Monthly Archives: February 2016
Vitamin A: How to Use it in the Summer Time by Osmosis Skincare
It’s no secret that dermatologists and estheticians everywhere agree, that Vitamin A (aka Retinol) is the best tool to combat aging, acne, skin discoloration, sun damage and a whole bag of skin issues. BUT, what you may not know (and definitely should know) is that Vitamin A makes the skin more sensitive to sun exposure. We get asked often if Osmosis Skincare lovers should stop using their Vitamin A serum in the summer. The answer is a simple, resounding… NO! Vitamin A is such a rock star when it comes to treating the skin, you want to make sure to utilize it even when the sun is out in full force. Here are some helpful tips to utilizing Vitamin A in the Summer! * Let your Vitamin A Serum work for you while you sleep. Apply your Vitamin A at night, skipping the morning application. Instead try StemFactor or Catalyst AC-11! * SPF, SPF, SPF, SPF, SPF! Did you get that? Sun protection is vital EVERYDAY, especially in the summer time, and even more important when you are utilizing Vitamin A. Every morning, slather yourself with Protect and take 5 pumps of UV Neutralizer Harmonized Water. Because Vitamin A makes your skin more sensitive as it gently exfoliates dead skin, your skin is left with a mighty fresh layer that needs to be protected, even after you wash your Vitamin A off in the morning. * Choose the right Vitamin A Serum for your face. Check out this post to learn which one is right for you!With 5 different Vitamin A’s to choose from, there is no excuse not to take advantage of the one that fits best for you. Choose from: Calm, Clarify, Correct, Renew and Relieve. * Exfoliate once a week to help your Vitamin A provide you with stronger results. We LOVE Polish, it’s gentle, effective, and smells down-right delicious! * Make sure to utilize your Vitamin A all over! Many people forget their lips, ears, neck and chest. All of these areas need some extra love. Just don’t forget to protect those same places during the day. Using your Vitamin A in the summer (and year round for that matter), is vital to keeping your skin healthy. It only takes a few small changes to make sure the summer heat and sun don’t compromise your results. So get on the Vitamin A train and enjoy the ride to glowing, beautiful skin!
Can You Actually Drink Your Skin Care Products?
BY BEN JOHNSON, MD · JULY 14, 2015
An exciting breakthrough has occurred in our understanding of how skin diseases or “conditions” work. It has become very clear that most skin conditions—acne, melasma, female facial hair, rosacea, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis and much, much more—all stem from particular internal imbalances relating to the digestive tract or the liver. The good news is that there are products that work holistically to correct these internal imbalances without causing side effects.
Harmonized Water utilizes a revolutionary new approach called “scalar wave technology.” It has been mathematically proven by quantum physicists that, at the subatomic level, we (and every part of the universe) are all filled with energy/vibrations that can be described with different terms. I describe them as scalar wave vibrations. I believe that this energy vibrates in very specific ways, thereby creating all the unique elements of the world. In other words, every cell, hormone, organ and other substance within your body have patterns of energy that are specific to them—like a fingerprint is to each individual.
When we are exposed to environmental, food-based, bacterial and fungal toxins, or when we have negative thoughts and emotions, our body vibrations are altered and therefore impact the performance of the organ system involved. Harmonized Water’s scalar wave technology specifically targets and balances these alterations in a gentle way that does not produce any side effects. Think of it as tuning a piano. We use frequencies that do different things like harmonize the cells, remove toxins and mimic the positive waves in your body. Here are just some of the ways Harmonized Water can help your skin.
Acne is caused by two primary sources: candida toxins and estrogen toxins. We use Natural Defense to control candida and we use Anti-T to control the changes related to estrogen toxins. The primary estrogen toxins are chlorine, pesticides and preservatives. Candida overgrows in the gut from antibiotics, hormones and sugar. The bumps on the skin are simply the skin breaking down these toxins for removal. It is amazing to experience your skin clearing from just taking one or both of these waters twice daily.
Melasma is caused by liver damage that can be from medication like birth-control pills or from pregnancy after age 30 in most cases. We use Osmosis’ Restore to help the body repair the liver damage. It works in three to six months in the majority of cases. The brown on the face is a protective response created by the skin once the liver inflammation is reflected in the dermis of certain regions on the face. It has nothing to do with hormonal imbalances per se.
