As you know, oxygen creams and inhalations of oxygen is still been offered by many beauticians. In order to inform you why we do not utilize oxygen in its products, we give a brief introduction to the subject.
Marketing people try to take advantage of the customer’s wrong feeling that oxygen always has a positive effect. However, skin and the entire organism are supplied with an appropriate quantity of oxygen via the lungs and the blood circulation system so any additional supply with oxygen creams and oxygen inhalations does not make any sense at all. Inhalation of oxygen is a matter of medical treatment and emergency when the oxygen supply of the tissue and body cells is not sufficient due to pathological factors in the blood circulation.
Although it is highly questionable whether oxygen creams supply the skin with significant quantities of oxygen, the pretended oxygen increase of 100% in advertisements is definitely not recommendable, moreover, it has an adverse affect on a normal, healthy skin. Consulting a physiology book shows immediately that not the highest possible quantity of oxygen is best for the organism and the skin, but rather the right and adequate concentration of oxygen, which is guaranteed by the normal blood circulation. It is important to realize that too much oxygen is poisonous for the cell enzymes resulting in harm to the cell and its function. Clearly, this should not be the objective of cosmetic treatment. As far as we know there has not been any harm by oxygen creams, however. So we conclude that oxygen creams do not in fact contain considerable quantities of oxygen. Fluoric hydrocarbons as a solvent are necessary to channel oxygen into the skin, but the metabolism of fluoric hydrocarbons in the human body has not yet been explored and negative effects for the organism seem to be possible. This is the reason why fluoric hydrocarbons have been banned in medicine!
So any positive effect of oxygen in cosmetics is more than questionable whereas the risks are significant.
Published by: Ron on August 31st, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare, Mens Skincare
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The right selection of oils for a very successful is of great importance. Mineral oils are of course significantly cheaper, but do not create the same comfortable feeling and do not contain the precious ingredients as natural vegetable oils. The most obvious advantage of mineral oils, however, is that they cause an impermeable film (occlusion effect) on the skin which affects the natural lipid barrier of the skin, causing loss of water in the skin after stopping the use of the product. The result is that the skin becomes dry, scaly and uncomfortable. This effect may even occur after cheap mineral oils has been replaced by high-quality vegetable oils since the latter don’t cause an occlusion effect on the skin, but rather cause the natural lipid barrier to rebuild and regenerate, in the meantime the skin may remain dry and rough. These skin problems are not the result of the high-quality products with natural vegetable oils but the result of the adverse effect of mineral oils that were taken before!
Our recommendation: Inform the customers concerned of the effect of mineral oils that they have used before and keep going on with the natural oil treatment so that natural lipid barrier can regenerate.
B.t.w.: Beyond any doubt, this occlusion effect is rather undesirable with cosmetics but may be advantageous for dermatolocigal treatment of skin diseases. Medic creams therefore, often may contain mineral oils, and if this is the case it should be assessed accordingly.
Mineral oils can be identified by their INCI-declaration: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffinum-Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerit, Ceresin. Special case: Eucerin, a mixture of natural oils and mineral oil.
Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linoleic acids as essential fatty acid. The building of gamma-linoleic acid is disturbed in the metabolism of many people. This can be a reason for the development of dermatological diseases like neurodermitis. In these cases and with very dry skin the treatment with evening primrose oil is very effective. Evening primrose oil is hardly found in cosmetic preparations because of its high cost and the difficulties to build up an effective protection against oxidation. The unsaturated fatty acids of the evening primrose oil easily become rancid. Special technological knowledge is required to protect the unsaturated fatty acids against oxidation effectively.
We prefer the following natural vegetable oils: evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, sheabutter and macadamia oil.
Published by: Ron on August 24th, 2011 | Filed under General Health, Healthy Skincare
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Liposomes are small hollow vesicles whose double-layer membranes are built of a double layer of phospholipids. These phospholipids consist of a ball-shaped water-soluble part and a tail-shaped fat-soluble part. These natural phospholipids are produced from soy. In an aqueous solution the phospholipids form a ball-shaped structure, the liposomes, through an appropriate supply of energy. During this process the lipophilic ends of the phospholipids contact each other and thus form a double-layer membrane that is hydrophilic on its two outer sides and lipophilic from its inner side. Therefore, the inside and the outside of a liposome is water-soluble and the inside of the liposome membrane is fat-soluble. The result is that a liposome can absorb and carry water-soluble substances (for example, vitamin C and chemical preservatives into the inside of the liposome) as well as fat-soluble agents (for example, vitamin E and fragrance substances in the liposome membrane). This transport function (carrier agent) of the liposomes is very advantageous with substances that have a positive effect on the skin. On the other hand, allergenic substances (e.g. fragrances and chemical preservatives) that can trigger defense reactions of the immune system are dangerous for the health of the skin. Therefore, the application of liposomes requires an increased sense of responsibility on the part of the producer and the beautician along with well-founded knowledge of skin physiology, as we otherwise expose the customer to danger. That’s exactly the reason why you should only use cosmetic preparations without fragrances and without chemical preservatives.
