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With more and more exciting skincare trends making their way to the market every year, it is becoming increasingly harder for consumers to differentiate between what actually works and what could potentially be a big waste of money. While traditional skincare ingredients have sustained their popularity in recent years, there are plenty of innovative options out there worth trying out in 2023 – and we’ve listed our top choices.

Here are 5 skincare ingredients to try in 2023:

Pearl Powder

Your favourite pearl ring could potentially double as innovative skincare ingredients. Used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a remedy for many health problems, today, pearl powder is a popular ingredient with plenty of benefits for the skin. Pearl powder can help boost your skin’s regenerative properties, giving it a more youthful appearance and even skin tone. Pearl powder also helps to protect against free radicals that make the skin age, while boosting collagen production. Commonly used in face masks, creams, lotions and serums, pearl powder can help you get rid of stubborn dark spots and reduce the skin’s pigmentation, by blocking the activation of tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes the production of melanin.

Winter Cherry (Ashwagandha)

Used in Indian medicine for thousands of years, Winter Cherry has become a very popular skincare ingredient today. Also known as Ashwagandha, this plant is rich in antioxidants that can help fight early signs of aging and boost the blood circulation, which helps the skin become radiant. Commonly found in lotions, creams, and oils, this natural ingredient is often used as an anti-inflammatory agent and as a remedy for acne and other skin conditions. Winter Cherry also has the power to reduce swelling and inflammation while soothing and moisturizing the skin.

Rosemary Oil

A popular kitchen staple, rosemary oil has found its way into our skincare products as well. With a growing popularity, this trending ingredient comes with a plethora of benefits for the skin.  Rosemary oil has potent antibacterial qualities that help fight acne and detox the skin from bacteria. This miracle ingredient is a strong antioxidant that can help prevent premature signs of aging and protect against the free radicals that damage skin cells. With its diuretic properties, rosemary oil can help reduce the appearance of puffy under-eye bags, by decongesting the tissue and getting rid of fluid retention.  Found in many skincare products today, from cleansers to moisturizers, rosemary oil can also help with skin inflammation and even cellulite.

Tremella Mushrooms

Used in Asian countries for their beauty-enhancing properties and health benefits, Tremella mushrooms are rich in protein, minerals, vitamin D, ceramides, carotenoids and resveratrol, all essential for optimal health and youthful skin. This popular skincare ingredient is a natural source of hyaluronic acid and plant collagen that helps maintain skin’s moisture levels, minimizing the appearance of scarring, enlarged pores and fine lines. Rich in polysaccharides (long carbohydrate chains), these miracle mushrooms promote skin collagen production, that helps boost skin elasticity, creating a more youthful appearance. Their anti-inflammatory properties make Tremella mushrooms the perfect ingredient for people suffering from acne and skin inflammation.

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is a bonding agent produced by several species of fungi. Most commonly used as a skin-lightening agent, used to treat sun damage, age spots, or scars, Kojic acid can be found in a variety of cosmetic products, such as serums, creams, cleansers, and soaps. With its amazing antifungal properties, Kojic acid is effectively used in the treatment and prevention of fungal infections of the skin.

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Have you heard beauty companies talking about skin-identical ingredients?

If so, you may have wondered what they are.

Let us explain.

What Are Skin-Identical Ingredients?

The term “skin-identical” is a relatively new one in the beauty industry. The idea is that these ingredients are similar to those already found in the skin. That means that the skin can more readily and efficiently absorb and use them.

If you think about a child’s skin, you can see that the skin starts with everything it needs to look its best. It’s smooth, soft, and flawless.

As we rack up the years, the skin tends to suffer a lot of wear and tear. It can start to struggle to keep up with repair requirements. Plus, the older we get, the less efficient the skin is at producing collagen, elastin, and the other ingredients it needs to look its best.

Skin can also become oversensitized to certain things over time. It may develop allergies to fragrances or preservatives, start to react more to pollen and other allergens, or break out more easily when you use harsh scrubs or other products.

That’s why as we age, it helps to give the skin back some of those helpful and reparative ingredients it had in its youth. Feeding the skin the things that it once produced so well on its own can help it continue to look healthy and youthful even as we get older.

These are skin-identical ingredients—ingredients that are so similar to the ones the skin used to make (or still makes to some degree) that it recognizes them instantly and can use them right away.

Skin Identical Recover

What Do Skin-Identical Ingredients Do?

When you use skin-identical ingredients in your skincare routine, you support your skin’s natural function with compounds that it recognizes and needs. Having enough of these ingredients helps improve the skin’s ability to renew, refine, and repair itself for an age-defiant complexion.

Since skin-identical ingredients are either the same or similar to those found naturally within the skin, they are instantly recognized when applied topically. The skin knows how to use them and does so in an efficient manner.

Having skin-identical ingredients in your skincare products also lowers the risk that you may suffer from any reactions. Even sensitive skin does well with skin-identical ingredients, as it recognizes them and is unlikely to see them as dangerous or harmful.

When you regularly use skin-identical ingredients, you’ll notice the following benefits:

  • Increased hydration
  • Enhanced barrier function
  • Longer-lasting plumpness
  • Antioxidant protection
  • Delayed appearance of aging
  • Less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced skin roughness
  • Restored skin suppleness
  • Improved skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis
  • Reduced skin reactivity and sensitivity

Types of Skin-Identical Ingredients

The skin itself is made up of the following:

  • Sebum: Sebum is the skin’s natural oil or moisturizer. It is made up of 45 percent triglycerides, 25 percent wax esters, 12 percent squalene, 10 percent fatty acids, and 4 percent cholesterol.
  • Epidermis: This is the outer layer of the skin. It’s made up of about 30-35 percent fatty acids, 30-35 percent ceramides, and 30-35 percent cholesterol.

