Saturday, August 30, 2014


A couple of months earlier,  FDA issued a warning that popular acne products sold over-the-counter under brand names such as Proactiv and Neutrogena can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. The FDA advised consumers to stop using their topical acne products and seek emergency medical help if they experience hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness, difficulty in breathing, feeling faint or swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue.

According to the agency, non-prescription acne products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are of concern. It added that  non-prescription products containing the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and marketed under brands such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno and Clean & Clear, as well as store brands, were of concern. The agency said it has received 131 reports of such hypersensitivity reactions from consumers or manufacturers, most of these were received since 2012.

The manufacturers are engaged in glamorous marketing campaigns of their products, without naming the key ingredients or precaution on the labels or packages. “There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the product labels," Mona Khurana, a medical officer at FDA said in a statement.

Reasons for developing acne: Following are the main factors leading to the formation of blemishes :
1)Hormonal activity (primarily from androgens, male hormones); 2 Inflammation; 3)Overproduction of oil by the sebaceous (oil) gland; 4)Irregular or excessive shedding of dead skin cells; 5) Buildup of bacteria in the pores, leading to inflammation; and 6) Sensitive reactions to makeup, irritating skin-care ingredients, allergies or medicines.

Acne problem occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated. Associated with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature, predisposing them to clog the follicular pore. The clog can appear as a “whitehead” if it is covered by a thin layer of skin, or “blackhead” if exposed to the air – the darker exposed portion of the plug is called a “blackhead”.  Pimples or tender red bumps on the face are another form of mild acne. Blackheads are oxidized oil, not dirt.
Due to excessive use of chemical mixed products, or environmental pollution or lack of balanced diet, more and more people, especially in young age, are facing embarrassing problems of acne. 

To meet this growing skin problem, HERBALLY RADIANT has launched CLEAN series of Cleanser, Toner, Cream, Scrub and Serum.  Special tea tree essential oil blended with selected natural ingredients have made the CLEAN series of our products highly effective. The combined effect of these special formulations has been of immense help to our customers in getting rid of their acne problem, and regaining smooth and bright skin. More details at (These can be ordered online with free shipping.)

HERBALLY RADIANT has been warning its customers that many commonly marketed cosmetic products, which tend to clog pores, may cause and worsen acne, such as those containing iodides, bromides, or oral or injected steroids (Orasone, Prednicen-M, Liquid Pred), or the steroids that are taken for muscle building.
In any case, it is far safer and more skin friendly to use genuine natural products which contain USDA certified organic ingredients; these should be clearly indicated on the labels.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


In natural skin care products, extracts of black or green tea are used to derive great healing properties. The extracts of buds and leaves of tea make very effective ingredient as they have the highest concentration of antioxidant properties (polyphenol and flavonoid content). Green and white teas contain anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties which also provide excellent skin nourishment.

The condensed antioxidant elements of green tea have many other advantages.  These aid in body’s physical and biochemical systems as well as cell structure.  These have the proven ability to penetrate a cell and protect it against free radical invasion. Free radicals are damaging compounds that alter cells which directly correlate with the aging process.  The green tea is available with minimal processing – its leaves are withered and not fermented. It therefore becomes effective ingredient in top beauty formulations designed to prevent acne and restore the shine of the facial skin, while also nourishing hair and maintaining their shine.
Tea extracts also have scavenging effect of lipid free radicals due to high catechin & polyphenol properties.  After our own tests, we have found that the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea extracts have immense advantage, when combined with selected organic ingredients, on the rejuvenating process of skin.

In addition to tea extracts, HERBALLY RADIANT has combined Essential Oils to formulate its top of the range: Rejuvenating and Radiant anti-aging products which work in tandem with other ingredients to create a revolutionary skin-friendly treatment for facial skin. These formulations have been very popular with customers who have experienced reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Rejuvenating and Radiant Cleansers, Toners, Serums and Creams have been formulated especially to help remove very gently all impurities, including make-up marks, without stripping skin of its natural oils. This helps skin to absorb rich nutrients from specially prepared serums and moisturizers.  The net result is a fine rejuvenated skin, showing brightness and natural glow.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A leading dermatologist, Dr. Zoe Draelos, MD, Consulting Prof, Due University School of Medicine, has reiterated that micronutrients, which are essential for a healthy diet, are also effective in maintaining healthy skin. 

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals essential for balanced diet.  Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) and micronutrients work in combination to maintain the barrier functions of skin. Changes in nutritional status that alter skin structure and function can also directly affect skin appearance.