Right the same phospholipids of which the liposome membrane is built of, form the fundamental elements of the cell membrane. Also the intercellular substance, i. e. the lipids between the skin cells, contains a high proportion of phospholipids. Liposomes can perfectly substitute missing phospholipids in case of slightly injured skin cells or loss of intercellular lipids through e.g. excessive cleansing. Phospholipids and ceramides are also important elements of the intercellular substance. Therefore, the combination of phospholipids and ceramides is ideal. This already proves that liposomes together with ceramides are the ideal and therefore, according to our opinion, the most important natural active substances in a medically and scientifically based. There is exceptional skin-compatibility because of the structure of phospholipids which is identical to the one of the cell membrane. Under normal circumstances, allergic reactions are far less likely if the skin is treated with natural active substances identical to those of the skin itself. So allergic reactions after liposome treatment are most likely not caused by the liposomes themselves, but rather by the unreasonable practice of channeling allergic substances, such as fragrances and chemical preservatives into the skin by means of liposomes.
We recommend utilization of multilamellar liposomes as they are even more effective than unilamellar liposomes. Multilamellar liposomes consist of unilamellar liposomes of different sizes that are interlocked: a small liposome is enclosed by a greater one and these two differently sized liposomes are again enclosed by an even greater one etc. So finally, there are 5-7, sometimes even 12 differently sized liposomes which build up a multilamellar liposome. The size of the interlocked liposomes ranges from about 20 up to 300 manometers. There is a direct relationship between the penetration level of liposomes and the size of the liposomes, i.e. the smaller a liposome, the deeper the penetration. Now we understand why multilamellar liposomes reach and supply all layers of the skin. Multilamellar liposomes actively supply the skin with more moisture than any other substance used in cosmetics, including conventional unilamellar liposomes. Scientific studies proved that multilamellar liposomes increase skin moisture by nearly 100% within only 7 days of treatment. Our scientific research has revealed that the best possible has to contain multilamellar liposomes along with ceramides, evening primrose oil and vitamin E.
Published by: Ron on August 17th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
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Over the last couple of years so called “Natural Cosmetics” gain more ground since “nature”, “natural”, “biologic” etc. are associated or even identified with “healthy”. Marketing strategist want to win the growing number of people who strive for a healthy way of life in accordance with ecological principles that way. However, the general assumption that nature is always good for your health and chemistry always bad makes no sense, neither from a medical, nor from a naturopathy point of view. In nature and in chemistry there are highly toxic and allergenic substances but also highly effective and compatible substances for a useful.
E.g. natural grounded sharp-edged peach stones as peeling are detrimental to the skin whereas synthetically produced granules of nylon aren’t. On the other hand, natural vitamin E is far more effective on the human organism than vitamin E produced synthetically out of different optical isomeric forms only in part identical with those of the natural and effective vitamin E.
Regarding vitamin C things are different again as synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is as effective as natural vitamin C.
This example should be enough to prove that only knowledge about pros and cons of every individual raw material is inevitable judge its effectiveness on the human body. A-Z Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.
Published by: Ron on August 10th, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
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Regarding effect and compatibility we prefer ingredients of herbal origin. As a matter of principle we do not use ingredients from animal origin. Abandonment of substances from animal origin makes sense for ethical reasons, environmental reasons and reasons of health.
As there is no or no decent legislation about experimenting with cosmetic substances on animals a producer of cosmetics never can guarantee products free of animal testing. Moreover, in many countries laws exist that place an obligation to producers of products to test products on animals before introducing them on the market. Although alternative procedures do exist already, legislators and lawmakers are often slow and sluggish to transform such findings into laws for the better of animals.
So even if producers of Skin Care products does not utilize “animal testing” by themselves or charge another company with such testing, they can never really guarantee that the processed substances had not been tested on living animals.
So even if such would be desirable from an ethical point of view, no producer of cosmetic products can guarantee products without animal testing, however he/she can guarantee products free of ingredients from animal origin. Since the origin of animal ingredients can’t be traced easily the answer can only be not to use such substances at all. (Thinks about hormones that are illegal within the EU but legal within the US, chemotherapeutica legal in the EU and the US, intensive farming, extraordinarily cruel and inhuman transportation methods to slaughterhouses etc.).
Are there animal experiments for the cosmetics in Germany?
