Coverderm Peptumax e-ageing treatment range is specially formulated to protect the skin against damage caused by HEV and EMR

We live in a sea of electronic pollution, so we need to protect our skins 24 by 7

During the day we are exposed to the full spectrum of the sun’s radiation, and we have learned how important it is to wear sunscreens and sun blocks during the day and when we are outside. However, in the modern world we are not only exposed to radiation during daylight hours. We are also exposed to:

  • High Energy Visible Light (HEV) including Blue Light and
  • Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR)

These are emitted throughout the day and night, making us live inside a sea of pollution 24 hours a day.

Newly formulated Coverderm Peptumax e-ageing treatment products

The new Coverderm Peptumax e-ageing treatment range is specially formulated to protect the skin against damage caused by HEV and EMR. The sensitive area around the eyes is especially vulnerable to this kind of damage and the Peptumax treatment range includes an eye cream to address this. Read some more about HEV and EMR below.

High Energy Visible Light and Blue Light is visible to the eye and is emitted by for example:

  • Digital screens
  • Computer screens
  • Laptops
  • TVs
  • Smart or cell phones
  • Tablets
  • LED lighting
  • Fluorescent lighting

What does HEV and Blue Light do to your skin?

  • High Energy Visible and Blue Light penetrates the skin deeper than both UVA and UVB rays. It induces significant amounts of oxidative stress, weakens the epidermal barrier, enhances hyperpigmentation and damages the extracellular matrix.
  • The oxidative stress leads to, for example, microcirculatory slow down, dark eye circles, bags under the eyes and a dull complexion.
  • The damage to the extracellular matrix creates a situation where UVA, UVB and IR rays can cause damage more easily.
  • It also leads to e-ageing, one of the four main causes of wrinkles and fine lines.

Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR) is not visible to the eye, and is emitted by for example:

  • Cell phone signals
  • Radio and TV towers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Microwave ovens
  • Wireless connections, i.e.:
  • bluetooth devices
  • computers
  • headphones
  • cordless phones
  • doorbells
  • baby monitors
  • gaming equipment

What does EMR do to your skin?

  • It leads to the excessive production of cell-damaging free radicals
  • It weakens the skin’s own defence mechanism
  • It causes DNA damage which leads to the death of skin cells
  • It causes oxidative stress, weakens the epidermal barrier, enhances hyperpigmentation and damages the extracellular matrix.
  • Oxidative stress leads to, for example, microcirculatory slow down, dark eye circles, bags under the eyes and a dull complexion.
  • The damage to the extracellular matrix creates a situation where UVA, UVB and IR rays can cause damage more easily.
  • It also leads to e-ageing, one of the four main causes of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Because EMR is emitted throughout the day and night, you must protect your skin 24 hours a day.

More about skin conditions that result from oxidative stress that is cause by both HEV and EMR

  • Chronic inflammation
  • Intensified cutaneous fatigue which leads to skin rashes and itching
  • Microcirculation slow down
  • Dark eye circles or eye bags
  • Decrease of skin cohesion
  • Skin regeneration slowdown
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dull complexion
  • Excessive wrinkling

 

Differences between the Coverderm Perfect Legs and Perfect Legs fluid

The main differences between the Coverderm Perfect Legs and Perfect Legs fluid is the coverage and the texture.

*Coverderm Perfect Legs: Maximum cover concealing foundation for legs and body.  It has a velvety texture.

*Coverderm Perfect Legs Fluid:  Medium cover concealing foundation for legs and body. It has a more liquid texture than Perfect Legs.

Herewith more information on both products:

*Coverderm Perfect Legs: Maximum cover concealing foundation for legs and body

Action: Naturally and perfectly conceals blemishes and imperfection on legs and body, such as varicose veins, stretch marks, phlebitis, vitiligo, scars, burns, dark marks, sun spots, moles, bruises, and tattoos.

