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Improve Your Complexion With These Acne Solutions

Here is an excellent article discussing improving your complexion with simple acne solutions. These tips will help you to adopt a better skin care routine. If you come up with your own regime, you can get the skin you have always wanted. Eating a healthy diet can help to keep your skin clear and fresh.

A good acne fighting vitamin is zinc, which can help to reduce free radical formation under the skin. If you are suffering from cystic acne and you want to decrease the appearance of blemishes on your face, you should include a zinc supplement in your diet everyday to eliminate the acne from within.

Eliminate body acne for good. Acne on the body can be made worse with sweating; make sure to use a medicated soap, and shower right after exercise.

There is no foolproof plan to prevent acne attacks; however, you can make efforts geared towards prevention. Whenever you use hair products, be sure to shield your skin when applying the product. Hair products contain a lot of oils, which can exacerbate an existing acne problem or even cause it.

If you are dealing with acne, wash all of your towels, sheets, and pillow cases frequently. Linens have the ability to trap bacteria that can be the cause of your acne symptoms. Wearing the same clothes for a long period can encourage bacteria as well.

One way to prevent or lessen the effects of acne is by following a strict cleansing regimen. You have to make a date with your skin to keep it as clean as it can be. Using a cleanser that is made for your skin, clean it both morning and night. If you wash too frequently, your glands may produce more oil. Washing your face regularly is a great way to prevent acne.

Natural skin products will often offer the cure to your acne problems. Products that are common and widely available in stores often contain harsh chemicals that will worsen your current skin condition. This can lead to blocked pores, making your acne problem worse. Using the natural products will aid the skin in its healing because of the antibacterial properties they contain.

Those suffering from a skin condition should first consult a doctor about possible solutions. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in skin care. They often have the greatest base of knowledge when it comes to acne,and can prescribe some beneficial medications. The advice in this article can help you treat acne and prevent outbreaks where ever they appear on your body.

by Gabe Cunningham Monday, June 4, 2012 http://www.bakersfieldvoice.com/content/improve-your-complexion-these-acne-solutions

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Ingredients to look for in Hair Products to Protect Hair Colour

Ingredients to look for in Hair Products to Protect Hair Colour – both natural and chemically treated hair

Happy Long weekend all of you Canadians enjoying Victoria Day!

The traditional “Fireworks” weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer:  since ours is short, we don’t wait for June 21 to declare that summer is here!  The black flies are out in full force! Ouch!  We decided to stay in the city this long weekend! We put on our SPF 30 and turn our faces to the sun and smile..Winter is over!

In honour of the “traditional Canadian” beginning of Summer we are going to share with you some of the ingredients to look for in hair products ( hair colour, shampoo and conditioner) to protect your colour treated hair from sun damage, and to retain your colour longer.  We like this quote from a Provital Group Brochure on Kerarice ™ describing how UV radiation degrades hair:

“Solar exposure is the main responsible for the degradation of amino acids in the hair cuticle.

These amino acids play a key role in the stability of hair proteins. The aggression of this radiation

causes reactions of photo oxidation of disulfide bonds, which participate in maintaining the overall integrity of hair keratin. Ultraviolet radiation:

-          Degrades cysteine to cysteic acid by excision of the S-S and C-S bonds (Robbins and Bahl, 1984)

-          Degrades the lipids present in the cuticle, particularly in the epicuticle, which play a key role in the properties of the hair surface

Nogueira and Joekes (2004) evaluated the effects of ultraviolet radiation and visible light on

different types of hair (brown, blond, red). This study found that both UVB radiation and  UVA radiation are the main responsible for the loss of hair proteins and changes in coloration.”

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to contain ingredients to protect colour…. so what are the ingredients in those products that are doing the job?

Extracts and chemicals that provide barriers against UV radiation, ones that protect  and repair the hair cuticle.  Here are 4 ingredients that do the job:

Wheat Protein – Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Gluten –                           Moringa Seed extract – Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract

Rice extract – Oryza sativa L.                                                   Benzophenone-4

Please see our post on Anti Oxidants to learn how to read an ingredient label.

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Best place to find new and trending ideas HBA Global Expo

HBA Global is the leading SOURCE in the beauty and wellness space for product development initiatives

HBA Global Expo & Conference will take place June 19-21, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

We invite you to meet us at our booth #959. Our Company, PHCP Incorporated, is exhibiting at HBA for the first time.

Handy Tool:  HBA has added new feature: you can book appointments to meet with exhibitors and plan your visit.  Look at the exhibitor directory to see who is showing off their stuff this year!

Brilliant place to find new and trending ideas: See, learn, and hear about the major product areas you are specifically looking for, including: packaging, raw materials & ingredients, contract manufacturing, private label, natural products from suppliers worldwide.

Why we are going: We love New York!  Oh,  and we want to share our Passion: Everything to do with hairbodyskincare! We are bursting with great ideas for products. We love collaborating with our customers to help them achieve their product goals. We want to “Show Off” a bit too!!!

Do You want to go? http://www.hbaexpo.com/whyattend  Do you want a pass?  To get your  free pass ( a $75 value) to HBA 2012,  please post a comment here or tweet to @hairbodyskincar  about this post.

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Anti-oxidants in Skin Care

What’s all the fuss about Anti-Oxidants? What is an Anti-Oxidant? Isn’t there a lot of Hype about the benefits of Anti Oxidants?

