Serein Wu's Cosmedix Skincare Treatment at Jenny Wax

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During the month of October, COSMEDIX has invited a handful of beauty influencers across the nation to experience a facial treatment at their local COSMEDIX Spa Partner. Last week, beauty influencer, Serein Wu, paid a visit to Jenny Wax in Santa Monica, California for her customized treatment.

Serein's aesthetician began with an essential step to any treatment a double cleanse. She used the Cosmedix Purity Solution, which is an oil based cleanser guaranteed to remove all remains of makeup, oil buildup and other chemicals on the skin.

Next, Serein's aesthetician used an exfoliating cleanser (Purity Clean) and the Purity Detox to exfoliate and revive her skin, before moving on to extractions to professionally clear her pores without causing capillary breakage or infection.

Next, Serein's aesthetician used a combination mask of Clear and Rescue + to hydrate and draw out pore-clogging impurities from the skin.

As a final step, Affirm €“ a supercharged serum packed with peptides and antioxidants was applied to help defend against harmful free radicals.

Note that all steps in Serein's treatment were customized to her personal skin concerns. All skin types are different and the most important thing about visiting a professional aesthetician is familiarizing yourself with the perfect skincare routine for you.

See an aesthetician today and find out how to best take care of your skin!

 

Celebrate National Aesthetician Month!

At COSMEDIX, we believe that skin care is not a luxury. The treatment of your body's largest organ deserves your daily attention. It is why we recommend that you see a skin care professional at least once a month to not only reach your skin goals but to make sure you are maintaining optimum skin health.

Aestheticians are there to help from the start of your first visit. They are your first line of defense when you are facing skin issues. Their thorough knowledge of skin care helps them assess and remedy your lingering skin concerns. With a few questions and deep observation, they can provide a detailed skin analysis while factoring in your lifestyle, your physical health and desired outcome. This information helps you achieve the results you want and avoid wasting your time and money on products or treatments that irritate rather than restore your skin back to health.

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We develop such a close relationship with our aesthetician. They listen to our insecurities and their advice is honest and real. Their professional touch helps you rid your skin of irritation, acne, discoloration and signs of aging.  And, their sound advice helps you achieve the results you are looking to see and feel. Moreover, we leave our precious skin in their hands because we trust them.

We founded National Aesthetician Day on October 15th and made it a month-long  celebration to honor skin care professionals across the nation. We want to shine the light on often overlooked aestheticians and the amazing expertise they can bring to your skin. Stay tuned for a month of exciting skin care treatments, beauty tips for you to try at home and features from a few of the most discerning skin care influencers in the country.
Don't forget to share your skin care wins with us using #iknowcosmedix and #nationalaestheticianmonth!

Melasma: The Dark Side of Pregnancy

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Often called the ‘mask of pregnancy,’ Melasma affects an estimated five to six million American women. Although the precise cause is unknown, melasma €” also known as chloasma €”in pregnant women is a relatively common skin condition characterized by patchy, tan to gray-brown facial discolorations. Melasma occurs when the skin is prompted to produce more melanin, or pigment, than normal. As a result, dark, irregular patches form, notably on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and/or chin.

The condition can last anywhere from several months to a lifetime if untreated. The almost exclusively female condition is estimated to affect 50-70% of pregnant women in the U.S.€”usually in the second to third trimester. Melasma is more prevalent among those of Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern and African origin, and those taking oral and topical contraceptives.

In many cases, the telltale signs of melasma lessen or vanish following childbirth or cessation of birth control as hormones stabilize. However, even in these instances, it can take months€”even years€”for the skin to regain uniformity. Fortunately, advances in professional skin care have made treatment of this condition both effective and practical.

Target Pigment Overproduction

The first step in combating melasma is curbing the activity of the hyperactive melanocytes, pigment-producing cells in the skin. Topical skin brighteners that inhibit the melanin-stimulating enzyme tyrosinase can effectively limit pigment overproduction and keep the condition from worsening.

When considering a skin brightener, pay close attention to the key brightening agent. Research recently revealed that the industry’s most popular brightener, hydroquinone, may cause irritation, permanently stain the skin and pose a cancer risk. As an alternative, many skin care professionals now recommend natural brightening agents such as azelaic acid, licorice and mulberry.