Characteristics: Easy to apply, waterproof, long-lasting, perfectly elastic, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, moisturising, anti-septic, anti-irritant, healing, SPF 16 (UVA and UVB), suitable for all skin types and available in 9 natural shades. There are independent clinical studies to support claims. The products are not tested on animals. (https://www.nailmeticsstore.co.za/product/camouflage-perfect-legs-2/)

*Coverderm Perfect Legs Fluid:  Medium cover concealing foundation for legs and body

Action: Naturally and perfectly conceals blemishes and imperfection on legs and body, such as varicose veins, stretch marks, phlebitis, vitiligo, scars, burns, dark marks, sun spots, moles, bruises, and tattoos.

Characteristics: It has a more liquid texture than Perfect Legs. It is waterproof, long-lasting, perfectly elastic, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, moisturising, healing, anti-irritant, anti-septic, easy to apply, SPF 40 (UVA and UVB), available in 8 natural shades including 2 for skins of colour and suitable for all skin types. There are independent clinical studies to support claims. The products are not tested on animals. (https://www.nailmeticsstore.co.za/product/camouflage-perfect-legs/)

We would suggest you go to one of these Dis-Chem stores and ask for the Coverderm Consultant or Cosmetic Manager for assistance:

It is better to test the colour before you buy as you have to view the foundation in natural and artificial lighting conditions.  It might be better to make an appointment with them, so that they can give you their undivided attention.

Alternatively, you can purchase a tester kit on our online store.  There is a series of questions which will help to determine the recommended tester kit for you.  The cost of a tester kit is R175, which includes at least three shades and a R175-discount voucher (valid for 3 months). The voucher is then redeemable with your on-line purchase of the full-size product that you chose.  Please follow this link for the tester kits: https://www.nailmeticsstore.co.za/foundation-finder/

Application procedure for the Coverderm Perfect Legs and Perfect Legs Fluid.

  1. Ensure that your legs are smooth (shaved/ waxed and exfoliated).
  2. Apply a water-based lotion (like Aqueous cream). The lotion must not contain mineral oils.
  3. After your lotion has been absorbed, apply Coverderm Perfect Legs or Perfect Legs Fluid by rubbing a small amount between your hands to warm the product to body temperature. Then spread out evenly.
  4. After Coverderm Perfect Legs or Perfect Legs Fluid has dried on your skin, set with water (water spray bottle/ damp cloth).
  5. Dab your skin dry.
  6. Apply more Coverderm Perfect Legs or Perfect Legs Fluid where needed. Blend evenly.
  7. After Coverderm Perfect Legs or Perfect Legs Fluid has dried on your skin, set with water (water spray bottle/ damp cloth).
  8. Remove with soap/ body wash.

Camouflage Classic, Concealer & Finishing Powder

Coverderm Camouflage Classic, Concealer and Finishing Powder

Maximum cover concealing foundation for major skin conditions and imperfections

Since biblical times visible skin lesions have caused distress in sufferers. These may include vascular or pigmented birthmarks, pigmentary problems such as vitiligo (white patches) and melasma (darker patches), eczemas and psoriasis and even simple freckles.

Although Coverderm Camouflage cannot cure the skin condition, it can cover the lesion to such a degree that it may be completely indistinguishable. This could instantaneously improve quality of life and gives the patient the opportunity to return to normal activities.

In cases where the skin condition is treatable, Coverderm Camouflage can give instant ‘improvement’ of the condition while awaiting the action of other treatments to become visible.  Coverderm Camouflage is also highly effective in covering up unwanted tattoos.

  

Unique features of Coverderm Camouflage are that, after stabilizing and fixing it to the skin with Coverderm Finishing Powder, it is water-resistant and should stay put for up to 16 hours. Therefore, the coverage will not suddenly unbeknownst to the patient disappear during the activities of the day. It also does not have any negative effects such as clogging the pores or not allowing the skin to breathe and perspire. The beeswax in the products is healing, and is a natural anti-septic. The technique of applying and stabilizing the product should be explained and demonstrated by a trained professional for maximum benefit.

Coverderm Camouflage should be seen as a paramedical intervention and not as make-up or a cosmetic procedure. With this knowledge, groups of individuals who usually avoid make-up, should feel more comfortable in using these medical maximum cover camouflaging products.

