members of the retinoid family, only retinoic acid is biologically active. This means a retinol has to be converted to retinoic acid before it can do its magic on the skin cells. This is the most aggressive form of Vitamin A and is typically found in prescription strength formulations. Because retinols can cause severe side effects such as redness, peeling and sun sensitivity for many, products with additives such as mineral oil or alcohol may exacerbate the very skin conditions you’re trying to treat.

A less irritable form of Vitamin A or retinol, is the most common form of retinoid in skin care. It can be obtained from certain foods, such as fish oil and liver, or indirectly from fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, melons, apricots, mangos, spinach and tomatoes. With the help of enzymes, it is then converted to retinal to penetrate the skin. To be effective, retinal is then converted into retinoic acid for cell delivery. Retinol is equally as effective as retinoic acid, but with minimized side effects. Retinol’s counterpart, retinol ester, is also widely used but can be less effective because it must be converted into retinol first. COSMEDIX has developed a proprietary chirally-corrected complex that takes vitamin A to the next level. By rethinking retinoids, science comes ever closer to creating a true skin care miracle.

Retinol and L-Lactic Acid

The skin is the body’s largest organ and its first line of defense from free radicals. This complex and fragile system needs protection from harmful environmental aggressors, such as UV radiation, toxic substances and oxidation. Being a very active organ, it is also the first to suffer from these aggressions, as seen in the formation of wrinkles, loss of elasticity and even in extreme instances€“ skin cancer.

Retinol and its derivatives are essential in the fighting of free radicals and maintaining the skin’s healthy look. Retinol can work with chirally-correct L-lactic acid to stimulate change in the skin without irritation, making it an ideal choice for all skin types and conditions. This natural exfoliant is used in many of COSMEDIX’s nourishing, anti-aging skin care products.

Getting the Best from Retinoids

Chemists have also found that combining retinol (or even more active retinal) with certain lipoproteins, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and other natural plant-based amphiphilic compounds can help overcome the challenge of permeating both water and oil-based cellular barriers as well as the challenge of problematic irritation. In this case, multiple water and lipid-soluble layers act as alternating keys, each allowing the transported ingredient the retinoid to pass deeper into the skin with less irritation. By minimizing irritation, retinoid concentrations can increase. Combining retinoids with intelligent encapsulation has helped to create a new generation of retinoid that’s more effective and gentler than ever before.

 

4 Ways to Stay Sun Safe

It's heating up outside, which means more of your skin will be exposed to the environment. As the temperature rises, you must take the necessary precautions to care for your body and your skin. These tips aren't just for extended stays under the sun, like lounging on your favorite beach or dancing all day at your favorite music festival – these are daily tips to consider for healthier skin all year long.

Protect Your Skin

The key with sunscreen is to use it correctly – remember to wear it often and reapply throughout the day as directed. Moisturizers with built-in SPF and antioxidants are the easiest way to make sure your skin stays protected. COSMEDIX's Hydrate + with SPF 17 fits in most medium-sized handbags, and COSMEDIX's Reflect with SPF 30 is great for on-the-go application. Its spray formula makes it super handy for a quick midday spritz all over the body.

Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses aren't just for the cool factor – you should invest in a really good pair. The goal of sunglasses should be to filter UVA, UVB and blue light from the delicate area around the eyes that can show lines, wrinkles and dehydration the fastest. Also, opt for polarized lenses if possible. They help reduce eye strain, eliminate glare, increase visual clarity and enhance contrast and depth perception. Finally, a few dots of non-retinol eye cream with antioxidants will help, too. COSMEDIX's Eye Genius has free radical-fighting antioxidants to defend skin from environmental stress that can cause inflammation and damage to collagen and elastin.

Protect Your Head

There is a reason why athletes where hats at ball games – the bill protects their eyes and face from the sun and improves their visibility. Though a cap is a good start, it's best to wear a hat with a wide brim four inches or better to protect your scalp, face and ears when spending time outside. These are sensitive areas that can burn after only 20 minutes. And, let's be honest even though we should put sunscreen behind our ears and on our scalp, most of us forget.