We did a bit of research on-line to see what information is available, and found articles with good references. We have quoted below, portions of two articles with the links and author names so that you can read more. They give you the “in a nutshell” explanation of what antioxidants to, and whether or not they are beneficial in skin care products.

“Antioxidants are powerful substances that help to fight inflammation-containing substances in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals are emitted when your body breaks down food or taken in when your body is exposed to harmful irritants, such as cigarette smoke, pollution or radiation. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A or beta-carotene can be applied to the skin in order to reduce free radical damage.


When free radicals damage the body, they particularly break down collagen proteins in the body. Collagen is responsible for helping the skin maintain its elasticity and strength and help it to appear more supple and young. By applying an antioxidant cream that can seep into the dermal layers of skin, the antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and allow collagen production to continue.”


Feb 25, 2010 | By Rachel Nelson



“Antioxidants are substances that hunt oxygen-free radicals, the unstable particles that can damage cells. Free radicals may also cause sun damage and even skin cancers. Exposure to sunlight depletes antioxidants in the skin, but these antioxidants can be replaced.

Antioxidant ointments, creams, and lotions (“topical products”) may help reduce the risk of wrinkles and protect against sun damage. Unlike sunscreens, they build up in the skin and are not washed away, so the protection may last longer. Selenium, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and alpha-lipoic acid are types of antioxidants that come in topical form. Many are proving to be very beneficial for the skin.”

Read More at: http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_professional_resurfacing_procedures_skin_wrinkles_000021_5.htm

There is more in this article about Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well. Both of these are powerful antioxidants and studies are showing that they work very well to reduce inflammation, skin roughness and wrinkle depth.

We wanted to find out which anti-oxidants we would recommend you look for in skin care, and how to read the label to tell which ingredient is which.  There are many, many different anti-oxidants available to be used in skin care. We have looked up a few for you:  Here is a short list of what to look for on the label.  Here we list the common name first and the INCI name and variations after it. (Labels list the INCI name):

Vitamin E – Tocopherol

Vitamin C – Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate and Ascorbic Acid Phosphate.

Vitamin A – Retinol Acetate, Retinol Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate

Enzymes – Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase, or Peroxidase

Green Tea Extract – Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Ingredients (INCIs) are listed in order of highest to lowest concentration in skin care and beauty products. So if the anti-oxidants listed are high on the list, are more likely to be effective.  Also, if there are several listed, they can have a good effect as a combination, since they work synergistically with each other. For example, Vitamin C combined with Vitamins A and E work to synthesise collagen: they help to repair skin cells. How cool is that?

During my research I learned that Vitamin C-rich foods are really effective at eliminating the free radicals and helping with healing.  You can take vitamin C supplements or eat blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, cranberries, potatoes or broccoli.

Well all of this research about ingredients is making me hungry.  So many yummy foods contain anti-oxidants….  Hmm I think I will have some blueberries!



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Supporting Canadian Artists

Hairbodyskincare supports Canadian artists. Each month our banner will “showcase” art featuring figures and bodies showing skin and hair in the images. This month we are pleased to present “ Night” by Jordan Clarke, from Toronto. The link to her website is just below. If you are an artist and would like to have your work featured, please leave us a message!

Stay tuned for our discussion on Anti-Oxidants in Skin Care products next week.


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Young Entrepreneurs

Thank you so much for visiting our new blog. We are really excited to bring you news and trend ideas for hair, skin, and body care.

We make beauty products and we love what we do. We also love sharing ideas and trends, and thought the best way  to do this would be through a blog. We already have alot of information that we can share and it is stuff we deal with everyday.  We also search for interesting stories and hope to feature them here also. If you like our posts, or have suggestions you would like to see, please let us know. We would like your feedback if you have something to add.

Our first post is a story about a couple of young entrepreneurs, Brea Holmes 18 and Halle Holmes,11  from Phoenix,Arizona who have the pulse of the tween market. We love this story because it highlights all of the best reasons to start a personal care line. 1) There was a gap in this market  2) Some of the ingredients are required because of a sensitivity and 3) They are passionate about their line of products.

We also really like that they include a list of the ingredients on their website for each item and highlight whether or not they are from natural sources , and basically “translate” the INCI name or explain what it is in plain english, which speaks to their ability to understand their market. For example, Their ‘OO la la Hair Conditioner ’ lists ingredients such as: tocopherol(natural vitamin E), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), phenoxyethanol(mild preservative). You get the idea.  We are attaching the link to the the original story. We think it worth the read.



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PHCP Incorporated Mississauga, Ontario

Located in Mississauga, Ontario we are a family owned and operated business with roots in hair care manufacturing, fragrances, sales and distribution. We have assembled a top notch team to assist you with your filling needs. Please visit our capabilities page to view information on our facility, R&D and Quality Control.We focus primarily on manufacturing and filling hair colour, developers, shampoos, conditioners, skin care and bath and body products however we are not limited to this sector. Our creative R&D team is able to work on household and pet products as well. We have both contract and full  turnkey services. We are a cGMP compliant operation soon to be licensed for NPN products.

We pride ourselves on the integrity we demonstrate through all our business dealings. We will ensure that all information and dealings with your business will be kept in the strictest confidence.

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