Based on what we know so far about the skin and what we’ve been able to create in terms of skincare ingredients, you can find skin-identical ingredients in the following categories.

Fatty Acids

These help keep the skin soft and supple, moisturizing and smoothing the outer layer. They also act as anti-inflammatory agents, reverse skin sensitivity, aid in wound healing, and protect photo-aging. Fatty acids like those found in the skin are also present in natural oils, butters, squalene, and waxes.

Ceramides

Ceramides (lipids) are a class of fatty acids that make up about 50 percent of the outer skin barrier. Healthy skin contains a lot of them, but they do decrease as we age. This leads to dry skin and an impaired barrier. When you have enough ceramides, they provide an effective barrier against water loss and help the skin protect itself from pathogens and UV radiation.

Cholesterol

Another type of fat, cholesterol helps keep the outer layer moisturized while trapping moisture so it can’t escape. It’s one of the main lipids (fats) found in the skin, playing a role in maintaining barrier integrity.

Natural Moisturizing Factor

This is part of the skin’s own sebum. It’s made up of components that attract and bind water from the atmosphere, drawing it into the cells. Ingredients that mimic the action of these components include:

  • Hyaluronic acid: This compound binds to water and holds it to the skin. It’s found in small amounts within the skin, helping to keep the outer wall of cells moisturized.
  • Glycerin: This moisturizer also helps retain water, keeping the skin nicely hydrated.
  • Proteins and amino acids: Structural proteins within the skin naturally decrease over time. Replenishing these proteins can help support collagen synthesis and rebuild the structural matrix.

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Common Skin-Identical Ingredients

Some common skin-identical ingredients you may find listed on the ingredient label are:

  • Squalane
  • Ceramides
  • Cholesterol
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Phospholipids
  • Natural oils
  • Natural butters (shea butter)
  • Proline
  • Glycerin
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamin E
  • Sodium PCA
  • Acetyl glucosamine

All of our products at CV Skinlabs are formulated with skin-identical ingredients. These formulas allow the skin to receive the nutrients it needs without irritation, sensitization, toxicity, or other side effects. Plus, the solutions strengthen the outer barrier, helping to protect the skin while keeping it moisturized and radiant.

If your skin is dry, irritated, sensitive, suffering from acne flare-ups, red, inflamed, or aging fast, give our products a try. Your skin will be able to absorb and utilize them quickly, and you’re likely to notice a change for the better within just a few weeks!

Did you know what skin-identical ingredients were?

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As a mom, it’s important to you to take care of your baby’s sensitive skin.

But just how do you do that? Do you have to use special products? Are some ingredients in those products potentially dangerous?

Baby’s Sensitive Skin is Different from Your Skin

You probably already knew this to be true, but your baby’s skin is different from yours. Not only is it new and flawless and tender, but there are important differences in how the skin is structured and how it behaves.

Baby’s Skin is Structurally Different

For example, a baby’s skin is structurally different than adult skin. The cells are smaller and the collagen fibers are thinner. Clinical findings have shown that the outermost layer­—called the stratum corneum—is 30 percent thinner than it is in adults. The epidermis, as well—the top layer of skin—is 20 percent thinner.

That means whatever you put on a baby’s skin may more easily penetrate the skin and sink into the deeper layers, potentially making its way to the bloodstream. So choosing your skincare products carefully is even more important when you’re using those products on your baby.

Baby’s Skin Has a Weaker Outer Barrier

Baby’s skin has a weaker skin barrier making the skin more tender.

A newborn’s self-protection mechanisms are not full developed. As a result, babies and children need extra special care to keep their skin hydrated and healthy.

As the baby gets older, the “acid mantle” forms on the surface of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against bacteria, viruses, harsh chemicals, pollutants and other potential irritants.

Baby’s Skin Loses Water More Easily

A baby’s thinner outer layer of skin also means that it may more easily dry out than yours. That outermost layer is not as good at holding water in.

Recent studies showed this to be true. Baby skin was found to have higher rates of transepidermal water loss (TEWL) than adult skin. It was also found to absorb water more than adult skin—a result of that thinner layer—but to then lose this water at a faster rate.

Baby skin contains fewer natural moisturizing factors and lipids (fats) than adult skin as well, which also contributes to moisturization levels.

Baby Skin is More Vulnerable to UV Damage

A baby’s skin—up to the age of one or two—has not yet developed its full protective melanin content. Melanin is the skin’s pigment that helps protect from the sun’s damaging UV rays. In a baby’s skin, the melanin is just getting started. That means that the skin is not as well able to shield itself from the sun’s radiation.

Sun protection for babies, then, is extremely important. Hats, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and socks and shoes, are a must when going out in the sun. Finding shade for your baby or putting the child in a shaded stroller is also recommended.

Baby UV Damage

How to Care for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Considering all these differences, you can see why it’s important to carefully care for your baby’s skin during the first couple of years of life.

We have some key tips on how to do that.

1. Always Protect from the Sun

As noted above, the baby’s skin has not yet developed the melanin it needs to protect itself from damaging ultraviolet rays. That means it’s best to always keep your baby out of the direct sunlight. Use clothes, hats, umbrellas, shade, and covered strollers.

Babies one to six months old are best protected in these ways, rather than with sunscreen. Though zinc oxide is considered a safe sunscreen for children, while a baby’s skin is still developing, it’s best not to expose it to the sun at all.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that you not use sunscreen on a baby under the age of 6 months.

2. Be Cautious About What Skin Care Products You Use

Harsh ingredients in skincare products like fragrances, alcohols, preservatives, and petrolatum products can be particularly damaging to a baby’s sensitive skin. Remember that the outermost layer is not yet developed. That means whatever you put on baby’s skin will likely penetrate the skin and sink into the bloodstream—at least some of it.

