Tetra-C A Shelf Stable Topical Vitamin C Derivative!

Tetra-C or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – Stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble.

Some researchers believe this form of vitamin C has greater affinity for skin,it has a higher rate of penetration (because it is lipid soluble, like human skin) than other derivatives; it also has a higher rate of conversion to vitamin C within the dermis. This form of vitamin C has been shown to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkle depth. It has the ability to stimulate the skin to produce glycosaminoglycans, natural moisturizers that allow skin to absorb moisture from the body itself. It remains stable in air and water for up to 18 months, allowing it to serve as a long-lasting antioxidant. Because this ingredient is effective in lower concentrations than traditional Vitamin C, it is less expensive for formulas, and has also been found to be gentler and work in some people who are resistant to ascorbic acid and is sulfate safe.

Kakadu Plums The New “It” Skincare Ingredient!

Terminalia ferdinandiana, also called the gubingebillygoat plumKakadu plum or murunga, is a flowering plant native to Australia.


Its vitamin C concentration may be as high as 1000–5300 mg/100g 


That’s 55 Xs the vitamin C than oranges!

It was used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of numerous ailments. The fruits were eaten by Australian Aborigines on long treks or hunting trips and were considered more valuable as a medicine rather than as a food. The inner bark of the tree was used to treat a variety of skin disorders and infections including wounds, sores and boils.



Together, with other antioxidants (like vitamin e and lutein), minerals (like zinc and iron to name a few!), bioactivs and gallic and ellagic acids (which have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties), it’s no surprise many brands have included it as a key ingredient in their products.


Vitamin Cg, Yes I Mean Cg!

Vitamin Cg 

What it is: A synthetic form of vitamin C (in an ascorbyl palmitate form) that is heralded for its ability to firm the skin and fight against oxidative stress and damage.

How it works: Acting on the deep dermal layer of the skin, vitamin Cg stimulates new, healthy, strong collagen to be produced by activating fibroblasts (the cells that are responsible for producing new and healthy collagen fibers). Vitamin Cg is said to transform into a more pure form of vitamin C as it is absorbed by the skin and gradually released over a 24-hour period.

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Top Types of Honey For Skin Care & Health!

From skin-care multitasker to wellness elixir, honey is stepping out of the shadows from its sweet-stuff reputation to take the reins as one of the hottest total-health ingredients. You’ll want to incorporate this sweet ingredient into your diet and skin care to reap all it has to offer. Here’s how:

1. Buckwheat Honey: For a High-Dose of Vitamin C
Considered the antioxidant powerhouse, buckwheat honey is the darkest in color and has one of the highest concentrations of vitamins (it actually contains vitamin c).

Internal: Similar to molasses in taste and color, Bee Raw Buckwheat Honey’s ($12) semisweet flavor lends an earthy, malt-like flavor that pairs perfectly with citrus fruits, mild cheese or greek yogurt.
Topical: Formulated with a blend of honey, coconut fruit extract, tonka beans and jasmine, Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion ($30) offers serious hydration and a delicate, floral scent.

2. Manuka Honey: For Serious Skin Care
The antibacterial one in the bunch, manuka honey can be hard to come by (the true form is only found from New Zealand manuka plants and there are set measurement systems dedicated to verifying its authenticity), but its unique enzymes and compositions make it a potent multitasker.

Internal: With just one ingredient, Honeymark Manuka Honey Lozenges ($8) slightly sticky (but not overly sweet), pure honey drops can help relieve a sore throat while freshening breath.

Topical: Harnessing the hydrating power of manuka honey plus potent peptides, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Get Lifted ($44) claims to fight the signs of aging for a more contoured, youthful look.

CT Esthetic- I will buy a jar of straight Manuka Honey and add it to a mask or use as a acne spot treatment sparingly!

3. Royal Jelly: For Overall Health and Aging
Not honey or bee pollen, royal jelly is a unique substance that is the food of the Queen Bee (who lives about four to six years, while the average worker bee only lives six weeks); Traditional Chinese Medicine considers it a key ingredient both internally and externally in the fight against aging and for overall health.

Internal: Unprocessed and sans additives, BeeAlive Pure & Natural Royale Jelly ($125 for a three-month supply) is said to help increase energy and vitality with just one-fifth teaspoon a day.
Topical: Just a few drops of Hey Honey Good Night Royal Honey Gel ($39) leave skin looking dewy, refreshed and radiant thanks to the powerful ingredient of CoQ10.

