Welcome to Trends, Trends, Trends...part 2! Last time, I discussed how current and ongoing skin care trends, such as "oily" cleansers and skin hydration, have been central to Benedetta’s perspective of design, purpose and plant intelligence for decades, long before they were ever “trendy.” I want to continue that conversation by touching on the topic of retinoids, treating damaged and scarred skin, and discussing how Bendetta’s design and mission can speak to these trends.
Retinols, Retinoids, and Pharma A’s
The term “retinoid” describes a family of ingredients that includes both Retin-A and retinol. ... The only type of retinoid that your skin is able to process immediately is retinoic acid. All other forms of retinoids have to be converted by skin enzymes into retinoic acid before the skin is able to use it.
Retin-A (tretinoin), created to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, discoloration, scarring, and create a smoother skin.
Question: In the present age of hydration, why are we in the same breath dehydrating the skin at severe levels?
In this recognizable by most trend for the skin to be hydrated, with virtually every skin care company having or recommending a hydrating serum, mask, or spray mist, why are we dehydrating the skin with:
Retinols, Sun Screens, Mineral Make-ups, the environment, aging, processed foods, alcohol, coffee, stress, prescription drugs, water insufficiency, and so much more, all of which degrade the skin’s hydration balance.
I believe many Benedetta customers are also purchasing many quick fix treatments like retinols and have the popular opinion that these are beneficial and may in some cases decrease some of the damage caused by the sun. Others may have acne scarring they so desperately need to remove. Should you find yourself in need of these retinols and use them for these reasons, may we suggest that you use the Ombra Del Sole Series in conjunction and never go without the Crystal Radiance Hydrating Elixirs.
Bakuchiol – The Retin-A Natural Alternative
Bakuchiol is an oil extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant.
This botanical looks to mimic retinols. The difference would be that it is a vegan, natural source, the similarity would be that it is a harsh exfoliant and that although it has its purpose, it can also cause an imbalance- natural or not.
This plant material definitely intrigues me and at the time of this writing I feel compelled to research this further. However, I do not feel a product like this should be in every lotion and potion as a more thoughtful approach is mandated.
In the same way I do not use phenol essential oils or oils that are “hot” and often cause a reaction. These oils have their place and often are highly anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Again they may cause more of an imbalance and I have chosen differently.
The idea that Bakuchiol is a replacement for Retinols and is a temporary solution for scarring and age spots may be of use. But it is allopathic and not holistic in its capacity to do so.
Stay tuned and watch this space….
I often hear from customers that they love the line, and then as I ask what they use it’s one or two products. All I can say is that I created most products, with few exceptions, to be used together, as they are greater together than any one product alone.
The design and purpose behind Benedetta:
Independent of creating Care for your Skin, Benedetta stands behind the holistic premise that a well hydrated body and nourished diet is key. We are what we eat AND what we think. Our skin is a visible indicator of so many other symptoms going on systemically. We are always in flux and change. Your skin is not always going to be radiant, maybe it’s time for the Repair Mask to give you the boost you need. What I’m trying to say is that in the 30+ years of formulating there is a solution within the Benedetta line.
Benedetta is part of a greater society of wellness thinkers that support health and sustainability in all its forms.
Benedetta is tried and true and has been for many, many years. I personally use nothing else and even when getting some of these newer (non-invasive) treatments, I use only Benedetta. As its formulator, I know the efficacy of every ingredient, synergy and preparation at its core. Therefore, it’s my job to convince you of the same- just use it and use it correctly. We are here for you, call us, even if you are satisfied with your routine, you may be surprised that there may even be a better use for the products you are already using. Or a switch to a new Elixir or Moisturizer may be in your best interest. We are here to serve you and make sure your skin is the BEST it can be.