So read the ingredient list and use only natural, non-toxic, safe products on your baby’s skin.

Are CV Skinlabs’ Products Safe for Baby’s Sensitive Skin?

Many of you have asked about our CV Skincare products and whether they are safe for baby’s skin. We’re happy to report that yes, they are!

We were careful when designing these products, screening for any harmful ingredients and fragrances, and making sure we included no ingredients with links allergies, dryness, irritation, or sensitivity.

All the products are hypoallergenic, as well. That means you can use them with confidence on even the most sensitive skin—baby’s skin.

We have received many testimonials from moms saying how soothing and nourishing our products are for their babies. It’s also nice that we have such a simple product line. You can use all four products depending on what your baby needs:

Rescue & Relief Spray

A healing moisture spray that’s great for cooling hot rashes, even sunburns, and soothing irritated skin (baby excema). It also helps reduce itching on contact, which particularly helpful as you don’t want your child disturbing their already fragile skin barrier by scratching.

Calming Moisture

This nourishing and moisturizing formula is perfect for baby’s face and scalp. If your baby has cradle cap, apply calming moisture a couple of times daily to keep the skin healthy.

Body Repair Lotion

Rub this soothing lotion over baby’s arms and legs daily to keep skin hydrated and healthy. It’s perfect for eczema, psoriasis, rashy or flaky skin, dry skin, and for applying right after a bath.

Restorative Skin Balm

This repairing balm helps soothe, heal, and protect damaged, severely dry and cracked skin. It’s ideal for diaper rash. You can also use it on bug bites, poison ivy, chapped skin, rashy skin, and any areas needing some extra TLC.

3. Try to Avoid Letting Skin Get Too Dry

Because of that thin outer layer, baby’s skin may be more vulnerable to dryness. Keep an eye on it. If you see patches of dry skin developing, address those with a safe moisturizer. Just make sure that it’s free of perfumes and dyes that can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.

4. Bathe Carefully

The AAP and other health organizations recommend these tips for bath time:

  • Don’t bathe every day. Three baths per week during a baby’s first year may be enough. Bathing more frequently can dry out the skin.
  • Use an infant tub or sink. They are safer than a bathtub for the first six months of a baby’s life.
  • Check the water temperature before putting the baby in. Make sure it feels warm, but not hot. Remember that baby’s skin is more sensitive to heat than yours. Plus, hot water will dry the skin.
  • Use soap sparingly. Soaps can dry out the skin. Use only mild, neutral-pH soaps without additives, and rinse the soap away from the skin right away. Use only mild shampoo or body wash on baby’s hair.
  • Clean gently with a soft cloth.
  • After bathing, pat the baby dry before putting on clothing. If he or she has dry skin, apply moisturizer immediately after patting dry.

5. Avoid Contact Dermatitis Triggers

Many babies struggle with contact dermatitis, which is a type of allergic skin reaction. You may see red and swollen skin or skin that’s dry, cracked, and peeling, or a rash that is itchy with scaly patches.

Try to avoid common triggers for contact dermatitis like harsh soaps and detergents, fragranced products, and certain synthetic fabrics. Dermatitis needs to be moisturized daily. Use skincare products with safe and effective ingredients to help counteract the dryness and flaking.

What steps do you take to care for a baby’s sensitive skin?

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If your skin is tender and irritated, what you need are some skin-soothing ingredients.

But just what are they?

What are Skin-Soothing Ingredients?

Skin-soothing ingredients are those that help calm reactive skin, reducing inflammation and redness and allowing the skin to feel more comfortable again.

If you have skincare solutions with these ingredients in them, your skin should look and feel calmer when you use them. They work to diminish redness and blotchiness, stopping any sources of distress that are causing your skin to react.

As a bonus, many skin-soothing ingredients can also help reduce the signs of aging!

Best Skin-Soothing Ingredients

The following skin-soothing ingredients can be used by all skin types, even those with sensitive, reddened, and irritated skin. They are gentle but effective and will help you feel better about how your skin looks and feels.

1. Bisabolol

Derived mainly from the chamomile plant, alpha-bisabolol is famous for helping to soothe the skin. It is a naturally occurring compound that is the primary constituent of the essential oil from German chamomile.

This ingredient helps tame irritation, calm inflammation, and even fight off bacteria and other microbes. It’s high in panthenol (a B vitamin), which helps moisturize and heal the skin. It’s been used for centuries to condition the skin while reducing dryness, flakiness, and damage.

We also know that bisabolol can stimulate the skin’s healing process, helping it heal itself.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 2. Curcumin

Curcumin is one of the main compounds in the turmeric root. Turmeric is related to ginger and is used to create a bright, yellow-orange spice called curry. But it also has powerful health benefits to the skin because of the curcumin in it.

We know, for instance, that curcumin can help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation and oxidation. If you have irritated skin, curcumin can be a powerful ally in helping it calm down.

Curcumin can also positively affect collagen, stimulating production and helping to encourage regeneration and skin firmness. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can even help you with eczema and psoriasis flare-ups, as it calms the skin’s reactions.

If you have acne, you should also look for turmeric. Its antimicrobial properties help keep pores clean and clear-up acne breakouts while reducing acne scarring.

Skin Soothing Restorative Balm3. Beta-Glucan

Derived primarily from oats, but also from yeast, fungi, and seaweed, beta-glucan is often used as a skin-soothing agent. It’s a polysaccharide (complex sugar) that you may ingest in food, but you can also apply it to your skin.

