Wednesday, March 30, 2016


The recent article in Medical News Today raises the question whether aging is inevitable and whether the effects of aging can be reversed.

Signs of aging initially appear especially on facial skin. Wrinkles, gray hair, poorer physical and cognitive health are some of the common manifestations of aging. From the point of skin care formulations, it is of special interest to the Herbally Radiant R&D team to learn if there is a new break through to prevent appearance of aging signs.  It is of universal concern and the research studies are coming out frequently pointing to new theories to prevent aging visibility and to keep appearance young.

The multi-billion dollar anti-aging skin care industry, dominating the cosmetic products, is expanding steadily as millennials like to maintain young looks to boost their personality. However, aging is inevitable and increasingly, studies are focusing on strategies that could combat emergence of lines or wrinkles on skin.

Till such a breakthrough is reached, we have to see how to prevent emergence of lines, wrinkles and spots on skin with the help of available cosmetic products in the market. Scientists believe the aging results out of numerous genetic and environmental factors. They have mostly played around with different chemicals to see their effect on skin. Many companies come out with claims of having formulated a new wonderful product to help maintain young looks and beautiful skin.  Unfortunately, such claims invariably remain unsubstantiated and such marketing campaigns fizzling out.

On the other hand, the beauty formulations, with natural plant-based ingredients,  backed with centuries of safety, reliability and effectiveness, are known to have made remarkably long lasting, effect on skin.  Many of these are wonderful with amazing effect to reduce appearance of aging effects. Some of the anti-aging formulations launched by Herbally Radiant (Rejuvenating andRadiant range) have become popular for their amazing effect on all skin types, and are briefly explained again:

Serum:  Herbally Radiantmakes three kinds of Serum, depending upon skin type: Rejuvenating, Radiant and Perfection. These potent serums firm up and tighten the skin with almost immediate effect. Pigmentation and dark spots are two of the most difficult signs of ageing to address, but these potent serums are able to take care of them. The combination of special ingredients in these slows down melanin production and provides antioxidant benefits. 

Cleanser:  We advise our customers, especially with mature skin, to refrain from using usual soaps as they contain sulfate, creating foam and fragrance but leaving skin dry. To remove makeup and other residue from face, one should use Cleansers. The Herbally Radiant cleansers made with natural ingredients do the fine work of gently cleaning the pores, preventing blackheads by controlling the excess flow of sebum thereby protecting the skin from acne, pimples, spots and rashes. These cleansers complement the effect of ingredients in Cream and Serum of the same range.

Toner: The natural toners made to complement the effect of anti-aging serum and cleanser, act as multi-purpose lotions. These texturize and refresh the skin, helping to reduce surface oil and refine the pores. The toners thus prepare the skin to absorb the ingredients of good moisturizers.

Cream:  Both anti-aging creams made by HerballyRadiant (i.e., Rejuvenating and Radiant) are a combination of exotic herbal extracts, based on ancient formula used by royal queens and princesses to moisturize their skin and preserve their beauty. Besides the anti-aging effect they create by improving the appearance of skin surface, these also contain amazing rejuvenating properties, helping to maintain the elasticity of the skin and preserve its youthful quality.

Day Cream: The Body Day Cream is a special formulation of Herbally Radiant. A wonderful tonic for the whole body, especially in winter days when our skin needs an extra boost. It hydrates the complexion effectively and softens scarring over time. This concoction  contains essential vitamins and minerals to keep skin well moisturized and protected.

Eye Cream: Under eye area has very delicate skin, needing special treatment. This highly recommended eye cream tackles dark circles and fine lines without any irritation. The tiniest amount goes a long way, however: sweep it on just at the top of the cheekbone for the best results.

Face Mask: Herbally Radiant has launched three scrubs-masks: Clean Scrub, Pumpkin Mask and turmeric-based mineral face mask.  The mineral face mask, containing turmeric and powerful minerals like kaolin and bentonite clay,  has unique properties; it’s like having a chemical peel without the downtime, detoxifying skin with hibiscus. The Clean face scrub is among the top formulation for sensitive skin type. Pumpkin face mask, a pure plant-based product, can be applied frequently for all skin types.