Protect Your Body

Surfers know a thing or two about sun protection. Their long sleeve and cropped-legged clothes aren't just protecting them from being smacked by waves. It also protects their skin from the sun that is reflecting off the water and rinsing off their sunblock. A neoprene bodysuit isn't for everyone, however protecting your skin from the sun with long sleeves and loose clothing can offer an additional level of sun protection to keep your skin in top condition, especially if you have fair or sensitive skin.

For more information about sun protection, watch our video.

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Spring Forward with COSMEDIX

Spring Forward with COSMEDIX

The onset of spring means more time spent outside. Fresh air and outdoor activity are vital to our health and well-being, but can also leave skin exposed to the destructive effects of solar radiation and free radicals. Here is how you can take care of your skin during the summer months.

Q: What external dangers threaten my skin during the warmer months?

A: The skin and body change with each season, especially from winter to spring. It is important that we adjust our skin care program to reflect those changes. When spending time outdoors, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water. Geographic location also plays a large part in choosing how we are to take care and protect the skin. The closer to the equator we live, the stronger the sun’s rays.  Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Although we have to be aware of environmental conditions such as pollution and strong sunlight, it is also important to spend time outside away from inside stale air found in offices and homes. Spend more time in the gardens, parks woods or in areas away from road pollution.

Q: How can I restore radiance to skin that has been overexposed to environmental stressors?

A: Correcting the skin through a series of professional programs that include chirally correct clinical treatments €” such as COSMEDIX’s Benefit Peel€” along with home care will help rebuild and strengthen skin tissue. Encapsulated retinol, vitamin C, enzymes and anti-inflammatory ingredients are all formulated to be gentle yet effectively restore the skin.

Q: What additional steps can I take to help prevent skin damage?

A: Beauty begins from within. The immune system is a remarkable mechanism that consistently reacts on our behalf. It protects us from outside interlopers and assists in keeping us healthy. The body should be kept in a state of alkalinity. This can be achieved through a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants€”found in fresh fruits and vegetables€”to help boost the immune system and balance the acidic effects of meats, refined sugars, alcohol, soft drinks, artificial colors, sweeteners, coffee, and cigarette smoking. Fifteen minutes of daily walking helps increase circulation, boosts our immune system and increases a positive state of well-being.

 

Say Farewell to Flare-Ups: How to Control Inflammation

Cosmedix - Say Farewell to Flare-Ups: How to Control Inflammation

When our bodies are exposed to infection, irritation or injury, inflammation is a natural defensive response. The redness, warmth and swelling we experience are our bodies' attempts to heal and repair themselves when they feel overwhelmed by outside threats. In addition to taxing our internal organs, such reactions have a direct effect on how we age externally, giving way to wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. COSMEDIX is here to answer common questions and how to better control inflammation.

Q: What is inflammation?

A: Inflammation is triggered by the following:

  • – Your diet is a leading cause of inflammation and some foods such as pre-packaged cleansed food as well as hydrogenated fats, sugar, dairy, carbohydrates and some grains can cause inflammation.
  • – Prolonged sun exposure
  • – Stress which deranges hormone levels initiating the inflammatory response in the body.
  • – Pollution
  • – Genetics
  • – Products for the skin, hair and nails, which often contain ingredients that cause inflammation, such as glycolic acid, parabens, synthetic propylene glycol, acrylates and ureas.

Q: How do I know if I am suffering from inflammation?

A: Inflammation means ‘to set on fire’ in Latin. When a disease name ends in -itis, it is an indicator of inflammation (i.e. arthritis, dermatitis, gastritis, tonsillitis and hepatitis). Inflammation results when the immune system is activated by infection long before disease or skin conditions are detected.

Additionally, acne is an inflammatory disease, which is why skin becomes red and plagued by blemishes. A strong indicator that inflammation is present includes: any abnormal blood tests, acidic tissue or blood pH; thickening of blood vessels and trouble losing weight; as well as aging symptoms such as wrinkling, brown spots, abnormal tiny red veins, general skin redness and skin sensitivities.

Q: How do I treat inflammation?

A: You are what you eat and drink €” try to maintain a clean and balanced diet that includes organic, fresh, raw and green (the darker, the better) foods as often as you can. Drink at least one liter of water a day. While drinking sodas is highly inflammatory, smoking of any kind is worse. Get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes, 2€”4 times a week, and strength train on the other days.  Have your thyroid gland checked for optimum function as you age. By fighting inflammation you are taking control of your health and beauty.