Article by Dr. Suretha Kannenberg (Dermatologist in Cape Town)

About Dr Suretha Kannenberg

 Dr. Kannenberg qualified as a medical doctor (MBChB) in 1999 at Stellenbosh University. She spent some time practising in the United Kingdom after which she returned to South Africa to practice at the Karl Bremer and Tygerberg Academic Hospitals. After specialising in dermatology, she received her Master’s degree Medicine in 2012.

 Dr Kannenberg is registered with the Health Professions Council, is a member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa and regularly participates in congresses, conferences etc. She is also a member of the executive committee of the African Women’s Dermatologic Society.

 Dr Kannenberg is very passionate about her calling and enjoys caring for babies right through to the elderly, from acne and eczema through to aesthetic practices to enhance natural beauty.

Cleansing, toning & exfoliating

Removing Cream

All-in-one cream cleanser

Characteristics:

  • Effectively removes waterproof make-up and sun block
  • Extremely gentle yet deeply cleansing
  • Cleanses not only the skin’s surface but also inside the pores
  • Gentle enough to use even around the sensitive eye area
  • Does not stimulate sebum production
  • It is a moisturiser and it softens the skin, leaving a fresh glow
  • Is regenerating, healing and soothing and therefor also anti-ageing
  • It is soap free, so it does not irritate or dry the skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Independent clinical studies
  • Not tested on animals

Interesting facts:

  • Cleansing prepares the skin to ensure better absorption of treatment products
  • Cleansing stimulate your skin’s circulation to boost radiance
  • Cleansing encourages skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils
  • If you cleanse your face more than twice a day you can strip the skin of its natural oils resulting in tightness
  • If you do not cleanse enough it can lead to a build-up of oil, resulting in clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes.
  • Coverderm Removing Cream can be used by people:
    • On roacutane
    • With psoriasis
    • Eczema
    • Acne

Coverderm’s Removing Cream won the woman&home #StraightTalking Beauty Award for the best make-up remover in 2019

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Care Lotion

Extremely gentle treatment toner

Characteristics:

  • Available in two formulations (one for Dry /Sensitive Skins and one for Oily Skins)
  • Alcohol-free and PH balanced
  • Ensures that all residue left by a cleanser is removed completely
  • It also removes oil and dirt from the pores, creating the appearance of smaller pores
  • Leaves a feeling of freshness and softness
  • Deeply moisturises
  • Keeps moisture locked in
  • Anti-aging
  • Regenerating
  • Anti-irritant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Independent clinical studies
  • Not tested on animals

Characteristics:

  • Available in two formulations (one for Dry /Sensitive Skins and one for Oily Skins)
  • Alcohol-free and PH balanced
  • Ensures that all residue left by a cleanser is removed completely
  • It also removes oil and dirt from the pores, creating the appearance of smaller pores
  • Leaves a feeling of freshness and softness
  • Deeply moisturises
  • Keeps moisture locked in
  • Anti-aging
  • Regenerating
  • Anti-irritant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Independent clinical studies
  • Not tested on animals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luminous Exfolia

A gentle, purifying facial scrub for deep exfoliation and treatment of hyperpigmentation

Characteristics:

  • Inhibits the production of melanin which causes hyperpigmentation
  • Deeply exfoliates without irritating or damaging the skin
  • Treats uneven skin tone
  • Leaves the skin smoother and with a more radiant glow
  • Forms a smoother canvas on which to apply a foundation
  • Healing
  • Soothing
  • Moisturising formulation makes it safe to use regularly
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Independent clinical studies
  • Not tested on animals

Interesting facts:

  • An exfoliated skin functions much better and any active ingredients are absorbed more efficiently
  • For a dry skin we recommend that you exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and for oily skin 1-2 times a week
  • One of the key ingredients is jojoba beads. Jojoba beads are biodegradable, so they are friendly to the environment
  • The beads are very similar in structure to skin’s nature oil, referred to as sebum. For this reason, Luminous Exfolia can be used by people with:
  • acneic skins
  • pregnant ladies

Many exfoliation products contain nut by-products, so Luminous Exfolia is also a good choice for anyone who is allergic to nuts

More about various sun protection product claims

As sun protection products from all over the world have become available to consumers, they are now being confronted with a confusing choice of sun radiation protection claims. While they are meant to inform us about the level of protection a sunscreen provides, the different regulations, labels, and how the claims are tested can be overwhelming and confusing.

