Serum Levels - Where to Start

10/29/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

by Ami Shvartzman, Director of Education


You may have noticed with some of our Osmosis Serums  that there is a new addition to the labels. Each Vitamin A and DNA Repair serum now reflects a level listed on the bottle. But what exactly do these levels mean?  Have no fear, we are here to help you crack the code!

As always, this system was designed with the Osmosis customer in mind. Each level listed on the bottle serves as a starting place for the skin care professional recommending the product. The levels were designed by aligning the activity level of the formulation with skin tolerance (i.e. how sensitive your skin is to these ingredients).  We felt that this was particularly important when recommending our Vitamin A and DNA Repair serum families.

Our Vitamin A serums all contain the active ingredient Retinaldehyde with our phosphatidylcholine delivery system. Retinaldehyde is the safest and least irritating form of Vitamin A on the market but has the same effectiveness as Retin A. Because of this strength, it is important that our customers (and their clients) remember to introduce these serums into their daily facial regime very slowly.  We have broken these serums out into 4 different levels and a specific Blemish Vitamin A serum to make this introductory process more seamless. These levels can be broken down into the following:

 
 
Level 1 – Relieve (.025% Retinaldehyde): Relieve is our level 1 vitamin A serum, designed for sensitive skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. The most gentle of our vitamin A serums, this formula addresses skin immunity to allow for healing and repair.

 
 
 
Level  2 – Calm (.05% Retinaldehyde): Calm is our level 2 vitamin A serum, designed for moderately-sensitive skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. It encourages the skin to calm inflammation, restore the protective barrier, increase skin nutrients and immune repair, rebuild the thin dermis, normalize oil, hydrate and firm.

 
 
 
 
Level 3- Correct (.05% Retinaldehyde): Correct is our level 3 vitamin A serum, designed for normal skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. This formula sets up the ideal environment for aging skin to remodel itself through increased skin nutrients, collagen production and elasticity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Level 4-Renew (.1% Retinaldehyde):  Renew is our level 4 vitamin A serum, designed for resilient or conditioned skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. The most potent combination of fibroblast stimulators encourages the reversal of skin aging.

 
 
 
 
Blemish – Clarify (.05% Retinaldehyde): Clarify is Osmosis blemish serum clears blemishes, normalizes oil production, shrinks pores, increases skin's immune support, hydrates, calms inflammation, protects skin from UV rays, restores the epidermal barrier, and restores dermal thickness.

 
 
 
Please note that these levels do not necessarily indicate a progression and moving to a higher level of serum is not always necessary. However, if you do choose to increase to a higher level  serum, make sure that your skin is comfortable with the serum you are using at 2 pumps a day before transitioning.


When it comes to our DNA Repair Serums the active ingredient used is Vitamin C, specifically L-Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbyl Glucoside.  These forms of Vitamin C in these particular forms are supercharged antioxidants and are wonderful at helping to build proteins, decreasing hyperpigmentation and working synergistically with our products containing vitamin E. With that said, Vitamin C and particularly L-Ascorbic Acid can be somewhat stimulating to the skin. Ascorbyl Glucoside contains one molecule of Ascorbic Acid and one of Glucose so it tends to be more mild in activity. Because of these differences we have also applied our levels to this category, these levels can be broken down into the following:

Level 1- Catalyst Plus+: Catalyst Plus + is our level 1 serum that is more appropriate for very sensitive skin. It is in an Aloe base with the active ingredient Ascorbyl Glucoside. Catalyst Plus+ contains a patented formula that activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is a critical part of DNA repair. The unique combination of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals also encourages the skin to increase collagen and elastin production, promotes wound healing and improves sun protection.

 
 
Level 2- Catalyst: Catalyst is our level 2 serum that is more appropriate for normal skin. It is L-Ascorbic Acid in a water base. Catalyst contains a patented formula that activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is a critical part of DNA repair. The unique combination of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals also encourages the skin to increase collagen and elastin production, promotes wound healing and improves sun protection.

 
Level 3- Catalyst AC-11:  Catalyst AC-11 is our level 3 serum which has the highest level of repair activity, appropriate for all skin types, even some sensitive skins. It has L-Ascorbic acid in an aloe base. Catalyst AC-11 contains a patented formula that activates your natural zinc finger remodeling process, which is a critical part of DNA repair. In addition, this product contains the patented technology AC-11 that is proven to increase DNA repair by 33%. The unique combination of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals also encourages the skin to increase collagen and elastin production, promotes wound healing and improves sun protection.

 
 
 
 
Use these levels as a guide with your product usage and recommendation, should you have any questions we are always here to help.

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Vampy Lip

10/28/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

This time of year is perfect for showing off a dark, vampy lip. Director of Education, Ami Shvartzman, shows you how to rock this trendy look!  











PRODUCTS USED



GET THE LOOK


  1. Before.
  2. Apply Refresh PM to lip area with finger.
  3. Lightly outline and fill in lips with Navy Eye Pencil to add depth.
  4. Apply Sangria Lip Pencil over Navy Eye Pencil to give a vampy, deep berry shade.
  5. Rub lips together.
  6. Either leave it matte or ...
  7. Complete the look with Pink Sapphire Lip Gloss to make it kissable.
  8. Ta Da! Our completed Vampy Fall Lip Look!

