Keep your skin healthy all winter long

The cold and dry winter season is upon us! With the temperatures beginning to drop and the thermostats heating up, our skin requires a little more attention. It’s the time of year, even for those of us living in warmer climates, that our skin could really use some extra care and effective hydration.

Combat dry winter skin with these tips for retaining your skin’s natural moisture:

Exfoliation is key

It’s hard for your skin to absorb your moisturizer if it’s shielded by a layer of dead skin, which is why exfoliating is so important in the winter. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells that make your skin look dull and dry. Always remember to keep it gentle though, as using harsh exfoliators will strip your skin of its natural protective moisture barrier. For sensitive skin, we recommend a mild fruit-based enzyme that gently removes dead and flaky skin to reveal a fresh and healthy complexion. Azul’s Gentle Enzyme exfoliator will do the trick!

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Find a moisturizer you really like, since it will be a constant companion during the dry season! Humidity levels fall during winter, and central heating dries the air further, leading to dry skin. Moisturizing every day will keep you from feeling the effects of winter. Trilogy Laboratories is currently working on a moisturizing spritzer that contains the miracle moisturizing ingredient Pentavitin, also currently featured in Trilogy’s Timeless Moisture product. Pentavitin is 100 percent natural and plant-derived. Its composition is similar to the carbohydrate complex of your skin, which is why our skin loves it so much! Pentavitin creates a moisture reservoir that lasts 72 hours after application. Studies have shown an increase in skin smoothness and reduction in flakiness after use. The spritzer will also have another incredible ingredient, called Detoskin, which is derived from the root of the peony plant. This ingredient optimizes cellular energy and protects against pollution damage, fortifies your skin’s natural barrier and reduces the negative effects of sun radiation. For those in warmer climates who still experience winter’s effects, this moisturizing spritzer will be the one for you!

Don’t forget the sunscreen

UV rays that cause skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer still make their way through the clouds, so wearing sunscreen is an essential step in your skin care routine, even during winter. There are two kinds of sunscreen that provide either a chemical or a physical barrier. Mineral-based sunscreens use ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These physical, rather than chemical, sunscreens are not absorbed by the skin and instead act like a mirror reflecting the sun’s rays. Mineral-based sunscreens are more natural. They don’t contain chemicals and they also provide the best protection.

We hope these tips will keep your skin supple and smooth as you brave the chill this winter!

The top three reasons plastic surgeons need to private label

The Trilogy Labs team recently attended the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) 24th Biennial Global Meeting in Miami, Florida, which is a conference sharing the greatest aesthetic education imaginable. Each gathering attracts thousands of attendees from around the world and has become the showcase for innovative scientific programs that are both cutting edge and diverse covering all aspects of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Our very own Dr. Kristen Flaharty spoke on why private labeling is important in a surgeon’s practice and how to get started. Here are the three-key points Dr. Flaharty shared during her presentation:

1. Create a New Profit Center

Your patients are all buying products, even if it is just sunblock, so why not give them the option to purchase their products from you? You are much more of an expert when it comes to skin care and products than so many out there selling. By working with a lab, you can customize a product line to fit your patient demographic needs consistent with your practice. Not to mention, developing your own line can be more profitable than selling someone else’s product. Buying these products directly from a laboratory that specializes in private labeling will have much less markup compared to purchasing products from an established national brand.

2. Exclusivity

One of the best reasons to consider private label skin care is exclusivity. Once you develop your line and get it into your practice, you will find that your patients bond with your products and the only place to get them is at your office. Private labeling can increase your customer loyalty and retention. Your patients see you as the expert. They seek your advice, respect your knowledge and trust your recommendations. Therefore, your endorsement of a product is the single most powerful influence on their skincare buying decisions. You’ll be amazed at the loyalty that develops with your product line over time! (Assuming you do your diligence in finding the best line to private label!) Most importantly, patients won’t be able to find your products at your competitor’s office down the street or on a website. They can only get your products from you – which keeps them coming back to your practice and your practice only.

