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Question:

Last year I was introduced to your product line by a friend of mine, who is also an aesthetician. She was so excited about your products because of what they had done both for her skin and her clients, she urged me to visit you booth at a recent esthetics conference to check out your line. She has always been a more holistically oriented and more open to alternatives than I.

As a medical aesthetician, many of your ingredients and approaches to formulation are new to me. After reading more about your line and working with some of the products, I must say I am very pleased with the results thus far. I use a lot of topical Vitamin C serums in my practice and find your "Regen-C" Serum to be very different than the active formulas I am used to working with. First, I have always understood that if other ingredients were combined with high strength l-ascorbic acid, they would either reduce the effects or could possibly neutralize the effects of the product. I see you have combined several ingredients in addition to a 20% concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid.

I'm confused. I have always understood that if other ingredients were combined with high strength l-ascorbic acid, they would either reduce the effects or could possibly neutralize the effects of the product. Also, how does your product remain stable and how long does it stay active once it's packaged? Please know I really like the products I have tried, so much so that I would like to work with this product, but I need to understand the science behind your formulation; especially since it conflicts with my current understanding of topical application of Vitamin C.

I have always believed the formulas I have been using were the "gold standard". Please explain the differences. I appreciate your response.

Answer:

Your questions regarding our Regen-C Serum presented excellent questions that have to do with good product formulation. First, a good formulator knows the chemistry of the ingredients and what can be mixed with what to extend, rather than shorten, shelf life of the whole product (no, the ingredients in Regen-C do not cancel each other, antioxidants "help" each other remain stable, for example). A good formulator knows how to blend ingredients without effecting their stability (cold mixing of ascorbic acid). Our company chooses packaging not for how pretty they are but to extend stability of the product.

Our formulas are complex. This is because there is no way that the skin can synthesize what it needs simply because you kick it with vitamin C. You must give to the skin everything else it needs. Essentially, if you give the skin only vitamin C, you push it just a bit and that's it. Unless you provide everything the skin needs to fulfill the order given by vitamin C you will not achieve, for example, collagen and hylauronic acid synthesis because the skin will not have the building blocks (like glucosomine) needed to make it. So, really, we are the gold standard.

Also, you will find more skins can tolerate this blend without the irritation that can accompany many of the products you are currently using. We feel this blend is a much more 'holistic" approach to topical Vitamin C therapy, giving the skin a more complete arsenal of synergistic ingredients necessary to build and repair.

 

 

Question:

I would like to find an alternative to hydroquinone and synthetic chemicals currently available to lighten hyperpigmentation. I have been reading about your Enlight-10 and would like to know more about how the ingredients work to brighten skin and reduce pigmentation. Will you explain the chemistry behind this product? How do the results compare with hydroquinone

Answer:

There are many ways to modify pigmentation. The most common is competitive inhibition of the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in synthesis of melanin. The inhibitors "look like" tyrosine and fill the enzyme catalytic site, not letting it does its job. It is true that hydroquinone has side effects. Also, it is problematic on dark skins. We have chosen alternative, non-toxic ingredients that inhibit steps in the accumulation of melanin. They may take longer to work than hydroquinone but it is important to explain to the client/patient that pigmentation is a process that takes months, so reduction of pigmentation should also take months. If they are not very patient, peels could help, followed by long term use of pigmentation inhibitors (note: hydroquinone that can be used short term only).
The botanical ingredients used in Enlight-10 are both unique and effective. A brief overview of some of our ingredients in this serum follows. You should find the background and ingredient data on this product very "enlightening"…

Gallic acid.
Gallic acid is a phenolic compound present in many plants, and especially abundant in the leaves of witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), the flower of mango (Mangifera indica), the fruit of emblica or amla (Phyllantus emblica), pomegranate (Punica granatum), the fir of gall oak (Quercus infectoria), strawberry (Fragaria spp.), rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) and soybean (Glycine max). Gallic acid has antibacterial and antiviral activities and is a cancer preventive. A skin lightener, it inhibits tyrosinase, decreasing melanin synthesis. It is also an antioxidant that inhibits lipid per oxidation and the consequent damage to biological membranes. Gallic acid has many medicinal activities, including analgesic, antiviral, antiallergenic, antibacterial, cancer preventive, and immunomodulator.

Arbutin
This is a chemical present in bearberry (uva-ursi), Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It has a sugar group attached to one of the alcohol groups of hydroquinone (HQ) and, just like HQ, its shape resembles the amino acid tyrosine enough to fool tyrosinase, the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the transformation of tyrosine into melanin. Inhibition of the enzyme in this way is called “competitive” because the false substrate, arbutin, competes with the real one, tyrosine, for the active site of the enzyme.

GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid)
This is an amino acid with skin lightening ingredient because of its activity as a tyrosinase inhibitor. Also, when the cutaneous barrier is disrupted, application of GABA, which binds to a specific receptor, can help repair it and prevent the hyperplasia that can follow barrier disruption. It is worth noting that, in the brain, GABA has neurotransmitter activity, but this is not true for the skin.

L-Lactic Acid (Sodium Lactate)
An effective exfoliant that provides acidity to the formulation. It is a component of the skin's natural mositurizing factor. Has the ability to increase the water holding ability of the stratum corneum layer. A chirally correct alpha-hydroxy acid that promotes cell-turnover and helps eliminate keratin protein build up. It is also an anti-microbial agent, helps balance pH and evens out discoloration.

AMINO BUTYRIC ACID
BENEFITS: Potent inhibitory Amino Acid extracted from pumpkin. This amino acid is also found in the brain. It has potent, neutral anti-oxidant properties, which have been found to inhibit production of super oxygen free radicals in the skin by preventing disconnection with the skin's.

 

 

Question:

I have the oiliest skin of anyone I have ever seen. I cleanse with good products twice daily, (I've used everything) use oil free cosmetics and still, by 11:00 AM I am blotting my skin to help reduce the shine. I have to do this every few hours. Every month I get breakouts (during my monthly cycle). I am 34 years old and I'm so tired of dealing with this. What can I do?

Answer:

I know how frustrating this is! The good news is, there is a solution. We have developed a few products to specifically address your needs that will deliver impressive results within the first few days. Lactic acid, salicylic acid and cranberry enzymes, along with high levels of anti-oxidants are some of the key ingredients necessary to clear the skin surface build up and release trapped oil and debris deep within the pores. Balance of even the oiliest and most congested skins can be achieved using the following program. First, I recommend using Lavandin CNP Cleanser every night fo remove all make up and surface debris. Next, follow this with a thorough "deep" cleansing using 2% Salicylic Exfoliating Wash. Then, Saturate a cotton pad with Derma Shield-BA Anti Oxidant Mist and wipe skin clean. Hold the bottle about 12" from your face and lightly mist your skin. Follow this with a thin, even layer of Rescue-BA (great for hydration without a drop of oil). Allow this to penetrate. Finally, Apply Vacciderm-CZ. Expect this product to sting somewhat for the first day or so, you skin will adjust. The lactic acid and cranberry enzymes in the ultra light cream will work wonders for your hormonal breakouts and help reduce your oil and congestion. Note: You may use Rescue-BA alone for soothing and hydration. On very humid days, this may work well for you. However, Vacciderm-CZ used 2x daily along with the above program will quickly resolve your problem.

 

 

Question:

Do you use organic ingredients?

Answer:

We are always looking for the highest quality ingredients available for our products and "certified Botanical" guarantees the quality of the plant material. Than problem is, that certification is very expensive and not available in every country. The raw materials we use come from many different regions and different parts of the world. That said, if a certified Botanical ingredient is available, we buy it.

 

 

Question:

I notice that you do not make a Vitamin K cream. Isn't that supposed to be good for vascular conditions and broken capillaries? What is your position on that?

Answer:

Our products are not built around a "star" ingredient surrounded by bland fillers. Instead, Sunshine Living products are complex, synergistic formulas based on knowledge if ingredients and the chemistry of the skin. Although "star" ingredients may be found in Sunshine Living, they will always be blended with complementary ingredients (enzymes, amino acids, and botanical extracts) that provide a more balanced and nourishing formula. A good analogy of our approach is much like our diets. For example, spinach is good for us; it is a great source of B-vitamins and iron. However, if we only ate spinach every day, our bodies would be lacking in protein, amino acids and other nutrients that are found in a balanced diet. Our bodies would suffer. It is no different in skin care. Good formulation is about balance that is necessary to provide good nutrition for healthy skin.

 

 

Question:

What kind of preservatives do you use in your products?

Answer:

Some natural plant extracts can be used as preservatives to replace synthetic chemicals. For example, a mixture of grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract, some essential oils and tocopherol can be used to prolong shelf life. It must be remembered, however, that the reason why these natural preservatives work is because they contain natural anti-microbial chemicals. Tincture of benzoin,for example, is an alcoholic extract of benzoin (a tree sap) and is a good natural preservative because it contains a nice mixture of plant chemicals that contain antibacterial and fungicide properties, including benzaldehide, benzoic acid and cinnamic acid.

 

 

Question:

What is a preservative, anyway?

Answer:

The word "preservative" is used for additives of two types: Antioxidants, to slow down oxidation of lipids leading to rancidity, and anti-microbial chemicals, to stop the proliferation of bacteria and fungi, (molds, yeasts).

 

 

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein by Sunshine Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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