 

COSMEDIX: Born from Botanicals

COSMEDIX: Born from Botanicals

Once upon a time there were two choices: early “cosmeceuticals” resurfaced the skin with harsh, irritating ingredients or “natural skincare” which was far gentler but failed to produce noticeable results. Unsatisfied with compromising skin comfort and health for short-term results, a group of forward-thinking skin care experts came together with one goal in mind: to create a skin care line capable of delivering visible results without excessive irritation. The solution sounded simple, but they soon discovered he chemistry needed was far more complex than most formulators could handle.

Unwilling to give up, COSMEDIX quickly became the most forward thinking professional skin care brand in the world. COSMEDIX combines the very best of science and nature including plant-based actives and pure essential oils to deliver powerful results without excessive irritation. However, what stays out of COSMEDIX formulas is just as important as what goes in. In addition to being the industry's pioneer in botanical-based skincare, COSMEDIX uses no parabens, PEGs, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Hydroquinone. Additionally, COSMEDIX ingredients and formulas are cruelty-free.

In a 2012 market analysis of over 50 leading professional and prestige skincare brands, COSMEDIX consistently proved itself ahead of the curve in terms of providing safe, effective, natural skin care.

Of the brands analyzed:

  • – 62% continued to use parabens, despite potential health concerns.
  • – 79% used polyethylene glycol, a common ingredient in antifreeze, to help stabilize their formulas.
  • – 40% included irritating Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
  • – 40% relied on artificial dyes to make their products look more appealing.
  • – More than 70% listed artificial fragrance among their ingredients.

The science may be complex, but the message is the same: better results come from better ingredients, and the best ingredients come from Mother Nature. Together with cutting-edge technology and a holistic approach to skin health, botanical ingredients help deliver on COSMEDIX's promise of rapid results with reduced irritation.

 

 

Getting the Most Out of Vitamin C

Cosmedix - Getting the Most Out of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a skin care powerhouse. It is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the skin and stimulates collagen regeneration. However, Vitamin C poses a challenge for skin care companies due to its hydrophilic nature – which proves to be problematic for use in liquid and cream-based products. It degrades in these solutions and becomes less effective. For optimal effectiveness, a high concentration must be applied topically without degrading.

COSMEDIX has built a reputation for rethinking the way products are packaged and even delivered to the skin. With Pure C, COSMEDIX uses a purification technology that synthesizes Vitamin C into its purest form, commonly called 100% L-ascorbic acid. The crystals can be mixed with any serum or exfoliating cream to dramatically enhance its brightening, antioxidant and anti-aging benefits by delivering the highest concentration and delaying liquid solubility until the moment of application.

Pure C can easily be incorporated into existing regimens. For instance, a person battling hyperpigmentation might mix it with a brightening serum like Simply Brilliant for added spot reduction. Someone concerned with premature aging might add Pure C to a firming serum or exfoliating cream like Affirm or Defy, respectively. For COSMEDIX, the success of its innovative vitamin powder is proof positive that thinking outside of the box€”or bottle€”pays off.

A Sensitive Issue In Skincare

Cosmedix - A Sensitive Issue In Skincare

The marketing team at COSMEDIX professional skincare recently conducted a survey that revealed a whopping 90% of their clients identify themselves as the “sensitive skin types”. While skin sensitivities, like allergies, are on the rise, many people in reality are experiencing interim skin sensitivity due to the fluctuating temperatures. And, many people who believe they have sensitive skin are either using the wrong type or amount of products or manually over-stimulating the skin. So what does “sensitive skin” really mean? While there is no standard clinical definition of sensitive skin, the term generally describes a skin type that reacts adversely to even the most minor irritants and can manifest itself as redness, dryness, hives and/or breakouts. A variety of factors serve as catalysts for irritation in sensitive skin, from product ingredients to environmental stressors to lifestyle changes. Consequently, there are multiple levels of skin sensitivity with varying intensities. Some signs of sensitive or reactive skin include acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and skin sensitivities due to environmental allergies and irritants.

With condition-specific solutions at the heart of its skin care philosophy, COSMEDIX offers gentle yet effective solutions for even the most reactive skin. The brand believes that the key to a healthy complexion without irritation is chiral correction, a purification process in which ingredients are filtered to contain only molecules that interact positively with the skin. Because of their reduced irritant content and enhanced ingredient intercommunication, plant-based, chirally correct products are a must for sensitive skin. COSMEDIX also believes it's a must to be free of artificial colors and preservatives and exclude potentially harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, glycolic acid, chemical fragrance and benzoyl peroxide.

