After visiting the annual conference of American Academy of Dermatology at Walter Washington Convention Center last week, the Washington Post journalist offers interesting remarks, highlighting the dominating commercial aspect of the anti-aging campaigns launched by most cosmetics companies.
Not able to resist the allure of the cosmeceutical stands, where pretty women slathered conference-goers in post-laser gels and balms, the journalist wanted to know: “What are cosmeceuticals about?”
The reply was not startling: “Cash” they whispered. Doctors sell the products in their offices to patients who’ve had procedures – procedures that doctors are now performing all the time. Which are also about cash!” Elsewhere, she noticed participating doctors flitting between sessions on sculpting and needling and mingled with those who peddle the tools of this revolution: the erbium lasers, the Fraxel lasers, the stem-cell serums, the HydraFacial get-ups and the Dermapens.”
She further adds: “In the convention center, it was almost impossible not to feel slightly bad in the midst of all these peddlers of youth and beauty and true happiness.”
As a skin-care specialist, HerballyRadiant noticed that Americans spent nearly $ 12 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2014 (according to data compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery).
Some doctors feel most spending was on the non-invasive stuff, like fillers and fat injections, as latest trend is that “everyone wants to do the safest, cheapest thing possible; and no one wants to go under the knife.. and, of course, one of the attractions of dermatology is that a lot of people will pay out-of-pocket.”
We find that the hype created by the industry and dermatologists about the high sounding “innovations” and “procedures” to “restore youth” of every customer is far from ethical marketing. It is one thing to be able to improve the appearance of skin, but making too-good-to-be-true claims of overnight change in complexion or texture is less than a fair business practice.
On the other hand, the claims of pharma-based formulations can be well matched by safer inexpensive natural organic beauty formulations being promoted by Herbally Radiant. For example, a recent research paper in the official Journal of American Nutrition, confirms the unique benefits of turmeric, (also known as curcuma longa). Many other studies highlight skin-friendly characteristics of organic ingredients, and their powerful beautifying effect.
Few natural products have demonstrated the range of protective and therapeutic promise as have turmeric and its principal bioactive components, the curcuminoids. Turmeric and its main bioactive components – curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin – have many biological effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral activities. Other powerful organic ingredients are: aloe butter, aloe oil, almond and apricot oil, avocado butter, borage, castor sulfated, cocoa butter, carrot oil, evening primrose, hazelnut, jojoba, mango butter, neem, olive butter, palm rose hip seed, shea butter, wheat germ plus many more.
The harsh pharma-based formulations weaken the living tissue in the dermis (that is beneath the epidermis). (Epidermis is the upper layer, consisting of several rows of living cells, covered with a horny layer of dead cells. These are constantly being shed and replaced by the cells from the deeper layer, the dermis. Dermis is also called ‘true skin’ as it is supplied with nutrients from the blood stream; it contains supporting tissue, which gives the skin its tone and resilience.