WE ARE WHAT WE PUT ON OUR SKIN
Our skin absorbs 60% of whatever is applied to it, in the form of water, vapor, airborne pollutants, toxins, dust and dirt. Because the skin absorbs from the surface into the deeper more sensitive tissues, we must avoid exposure to toxic, damaging substances, which harm the skin as well as predispose us to pre-cancerous conditions.
The goal is to nourish and protect the skin with natural, biologically active ingredients to support healthy skin and reduce the damage caused by a harsh environment.
Skin also serves as a release of waste in the form of perspiration and odor. What we put into our body also is released through our pores as a way for the body to detoxify itself. Applying topical lotions, sunscreens, and other products that clog pores can actually inhibit the body’s ability to purge toxins.
Industrial chemicals are basic ingredients in nonorganic skin care products. Many over-the-counter skincare products contain carcinogens, hormonal mimickers & blockers, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers, and surfactants. It is important to read labels carefully and know your ingredients.
There currently exist no safety testing for skin care and cosmetics in the US. Essentially, the industry is left to police itself. The long term effects of toxic ingredients pose a health hazard that is difficult to trace. In 2009, the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Study published findings linking plasticizers called phthalates and low birth weight of newborn babies. They named fragrance as a possible culprit.
Because fragrances are considered trade secrets, the FDA does not require a listing of their ingredients. When a company wants to include toxic ingredients in products, they can do so by including it in the “fragrances”. Why is this flagrant violation of FDA guidelines allowed? Powerful lobbyists have convinced lawmakers that if cosmetic and perfume manufactures fragrance ingredients were made public, it would diminish their competitive advantage. Thus, they are classified as trade secrets, no monitoring is done, and manufacturers are allowed to include hidden ingredient they choose into the fragrance formula. Using this legal loophole, toxins like parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, alcohol, oils and waxes may be included without the consumer’s knowledge.
Eating organic or knowing the source of your food is a great way to get maximum effect of nutrients for a healthy lifestyle, but the same benefit does not apply for skin care product ingredients. Many skin care products boast of natural vitamins, plants, vegetable oils and flowers that sound wonderfully healthy, but are of limited value.
Most naturally occurring oils are very dense and require large amounts of alcohols to thin to a usable solution, thus accelerating dehydration and irritation and thus defeating any perceived benefit. Vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant, but only if ingested. With skin care products, the desired goal is effectiveness and consistent efficacy. Quality synthetic ingredients allow control, consistency and effectiveness that is not achievable in wholly natural ingredient formulations.
POWERFUL INGREDIENTS = POWERFUL RESULTS
Listed below are ingredients contained in Dermagenics moisturizers. They are universally-acknowledged (by anti-aging physicians and formulating biochemists) as the most powerful skin cell regenerative, anti-oxidant and anti-aging ingredients currently known. Many premium skin care products have some of these, only Dermagenics contains all of them.
Every ingredient that goes into Dermagenics has a specific task to heal the skin and is vetted for its safety. Whether it’s delivering crucial moisture, encouraging resilience, improving cell regeneration, or adding natural protein stimulants, each ingredient is carefully selected for its unique restorative properties with special consideration of how it affects other ingredients in the formulation.
PEPTIDES Peptides stimulate extracellular matrix synthesis, particularly collagen and elastin. Collagen regeneration is skin renewal. Elastin production gives the skin a supple, smooth and flexible texture. Dermagenics uses patented Hexapeptide-9, an advanced chain of nine amino acids. Regarded as the most advanced peptide available, this powerful amino acid group accelerates the production of healthy cell regeneration and is instrumental in reversing the effects of aging skin. However, it only works when delivered to the epidermal/dermal junction. It has limited topical value.
SODIUM HYALURONATE (Hyaluronic Acid) Sodium Hyaluronate can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. When delivered to the epidermal/dermal layer, the accumulation of hydration actually pushes wrinkles outward, relieving the stress of the skin crease caused by wrinkles and allowing a more relaxed, youthful skin tone. It also collects moisture from the air to continually hydrate the skin throughout the day, keeping skin healthy and supple.
ARTEMIA EXTRACT Derived from marine plankton, Artemia Extract acts as a cell energizer. Working in concert with peptides, it energizers and intensifies protein synthesis and stimulates production of collagen and elastin. Artemia Extract is the catalyst for unlocking peptides’ effectiveness and is an essential ingredient in Dermagenics transdermal penetration technology.
SQUALANE Derived from a plant source, Squalane nourishes the skin by maintaining the balance of moisture and nutrients. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, helping skin to maintain its supple appearance.
ALLANTOIN is a superior anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant. It helps skin heal quickly and helps bind moisture to the skin. Exceptionally regenerative for burns, wounds and scars.
PHOSPHOLIPIDS A building block of cell membrane regeneration, Phospholipids energize & regenerate cellular repair.
JOJOBA is a natural emollient that softens the skin’s surface. It is an all-natural ingredient that is effective in transforming dry, damaged and rough skin at the top, or cornified, layer of the skin.
GREEN TEA An exceptional anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-oxidant, Green Tea is vital to the regeneration of damaged skin, especially skin damaged by radiation, chemotherapy and surgical procedures. It gives skin a healthy glow and improves appearance.
TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE The newest and most stable form of Vitamin C increases collagen levels, reduces pigmentation and repairs sun damage. It is vital in the reduction of scarring.
GLYCERIN forms a barrier against moisture loss and attracts airborne moisture to the skin.
SODIUM PCA enhances skins’ moisture binding capacity.
EXCLUDED INGREDIENTS & WHY
Dermagenics contains none of the harsh or dangerous chemicals commonly found in other skin care products. Of the 9 personal products ingredients listed by Green America and the Environmental Working Group as “poison”, Dermagenics contains none.
DYES – Irritants & Allergens
FRAGRANCES – Used to legally mask (under trade secret protection) Toxins, Irritants & Allergens
FORMALDEHYDES – Irritant & Carcinogen
PHTHALATES – Endocrine Disruptors, Organ Toxicity, Carcinogen
AVOBENZONE – Free radical generator, carcinogen
PARABENS – Huge public outcry as Suspected Hormone Mimicker
NANO-PARTICLES – Suspected Carcinogen
PABA – DNA Disruptor & Suspected Carcinogen
MINERAL OILS – Toxin Elimination Blocker, Nutrition Disruptor
ALCOHOL– Dries & Damages Skin
GLYCOLIC ACID - Accelerates Skin Aging
ALPHA HYDOXYS – Accelerates Skin Aging
The FDA has warned that Alpha Hydroxys and Glycolic Acid, common ingredients in skin care products, can actually accelerate premature skin aging and make the skin more susceptible to sun damage, known cause of skin cancer.
MORE THAN INGREDIENTS MATTER!
When it comes to ingredients, less is more. Dermagenics contains only safe, pure and effective ingredients, and only what is needed to deliver effective results.
Carefully selecting the highest quality, purest and most powerful ingredients is crucial to formulating great skin care products. But even the best ingredients require effective formulation and delivery technology to put those ingredients to work for you.
Dermagenics advanced formulation, born of years of experimentation and clinical trials, combined with advanced delivery technology combine to deliver exceptional products with exceptional results.
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