Research into understanding what is important for effective sun protection, a growing problem worldwide, is an important and continuous process. As new findings become available, pharmaceutical companies are identifying and developing new ingredients that make sun protection products more effective. This will impact labelling and claims that can be made. So, the situation is not static, but changes all the time.

Also, different parts of the world are also not using the same approach to defining the level of protection provided. So, as products from different parts of the world become available to consumers in any country there will continue to be some confusion.

One of the biggest challenges to manufactures and distributors of sun protection products is the education of the medical professionals who recommend products as well as consumers themselves who use the products.

Basic information about the various sunscreen claims and labels.

There is a difference between how inorganic (physical) and organic filters work

  1. Inorganic (physical) filters:
    • Inorganic filters reflect or scatter the sun’s radiation rays, they act much like a mirror reflecting light.
    • They therefor do not penetrate the skin.
    • They reflect the full spectrum of radiation, not just certain wavelengths.
    • Products with inorganic filters are often referred to as sun blocks.
    • Products with physical filters are very photo-stable.
    • Mostly these products contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and phycocorail.
    • The scientific community agree that natural filters offer superior protection from the full spectrum of radiation than organic filters do.
  1. Inorganic filters:
    • Inorganic filters filter radiation so that fewer of the rays reach the deeper levels of the skin.
    • They therefor do penetrate the skin.
    • These are often referred to as sunscreens and not sun blocks.
    • Depending on the formulation these products can:
      1. Protect against the full spectrum of radiation
      2. Be photo-stable
    • Consumers should however make sure that there is evidence for these claims.

What to look for when you choose or use a sun protection product

  1. Photo-stability of the product

It is important that a product remains photo-stable when exposed to sunlight. Some products do not remain stable and therefore become ineffective a short time after exposure to direct sunlight. You are then protected.

  1. Water-resistant or water-proof capabilities

It is important that a product has water resistant or waterproof capabilities. If it does not, it simply washes off when swimming or sweating, leaving the skin unprotected.

  1. It is advisable that the product is soothing, moisturising and revitalising

It is important to remember that whether one actually burns or not, damage occurs when the skin comes into contact with direct or even indirect sunlight, especially when combined with water. Products that contain soothing, moisturising and revitalising ingredients help to combat this.

  1. It is advisable that the product is hypoallergenic

Products that are hypoallergenic will make them suitable for all skin types and lessens the chance that the skin becomes irritated when exposed to the sunlight.

  1. The amount of product that should be applied

Consumers must ensure that they apply the sun protection product as per instruction on the packaging. Many consumers do not apply sufficient product for the level of protection required.

  1. Re-applying the product as prescribed.

It is critical that the consumer re-applies the product as per the instruction on the packaging. Many consumers do not re-apply product as is required for a continued level of protection.

 

SPF: Sun Protection Factor

  1. What it does for your skin: 

SPF factors only deal with the UVB part of the ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun and reaches the surface of the earth. UVB energy causes redness and sunburn on the skin.

  1. How it works: 

SPF is tested on a panel of ± 20 sun-sensitive people (depending on the country) and it compares how much longer it takes for UVB to cause redness on the skin. So, an SPF of 30 means that, if it took 10 minutes for redness to appear in unprotected skin, it’ll take around 30 times that (i.e. 300 minutes) for the same symptoms to appear on the skin if the SPF 30 product was applied sufficiently and correctly.

  1. Disadvantages

·         The SPF scale is not linear relative to how much UVB it blocks. For example, the level of UVB protection for an SPF 30 (96.7% UVB protection) is not double that of an SPF 15 (93% UVB protection). There is only a 3.7% increase. This does cause confusion amongst consumers who believe that there is a significant increase in the amount of protection they have.

  • Unfortunately, it is also not an indication of the level of protection provided against the other forms of radiation that causes damage to the skin e.g. UVA, IR and High Energy Visible Light (including Blue Light).
  • One should therefor never only look at the SPF of a sun protection product.

