Archive for January, 2009

Rutin

My next few blogs are going to be about some of the main ingredients in SKIN1 products. I want to help people understand why I use the ingredients I use and why. As a compounding pharmacist my expertise is how to put ingredient sets together that work synergistically with each other to achieve better results than using that same ingredient by itself.

The main ingredient for this blog is Rutin, which is found in SKIN1 eye rescue. Rutin is a bioflavonoid that is found in many different plants, fruits, and vegetables. Pure Rutin is yellowish in color and the richest source to get it is buckwheat although it is also found in citrus fruits, black tea, and apple peels.

Rutin was a great choice for the eye rescue because of its many functions. First it is a strong antioxidant that can chelate metal ions like iron by reducing the Fenton reaction. The Fenton reaction is when iron reacts with a peroxide to make a hydroxyl molecule which is a free radical. Free radicals are bad because they damage the skin by stealing the charge from the healthy cells around it and making them unstable. Now this is good when you are trying to clean up contaminated soil or sludge water but not so good for the skin. Free radicals damage organic compounds like skin; this is why antioxidants are needed in skincare lines to protect the skin from breakdown and aging.

Vitamin C by itself can oxidize and become a dangerous free radical but when it is combined with Rutin at the proper concentration it stabilizes Vitamin C and works synergistically together and intensifies the anti-oxidant activity of Vitamin C.

Another important role of Rutin is that it strengthens capillaries. This is one of the main reasons why I picked Rutin for the eye rescue. When the blood pools in the delicate skin under the eye this is when you get dark circles and puffiness. There have been many studies proving that Rutin can prevent venous edema by strengthening the capillaries thus getting rid of and preventing dark circles under the eye with daily use. Now I have combined the Rutin with Vitamin C and K to boost the action of each and effective eliminating dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles around the eye.

The last function of Rutin is that it has anti-inflammatory effects. With all of SKIN1 products they are formulated with multiple ingredients that help to fight inflammation because inflammation is one of the biggest roots to skincare issues like break down of collagen and elastin, increase in oil production which can lead to acne and blemishes, as well as skin discoloration.

Now as you can see Rutin is a favorite ingredient of mine and when it is combined the right mixture of ingredients the benefits are well worth it. Give SKIN1 eye rescue a try and see for yourself.

Topical Caffeine for Future Use in Skincare

One of the new ingredients of 2009 for the skincare industry is topically applied caffeine.  The skincare industry is undergoing a multitude of test using caffeine as a means of eliminating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and rejuvenating skin to that youth glow that everyone dreams of having.  Caffeine is being tested now on mice but to date there are no test on humans that show it to be safe.  The testing on mice is very promising that caffeine could be very effective for fighting back father time but further testing is needed to make sure it is safe as well as effective on human skin.

According to test results, mice treated with topical caffeine showed fewer fine lines and wrinkles than the mice in the placebo group.  The part of the study that is promising for future use in the skincare industry is that the mice were exposed to ultraviolet rays and the ones treated with topical caffeine had fewer skin cells damaged than the mice not treated with caffeine.  Another really interesting observation was that the caffeine targeted abnormal skin cells to destroy but kept the healthy, normal skin cells intact.  This means that caffeine may not only be effective in fighting the aging of the skin but also preventing skin cancer.  The consumers will no doubt see an increase in caffeine being used in anti-aging products but more studies will need to done to prove the safety and efficacy of topical caffeine on human skin.

SKIN1 by Dr Gram does not have any products available with caffeine at this time.  Our labs will research the ingredient further and then we will evaluate the possible use of caffeine in our products.  Our motto is “put your skin firstTM” but we want to make sure that we put the consumer first and make sure that every product that bears the name SKIN1 is not only effective but safe for you and your skin.       

The Future of Skincare!!

Paraben free products are the future of the skin care industry. At least that will be the case with responsible manufacturers like Dr Gram Inc.