Rosacea is caused by digestive damage. This can be acid reflux, IBS, alcohol, candida or other causes. We use Digestive Health water, and sometimes some other waters (depending on the source of the problem), to help the body heal its digestive condition. The redness that shows up on the skin is reflecting redness in a particular area of the digestive tract and has nothing to do with local skin pathogens.
4. FEMALE FACIAL HAIR
Facial hair is caused by a testosterone dominance created when the body is exposed to too many estrogen toxins. This can be increased peach fuzz or dark hairs. We slow (if not reverse) this using our testosterone balancer called Anti-T. It is associated with PCOS, which we help the body resolve in the process.
5. EXCESS OIL
Excess oil is caused by a testosterone imbalance from estrogen toxins that can be easily solved by balancing the hormones using Anti-T.
Eczema is caused by a strain of candida. It is easily resolved once you control the candida population. We recommend Natural Defense and Digestive Health. They are safe for all ages. The skin is inflamed and peeling while it tries to remove the toxins excreted by that strain.
Psoriasis is caused by a different strain of candida. It is often resolved by the body when we control the candida population. We recommend Natural Defense and Digestive Health. The skin is inflamed and peeling while it tries to remove the toxins excreted by that strain.
To summarize, Osmosis and Harmonized Water are revolutionizing the skin care industry by empowering the body to repair itself. I welcome any comments or questions on other skin or related conditions to see if we can be of help there as well.
The skin is the largest organ of the body (integumentary system) and has many jobs or functions. It is made up of multiple layers and protects the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.
Skin has three layers:
- The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides an acid mantle for protection against microbes and it is a waterproof barrier which prevents epidermal water loss. Although, many consider this the “dead layer”, recent science has proven it is still living in the sense that it still sends messages throughout the body communicating what the cells need.
- The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, nerve endings, blood vessels, hair follicles, oil and sweat glands. The dermis also holds collagen and elastic, proteins that keep skin firm and strong.
- The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.
Each layer of your skin performs specific functions that help to cover and protect your body, regulate body temperature and provide you with a sense of touch.
Your skin is your body’s first defense against the elements and foreign invaders. It has a natural pH of 5.5 (acidic) in order to kill off bacteria and pathogens you come in contact with daily. It is important to have and maintain a healthy skin barrier not only for the health of your skin but, your overall health and well being. Skin plays an important role in protecting the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside.
The integumentary system includes the skin and its appendages (including hair and nails). The integumentary system has a variety of functions; it serving to waterproof, cushion, and protect the deeper tissues, excrete wastes, and regulate temperature, and is the attachment site for sensory receptors to detect pain, sensation, pressure, and temperature. It also provides for vitamin D synthesis and the protection of vitamin B folates. Healthy damaged skin can heal it’s self. Severely damaged skin will try to heal by forming scar tissue.
Skin performs the following functions:
Protection – The outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis, is the thin, tough part of your body that acts like a protective shell. Because they’re also the first to encounter damage, the cells of the epidermis are constantly renewing themselves, with dead skin cells falling off by the tens of thousands each minute.
One of the most basic functions of the epidermis is waterproofing. Have you ever wondered why your body never absorbs water when you get caught in the rain or take a shower? That’s because the epidermis contains a layer of cells called stratum corneum, which are packed tightly to protect your body against the absorption of harmful substances. This layer also protects your body from losing too much water.
When the epidermis is healthy, it protects the body from bacteria, viruses, infection and other unwanted substances. Protection starts with the natural layer of oil that appears on the outermost surface of the skin, providing the first barrier of protection. The stratum corneum also protects against the invasion of foreign substances. The epidermis also contains Langerhans cells, specialized cells that identify harmful substances and take them to white blood cells to be neutralized. It also contains melanin, the skin pigmentation that helps filter dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays and prevents the skin from absorbing them, which can cause wrinkles and skin cancer.