This ingredient has several properties that help soothe skin:

  • Humectant: It attracts water to the top layers of skin, helping to moisturize and prevent dryness. This also helps to reinforce the skin barrier so it’s less likely to react to irritants. Beta-glucan is considered just as good at this as hyaluronic acid, if not better.
  • Regenerator: Some research shows that beta-glucan can help in the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, bedsores, wounds, and burns.
  • Plumper: Because it’s deeply moisturizing, it can help penetrate the skin to effectively plump up fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Antioxidant: Beta-glucan recruits immune cells to attack unwanted outsiders from pollution, UV rays, and more. This can help protect sensitive skin.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 4. Aloe Vera

This ingredient has a stellar reputation as a skin-soothing agent. It’s moisturizing and protective, and also rich in vitamins that help shore up the skin’s outer barrier. These include vitamins A, C, E, and B12, which also help lock in moisture without exacerbating oiliness.

Aloe vera absorbs easily, which means the skin benefits from it immediately. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling, and it also helps support the production and release of collagen to help heal wounds faster.

We also know that aloe vera is an effective antioxidant, protecting the skin from damaging free radicals. Use it to help repair sun damage and slow down the aging process in the skin.

5. Sea Buckthorn Oil

This natural oil comes from a flowering shrub (Hippophaes rhamnoides) also called the Siberian pineapple. It produces small berries that can be cold-pressed into pulp or oil.

One of the unique things about this ingredient is that the berries can contain up to 10 times more vitamin C than an orange, and they are the third-highest source of vitamin E among plants. Both of these nutrients are key for calming and protecting sensitive skin. Vitamin C and E are also antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage.

Sea buckthorn oil is a powerful moisturizer. It contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid that is found naturally in sebum (skin oil). The skin drinks it up, which improves overall moisture levels and prevents moisture loss.

All of these properties make sea buckthorn oil very soothing. You may be surprised to find that it also fades your hyperpigmentation and improves overall skin tone.

Skin-Soothing Ingredients 6. Calendula

Calendula is another natural ingredient derived from marigold flowers. The oil contains healthful flavonoids that act as antioxidants, protecting the skin from environmental damage.

It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing redness, soothing eczema flare-ups, and helping wounds to heal. Use it to help skin heal from acne, sunburn, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.

Calendula has an almost magical ability to increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin. That stimulates healing and regeneration and can have your skin feeling better quickly. It’s ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin, as the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties banish blemishes and redness.

The oil is light in texture but very moisturizing. It hydrates skin to make dryness and flakiness things of the past and absorbs easily into the deepest layers of skin.

Skin Soothing Reishi7. Reishi Mushroom

Also called the Lingzhi mushroom, this natural fungus shines when it comes to taming inflammation. But it can do so much more than that.

Polysaccharides—types of sugars in Reishi—have protective and replenishing effects. They promote a healthy skin barrier while improving the skin’s ability to hang onto moisture.

Reishi also has terpenes, antioxidant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. When working together, polysaccharides and terpenes help restore and soothe the skin while helping delay the appearance of aging.

Reishi even contains beta-glucan, which as we noted above, is highly moisturizing.

Finally, Reishi is known to help the skin become less reactive to stress from the environment. After you use it for a while, you may notice that your skin is less sensitive than it used to be.

Find All of These Skin-Soothing Ingredients at CV Skinlabs

Where can you find all these star skin-soothing ingredients? At CV Skinlabs! All of our products contain all of these ingredients, which makes sense. We created them to be soothing and suitable for all types of skin, even the most sensitive.

Do you look for skin-soothing ingredients in your skincare products?

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PracThe Do you know what helps heal a damaged skin barrier?

You may not have thought about it. You’re focused on fixing fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, dryness, and irritation.

Thing is, all of these are signs of a damaged skin barrier. This is the outermost layer of skin that helps seal in moisture and provides protection to the skin cells underneath.

When this barrier is damaged, you lose moisture and your skin is more likely to be damaged by the sun and other environmental assaults. The result? Sagging, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, irritation, and more.

To help heal the damage, we’ve got 8 star ingredients you’ll want to look for in your skincare products.

Damaged Skin Barrier Healer 1: Beta Glucan

Beta-glucan is a type of fiber found in healthy foods like oats, wheat, and barley. It’s not only good for you when you eat it, but it’s good for the skin too.

Anyone with a compromised skin barrier should use beta-glucan. It’s a humectant moisturizer, which means it pulls moisture into the skin. But it does more than that. It also helps repair skin cells, prevent further damage, plump skin to make it look smoother, and calm irritation.

Oat beta-glucan was found in one study to penetrate deeply into the skin and significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2: Aloe Vera

Aloe is known to be a soothing, healing ingredient. You know how it feels on a new sunburn! That’s the natural anti-inflammatory properties going to work for you.

These same properties help heal a damaged skin barrier, calming inflammation and soothing irritations. Aloe is naturally hydrating, and contains vitamins A and C, too, which help repair damaged skin and boost brightness.

Damaged Skin Barrier Healer 3: Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea buckthorn is a flowering shrub that produces little orange berries. Cold-pressing these berries produces a smooth oil that is rich in vitamin C. Sea buckthorn berries can carry 10 times as much vitamin C as an orange! They’re also high in vitamin E. Both of these vitamins act as antioxidants, protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.

The oil contains linoleic acid as well, which is found naturally in skin sebum (oil). This makes the oil naturally hydrating, and with regular use, it can help prevent and treat dryness. Other benefits include fading hyperpigmentation, protecting against germs and infection, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is a common spice used around the world, but it’s also a wonderful skincare ingredient. Its main claim to fame is its powerful ability to reduce inflammation. Many studies have shown that it does a great job at this.

By reducing inflammation, turmeric helps heal a damaged skin barrier. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which go on to protect the skin from further damage. And like sea buckthorn oil, it has antimicrobial benefits too, which means it will help kill bacteria and save the skin from infections and breakouts.

In a 2016 review, researchers found that turmeric provided significant improvement in those with skin diseases like acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and photoaging.