Now I know you are asking yourself why I should bother to pick a product that is paraben free or not.  Parabens have been linked to different types of cancer because they mimic the hormone we all have estrogen and too much estrogen is like anything else it can cause issues.  For example if you eat five cheese burgers three times a day then this type of diet has been associated with weight gain.  The same problems can arise with a hormone imbalance which can lead to multiple health risk.  Why take the chance if you don’t need to!


Now let’s talk about how often you use a facial moisturizer?  I am sure that a larger percent of the women said that they use one everyday compared to men.  Men need to get on the bus and realize that a daily moisturizer is vital to keeping your skin looking and feeling young.

Would you use a chemical on your face daily that could be linked to cancer?  Because if you are using a facial moisturizer that is manufactured with parabens that is exactly the risk you are taking.

Most companies use parabens because they are synthetic “cheap” preservatives.  The reason companies do this is because they are saving money to put a product on the market but at what risk?  Just to make a little extra money for themselves? To save the customer money? It is not worth the risk.

Unfortunately parabens are the most commonly used synthetic preservatives for skin care products.  They ensure a longer shelf life by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, fungus, yeast and mold in beauty products.

Now to use a facial moisturizer once or twice with parabens in it may not cause health risk but most of us will use the same moisturizer or skin care product every day, several days a week, for months or years. This is where the health risk comes in to play.  Exposure to a harmful chemical on a daily basis will increase your risk.  Plus we use dozens of personal care products daily, not just one.

Using one product on one day may be small, but the fact is that we use numerous beauty products a day for extended periods of time.  As a result, scientists are finding chemicals such as parabens will accumulate in our bodies.  There is a link between parabens and breast cancer and more research is needed but again why take the risk when there are better, safer products on the market that are paraben free. 

 

Are there safe alternatives available and skincare lines that use these safe alternatives?

The answer is YES!

SKIN1 by Dr.Gram.  Dr Gram and his skincare regimens are paraben free, sulfate free, and cruelty free.
We know safe alternatives do exist and are already being used by some cosmetic companies. The notion of “safe” or “acceptable” levels of hazardous chemicals in our cosmetic products should only be tolerated when we cannot find alternatives.

Safe Ingredients Replace Parabens

Many paraben free facial moisturizers contain grapefruit seed extract and Vitamin E to replace the chemicals. In SKIN1 we use essential oils like cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and tea tree are being distilled and turned into natural preservatives.

Paraben free products are the future of skincare.  Skincare companies will be forced by health conscious consumers to take the natural and healthy approach in manufacturing their products.
It’s a trend that’s just the beginning and will change the way skincare and other products are manufactured.  If you’re not using paraben free facial moisturizers now;  you probably will be in the future.  But the “future” should be now.  Start today using paraben free skincare products by Dr Gram. 

SKIN1 by Dr. Gram Launches at International Salon & Spa Expo

Luxury Skin Care Line merges the finest elements in nature with the most powerful pharmaceuticals to effectively treat every common skin care issue including inflammation

San Diego, CA (January 2009) - SKIN1 by Dr. Gram is pleased to announce it will launch the luxury line nationally January 2009 at the International Salon & Spa Expo, giving estheticians access to the unique skincare solution.  The brainchild of compounding pharmacist Dr. Gram, SKIN1 applies his advanced pharmaceutical expertise to identify healing synergies between natural, organic, and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.  The line gently yet effectively cleanses, renews, hydrates and protects the skin and utilizes a signature complex to address inflammation, which is at the root of most skincare issues.

“Over the years I have developed many skincare formulations for pharmacy clients and my wife, including during her pregnancy, crafting all with the utmost love, care, and compassion. Never once did I compromise on quality,” said Dr. Gram.  “The opportunity to share SKIN1 with estheticians during ISSE is extremely fulfilling because I can confidently say every product puts the user’s health and skin first and positions the spa for success.”

Product Development

As the owner and operator of two successful West Coast pharmacies, Dr. Gram has worked with some of the most respected dermatologists in the country and garnered a loyal following for his unique compounded skincare solutions. SKIN1 embodies Dr. Gram’s scrupulous approach to skin care by merging the finest elements in nature with the most powerful pharmaceuticals to successfully treat skincare issues without irritation.

