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The Fat Chic

CyberDERM, olive oil, oil pulling, coconut oil, neem oil
The many, many benefits of Oil
I recently stopped and surveyed all the ways that fats have infiltrated my life in the past couple of months. I’m not talking about fat around my midriff, as my last post on Coolsculpting talks about- I’m freezing that kind out of my life.  However, in every other way, I’m embracing it.  I’m cleansing, ingesting, gargling and rubbing it on everything.  Fat is the New Black in commodities and it’s worth investigating why.
Food and beauty have both seen the re-emergence of fat from its prior exile of the 90’s.  It’s role as public enemy #1 has been taken over by sugar.  It does make you wonder whether our new obsession is a trend or a movement. Will we look back ten years from now and think what was I doing?
I have no way of knowing but I do know that I’ve been doing things that I would have normally considered abhorrent on a daily basis.  As I type, I’m oil pulling.  Yes, oil pulling is about to break mainstream but for those of you who don’t know- it’s the process of swishing oil in your mouth for 10 mins and more on a regular basis.  The promise of a sparkly white smile pulled me in but for the best advice on how-to and why, I recommend a  friend’s blog Living Pretty, Naturally.  Once I learned that coconut oil is a thousand times better than olive oil when it comes to holding something in my mouth for 10 minutes, I was a pulling pro. 
I also remember the first time I put straight oil on my face and the near panic I felt.  Decades of hearing about oil-free beauty products had me worrying that I would wake up the next day horribly broken out despite what I had read. The panic was unnecessary- I know include adding pure oils to my skincare routine regularly.  I often apply pure oil to my face just before cleansing or I will dab a little on dry or sensitive areas. It has been a huge help on my patch of exzcema on my forehead since I can’t use much else without irritating it further.
However, once you move past your initial fears- the world of oils is pretty exciting.  I’ve been playing with Inca Inchi oil for the past few months while in the R&D phase for our next product- an unnamed facial oil (yes, it will come out before the end of the year and we could use some name suggestions).  I’ve been researching the benefits of other oils to include- rosehip for anti-aging, carrot oil but for it’s rather unfortunate and potent smell, the beautiful and lust worthy macadamia oil that I’ve been applying to my hair before bed time.  I even bought some Neem oil to use with geranium oil as a bug repellent for my upcoming trip to Thailand for my honeymoon.  I’ve been quaffing my 3 a day Glisodin with krill oil and have been feeling very hydrated.
In thinking about it, oils as the ticket to a long and health life seems to be more and more intuitive.  Fat baby cheeks have always been a sign of youth and is the reason why we still inject people’s faces for that youthful and plump appearance.  The silk and glide of oil on skin feels luxurious.  It gives your hair a beautiful sheen.  Maybe it’s en vogue nature will be a trend but I can only use how I’m feeling as my own guide.  I can say honestly that I’m feeling more sustained in all aspects of my life.  Everything feels more hydrated and satiated so I’m sticking with my coterie of fats for the foreseeable future. 
Best regards,


What makes our Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30 great.

We always talk about how great a sunscreen is in terms of protection.  However, with the advent of BB and CC creams, consumers have thrown out the challenge to brands to make their products good for people’s skin outside of what they do against UVB/UVA.  This is not to throw shade on our Every Morning Sun Whip, which as a mother loves her children- I love equally.  However- I thought I would highlight some of the other ways that our Simply Zinc actually benefits your skin aside from its impressive protective track record.

The Benefits of Zinc Oxide

Remember that other type of Zinc Oxide that we were lovingly smeared with as tender infants?  Zinc oxide made excellent, if not glamourous, ‘butt paste’ because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.  It also a known wound healer, which is why those who are zinc deficient can have slower healing times.  We often talk about zinc helping maintain a healthy skin barrier- however, on its own it’s not occlusive.  It’s also meant to be antiseptic and regulate sebum- making it acceptable for acneic skin.  With all of this in mind- it’s quite the miracle mineral.

The Benefits of Olive Oil

We get mixed reactions when we say our Simply Zinc has extracts of olive oil as our base for the formula.  Some automatically think this means the product will be too rich for them.  Others are excited by the prospect having heard so many good things about oils for the face.  Our extract of olive oil that we source from Milan actually comes in the form of white flakes and does not look like the olive oil you would purchase in a grocery store.  Our olive oil extract is an Eco-certified product that we use as our emulsifier, meaning it allows the oily phase to mix with the water phase of the formula.  It makes for a beautiful product since it’s 100% compatible to the skin and mimics our natural lipid structure. Like zinc oxide, it also forms a breathable barrier that promotes our own natural hydration mechanism. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and stable anti-oxidant, which is why we use this same emulsifier as the base for 4 out of 7 of our current products.  Our emulsifier happens to have its own beautiful and very interactive website so don’t take our word for it- click here to read all about its magical properties.