Reishi MushroomDamaged Skin Barrier Healer 5: Reishi Mushroom

Mushrooms are some of the latest superstar ingredients in skincare. Practitioners used them in traditional medicine for centuries, but it’s only recently that the beauty industry has discovered them.

Reishi mushroom, in particular, has a lot of properties that help heal a damaged skin barrier. These include:

  • Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation, allowing the skin to repair itself.
  • Anti-redness: tames redness, giving skin a healthier appearance.
  • Antioxidant: protects from damaging free radicals.
  • Anti-wrinkle: fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Interestingly enough, Reishi contains beta-glucans, our first ingredient! This helps attract moisture to the skin while other properties of the mushroom go to work promoting skin regeneration and healing.

6. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is a shrub that grows in the dry regions of northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The oil comes from the seeds and has a variety of skin-care benefits. It also helps hair regrowth.

Jojoba is particularly good for those with a damaged skin barrier. It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and has a high concentration of wax esters that fill in cracks and smooth out damaged skin. In a 2018 study, researchers noted that jojoba oil is “a good repair option” for those with damaged skin barriers, particularly those suffering from eczema, dermatitis, and acne.

They added that because of its anti-inflammatory effects, jojoba also has the potential for use in skin infections and skin aging.

Damaged Skin Barrier Healer 7: Bisabolol

Bisabolol comes from chamomile and other plants and helps soothe skin. Companies use it in formulas designed for sensitive skin, because it helps calm and ease irritations and inflammation. It also seems to have some ability to fade discolorations.

A thick, oily liquid, bisabolol penetrates deeply into the skin, reducing inflammation even after sunburns. Chamomile itself is known as a skin healer. Bisabolol, which is a concentrated form of chamomile, can help speed up the healing process even more, while its anti-microbial properties help protect from infection.

Rich in panthenol—a natural humectant—bisabolol pulls moisture into the skin, fighting dryness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen production, helping promote healing and keeping the skin firm.

Skin Care Damaged Skin Barrier8. Vitamin E

Manufacturers have used Vitamin E for decades in skincare products, and for good reason.

First, it’s a powerful antioxidant, so it protects against damage from free radicals. Next, it’s naturally moisturizing, so it fights dryness and keeps the skin supple. In fact, it works both as a humectant—attracting moisture to the skin—and an emollient, which traps water in the skin. This makes it excellent as a skin-repairing ingredient.

Third, it penetrates deeply into the skin, soothing and healing the skin barrier and closing the cracks in it to help prevent moisture from escaping. Because it’s fat-soluble, it preserves the lipids (fats) in the skin, keeping it plump and firm.

In a 2016 study, researchers noted that vitamin E has been in use for more than 50 years in dermatology, as it protects skin from sun damage while fighting off free radical damage. Vitamin E also helps reduce inflammation, making it perfect for those with eczema and dermatitis.

Do Your Skin Care Products Contain These Damaged Skin Barrier Healers?

Other ingredients help heal a damaged skin barrier, but those listed above are some of the heavy hitters.

Check your skincare products. Do they contain these ingredients? If you use CV Skinlabs, they do! Look at the ingredient decks and you’ll see!

Do your skin products contain ingredients that help heal a damaged skin barrier?

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From time to time we get questions about ratings in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which rates the safety of cosmetics.

Although we support EWG which is responsible for the Skin Deep site, we also have serious issues with it. The methods it has for assessing products is done without any discussion with the manufacturer and, therefore, leads to inaccurate information. For example, it has assumed that we use nanotechnology in our sunscreens which is not true. We have tried to enter into a discussion with them about this but they are unresponsive and have not replied to phone calls or e-mails. They also pay no attention to quantities used in a product. For example, they rate everything the same whether it’s 50% of the formula or .005%. This is hugely important since ingredients are toxic at different levels. Homeopathy, for example, says that there is no such thing as a toxic ingredient, just toxic amounts.

EWG gives us a toxic rating on our 24 karat food-grade gold because they rate it as colloidal gold which it isn’t. They rate the lakes we use toxic because commonly lakes and FD&C dyes are made from petroleum – ours aren’t. The lakes we use are natural dyes bonded to a calcium substrate. We do everything we can to make our products as clean as possible.

If you have an issue with a particular ingredient, please don’t hesitate to ask us about it. We will explain why we use it and how it is derived. Contact us at [email protected]

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Strolling down the aisle of your local supermarket or drugstore, you might be faced with a tower of shampoos and conditioners. There are various products on the market that claim to be a shampoo that promotes hair growth. From this selection of advanced hair growth shampoo bottles, you will see many claims to the miracle cure for hair growth.

Truths and myths about effective hair growth shampoo ingredients

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Some of these ingredients in hair growth shampoo have roots in clinical research. However, these claims are not always what they seem. To help you make sense of it all, this article aims to clarify some of the truths and myths about effective hair growth shampoo ingredients.

Chemical vs. Natural Shampoo for Hair Growth

The shampoos of the past were renowned for being aggressive and often harmful to hair if overused. The reality is that things have come a long way since then. Modern products, like Viviscal Gentle Shampoo, have done away with the aggressive chemicals of the past, and replaced them with ingredients from predominantly natural sources. A gentle shampoo is good for daily use, so this is definitely a big thumbs up for the natural option.

Biotin in Shampoo for Hair Growth

Some products promote the topical application of biotin in shampoo. It is true that there is a connection between the consumption of biotin and promoting hair growth from within. Another good bet is to ensure that your diet is rich in this and other important vitamins for healthy hair growth.

Caffeine in Shampoo for Hair Growth

There are some recent scientific studies that indicate some connection between the application of caffeine for hair loss. However, at this point, there is a lot of conflicting information out there.  Until research is a little more galvanized, I for one will be keeping my caffeine in my morning cup of coffee!