3. Build Your Brand

Don’t underestimate the value of building your own brand and practice by having your private label skincare products out in the community. Let’s face it – we all know how expensive marketing can be between TV, radio, print and digital advertising with variable returns on that investment. The marketing and brand recognition you get through disseminating your custom products all over town can be a very powerful tool. These products will be used every day, sit on desks and on bathroom counters, and remind your patients of your practice and your products. It’s a no brainer: Building your own practice’s brand with a beneficial skin care product is much better than handing out pens or mini calendars!

As you can see, developing your own private label skin care line is a win, win, win! You can increase profits in product sales by developing a line that’s equal in efficacy to the high priced brands. You will have complete exclusivity from day one as the only place for your patients to get your branded products. Plus, you will not only expand your product’s brand, but your practice’s brand by disseminating your products in the community.

Skincare benefits of Hemp Oil and CBD

In one of our more recent blogs, we were discussing the current trends in skincare ingredients and one of the trends that has taken the cosmetic industry by storm is incorporating derivatives of the hemp plant. Beauty and wellness products containing cannabidiol (CBD, the non-hallucinogenic form derived from the cannabis family) as well as hemp seed oil are becoming increasingly popular due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Trilogy Laboratories is currently developing skincare products containing hemp-derived ingredients and we are loving the results!

Hemp-derived products give you a natural skincare option that is chock full of benefits. In general, you can expect your skin to be moisturized, regenerated and revitalized after each use. Since hemp-derived CBD is so gentle, it can be used on each part of your body to help you achieve all-over results. Keep in mind that hemp oil by itself has a lot of skin benefits of its own, (mostly because of the fatty components) but it does not contain CBD unless it has been specifically added.  Hemp oil is made from the seed of the hemp plant whereas CBD comes from the flower. Also, it’s important to know that CBD from the hemp plant (unlike the marijuana plant) is legal in all 50 states.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs what we put onto it. Today, many mainstream skincare products are made with potentially harmful synthetic or harsh chemicals. And labels claiming to be “natural” or “organic” can be extremely misleading. It’s important to pay close attention to the ingredients listed on these products because your skin could be directly absorbing harmful chemicals.

By simply switching products and incorporating more natural ingredients into your skincare routine you can improve the quality of what you are delivering to your skin. One word of warning though—just because something is natural doesn’t make it good for you. Think about Poison Ivy! You wouldn’t want to slather your skin with a lotion containing that, now would you?

Cannabis-derived products are becoming a BFF for holistic types because they can potentially help relieve pain! CBD has a soothing effect on the skin as it binds to a special set of receptors which help relieve feelings of heat, itch and pain. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.

Try hemp oil and CBD on these body parts to see some incredible results!

Face: Products like a CBD lotion or serum can help in fighting acne and reducing the redness of pimples. In addition, CBD may give your skin a more youthful appearance, thanks to its inflammation-fighting abilities.

Lips: Our lips are a part of our skin so it’s important to make sure they are carefully protected like the rest of our body. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your lips is by using products containing hemp-derived CBD or hemp oil. Hemp is the only plant that contains vitamin D, which is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin.

Hands: Safe for even the most sensitive hands, hemp-derived oil protects against external elements. Using a hemp hand cream before leaving the house saves your skin from harsh weather conditions that could potentially dry and damage your skin. Hemp oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants, aiding it’s moisturizing and anti-aging features. It is also high in linoleic acid, which is responsible for keeping skin supple. Using hemp oil on your hands makes them softer while also being naturally antibiotic and antifungal. With the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid content, this oil helps regenerate the skin’s protective layer.

Body: CBD products can be used on the body to ease muscular aches, reduce swelling, and ease pain. The high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp oil treat eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Vitamin E, which is also present in hemp-derived oil, boosts skin’s UV defense and neutralizes damaging free radicals. Using CBD or hemp oil products can increase your skins elasticity and water retention capacity.

As you can see, CBD and hemp oil are great options because of the ability to target a variety of problems simultaneously while being gentle and soothing. Keep an eye out for Trilogy Laboratories’ CBD skincare products so you too can experience all the wonderful benefits!

Ingredients that are good for your skin AND the environment

Did you know that some chemicals and ingredients found in standard sunscreens, skin care and cosmetic products can cause harm to our bodies and the environment? With potentially harmful chemicals involved in simple beauty routines, it’s no wonder people are looking to more natural ingredients – meaning ingredients that are found in nature, without external interference or manipulation, like chemicals. Products made with natural ingredients are gentle on your body, your skin and the world around you. Who doesn’t want that?

Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients that will not only help keep your skin beautiful and healthy but are gentle on the environment, too!

Mineral-based sunscreens – Mineral sunscreens are your best line of defense against sun damage, premature aging and skin cancer – and they are environmentally friendly! Mineral-based sunscreens use ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These physical, rather than chemical, sunscreens are not absorbed by the skin and instead act like a mirror reflecting the sun’s rays. They are not only better for your health but also don’t cause harm to the environment they come in contact with, unlike chemical sunscreens.

A common chemical ingredient used in most major sunscreen brands is oxybenzone, also known as Benzophenone-3. This is an active chemical that absorbs UVA and UVB rays, therefore protecting the skin from the sun. While this ingredient does a very effective job at protecting your skin, it has a negative impact on the world’s coral reefs. Reports have shown that sunscreens containing oxybenzone have been contributing to the bleaching and deterioration of coral reefs. Hawaii recently passed a law prohibiting certain ingredients to protect coral reefs, and now all products have to be coral reef safe. In fact, Trilogy Laboratories is working on a private label line of sunscreen that is safe for the environment, and coral reefs, for a client in Hawaii.

Jojoba beads – Exfoliation is the key to healthy, soft, glowing skin. One of the most popular types of exfoliants is jojoba beads, which are produced from jojoba oil. Jojoba beads are often mistaken for microbeads. The two products look and feel very similar but are vastly different. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax derived from the jojoba shrub. The wax is processed to a solid wax, which is referred to as a jojoba ester. These jojoba esters are spherical in shape, biodegradable and come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. They’re a perfect natural exfoliant added to body and facial scrubs!

Microbeads, unlike natural jojoba beads, are not biodegradable as they are made from plastic. After the microbeads are used in beauty products, they are washed down the drain to wastewater treatment plants which are not able to filter the tiny plastic beads. Eventually, these microbeads find their way into streams, rivers and the ocean and are being consumed by animals – which is harmful to the animals’ digestive tracts and can migrate to other body tissue. Likewise, those who eat the seafood are unable to digest the microbeads as well. With so many natural exfoliant options out there, there is no need to use plastic microbeads. In fact, Trilogy Laboratories Citrus Scrub uses biodegradable jojoba beads and bamboo particles as exfoliators, so you continue to get the benefits of our scrub with the peace of mind knowing that the environment is safe.

Raw honey – Let’s get straight to the point, honey is the crème de le crème of natural skincare ingredients, and one that should be integrated into any skin care regimen. Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. Not to mention, its natural antioxidants offer numerous health benefits, like fighting off free radicals to help prevent cell damage. Our Honey and Kaolin Clay Mask is a wonderful moisturizing and soothing mask made from all-natural ingredients and is great for those with sensitive, dry, or mature skin. This honey mask will not only restore hydration but it also restores balance to your skin by drawing out toxins with Kaolin Clay. This mask is a great example of an all-natural ingredients product that not only has incredible benefits for your skin, but is also environmentally friendly!

Aloe Vera – Most of us associate aloe vera benefits with healing sunburns, but aloe contains bacteria-fighting soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching. Not to mention, aloe vera contains a plethora of antioxidants including, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. Aloe vera produces two substances, both of which are used in the medical and pharmaceutical world: gel and latex. Aloe in cosmetic use is often derived from aloe gel, the inner part of the aloe leaf due to its moisturizing, healing, skin-soothing and rejuvenating properties. Aloe in its liquid or gel form is water-soluble and works well as an addition or base ingredient to facial toners, mists or spritzers. It also makes a nice addition to lotions and creams by adding in the water-phase in place of water as an ingredient. Trilogy Laboratories understands the incredible benefits of this natural ingredient which is why we include it in many of our formulations including our Repair Gel, sunscreens, and masks.  We recently formulated a Cucumber Aloe Mask in our skin care line and are working on an Aloe and Green Tea Gentle Cleansing Gel. These products works wonders for those with sensitive skin who want to reap the benefits of all-natural anti-aging products.

When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, there’s nothing better than natural, clean, skin care products and it’s a win-win when they are safe for the environment, too!