Dermatologists have therefore been emphasizing that skin nutrition can be enhanced directly through topical applications. This complements dietary consumption, leading to healthier protective barrier for the body.
Skin being the largest organ of the body is able to absorb micronutrients effectively. 

Therefore, we at HERBALLY RADIANT combine selected organic ingredients with vitamin A, C & E in order to make our formulations more effective to maintain skin’s brightness and elasticity.


Monday, August 25, 2014


We have been highlighting the potential health risks due to use of many chemicals in manufacture of cosmetic products.  Manufacturers of items like cream have also been using mercury, among other ingredients, in order to help lighten the skin, treating dark spots, and even acne disorders. However, studies have concluded that use of mercury can lead to many health problems. The US limit on use of mercury in products is 1 part per million.

Many cosmetic manufacturers are exceeding this limit which is a matter of concern. At the recently held 248th National Meeting and Exposition of American Chemical Society, Dr. Gordon Vrdoljak of Department of Public Health, California, said that in some products like face cream, "we ha've been finding levels as high as 210,000 parts per million. ... If people are using the product quite regularly, their hands will exude it, it will get in their food, on their counter tops, on the sheets their kids sleep on."

Regular urine tests can indicate if there is high level of mercury in body.  However, it would be far more safer and eco-friendly, if consumers could prefer to use cosmetic products which do not contain harmful ingredients like mercury.  Skin care products with organic ingredients are, therefore, the safest and skin-friendly choices. From our experience in this area, we can assure consumers that some of the natural organic skin care products are more effective on skin whose effects lasts longer.


Saturday, August 23, 2014


From time to time, we have been highlighting the general characteristics of skin cell generation. It is always useful to learn about them in order to take care of the health of skin. 

Amongst important cell regeneration processes is the fact that skin constantly produces what we call free radicals. These are produced by cells in the body. A free radical is any atom or molecule that is missing an electron in its outer shell. This will attack and destroy other healthy atoms to get the electron it needs. Thus the free radicals tend to accumulate in strength and become responsible for the oxidative damage to skin.  It is important to remove these free radicals for these can lead biological organism to age. This process involves turning the oils of our skin rancid with adverse impact on the collagen.  Collagens are important for the protection of skin as they serve the building blocks of skin.

Therefore, getting rid of free radicals regularly forms part of essential beauty care routine. This can be done by applying ingredients which are rich in antioxidants on to the skin. These will neutralize the skin damage by nourishing it with right kind of nutrients. The antioxidants repair from damage any skin which has been overexposed to sun, has developed aging signs, dryness or is damage from pollutants.

The special formulations made by HERBALLY RADIANT  therefore contain such natural organic ingredients which are rich in antioxidants and which act fast in slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. The combined effect of these ingredients slows down further damage to cells and especially prevents oxidative damage which otherwise leads to aging signs. Along with antioxidants, Herbally Radiant products, particularly its age-defying products, also contain vitamin C and vitamin E. These complement the effect of antioxidants and help in regeneration of young cells.Regular use of antioxidants-rich formulations will thus prevent oxidation  by neutralizing the free radicals in the first stage, and then preventing their recurrence.

Please remember, the skin needs to be nourished regularly with fresh antioxidants to protect it from free radicals damage. For added effect in its natural products, HERBALLY RADIANT has packed them with selected minerals.  The net effect is that these formulations are capable of protecting and promoting scars and promoting healing. For rejuvenating aging skin, its Rejuvenating, Radiant and Clean range serums are most popular with customers. Additionally, there are powerful serums - in very tiny molecules - which penetrate pores in skin, to provide most effective nourishment to the skin.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Prevent premature aging of skin:

A recent study in the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine (referred to by the Skin Cancer Org) is the first research in humans to show conclusively that sunscreen can help prevent photoaging - premature aging caused by the sun. Although there has been significant indirect evidence suggesting that sunscreen has anti-aging benefits, this study is the first clinical human trial to show it directly.

Researchers compared skin aging in 900 men and women from Australia over a four-year period from 1992 to 1996. They found that daily sunscreen use significantly slows skin aging, even in middle-aged men and women. Study participants who used sunscreen daily were less likely to have wrinkles and dark spots after 4.5 years than participants who did not regularly use sunscreen.

Daily use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can help reduce aging of the skin caused by sun damage. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause more than 90 percent of the visible signs of aging, which include wrinkles, rough patches, sagging, and skin discoloration.
           At HERBALLY RADIANT we have tested many natural ingredients in order to determine which elements provide excellent protection against sun damage. The aloe based cream so formulated, combining several other organic ingredients, offers best protection against sun damage, besides nourishing the skin with rich nutrients.