Silky Primer: This lotion is meant to be used under moisturizer, but  ladies also love using it as a protective base before make-up for added radiance.  Keeps face shining and smooth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at California University, Berkeley, has released its new finding that teens can lower their exposure to hormone-disrupting chemical ingredients by staying away from conventionally manufactured and marketed pharma-based skin care ingredients. The study warns that teens, and even those with more sensitive skin, should refrain from such formulations which contain parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfates, triclosan and other petroleum based ingredients which have been found to create disruptive hormonal imbalance. 
The new study noted that most of the beauty products presently in the market contain these potentially harmful chemicals; and unfortunately presence of these chemicals are not indicated in the packaging labels of most of the popular cosmetic and skin care products.
The latest study analyzed the urine samples to see the effects of products containing harmful chemicals, comparing them with those obtained after the use of safer products. The effect was immediately noticeable - just 3 days after discontinuing the use of chemical based products.
The study emphasized that “teen girls may be at particular risk since it is time for rapid reproductive development”. The same advice has been offered to other young women. The UC Berkeley researchers hope that with increasing awareness about these potentially harmful skin care products, consumers will be able to make conscious choice, using safer products and avoiding health risks.
With more than 6 years’ business operations of herbal natural skin-care products, Herbally Radiant would like to add that its own lab tests have consistently shown immense benefits that women can derive by using genuine herbal organic products which are safe, reliable and most skin friendly, and, of course, without causing any side effects.

Monday, March 21, 2016


While browsing through the book “The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf, one comes across interesting ideas emerging out of the concept of beauty.
It is true that women over the centuries have come to enjoy more equality, privileges and social and political rights, Naomi Wolf is troubled by the fact that beauty factor has assumed greater dominance over women’s lives, their thinking, thinking of their male colleagues, preference of marketing and promotional companies, fashion trends and so on.
Naomi wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It’s the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of “the flawless beauty”.
There is no doubt that the role of women in modern society continues to be judged by how she is perceived by men and women, and not by her real worth, her own merit, her own individuality, irrespective of normal socially acceptable norms of beauty. Naomi is especially sharp on “beauty” aspect, and asks “are women beautiful or aren’t we?”
It is no doubt that appearances are always important as they project the first impression. Happiness and beauty are two concepts that are universally regarded as intrinsically inter-linked. Therefore, beauty is not a myth, pleasant appearances, together with pleasant body language and manners go a long way for success. Therefore, women wanting to look beautiful is the most natural way of living.
This is the reason for the multi-billion cosmetics industry that knows no recession and has continued to grow across the world. Today, anti-aging creams, for example, can no longer make absurd claims for their products, as they did a decade ago. Ten years ago, cosmetics companies regularly declared that their youth creams “erased” signs of age, “restructured” skin on a “cellular” level, and “renewed” tissue “from within” – all of which are physically impossible, since their ingredients were not able to penetrate the epidermis.”
The new medical procedure to restore young looks now is botox injection. Botulinum toxin A is the most commonly used form that is injected into the facial muscles and, within a few hours, it attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting the nerve transmission to these muscles. It takes anywhere from two to ten days to block the nerve transmitters which innervate the muscles where it was injected. The effects of Botox lasts approximately three to four months depending on various factors, and when the patient sees the wrinkles reappear, the she needs same treatment again.
However, there can be serious side effects. The injections may cause minor bruising, to be concealed with make-up. Botox cosmetic can spread to nearby muscles and cause temporary drooping.  It occasionally causes a headache, nausea, or flu-like symptoms. It can react adversely with certain herbal remedies, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and heart and Alzheimer's drugs. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid botox injections because the risks to a fetus or nursing baby have yet to be determined.
Botox Cosmetic company also issued the warning that it may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening, and advises to call doctor or get medical help right away if one has any of these problems any time after the injection of botox:
-“Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months

-Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities”

Our take: Use safest, and reliable for centuries, the herbal organic beauty formulations for most skin-friendly, durable and inexpensive beauty enhancing routine.   

Monday, March 14, 2016


Animal rights groups and other green activists welcomed the decision of the Swiss Government to ban marketing of cosmetics that have been tested on animals abroad. The ban on cosmetics tested on animals are already banned within EU nations. Switzerland, though not in EU, has been playing a role of key trading partner of EU.

The Swiss initiative is also welcomed by manufacturers of natural organic skin care products that are not tested on animals.  Herbally Radiant products, which are free from chemicals and animal testing, and are vegan, contain USDA certified organic ingredients.