Each product is infused with Dr. Gram’s signature Nutra-VÎt ComplexTM. This winning combination of essential pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and natural herbal blends fights inflammation as well as offers anti-aging properties, moisturizes, renews DNA, balances skin and slows skin discoloration.

SKIN is designed to meet the needs of all skin types during various stages in life and refrains from adding fragrance to products to avoid harsh synthetic ingredients that may cause potential skin irritation.  All products are made with the highest integrity ingredients and are paraben and sulfate free.  Currently comprised of daily and acne regimens, the brand will soon add regimens for men, babies and anti-aging.

Products include:

Daily Regimen

  • Daily Scrub – Smoothes and cleanses with walnut shell powder, bamboo, and ginseng extracts. nutrient-rich treatment gently exfoliates skin, while enhancing its natural resurfacing properties
  • Daily Cleanser – Mild, hydrating formula rich in antioxidants that balances and protects the skin. Invigorating eucalyptus and mellow cedarwood combined promote health for all skin types
  • Daily Moisturizer – Light cream moisturizes while pomegranate, soybean seed and primrose extracts even skin tone, and encourage cell turnover to give a lasting protective finish
  • Eye Rescue – Brightens and nourishes the sensitive skin around eyes; diminishes fine lines, shadows, and puffiness.

Acne Regimen

  • Clarifying Cleanser – Gently penetrates and purifies blemish prone skin without stripping.
    A blend of green tea and lavender bring out skins natural healthy glow.
  • Clarifying Toner – Unclogs pores and balances oil production. Medicated blend of chamomile, green tea, and cucumber empowers natural ability to repair and prevents future blemishes.
  • Clarifying Mask – Brings together the antiseptic power of sulfur and camphor with the soothing relief of oat flour. Nutrient rich treatment purifies and brightens skin while minimizing the appearance of pores.

Environmental Commitment

SKIN1 is committed to being an environmentally conscious company in all aspects of its business, implementing strict recycling guidelines and green eco-packaging.  SKIN1 also only sources ingredients from eco-friendly companies that offer the finest natural, organic and pharmaceutical grade ingredients.
About SKIN1:
Designed by expert compound pharmacist Dr. Gram, each SKIN1 regimen is designed for specific skin types and adjusted for different stages of life. Products feature winning combinations of natural, organic, and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients as well as Dr. Gram’s signature Nutra-VÎt Complextm, a combination of anti-oxidants, skin rejuvenators and moisturizers. Free from parabens, sulfates and entirely cruelty-free, SKIN1 has been crafted by an expert hand using synergistic ingredient sets that produce remarkable results. Available at www.dermstore.com and exclusive salons and spas.  For more information visit www.drgram.com.

SKIN1 by Dr. Gram Cares About Skin and Community

San Diego Skin Doctor Supports Well-Being of Those with Multiple Sclerosis

San Diego, CA (January 2009) – SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram shows love in a lot of ways. His passion is to treat your skin with love, but his desire and commitment to bring you the best skin products extends past the creams and gels, and into the hearts of the community. Dr. Gram is dedicated to helping those in the San Diego community living with multiple sclerosis by creating the 2009 MS Fitness Scholarship. While training at Addies Studio, he met a MS patient who told him how the specially designed workouts have basically saved her life.

“That was all I needed to hear to lend a helping hand,” said Dr. Gram.  “I took this news back to my pharmacy and told my multiple sclerosis patients about the fitness program and now, some have been enjoying the benefits of training. I saw a need and filled it the best way I could think of. While having healthy skin is important, health is much more than what’s seen. I can’t ignore that, so I am privileged to provide support in any way I can.”