4. Wildflower Honey: For Fighting Allergies
Comprised of a wide variety of nectars, wildflower honey comes from undefined sources, typically during Spring. It is one of the most common types of honey and is usually the one associated with combating allergies.

Internal: Expertly blended to create a unique flavor balance, Honey Republic Organic Wildflower Honey ($11) is a healthy substitute for sugar in sauces and spreads.

Ct Esthetic – The more local the honey the better when used internally for allergies!

Topical: Burt’s Bees’ star honey ingredient is beeswax, a potent nourisher that meets with shea, almond and aloe vera in its skin-perfecting Sugar Scrub ($13).

CT Esthetic – A simple mask made of honey & yogurt (plain cow, goat, or sheep, the higher the fat content the better) is a great mask for dry, acne, mature, sensitive or mature skin.

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Don’t eat or use honey topically if you have a bee allergy!  Avoid yogurt if you have a dairy allergy!

Review of SkinCeuticals ‘C E Ferulic’ Antioxidant Treatment

Review of SkinCeuticals ‘C E Ferulic’ Antioxidant Treatment.

Advanced skincare powerhouse SkinCeuticals products are used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas, and luxury premium spas. Their mission is to improve skin health. They have recently released their C E Ferulic combination antioxidant treatment containing 15% L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol, and 0.5% ferulic acid. We are thrilled to have used this product and here is our product review of it:

This product was developed to:

1. deliver advanced protection against photoaging by neutralizing free radicals (via the 1% alpha tocopherol – which is vitamin E, and via 0.5% ferulic acid – a super antioxidant that has been found to increase its antioxidant activity when exposed to UV rays)

2. boosting collagen synthesis to improve signs of aging

3. providing unmatched antioxidant protection (via 15% L-ascorbic acid – which is vitamin C, one of the few proven antioxidant wrinkle-fighters used in skin care)

So overall, this combination antioxidant treatment will give you more youthful looking skin and a better defense against environmental aging. After using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic for three weeks straight, we have found that this product does just that!

Smoother and firmer skin. Diminished brown spots and improved skin tone. Brighter complexion. You name it, it does it. This product may be the gold standard in antioxidant treatments for anti-aging. It also is easy to use along with your sunscreen and moisturizer because of its super absorbing and light weight feeling properties. SkinCeuticals … we give you two big thumbs up for introducing this product to people dieing for a fantastic anti-aging product.

We found that it was also very interesting that this eye dropper serum, once absorbed, cannot be washed or rubbed off. It also remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours. So really, the C E Ferulic is a long-lasting high performance anti-aging treatment. And priced at $146 for 30ml, we were relieved that we only had to use this product once every 3 days (instead of daily) since it obviously is only for people willing to spend $$$$ on luxury skincare. Our staff recommends this top rated serum for both men and women looking for an easy way to fight aging.

Watermelon in Skin Care

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When we think of watermelon, we think of summertime barbeques or an afternoon picnic in the park. However, we’ve never really thought of it as a way to make our skin look gorgeous. But it turns out, there’s more to this tasty fruit than we thought.

Watermelon extract is touted for being rich in vitamin C, amino acids and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that’s great for sun-damaged skin. It’s also said to promote cell regeneration, moisturize, cleanse and exfoliate. 

That said, experts are a little hesitant to recommend it. While it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, the concern is the high levels of sugar it contains. So if you tend to break out easily or have sensitive skin, you need to be a little more cautious. And if you’re using it on your body (like in a body wash), the sugars can potentially cause irritation in some areas.

“How the ingredient is derived and the carrier it’s put in is very important,” says celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy. “What you need to look for is that your active ingredients are getting to where they need to go and are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Watermelon extract, or any other ingredient for that matter, can be effective if it’s in a good carrier that can deliver its benefits to the skin. One line that would be safe to use is Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skin-care line. “The company is very serious about how the watermelon is derived and the work that goes into it creating the product. They have a phenomenal lab, and it’s also very affordable,” says Joy.

Another tip, if the watermelon is being used for the smell, that’s usually a red flag that it’s not a good product to use. You should also consider if the watermelon used is organic or if it’s been treated with pesticides. What it really comes down to is that there are many other ingredients out there that are more beneficial and safer than watermelon extract.