Once melanin production is under control, peels and resurfacing treatments can effectively help lift away discoloration by accelerating cell turnover, ‘pushing’ affected skin cells to the surface where they are eventually shed. However, since even the slightest irritation can worsen hyperpigmented skin, it is important to look for treatments that are non-traumatic. Chirally-correct products reduce the risk of trauma dramatically by eliminating the potential for contact irritation common in less refined ingredients.

Stay Sun Safe

Hyperpigmented skin conditions like melasma are extremely sun-sensitive and easily exacerbated by UV exposure, making proper sun protection essential for treatment.

The American Academy of Dermatology stresses the importance of broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and recommends the use of sun-blocking products with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for maximum defense. However, there are no quick fixes. Treating this condition takes patience.

Effective Skincare Products For Skin Tone Restoration

Simply Brilliant
This gentle yet powerful brightening serum is packed with ten skin-specific, plant-based brightening ingredients to  visibly minimizes the look of dark spots and discoloration while preventing new problem areas from appearing. It’s even gentle enough for daytime use.

Peptide-Rich Defense
Broad spectrum SPF 50 helps protect the skin from the harsh effects of the sun and it provides the ultimate blend of rich peptides and amino acids. This unique formula protects as well as moisturizes the skin to help prevent and reverse the signs of aging. With regular use, you will improve the look of skin firmness, tone and texture while you help protect against future damage.

 

 

SKINCARE 101: Decoding the Ingredient List

SKINCARE 101: Decoding the Ingredient List

Just as we review the nutrition facts on the backs of our favorite foods, it’s important to take heed of ingredients found in your personal skin care products. Many of these products contain chemicals that can harm your skin, despite claims that they will turn your acne-prone complexion into clear perfection. However, reading ingredient labels can be complicated and written in scientific language that can be confusing.

You should first be aware that the ingredients are listed in descending order. For example, the first ingredient that is listed in the formula is more prevalent than the second ingredient listed, and so on. However, you cannot determine the actual amount of each ingredient this way. Let’s say that the first ingredient is water: one brand may consist of 85 percent water, whereas another might only contain 60 percent. The ingredients can be identical, but the formulation may not be.

The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals and other ingredients found in soaps and cosmetics based on scientific names and other Latin and English words. The INCI makes it difficult to identify natural ingredients. For instance, the term for vitamin E is known as tocopherol and the INCI name for shea butter is butyrospermum parkii butter. Most cosmetic companies abide by this naming. This forces the consumer to remember that L-ascorbic acid is Vitamin C as well as an antioxidant.

The following definitions briefly explain popular descriptions of ingredients:

  • Chirally Correct €” Can be derived from natural or synthetic ingredients. It causes the least amount of irritation and lessens the chance of an adverse reaction. Chirally correct products are always recognizable by the skin's receptors.
  • Natural/Organic €” Created by nature. Contrary to popular belief, natural ingredients can cause irritation much like a synthetic ingredient.  The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the term natural, so keep in mind that any and every company can claim its products are just that. All products that claim to be organic must undergo rgirous vetting and are regulated by government agencies.
  • Artificial €” May contain artificial fragrance and colors; may look or smell similar to natural ingredients but is not recognizable by the skin or body.

Keep in mind you cannot tell how good a product is from the ingredients list alone. It’s impossible to determine if the product is worth its high price tag just by reading the ingredient list. While it is important to know what’s in every product, the formula is what counts the most. The list of ingredients does not tell you how labor intensive the product is to make€”whether or not it was cold processed or cooked by an automatic cooker; mixed by hand or in a 500 gallon vat; or made fresh to order or pre-made and stored in drums. Bottom line: If a product is very inexpensive, then its quality might be low. It costs a lot to make an exceptional product.”

So the next time you turn over the back of your facial cleanser and squint to read the list of ingredients, understand that skin care is a complicated science if it's going to produce the best results. Being an educated consumer is the best kind of consumer. Your skin would agree.

Save Your Skin From Free Radical Damage With This Ingredient

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While it seems the term antioxidant is used to promote everything from vitamin supplements to dark chocolate, few people understand what makes this unique property so beneficial. As the body’s first line of defense against oxidation €” a chemical response that can produce cell-damaging free radicals €” antioxidants inhibit potentially destructive reactions before they have a chance to snowball out of control.

