Trending: The Healing Power of Purple Glass

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What is up with the new Violet Purple Bottles? 
A few of you have called or emailed asking questions about the change over from the amber and clear glass to the black (actually dark purple) glass bottles. As you already know, each product is handmade in small batches with the best quality food grade ingredients, with no preservatives, ensuring the best skin food to heal your body. But because of the "new" purple glass from Europe, the contents of your VIRTUE SKINFOOD products remain pure and actually increase in healing intensity as they sit in the bottle, extending shelf life, even though there are NO preservatives. How do we do that? Let me explain the new bottle technology that allows this amazing feat. 

Violet Purple Bottles Ensure Purity & Extend Shelf Life
VIRTUE SKINFOOD does not use synthetics and preservatives because we believe it has a negative influence on human health. So how do we ensure the most effective and potent yet shelf-stable skin care? We use Miron glass to ensure the purity and integrity of our quality natural food-grade ingredients.

How does it work? Our black glass (which is really dark violet) packaging is the most premium quality and offers our skin care optimal protection against the harmful effects of light. Furthermore, the use of our special purple MIRON glass increases the shelf life of our oils, creams, and lotions, prolonging their potency. We could cut our costs by using clear glass or plastic, but that isn't VIRUTE SKINFOOD's mission. Our mission is to provide the best quality nutritional toxin-free skin care, that feed and heals our bodies. So we have chosen to use Miron Glass in our packaging.

Violet Purple Bottles Block Degrading Light
Miron Violet glass blocks the complete spectrum of visible light with the exception of the violet part. At the same time it allows a certain part to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UV-A, and infra red light. The unique combination offers optimal protection against the aging processes that are released by visible light, thus lengthening durability and potency of products. What doest that mean? Miron glass stops the natural degrading process of light, and additionally increases the potency of the ingredients by absorbing purple healing light.

Does this seem hard to believe? The Miron Violet Glass Company conducted a series of tests themselves and in cooperation with scientific institutions. My favorite is the tomato test. 

Storage test with tomatoes
In order to more easily prove the quality protection given to food stored in MIRON violet glass, a microbiological experiment was carried out with cherry tomatoes. During this test, a cherry tomato was stored for 7 months in a white glass and in a MIRON violet glass, and then kept at room temperature where sunlight could reach it. The result was photographed after 7 months. The microbiological changes of the tomato stored in white glass can be clearly seen. The tomato stored in MIRON violet glass however shows no loss of color and no signs of drying out.

 Tomato Test using Clear Glass & Purple Glass after 9 months.

Tomato Test using Clear Glass & Purple Glass after 9 months.

So that "black" bottle isn't just cool looking. And you know it really is super cool. It is what helps preserve and intensify the nutritional quality of VIRTUE SKINFOOD so that you can maximize skin healing and repair without the need of synthetics and preservatives. These bottles are very expensive, but then we don't want to spare any expense in making sure your body is treated with the most effective natural biodynamic therapeutic treatments. Let the healing begin!

How can I see how much product I have left so I can reorder?
So YES, it is almost impossible to see the contents of the bottle, so it does make it difficult to know when to reorder. But don't forget, typically we ship priority mail, so you will have your order within 1-3 business days. 

Recycle with Other Glass Bottles
How to recycle? Treat the empty bottles as you would any other glass bottle and place in the recycling bin.

Wake Up and Feel Beautiful: Cosmetic Tattooing

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Would you like to wake up every morning with your “face on”? What if I told you that, with help, you can have beautiful eyelashes, brows and even a hairline?

Yes, it is possible and cosmetic tattoo artists are “drawing on” permanent eye and hair makeup, using the sure hands of a surgeon with the exquisite eye of an artist. And men, a cosmetic tattoo artist can draw a light hairline providing a more “full” image of hair.

Who is a candidate?

Anyone . . .

·       who lost hair due to chemotherapy, alopecia, aging, or hair insufficiency.

·       Who has chemical or makeup allergies, or skin sensitivities.

