Take the ‘pinch test’
Gently pinch the skin below your eye. How fast does the skin go back to
it’s original position? If you’re like most people the older you are the
slower your skin responds. This is known as elasticity. The more
youthful your skin is the more elasticity it has.
Most people in my family, when we get into our 60’s, have a tendency to
develop bags under our eyes. I’m almost 60 and noticed recently some
puffiness under my eyes. A sure sign I am heading down this same road. I
wanted to get ahead of this issue for me and for our customers too!
What I was looking for is a new combination. Our premium ingredients
moisturizer AND an added ability to hydrate the skin to counter this
I wanted to wake in the morning with the skin under my eyes feeling not
only moisturized but also so hydrated the skin feels cool. So we started
looking into alternate ingredients that hold moisture in the skin.
How would they work within our moisturizer?
You don’t have to know all of this below. If you are a regular customer,
you already know how good our products are! Just skip down to the
What about Serums? Many companies talk about Serums. But Serums by
themselves are mostly water. In the TV commercials, they look effective,
but their effectiveness is short lived. Real help for the skin should be
in the form of a true moisturizer* (and/or in an exfoliant).
*Oil and water don’t mix. A true moisturizer is a combination of oil(s)
and water and vegetable waxes brought together at a specific temperature
to make oil and water mix. All of our moisturizers are true
moisturizers. Most so called ‘moisturizers’ on the market are actually
oils, water, and thickeners. A much easier product to make. But not
nearly as effective. True moisturizers are much easier for the skin to
accept and utilize.
Our interest was with one ingredient you often see in serums: Hyaluronic
acid. A vegetable derived ingredient that holds 1000 times it’s weight
What is Hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is created by a food grade yeast fermentation process
from non-GMO sugarcane and/or grains and as such can be labeled
vegetarian (or vegan) since no animal products have been used in the
entire process as raw materials.
Hyaluronic acid (also called sodium hyaluronate, or HA) is a protein
component of connective tissue belonging to a family of proteins known
as glycosaminoglycans. The main purpose of glycosaminoglycans is to aid
in the body’s water maintenance, providing essential moisture for all
the body processes, and for molecular transport. Hyaluronic acid is a
glycosaminoglycan with anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous properties,
whose function is to cushion and lubricate. HA occurs naturally
throughout the human body and is a key component of cartilage
concentrated in the synovial joint fluids (where it acts as a lubricant,
shock absorber, metabolic medium and filter), the heart valves, in
subcutaneous (skin) tissue where it functions is as a cementing agent,
and the eyes (the ocular vitreous body). In its role as cartilage
component, HA is used to help cushion and lubricate joints. HA exists
naturally in most living organisms (except plants) and is a universal
component of the extra cellular space.
As a supplement, HA is a white, odorless powder also known as
hyaluronan. Hyaluronic acid is utilized by people for various joint
disorders, including osteoarthritis. It can be taken orally or injected
into the affected joint by a healthcare professional. Hyaluronic acid
plays a crucial role in maintaining and regulating moisture with the
tissues and is a key factor in the movement of nutrients into the cells
and the disposal of metabolic waste. Optimum levels of hyaluronic acid
are of paramount importance for the health of the joints and cartilage.
HA also reinforces the immune system by acting as an antioxidant,
holding water in the body, and lubricating heart valves.
Hyaluronic Acid is a special protein occurring naturally throughout the
human body, and is one of the most heavily researched substances in
medicine today with thousands of clinical trials mostly in the fields of
orthopedics and eye surgery. Its function in the body is, among other
things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such
as joints and muscles. Its consistency and tissue-friendliness makes it
an excellent moisturizer, which is why it has earned a place in
skin-care products and cosmetics. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most
hydrophilic molecules in nature and as such it is aptly described as
So adding “nature’s moisturizer” to a true moisturizer might just be the
solution we have been looking for under the eyes. We believe it is.
You’ll wake to a coolness under your eyes. A good sign this is working.
We’ve been helping people since 1999 get their skin under control. We
get emails, we answer emails. It goes back and forth, many times. Our
ears are close to the ground. After answering tens of thousands of
emails, we pretty much know what works and what doesn’t. We won’t
introduce a product just to make a buck. It has to do something that no
other product on the market does.
We don’t use fillers or unpronounceable ingredients. Every ingredient is
important. Most skin care products out there will tout an important
ingredient. But the problem is the ingredient is in such small
quantities that it does nothing. Not true with our products.
Reverse Osmosis Purified Water: When looking at other skin care
products I always want to know how the water they use is purified(if at
all). Is it filtered? How small a filter? Ozonated? Often the devil is
in the details. We use only Reverse Osmosis purified water. Reverse
Osmosis purified water is the gold standard for being clean and pure. So
if we are talking microscopic differences why is it important? Reverse
Osmosis water, we’ve found, works better than any other water to
maximize the potential of the precious ingredients we use. It’s
expensive, but we believe anything else is purely just cutting corners.