The Benefits of Tetrapeptides
There has been a lot of fancy talk about peptides and what they can do for the skin.  It goes part and parcel with what we hear about in terms of how important protein is for the healthy functioning of our body.  It’s odd- if you Google Image search for tetrapeptides, pictures of JLo come up.  She certainly does have beautiful pinch-able skin and perhaps at some point she was a devotee of peptides.  She is a great example of what they can do for you- they are essential in the collagen and elastin fibers that are prevalent in young skin.  Our form of peptides keep those essential fibers healthy and intact.  We included it in our Simply Zinc and our H20 Hydration so that people could get a daily dose of it, truly making them anti-aging products.  The image to the right provides some pretty concrete evidence as to its efficacy.  Imagine a sunscreen that helps improve the look of wrinkles at the same time- well, you don’t have to, it exists!
As you can see, we took great care in combining the elements that went into our Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF 30.  From every perspective, it’s a product that is working to protect and improve your skin.  
Finally, a couple tips on using it:
  1. Your skin should be cleansed and well hydrated before applying.  Zinc Oxide does tend to bind with dead skin so make sure that you have an adequate exfoliation routine in place. 
  2. Some like to apply to slightly damp skin to help spread it. If you happen to use a setting anti-oxidant spray (we love jane iredale hydration sprays), apply your first spritz now.
  3. Emulsify the product by rubbing it in your palms before applying it to the face.  
  4. The product does take a full minute to absorb into your skin.  This is related to the high concentration of zinc oxide, which is a solid and relatively large particle.  Fortunately, while you are waiting, the product is still matte and completely transparent unlike other high zinc alternatives.
  5. Apply your usual make-up after as per your usual method.  Our products pair exceptionally well with high quality mineral make-ups like jane iredale since you are simply layering another mineral on top of another.  
  6. Enjoy and use it everyday!

Best regards,

Mistletoe & Red Ribbon - Shallow Dof on nearest berries

News, News, News.

Here at CyberDERM we have some big events on the horizon! We will be launching our next three products in December. So while our anti-aging, pro-ageless line may not be complete, we’re now able to offer more tailored solutions for all of your skin worries. CyberDERM will also be appearing in the Ottawa version of the Modern Urban Guide…they are fantastic supporters of local independently owned businesses and we will be keeping some very good company in their midst. You should definitely pick one up in your major Canadian city or check them out here. Finally, we are also going to be launching our e-commerce so that everyone can access our wunder cosmeceuticals…just in time for the holidays…very suspect timing. I encourage everyone to check out the e-boutique once it goes online also because the site will exclusively be offering 4 regimen packages. These packages aptly named Glow Bright, Be Ageless- Day and Night, First Wrinkle and Sahara Skin make skincare a little bit easier (sometimes we just like to be told what to do!). So from now until we launch, I’ll be doing a featurette on our newbie products and our regimen packages…and then you will have to go see for yourself.

First on the docket: H20 Reserve

Some of you may recall my earlier rant against moisturizers. They are so often prime culprits of the dash of this, dash of that formulations philosophy. Many of us have been lured into stippling on these rich occlusive types of cream puffs while thinking that thick meant hydrating. I’ve been prying out of people’s hands their Nivea Cold Cream but until now I have not had many alternatives for them. Our wonderful chemist at CyberDERM (who we owe many thanks to) developed in my biased opinion the nicest moisturizer I have ever used. I’ve been using a sample of it everyday and I do not even have especially dry skin. I just love it.

It took a cue from Dr. Laughlin’s love of olive oil. Both she and I regularly add a capful of olive oil to our baths at night and I sometimes feel like it’s the original fountain of youth. The base of H20 Reserve is an olive oil full of essential fatty acids. Olive oil is great for hydrating the skin because it replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier but is also capable of penetrating through to the epidermis. We then added Resveratrol as a powerful anti-oxidant for all of that very important free radical scavenging. I’m sure many of you have in some way heard about Resveratrol. It has been featured on 60 Minutes, Oprah, Dr. Oz is a big fan etc. Maybe you are familiar with the slogan “300 glasses of wine a day” as that is the amount of wine you would have to ingest to get the same amount of the polyphenol. We then also added tetrapeptides. You may be aware of a pentapeptide called Matrixyl. It is quite a popular one, the idea being that long chains of peptides increase the production proteins like collagen, elastin and fibronectin. They are helpful in maintaining and renewing the epidermal matrix that keeps our skin supported and pinch-able. We selected a tetrapeptide that has been shown clinically to double the production of those essential fibers when compared to Matrixyl. You have to love ever evolving technology.

I feel like a proud parent really. I just cannot seem to say enough great things about this one but to each their own…so go and get your own when it comes out.

All the Beauty Best,

Sara Dudley