The dermis is the layer of skin under the epidermis, and it’s made up mostly of soft tissue such as collagen, elastin and fibrillin — tissues that make your skin elastic and flexible yet strong and structurally firm. The dermis layer also contains blood vessels, hair follicles, nerve endings, oil glands and sweat glands. It’s the latter of these that makes the dermis so important to heat regulation. The dermis controls body temperature through the production of sweat and the control of evaporation — a process known as insensible perspiration. Basically, the sweat glands of the dermis secrete sweat, which then evaporates on the surface of the skin. Because evaporation requires heat to work, the process of evaporating sweat actually helps to lower the temperature of your skin.
The dermis also regulates temperature by controlling red blood cells. When the body is cold, the red blood cells of the dermis contract, which helps to retain internal body temperature. When the body is hot, the red blood cells expand, allowing heat to be released through the surface of the skin.
The subcutaneous layer is made up of fat cells and fibrous tissue. Like the dermis, the subcutaneous layer helps to regulate body temperature. In this case, however, it provides insulation against the absorption of cold and the loss of heat.
Sensing – The dermis serves an important role in regulating body temperature. But it also performs another critical function: It contains the nerve endings that give you your sense of touch.
The nerve endings in the dermis identify five different kinds of sensations: heat, cold, pressure, pain and contact. This is because there are millions of nerve endings in the dermis, with higher concentrations in certain areas of the body. Places where skin is thinner often have either a greater concentration of nerve endings or less protection, making them more sensitive.
Injuries to the skin can adversely affect your experience of touch. For example, even a minor burn can be quite painful, because it affects the nerve endings in your skin. Usually a first- or second-degree burn can continue to hurt even after it has developed scar tissue, because the nerve endings are continuing to react to the injury. What’s even more dangerous, however, is when you don’t feel any pain from a burn — that means that you’ve suffered from a third-degree burn, which penetrates the dermis. The reason you don’t feel pain with a third-degree burn is because the nerve endings in the dermis have actually been destroyed.
“Even water felt like it was burning my face. I was taking the medications prescribed for me, but my Rosacea was continuing to get worse. As I struggled to find a way to heal my Rosacea I found Osmosis Skincare. Within 1 week, it no longer burned and in less than a month, the majority of my Rosacea was gone.”
We all have skin, but most of us take it for granted. Although skin is our body’s largest organ, we rarely think of it as having a major role in our health. Most people do not think to take care of it like we would our heart, liver, or other organs. Yet, it is vital to our very survival. Each layer of skin performs specific functions that help cover and protect our bodies. This amazing organ not only helps regulate body temperature, it excretes waste and toxins, facilitates vitamin D synthesis, and provides us with the wonderful sense of touch.
Skin is the first defense of our immune system. Its acidic outer barrier keeps bacteria and other foreign invaders at bay. It is important to have and maintain a healthy skin barrier. Skin plays an important role in protecting the body from various kinds of damage, such as water loss or abrasion from the outside. Our skin is truly amazing. Damaged skin can heal itself. Even severely damaged skin will try to heal by forming scar tissue.
Sadly, this amazing organ is generally only thought of in terms of beauty. Because of this, it is often abused as we try to force it to do what we want it to do or make it look like we think it should look. In our quest for beauty many people scrape, laser, or use acids to burn away its protective acid mantle in hopes of forcing it to rejuvenate quicker, forcing “newer / younger” skin to the surface.
For the past 30 years the skin care industry has been working according to this theory: If we exfoliate or remove the outer layers of the skin, we will force it to regenerate faster pushing newer cells to the top. The ultimate goal being to force the collagen layer to rebuild and plump. (The deterioration of the collagen layer is what causes our skin to sag creating wrinkles.)
With the advancements in science, we now know what is really happening. The skin is in trauma mode. The collagen layer cannot reproduce in this state because the skin is too busy repairing the damage we are causing. It needs to have 15 layers of cells in the outer epidermis in order to function properly, protecting us from bacteria and other foreign invaders that cause free radical damage like pollution and UV rays. So while exfoliation does force cells to move up it does so at the cost of causing the lower collagen layers to inflame and not reproduce. When the inflammation subsides our collagen layer is even thinner than before causing our skin to wrinkle and age at an accelerated rate.