Niacin in Shampoo for Hair Growth

The compound Niacin (Vitamin B3) is one of many essential nutrients that is required to keep your body happy and healthy. While there are patchy claims about its inclusion in shampoos, it is without doubt an essential part of our nutritional health. Niacin can easily be supplemented into your diet, along with various other important ingredients, by taking Viviscal hair growth vitamins.

I’m sure you can see a trend emerging here! The real link between these substances and hair growth is the link between meeting your body’s nutritional requirements adequately. In order to create a great environment for the promotion of existing hair growth, it is important to supply a range of nutrients. These are available in varying quantities in different food groups, but for those seeking a simpler solution, there is the Viviscal comprehensive approach to hair care.

By ensuring that your body has the nutrients it needs, and providing you with a gentler shampoo and moisturizing conditioner, Viviscal provides a simpler solution towards thicker and fuller hair.

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Which cosmetic ingredients are bad for the environment?

Though the beauty industry has made progress when it comes to using safe and non-toxic ingredients, there are still a few out there that you’ll want to avoid if possible.

Just like other products we use in our modern-day lives, cosmetics are negatively affecting our environment. Many of these products contain plasticizers, surfactants, and chemicals linked to toxic effects on humans and the environment.

We wash these products down the drain or dispose of them in the trash, which means the toxins in the products and the packaging can get into our waterways and eco-systems where they can harm wildlife, and potentially come back to harm us too.

Below, we list some of the most damaging ingredients that you may still find in your cosmetics. You can read labels to avoid them in many cases, though in some instances the ingredients are by-products so they won’t show up on the label.

Buying from reputable companies—like CV Skinlabs!—that use only safe ingredients is another good way to protect yourself and the planet.

8 Cosmetic Ingredients that are Bad for the Environment

1. Chemical Sunscreens

Sunscreens like oxybenzone and octinoxate have been found to have a damaging effect on coral reefs. When they are flushed away into the water, they end up in coral reefs where they increase vulnerability to bleaching and prevent coral growth.

In a 2016 study, a team of international scientists found that oxybenzone enters the environment through wastewater and directly from swimmers wearing sunscreens. There, it creates four toxic effects, including DNA damage and gross deformities of baby coral. The authors of the study concluded that sunscreen alternatives could protect coral reefs.

These ingredients appear on the product label. We suggest using zinc or titanium dioxide, which are not only safer for the environment but for you as well.

Cosmetic Ingredients Bad for the Environment #2. Triclosan

This antibacterial agent is a popular ingredient when it comes to avoiding germs, but it has been found to harm algae and marine life. The FDA has also banned its use in antiseptic washes because it may increase the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

You can find this ingredient on the label. Look for triclosan-free soaps, sanitizers, and toothpaste.

3. Parabens

This ingredient, though it has decreased in recent years, is still found in some cosmetics. A preservative, it has been linked to cancer in some studies and has been found in the tissues of marine mammals like dolphins, sea otters, and polar bears.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) also reports that these chemicals may cause reproductive issues in animals and kill coral reefs.

You can find this ingredient on the labels of some lotions, shampoos and conditioners, makeup, shaving gels, deodorants, and more. Look for words like propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben.

Cosmetic Ingredients Bad for the Environment #4. Chemical Fragrances

Stanford University reported in 2004 that household fragrances may be harming aquatic wildlife.

They tested chemical fragrances found in soaps, shampoos, deodorants, detergents, and other similar products on California mussels. They noted that these synthetic fragrances can get into the environment through sewers and drains.

In their study, the fragrances compromised the mussels’ ability to defend themselves, meaning that any future exposure to chemicals would be even more damaging to them. Humans could be similarly affected, in that exposure to chemical fragrances could make it easier for pollutants to enter the brain.

You can avoid synthetic fragrances by reading labels. If you see the word “fragrance” without an explanation, that means that an unknown number of chemicals may have been used to create the smell. Look for fragrance-free products or those that use natural ingredients like essential oils to create a pleasant scent.

5. Plastics

National Geographic reports that the amount of plastic packaging in U.S. products has increased by over 120 times since 1960, with almost 70 percent of that waste piling up in landfills.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that containers and packaging amounted to 82.2 million tons of solid waste in 2018. Meanwhile, about 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, and cosmetic containers contribute a great amount to that total.

Millions of fish and birds die from the complications of plastic being in and around the sea, but humans are at risk too. Plastic microfibers have been found in tap water and over 100 aquatic species consumed by humans.

Many beauty brands are taking notice of the issue, and working to make their packaging more sustainable. Here at CV Skinlabs, we use bottles and tubes that are recyclable, BPA/BPS-free and PFAS-free. We also print our product information on the inside of the boxes, to save resources, and are working towards utilizing post-consumer recycled materials as they become more readily available.

Our recycle codes are visible on our bottles, but it can be hard to determine whether you can recycle other beauty product packages. Your best approach is to research the company and find out whether they care about creating sustainable packaging.

You can also limit your use of single-use products, and look for packages you can refill and reuse.

Cosmetics Ingredients Bad for the Environment #6. BHT and BHA

These are popular preservatives often used in moisturizers, makeup, body lotions, deodorants, and shampoos. They are suspected of being hormone disruptors, but they are also linked to environmental harm.

They can cause genetic mutations in amphibians, for example, and can alter behavior and even cause death in fish and shellfish. You can see these on the label, so all you have to do is avoid products that use them.

7. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

This is a plasticizing chemical—one of a class of chemicals called “phthalates.” You may find it in nail polishes to prevent them from becoming brittle, as well as in some hairsprays and insect repellants.

DBP can get into the environment when nail polish is removed and discarded down the drain or into the trash. It accumulates in the environment and affects a wide variety of aquatic species. As it builds up, it may alter behavior, genetics, growth, and reproduction.