The human body produces antioxidants naturally and acquires them through dietary sources. However, environmental factors and lifestyle choices greatly increase free radical production and can quickly use up the body’s natural levels of antioxidants. When environmental threats (i.e. UV rays and pollution) and lifestyle choices (i.e. smoking, excessive drinking and poor diet) overwhelm the body with free radicals and exhaust its antioxidant reserves, it often leads to a condition known as oxidative stress. This plays a major role in the loss of firmness, smoothness and luminosity in the skin.

Many skin care products allegedly have antioxidant properties that constantly rebuild the body’s antioxidant supply. The type €” not the quantity €” of antioxidant is what truly makes a difference. Glutathione is a tripeptide that is produced in the liver and consumed in leafy greens such as spinach and purslane. Glutathione works in conjunction with other antioxidants to effectively rid the body of excess free radicals. By maintaining a healthy supply of glutathione in the body, the threat of oxidative stress and free radical damage is greatly diminished, creating a healthier internal environment and keeping skin from aging before its time.

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COSMEDIX has rendered this essential ingredient even more effective in many COSMEDIX products.

Benefit Balance | ANTIOXIDANT PREP
A powerful antioxidant and environmental protection solution, Benefit Balance boosts the skin’s free radical defenses to prevent the signs of premature aging. Suitable for all skin types, this preventive formula refreshes and tones the skin, while chirally correct L-glutathione mops up excess free radicals to keep it safe, healthy and radiant.

Radiance | AGE MANAGEMENT SERUM
Containing a unique blend of collagen stimulators, Trehalose and supportive remodeling ingredients, this nourishing repair serum is the ideal choice for mature and/or damaged skin. Fortified with L-Glutathione, Radiance offers superior protection against free radicals and aging, while stimulating collagen and elastin production to restore the skin’s youthful glow.

Affirm | ANTIOXIDANT FIRMING SERUM
This antioxidant superserum is packed with more than ten skin-specific antioxidants, including L-glutathione. A perennial bestseller, Affirm is ideal for preventing and correcting the appearance of photodamage€”the no. 1 cause of premature aging.

 

 

Face Masks Dermatologists Swear By

COSMEDIX Face Masks Dermatologists Swear By

Forget the image of gentle, pampering treatments with cucumber-covered eyes. Whether you're fighting blemishes or calming irritated skin, masks can expedite results. But, beware, not any mask will do. Look for concentrated solutions containing powerful, highly-purified ingredients with corrective problem-solvers. (Cucumbers optional.)

Concern: Blemishes and Breakouts
Solution:
Clear Mask by COSMEDIX

For those battling acne-prone, oily and combination skin, every day is a struggle to maintain balance. Most problem skin regimens focus on keeping skin clean and pores clear of dirt and impurities. Exfoliation is a key part of this process sloughing away dead skin cells and other things that can clog pores and trigger breakouts. Clear by COSMEDIX targets pore-clogging debris and clarifies skin with a concentrated blend of salicylic acid €” a known blemish-fighting beta hydroxy acid €” purifying sulfur and highly absorbent minerals. Used weekly (more frequently for excessively oily skin), this detoxifying mask can augment your daily clarifying regimen for more dramatic results in less time.

Concern: Dull Skin
Solution:
Pure Enzymes By COSMEDIX

It can take up to 28 days for your skin to turn over. That number increases with age. As dead skin cells accumulate, it can leave your complexion looking dull. Regular exfoliation can help reestablish its youthful vibrancy. Pure Enzymes uses natural cranberry enzymes and lactic acid to gently melt away dead skin and enhance turnover for a younger-looking radiance. Used alone or as a complement to other exfoliating treatments, this plant-based mask is ideal for all skin types, particularly those with signs of premature aging or with congested skin.

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Concern: Clogged Pores
Solution:
Blue Agave Mask by PÃœR

Sometimes what is aggravating your skin isn't coming from the inside out. It's coming from the outside in. Daily pollution and environmental factors are settling into your pores and affecting your complexion, making it look dull, dry and damaged. Blue Agave Mask's Energy Complex jumpstarts your skin's natural metabolism with green tea, ginseng and Vitamin B for the look of plumper, hydrated and refreshed skin.