Hyaluronic acid Serum: Hyaluronic Acid is a special protein occurring
naturally throughout the human body, and is one of the most heavily
researched substances in medicine today with thousands of clinical
trials mostly in the fields of orthopedics and eye surgery. Its function
in the body is, among other things, to bind water and to lubricate
movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its consistency
and tissue-friendliness makes it an excellent moisturizer, which is why
it has earned a place in skin-care products and cosmetics.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most hydrophilic molecules in nature and
as such it is aptly described as “nature’s moisturizer”.
Moroccan Argan Oil: (Argania spinosa kernal oil) is from a fruit from
the Argania Spinosa tree that grows only in Morocco. Moroccan Argan Oil
is one of the most expensive oils in the world. It can be compared to
the price of Truffles or expensive Caviar. It takes 6 to 7 of these
trees to produce enough fruit to make just a single liter of this
wonderful oil. As rare as these trees are they only produce once every 2
years. Many Moroccan women harvest and press these seeds to produce the
oil. For many of them this is their only source of income. So us using
this ingredient helps these poor people. We chose this oil in this
product because of the incredible healing benefits. In fact the other
two oils are in there to help this oil get into the skin.
Aren’t there a lot of other Moroccan oil products on the market? Yes!
Many products today claim to use this oil. But if you read their labels
you will discover that they only use a tiny amount. They mostly use
other filler (inexpensive) oils. This is the first and most prominent
oil in this product.
Squalane (derived from olive oil): “Squalane is a stable, complex
biogenic liquid that is odorless, tasteless and transparent. Until
recently, the primary source of Squalane was shark liver oil. However,
after years of research, a group of European scientists have developed a
new process to derive this precious moisturizer from a non-animal
source, olives. Squalane is chemically inert material that is a normal
constituent of the human sebum. Since Squalane is naturally-occurring in
man and is non-toxic, non-irritating, hypoallergenic and
non-sensitizing, it is an ideal natural emollient. Squalane works
synergistically with other emollients and humectants in formulas to
enhance their penetration into the stratum corneum. This helps replenish
the skin’s natural emollient, sebum that is essential for healthy
looking skin. Dry parched skin now feels dramatically softer, more
supple. It works and it is also expensive.” Yes very expensive. But so
Jojoba Oil: (Simmondsia chinensis) is very similar to the oils in our
skin. Technically it is not an oil but a wax ester. If you apply it to
your skin it still won’t absorb, but in a cream/moisturizer it absorbs
extremely fast into the skin. We use this oil to carry the first two
oils into the skin.
Emulsifying wax: This is a vegetable wax that is used to combine the
oils and water.
Broccoli Sprout Extract. Broccoli Sprouts are probably one of, if not
the most healthy foods to consume. But there has been some interesting
lab research showing Broccoli Sprout Extracts when applied to the skin
help the skin avoid cancer from excess UV exposure. This isn’t a
sunscreen, but seems to help the skin recover from too much sun
exposure. So what’s in it? Sulforaphane Vitamins A, B, C, E and K
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc Carotene,
Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements, Antioxidants, Protein. All
good stuff for the skin that your skin might be missing. We also use
this in our Regeneration Anti-aging Cream.
Stearic acid: is not an acid, but another vegetable wax. Adds
Rooisbos Tea. This is a caffeine free tea from Africa(still mostly
unknown in the USA) Rooisbos Tea has been found to be rich in
antioxidents and flavonoids. Also incredibly soothing to the skin.
Germall Plus (a vegetable derived preservative to keep our product
fresh) only needs 2/ 10’s of one percent to keep our product safe.
Rose Otto. This is one of the most powerful scents on the market and
expensive. A tiny bit goes a long way. Rose Otto costs almost a dollar a
drop. (About 30 roses are required to make 1 drop of oil and 60,000
petals to make 1 oz. of oil)
pH neutral: And why is this important? Although we use ingredients that
have an acid pH, the finished moisturizer is pH neutral, like all of our
moisturizers. We believe the skin is actually stressed by acids.
Virtually all moisturizers on the market are acid. We wondered why? If
acids are so good for the skin as these products claim, why does it feel
so good to take a swim in the ocean? Where the pH of the water is very
much the opposite of acid. Why is it recommended to keep swimming pool
water slightly alkaline? There is a whole line of thinking now that
promotes alkalines. We believe the skin and all of nature loves alkaline
and hates acids. If the ocean were to all of a sudden become slightly
acid, mostly it would be a dead body of water. Forget this nonsense of
the ‘acid mantle’. Our bodies when healthy, are slightly alkaline.
No animal ingredients or testing EVER! We get assurances from our
suppliers that our raw ingredients are not animal derived or any animal
Most skin care products you buy to use today, were made in large
factories years ago and have been in storage. Everything we ship was
made in small batches just a few weeks ago. Fresh matters! Quality
Most of our ingredients are as close to natural as possible. We avoid
overly processed ingredients. Processing means heat and that destroys
the goodness in these precious ingredients we use.