Those living with multiple sclerosis are encouraged to apply for the Fitness Scholarship. Its goal is to present it to people living with multiple sclerosis who could make a valuable life changing improvement with an increase in physical conditioning. Participants are to answer six essay questions about their life and family and how MS has affected them. The members of the Pacific South Coast chapter’s clinical programs committee and the Addies Studio staff will vote on the scholarship recipients based on essay responses and need.

A male and female MS recipient will be awarded the fitness scholarship, worth $3,500. The fitness program includes:

A personal trainer

26 sessions in the MS strength training program

Nutritional information

Monthly measures of progress with their strength and overall fitness

SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram sponsorship dollars will enable the MS fitness scholarship to exist.  Without a fitness scholarship, the winners of the award would be unable to partake in a program of this caliber.  For more information on SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram and how to participate in the 2009 MS Fitness Scholarship, visit www.addiesstudio.com and click on the SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram logo.

About SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram

Dr. Gram has a decade of experience as a compounding pharmacist. He has helped countless patients solve their skin problems including severe acne, sun damage and skin aging with his passionate “put your skin firstTM” philosophy. In addition to developing a cult following in beauty-conscious San Diego, Dr. Gram has worked with several top physicians and dermatologists to develop prescription skincare products. Some of the most-recognized names in dermatology owe their success to the genius of Dr. Gram’s expert formulas. SKIN1TM by Dr. Gram is based in San Diego and for more information, visit www.drgram.com.

New Luxury Skincare Line -SKIN1- Launches Nationally Via Dermstore.com

SKIN1 merges the finest elements in nature with the most powerful pharmaceuticals to effectively treat every common skin care issue

San Diego, CA (January 2009) - SKIN1 is pleased to announce Dermstore.com, a leading online skincare retailer, will launch the luxury line nationally January 2009 giving consumers access to the unique skincare solution.  The brainchild of compounding pharmacist Dr. Gram, SKIN1 applies his advanced pharmaceutical expertise to identify healing synergies between natural, organic, and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients.  The line gently yet effectively cleanses, renews, hydrates and protects the skin and utilizes a signature complex to address inflammation, which is at the root of most skincare issues.

“Over the years I have developed many skincare formulations for pharmacy clients and my wife, including during her pregnancy, crafting all with the utmost love, care, and compassion. Never once did I compromise on quality,” said Dr. Gram.  “The opportunity to share SKIN1 nationally through a reputable channel like Dermstore.com is extremely fulfilling because I can confidently say every product puts the user’s health and skin first.”

Product Development

As the owner and operator of two successful West Coast pharmacies, Dr. Gram has worked with some of the most respected dermatologists in the country and garnered a loyal following for his unique compounded skincare solutions. SKIN1 embodies Dr. Gram’s scrupulous approach to skin care by merging the finest elements in nature with the most powerful pharmaceuticals to successfully treat skincare issues without irritation.

Each product is infused with Dr. Gram’s signature Nutra-VÎt ComplexTM. This winning combination of essential pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and natural herbal blends fights inflammation as well as offers anti-aging properties, moisturizes, renews DNA, balances skin and slows skin discoloration.

SKIN is designed to meet the needs of all skin types during various stages in life and refrains from adding fragrance to products to avoid harsh synthetic ingredients that may cause potential skin irritation.  All products are made with the highest integrity ingredients and are paraben and sulfate free.  Currently comprised of daily and acne regimens, the brand will soon add regimens for men, babies and anti-aging.

Products include:

Daily Regimen

  • Daily Scrub – Smoothes and cleanses with walnut shell powder, bamboo, and ginseng extracts. nutrient-rich treatment gently exfoliates skin, while enhancing its natural resurfacing properties
  • Daily Cleanser – Mild, hydrating formula rich in antioxidants that balances and protects the skin. Invigorating eucalyptus and mellow cedarwood combined promote health for all skin types
  • Daily Moisturizer – Light cream moisturizes while pomegranate, soybean seed and primrose extracts even skin tone, and encourage cell turnover to give a lasting protective finish
  • Eye Rescue – Brightens and nourishes the sensitive skin around eyes; diminishes fine lines, shadows, and puffiness.