Concern: Irritation
Solution:
Beauty Parfait by Aloette

We all know that popping some probiotics helps balance gut bacteria – but did you know it can also bring balance to your skin? The Beauty Parfait is a probiotic yogurt treatment that restores balance to your skin in two ways.  First, probiotics help soothe irritation, so say bye bye to redness. Second, the yogurt, lactic acid and papaya extracts help exfoliate the skin and curb bacterial overgrowth that can stimulate acne. A few Beauty Parfait treatments will have your skin looking calmer, hydrated and smoother without the calories.

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Vitamin C is a Must-Have for Healthy Skin

Vitamin C is a Must-Have for Healthy Skin

Most of us are aware of vitamin C‘s role in the body as an essential part of tissue growth and repair, maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth, strengthening of the immune system and assisting in wound healing. There are other side effects such as improving macular degeneration and reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, its lesser-known salutary effects on the skin are just as dramatic and well-documented.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is central to the production of collagen€”the main protein in the body’s connective tissue and the source of skin’s firmness and definition. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked a higher intake of vitamin C to a generally better skin-aging appearance for women between the ages of 40 and 74, marked by fewer, less pronounced wrinkles and increased hydration.

Because vitamin C nurtures the cells on the inside and outside €” and because it is water-soluble and is not produced by the body€”it is important to include this superior nutrient in both your diet and your skin care regimen. As we age, our natural collagen production rate diminishes, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. When applied topically as a skin treatment, ascorbic acid helps promote collagen synthesis and supplement the skin’s natural deficit, improving skin texture and composition. Vitamin C is an integral part of the chemical strategy for healthy skin€”an indispensable active ingredient that addresses a multitude of skin concerns and conditions. Accordingly, COSMEDIX incorporates chirally correct L-ascorbic acid, found in Pure C,  into many professional and home-care products, from peels and exfoliating masks to skin-rejuvenating serums.

In addition to fostering skin elasticity, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and an effective Tyrosinase (controls the production of melanin) inhibitor, working overtime to thwart the attempts of UV-induced free radicals which can catalyze melanin production and lead to photodamage and hyperpigmentation. When added to sunscreens and anti-aging formulas, vitamin C acts as a performance enhancement component, boosting protective and reparative properties to prevent cellular DNA damage and reduce inflammation.

Pure C is 100% pure L-ascorbic acid. The only form of fresh vitamin C readily absorbed by the skin, these tiny yet powerful crystals make an invigorating skin care cocktail, designed to be mixed with any cosmetic product to promote protein building, brighten the complexion and help put a stop to signs of premature aging.


 

Brighter Ideas: Plant-Based Brighteners That Are Better Than Hydroquinone

Brighter Ideas: Plant-Based Brighteners That Are Better Than Hydroquinone

Dark spots, age spots and other discoloration is a reality for millions of women and men. However, the concept and practice of brightening the skin is far from new. For decades, skin care professionals have sought to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Some worked – others delivered mixed results. Many, however, carried risks that far exceeded their benefits.

An admittedly effective solution once widely used has proven to be a controversial one. Hydroquinone is a powerful compound that inhibits the Tyrosinase enzyme €” the enzyme responsible for melanin overproduction and helps reduce the appearance of discoloration. Many countries have banned the use of Hydroquinone because of possible toxicity to carcinogenic behavior. Brightening products in the U.S. may still use over the counter concentrations up to two percent and at higher doses from professional sources.

Instead, COSMEDIX uses plant-based brighteners with proven results. Our Simply Brilliant serum, for example, targets melanin overproduction with ten plant-based ingredients, including Waltheria and White Daisy extracts. It also includes exfoliating lactic acid to increase turnover of discolored areas to help the skin repair itself. With all brightening treatment, proper sun protection is required. Nevertheless, brighter days are ahead.

7 Tips For Great Skin

Your lifestyle plays a major factor on the health of your skin. COSMEDIX believes in a holistic approach to skin so these few simple tips will help improve your skin from the inside and the outside.