Besides being super cautious about the products you put onto your skin, small lifestyle changes also help keep skin sensitivities to a minimum. Limit your consumption of alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine and boost your intake of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids €” found in lean meats, fish, green vegetables, seeds and nuts €” to help prevent or reduce the effects of inflammation. Consider your clothing choices as well. In lieu of irritating materials like wool, wear soft, natural fabrics like cotton and silk. From skin care to diet to clothing, the goal is to keep skin comfortable, balanced and healthy.

Looking for a dermatologist-approved regimen for sensitive skin? Here's one from the experts at COSMEDIX.

Benefit Clean
This safe and gentle cleanser is enhanced with Shea Butter to calm the skin and zeolite, a unique ingredient from volcanoes, that softly purges the skin of heavy metals, pollutants and dirt.

Rescue +
Supercharged with nourishing and hydrating Shea Butter and Argan Oil, soothing Willowherb and antioxidant rich Resveratrol, Rescue+ quickly calms the appearance of dryness, irritation and post-procedure sensitivity and offers superior relief to keep your skin€”and your results€”safe from harm.

Purity Solution
A nourishing blend of natural oils and extracts including Argan Oil, Moringa Oil and antioxidant-rich Melia Azadirachta Extract, this deep cleansing oil fights age-accelerating free radicals and dissolves excess oil, dirt, makeup and more to reveal a more radiant glow.

Emulsion
A soothing blend of nature’s perfect hydrators€”Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter€”in a unique Liquid Crystal formulation, Emulsion helps replenish the skin’s delicate liquid crystal matrix to revive dry, aging or recently resurfaced skin.

Opti Crystal
Liquid Crystals replenish damaged, thinning skin around the eyes and growth factors and Alpha Lipoic Acid to dramatically diminish the appearance of eye lines and wrinkles. A blend of protective, corrective and cell-stimulating ingredients actively revitalizes delicate skin for a radiant, younger-looking finish.

Affirm
Supercharged with over ten skin-specific antioxidants, this peptide serum is a must for the correction and prevention of photodamage. Affirm’s formula actively reduces visible signs of environmental and sun damage for a healthy, firmer-looking complexion.

 

 

 

Get Rid Of Dryness For Good

Cosmedix - Get Rid Of Dryness For Good

Between the drop in humidity and the dip in the temperature, seasonal dryness affects everyone. While unsightly cracking and flaking may seem like a temporary inconvenience, this periodic condition can hold serious consequences for skin health if ignored or left untreated.

To remedy this, start by using products that target evaporation and trap moisture in the skin like Emulsion. Jojoba oil and shea butter in a unique liquid crystal formulation helps revive dry, aging or recently resurfaced skin. This added hydration can be maintained by COSMEDIX's Mystic. It contains a form of water known as heavy water (D2O) to keep the skin hydrated without clogging pores or interfering with sebaceous activity. Because it has a heavier molecular weight than regular water, heavy water stays on the skin longer and is able to resist vaporization.

While winter weather conditions are partly responsible for seasonal dry skin, it is hot, dry indoor heating that is really to blame. When we turn up the heat, we dry out the air, which, in turn, dehydrates our skin. Even if you have a healthy sebum balance, turning up the thermostat can suck moisture from your skin like a sponge. Drinking more water and using a humidifier can help.

Exfoliation can also help with dryness. Because skin cells have greater difficulty shedding in the cooler months than in the warmer ones, they build up faster and keep surface moisture from reaching the fresh, new cells below. When the cells become dehydrated and dry up, the skin starts to crack and flake. By exfoliating, you remove that top layer of dead skin and allow hydrating ingredients in. An exfoliating mask like COSMEDIX’s Pure Enzymes is perfect for winter. Because it uses cranberry enzymes and chirally correct lactic acid, it moisturizes as it exfoliates to plump and protect young skin cells.

Prep for Winter Dryness

Also, for most people, winter is the perfect time to receive a professional COSMEDIX treatment or peel. When considering a peel for dry skin, keep in mind that dehydration can make peels penetrate deeper. Because dry skin tends to be more sensitive than other types, COSMEDIX's chirally correct peels will give you a rejuvenated look without irritation.