You can find DBP on the label as one of the following ingredients:

  • 1,2 benzenedicarboxylic acid
  • DBP (ester) or dibutyl ester
  • Butyl phthalate
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylate

There may be other variations on these names as well, including celluflex DBP. Manufacturers may use it as a fragrance ingredient. If so, you probably won’t see it listed, but will see only “fragrance” instead.

8. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

PFAS are a toxic class of chemicals found in everything from nonstick cookware to carpets to firefighting foams. Investigators have found some PFAS to contaminate drinking water in many locations around the country. Studies have linked them to an increased risk of health issues including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low birthweight, and cancer.

PFAS may also be found in cosmetics. Manufacturers sometimes add them to increase the durability and water-resistance of the product. In a recent study, scientists analyzed 231 cosmetic products—including concealers, eye makeup, foundations, lip color, and mascara—for fluorine, a marker of PFAS.

Overall, 52 percent of these products had high levels of fluorine, suggesting that the cosmetics contained high levels of PFAS. Mascaras, foundations, and liquid lipsticks were the most likely to have higher levels.

The results of this study prompted legislators to introduce a “No PFAS in Cosmetics” Act to ban PFAS completely from personal care products. It remains to be seen whether the legislation will pass.

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell currently whether your product has these chemicals or not. To try to reduce your exposure, limit how much makeup you use and how often you use it. Also, consider removing it as soon as you get home, or wipe off lip products before eating.

CV Skinlabs’ Commitment to Avoiding Cosmetics that are Bad for the Environment

We’re happy to report that at CV Skinlabs, we have been conscious of toxic ingredients from the beginning. When we were creating our products, we made sure to avoid all ingredients with toxic effects against humans or the environment.

Then we took extra steps to make our packaging recyclable and to minimize the resources used to create it.

But we didn’t stop there. Our work with sustainability is ever evolving. We regularly review our sustainability practices so that we can continue to reduce our impact on the environment.

You can feel good about using our products, knowing that they’re safe for everyone in the family as well as for the environment.

Do you avoid cosmetics that are bad for the environment?

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5 Botanical Ingredients with Skin Benefits

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When you live in New England, there are years when it seems like winter lasts forever. It’s officially Spring, but our flower beds have yet to bloom. Soon enough, we’ll have bright petals and sweet scents, but until then, we’ll have to indulge our passion for plants in other ways. This April, we’re celebrating National Garden Month by highlighting our botanical ingredients.

botanical ingredients

Commonly, flowers appear in two ingredient forms: an extract or an essential oil. The skin care benefits are similar in both versions, but the oils are more concentrated. If you scroll through our Ingredient Glossary, you’ll find a bouquet of botanicals from Aloe to Zingiber Officinale Root (also know as Ginger Root). Choosing our favorite is near impossible, so we decided to focus on flowers. Read on to learn about skin benefits for our favorite florals.

5 Flowers with Skin Care Benefits

Roses

First, let’s talk about the ever-beautiful rose. It comes in almost as many ingredient formulations as it has petals. In our products, you will see rose waters and extracts from a variety of different species. Here are some quick facts:

  • We derive these ingredients from the petals and flowers of the plant.
  • Rose has antioxidant, anti-irritant, skin-conditioning and aromatic properties.
  • The ingredient is in: BeautyPrep Face Toner, BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer, HandDrink Hand Cream, Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stains and Smell the Roses Hydration Spray.

BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer $45.00

Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain $25.00

Smell The Roses Hydration Spray $30.00

Honeysuckle Flower

Honeysuckle Flower Extract is a potent antioxidant that has strong cleansing properties and lovely fragrance. It can be found in our Smooth Affair Facial Primers, Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, HandDrink Hand Cream, and Zap & Hide Concealer.

Smooth Affair Facial Primers $48.00

Glow Time Mineral BB Cream $48.00

HandDrink Hand Cream $29.00

Chamomile Flower

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract is made from the heads of chamomile flowers. Chamomile works the same in beauty products as it does in tea: it soothes and conditions. You can find this skin-calming flower in BeautyPrep Face Toner, D2O Hydration Spray, Balance Hydration Spray, and our Eye Pencil.

D2O Hydration Spray $30.00

Balance Hydration Spray $30.00

Eye Pencil $15.00

Lavender Flower

Lavandula Angustifolia Oil comes from certified organic lavender. It soothes and calms irritated skin and is used in: BeautyPrep Face Toner, Dream Tint Tinted Mouistizer and Zap & Hide Concealer.

BeautyPrep Face Toner $33.00

Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer $41.00

Zap & Hide Concealer $29.00

Lotus Flower

Lotus Corniculatus Extract is obtained from the Lotus Flower. We included it in LipDrink Lip Balm and PureGloss Lip Gloss for its moisturizing, calming and protective qualities.

LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm $15.00

PureGloss Lip Gloss $26.00


We Want to Know

What are your favorite plants and flowers? Check out our Ingredient Glossary to find out if the plant is include in our products. You’ll also discover how the ingredient benefits your skin.

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The news was startling: an online pharmacy had found harmful ingredients in sunscreen.

Yet you need sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

What to do?

Study Shows Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Valisure LLC, an online pharmacy, recently issued a press release warning that it found benzene—a known carcinogen—in 78 sunscreens and after-sun products.

Benzene is a colorless or light yellow chemical that has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. It evaporates into the air very quickly and dissolves only slightly in water. It is found naturally in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, and is also used to make plastics, resins, nylon and synthetic fibers, some types of lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” based on sufficient evidence that the chemical can cause acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Exposure has also been linked with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also classify benzene as a known human carcinogen.