1. CATCH SOME ZZZ

Getting a good night’s sleep will refresh your mind and body, but what about your skin? Sleep is necessary for our bodies to build up energy reserves and regenerate body cells and tissues. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night also helps the body to metabolize free radicals.

2. DIET FOR BETTER SKIN

Healthy skin starts with a healthy diet of protein, vegetables and fruits. Try foods high in skin-strengthening Omega-3 fatty acids such as sardines, chia seeds, flaxseed and walnuts. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production so try adding bell peppers, strawberries, kale, broccoli and, of course, citrus fruits, to your diet. Antioxidants are great for your skin whether applied topically or eaten in antioxidant-rich foods like vitamins A and E charged almond butter, wheat germ, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots and melons such as cantaloupe. Some of our favorite ways to incorporate these foods into our diets are through juicing, smoothies and constant inspiration from health and food bloggers.

3. DRINK MORE WATER

There is simply no substitute for water. The majority of the human body, including 85 percent of the brain, is comprised of water. Maintain your skin’s radiant glow and improve its texture by drinking plenty of water. Believe it or not, water is one of the best method for keeping your skin healthy and supple.

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4. GO NATURAL

Purify and refresh your skin by incorporating a weekly, at-home or spa facial treatment like a face mask €” an important step that is often overlooked in a skin care regimen. Also, choose a mask that contains exfoliating ingredients that will not only keep your skin cleansed and nourished but will also keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

5. PROTECT! PROTECT! PROTECT!

Although it’s common only to think about sun protection during the summer months, you should still use a product with an SPF during the winter season. Even in colder weather, the sun can cause damage to the skin. Prevent premature aging and the formation of lines and wrinkles by using skin care products with sunscreen that will protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

6. MOISTURIZE

Using a product that’s packed with moisturizing properties will keep your skin looking youthful and healthy all year long. Using a daily moisturizer will keep skin supple. In winter, switch out your lightweight version for something a little thicker for intense moisture replenishment.

7. EXFOLIATE EVERYWHERE!

It is important to exfoliate to keep skin fresh and revitalized. Exfoliating both your face and your body on a weekly basis will remove dead skin cells, dirt and debris and will help your serums and treatments penetrate the skin and deliver nourishment faster. Purity Detox Scrub combines poppy, jojoba and date seeds with salicylic acid for a multilayer cleanse that clarifies pores and smoothes skin for full-body exfoliation.

 

 

The Bright Stuff

Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an excess of melanin that creates skin that appears visibly darker. If you've been struggling with hyperpigmentation, splotchy skin or just too many freckles, you have undoubtedly come across products that promise to brighten, balance and clarify your complexion in little to no time at all. But just how effective are such products? Is it really possible to visibly brighten the skin for safe, lasting results? The answer is yes.

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Three Steps to Brilliant Skin
COSMEDIX offers a simple three-step program with proven, lasting results. Designed to brighten, enhance and protect, this quick and easy regimen is the ideal solution.

Step 1: Brighten
The most effective brightening ingredients come from marine algae, tropical plants like Waltheria Indica, and more commonplace botanicals such as the white daisy and even licorice. Simply Brilliant features over ten skin-specific, plant-based brightening ingredients. This one-of-a-kind formula targets the appearance of age spots and uneven skin while preventing new problem areas from emerging all without harsh chemical brighteners like hydroquinone and arbutin that can aggravate the skin.

Step 2: Enhance
Vitamin C can help enhance brilliance and firm the skin's appearance. Pure C contains 100 percent pure L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in crystal form and mixes easily with serums like Simply Brilliant to deliver a visibly radiant boost and enhance effectiveness.

Step 3: Protect
Proper sun protection is vital for achieving long-lasting results. UV exposure can unleash harmful free radicals with the power to damage the skin's appearance and worsen the look of discoloration and other concerns. Reflect offers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection in a unique spray-on formula for easy application. Nonirritating and oil-free, it provides an effective solution for even the most sensitive skin types. Also, Peptide-Rich Defense is a nourishing moisturizer with SPF 50 that provides optimal skin protection. It utilizes the power of two €˜designer' peptides and a unique blend of Moringa Oil and Trehalose to improve the look of skin by addressing firmness, tone, and texture while also providing protection against future damage.