Acne Regimen

  • Clarifying Cleanser – Gently penetrates and purifies blemish prone skin without stripping.
    A blend of green tea and lavender bring out skins natural healthy glow.
  • Clarifying Toner – Unclogs pores and balances oil production. Medicated blend of chamomile, green tea, and cucumber empowers natural ability to repair and prevents future blemishes.
  • Clarifying Mask – Brings together the antiseptic power of sulfur and camphor with the soothing relief of oat flour. Nutrient rich treatment purifies and brightens skin while minimizing the appearance of pores.

“My face feels immediately smoother after using Dr. Gram’s Daily Scrub. It’s been especially helpful in removing dead skin cells from my chapped lips. My lips are no longer suffering from the cold winter weather!”  Meagan De Lello, esthetician, Dermstore.com.

Environmental Commitment

SKIN1 is committed to being an environmentally conscious company in all aspects of its business, implementing strict recycling guidelines and green eco-packaging.  SKIN1 also only sources ingredients from eco-friendly companies that offer the finest natural, organic and pharmaceutical grade ingredients.
About SKIN1:
Designed by expert compound pharmacist Dr. Gram, each SKIN1 regimen is designed for specific skin types and adjusted for different stages of life. Products feature winning combinations of natural, organic, and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients as well as Dr. Gram’s signature Nutra-VÎt Complextm, a combination of anti-oxidants, skin rejuvenators and moisturizers. Free from parabens, sulfates and entirely cruelty-free, SKIN1 has been crafted by an expert hand using synergistic ingredient sets that produce remarkable results. Available at www.dermstore.com and exclusive salons and spas.  For more information visit www.drgram.com.

About Dermstore.com

Founded in 1999 by dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert, DermStore has grown to become one of the leading sources for skin care and cosmetic products on the internet with more than 100,000 orders filled to our satisfied customers and award-winning customer service. We offer thousands of products by leading brands from around the world including Pevonia, MD Forte, Kinerase, Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Jane Iredale, Perricone MD, Decleor and Glytone.

Working out and Breaking out

Don’t let a little breakout stop you from working out!  The breakouts from exercise can be controlled with a little attention to you post workout routine.  Moderate exercise is good for your skin.   It helps you maintain a healthy body and manage your stress levels.  If your acne is aggravated by regular exercise, then follow these easy steps to help keep your skin looking fresh and clear.

Acne is one of the most common skincare issues that everyone faces at some point in their life.  The major cause of acne is excess oil that clogs the pores.   Strenuous workouts can cause the body to produce excess oil due to sweating and this can cause acne to flare up.  Building a skincare cleansing regimen into your post workout routine can help eliminate the dreadful breakouts.

·         Shampoo—Remember to wash and condition your hair before you cleanse and tone your face.  The conditioner can leave a residue on your skin and clog pores.

·         Facial cleanser—Use a cleanser that will remove dirt, makeup and oil.  Try to use cleansers that are sulfate free because the sulfates have been shown to cause irritation to the skin and also can actually clog the pores, instead of cleaning them out.

·         Toner—They remove excess cleanser and residue from liquid cleansers. Toners have a relatively low pH, helping to adjust the pH of the acid mantle after cleansing so it is not over stripped.  Toners provide a temporary tightening effect to both the skin as well as the individual follicle openings, helping to temporarily shrink pores.

·         Moisturize—Use a light moisturizer after workouts.  The last thing the skin wants is to be weighed down with a heavy rich moisturizer.  Remember to use SPF if spending time in the sun after your workout, a mineral SPF is preferred.

·         Drying off—Use a soft towel to dry off and remember to pat dry your face.  Wiping your face can be rough on the skin and can cause acne to be irritated.  

So keep up the great work!

A healthy mind and body from a great exercise program should be an integral part of your overall health. 

Remember a healthy body deserves healthy skin after all it is the only one you have so +put your skin firstTM

Stay focused on the post workout skincare regimen and you will be on your way to breakout free workouts.