Choosing the Best Vitamin C For Skin

Taking one extra step each day in your daily skincare routine with the application of a topical vitamin C product can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and health of your skin. Second only to your own estrogen, topical vitamin C is a potent antioxidant working at a cellular level to increase collagen synthesis and thicken the dermis resulting in the softening of fine lines and wrinkles.  And although it is not a sunblock, topical vitamin C causes an anti-inflammatory response effectively reducing hyperpigmentation, redness and puffiness after skin exposure. A little history…vitamin C was rendered useless for…

Avoid Touching Your Face!

Avoid Touching Your Face!

She comes in for her first skincare consultation at Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care in a panic and on a mission. Her skin is covered with red acne lesions and she “HAS NEVER” had problems with her skin before. Acne is sooooo inconvenient and disruptive to one’s daily life, especially in the world we now live in where face-front consulting is a standard practice. This is not vanity! This is your life, and the need to keep the focus on your initiative and abilities in all aspects, whether at work or play, does not need to be complicated with…

Natural Skin Care Products vs Synthetics

There are many resources on the web about the type of skincare you should be using, and they often have conflicting opinions.  It’s hard to navigate what’s true and what’s not, and what’s actually the most beneficial and safe.  We’re breaking down the top five myths about all natural versus synthetically produced products. Myth # 1 Something made with chemicals is always bad for you. Truth:  All matter is made of chemicals – water is a chemical.  Saying something is a “chemical” does not make it dangerous. Myth #2 Something made with natural ingredients is inherently good for you. Truth …

Wait, that doesn’t sound natural!

In the world of beauty, ingredients often have complex and technical sounding names, tempting you to run and hide rather than try them out.  Take Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, for example.  Breaking it down:  Poly = many + Glyceryl = glycerine (moisture binder).  Basically, “many glycerine molecules” joined together to result in a more moisturizing molecule.  Laurate = lauric (fatty acid).  Fatty acids contain long tails which are oil loving.  Marrying up both phases of your formulation Moisture + Fat = Emulsion.  All skin care creams are classified as emulsions. Doesn’t sound so “chemical” now, does it? You can make yourself crazy analyzing every…

Searching for the Ideal Sun Protection

Clearing up some confusion regarding sun protection is high on my TO DO List since 90% of the damage to the skin is from the sun. Most new clients arrive proudly announcing that they use a product containing SPF, usually it is just a part of their foundation or finishing cream.  It is important to understand that SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only relates to the tanning ray.  It will not protect your skin from the harmful UVA rays that go deep and are the primary cause of premature aging. UVA Radiation = Age UVB Radiation = Burn UVA radiation rays range…

A Message from Babor…

All BABOR products are manufactured under strict cosmetic standards and comply with European guidelines. Our products at minimum contain 80% natural ingredients. Science and research are part of BABOR’s DNA: We conduct our own research at our company headquarters so that every product – from the original idea through to the finished jar – is made in Germany. Interdisciplinary teams of scientists and collaborations with renowned universities and other leading scientific institutions ensure that BABOR achieves groundbreaking research results and the highest active ingredient performance levels. We create sustainable products that are gentle on resources – with maximum respect for…

The Benefits of Stem Cells in Skincare

Stem cells are a huge trend in skincare. Stem cells are often called “blank” cells because they are undifferentiated, meaning they can be duplicated and made into any type of cell. Think of stem cells as blank scrabble pieces, they can fill in where there are needed because they have the ability to turn into specialized cells. They can boost collagen, protect against sun damage, brighten and repair damaged cells. The products offered at Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care use plant stem cell extracts from oranges, lilac and grapes as ingredients in several products. All plant stem cells provide…

I regret taking such good care of my skin

I Regret Taking Such Good Care of My Skin

You say, “She looks fabulous!” She’s 50, 60 or even 70, but she looks a decade younger.  Science is the catalyst.  Breakthroughs over the last two decades, from stem cell growth factors that promote a proliferation of new skin cells to retinol solutions (R-OH) which accelerate cell renewal and promote collagen synthesis, slow down the aging process and make a youthful appearance possible at every age. At Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care we believe beautiful skin is more than just a notion of hope.  Beauty, after all, is not an age.  It is an attitude, and balancing professional skincare…

Everything You Need To Know About Chemical Peels

Just about everyone can benefit from a chemical peel—and the experience is easier than you’d ever imagine. If you’ve never had a chemical peel, you might imagine it would make your skin look like beef carpaccio a la Samantha in “Sex and the City.” But the truth is, chemical peels have come a long way in the last 15 years. Now, thanks to buffering ingredients and customizable treatments, there’s minimal downtime. Even though you’re peeling, exfoliating, and flaking…you can still get out and about and do your thing.  And regular chemical peels can be used to treat just about anything.…

Intensive Brightening Treatment

Intensive Brightening Treatment

Vogue lists Intensive Brightening Treatment as a “Bright Idea” and Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care agrees. This is a newer formula of retinol solutions that is highly effective in treating PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation). You know, those annoying dark spots on your face that seem to have come out of nowhere. Typically dark spots are a result of sun exposure over longer periods of time and can be difficult to fade. At Cloud Nine Skin and Body Care we like Intensive Brightening Treatment for its unique 10-hour time released delivery system called OmniSome which enables the retinol to slowly…