UVA: Ultraviolet A

  1. More on UVA: 

The SPF factor was developed at a time when we didn’t fully understand how damaging other forms of ultraviolet radiation was to our skin. UVA makes up the majority of the UV radiation that comes from the sun and reaches the surface of the earth. It is only relatively recently that we realize how bad it was for our skin.

  1. What it does to your skin: 

UVA radiation doesn’t cause as much redness or sunburn, but it damages the basic structure of the skin, which leads to mutations and in worst cases, cancer. For skin care the implication is that it speeds up ageing (wrinkles, lines, and saggy skin), and it causes hyperpigmentation. UVA radiation penetrates the deeper levels of skin and is present all through the day, even on cloudy days.

  1. How to protect your skin against UVA:

Nowadays, there are better sunscreen filters that protect against UVA radiation and there are tests that have been developed to create a “protection factor” for UVA.

High Energy Visible Light (including Blue Light)

 

  1. More about High Energy Visible Light (HEV) and Blue Light
  • HEV (High energy visible radiation) penetrates the skin much deeper than UVB and UVA rays and can be seen throughout daylight hours.
  • Visible light includes blue light which has up to 80% of the intensity of visible light. Blue light is emitted by devices such as smart phones, computers and TV screens.
  1. What it does to your skin:
  • HEV penetrates the skin deeper than UVA and almost as deep as IR.
  • HEV induces oxidative stress, weakens the epidermal barrier, enhances hyperpigmentation and damages the extracellular matrix to create a situation where the UVA, UVB and IR rays can cause damage more easily.
  • Oxidative stress also leads to, for example, microcirculatory slow down, dark eye circles, bags under the eyes, dull complexion and excessive wrinkling.
  • Because Blue Light is emitted by devices people are exposed to these inside offices and homes, and in the dark, making protection against blue light critical 24 hours a day.
  1. How to protect your skin against High Energy Visible Light:

New generation sun protection products contain ingredients to protect against HEV radiation and Blue Light. The regulations related to claims and packaging re HEV have not as yet been standardised

IR radiation: Infrared radiation

  1. More on IR radiation

Infrared radiation is also known as thermal radiation.

  1. What it does to your skin: 

IR radiation penetrates the skin much deeper than either UVA and UVB. It also causes ageing and a decrease in elasticity and the moisture levels of the skin. Because it negatively impacts on the DNA structure of the skin, damage caused by UVA, UVB and HEV radiation is increased.

  1. How to protect your skin against IR:

Nowadays, there are better sunscreen filters that protect against IR radiation. The regulations related to claims and packaging re IR also differ widely across the world, many not even mentioning this at all.

The Cosmetics Europe seal of approval

Cosmetics Europe have the following seal that may be displayed on products should they conform to the necessary requirements for protection against UVA, UVB and IR (this is comparable to the CANSA labelling in South Africa, but with more stringent requirements set to qualify to use it):

Cosmetics Europe: European Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfumery Association

The Cosmetics Europe protocols are currently the most recognised standards that prevail internationally for these products. This is especially true of sun protection products.

UVAPF testing method used by Cosmetics Europe

 

  1. What it stands for: 

A testing method for used for testing the level UVA protection in products.

  1. How it works:

Cosmetic requires that at least 33.33 % of the SPF factor of a sun protection product must be based on the level of UVA protection it provides before they can make the claim that it protects against UVA radiation.

  1. UVAPF testing and products with natural filters

Because inorganic (natural) filters reflect or scatter the sun’s rays, UVAPF testing does not work on these products. If a natural filter product is selected the consumer must make sure that there are other independent studies available to support claims made.

 

PPD: Persistent Pigment Darkening

How it works:

Used in Asia and some countries in Europe, this system is similar to the SPF scenario, with the main difference being that it looks at the effect of UVA exposure not UVB. PPD is tested on a panel of people exposed to UVA light. The time it takes for their skin to tan is analysed, comparing the results between unprotected and protected skin. So, a PPD of 10 means that it will take around 10 times longer for your skin to tan, compared to if it was unprotected

PA: Protection Grade of UVA

 

  1. How it works:

Used in Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, the PA system simplifies and groups the ratings from a PPD test. It ranges from PA+ to PA++++. PA+ being a sunscreen with a PPD of 2 to less than 4; PA++ being one with PPD of 4 to 8; PA+++ being one from 8 to 16 and, finally; PA++++ being one with a PPD of 16 or greater.