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Harvest Daytime Smokey Eye

10/16/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Fall is a magical time of year when people think about transition and change.  However, the smokey eye is always in demand.  This daytime take on the classic smokey eye from Director of Education, Ami Shvartzman, will accentuate your eyes and make them pop. 












Steps for Achieving the Harvest Daytime Smokey Eye
  1. Before! Naked eyelid.
  2. Apply Eye Pencil in Brown from lash line to crease.
  3. Use Smudge Brush to blend Eye Pencil upward toward crease.
  4. Using the Oval Shadow Brush press the deepest shade from the Sugar Plum Trio on top of the blended liner.
  5. Apply Toasted Peach from the Matte Collection with the Contour Shadow Brush to crease area and blend out the deep purple shade from the Sugar Plum Trio.
  6. Using the Smudge Brush apply the same deep purple shade from the Sugar Plum Trio to the bottom lash line.
  7. Apply Defining Mascara in Black to top and bottom lash line.
  8.  Ta Da! The after.   BEAUTIFUL!

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Fall Colours - Blue-Eyed Girls

10/07/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

by Alejandro Falcon, Artistic Director

From the runways to the red carpet, this fashion forward trend is sure to impress.

PRODUCTS USED:

Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Navy Eyeliner

Misty Blue Eye Shadow Trio

Crushed Coral Blush

Brow Gel

Plum Blossom Blush

Nude Lip Pencil

Pink Sapphire Lip Gloss

THE LOOK:

Apply the Age Defying Treatment Concealer all over the lid as an eye shadow base.

Paint the upper lash line with the Navy Eyeliner and smudge it on the eye lid using the Contour Shadow Brush.  Add a fine line on the lower lashes extending it outward.

Contour the blue shadow of the Misty Blue Eye Shadow Trio in the crease.

Apply the Crushed Coral Blush slightly below the brows as a highlighter.

Fill in brows with appropriate Brow Gel color.

Apply Plum Blossom Blush on the apple of the cheeks.

Fill in lips with Nude Lip Pencil.

Apply Pink Sapphire Lip Gloss on top for added shine.

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Exploring your Educational Opportunities and Resources with Osmosis

10/02/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

by Ami Shvartzman, Director of Education

There are many new and exciting changes happening here at Osmosis; beautiful new packaging, a new simplified message and many new resources for you, our customer.

What’s New?


1. Updated Website- This amazing resource is an easy on-line resource for finding and identifying skin conditions and their Osmosis solutions. Simply select a skin condition on the home page. This will then pull up a guide which describes how to identify and select the specific type of skin condition. Click on this and you are routed to a page that gives a full protocol for homecare products to treat that specific skin condition, it’s so simple!







In addition to this, logging into our professional section of the website unlocks the Resource Center. The Resource Center is a portal in which our customers can access: marketing materials, relevant articles, an archive of our newsletters, the Osmosis professional and homecare protocols, and seasonal facials, order forms and handouts as well as product information (including product information sheets, MSDS and a downloadable version of our knowledge manual.

In addition to this, logging into the website will also give customers access to the Osmosis Learning Center. The Osmosis Learning Center offers two types of online workshops for the busy professional. The first avenue is Learn on Your Own which is available at any time and is a place for self-guided learning videos which incorporate all three of our brands; Skin Care, Colour and Internal Wellness. The second area for Osmosis skin care professionals that we offer through the OLC are Online Classes guided by an educator. These are offered twice per month and there are two options available, our Extended Level One Course which includes product knowledge and treating by the source as well as a basic Intro to Osmosis.



2. Social Media platforms are a key way that we at Osmosis connect with our clients. Our Facebook page is home to some of our latest announcements, articles and press mentions, tweets from our Twitter account as well as links to our YouTube videos . It is a place for our customers to ask questions and directly interact with Osmosis staff. Facebook is also where we link articles
and information from our Blog, (blog.osmosisskincare.com) which is an invaluable hub of information.  NEW - You can now find us on Instagram!

3. In case you hadn’t noticed Osmosis has gone through a transition, with our NEW look the Osmosis Marketing Materials have gotten a beautiful and dramatic facelift! With the adoption of our new message, Treating the Skin from the Source we have also launched a Protocol Brochure which simplifies and lays out the homecare regimes for Acne, Rosacea,  Hyperpigmentation and Aging including photos of how to identify each form of these skin conditions. We also have Prescription Cards which allow you to check off which Osmosis products and professional treatments are recommended for your client, and how often
to use them with a carbon copy for the esthetician to file to keep a record of previous recommendations. Our Knowledge Manual is your guide to everything Osmosis. It contains all of our product information sheets, protocols, ingredient decks, information about our philosophy and key ingredients, it has so much info that I never let that binder leave my side!





4. Our incredible Staff is here to guide you each step of the way. From our dynamic and dependable Account Managers, to our friendly Customer Service staff and knowledgeable Education Team. We, at Osmosis are here to support you!

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