The only way to help the skin create more collagen is by protecting the outer barrier so the skin can concentrate on building rather than repairing. Our skin also needs to be fed particular nutrients in order to produce more collagen. It cannot make collagen without all the proper ingredients.
This is what makes our products different. We use an inside-out approach, focusing on repairing the skin barrier and feeding it all those great ingredients it needs to heal and build collagen.
Simply Healthy Skin has chosen to partner with Roccoco Botanicals & Osmosis Skincare Products because they have been clinically proven as natural solutions. They understand how our skin functions and work with its natural ability to repair itself.
Osmosis is one of the most scientifically advanced skincare lines available not just because of their remarkable technology but also the fact that their exclusive, patented approach works in partnership with the skin.
One of the most critical aspects of the process of skin rejuvenation is picking the right target. Our ability to address the source of skin conditions is what sets us apart. This is where “holistic therapies rooted in science” was born. Osmosis treats the body as a whole because we understand the connection between the skin and other organs as well as immune system health. Our bodies operate as one unit and it is not efficient or effective to damage or interfere with one aspect of cellular health in order to make gains elsewhere.
Most skincare does not work because it never makes it to the deep epidermis/dermis layer. Osmosis uses the same technology as pharmaceutical companies, highly purified, non-gmo phosphatidylcholine liposomes formed in high compression devices to achieve a research proven 600% increase in ingredient delivery.
All of our cells have zinc fingers working to repair damaged DNA. Osmosis’ Zinc Finger Technology provides the precursors of zinc fingers in a way that kick-starts the body’s repair systems. It is the first visibly evident DNA repair strategy because of the wound repair that ensues after application.
AC-11 has been shown in human, animal and in-vitro studies to increase DNA repair by up to 40%. This specialized extract of Cat’s Claw contains a class of patented compounds called (Carboxy Alky Esters). In over 30 clinical and scientific research and peer reviewed articles, these actives have shown anti-inflammatory properties, immune system enhancement along with the multiple therapeutic value of DNA repair. Moreover, Optigenex Inc. the manufacturers and patent holders of ac-11®, utilize a specialized extraction methodology known as molecular sieving to remove all the heavy weighted molecules above 10,000 Daltons including but not limited to; alkaloids and tannins. By removing what is commonly referred to among researchers as the (noise) the result is a bio-available extract that is readily absorbed through the large intestine for maximum therapeutic benefit.
Collagen made through damaging the skin is always utilized to repair the newfound damage and never used to add to the dermis. Osmosis developed a unique strategy that combines liposome delivered retinaldehyde, which unlike Retin A, stimulates 1000 times more collagen than retinol without inflaming the skin. We combine this with research proven (non-traumatic) collagen stimulators such as liposomal asiaticoside, chlorella, 1,3 beta glucan, hydroxyproline, niacinamide, and r-lipoic acid.
Our skin suffers a decline in circulation each year of our adult life. This reduces the overall food supply of the skin and clearly limits the healing potential and performance of the many skin systems. This is the reason epidermal turnover slows as we age. Liposomal niacinamide gently and effectively dilates dermal blood vessels while stem cell derived growth factors and 1,3 beta glucan-recruited macrophages increase angiogenesis (new blood vessel development) increasing nutrition to the skin.
The latest advancement in stem cell derived growth factors is here. Osmosis has exclusive formulas that contain growth factors with exosomes. Exosomes are stem cell-derived coats of armor that protect the life of the GF’s. More importantly however, they also act like a liposome in that they have peptide activators on the outside of the cell to maximize receptor activation. This product was proven to be more efficacious than the leading growth factor serums in a head-to-head comparison.
Although Eydie is certified in Microdermabrasion and Cellulite treatments, she believes that optimal results are achieved through working with the skin’s own natural processes to create real transformation rather than creating inflammation that may look good temporarily but, in fact ages our skin quicker. Her passion for skin care drives results with a “Do no harm” healing approach.
Eydie understands how your skin effects your self esteem, and can help you achieve your skin care goals one visit at a time. She’ll go thru an in-depth skin consultation including the client’s lifestyle and nutritional habits. She enjoys working with clients on an on-going basis to develop a results-driven skin care routine, including both professional services and home care products that will help you achieve the results you are seeking.