·       who has difficulty applying makeup due to vision issues, arthritis, or lack of time.

·       who is physically active, or oily skinned individuals who “shed” makeup quickly.

How does it work?

Permanent makeup is done through a process called micropigmentation, wherein a tattoo pen injects permanent ink into the skin. As long as hygiene standards are adhered to, there is little to no risk. The biggest risk is actually dissatisfaction with the aesthetics. So make sure to communicate EXACTLY what you want with photos, and review the tattoo artist’s portfolio of clients before-and-after pictures to make sure you agree with the expected final result. While it is called “permanent,” it does generally fade in approximately 2-3 years and will need to be touched up.

My secret is out

With super-sensitive skin, I cannot wear most skin care or makeup products -- my face blows up like a balloon. Tattoo makeup has been a life-saver for me. I live an active life that includes surfing, biking, swimming, golfing, and I like to invest a minimum of effort, yet look great. I love being able to wake up, look in the mirror, feel beautiful, and run out the door.

 Swimming at Smith Mountain Lake in the Rain -- no make-up can survive this kind of day!

Swimming at Smith Mountain Lake in the Rain -- no make-up can survive this kind of day!

My experience

Inari Salon on K street NW, is my reference and Mai Duong is who I trust, because she approaches my requests with an understanding that integrates what I want with what is possible. I want to look natural, and Mai matches the ink to my natural coloring and uses the faintest line to blend in with my natural lashes. Not a heavy line or contrasting color. I love Mai’s manner, her gentle yet sure hand, and her keen eye for detail. I experienced the discomfort of the procedure and swelling afterwards, but I barely remember now when I look at myself in the mirror and feel so pleased. I have seen many of Mai’s other clients over the years, and although I know they are tattooed like me, they don’t look like it, not AT ALL. In the past seven years, I have had one touch-up.

Less is More

Remember that fads come and go, so the best approach is to mimic the “natural” look and start with less. It is always possible to add more permanent makeup or, for va-voom. add eyeliner pencil for special events and evening wear.

Make sure to keep your skin in great shape using VIRTUE SKINFOOD. Get your VIRTUE kick-off kit today and beautiful skin can be yours.

Reprinted from The Georgetowner, Body & Soul, April 5-18, 2017 edition.

Retinols: Scientifically Proven Antiaging Superstars

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Other antioxidant superstars help prevent damage. But retionols are the only known substance, that can actually undo skin damage.

Acting as a peel and an antioxidant, retinols:

  • fade acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation,
  • erase fine lines and prevent wrinkles,
  • and promote collagen and elastin production.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it’s not. Retinols are one of the most exciting skin care ingredients, and science proves it.

What is a Retinol?

When retinol and other retinoids come into contact with skin, enzymes in the body convert the retinol into retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A. And vitamin A helps skin by increasing cell turnover which in turn, stimulates collagen and elastin production, speeds skin repairs and recovery, and helps skin stay hydrated and glowing, thus slowing aging.

Who should use Retinols?

Whether you are a teenager struggling with acne breakouts, in your twenty’s trying to fade acne scars, a thirty or forty something preventing fine lines and wrinkles, or in your seventies seeking to fade age spots . . . retinols are for you.

Synthetic vs. Natural

There are natural and synthetic (or prescription) forms of retinoids. Prescription strength products are more “active” than over the counter (OTC) products. In skin care, too active an ingredient may not be an advantage, per the side effects of dryness, sun sensitivity, peeling and redness. For the natural skin purist, Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of trans-retinoic acid that avoids the irritation that prescription retinoic acid can cause, yet has all the benefits. Why are the side effects eliminated? The skin does the work in the molecularization of retinoic acid, converting only what it needs and eliminating the risk of overdosing.* 

Experts unanimously recommend retinoids or OTC products with retinol as anti-aging super stars, but check it out for yourself. Since changes happen slowly use OTC retinols for at least three months in the treatment of scars, photo-aging, wrinkles, and age spots, to see an effect. 

*Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa prepared by the Faculty of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru & and Dr Horst KehI, from the School of Pharmacology of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, December 1988. The results were after a two-year study that included 180 patients. Additional testing has demonstrated healing on scar tissue even with scars over 20 years old.

Reprinted from The Georgetowner, Body & Soul, March 22nd - April 4, 2017 edition.

Did you know toothpaste DECREASES a child's IQ?

Brush with this NOT this

Most people ingest poison 2X a day, 365 days a year. Surprised?  It happens every time they brush their teeth. 

Fluoride is only one of many toxins to which Americans are routinely exposed in their toothpaste. Toxins can be cumulative and this adds up over time to a total of 38.5 days average Americans spend brushing their teeth over his or her lifetime with a product toxic enough that if your child swallows it you are advised, on the package, to call the poison center.

Dental products are a major source of fluoride exposure, particularly for children. Our bodies are amazing at neutralizing toxins. But at some point the body can become overwhelmed, especially the small, developing systems of our children. And research is demonstrating that this not only impacts health but also decreases a child's IQ. 

This is very easy to address. All we have to do is exchange conventional toothpaste with an FDA Poison Label, for a toothpaste that is 100% edible and safe and still does the job. Here is the reason for making this easy change.

95% of Toothpaste now contains Flouride, and 50+ human studies, based on IQ examinations of over 12,000 children, provide compelling evidence that fluoride exposure during the early years of life can damage a child's developing brain. 

The Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury. The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD. The report can be viewed by clicking here.

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas, in a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives. So yes, you have to check your water too!

Sadly few realize how easy it is to swap their tooth products for something healthy AND amazing. See my favorite toothpaste here

Seven Unnecessary & Harmful Ingredients in Conventional Toothpaste:

  1. Sodium Fluoride: A neurotoxin, causes soft tissue damage, Dental Fluorosis, and reduced IQ in children.
  2. Triclosan: An endocrine-disruptor and registered pesticide
  3. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES): Carcinogenic, increases risk of canker sores and if ingested causes nausea and diarrhea.
  4. Propylene Glycol: Component in antifreeze, causes damage to skin and cells.
  5. FD & C Dyes 1 & 2: Known for behavior, learning and health problems--can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatique, lack of concentration, and cancer.
  6. Titanium Dioxide: Possible carcinogen.
  7. Glycerin: Coats teeth and prevents remineralization.

All these ingredients provide a benefit of consistency and preservation of the product. But none are necessary for health.

The poison label is specific, so what is the risk?

FDA toothpaste label

 

  • A single strip of toothpaste covering the length of a child’s brush contains between 0.75 to 1.5 mg of fluoride. This exceeds the amount of fluoride in most prescription fluoride supplements (0.25 to 1.0 mg).
  • Many young children swallow over 50% of the paste added to their brush, particularly if they use candy-flavored varieties and if they are not supervised during brushing to ensure they spit and fully rinse. Research has shown that some children swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended from all sources combined.
  • Although dentists now recommend that children only use “a pea-sized amount” of toothpaste, many children use more than this, particularly when the toothpaste has bubble gum and watermelon flavors.

Even Tom’s of Maine ingredients need to be reviewed. Tom's line of natural toothpaste for children, left out the synthetic sweeteners, neon colors and bubble gum flavors, but many contain the same levels of fluoride as competitors’ toothpastes. Make sure to check the label carefully.

People can have perfect healthy, white, clean, amazing teeth without consuming a fluoride product. As with teeth, no other tissue or cellular process requires fluoride. But teeth do require regular cleanliness and support. Which is why I created VIRTUE SKINFOOD Toothpowder, using 100% edible, food grade, bio-available ingredients, supporting health and dental hygiene. Every ingredient is a nutrient that supports our bodies' health and functioning, with no FDA poison label requirement. Please click here to read the ingredients, benefits and customer reviews

Your mouth will be the freshest and most hygienic. And another benefit, we have found it is great for eliminating/reducing morning breath too! Yes, go ahead and brush your way to great health and teeth. Try the double goodness of our Toothpowder and our Tongue Scraper

So remember this is easy to remedy! Brush daily using a toothpaste without a poison label!