In §7 of the animal protection laws it says: “Animal experiments for the development of Tobacco products, detergents and Cosmetics are fundamentally forbidden”. The German Animal Protection Association writes in addition: “On the one hand, animal experiments for the testing of raw materials can be executed without reservation if these raw materials are used not only in cosmetics, but also in other products. There are however hardly any substances, which are developed and certified exclusively for the use in the area of cosmetics”
That means nothing else but, that in Germany obvious animal experiments for Cosmetics do not take place, but, those animal experiments take place because of others Products and these same ingredients which were tested on animals for other products are also used in Cosmetics.
Therefore, most cosmetic Ingredients are already tested on animals, although, those ingredients were not tested for specific use in Cosmetics.
Due to this unfortunate situation, no cosmetic manufacturer can offer cosmetic products while claiming that: “those products/ingredients were not tested on animals”, even if the manufacturer himself didn’t test the ingredients on animals or personally give those instructions others to test those ingredients on animals this does not exclude the possibility that certain ingredients were indeed tested on animals.
Therefore an honest cosmetic manufacturer cannot mention „cosmetics without animal testing” although the cosmetic manufacturer didn’t carry out these tests personally on animals or give instructions to someone else to test the ingredients on animals. Cosmetic Companies, for which animal protection is an issue of importance, disparage both animal ingredients from tortured animals or from mass herding and as a principle strictly abhor any killing and tormenting of animals.
As a result of the above mentioned incomprehensible situation naturally the so-called „positive list” „of the German Animal Protection Association” can offer no assistance in the search for animal-friendly cosmetics: Here companies are accepted and recommended, provided that their products contain no ingredients that were tested on animals after 1979. Meaning those tested on animals before 1979 were acceptable and those ingredients and products are still in the market. What is particularly shocking is that many of that many animal obtained ingredients where acquired from mass animal internment for testing purposes and that this animal internment and usage of ingredients obtained from theses animals was allowed. This is not only unacceptable regarding the ethics of animal protection and conservation groups but highlights a general „mass animal attitude” considered as bad form not only by animal welfare activists because of the deliberate tormenting of animals but because the use of raw materials from mass animal husbandry is regarded as a profitable business and is actively promoted as a result. The criteria is not only the quantity of the animal substances used in the Cosmetic industry but the refusal in principle to use any of these animal substances in any form and in this way give a clear direction and awareness to everyone regarding the avoidable suffering of millions of animals in these enforced, unnatural conditions and to enlighten people regarding developing a positive, humane and considerate attitude for humans animals and the environment. Living these mentioned ethical codes of respect consistently, convincingly and as role model has an additional value and credibility for others. Therefore any cosmetic company that consequently denounces and renounces the use of animal ingredients that even the particularly strict animal protection German Animal Protection Association” doesn’t manage to achieve even with its “Positive List” (with regard to the suffering of the many millions animals in mass animal husbandry) We challenge the arbitrary definition of „good” animal experiments 1979 and „bad” animal experiments after 1979 as unreasonable, illogical counter productive, because it does not address the fundamental problem a” animal-hostile law” and in fact gives an entirely misleading impression that cosmetics that have not been tested on animals actually exist!! An intelligent and humane decision would be to focus on and force the politicians and influential industrialist to jointly come out, take a stand and finally, abolish all legislations that the manufacturers of raw materials (according to the Chemical legislation are required to carry out tests on animals. This current legislation makes a “mad house” of everything honourable and just. „The German animal protection federation” says that animal experiments are in principle forbidden. They further state that animal experiments are not prescribed because of cosmetics, but because of other products. It follows according to this rationale that by either enforcing the abolishment of all cosmetics or only recognising the exclusive products on „the positive list” „of the German Animal Protection Association” no animal experiments would be abolished or even reduced and no suffering would be spared for the animals! Many cosmetic firms use this “not tested on animals” slogan as an advertising platform although it actually has absolutely nothing to do with the abolishment of animal experiments and the protection of animals. Is this not all completely absurd? What should one really expect of an association like „The German Animal Protection Association” when their President is a self confessed eater of meat? To kill and protect animals are two irreconcilable positions and an absurd unsolvable contradiction! Is it not absurd that „the major animal welfare activist” as a meat consumer supports the killing of animals because it has desire to eat meat? Also one should not forget that by the substantial deployment of Antibiotics in the animals designed for human consumption is extremely dangerous for the health of human beings as the antibiotics create bacteria that resist positive bacteria developed for medically assigned antibiotics. This has already resulted in (known) deaths because the assigned antibiotics for specific purposes in the human organism are no longer effective. This situation is supported by the actions of some physicians who prescribe antibiotics with regularity and without doing their homework. Let there be no misunderstandings here, Antibiotics are important and useful as Medication if they are prescribed correctly. They are out of place when treating viral illnesses in human beings or as assistance in mass animal husbandry.
Published by: Ron on August 3rd, 2011 | Filed under Anti-Aging Skincare, General Health, Healthy Skincare
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