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Information in our industry travels fast which is why we have created the CoValence Labs Blog. The purpose of our blog is to educate and discuss industry news with anyone and everyone that is involved with the personal care industry. We will be utilizing our blog as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep communication flowing, educating and to ultimately enhance our customer service.

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Skin Inc – 12 Silicone Myths Exploded

8.21.14

Whether not you agree with using silicone in products, this is an interesting article by Rebecca Gadberry from Skin Inc. that separates fact from fiction.

“Silicones are among the latest ingredients clients love to hate. Discover some facts and basic chemistry to clear up the mythology now being spun about this ingredient.”

 

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Attention! Necklines are plunging… Are you ready to take ‘The Plunge’?

8.21.14

Since CoValence has introduced The Plungenecklines are plunging to new depths because thankfully the elusive turkey ‘waddle’ neck has finally flown the coop!

Ageing is a fact of life; it can be daunting and at the same time beautiful. Yet, we tend to forget, as we are driving from one soccer game to the next, that ageing can be managed. One easy step is to apply The Plunge once or twice daily. After continued use of The Plunge our product testers quickly (some testimonies were as fast as after the first application) noticed a new, revitalized neck and décolletage – one worth showing off!

We’ve also added in Adifyline™ into the formula due to the dramatic improvement which was shown with breast volume, compared to a placebo, in a cream containing 2% Adifyline ™ . In other words, don’t just stop applying The Plunge at the neck… use it where ever extra skin volume is desired. Formulated with three wonderful ingredients like Dynalift™ which form a network with skin proteins creating a tightening, smoothing and freshness effect and Volufiline ™  whichpromotes body volume by a cosmetic lipo-filling-type effect. Renovage™  fights skin ageing by inhibiting dehydration and providing moisturization, reducing signs of age spots, improving skin barrier function, reducing appearance of fine lines.

The Plunge is not a simple, humdrum cream (albeit, at CoValence, we are not sure how to make anything ‘humdrum’) it was specifically developed with a number of incredible, future forward actives that help diminish the lines and folds that are found in the neck and chest areas, while also plumping areas that you may want to have plumped. So, whether you are part of the “Fabulous after 50”, the “I wish I would have worn sunscreen when I was younger” or the “I better get a jump start at taking care of my skin” crowd, this product is perfect for you!

 

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Spin Trap Eye Serum – ‘Rainbow’ in a Bottle – What’s at the end of your skincare rainbow?

8.14.14

There is an Irish folklore that claims anyone can find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Well, at CoValence it is a fact, not folklore, that we have found the anti-age treasure within our rainbow-esque, Spin Eye Serum.

Spin Eye Serum is one of the most sought after formulas that other laboratories from around the world have tried to copy, but none have been successful. The ingredient list is small, but the reason for CoValence’s success with the Spin Eye Serum is because of our proprietary mixing technique which brilliantly magnificently combines actual Liquid Crystals with Spin Trap (PBN), the ultimate “intelligent” antioxidant.

The PBN – Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap) protects skin from Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) found in pollution (the higher the pollution, the more ROS on the skin) and helps to correct the damage caused to healthy skin from imbalanced molecules.  In turn, the Liquid Crystals (our body is made up of Liquid Crystals) transforms into an emollient protective barrier on the skin… protecting skin from the environment’s aging factors. What does this mean to your skin? Well, not only is the Spin Eye Serum physically protecting skin from the harmful, accelerated aging effects of the environment, it also works to help change the path of what has already been damaged.

The typical response we hear from individuals who see Spin Eye Serum for the first time in a bottle is, “Wow! This is beautiful!” But, let’s face it… the true treasure is when someone has used Spin Eye Serum for just one night and their first response in the morning is, “Wow! I look beautiful!

Spin Eye Serum is definitely not an Irish folklore …Spin Eye Serum is a Cosmeceutical breakthrough that lavishes everyone who uses it with a gorgeous treasure of beautiful skin!

Please call or email us for more  information.

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This just in…After years of selling Reboot Moisturizer, our data shows it’s an excellent combatant against acne!

8.7.14

This is not uncommon with CoValence… we make a product with one or two targets in mind, but then we find out that the formula actually has numerous of other benefits. Read one to find out what other amazing benefits encompass the Reboot formularies…

It is a tad surreal to be ‘introducing’ an EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) product, when we have been formulating with EGF for over two decades! But, oddly in skincare the phrase…“What’s old is new again”… is 100% true. Actually, at CoValence, since we have used so many unorthodox ingredients in skincare, it isn’t too odd for us to see a skincare brand take on a ‘so called’ new ingredient that we have used for decades. Okay… jumping off our soapbox… without further adieu… we are thrilled beyond words to re-introduce our updated, Reboot Serum!

