New Year's Resolution ~ Tame Acne

1/23/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

As if an ugly blemish isn't bad enough, it can often leave it's reminder hanging around for weeks or months.  Luckily, you can speed up the healing  process and get your acne under control.


Many products function as drying agents designed to strip away oil. Skincare products that dehydrate in order to reduce oil succeed only temporarily.  As soon as the body senses the imbalance, the skin produces MORE oil in an attempt to protect the skin. Dehydration leads to fragile skin and a weaker barrier against dirt and debris, which can worsen acne in many cases.  It's a perfect catch-22.



Look for products that will help the skin detox, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the skin.  To Try:  Restore.

  • Increase you fiber intake to encourage your body to eliminate toxins through the bowels.   
  • Buy organic foods if possible.  Too many of the added growth hormones in our meat and dairy end up in our systems and the body responds with hormone shifts.  As a result, candida (yeast) populations in the body get out of whack which in turn, can contribute to acne.
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, hydrogenated oils, sodium and synthetic flavorings where possible.  Inflammation, even internally, stimulates oil production and leads to acne.


New Year's Resolution ~ Ward Off Wrinkles

1/20/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Your daily run may be doing wonders for your body, but it can tax your skin.  Sunlight and toxins such as pollution and smoke can unleash damaging free radicals which can increase inflammation in your skin and cause collagen to break down.    Poor dietary habits will manifest in skin stress as well.  But just as you can slow muscle loss with weight-bearing exercise, you can help slow down collagen loss as well.

To Avoid:  Retinoic Acid  and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
Mainstream strategies to treat aging skin often include retinoic and alpha hydroxy acids.  Much of their visible effects are the result of exfoliation and plumping, neither of which is actually helping the skin's aging problem.  In the long run, retinoic acid and alpha-hydroxys do more harm than good.  Damage done to the epidermis will always make it impossible for the skin to maintain itself and it definitely cannot recover losses with the additional trauma and starvation that results.  The amount of free radicals that results from a loss of melanin or an exposed barrier is insurmountable.  As a result, both the epidermis and dermis are worse off, causing skin to actually age faster than if left to it's own resources.

Your Solutions:

Retinaldehyde ~ Vitamin A is an important nutrient that should be supplemented both internally and topically but the type of Vitamin A you choose is very important.  Proven to be 1000 times stronger than Retinol, Retinaldehyde penetrates deeper into the skin, creates an equal amount of collagen and elastin as Retin-A without being irritating or damaging and provides antibacterial properties.  To Try:  Relieve


Antioxidants ~ Antioxidants are free-radical fighters and key in our defense against numerous conditions.   Look for serums containing superoxide dismutase, catalase, l-glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and R-lipoic acid.  To try:  Replenish. 



New Year's Resolution ~ Prevent Dullness

1/15/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

As we get older, the rate of skin-cell turnover starts to slow and the pace at which these cells are shed isn't the same all over your face.  Cells in the T-zone where there are more oil-glands tend to get replaced faster than the skin on the sides of your face.  Add in winter woes and the result?  Dull, dry skin that reflects light unevenly.


Excessive exfoliation and chemical peels are extremely common answers in the skincare industry to every problem from fine lines, scarring, acne, and hyperpigmentation.  They are born from the idea that the skin needs help with cellular renewal and regeneration.  When we apply acid or excessive exfoliation to the top layers of the epidermis, we are forcing the process of epidermal turnover which interferes with the skin's natural ability to function, causing inflammation and the underlying dermis to divert is valuable resources towards repairing and restoring the compromised upper layer of skin. 


Nourish your Skin ~  Just like the rest of the body, the skin needs certain nutrients to function efficiently.  If it doesn't receive them, it will go into survival mode just as if you are dieting and cut calories too dramatically.  When the skin doesn't get the nutrients it needs, it is forced to prioritize.  The skin must choose between fully repairing the skin or slowing down the natural exfoliation cycle (think about a bear going into hibernation).  The result - without the proper nutrients, the skin is allowed to thin.  The most beneficial ingredients do one of three things; increase circulation (the skin’s only source of food/nutrients/immune cells/building block materials), stimulate fibroblast activity (the only way to make collagen, elastin, GAG’s needed to rebuild/repair the skin), and provide antioxidants to help neutralize the 24-hr a day attack on our cells from free radicals.  To try:  Facial Infusion

Gentle Exfoliation ~  While you never want to force exfoliation or exfoliate too often, there are products designed to help your skin carefully break apart the clusters of dead skin cells safely and without irritation or inflammation to the skin.  To try:  Polish



Nourish your Body ~ Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and taking in a sufficient quantity of antioxidants to nourish your skin from the inside-out.  Some to try:

Vitamin C
This well-known vitamin is essential to collagen production, protects your skin from UV damage and helps scars heal.  Eat:  Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit, kiwi, cabbage and parsley.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is the most important vitamin for healthy, radiant skin and also protects against UV damage. Eat: Liver, eggs, butter, and brightly-coloured fruit and vegetables such as mangos, melons, peppers, and carrots.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant with a great ability to repair sun damage.  It traps aging free radicals and acts in harmony with Vitamin A and Vitamin C to protect cell membranes, which are the main target of free radicals. Eat: Nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds, whole grains, cereals and vegetable/plant oils. 

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 is crucial in your body's ability to produce energy, metabolize fats, and repair DNA.  Eat: Fish such as swordfish, salmon, and tuna,  beets and green vegetables such as brussels sprouts,  spinach and broccoli.


New Year's Resolution - Fight Spots

1/10/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

We're all for embracing your freckles but when you have spots that don't fade after summer, it's time to take action.  Generally, brown spots are indicative of cumulative sun damage and tend to develop first in  areas typically exposed to the sun - face, décolletage, your hands.  However, our spots are not always caused by the sun.  We can hyper-pigment from any kind of stress on the body, especially when that stress is caused by a hormonal fluctuation or imbalance.  Fortunately, there are ways to combat spots.

What to avoid:  Hydroquinone
Many US dermatologists consider this skin lightener the gold standard for fading spots.  However, it is much less common outside of the United States because so many countries have banned its use. The reason?  Serious risks, including cancer and organ toxicity. 

Your solutions:

DNA Repair ~ Zinc Finger Technology normalizes melanin but does not shut it down.  In other words, it allows the rest of your skin to protect itself and stay healthy while healing the melanocytes.  To try:  Catalyst


Repair Protein Damage ~ Extract of Sweet Wormwood has the ability to calm inflammation and promote wound healing at the dermal-epidermal junction.  Once healed, it allows the melanocyte to produce normal amounts of protective melanin.  To try:  Restore

Lightening Agents ~ While hydroquinone is often used, based on the risks involved, it is not ideal for skin health.  Look for lighteners with natural ingredients that function effectively without toxic ingredients, exfoliating or adding inflammation and only use as needed.  To try:  Enlighten.


Sun Protection ~ Always top off with sun protection to protect against further damage.  To Try:  Shade