 

LG-Retinex: The New Gold Standard in Anti-Aging

Cosmedix- LG-Retinex: The New Gold Standard in Anti-Aging

Retinol reigns supreme in age defiance and its greatest strength is its ability to rapidly stimulate renewal. However, its biggest drawback is that it often irritates the skin in the process. Few could harness its power for peak performance without irritation until now. Thanks to innovations in skin care science, meet the new gold standard in anti-aging: LG-Retinex.

A Revolution in Retinol

LG-Retinex, found in Serum 16,  is unrivaled in potency, penetration and stability. Containing not one, but two retinoids retinol and retinal in high concentrations, this groundbreaking compound is the closest thing to prescription-strength age-defiance. Despite its power, LG-Retinex is remarkably gentle due to its intelligent encapsulation system that helps neutralize retinol's trademark irritation without compromising its star performance.

Better Delivery. Better Results.

Another part of what makes LG-Retinex so dramatically effective is its liposomal delivery system. Designed to pass through various water-and-lipid-soluble barriers within the skin's surfacebarriers nature put in place to keep outside elements out LG-Retinex is able to reach its target destination without sacrificing potency. The addition of glycosaminoglycans, or GAGs, further aids the delivery and retinoid conversion process. Together, these key components bring COSMEDIX's dual retinoid compound to where it can do the most good stimulating renewal and exfoliation to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and advanced signs of aging. For retinol users everywhere, it's a beautiful new day.

COSMEDIX's Serum 16 I The Proof is in the Numbers

In a 6-week clinical study of Serum 16 containing LG-Retinex, users described a reduction in the appearance of deep lines, crow's feet and more.

  • – 100% reported a softer, smoother texture.
  • – Within four weeks, 75% reported less apparent wrinkles, while 88% reported a healthier, more radiant appearance.
  • – By week six, 88% reported visible diminished fine lines and wrinkles, while 100% reported a brighter, more even-looking skin tone.
  • – 88% of participants reported firmer-looking skin.

Lactic Acid Can Help Maintain Skin’s Equilibrium

Lactic Acid Can Help Maintain Skin's Equilibrium

Like skin itself, the balance between exfoliation and hydration is quite delicate, particularly during the cooler, drier months. Maintaining this delicate, seasonal balance is the perfect job for lactic acid. Lactic acid is a member of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family, widely recognized for its superior exfoliating and anti-aging properties. But unlike other AHAs (i.e. glycolic, malic, citric and tartaric acids), lactic acid is a unique skin-softening agent, prized for its moisture-rich composition and special ability to accelerate the sloughing process without provoking irritation. Because lactic acid penetrates skin with an ease that renders it safe enough for dry and sensitive skin types, this gentle yet effective exfoliant can be found in a variety of skin treatment products including peels, cleansers, masks and serums.

Lactic acid also acts as a humectant that draws water into the skin’s upper layers to replenish natural reserves. By preventing water loss and helping to preserve the complex skin matrix, skin appears smoother, suppler and younger looking.

Due to the rising consumer demand for botanical ingredients, treating skin with lactic acid is far from a new phenomenon. COSMEDIX purifies lactic acid selects only those molecules that will positively interact with skin cells’ receptors. This chiral correction process ensures that ingredient yields superior results with maximum efficacy while minimizing the possibility of inflammation while being highly effective on sensitive skin. Though lactic acid spa therapies have come a long way. The benefits remain the same: diminished fine lines and wrinkles, reduced age spots and discolorations, improved skin texture and increased collagen production.

COSMEDIX products with Lactic Acid

Timeless Peel
Timeless Peel utilizes L-lactic acid to encourage cell turnover and protein synthesis while also increasing skin’s moisture level for an age-defying, smooth-textured complexion.

Define
Fortified with L-lactic acid and aloe vera, this unique resurfacing treatment delivers nutrients deep into the skin’s layers, pushing the activity of the skin to an active yet well-tolerated level of remodeling.

Pure Enzymes
This refreshing yet powerful exfoliating mask harnesses the natural power of cranberry enzymes and L-lactic acid to tenderly scrub away facial impurities and add dewy softness to skin.