Our not-so-secret ingredients for plump lips!

Full, luscious lips are all the rage right now! Everyone wants them, and there are plenty of options to help get the look. Lip injections aren’t the only way to achieve plumper-looking lips. There are lots of lip plumping glosses and treatments on the market, so be sure to keep an eye out for products containing these ingredients:

Mild irritants

Some lip plumping products contain mild irritant ingredients such as capsicum from chili peppers, cinnamon, peppermint and menthol. These ingredients temporarily swell lips by increasing blood flow to the surface for a fuller appearance. The majority of lip plumpers on the market incorporate one or several of these ingredients to effectively irritate the lips. The enhanced blood flow to the lip area, prompted by the irritation, is what makes the lips appear fuller and more voluminous.

Bee Venom

There are some lip glosses out there that create a similar reaction in your lips using bee venom. Yep, that’s right! You read that correctly — bee venom. Some lip plumpers contain this ingredient to trick your skin into thinking it has been stung, creating a swelling effect when applied topically. This stimulates the production of the naturally occurring chemicals collagen and elastin thereby creating a tightening and smoothing effect. We don’t recommend using products that contain bee venom if you have sensitive skin or a history of bee sting allergies.

Peptides and Collagen

Other plumpers are designed to be used to achieve long-term results. They use peptides such as tripeptide-38 or palmitoyl oligopeptide as a way to trigger collagen and elastin production in lips. Other plumpers contain collagen itself in tiny molecules called microspheres that get into the lip and absorb moisture from the body, resulting in plumping. Even other ingredients used in plumpers increase the number and size of adipocytes (fat cells) to stimulate the plumping of lips.


We all love moist lips. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizing humectant that is naturally found in skin, connective tissue and nearly everywhere else in the body. Not only can it hold one thousand times its weight in water, but it moisturizes and plumps the skin making it an ideal ingredient for skin care products. When applied topically on your lips, hyaluronic acid gives the appearance of fuller, plumper lips by hydrating the surface. Other moisturizing agents used in plumpers include oils, like jojoba and avocado oil, ceramides and butters, like shea and mango butter.

Now that you know the different ingredients to look for in your lip plumpers, be sure to keep an eye out for Trilogy’s lip plumping products! We are currently working on a nighttime lip treatment, a daily lip moisturizing product with SPF and a lip gloss that has plumping abilities.

The 2018 Farm Bill passed! Now What?

In some of our more recent blogs, we’ve discussed the benefits of hemp oil and CBD for your skin but now with the passing of the Farm Bill, everyone will be able to reap the amazing qualities that hemp-derived CBD has to offer! The passage of the Farm Bill could potentially affect everything from your morning coffee to your skin care regimen because it sets the stage for CBD to go big-time with a new wave of products.

So, you might be asking yourself, “What does the 2018 Farm Bill say about hemp, exactly”? First things first, it’s important to differentiate industrial hemp – the plant that’s addressed in the Farm Bill – from the one that typically comes to mind, which is marijuana. Although both are varieties of the cannabis plant, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, while marijuana is cannabis with 0.3 percent of THC or more.

Since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, only certain farmers were allowed to cultivate industrial hemp as part of a pilot program – one with a lot of rules and restrictions as to how much hemp could be produced and why. That’s one of the reasons we’ve started to see so many beauty and wellness products containing cannabidiol (CBD, the non-hallucinogenic form derived from the cannabis family) as well as hemp seed oil enter the market over the past couple of years. Hemp officially was lumped in with marijuana in terms of its regulation – meaning it was what’s called a Schedule 1 drug, which requires a prescription and is highly regulated.

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, however, brings that pilot phase to an end, allowing industrial hemp to be grown more freely nationwide. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to experiment with hemp-derived CBD oil and incorporate them into their skincare products. Trilogy Laboratories is currently developing skincare products containing hemp-derived ingredients and we are loving the results! To learn more about how CBD and hemp oil can help your skin, check out our blog on the incredible skincare benefits of hemp oil and CBD. Be sure to keep an eye out for Trilogy Laboratories’ private label and branded CBD skincare products so you and your clients can experience all the wonderful benefits!

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.