Im 45 years old; average looking skin for my age. Applied a small pea sized amount of Sea Kelp Bioferment to my face full strength in the am after washing my face of previous night makeup.; let face "dry". Then aplied my foundation as always. Noticed my thick, heavy foundation applied more easily and smooth. Keep in mind this is DAY TWO of me using this. TWO women at work ( separate departments) commented how wonderful my face looked! One specifically came up to me and asked what I was.. ...»
Carla, Many medications can be and are applied topically by prescription. With that in mind, realize that this particular ingredient is wonderful but understand that this is indeed one of those that may create sensitivity with those already using topical hormones or just use sparingly and see how you respond. Sorry for the very late response..... ...»
I am following the moisturizing cream + Zinc dispersion recipe and I am extremely satisfied. I do allow for a little time for it to absorb in & then I dab off anything that I feel looks a little white - but that's because I initially use a fairly thick coating on myself. I use a bit of foundation at times on top and there are no issues as far as weird colors or texture issues. I am so grateful for this entire website as a one-stop-shop for such effective skin care products, and now we can.. ...»
I purposely waited a few months before writing my review. I am happy to report this product is great! I combined the DMAE product with the base creams resulting in tighter skin and lessened wrinkles, including areas around underarms... ...»
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The inflammatory response evolved as a way for the body to defend itself. Inflammation is initiated in response to the presence of an antigen, which may be an infectious agent or damaged tissue [including damage by UV irradiation]. Following recognition of an antigen by local immune cells [leukocytes], blood vessels may either dilate or constrict, depending on the context. This leads to increased vascular permeability and the accumulation of plasma proteins at the site of the antigen which can recruit circulating leukocytes to extravagate and respond to the insult. Through this mechanism a positive feedback loop is established as the immune cells secrete inflammatory signaling molecules [cytokines],recruiting more leukocytes from circulation [1, 2]. The “leaky” vasculature combined with the presence of leukocytes causes skin to appear flushed, a condition known as erythema. Further, the secretion of cytokines and pro-inflammatory compounds can cause itchiness and discomfort .
When phagocytic leukocytes such as macrophages respond during inflammation the phagocytic process causes reactive oxygen species [ROS] to be released. ROS can also be produced independently of leukocytes by UV irradiation. This is significant because ROS can damage cell membranes, and since the cells of the skin are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids they are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage. ROS-induced cell death can thus initiate or contribute to a pro-inflammatory state, increasing leukocyte recruitment [4, 5]. Both ROS and cytokines can lead to cellular production of proteolytic enzymes which degrade the extracellular matrix, increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while decreasing the elasticity or the skin . Together, inflammation resulting from environmental assaults [such as smoking or pollution], UV photodamage, or infection [such as acne vulgaris] results in aging of the skin and in skin abnormalities such as flushing and irritation.
Anti-inflammatory agents are now commonly being incorporated into skin care products to improve skin tone and texture while reducing the appearance of aging. Many plant extracts have been shown to attenuate inflammation, including boswelic acid which can inhibit the enzymatic pathway in leukocytes that produces leukotrienes, important inflammatory mediators. This blocks loss of collagen and elastic fibers while increasing fibroblastic synthesis of collagen [7, 8].
Dipotassium glycyerhizinate is a salt of an extract from the white licorice plant which can also inhibit leukotriene synthesis. Additionally, this compound slows down the metabolism of cortisol, a potent proinflammatory mediator and also can inhibit the synthesis of inflammatory histamines. Studies have demonstrate this compound is useful in treating both atopic dermatitis [AD] and psoriasis [9-13].
Fucoidan, a brown seaweed extract, also has implications for treatment of AD, allergic reactions, and wound healing. Fucoidans inhibit several enzymes involved in the inflammatory pathway while simultaneously stimulating dermal cells to synthesize collagen and accelerate re-epithelialization [14-21].
Pomegranate extracts, though widely known for their antioxidant properties, also have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. They have been shown to reduce erythema, decrease UV-induced cell death and protect against UV-induced inflammation via ROS [22, 23].
Soy isoflavones are also known mediators of UV-induced ROS and can inhibit the activity of certain enzymes which drive inflammation [24-26]. Plant sterols, hesperidin methyl chalcone [extracted from citrus fruits], and ginkgo biloba extracts are all known to regulate blood flow through skin capillaries which can decrease redness of the skin and reduce the recruitment of circulating leukocytes to the site of the stimulus [27-30].
