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EUK-134

Ingredient Spotlight on EUK-134

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EUK-134- The Super Anti-Oxidant from Canada as found in CyberDERM’s PM Anti-Age
Spotlight on EUK-134
 
Ingredient Name: EUK-134
CD Product Used In: PM Anti-Age, click here to go to Product Page.
Official Name: It’s a mouthful- Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride
Skin Benefits: Like a juice cleanse for your skin cells.  Mimics essential enzymes like Super Oxide Dismutase and catalyse that keep your skin cells their healthiest possible.  Constantly mops up free radicals and hydrogen peroxide molecules that other anti-oxidants can break down and leave behind. It operates in a continuous loop of free radical scavenging so it’s a hard little worker that never quits! Has clinical studies to back its claims to help protect against the DNA damage that UVB rays can cause, click here to read article in Journal of Investigative Dermatology.  
Origin: Made in Canada, Montreal to be exact!
Recommended Use: .01-.05%
 Cost: This material is priced in grams as opposed to traditional KG- $250/10 grams.
October-Blog

Our Product Line in Two Words

With the introduction of our Nu-shroom Hydrafill Serum, our product line is now standing at a lucky seven in total.  We do a lot of visits to tradeshows and retail partners and I can see that sometimes it can be overwhelming to build a skincare regimen with all of the options.  How do you use the Emblica Light and Bright versus the PM Anti-Age? What should I use for hydration the Nu-Shroom or the H20?  We do have our regimen packages to help simplify but I thought it would be helpful if I could reduce the benefits of each of our non-sunscreen products to two, very succinct words.  Well, there will be a little bit of description because let’s face it- I’m a little on the wordy side.
I’m going to focus on our 5 cosmeceuticals. If you want to know which of our Sun Whip’s is right for you, then go to this very aptly named post, “Which Sun Whip is right for You?”
PM Anti-Age: Anti-Age, Brighten.
Our PM is the most fully loaded of all of our anti-aging cosmeceuticals.  If you think about the aging process in the skin, there are multiple factors that contribute to it.  Our PM Anti-age tackles all of them conceptually at a cellular level.  This is definitely our best all-round anti-ager. Its second benefit of brightening comes from the use of Turmeric.  It’s nice because while the other ingredients are working behind-the-scenes, the turmeric is delivering visible results with a brighter more luminous complexion. 
H20 Hydration: Hydrate and Calm
Our H20 is still an anti-aging moisturizer.  It’s got actives like Tetrapeptides, Resveratrol and Ectoins that all help to keep collagen, elastin and epidermal cells in tip top working shape.  However, they all also help calm inflammation at a cellular level and at a visible level in terms of redness and irritation.  I think of our H20 like a down comforter for the face- it shields you from the sometimes, big bad world outside and keeps you cozy and comfortable within. 
Nu-Shroom Hydrafill Serum: Plump and Hydrate
Serums by their very nature target their actives past the superficial dead layer of the skin to the living epidermis below. Our Nu-Shroom is excellent and delivers instant hydration past the skin’s surface, which is why it plumps as well.  The best visual I can offer is of a raisin regaining its moisture to go back to its initial grape shape. 
Exfoliant Reveal: Smooth and Soften
Our Exfoliant dissolves the dead layer of skin that we all have. Twenty minutes after applying our Exfoliant I will give my face a gentle massage just using my fingertips. Typically, you will feel the dead skin pill away and come off.  I do not think that anything works as well as an exfoliant with a good amount of glycolic acid in keeping the skin smooth.
Emblica Light and Bright: Lighten and Brighten
All of our product names give clues as to what they do, but this one is pretty overt as to what it is about right in its name.  We designed this product to treat pigment in all of its incarnations.  For those with hyperpigmentation or melasma, this product works to halt those overworking melanocytes in their tracks.  It also tells overly reactive skin to calm down, which also stops you skin from over producing melanin as a defensive mechanism.  We added Turmeric to this formula as well to help provide overall brightening as well but it does not have the same anti-aging focus as our PM Anti-Age.  

You may be wondering how do you fit in all these little gems with their different benefits into one 24 hour period.  I always say that it’s great to start with a regular regimen- one that you have set for yourself, hopefully with the help of a great skincare consultant.  However, once you get to know your skin, understand its needs, desires and dreams- it’s about going beyond the regimen.  You learn to treat it symptomatically based on current pressing needs but then also be strategic about your long term anti-aging plan.  

