When to use? After you use Clear & Smooth according to directions, then
use a small amount after you have patted your skin dry. It’s also nice
right before bed. This moisturizer does absorb very fast.
What’s the difference between our Rose Hip Anti-Aging Moisturizer and
Regeneration? Both are very good, but the Rose Hip moisturizer often
can’t be used by people with acne prone skin. The Sea Buckthorn oil has
some similar properties to the Rose Hip oil. Both are a golden color due
to the high concentration of carotinoids. Neither use any fillers.
Here I am, in my mid 50’s and my skin still looks very good. I’ve
been asked if I had a face lift by people I haven’t seen in a while. And
many have asked why my wife and I aren’t aging? Did we make some sort of
evil pact? No way! What’s our secret? First you must know, I have a long
time ago stopped using over the counter products on my skin. All are
made by the same few manufacturers world wide. Just different names on
the jars. And unpronounceable ingredients. I avoid all animal derived
products on my skin. Nothing acidic touches my skin either. I have acne
prone skin so I use Clear & Smooth daily. So that gives me good
exfoliation. I use only unscented natural soap to cleanse twice daily.
But still, as I approach 60, I’m always looking
for another edge to hold off father time. I was a life-guard in
college, my skin got 4 summers of all day sun. If you look at my skin
closely there has been some damage caused by those early years of sun.
Since my company doesn’t test on animals, I am the first guinea pig.
Then if I like a product it starts to go through our employees and my
family. We have testers who also evaluate everything too. But like I
said if I don’t like it, it goes nowhere.
There has been a lot of interest lately in an oil called Sea
Buckthorn oil. At about $1000 a gallon for the good, not watered down,
stuff. It’s not what I would call inexpensive. So I decided to test it
as a moisturizer. We noticed initially at full strength it doesn’t
absorb deep enough to do the skin a whole lot of good. I directed our
people to add some absorbent oils in a moisturizer with it, to see if we
could come up with something workable. You can’t believe how tedious
this is. Add one thing, subtract a bit of another. Test it and then try
different versions. The combinations and percentages are infinite. As
the first tester I can tell immediately if it has potential. We’ve found
though if you work with the finest ingredients you tend to get lucky
faster. AND WE DID GET LUCKY!
Mom always told me to eat my broccoli. What you eat is important, but
what you apply to your skin we believe is also very important.
We have a new extract I have been studying. Most extracts you
see on product labels are just label candy garbage. In such tiny
percentages to be useless. We call them ‘label candy’ because they look
good on the label and help sell the product. We don’t care much about
looks and we especially don’t care to include an ingredient that
doesn’t do anything. Lately I have been interested in Broccoli Sprouts.
They contain something called sulforaphane, which has been shown to have
some terrific anti-cancer and regenerative properties. If harvested at
the right moment, as sprouts, they contain a very high concentration of
sulforaphane. Much higher than the broccoli we typically eat.
Sulforaphane has been shown in independent lab tests to counteract sun
damage when applied to the skin. Ok, it’s early, a lot of testing is
still going on. Most of the testing though is as a nutritional
supplement you consume. But the problem I’ve always had with vitamins
and nutrients in the form of a supplement is getting them past the acids
in the stomach to do the body much good. But if you apply these
nutrients directly to the skin, to me, it makes more sense. No one knows
for sure, but in my personal tests I noticed this extract has some
remarkable topical properties. Again the same issues, how do we get it
And then I hit on an idea.
Why not combine both the Sea Buckthorn Oil and the Broccoli extract in
one product for people like me with acne-prone skin? And use
the finest (and expensive) carrier oils to carry these two healing
ingredients to where they can do the skin the most good. And make it
friendly for people with acne prone skin. I knew it wouldn’t be cheap to
make, but I felt we could make it concentrated, so only a tiny amount
would do a great deal of good.
I don’t get excited with new products very often, but after the
first time I tried it, I just knew. This was something special. In fact,
the next morning I knew this was different. My skin felt a bit flushed.