  1. Disadvantages:
  • Because of the way PA is set up, two sunscreens with a PPD of 20 and a PPD of 50 would both be rated as PA+++ or PA+++, and there’s no way to tell which one offers the higher protection.
  • It also does not provide any information on the level of UVB (SPF), IR and HEV protection provided
  1. More to know:

Not all countries have updated the highest rating to PA++++ yet, still using PA+++ as their limit for maximum protection.

 

Broad-spectrum: Protection Grade of UVA

  1. How it works:

Used in the U.S. and Canada, this is an easier rating to pass—and doesn’t provide a good understanding of how well it will protect the skin from UVA or IR damage. To achieve a broad-spectrum rating, 90% of the total UV absorption must fall below 370 nanometres which is the wavelength of ultraviolet light. This doesn’t necessarily translate to good UVA protection.

  1. A sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB qualifies as broad spectrum:

There is some criticism from consumer advocates over the fact that the testing required by the regulators in the USA to earn that ranking is pass / fail (meaning that if a sunscreen provides any measurable protection from UVA rays, it can call itself broad spectrum, even if that level of protection is very low. Other countries, however, have different regulations on sun protection products, so many sunscreens from Europe and Asia show much more specific rankings for the levels of UVA protection.

Parabens: Are they really a problem?

Whether it is a cleanser, lotion, toner, blush, foundation, or mascara, without preservatives like parabens these everyday items would become overloaded with bacteria, mould, and fungus, making them harmful to skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Good to know: parabens aren’t the enemy!

In this article:

Whether it is a cleanser, lotion, toner, blush, foundation, or mascara, without preservatives these everyday items would become overloaded with bacteria, mould, and fungus, making them harmful to skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. However, as necessary as preservatives are to the safety of cosmetics, they’ve had their share of woes over the years. Today, parabens are generating buzz for allegedly being bad ingredients. But do parabens deserve their bad, media-fuelled reputation? Let’s get to the surprising facts!

Should you avoid parabens?

In a word, no. Despite the media frenzy surrounding parabens, the published research and global cosmetic regulatory organizations are making that answer clear: parabens, especially in the small amounts used in personal-care products, do not pose a significant health risk. There is no legitimate reason for consumers to avoid cosmetic products that contain parabens. According to these studies, parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream.” In a review of the estrogenic activity of parabens, the author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” We repeat: Impossible.

Parabens may come in the form of butylparaben, ethyl paraben, isobutyl paraben, methylparaben, or propyl paraben, and in a misunderstanding of a 2004 research study, they were mistakenly linked to breast cancer when their metabolites (not parabens themselves) were detected in breast cancer tissue samples.

But not so fast! Soon after the panic over parabens began, the researcher who conducted the 2004 study (P. Darbre) responded in Journal of Applied Toxicology to the media-drawn connection between parabens and cancer with a clear statement, “No claim was made that the presence of parabens had caused the breast cancers.” In fact, as the considerable global research has exhaustively demonstrated, parabens are broken down, metabolized and excreted harmlessly by the body. That statement refutes the crux of the scare tactics being used to convince you parabens are bad ingredients.

Another cause for suspicion? Parabens are phytoestrogens, producing a weak estrogenic effect on the body, but whenever the effect of an ingredient is evaluated perspective is critical. That is, how do tiny levels of parabens in skin care stack up against other phytoestrogens that occur naturally in food or the estrogenic effects of commonly consumed medicines? In-vivo testing demonstrated parabens were 10,000 times weaker than naturally occurring phytoestrogens, such as those found in the foods and medicines we consume every day.