Gynostemma, or jiaogulan, are polysaccharides extracted from a plant belonging to the cucumber family which decreases synthesis of inflammatory cytokines and is useful for treatment of psoriasis [31, 32]. Pine bark extracts, white willow bark salicylic acid extract, and grape extracts [resveratrol] are capable of acting as a skin protectant from UV light, both reducing damage if used as a pre-treatment and for alleviating the inflammation induced by UV irradiation [33-36].
Certain vitamins or vitamin-like compounds can also act as anti-inflammatory agents. Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound which is oil-soluble and naturally synthesized by the body. Q10 levels naturally decline with age, but topical application of this compound to the skin have been shown to decrease inflammation induced by UV irradiation and other environmental hazards, increase collagen synthesis, and promote wound healing [37-39].
Provitamin B5, or D-panthenol, is involved in skin maintenance and growth. This compound has been shown to be beneficial for atopic dermatitis as it is protective against skin irritants and is as effective at treating AD as corticosteroids, the current standard of therapy [40, 41]. Further, D-panthenol is effective in reducing UV-induced erythema and thus can decrease redness in the skin .
Niacinamine [vitamin B3], supports barrier function and reduces leukocyte infiltration to the site of inflammation and has been shown to be beneficial in treatment of rosacea [43, 44]. Vitamin E, or mixed tocopherols, is a lipid-soluble vitamin with known sun-protectant properties also capable of neutralizing UV-induced oxidative damage. Mixed tocopherols can also inhibit the enzymes which produce reactive oxygen species in response to stress in both macrophages and epithelial cells [45, 46].
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Zinc Oxide Dispersion is a non-nano, uncoated, homogeneous dispersions of Zinc Oxide in Mineral Oil and Caprylic- Capric Triglyceride. Non-nano Zinc Oxide is safe because there are no nanopartices. The homogeneous Zinc Oxide dispersion makes it easy to process and use in DIY skin care (just add to a cream), no high shear mixing is required. Zinc Oxide is a highly effective inorganic physical sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA and UVB activity and coverage. Zinc Oxide is a physical sun protection sunscreen which absorbs & scatters UV light. Zinc Oxide offers mild and safe, long lasting UV protection, and does not degrade or oxidize. 250 gram of Zinc Oxide dispersion can make 1250 gram of final suncreen product if used at 20%.
Zinc oxide is a mineral produced by oxidation of zinc. Because of its reduced natural availability, zinc oxide is industrially produced. Besides a wide utilization in industrial areas such as semiconductors, textiles and food, zinc oxide used in several medical products, most of them ointments and treatments that are meant for topical use. Due to its physical characteristics that ensure good coating of the stratum corneum, without intracellular invasion zinc oxide is used in rash protection ointments. Zinc also has healing and soothing properties, making it a common ingredient in soothing, calming and antiseptic lotions. One of the most encountered utilisation of zinc oxide is as a component of physical sunscreen lotions due to its full spectrum block properties, ZnO currently being the most effective substance in protecting against UVA and UVB radiation. Last but not least, because zinc is the second most present metal in the human body after iron, and thus part of every structure including stratum corneum, there are a lot of topical solutions against skin disorders such as acne, dandruff, rash, dermatitis.
In order for skin to be healthy we need a well maintained stratum corneum. A healthy stratum corneum offers protection against environmental stress and water loss. BulkActives’ multi lamellar cream imitates the skin’s own lipid structure and enhance the skin's natural barrier function.
BulkActives’ multi lamellar cream is formulated with a new generation, European, sugar based, liquid crystals emulsifying system based on sorbitan stearate with sucrose cocoate. It is formulated specifically for DIY Skin care customers. BulkActives’ multi lamellar cream can be used as is. However, it can easily accept both water, oil, and water soluble and oil soluble powders and liquids. BulkActives’ multi lamellar cream is a great carrier for active skin care ingredients. The multi lamellar structure is ideal for even and effective delivery of skin actives into the skin.
BulkActives’ multi lamellar cream is exclusively and professionally formulated, manufactured and packaged for us by the same biochemist who manufactures our seakelp bioferment, pumpkin bioferment, and lemon bioferment.
NOTE: Based on customer feedback we have reformulated our multi lamellar cream, making it "greener' and even more elegant! In this NEW formulation we have also replaced the xantham gum with Sclerotium Gum, the preservative system combines the extremely safe, yet effective, Sodium Levulinate and Sodium Anisate, with Potassium sorbate and citric acid. This means our cream now does NOT contain parabens or phenoxyethanol.
Multi Lamellar Base Cream with SeaKelp Bioferment and Sclerotium Gum (No Oil and No Polymer):
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