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Want to learn more about our fantastic PURE SCENT fragrance technology? Ever wondered what exactly DHA is in your self-tanning product? Interested in the science of aging? Curious about peptides and why they are so effective? Ready to rejuvenate your skin and look 10 years younger today? Click on any of the headings to find out more!
Self-Tanning
 

PURE SCENT Technology

Why do other self-tanners smell horrid?

During the self-tanning process, over 250 malodor (bad or less-than-pleasant odor) molecules are released. Many self-tanning companies attempt to cover-up or mask these obnoxious malodors, but fail to provide effective results. Instead the base fragrance wears off and you still end up smelling unpleasant hours later when the tan development stage is in full swing! That is why Beautisol's® PURE SCENT technology is the solution!

What is PURE SCENT technology?

We utilize a cutting-edge fragrance technology, PURE SCENT, to neutralize and encapsulate the unpleasant processing smell or odors typically associated with self-tanning. This breakthrough solution reduces the offensive malodors by up to 70% through the balance of technology and fragrance molecules.

How did PURE SCENT come to be?

This technology had a very interesting start that many of us can relate to! A lead chemist at a well-known fragrance house could not stand the way his wife smelled after she applied self-tanner, so he began his extensive search to figure out precisely which fragrances neutralized the malodors and which fragrances could be used directly with DHA and not cause any interactions or changes to the self-tanning formula. After years of testing he was finally able to seal smelly self-tanner’s fate forever! Beautisol® is proud to introduce PURE SCENT technology to the U.S. market. Self-tanner users may now breathe a sigh of relief!

What Is DHA?

DHA stands for Dihydroxyacetone, a sugar derivative from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane.

How does DHA in a self-tanner work?

Through a safe and natural process, the DHA attaches itself to the amino acids in your epidermis, the top layer of the skin, and goes through a chemical change. This process is similar to the browning that occurs when you cut open an apple and leave it exposed to the air. The resulting effect is a gorgeous brown color. It is NON-TOXIC and only affects the upper layers of your skin, which is made up of dead skin cells. Since skin color is unique, tan results will vary from person to person. Our bodies naturally shed dead skin cells daily so unfortunately your tan won’t last forever! However, you can expect the beautiful color to last up to a week or two.

Who can we thank for this amazing discovery?

In the 1920s, a group of German scientists first recognized DHA as a skin-coloring agent. They noted that when in contact with their skin, the surface would turn brown if not rinsed off!

Eva Wittgenstein, a scientist at The University of Cincinnati in the 1950s, was researching the use of DHA for the treatment of children with the metabolic disease, Glycogen Storage Disease. While working with these children, she made an unanticipated discovery! She found that when her young patients accidentally spit up or spilled the DHA onto their skin, it darkened the area after a few hours. This led her to further experiment with the DHA, testing it out on her own skin by painting various parts of her body. Eva realized that the DHA created the same browning effect as UV tanning. And with that, self-tanning was born! Eva Wittgenstein is our hero!

DHA and the FDA

In the 1970s, the Food and Drug Administration permanently added DHA to their list of approved cosmetic ingredients. DHA is NON-TOXIC and approved for external application to the human body.

The Fashionable Tan

If Coco Chanel approved, so do we! We can thank Ms. Chanel for our love of all things tweed and tan! In the 1920s she returned from a vacation in St. Tropez sporting a glowing tan, instantly making it “In-Vogue”. Naturally, her admirers followed suite, and from then on, a tan was regarded as a symbol of youth, beauty, and status. Today we still admire her sense of style- we’ve kept the pearls and tweed, but swapped the unsafe sun and UV tanning for healthier alternatives such as self-tanner and spray tans!

Layers of the Skin & What Level DHA Works On

The skin is your body’s largest organ and performs several critical functions: protection, sensation, heat regulation, storage, excretion, absorption and water resistance. Your skin is complete with three main layers: the epidermis (top), the dermis (middle), and the hypodermis / subcutaneous (bottom).

The Epidermis

The outer most layer of the skin is the epidermis, which has several different layers within it; the stratum corneum (the skin's surface and where DHA works), the granular cell layer, the spinous cell layer and the basal cell layer (where UV tans form).

As cells move upwards and away from the basal layer in the epidermis they move further from the body's blood supply. As they move farther from the blood supply, they flatten, die and accumulate protein in a substance called keratin. When cells finally reach the outer layer (stratum corneum) they are flat, scale-like and dead but are ready to react with the amino acids in DHA to produce a beautiful tan color.