People's pressure will now be on for initiatives by countries like US, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, Argentina where similar legislation has been pending.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Specializing in healthy skin-care formulations, Herbally Radiant, has been cautioning its customers about the potentially harmful effects of synthetic and chemical ingredients as well as petroleum by-products that find their way into the popular brand of cosmetics. Confirming the health risks, the recent study by UC Berkley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, confirms that “the beauty industry has not yet realized that during girls’ growth years, girls and young ladies need products formulated just for them. Specifically, formulations should not contain parabens, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfates, triclosan and other petroleum by-products. Unfortunately, many, if not all, all these ingredients are found in most of the popular cosmetics, fragrances, hair products and soaps.”
The sad part is that these potentially harmful ingredients are not listed in the cosmetic products.
Several other reports also highlight the presence of low-level concentrations of potential reproductive or developmental toxicants, particularly phthalates, in cosmetics and personal care products. According to these reports, makeup, shampoo, skin lotion, nail polish, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that lack safety data. Moreover, some of these chemicals have been linked to male genital birth defects, decreased sperm counts, and altered pregnancy outcomes.
Phthalates, as key components in plastics, appear in many consumer products. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. Often, their presence is not noted on labels.
“The concerns that are focused around this particular chemical [class] have arisen from a series of tests and studies that have been released recently that point to significant potential health concerns,” says Sujatha Jahagirdar, an environmental advocate with Environment California.
In more than 76 skin-care formulations launched by Herbally Radiant, the key ingredients are  USDA certified organic. The Essential Oils used in these products act as natural preservatives, soothing fragrances and aroma-therapeutic elements. Most of the other products being marketed for women do not disclose their ingredients that could pose health risks in one form or the other.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


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.

Monday, March 7, 2016


The Huffington Post article by Beauty Editor, Dana Oliver, will interest those wanting to learn more about the  tea benefits for skin through natural cosmetics and skin care formulations. Tea contains several of the most potent and protective antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals.
For centuries, tea leaves (green, black and red), have been used to improve the health and appearance of skin and hair. Modern scientific studies continue to highlight their anti-aging and health-promoting effects, and show antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits of tea. When combined with other ingredients beauty formulations, tea helps to enhance their effects, a synergy that helps improve skin’s appearance, texture, and function. Frequent exfoliation allows active tea constituents to better penetrate the skin with most beneficial exfoliating agents alpha-hydroxy.
Carotenoids in tea are potent fat-soluble antioxidants that help quench free radicals generated by ultraviolet rays. In addition to vitamin antioxidants and carotenoids, tea also contains 25-30% flavonoids, which include water-soluble plant pigments known as polyphenols. The major polyphenol in tea is epigallocatechin-3 gallate, or EGCG. Oral and topical use of tea and EGCG helps to inhibit inflammation and oxidative stress, and may help to prevent photoaging and cancers of the skin. The combination of these natural antioxidants improves skin health, giving it a smoother, brighter and healthier look.

It has also been found that tea is a potent inducer of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that quenches excess superoxide radicals and other reactive oxygen species. Among elderly persons, the amount of SOD in normal skin diminishes and is incapable of adequately neutralizing large amounts of reactive oxygen species. Because of environmental and other pollutants (sunlight, smoking diet) contributing to the generation of reactive oxygen species, it is most critical to optimize SOD levels through the use of tea and other flavonoids.
In combination with topical tea, natural fruit acids called alpha-hydroxy acids rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the shedding of old, sun-damaged cells on the skin’s surface.32-35 Alpha-hydroxy acids loosen the glue-like substances that bind skin surface cells to each other, allowing the dead skin to peel off and the skin underneath to emerge. This underlying skin has a fresher, healthier look, with a more even color and texture. Exfoliation with alpha-hydroxy acids allows topical antioxidant agents, such as tea, to affect the newly exposed cells to greatest benefit.
For optimal effects, frequent use of topical products containing tea in combination with exfoliating agents is recommended. Eating a diet rich in flavonoids such as those found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables helps promote and preserve skin’s health and beauty.
The extracts of buds and leaves of tea make very effective ingredient in natural organic beauty products. Green teas have the highest concentration of antioxidant properties (polyphenol and flavonoid) and have anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties which provide excellent skin nourishment.
After testing with different ingredients, Herbally Radiant found excellent anti-aging properties of green tea extracts. Its most popular top of the range products: Rejuvenating and Radiant,  also contain a combination of essential oils that work in tandem with tea extracts to create an amazing rejuvenated and radiant facial skin. These formulations have been very popular with customers who have experienced reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Rejuvenating and RadiantCleansers have been specially launched by Herbally Radiant to help eliminate 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 bright skin with youthful appearance.