WHICH serum to use?! I'm confused... they all look good.


What the best serum to use?

All of our serums perform different functions,
and all of them can work together.
A few of them pair together more intuitively.

Here's a breakdown.



FOR HAIR & SCALP


All of our hair stimulating products work wonderfully together.

• Our "hero product" RevivHair Max Stimulating Serum is applied daily, and is a leave-in serum. If you're looking for hair stimulation and grey hair reversal, try our new RevivHair REV.

• RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque is a pre-shampoo serum for cranky scalp issues and hair thinning, and is left on the scalp for 10-30 minutes before shampooing.

• Our RevivHair Stimulating Shampoo & Conditioner and remarkable new RevivHair Placode Booster Serum (used 3-4 times a year) round out this product line perfectly.

• RevivLash Lash & Brow Stimulating Serum targets eyelash & eyebrow density & fullness. 

We recommend using all these products together to address hair loss and thinning hair issues. For the budget-conscious, landmark RevivHair Max  Stimulating Serum would be the first choice.


FOR THE FACE


Our latest invention, TelomErase 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective Serum is the current benchmark. We recommend this stellar treatment serum to all our customers.

TelomErase Serum has the same base as our very-popular Ultimate Serum, but also has instant skin tightening, more wrinkle blurring, and the latest in long-term anti-aging telomere support. It is also even more moisturizing than the Ultimate Serum. Many customers have "graduated" to this new serum.

Not to discount renowned Ultimate Serum: it has a number of novel ingredients not found in TelomErase, like alpha-arbutin for brightening and extra stem cells, growth factors & peptides for long-term anti-aging. It's also a favorite of customers who have previously used TNS® Essential Serum from SkinMedica®. If you use these two serums together, we recommend TelomErase in the morning, and Ultimate Serum at night.


Revivinol "Unretinol" Serum is another one of our unique serums we recommend to everyone, and all skin types. A daily skin renewal regimen with a retinol is essential, and Revivinol is unique in that it has all the benefits of a retinol/retinoid WITHOUT the side effects. Read more.


Phloretin Ferulic Serum DIY Kit is unique, and a rather standalone product that we always recommend. Both TelomErase Serum and Ultimate Serum contain a Vitamin C Ester, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, but it is in small concentration compared to our Phloretin Serum. We lose a teaspoon of collagen from our faces every year after age 30, and vitamin C is required to build that collagen. The "gold standard" is ascorbic acid, included with the Phloretin Serum. Because of its low pH, it cannot be included in most other products because it would negatively affect actives like growth factors, peptides, and other delicate proteins, and it would degrade quickly if we were to buffer the pH. Its low pH is also why it works so well, since it has an exfoliating effect in addition to collagen building.

Here's a blog post about the subject: All about Vitamin C Serums, and why ours is best

We recommend waiting at least thirty minutes after applying the Phloretin Ferulic Serum before applying our TelomErase Serum, Ultimate Serum or any product that contains delicate growth factors since the lower pH of the Phloretin Serum (even at 5% strength, and especially at 20% strength) may lessen the effectiveness of the growth factors. We recommend the following regimen: applying the Phloretin Serum in the morning, and the growth factor serum(s) at night.



Since hydration is different than moisturization, and most skin is dehydrated, we also always recommend our remarkable HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum for hydration & plumping, as well as its anti-pollution & anti-stress effects (one of the great benefits of the award-winning Neurophroline® ingredient).


Our Copper Peptide Healing Serum contains a great copper peptide that is a wonderful active for skin. Because it generally cannot be combined in high concentration with vitamin C, it is a standalone product. It is not necessary to apply the copper peptide in the Healing Serum every day to achieve results (targeting inflammation, healing, and overall rejuvenation). You might reserve daily use of Copper Peptide Serum more to address specific, acute issues that may arise, like irritation, sunburn, rash, windburn, post-procedure, etc.



OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY


All of our facial serums can be used on the neck, hands and chest. TelomErase Serum can be applied to the upper eyelid area, but be careful not to get it in your eyes.

Our RevivSculpt Transforming Body Serum is, of course, meant for the body, but can also be used on the face although it is a bit occlusive.

For stellar lip renewal, try our RevivLip Lip Serum System.

All our facial serums can also be applied to the lips with the exception of Phloretin Serum.




Further questions about how our product work together?! Send us a note.

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Dandruff: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions

Excerpts from an article by Dr. Anjali Mahto on dandruff, its psychological effects on self esteem and quality of life, and some good solutions.

Many customers find our RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque can tremendously help their scalp health, and regulate excessive sebum that is one of the root causes of dandruff. While the product is not a dandruff treatment per se (which are categorized as a monographed OTC product in the United States), RevivScalp may very well help with such flakes and itching.

Excerpts from the article:

According the NHS website, dandruff is estimated to affect half of all people at some point in their lives. What causes dandruff and why is it so common?

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp [issue] that is characterised by flaking of the skin of the scalp. As skin cells die, they are shed from the scalp surface. For some people, however, excessive flaking occurs, resulting in dandruff.

Dandruff can have several causes. Dry skin is usually the most common cause and individuals are likely to get patches of dry skin elsewhere on the body. This can often become worse in the winter months due to aggravation by indoor heating such as radiators. Certain skin diseases can be a cause of dandruff, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis, eczema, and even psoriasis. Allergy or sensitivity to shampoos and hair dyes may also be a causative factor. Occasionally, overgrowth of a fungus known as Malassezia may be contributing to the problem.

Please can you outline the recent anonymous survey conducted by the British Skin Foundation (BSF) in conjunction with anti-dandruff shampoo manufacturers, Head & Shoulders (H&S)? What were the main aims?

