Keep up with the latest in skin care trends, wellness news and what’s new in our store. Enjoy reading!

Active Ingredients in Skin Care Products

There’s a lot of buzz in the skin care industry these days about ‘topical actives’. And while some companies try to sensationalize the idea of a topical active, from a pharmaceutical perspective, active ingredients (topical or otherwise) are simply the ones that deliver some sort of pharmacological effect to skin. When related to skin care… Read more »

DMAE – Facelift in a Jar?

If you’re a regular student of anti-aging skin care 101, you’ll be familiar with the topical ingredient DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol). A naturally occurring substance that facilitates the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, DMAE is often touted as “a facelift in a jar.” A recently published study showed that DMAE possessed a tightening action on the skin… Read more »

Benefits of Malic Acid in Skin Care Products

First isolated from apple juice, malic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is used in skin care products. Instead of a product that sits on top of the skin, AHAs are active ingredients that penetrate the skin, removing dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, new layer of skin. They are useful in: Preventing clogged… Read more »

How High Does The SPF Rating on Your Sunscreen Need to be?

With an ever-growing array of sunscreen products, it’s easy to get confused about what to buy. Products may contain Mexoryl, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide (micronized, nanoparticles…), Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Tinosorb… the list goes on. Most of us now know to look for “broad spectrum” protection, those products that deliver protection against both UVA and UVB… Read more »

About Ombrelle sunscreens

The Ombrelle line of sunscreens was introduced to Canada in 1990 with the assistance of Canadian dermatologists. Ombrelle’s products are recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) and is the brand most recommended by healthcare professionals. It was the first brand to recognize the necessity of protection not only against UVB rays, but UVA rays… Read more »

Supplements for skin

Most skin care specialists recognize that a host of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients are necessary for healthy skin to: Fight free radicals Provide the building blocks for healthy skin, hair and nails Maintain the integrity of collagen (the skin’s supporting structure) Reduce inflammation which ultimately leads to skin damage Though eating a well balanced diet rich in… Read more »