The lowest level of the epidermis is called the basal layer and is where a UV tan originates. In this layer cells are continually dividing to produce new skin cells (millions every day!). The basal layer also contains cells called melanocytes which produce melanin pigment - the darker color associated with a tan. UV light is what stimulates melanin production. In a variety of races, melanin production is continuous regardless of exposure to UV rays, so the skin is always somewhat pigmented, although UV light will increase the pigmentation. Melanocytes actually produce two different pigments: eumelanin (brown) and pheomelanin (yellow and red). This is why fairer skinned people don't tan as well. Typically, they produce more pheomelanin and less eumelanin, which causes more yellow / red color than brown.

The Dermis

This inner layer of skin contains blood vessels, nerves, hair roots, sweat glands, collagen and elastin. It provides life in the form of blood and oxygen to the epidermis. Collagen and elastin is found in this layer and is what gives the skin it's elasticity, firmness and strength.

The Hypodermis - aka Subcutaneous Layer

This is the bottom layer of the skin underneath the dermis is composed mainly of fat. The thickness of this layer varies among people and is thicker where curves are formed. The hypodermis is typically found to be thicker in woman than in men. This added thickness is what helps form women's rounded curves!

Anti-Aging
 

Skin: The Aging Process

Maintaining healthy, beautiful, glowing skin should be the first step in everyone’s beauty regimen. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the most visible. It is also very easily and noticeably damaged over time. The effects of aging and sun damage are the most evident on your skin.

The Layers of the Skin

The skin is made up of 3 main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous. The skin becomes damaged and shows signs of aging in each of the 3 layers.

  • Epidermis: Skin’s outer and thinnest layer. Wrinkles commonly develop from environmental damage, and repeated mechanical facial movements (aka laugh lines).
  • Dermis: Skin’s middle and thickest layer. Retains moisture, and contains meshwork of collagen and elastin fibers. When damaged and over time, skin’s “backbone” begins to sag and droop, with loss of collagen, elastin, and moisture.
  • Subcutaneous: Mostly made up of lipids, with decreased fat content as skin ages.

Understanding the Aging Process

Aging of the skin occurs in two ways: intrinsic aging which is due to genetic factors and extrinsic aging which is due to environmental and mechanical factors. This means that prevention from harsh environmental and habitual skin damage can do wonders to help slow down the aging process. Healthy habits starting in your youth are essential to maintaining healthy skin. Some major bad habits to avoid are smoking, unprotected UV exposure, and repeated habitual muscular movements. Yet damage due to general wear, exposure to pollution, unhealthy diet, not drinking enough water, genetic factors, and not having a good skin-care regimen will all eventually cause skin to sag, wrinkle, and discolor. Let’s face the ugly truth- gravity and time will start to take a toll on your skin no matter what. Good habits can delay unsightly effects of aging, but not forever.

How Aging Affects the Skin

As your skin ages, it changes in fundamental ways. The skin becomes thinner and weaker, and veins become more visible. Your face and body begin to lose their youthful tightness and as years of gravity take effect sagging begins to pull and skin becomes flabby and droopy, especially in facial areas. Skin becomes much drier during the ageing process as your body naturally begin to produce less oils, reduced levels of elastin and collagen, decreased hormone production levels, and decreased fat or lipid storage deep in the skin. Dry skin can lead to a cracked, uneven, flaky appearance and aid in the production and deepening of wrinkles. The skin becomes discolored and age spots or sunspots appear on areas that have gotten a lot of UV exposure over the years. These spots often appear in clusters on the face, shoulders, or hands as brown, grey, or black spots. Another unfortunate sign of ageing, and one of the most unpleasant is wrinkles. Wrinkles can occur all over the body and are especially bothersome on the face. Typically wrinkles appear deepest and most pronounced around the eyes, mouth, neck, and forehead.

Prevention & Treatment: The Facts

Wrinkles: The Ugly Truth

Wrinkles come in many shapes, sizes, and depths and have earned a variety of colorful nicknames- crows feet, laugh lines, character lines, worry lines, frown lines, nasal wrinkles, marionette lines, etc. Many of these nicknames refer to the motor actions in our faces, habitual movements like smiling or laughing that over the years lead to deep unsightly facial lines and creases.

Are we are ready to stop ourselves from laughing to preserve our youthful appearances? Luckily we don’t have to make such a drastic sacrifice!