FEEL HAPPY IN YOUR SKIN 7-Day Challenge

This past month I have been focusing on a simple 2-STEP process that is easy, enjoyable, inexpensive, and creates healthy, vibrant skin. Skin that FEELS HAPPY and revitalized. Give yourself a week of treatments and I PROMISE you, (YES, ANYONE can do it even with NO BUDGET), that your skin will be AMAZING. Also, ladies, this has been proven in scientific research to be the ONLY true way to reduce cellulite without surgery. Ideally do this before bed and you will sleep like a baby!

Step 1: Brush Your Skin
Use a boar-bristle brush, and brush your skin in circular patterns. Use a gentle but firm pressure. It should feel really REALLY good. Check out the brush that I prefer, and 'How To" diagram here, but any natural boar bristle brush will work. Rotate in circular patterns towards the heart. 

Step 2: Soak in Epsom Salts
Run a tub of hot water--the hottest you can stand. This helps your body soak in the magnesium from the Epsom Salts. Drop in two cups of Epsom Salts and let dissolve. Sit for as long as you can at least 15 minutes.  I have a hard time with this and usually read the book assigned by my book club.

Do whatever helps you relax. Listen to music, mediate, whatever allows you to sit still. Let your skin absorb the Minerals in the salt. Epsom salt absorbed through he skin also works to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. 

YES, that is it. Challenge complete!

How to Revitalize Summer Skin

Summer is over. Fall is arriving, and winter will be nipping at our heels. During summer our skin loves being sun-kissed, absorbing vitamin D and developing a nice warm glow. As your glow starts to fade, though, your skin will start to feel dry, dull, and lifeless. How do you prepare your skin for the next transition? 

Hydrate and Nourish Skin from the Inside Out

Drink Up

Of course you know to include plenty of H20 to kept your body well hydrated.  Feel free to squeeze a lemon or lime in your water to help alkalinize and add antioxidants.  And don’t forget tea: chamomile, mint, berries, ginseng, etc. Herbal teas are a good method of detoxifying. Water is key to getting rid of waste and toxins, which are the main cause of dull skin. Always remember that not all beverages are healthy for hydrating your dry skin. Keep away from those drinks, filled with empty calories that cannot provide skin nutrition. 

Foods that Hydrate

 

Vegetables and fruit nourish and hydrate.  Make sure to get as many as possible into your diet. Most of the fruits and vegetables are not only rich source of fluids, but also provide benefits of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Remember this includes: oranges, berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, peaches, watermelon, celery, apples, et al, the list is long and varied. The more diversity in diet the more complex and rich in vitamins and nutrients that we absorb. And a healthy skin is a beautiful skin.

Only Oil Can Hydrate

Only oils hydrate and restore natural moisture balance. Did you know body lotions and creams, contain up to 80% water, when your skin actually needs oils to fully restore itself? Most lotions have only a small percentage of real natural oils – the remaining will usually be synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, fillers, substitutes, and artificial fragrance with zero nourishing value for your skin and actually may be harmful. That’s why they rarely nourish your skin. 

Feed Skin Nutrients:

When choosing a skin care product make sure to read the ingredients. Just like reading ingredients at the grocery store, if you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin.

Our skin absorbs whatever we put on it. Transdermal absorption is used for nicotine patches, hormone creams, etc. This is true with skin care. Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do. 

That means 20 square feet of transdermal nutrition absorption. Choose a product that maximizes nutrients and vitamins. 

We recommend VIRTUE SKINFOOD Body Butter. Just a dab of this rich cream will hydrate the driest areas of your body. Never use anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.

Protect and Feed Your Body from the Outside In

Feeding your body via your skin, not only will enhance the quality of your skin but your overall health. Our skin absorbs up to 60% of what we apply to it. So optimize your largest organ to feed your body vitamins and nutrients. So what do you choose to revitalize and rejuvenate?