 

Parabens vs. other natural ingredients

We often think of plants as being benign and cast suspicion only on synthetic ingredients (often misbranded as “chemicals” when in fact every ingredient is composed of chemicals), but human endocrine-disrupting sources have their origin in plants, such as marijuana, or in medicines such as acetaminophen. Despite what many “natural/organic” brands lead consumers to believe, parabens actually have a very “natural” origin. They are formed from an acid (p-hydroxy-benzoic acid) found in raspberries and blackberries. What’s ironic is that “natural” brands often have to resort to using more synthetic preservatives to avoid using parabens—a direct contradiction to their own marketing!

 

International Safety Assessments of Parabens

Wondering what the U.S. and global science community has found on this issue? Here are studies weighing in on the established safety record of parabens in skin- care products:

  • The American Cancer Societyhas concluded, based on its research findings, that the scientific and medical research does not support a claim that the use of parabens in cosmetics can increase an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer.
  • The FDAbegan studying the effects of parabens in response to the outcry of their potential estrogenic effect and link to breast cancer. The FDA found that parabens are safe for use in cosmetics, and it also says that, based on the weight of all the current scientific evidence, there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of products containing parabens.
  • The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Final Opinion on Parabens, which is the official statement by the European Union on the unequivocal safety of parabens in skin care, cosmetics and personal care products. This summary of decades of long-term and short-term safety data reinforced the EUs previous decision that parabens are safe in personal care products.
  • Health Canada, the Canadian FDA-equivalent, also finds that, “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest a causal link between parabens and breast cancer.”
  • The Personal Care Products Council, a US organization that reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an open, unbiased and expert manner, consolidated more than 265 studies in The Journal of Toxicology that noted a women’s daily cosmetic regimen using products that contain parabens caused no adverse reproductive effects and confirmed the safety of parabens.

Other research has even refuted the long-held belief that parabens are among the more sensitizing preservatives in cosmetics, stating that “…these ubiquitous compounds have withstood four decades of extensive skin testing conducted by a variety of organizations, both North American and European, and now, it seems parabens have shown to be one of the least sensitizing preservatives in commercial use.”

Toxicology Letters reported in December 2013 that in references to parabens causing health issues “Overall, despite of 20 years of research a human health risk from exposure to low concentrations of exogenous chemical substances with weak hormone-like activities remains an unproven and unlikely hypothesis.”

 

Bottom Line

Ironically, parabens are naturally occurring chemicals. It’s ironic because many natural skin-care brands claim ingredients like parabens are dangerous, when in fact parabens have exhaustive safety data AND are naturally produced by vegetables and fruits. Foods such as soy, beans, flax, cherries, blueberries, carrots, and cucumbers produce parabens and other chemicals that mimic oestrogen — to a much greater degree than the miniscule amounts of parabens used in skin care, hair care, and makeup.

Despite this fact, when was the last time you read a media report or received a forwarded e-mail about the breast cancer risk from cucumbers, beans, or berries? In contrast, you’ve likely seen media reports or emails regarding parabens and their link to oestrogenic activity. The truth is that on a global scale, there is an exhaustive degree of scientific and medical studies demonstrating the safety of parabens used in skin care and cosmetics. So, the next time you read a story that vaguely indicates parabens are unsafe, think twice before you believe the hype and remember the facts – the tiny levels used in your personal care products are not harmful.

COVERDERM FILTERAY SUNBLOCK

Physical versus chemical sunscreen filters. Both can provide effective protection. Whereas physical filters reflect or scatter the sun’s rays, chemical formulations filter radiation so that fewer rays reach the deeper levels of the skin.

Physical sunscreen filters do not penetrate the skin, they work like mirrors forming a protective layer on the skin that reflect and scatter the full spectrum of damaging UV radiation not just certain wavelengths. It is often referred to as a physical block or sun block. Physical filters are very photo-stable, which means they remain effective when exposed to sunlight. They also tend to be more water resistant than products with chemical filters.

Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin but fewer rays reach the deeper levels. Depending on the formulation these products can protect against the full spectrum of damaging UV radiation, be photo-stable and water-resistant. They are generally referred to as sun screens.

Coverderm Filteray provides safe and effective protection against UVA, UVB and IR rays. The pro ducts are highly water resistant, have photo-stable physical and chemical filters and are long-lasting. The range includes products specially formulated for the face or body, and the face range include tinted products. There are also after sun care products for both face and body.

