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Sunday, April 29, 2018

MyChelle Perfect C PRO Serum, Professional-Level 25% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum for All Skin Types, 0.5 fl oz

MyChelle Dermaceuticals
Perfect C PRO Serum 25% (0.5 fl oz.)

A professional-level formula with 25% L-Ascorbic Acid - the highest and most active form of Vitamin C.

Key Benefits: 
  • 25% L-Ascorbic Acid (stable): improves skin texture
  • Vitamin C: dulls the damaging effects that free radicals can cause
  • Plant C-Stem and Ubiquinone (CoQ10): protects stressed skin for a more luminous complexion

Penetrates skin
Boosts skin’s natural antioxidant properties
Enhances skin’s natural renewal process
Reduces the appearance of discoloration

UPC:  817291005337

About the product

  • A professional-level Vitamin C formula with 25% L-Ascorbic Acid-the highest and most bioactive form of Vitamin C.
  • Effectively brightens skin, and helps improve skin texture and reduce the visible signs of aging.
  • L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C, Plant C-Stem, and Ubiquinone (CoQ10) provide powerful antioxidant/antipollution/anti-aging benefits.
  • Apply one pump to damp skin in the morning after cleansing. If layering serums, use Perfect C PRO Serum first or follow with your favorite moisturizer. Product color will darken over time.
  • Vegan; made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Urea's, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Cruelty-free.

Perfect C PRO Serum: Brighten & Renew

Professional-level concentrated Vitamin C formula effectively brightens complexion and provides powerful antioxidant/anti-pollution/anti-aging benefits. Formulated with the highest, active level of stable 25% L-Ascorbic Acid to improve skin texture and reduce the visible sights of aging.

L-Ascorbic Acid: C the Difference

Begin each morning with a daily dose of Vitamin C to maintain skin health.
Scientifically Effective
Clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid is an anti-aging superstar and essential for skin health. And it’s the only active form of Vitamin C for skin rejuvenation, photo-aging, and anti-oxidant protection.
Why All Skin Types Need it
L-Ascorbic Acid enhances skin’s natural renewal process, protects skin against environmental damage, reduces irritation, reduces the appearance of dark spots, and helps to improve the look of acne scarring.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY : DMAE cream

Topical cream that includes DMAE has a great effect on skin. It aids in tightening the muscles that keep your skin looking healthy to diminish the appearance wrinkles, lines, and sagging.

1.  DMAE in dry crystal or powder form, either loose or in capsules that can be opened. One bottle costs around $10 (health food store or online). I buy this 50-capsule bottle at my local Whole Foods for $8.99. (Bluebonnet’s DMAE 100 mg Vcaps are highly concentrated and provide the highest quality DMAE from 2-dimethylaminoethanol bitartrate.)

2.  Any skin lotion or skin cream you already like and use. It can be simple, inexpensive, organic - whatever you and your skin already like.

Mix the ingredients. For every four ounces of lotion, add one and fourth teaspoons of DMAE. Mix well. Keep covered until use.

Apply your DMAE cream daily. As with many cosmetics, be careful not to get any into your eyes. DMAE creams are known to work gradually over time and people report definite results from using it.

    Application of a DMAE-rich topical treatment results in almost instantaneous benefits. The skin looks firmer, lifted, less lined, and smoother. If a pea-sized drop of a DMAE-containing lotion is spread on one side of the face, gently rubbed into the nasolabial fold, around the eye, forehead, under the chin and on the neck, results can be seen in about 20 minutes.

    The side of the face and jaw line with the DMAE will appear more contoured, the eye will be open wider, the nasolabial fold lessened. The effect is dramatic. There will also be an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles. DMAE is also outstanding in tightening up the dimpled skin on the back of the thighs and the upper arms.

    Other  Benefits
    Continued use of DMAE lightens the age spots that are commonly seen on the face, back of hands and arms. These brown spots are formed from the accumulated lipofuscin deposits in the body. Lipofuscin is a waste product of the cells and usually appears in older people. Aside from the skin, lipofuscin is found in big quantities in the neurons and heart muscles. DMAE acts by flushing lipofuscin out from the body.