Two key ingredients contribute to the wrinkle reduction factor in Reboot Serum. The first is rh-Oligopeptide-1, also known as EGF, a peptidethat accelerates the growth of epidermal cells, reduces wrinkles and assists in wound healing. The second ingredient is Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, an iomimetic peptide derived from a growth factor that boosts collagen production, activates skin repair, and also reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Together these peptides (yes, arguably the first generation of peptides used in skincare) leave your skin feeling more taut and repaired. More than just a delicious beverage, Cocos Nucifera, more commonly known as the juice from a coconut, is rich in essential fatty acids, assists in reconditioning the skin, improving lipid barrier strength, and stimulates blood circulation. It is also highly moisturizing and promotes healthy cell growth. Curious how to accelerate improving skin with Reboot Serum? Here is a little secret… lightly exfoliate skin with an AHA or Retinoid for a week or two (if your skin is not too sensitive), then use Reboot Serum for an additional week or two after the light exfoliation. We are not going to say that you will hear the ‘Halleluiah Chorus’ when you look into the mirror, after the Reboot Serum regimen, but a smile will definitely come over your face!

Also try our Reboot Cream.

Reset… Reboot… Rejoice!

 

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Come sail the Seven Seas with our marine products.

8.6.14

Sinbad the Sailor is a fictional character and during his many voyages throughout the seven seas east of Africa and south of Asia, he endured fantastic adventures going to magical places, meeting monsters, and encountering supernatural phenomena…

Well, it may be a stretch calling our Seven Seas Marine Gel a ‘supernatural phenomena’, but we have seen it produce some supernatural results on the skin. Some of the best results came from when a few testers applied Seven Seas prior to going to bed and they woke up (in their words) with “transformed skin”.

Part of the visible transformation is thanks to, Phycocyanin — a blue-green algae with superb antioxidant properties. Phycocyanin gives Seven Seas a rich Mediterranean, blue color that will conjure up images of calm, clear ocean waters. Caviar, besides being a wonderful indulgence, effectively nourishes the skin while promoting skin rejuvenation. A unique combination of cell turnover, antioxidant and nourishing properties makes Seven Seas Marine Gel a phenomenon for everyone to experience!

Also try our other marine infused products:

MARvelous Oceanic Mask (VLT0.4507) the combination of algae extracts tighten, strengthen, firm and improve skin tone while natural Phycocyanin-C (a blue-green algae) provides potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to normal, acneic, sensitive and stressed skin.

Ocean’s 11 Serum (VLT0.4017) effectively blends 11 powerful marine actives, which soothe inflammation, combat wrinkles, and visibly brighten skin. The plethora of marine actives will help produce beautiful, healthy skin with an infusion of natural marine benefits.

 

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Oh, Say Can You C?

7.25.14

C to It is loaded with anti-aging properties and it continues to prove that it is still possible to have youthful looking skin without taking drastic measures. Due to the extremely high levels of vitamin C, from many different sources, as well as natural botanicals, this lotion has shown to leave skin clear, soothed and smooth. No need to be uptight about aging; let this helpful lotion do the work for you!

The antioxidant properties of the C to It Lotion are sky high! There are four main ingredients at work that collaboratively help to clear and protect the skin. The first ingredient is 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a multi-function Vitamin C derivative that possesses a whitening effect, which helps to reduce pesky dark spots. It also acts as a free radical scavenger and increases collagen synthesis, giving the skin a more plump appearance. The second ingredient is Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, another derivative of vitamin C that is water-soluble. It also stimulates collagen production and has melanin-inhibiting properties. The third ingredient is Thiotaine®, a natural antioxidant and amino acid that helps to prevent damage caused by UV radiation; It also amazingly recycles vitamin C and ensures efficient energy production. We love science! The fourth antioxidant ingredient is Myrciaria Dubia Extract, more commonly known as Camu Camu Fruit Extract, which is a shrub found in the Amazon Rainforest. It is known for its high vitamin C content, and helps fight free radicals in order to keep the skin protected and healthy. 

Once the skin is cleared of aging debris, brightened and rejuvenated, the focus then turns to firming and tightening the skin. There are two major contributors to this step…The first ingredient is Matrixyl Synthe’6, a wrinkle-filler derived from tripeptide, which smooth’s wrinkles from the inside out.  It does this by stimulating the synthesis of the macromolecules in the outer layers of skin which are needed for strengthening structure. The second ingredient is ProCitristem, made from Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract, more commonly known as Orange Callus Extract. This ingredient helps organize and add density to skin structure by increasing collagen. ProCitristem also improves elasticity of the skin, increases skin firmness, and diminishes wrinkles, leaving the skin appearing smooth, tight, and clear.

As you can plainly see… C to It Lotion is not your ordinary vitamin C product, and if you have been a client of ours for some time, I’m sure you are not in the least surprised that we don’t do ‘ordinary’. So, C to It that you get a sample or two of our ‘out of the box’ C to It Lotion! You and your skin will not be disappointed.

Paraben-Free – Fragrance-Free – Gluten-Free

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Tea-Tree is the ‘Steel Magnolia’ for acne skincare.

