Episode 71 – Skincare Products & Which Work
Skincare Products That Work, and Those That Don’t
- Why do we use skin care products?
- Remove debris, oil, makeup
- Protect & repair from sun damage
- Prevent aging
- Reduce inflammation, acne, etc
- Reduce wrinkles, age spots
- They have to get into skin cells in order to do what they say they will do. Some are effective. Some aren’t.
- Skin is a barrier:
- stratum corneum – particularly difficult to penetrate
- stratum lucidum, stratum granulosum, stratum spinosum
- Skincare Products have to: get through the barrier, enter cell, affect metabolism in a way that improves cell health. This requires biochemical skill!
- Vitamin E Acetate penetrates better than Vit E
- Design and composition of substances matters!
- Substance has to be soluble in the target tissue
- Vit A is a fat soluble antioxidant
- Vit C is a water soluble antioxidant
- Size matters!
- Collagen can’t cross the barrier, even if combined with penetration enhancers or vehicles.
- In this case it is a moisturizer but DOES NOT enhance collagen
- Stem Cells – too big to get through the barrier
- High quality products work because they get into the cell and are able to effect the change they need in order to produce the results.
- These products are capable of causing problems if used incorrectly. That is why they are PROFESSIONAL products.
- OTC products are safe and cannot cause the same kinds of problems because they can’t get to the site of action inside the cell.
- Retailers and independent sales reps are not able to diagnose problems and treat them. That is why they have to be cosmetic grade and not pharmaceutical grade.
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