    Another age-defying effect of DMAE is its skin tightening action that slows down the inevitable natural sagging of the skin. Aside from plastic surgery, DMAE skin treatments seem to be among the most effective means to lift and tighten the appearance of facial skin.  It's hypothesized that this is because of DMAE’s cell-stabilizing ability, its boosting action on acetylcholine or its capability to banish lipofuscin from the body.

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Retinol vs. Retin-A (tretinoin)

    Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is found in many anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenation products.

    Retin-A, also known as trans-retinoic acid or retinoic acid, is a type of tretinoin.

    Retinol and Retin-A are often confused - while they are related, they are quite different. Their relationship lies in that retinol eventually gets converted to retinoic acid.

    Retinol and other forms of vitamin A, such as retinal and retinyl palmitate, do not have much direct effect on the skin. They first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid.

    Only Retin-A [retinoic acid] directly affect skin cells to reduce some signs of aging.

    In theory, you should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, however the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals.

    In addition, when exposed to air either during storage or use, most retinol oxidizes and degrades before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. Retinol products tend to have fewer side-effects than retinoic acid [tretinoin, Retin A] due to this lower biological activity.

    tretinoin products

    As a result, significantly less people respond to retinol creams than to retinoic acid [tretinoin, Retin A], and the degree of response tends to be less too.

    Some companies have developed stabilized high-concentration retinol formulas that seem to be more effective. However, high concentrations of retinol can be almost as irritating to the skin as retinoic acid.


    Pure Retinol doesn’t possess these side effects unless you have particularly sensitive skin. Therefore it is better to apply Retinol before you go to bed so that if there are any side effects they should disappear by morning.


    Many skin specialists recommended starting with Retinol, especially because the potential side effects of Retin-A. If this is tolerated by the skin, then try changing to Retin-A.

    Retin A (Renova and other brands) appears to perform better at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than the best retinol formulations.

    Retin A, applying before bed time, after ALA and before moisturizer. If you experience skin irritation and/or chronic peeling try reducing the concentration by mixing with your moisturiser or get a lower concentration product. Alternatively reduce the frequency of application.

    NOTE: In some countries, retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A, Renova) is available only with a prescription by a physician. Discontinue use of either product if irritation continues.

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    Vitamin C : What is the difference between L ascorbic acid and ascorbic acid?

    In the rapidly expanding market of dietary supplements, it is possible to find vitamin C in many different forms with many claims regarding its efficacy or bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the degree to which a nutrient (or drug) becomes available to the target tissue after it has been administered.

    Vitamin C also known as, ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, dehydroascorbic acid, the antiscorbutic vitamin, L-xyloascorbic acid and L-threo-hex-2-uronic acidy-lactone, is a much talked about vitamin, with people claiming it as a cure-all for may diseases and problems - from cancer to the common cold.

    Yet, this miracle vitamin cannot be manufactured by the body, and needs to be ingested.

    The Bioavailability of Different Forms of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) : 
    Natural vs. synthetic ascorbic acid
    Natural and synthetic L-ascorbic acid are chemically identical, and there are no known differences in their biological activity. The possibility that the bioavailability of L-ascorbic acid from natural sources might differ from that of synthetic ascorbic acid was investigated in at least two human studies, and no clinically significant differences were observed.

    • A study of 12 males (six smokers and six nonsmokers) found the bioavailability of synthetic ascorbic acid (powder administered in water) to be slightly superior to that of orange juice, based on blood levels of ascorbic acid, and not different based on ascorbic acid in leukocytes (white blood cells). 
    • A study in 68 male nonsmokers found that ascorbic acid consumed in cooked broccoli, orange juice, orange slices, and as synthetic ascorbic acid tablets are equally bioavailable, as measured by plasma ascorbic acid levels.
    Ester-C® contains mainly calcium ascorbate, but also contains small amounts of the vitamin C metabolites dehydroascorbate (oxidized ascorbic acid), calcium threonate, and trace levels of xylonate and lyxonate. In their literature, the manufacturers state that the metabolites, especially threonate, increase the bioavailability of the vitamin C in this product, and they indicate that they have performed a study in humans that demonstrates the increased bioavailability of vitamin C in Ester-C®. This study has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal. A small published study of vitamin C bioavailability in eight women and one man found no difference between Ester-C® and commercially available ascorbic acid tablets with respect to the absorption and urinary excretion of vitamin C. Ester-C® should not be confused with ascorbyl palmitate, which is also marketed as "vitamin C ester".