Technology and Anti-Aging

Exciting new technology has allowed innovative skin care anti-aging experts like Beautisol® to develop cutting-edge anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products. These products contain powerful active ingredients derived from nature that drastically eliminate the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles and even out skin tone. Without resorting to needles or surgery, these new products can give you a botox-like result without the pain or money!

Prevention: A Key to Healthy Skin

FACT: It is important to begin an anti-aging regimen early on. This is because prevention of aging in skin is the first step towards maintaining “eternally youthful” skin. Your lifestyle during your youth has an immense effect on when and how severely your skin will begin to age. Staying out of the sun, using a good moisturizer, and not smoking cigarettes are keys to keeping your skin healthy. Many people begin to develop crows feet in their early 20’s. When it comes to prevention, it is never too early to treat your skin right!

Solutions: What You Can Do

Beautisol's® anti-aging Total Support Beauty Kit contains our three key anti-aging products. Each product is unique and targets the skin at different levels to form a cohesive anti-aging routine and hit every problem area. Fortified with essential biological and active ingredients, our products can provide the nourishment that your skin needs and is unable to provide for itself as it ages.

FACT: One skin care product is not enough! People who suffer from chronic, aging skin conditions complain of a variety of different and overlapping problem areas. One single product cannot target each problem individually, or provide all of the needed active ingredients.

Skin suffering form elastosis, the loss of elastic tissue, needs a product with ingredients like GLA designed to help tighten and rejuvenate skin to counteract sagginess, thinness, and droopiness. Age spots and discoloration or yellow sallowness is best combated with strong peptides, collagen, and antioxidants. Deep-set wrinkles can be treated with a powerful exfoliant, a renewing Retinol, and Snap-8, a strong and effective amino acid. Combination therapy is the best method for winning the battle against the signs of aging!

Peptides: The Science

What is a Peptide?

Peptides are the naturally occurring building block of the skin. A peptide is a small protein fragment that is joined by two or more amino acids. They can be derived naturally or lab simulated. Peptides act as the messengers between skin cells carrying important messages or commands to ensure proper repair or stimulation is happening. For example when collagen is degenerating or becoming damaged due to UVA or UVB damage, peptides stimulate its synthesis.

Peptides and Collagen Production

Peptides have been hailed as the most effective active ingredient in anti-aging skin care today. Peptides have earned this critical acclaim for their success in combating wrinkles and skin-damage in several main ways. Peptides help the skin to create more collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the skin. Collagen is key to producing skin that looks taught, tight, firm, and hydrated. During youth, your body naturally produces high levels of collagen. As the skin ages, collagen is destroyed and the body cannot keep up its production levels. This decrease in collagen leads directly to sagging features and wrinkles.

Peptides essentially trick you skin into producing higher levels of collagen. This way instead of losing much more collagen than your body can produce, the production levels increase to a higher rate much closer to what young skin would produce. The effects of this increased collagen are amazing, younger, tighter skin naturally. Even your under-eye puffy bags are reduced with peptide use. Peptides really can fix aging skin from the inside out!

Size is Everything!

Another benefit of peptides is their tiny size. Peptides are so small that they can sneak past the skin’s strong natural barriers and get deep into the lower skin layers. These deep layers of the skin are not reached by most skin care products. Peptides penetrate into skin and provide cues for collagen production, anti-oxidants, and stimulate the healing and regenerative process. Some peptides also incorporate copper molecules and encourage glycosaminoglycan synthesis production, both of which have incredible healing and reparative properties.

NeuroPEPTIDES: "The Pain-Free BOTOX"

Another kind of peptide is called a neuropeptide and it is more commonly referred to as the “pain-free Botox”. Peptides bring you botox-like effects without needles, high costs, or invasive-procedures. These neuropeptides work by blocking the transmission of signals from your nerves to your facial muscles, and relaxing your wrinkle-prone muscles. Neuropeptides are revolutionizing the industry, and eliminating the need for harsh Botox neuro-toxins!

Peptide Therapy: More is Better

There are many kinds of peptides, and several have become hugely popular for their anti-aging properties. The best way to get the regenerative and transformative effects of peptide-therapy is by using a combination of peptides. That is why the Beautisol researches have created the 99% Pure Peptide Rescue Serum to include the EIGHT most important peptides. Peptides work wonders on their own, and the 99% Pure Peptide Rescue Serum doesn’t waist valuable space on filler ingredients. We offer you the most effective peptides on the market in an easy to use feel-good serum, pure and simple.

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