Water resistant

The FDA will no longer allow manufacturers to say their products are waterproof.

Look for products that are water-resistant. This means, the protection will be effective for 40 minutes in the water, then reapplication is necessary. Products that are labeled as very water resistant will typically last for 80 minutes in the water.

Broad spectrum

Broad spectrum means that the product can protect from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and UVB rays.

Sports

The FDA hasn’t approved this term for sun protection, but it’s a common indication of water and sweat resistance.

 

Sensitive skin

Although the FDA hasn’t approved the term “sensitive skin” for sun protection, it’s most likely an indication that the product is hypoallergenic and doesn’t include PABA, oils, or fragrances.

Before use, read the label to see if any of these ingredients may irritate your skin.

Ultraviolet radiation

Sunlight includes visible light, heat, and UV radiation. UV is divided into three types and is classified by wavelength.

UVA

Accounting for about 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, UVA has a relatively long wavelength that can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.

Responsible for immediate tanning, it also contributes to skin wrinkling and aging, and the development of skin cancers.

UVB

Partially blocked by the atmosphere, medium wavelength UVB is unable to penetrate deeper than the superficial layers of skin.

UVB is responsible for delayed sun tanning and burning. It also can enhance skin aging and promote skin cancer development.

UVC

Short wavelength ultraviolet C (UVC) is totally blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere. It isn’t a concern with sun exposure. It can, however, be dangerous with exposure to an artificial radiation source.

VITILIGO & CAMOUFLAGING FOUNDATION

Maximum cover camouflaging foundation for major skin conditions and imperfections

 Since biblical times visible skin lesions have caused distress in sufferers. These may include vascular or pigmented birthmarks, simple freckles, and pigmentary problems, such as melasma (darker patches on facial skin) and vitiligo.

Vitiligo is a very distressing condition where well demarcated white areas develop on the skin. These often have a symmetrical distribution and is often found in areas of friction or trauma. Hair in these areas may also become white. The white changes develop as a consequence of our own body’s immune reaction to the pigment producing cells, namely melanocytes. As the melanocytes die the color in the skin disappears. Why this immune reaction develops is still not completely clear and is the focus of ongoing research. There is often a family history of vitiligo or some other autoimmune condition, such as alopecia areata or rheumatoid arthritis.

First line treatment is always a medical maximum cover camouflaging foundation. Although this cannot cure the skin condition, it can cover the lesion to such a degree that it may be completely invisible. This could instantaneously improve the quality of life of sufferers and their families, and gives the patient the opportunity to return to normal activities. Other treatments include cortisone creams, light therapy and sometimes even melanocyte transplants. These treatments take some time to give visible results and that is where the camouflaging foundation can be very helpful.

Unique features of medical camouflaging products that make them so ideal in these cases is that there are products that are water-resistant once stabilized, that may last up to 16 hours and that do not have any negative effects such as clogging the pores or not allowing the skin to breathe. The coverage will not suddenly unbeknownst to the patient disappear during the activities of the day. The technique of applying and stabilizing the product is unique to each brand name and should be explained by a trained professional. These products should be seen as a paramedical intervention and not as make-up or a cosmetic procedure. With this knowledge, groups of individuals who usually avoid make-up, should feel more comfortable in using these medical camouflaging products.

Article by Dr. Suretha Kannenberg (Dermatologist in Cape Town)

About Dr Suretha Kannenberg

 Dr Kannenberg qualified as a medical doctor (MBChB) in 1999 at Stellenbosh University. She spent some time practising in the United Kingdom after which she returned to South Africa to practice at the Karl Bremer and Tygerberg Academic Hospitals. After specialising in dermatology, she received her Master’s degree Medicine in 2012.

 Dr Kannenberg is registered with the Health Professions Council, is a member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa and regularly participates in congresses, conferences etc. She is also a member of the executive committee of the African Women’s Dermatologic Society.

 Dr Kannenberg is very passionate about her calling and enjoys caring for babies right through to the elderly, from acne and eczema through to aesthetic practices to enhance natural beauty.

 

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