    What is the difference between Ester-C and regular Vitamin C? 

    • Mostly the acidity. Regular vitamin C is very acidic, and can cause increases in your blood acidity levels.  Ester C is made so that it is non-acidic, and has more bio-flavanoids in it.  This is a fancy word for additional nutrients to allow your body to absorb it better.

    Vitamin C with bioflavonoids

    Bioflavonoids or flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds found in plants. Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits, are often rich sources of flavonoids as well. There is little evidence that the bioflavonoids in most commercial preparations increase the bioavailability or efficacy of vitamin C.

    The effect of bioflavonoids on the bioavailability of ascorbic acid has been examined in two published studies. A study of five men and three women found that a 500 mg supplement of synthetic ascorbic acid, given in a natural citrus extract containing bioflavonoids, proteins, and carbohydrates, was more slowly absorbed and 35% more bioavailable than synthetic ascorbic acid alone, wheen based on plasma levels of ascorbic acid over time and 24-hr urinary excretion of ascorbic acid. In that study, the ratio of bioflavonoids to ascorbic acid (weight per weight) was 4:1, which is much higher than most commercially available products. Another study in 7 seven omen and one man found no difference between the bioavailability of 500 mg of synthetic ascorbic acid and that of a commercially available vitamin C preparation with added bioflavonoids, where the ratio of bioflavonoids to ascorbic acid was 0.05:1.

    Kidney Stones

    Because oxalate is a metabolite of vitamin C, there is some concern that high vitamin C intake could increase the risk of oxalate kidney stones. Some but not all studies have reported that supplemental vitamin C increases urinary oxalate levels. Whether any increase in oxalate levels would translate to an elevation in risk for kidney stones has been examined in epidemiological studies. Two large prospective studies, one following 45,251 men for six years and the other following 85,557 women for 14 years, reported that consumption of ≥1,500 mg of vitamin C daily did not increase the risk of kidney stone formation compared to those consuming <250 mg daily. However, a more recent prospective study that followed 45,619 men for 14 years found that those who consumed ≥1,000 mg/day of vitamin C had a 41% higher risk of kidney stones compared to men consuming <90 mg of vitamin C daily—the current recommended dietary allowance. In this study, low intakes (90-249 mg/day) of vitamin C (primarily from the diet) were also associated with a significantly elevated risk. Supplemental vitamin C intake was only weakly associated with increased risk of kidney stones in this study. Despite conflicting results, it may be prudent for individuals predisposed to oxalate kidney stone formation to avoid high-dose vitamin C supplementation.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Biotin -- also known as Vitamin B7

    Biotin is also known as vitamin B7 and it is a water soluble vitamin which helps in the metabolism process. Apart from support in metabolic activities, biotin is crucial for cell growth and also for the prevention of hair loss.

    Hence, many dermatologists emphasize on having food products that have vitamin B7 that would help us get good amount of biotin inside our body which would eventually resolve our hair loss problem naturally. Women who are pregnant and lactating would also require biotin that would help their body by maintaining the cell growth inside the body.

    Biotin and hair growth
    People suffering from problems like alopecia and other hair loss problems need to have biotin in their diet and therefore they should opt for food products like liver, meat, egg yolks and green vegetables.

    This would help them recover from biotin deficiency and promote hair growth without any medical help or using synthetic medicines. Hair loss does not sound like a deadly problem but it has a more sociological effect. People who suffer from bald spots on their head often lose the confidence they had in themselves and start shirking away from people.

    Biotin rich foods
    • Nuts (peanuts, almonds, etc…)
    • Tuna
    • Swiss Chard
    • Egg
    • Pork
    • Salmon
    This will not only help you to get back your hair but also help you with other problems like acne and brittle nail.

    Biotin is also used in various products related to hair like shampoos, conditioners, hair gels and hair styling creams.

    Biotin and diabetes
    Individuals with type 2 diabetes should also look into taking a biotin supplement. Consuming biotin in combination with chromium picolinate, a mineral found in certain foods, may help improve blood sugar levels.”