A recent joint survey aimed to look at the potential psychological distress that can be caused by dandruff. Over 350 people were interviewed and their views were collated.

What were the main findings of this survey?

73% of respondents said it made them feel less attractive
20% claimed the condition had resulted in them being bullied and receiving verbal abuse
72% had tried to hide their condition from someone e.g. friends, partners
more than a third admitted to avoiding a social situation on one or more occasion due to their dandruff

Why do you think poor scalp health sometimes has a negative impact on quality of life and self-esteem?

Dandruff, like many skin conditions, can lead to low self-esteem. Patients that suffer may feel embarrassed that their dandruff is viewed as a sign of poor grooming or uncleanliness by others. If they have symptoms of itching, this can result in anxiety, poor sleep and lack of concentration.

Patients may become socially withdrawn and refuse to participate in normal daily activities due to these factors propagating the negative self-image.

What are the best ways to treat dandruff and the emotional distress caused by it?

Mild to moderate dandruff can usually be controlled with shampoos but often treatments take time to work and require persistence and maintenance. Shampoos must be left on the scalp for at least 5 minutes before they are rinsed out to give them time to work. The commonly used agents in shampoos are:

zinc pyrithione - this is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that will reduce the level of Malassezia in the scalp, which is thought to contribute to dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis
coal tar based shampoos - coal tar will help slow down the production of dead skin cells
salicylic acid - this aids in eliminating scaling in the scalp
selenium sulphide - this will slow production of dead skin cells and also reduce Malassezia levels. It can, however, discolour the hair, and is not recommended for blonde or chemically coloured hair.
Ketoconazole - this also works by reducing fungal levels

If dandruff is related to eczema or sensitivity to products being used in the scalp, your doctor may prescribe a steroid lotion to be used for short periods of time.

Is it necessary to use an anti-dandruff shampoo?

It is important to wash the hair regularly to remove any excess scaling that builds up, ideally with an anti-dandruff shampoo. For some individuals, even though dandruff will clear, they may require a once or twice weekly maintenance treatment to reduce the frequency with which it may recur.

What is seborrheic dermatitis and how does it differ from dandruff?

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is one of several causes of dandruff. It can also cause scaly red, patches on the skin that tend to affect oily areas such as the face, upper back, and chest. The skin can occasionally be itchy with visible yellowish scale. In infants, it is the cause of cradle cap.

What do you think the future holds for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis research and treatments?

Firstly, I think that more time and research will be spent looking at what exactly causes dandruff and how this is linked to changes in the immune system, particularly in relation to Malassezia.

Potential trigger factors for dandruff and how these may be minimised in addition to novel new treatments are a growing area of interest.

Lastly, it is becoming increasingly apparent that skin conditions such as this have a profound effect on the psyche of the sufferer and studies in the field of “psychodermatology” are much needed.

What advice would you give someone suffering from emotional distress from dandruff?

Please do not suffer in silence and speak to your GP or dermatologist if your dandruff is causing psychological distress. They will be sympathetic and can refer you to a clinical psychologist if needed.

We are increasing beginning to acknowledge the link between mind and skin and only too aware of the long-term effects chronic skin disease can have on the psyche.

Where can readers find more information?

Speak to your GP or dermatologist if you have any on-going concerns about how to manage dandruff. There is good online information available from the American Academy of Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists, National Eczema Society, and Dermnet.

Full article here: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150728/Does-dandruff-cause-psychological-distress-An-interview-with-Dr-Anjali-Mahto.aspx?utm_source=strongmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NewTrendTuesdayeNewsletter

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All about CRESSATINE® in RevivScalp™ and how it can help encourage hair growth


CRESSATINE is a primary component of our RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque. CRESSATINE is a novel aqueous extract of watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus) leaves and shoots, stabilized with plant glycerin, and is ECOCERT qualified.

Excerpts from its specification documentation, prepared by its manufacturer, France-based Solabia:

Titrated with sulfur, CRESSATINE is designed to facilitate hair growth and strengthen hairs from the root: 

- by providing the elements (sulfur and other minerals) needed to produce keratin for solid, well-structured hair.
- by helping initiate hair regrowth via the Wnt pathway.
- by stimulating keratinocyte differentiation via the KGFs (keratinocyte growth factors) released when the Wnt/β-catenin pathway is activated.
- by prolonging the growth phase using the Wnt pathway and KGFs.

ACTIVATION OF WNT/ ß-CATENIN SIGNALING PATHWAY

CRESSATINE was shown to boost the activation of WNT / ß-CATENIN signaling pathway by 37% vs. control:



CRESSATINE chart boost of Wnt / β-catenin pathway, regeneration and growth of hair



STIMULATION OF KGF PRODUCTION

CRESSATINE® significantly stimulates KGF production, by 107% vs. control, and in a dose-dependent manner, which in turn stimulates the keratinocytes, causes a well- structured hair to be produced, and lengthens the anagen phase:

CRESSATINE in RevivScalp boosts KGF causes a well-structured hair to be produced, lengthens anagen phase

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Caffeine and hair loss

It has been shown recently that caffeine can help prevent hereditary and hormonal hair loss in men and women.

We use a liposomal caffeine in our RevivScalp. "Liposomal" in that the caffeine is encapsulated in a phospholipid to containerize it. With a liposome we can enhance the delivery of caffeine to maximize its ability to effectively penetrate the stratum corneum, boosting its efficacy, strength and bioavailability.

Here are some published scientific articles:

Differential effects of caffeine on hair shaft elongation, matrix and outer root sheath keratinocyte proliferation, and transforming growth factor-β2/ins-like growth factor-1-mediated regulation of the hair cycle in male and female human hair follicles in vitro.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24836650

Effect of caffeine and testosterone on the proliferation of human hair follicles in vitro.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17214716


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