A Balanced Acid Mantle

Make sure to clean your skin with gentle nonabrasive soap and cleansers. Look for products that will not disturb your natural acid mantle. If our acid mantle becomes disrupted, our skin can lose its moisture and be prone to infection and damage, and speed up skin aging! Just like natural probiotics protect the natural flora of the gut. Your skin has a natural acid mantle. Using products that strip will leave it vulnerable. Castile soap is one of the most gentle products for your skin. Made of antioxidant rich olive oil, it isn’t an inexpensive product. But it also leaves your acid mantle intact while washing away dirt and toxins. Check out the VIRTUE SKINFOOD Face Bar made with Olive Oil with a touch of Goats Milk. You will be amazed at how great your skin feels afterwards.

This 100% raw body butter is based on highly moisturizing cold-pressed organic shea, mango, cocoa, and illipe butters and virgin organic cold pressed black cumin seed, pomegranate, avocado, rosehip seed, sea buckthorn, hempseed, and eveing primrose oil to hydrate your skin, protect from dryness, regenerate and restore elasticity, reduces inflammation (which is what ages our skin and body), replenish collagen, and repair damaged, delicate, and mature skin, as well as protect skin from damaging environmental elements that surround us everyday. Rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, F, B1, B2, B3, Folic Acid, and much, much more. 

Since only oils hydrate and restore your skin’s natural moisture balance, our body butter contains raw, bioavailable, organic, easily-absorbed, food-grade butters and cold pressed oils. Vitamin E is including as a healing agent, as well as an all-natural preservative that helps extend the shelf life of this food grade product. Contains only cold-pressed, unrefined, raw, organic, natural ingredients as nature intended – pure and effective. Using only organic essential oils – our Body Butter is fragrance, synthetic and chemical preservative free – providing therapeutic healing benefits. 

Use VIRTUE SKINFOOD when you care about what you put IN and what you put ON your body, and help to heal post-summer skin.

Originally posted on the Plastic Surgery Center Blog

Four Top Summer Skin Care Tips

Sun dresses, shorts, swim suits. Summer is about baring skin. So you really want a glowing and smooth complexion. Here are four summer skin-care tips that make getting through this summer with beautiful, ageless skin, easy.

 

1.     Exfoliate:

The best way to exfoliate is to skin brush. It removes dead skin and enhances new cellular regeneration. Softens skin and improves skin tone. Skin is our largest organ and our best way to detox. Look younger by brushing your skin on your face and body. It brings blood to the surface of the skin. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells, helping to feed skin. Skin-brushing, also called dry brushing – is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow. Find directions here from MindBodyGreen.com.

2.     Hydrate:

Drink plenty of water. Skin care cannot rehydrate skin, it only protects from moisture loss. So make sure to drink plenty of water. We all are unique and our bodies' need for water can vary. A good rule is to take your body weight, divide it in half, and that is the amount of ounces of water you need per day.

3.     Sun Protection:

Remember that your skin absorbs whatever you put on it. That includes the ingredients of the skin care and/or sunscreen product you use. A quick and easy way to choose a sunscreen that is healthy and good to use is the Skin Deep App, by the Environmental Working Group. They rank skin care and cosmetic ingredients and health risk in a huge database. And don’t forget to cover up with a long sleeve cotton shirt or rash-guard while on the beach. And don’t forget a hat.

4.     Sooth, Repair, and Protect:

Look for skin care product that works with skin’s natural healing process. Great skin and ageless beauty are all about getting inflammation down to curb skin damage and calm redness. What we put on the skin is ingested like anything we eat. Skin is porous and absorbs whatever is put on it. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals pack a punch and address environmental damage and help skin heal and repair. Leverage the amazing capability of your body to slow down the aging process and repair itself by feeding your skin nutritionally.

 

These simple easy tips will help to ensure great skin during the coming summer months.

 

Originally posted on the Plastic Surgery Center Blog