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Health and Skincare | Return to Eden Cosmetics' Blog

  • Developing a lotion (or cream or serum… any water based product)…

    Sure, the FDA doesn't regulate cosmetics in the same way that it regulates food or drugs, but there are still guidelines for the cosmetics industry, and the overt implication is, if there's a guideline, you should comply (take it from a pharmaceutical scientist who's been in industry for nigh on 10 years 😊).  Want to know more about FDA guidelines for all your skincare and makeup products?  Well, check out this post for a readable intro.
  • Ingredient Spotlight: Preventhelia

    Have you heard about peptides offering anti-oxidant protection?  Probably not, well, meet Preventhelia.  This amazing peptide not only protects skin cells from sun damage in a variety of different ways (both by preventing DNA damage and also by preventing damage from reactive carbonyl species (RCS)), but it ALSO repairs sun damaged skin!  Read on to learn more about this protective and restorative ingredient.
  • A Note About Anti-Oxidants

    Return to Eden Cosmetics face lotions and creams are loaded with anti-oxidants.  We all know that anti-oxidants are good for us, but... what exactly is an anti-oxidant (and why do we need them)? ...
  • Holistic Healing? Part 2: Myofascial Release

    Fascia, the webbing surrounding all the tissue within the body.  This webbing can get bound restricting movement and causing pain.  Myofascial release, which is a form of massage therapy, removes strictures within this layer enabling reparation of alignment within the body and creating space within the body. 

    If you're a huge Western medicine person and really not into the mumbo jumbo associated with acupuncture and reiki, myofascial release can be your introduction into the world of alternative healing modalities. 

    So much more restoring than traditional massage, myofascial release can help you sleep better (back to that creating space in the body for improved lymph flow and improved energy flow), and even if one session doesn't convince you that each one of us is more than matter (we are each such an incredibly complex mixture of matter and energy), you have nothing to lose by trying it out.

    Check out my own 10 year relationship with myofascial release by clicking the link below.

     

  • Holistic Healing? Part 1: The Benefits of Acupuncture

    Acupuncture and other alternative healing modalities (reiki, massage, etc.) can quite often provide relief of symptoms and in some cases resolve pain entirely (especially in cases of misalignment and stagnant energy caused by old injury).  These alternative healing techniques suggest there's more to pain and injury than just the physical component... of course, we all know we're made of more than just matter.  Energy and movement is so much a part of who we are.  If you're skeptical about acupuncture (or any other alternative healing techniques), I encourage you to read this post and find out what made me become a believer.
  • Impact of pH on Acne

    We spent a ton of time researching the optimal pH for acne prone skin and went ahead and conducted a self-test to see how pH impacts our skin.  The results of that little self assessment and extensive literature search showed that pH 6.0 is the optimal pH for products that work best on acne prone skin.  This finding contradicts with some widely held views and articles just looking at the pH of our skin's surface, but acne starts below the surface, so why are we only paying attention to surface pH?

    The pH of our skin shifts dramatically from the surface of the skin (typically 4.5 to 5.9) to the living skin layers of the epidermis and dermis, increasing by about two pH units over the first 100 microns of skin thickness.  That means you don't have to go very deep to see a large shift in pH from the acid mantle (skin surface) closer to the living skin layers.

    We didn't just rely on research when deciding on a target pH for our products.  We took our products to the streets using them ourselves and requesting all our testers to try them out too.  What we found after years of research is that a product with a target pH of 6.0 is less likely to cause breakouts than a product with a target pH of 5.5 or lower.

    Go ahead and check out the article here to learn more.

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