Of course, we are always here to be your skincare sherpas- if you need us!  Write us or comment below and we will do our ever lovingly best.  

All the best,

Sara Dudley

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A Thirty Something’s Medicine Cabinet

 I have my 30th birthday approaching any day now and I feel pretty fortunate that I am generally happy with the way my skin looks.  You start to see some of those first signs of aging in your late twenties with some initial wrinkles starting to creep up, some discolouration, more overall dryness.  You are also just less able to abuse your skin- you can’t hide long late nights anymore. Fortunately, I feel like my skincare routine is keeping me in good stead.  I’ve finally found the right balance between dewy and oily, between soft and over-exfoliated, between treating my skin and being raw and irritated. 
So for anyone who might like to know- here is what my actual skincare routine looks like.  You might think that CyberDERM products are heavily represented and that is true.  It’s a result of extreme bias, convenience and pure devotion.
Morning:
1.     Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $75

 I’ve never been a fan of complicated cleansers before- I was strictly a Cetaphil advocate. I thought keep it simple for simple functions and save your products and your dollars for more important things.  However, when we were first looking into bringing Tata Harper into the store, I tried this cleanser and it changed my mind. The analogy for this cleanser is like  getting a freshly mixed pina colada in a high end resort. There is no gunky pre-mixes involved- every ingredient is fresh, pronounceable and from this earth.  It softens and exfoliates my skin so I don’t have to work as hard with other products for the same result.

2.     Nu-Shroom Hydrafill Serum, $95
I was the first guinea pig for this product (no actual guinea pigs or bunnies were tested on- we promise!) so I have been using it since December.  I’m not really its target demographic.  It works wonders on dry, mature skin with some wrinkling and gives a real instant oomph.  I like it for its long-term hydration though.  I’ve been using it in the mornings because it gives such a smooth surface for my make-up. Your skin looks dewy and catches the light around my orbital bone especially.  I have not been using a make-up highlighter because it has been doing such a good job.
3.     Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25, $38
I’m pretty religious about using my sunscreen every day- I just make it my routine so I don’t really think about it.  With other sunscreens before I joined the company, I’d get turned off by the smell and the texture.  There is a dissonance between smelling like the beach when you are heading for the office in the dead of winter.  Aside from the no-sunscreen smell, I also like that our sunscreen actually feels good for my skin aside from its protective qualities.  Zinc is such a powerful anti-inflammatory- I find it soothing and helps calm any redness.  Our formula also does not feel occlusive so I don’t worry about it exacerbating my mild acne.
Night:
1.     Whenever I come home, I typically cleanse my face right away.  I just think you should get the city off of your skin with its dirt and pollution.
2.     H20 Hydration or Emblica Light and Bright, $60 and $70 respectively
CyberDERM PM Anti-AgeAfter cleansing, I immediately apply either one of these products as an after sun treatment.  I feel like your skin gets in an excited state by the sun and pollution. Imagine all of those wandering electrons in the form of free radicals .I like to quiet down these reactions to zero with a product with strong and stable anti-oxidants.  Both products have superb anti-oxidants to calm the skin and just generally soothe it as well.  For this purpose, you can use the products interchangeably and is about your personal preference.  They have other primary purposes though that have specific benefits to them otherwise. 
3.     PM Anti-Age, $115
I should be getting back into my routine of using a prescription retinoid at night.  I’ve been using one since I was 13 for acne. It’s hard once you have stopped to start again.  It’s like exercise- you have to get over the initial hump and then it is good for you in the long run.  I’ve been pretty happy with just using my PM Anti-Age though.  It just gives my  skin tone a bright even look to it.  My fiancé is hooked on it for the same reason.  We’ll see- for now I am liking my PM just fine. 
Body:
1.     Tata Harper Regenerating Body Oil
I’ve been forgoing my olive oil bath so that I don’t have to deal with a messy tub.  This is a lovely blend of oils and feels luxurious but not greasy.
2.     Exfoliant Reveal and Emblica Light and Bright
I still suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (red bumps) on my arms and this combination has done a better job of keeping it at bay than more medicated versions.  The Exfoliant Reveal keeps my skin soft and the Emblica Light and Bright calms anti-inflammation for the red component and keeps them from developing into brown spots from the trauma. 

What does your regimen look like?  I don’t think it has to look that different when you’re 30 vs. 40 vs. 50.  The fundamentals are pretty similar and certainly if you focus on prevention- you have a lot less work ahead of you.  

All the best,

Sara Dudley