Long-term exposure to benzene can also increase the risk of:

  • Anemia (low red blood cell count)
  • A low white blood cell count
  • A low platelet count

How Valisure Found the Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Valisure regularly tests the products it sells, and this time tested sunscreens. Specifically, investigators looked at six different sunscreen ingredients:

  1. Avobenzone
  2. Oxybenzone
  3. Octisalate
  4. Octinoxate
  5. Homosalate
  6. Octocyclene

The company acquired sunscreen and after-sun care product samples from many retailers and in many different formulations. Of course, this was only a small sample and didn’t include all sun care products.

Results showed that multiple samples contained significantly detectable benzene. Some batches contained up to 3.1 times the “conditional” safe limit. The FDA has no safe limit for benzene, but it does allow 2 parts per million (ppm) if use is “unavoidable in order to produce a product with therapeutic benefits.” But benzene isn’t necessary for sunscreen production, so it shouldn’t contain any benzene.

The results varied from batch to batch, even within a single brand.

  • Benzene was found in 43 out of 224 sunscreens and in 8 out of 48 after-sun products.
  • Among sunscreens, the highest average concentrations of benzene (2-6 ppm) were in four sprays from the same brand (Neutrogena).
  • The next highest average concentrations were in 12 products that were primarily sprays but included 4 lotions.
  • Active ingredients in contaminated products were also listed in products that were not contaminated, so there’s no way to tell by the ingredients list which ones may contain benzene.

Valisure noted that these results are concerning because of recent findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that showed sunscreen active ingredients are absorbed into the bloodstream even after a single-use. Other studies show that the application of sunscreen specifically increases the absorption rate of benzene through the skin.

Chemical Ingredients SunscreenValisure Requests Recall of Products with Harmful Ingredients

Valisure sent a citizen’s petition to the FDA requesting a recall of the products they found to contain benzene. Though only some had high levels, Valisure requested the recall of all lots that contained the carcinogen. The affected products include those coming from the following brands:

  • Neutrogena
  • Sun Bum
  • CVS Health
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • Raw Elements
  • SunBurnt
  • Goodsense
  • Banana Boat
  • TopCare Everyday
  • EltaMD

Keep in mind that not all suncare products from these brands were contaminated. You can check tables 2 and 3 in Valisure’s petition to find the exact products and the results.

How to Avoid Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen

Considering these test results, you may be wondering how you can be sure that the sunscreen you’re purchasing is safe. We have some tips to help.

1. Look for Physical Sunscreens

You can make it simple to avoid benzene in sunscreen by choosing only those sunscreens that use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients.

These are called mineral sunscreens, and they form a protective seal over the surface of the skin, reflecting away UV light. Chemical sunscreens (like avobenzone and oxybenzone) contain compounds that absorb UV light and prevent it from penetrating the skin.

None of the sunscreens tested used mineral sunscreens. They all used chemical sunscreen ingredients that can be changed with exposure to the sun. Zinc oxide is considered the safest sunscreen ingredient you can use—safe even for children.

2. Check the Environmental Working Group’s Website

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests sunscreens every year and lists their safest ones on their website. You can search their list, or type in a sunscreen you have already purchased to see how safe it is. The EWG also offers a free guide to safer sunscreens.

3. Choose One that Has an SPF of at Least 30

Doctors recommend that you use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. Lower than that probably won’t give you the protection you need. Higher than that isn’t necessarily better.

Look also for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label. That means it protects against both UVB and UVA rays, and you need that protection.

4. Look for Dangerous Ingredients

When choosing a sunscreen, it’s best to avoid the following potentially dangerous ingredients:

  • Oxybenzone: Scientific studies have linked this active ingredient with hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
  • Octinoxate: Also linked to hormone disruption, and is known to harm coral reefs.
  • Homosalate: Linked to hormone disruption and may enhance the absorption of pesticides, including bug sprays.
  • Retinyl palmitate: This is a form of vitamin A that has been linked to skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin.
  • Other toxic ingredients: These include parabens, phthalate, PEG, and synthetic fragrances.

5. Avoid Spray Sunscreens

These may be convenient to use, but they disperse the ingredients in tiny droplets you may inhale. Those inhaled droplets can then enter your lungs and move into your bloodstream. It’s safer to use gels, creams, and lotions.

6. Avoid Combined Sunscreen/Bug Repellant Products

How convenient to apply your sunscreen and bug repellant at the same time! This isn’t wise, though, as studies suggest these combinations lead to increased skin absorption of the ingredients, which you don’t want, particularly with some toxic ingredients. Continue to buy and use these two products separately.

7. Check the Water Resistance

If you’re going to be sweating or swimming, make sure your sunscreen is water-resistant. These can not only protect you better in water but will last longer when you’re active and sweating.

The FDA has banned manufacturers from labeling their sunscreens as “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” Instead, labels can say “water-resistant” if the sunscreen has proven to remain effective in water for either 40 or 80 minutes.

Rescue + Relief Spray SunscreenAfter the Sun? Forget the Harmful Ingredients

What about after sun care?

We recommend our Rescue + Relief Spray. It has no ingredients in it that can degrade to benzene. It’s full of nurturing ingredients that will help whisk heat away from the skin, cooling it down and repairing any sun damage.

It works so well that “Allure” named this “One of the Best All Natural Beauty Products.” For extra cooling, store it in the refrigerator or cooler.

How do you find safe sunscreen?


Sources
Benzene in sunscreens, after-sun sprays, gels, lotions and creams. (2021, May 25). ConsumerLab.com. https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/benzene-contamination-in-sunscreen-and-aftersun/benzene-sunscreen/

Benzene. (n.d.). American Cancer Society | Information and Resources about for Cancer: Breast, Colon, Lung, Prostate, Skin. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/benzene.html

Valisure detects benzene in sunscreen. (2021, May 25). Valisure. https://www.valisure.com/blog/valisure-news/valisure-detects-benzene-in-sunscreen/

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