Click here for nutritional data on raw watermelon

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Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin: Vitamin C!

Product Review: Sally B’s Skin Yummies Antioxidant Skin Boost!

This beneficial powder is packed full of Vitamin C and other essential antioxidants to repair the affects of everyday dirt, stress, and harsh environmental elements. Just mix a scoop of Boost with your night cream or serum and let its super antioxidant powers brighten your complexion and fight free radicals to help prevent the signs of aging.

  • Prevents wrinkles and other signs of aging
  • Vitamin C brightens skin (tone) and improves overall skin health
  • Packed full of essential antioxidants
  • Vegan

In the palm of your hand, mix a scoop (scoop included) of Boost with your night cream or serum. Smooth over face and do not rinse off. Use nightly.   If your Boost does not full dissolve into your product of choice, add a bit more cream, serum, or even a couple drops of water to help it along. However, if it does not fully dissolve it still remains 100% effective.

Contains:  L-Ascorbic Acid, Organic Pomegranate Extract, Hyluronic Acid, Resveratrol, allantoin.

Why I like this product:  Vitamin C can lose its potency when it’s already mixed into certain creams and stored, or in beauty creams that are in an open jar container and are constantly opened and closed and exposed to the air, which can cause oxidation.  This product is great for All Skin Types except Sensitive and or Rosacea.

Healthy Fall Foods That Are Good For You And Your Skin!




This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.


Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Eminence Organic Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel – An exfoliating peel that refines skin and boosts collagen for smoother, firmer skin.

Yam – 

This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese.

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet po...

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)












This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) and Vitamin K, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Cranberries, as well as other berries and frui...

Cranberries, as well as other berries and fruits, are a source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is contained in many flavored waters and functions as an antioxidant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cranberry Gommage – Purifying exfoliant cleanses, tones and decongests enlarged pores, leaving skin clearer, smoother and more refined. Unclog and minimize pores with cranberry and raspberry enzymes. Exfoliate and purify skin with salicylic acid, volcanic minerals and sucrose that work deep within the follicular wall and provide antimicrobial, antibacterial benefits. Protect skin with the anti-aging properties of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage.

Collagen Boosting Food!

Collagen is a major structural protein in the human body. It strengthens tendons, improves skin resilience and supports internal organs, according to the Protein Data Bank. As people age, collagen production slows down. This is most notably seen in the skin as wrinkles, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. An adequate intake of foods high in vitamin C, vitamin A, omega – 3 fatty acids, copper and niacin will help boost collagen production.

Omega – 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids enhance ligament fibroblast collagen formation in association with changes in interleukin-6 production.  Omega 3 also lessens  collagen breakdown and the acids help with skin renewal and production.  Foods high in omega – 3 fatty acids are tuna and salmon.

English: Flesh of an Atlantic Salmon.

English: Flesh of an Atlantic Salmon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Foods High in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen. It is needed to turn the amino acid proline into hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline improves collagen stability. Inadequate intake of vitamin C slows collagen production, leading to scurvy. Without enough collagen, the body is unable to repair itself.  Foods high in vitamin C to help boost collagen include citrus fruits, peppers, potatoes, cantaloupe, broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries.

Cantalope Melon

Cantalope Melon (Photo credit: shanta)


Foods High in Niacin

Niacin assists the functioning of the skin, nerves and digestive system. In preliminary studies, niacin increases collagen production and reduces dark spots on the skin. Foods high in niacin to boost collagen production include dairy products, fish, poultry, lean meat, nuts and eggs. Legumes and enriched cereals and breads provide some niacin.


Almonds (Photo credit: Shelby PDX)


Foods High in Copper

Copper is a mineral people need in only small amounts. But it is an essential nutrient in the production of collagen. The best sources of copper to increase collagen production include oysters, crabs, mussels, beef liver, cashews, filberts, almonds, soybeans, peanuts, chocolate, fortified cereals, mushrooms, potatoes, grapes, avocados and bananas.

White Tea

Drinking white tea helps to protect the skin from further damage, preventing the activity of enzymes that break down collagen as we age. Drink white tea in the morning to counteract aging and to help with hydration, an important part of keeping skin young!

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans help your body to produce hyaluronic acid, an anti-aging substance, which helps keep the collagen in your skin.

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