The Beauty of Bamboo

  Adjectives … that describe the effect bamboo extract has on your skin:   Radiant.   Bamboo is rich in silica, an organic compound found in collagen, which is essential in maintaining skin elasticity. Free radicals and aging deplete your skin of collagen, but silica regenerates it and gives your skin a radiant glow. Silky smooth.  Gently […]

Vitamin C: Still One of the Best!

Vitamin C continues to be one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market today.   Winter is over.  Spring is renewal season. It’s time to revitalize your skin with Vitamin C.   Why Vitamin C is essential to revitalizing and age proofing your skin: Promotes overall skin health. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C neutralizes free […]

Jojoba oil … naturally.

Did you know that jojoba oil is so similar to the oil (sebum) your body naturally produces that your skin can hardly tell the difference? The jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) plant is a woody perennial shrub that grows in the dry regions of northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.  Its name originates from the word Hohowi, […]

Reset Your Skin’s Aging Clock

  Plant Stem Cells: Reduce aging by up to 50%   Plant stem cells are one of the most potent ingredients in the skin care world today.  They are absolutely vital for skin cell regeneration and for maintaining a youthful appearance.   Include Plant Stem Cell products into your skin care protocol at least once […]

Spice in your skin care?

Turmeric:  the golden “youth spice”       Throughout the centuries, Ayurvedic literature has cited over 100 different terms for turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases,” and matrimanika, meaning “as beautiful as moonlight.”  Turmeric juice aided the healing of wounds and bruises, and turmeric paste was applied to a variety of […]

What’s in Your Vitamin C Serum?

When formulated into a serum, it is critical that Vitamin C is in a stable form.  Otherwise, it will lose its potency over time and become less effective.  BRIGHTEN Vitamin C Serum contains two stable forms of Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid polypeptide Ascorbyl palmitate     Ascorbic acid in the polypeptide form … is a […]

Hibiscus: Best Kept Beauty Secret

Why hibiscus oil?     With a magical reputation for increasing skin elasticity, hibiscus oil has an exceptional ability to inhibit the activity of breaking down your skin’s elastin, which encourages skin firmness and tone. Hibiscus oil also has other significant beauty benefits.   Firms and tones.  If there is one flower that has botox […]

Hyaluronic Acid: Fact vs. Fiction

Hyaluronic acid — the facts: It is a humectant.  A critical ingredient that helps your skin attract and retain moisture.  Results:  plumper, more youthful looking skin with fewer wrinkles! It is a hydrator — not just any hydrator.  It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water.  One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold […]

Carrot Seed Oil: not just for royalty

Queen Anne of Great Britain is said to be the Queen Anne for which the wild carrot plant is named.  According to legend, it is so called because the flower resembles lace, which Queen Anne was very adept at making. Supposedly, the red flower in the middle represents a blood droplet where she pricked herself […]

AgeLESS and CoQ10

What is CoQ10 and why do I care? CoQ10 (also known as ubiquinone or coenzyme Q10) is an enzyme that we produce naturally in our bodies, consume in our diets, and can apply to our skin externally through products.  It is similar to a vitamin (sometimes called vitamin Q) and is found internally in every […]

The B’s

Inside and out, Vitamin B’s are critical for optimal health … including the health of your skin!   Vitamin B5 Also known as panthenol or pantothenic acid, Vitamin B5 is a member of the powerful B-complex vitamin family.  A natural skin healer and protectant, it does much more than just moisturize! Plumper skin — a […]

Strawberry Seed Oil + BRIGHTEN

We occasionally super boost our BRIGHTEN Vitamin C Serum with strawberry seed oil, a powerful anti-aging carrier oil often overlooked in the world of organic skin care (p.s.  it does not smell like strawberries!)   You know what BRIGHTEN does …  repairs wrinkles and fine lines refines skin texture restores brightness and luminosity lightens age […]

Down the Silk Road

The use of silk began in China and was confined to that country until the opening of the Silk Road.  Starting in the 4th century BC, silk began to reach the West by merchants who would exchange it for gold, ivory, horses or precious stones.  Although silk was exported to foreign countries in great amounts, […]

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid

Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin, botanical hyaluronic acid is the most effective hydrating agent in the skin care world today. It does not clog pores, penetrates deeply and will plump up your skin for a radiant dewy […]

Bulgarian Rose (Rosa damascena)

The fragrance of Bulgarian rose has inspired poets and lovers throughout the ages. No other flower has had as many admirers or has been written about as much as the rose. The most precious of all oils, it takes 5,000 pounds of Bulgarian rose petals to produce one pound of Bulgarian rose oil. The rose […]

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

A complex essential oil with over 160 constituents identified so far, French lavender oil is balancing, soothing, relaxing and helps create a feeling of calmness. It reacts in accordance with whatever the body needs at the current time. In skin care, French lavender oil is beneficial for every skin type and is healing for sunburn, […]

Silk Peptide Amino Acid Complex

Silk Peptide The use of silk began in China and was confined to that country until the opening of the Silk Road.  Starting in the 4th century BC, silk began to reach the West by merchants who would exchange it for gold, ivory, horses or precious stones.  Although silk was exported to foreign countries in […]

Milk Thistle: Slow the Aging Process!

  Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Milk thistle is a plant that has been used for centuries as a treatment for liver and gall bladder disorders.  In medieval medical books, it was recommended as “good for an inflamed liver.”  The active complex in milk thistle is silymarin, known for detoxifying, regenerating and stabilizing cell membranes.  When […]

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Frankincense has been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for nearly 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned frankincense during religious ceremonies. Ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads from the Phoenicians, using it in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores. It was also a key ingredient […]