Like more blood was moving around the skin’s surface. I don’t know. Over
the years with all the testing I’ve done, my skin has become so
sensitive, that I liken myself to the ‘nose’ of a perfume manufacturer
who chooses perfume ingredients. Believe me this is as much a personal
curse as it is a blessing for our business. I have become so sensitive
to so many products that I must avoid all contact with many products
most people take for granted. Sulfur is absolute poison to me. And
sulfur is in almost everything. Sulfur is that black smoke you see come
out of Semi-Trucks. And it’s used in so many products. I can eat Kelp or
seaweed without a problem. But when they concentrate it down to a powder
to use as a thickener manufacturers use sulfur in this process. Often
called Carrageenans. And I’m not alone here. Millions also share this
allergy and don’t even know it. It’s often why they have bad skin since
it’s used in moisturizers. Sulfur can even make me physically sick. I
can’t understand why this ‘pollutant’ is so universally used in products
today. It’s even used often in medicines.
We also don’t use silicones, paraben preservatives, animal
by-products. In fact we make moisturizers totally different than anyone.
Sort of like an old world way, except with precision scales and exacting
temperatures. We have a master moisturizer maker. Rather than using
thickeners, we make true moisturizers.
So anyway, at this moment we
have fine tuned this spectacular moisturizer and are now
introducing it to our customers. Like I said it is expensive to make. 1
ounce for $19.00. A tiny bit seems to go a long way. Personally it has
erased much of the sun damage and even made my skin smoother. Some tiny
tiny fine lines are now gone. And seems to be great for both acne prone
skin and normal skin types too. As we get comments as time permits we
will add them to this listing.
Sea buckthorn Oil has an interesting history. The good stuff
costs about $1,000 a gallon and is almost unheard of here in the USA.
This plant grows in Russia and China. We get an occasional request for a
moisturizer with Sea Buckthorn oil in it. But always from one of our
overseas customers. The version we are using now in this product is made
from the berries and is of the highest concentration of Carotenoids.
There are so many skin regenerating properties of this oil it would be
hard for me to relate all of them here. Some are probably speculation.
If you just put it on your skin raw, it temporarily stains the skin’s
surface orange. And pretty much doesn’t do a whole lot of good. We think
the problem is it doesn’t seem to absorb real well. At least it doesn’t
get down to where it can really do the skin some good. So in this
moisturizer we are combining two of the most absorbent and precious oils
we know of. Olive Oil Squalane and Golden Jojoba. Squalane is an extract
of Olive oil. It’s also very pricy (about $200 a gallon) and is a very
absorbent oil. Jojoba closely matches the oils in the skin and at $50 a
gallon, good stuff too. Keep in mind regardless of the selling price,
most companies who make moisturizers buy the cheapest ingredients they
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.
Olive Oil Squalane; This is a precious extract of olive oil. At
about $200 a gallon, this is not the olive oil you ever could afford to
cook with. Squalane is a remarkable extract found in olive oil. It is a
non-irritating, protein rich, moisturizing agent with exceptional skin
softening properties. In fact, it is one of the most effective
moisturizers available. Because of its “light as water” consistency, it
is absorbed quickly and deeply in to the skin with no oily film.
Golden Jojoba Oil. although we call this an oil, it is
technically closer to a wax. It matches very closely the natural lipids
in your skin. Absorbs extremely fast. We use this oil and the Squalane
to carry the important nutrients (Broccoli sprout extract and Sea
Buckthorn oil) deep into the skin.
Emulsifying wax is a vegetable wax. Used to combine the water
and oils in True moisturizers. Most moisturizers today aren’t made like
ours. They are mostly oils (usually not very good oils) and thickeners
like Sea Weed and Xanthan gums. Which means technically they aren’t
moisturizers. An additional problem is Sea Weed derived thickeners have
Sulfurs in it.
Broccoli Sprout Extract. What
the heck is a food product doing in a moisturizer? 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:
Sea Buckthorn Oil. This is now the most expensive oil we work
with. The highest quality Sea Buckthorn oil costs about $1000 a gallon.
We use Russian oil derived from the berries. This version has the
highest concentrations of palmitoleic acid, carotinoids (including a
high level of beta-carotine), tocopherols, alcohols, (vitamins A, C and
E). 1900 IU of Provitamine A per gram of extract. It has remarkable
healing properties. Great for fine lines, wrinkles, scars (of course
deep pitted scars usually are usually permanent), discolorations.
Stearic Acid. This is also a vegetable wax, used to not only
combine oils and water into a moisturizer, but also makes this
Germal Plus, Vegetable derived preservative.
Green Tea. Also great skin regenerative properties.
Rose Otto. This gives a slight Rose smell. So powerful only a
tiny amount is needed. Real Rose petals steam distilled. It takes a
great deal of roses to make one ounce.