7.24.14

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CoValence’s Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser is a straightforward product that delivers straightforward results – clean, healthy and protected skin. There really is not much ‘fluff’ that we can add to the product story…except that our clients continue to rave about the ‘clear’ success from this quiet hero.

Designed for oily and problematic skin, this light, foaming cleanser’s main ingredient is Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, more commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that heals breakouts, reduces inflammation and infection, in addition to protecting against bacteria and other environmental toxins.

Regular use of Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser will revitalize and refine skin, while greatly reducing clogged pores… keeping it smooth, soothed, and properly moisturized. Providing a gentle, soothing experience for your skin every time.

Paraben-Free – Fragrance-Free – Gluten-Free – Fragrance Free

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Sit back, relax and try our cooling gel moisturizer, Calypso Cool.

7.17.14

Calypso Cool

Calypso was, and still is, defined as a form of folk song music, originating and resonating in the Caribbean Islands. It is an eclectic blend of both lyric and rhythm. Calypso has been known to bring together the masses by song and sea-making the perfect harmonic blend. 

Calypso Cool on the other hand, is not defined by song but most definitely inspired by sea. Our cooling gel moisturizer was developed using the flowing waters as our muse. Once applied to the skin, you will be struck by the vast cooling properties this product has to offer you.  The crisp coral-colored gel is what defines Calypso Cool and makes it stand out from any and every other moisturizing product out there.

The enticing aroma alone will have your senses in an uproar-making you believe you really are on the Caribbean Islands, with the calypso sounds surrounding you! Luscious blends of Banana Fruit Extract and Tropical Fruit Harvest make up just a few of the many active interests that resonate in this moisturizer.

Formulated to awaken, cool, and then replenish the skin, Calypso Cool provides a unique method to your daily skin regimen. The gel texture of the moisturizer works to satisfy all skin types and has no limitations. It can be applied to either the body or face, providing a gentle sensation that consumes your skin.

Active Interests:

  • Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract – Rich in potassium, vitamins A, B (folate), and C, softens and smoothes the skin, mild antioxidant 
  • Tropical Fruit Harvest™ (Carica Papaya (Papaya),  Mangifera Indica (Mango) Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extracts) – Rich in vitamins, minerals and fruit acids, nourishing, antioxidant, moisturizing, mild exfoliator, immune boosting
  • Bisabolol (L-alpha) – Acts as an anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces sensitivity, alleviates heat while soothing skin irritation
  • Menthyl Lactate (L) – Ester of menthol and lactic acid, cooling, soothes irritation with analgesic properties
  • Pectin (Fruit Enzymes) – Obtained from diluted acid extracts of citrus fruit rinds or apple pumice, water-binding to help retain moisture, softening

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Private Stock Peptide Serum – Shhh…Only the best for you! 

7.15.14

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Truth be told, the Private Stock Peptide Serum was something we wanted for ourselves…so, we made it as our ‘Private Stock”! Word leaked out that we concocted a proprietary, topical product that has the tendency to mimic the effects of aggressive anti-age procedures, overtime, without the scary side effects. Therefore, we reluctantly made it available for everyone to enjoy. Okay, maybe we weren’t reluctant to share it, but the Private Stock Peptide Serum is definitely one of our secret anti-aging weapons. We use the Private Stock Peptide Serum daily to combat wrinkles, smooth skin, and protect from environmental debris, not to mention the feeling of being a tad spoiled!

There are two major anti-aging components to the Private Stock Peptide Serum that collaborate to create a wrinkle-free existence on your skin. The first is Argireline™, a powerful anti‐wrinkle hexapeptide with a Botulinum toxin‐inspired activity. The second ingredient is Matrixyl Synth6™, a tripeptide found in collagen VI and laminins, smoothes wrinkles from the inside by stimulating the synthesis of the macromolecules in the dermal/epidermal junction that are needed for structure.

Once the skin has been regulated and smoothed, the skin protector comes out with guns blazing. The major protecting ingredient here is Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, more commonly known as White Tea Leaf Extract, which boosts the immune function of skin cells, protects against sun damage, protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage. Essentially this ingredient is powerful enough to protect from environmental toxins, UV damage, and any other stress that shows on skin.

When it comes down to it, some of the best kept secrets are the simplest formulas. The Private Stock Peptide Serum is no different… it is a simple, but mighty formula. The ingredients are powerful and easy to sell, which makes the Private Stock one of CoValence best kept secrets…until now!

Active Interests:

  • Argireline™ (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) - A powerful anti-wrinkle hexapeptide with a Botulinum toxin-inspired activity
  • Matrixyl Synth6(Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38) - Wrinkle filler derived from tripeptide found in collagen VI and laminins, smoothes wrinkles from the inside by stimulating the synthesis of the macromolecules in the dermal/epidermal junction that are needed for structure
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract - Boosts the immune function of skin cells, protects against the sun damage, protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage

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Take Refuge from Irritated Skin.

7.10.14

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Our Refuge HC is just that – salvation from those itchy and irritated skin conditions that occur either regularly or sporadically. This clear gel is paraben-free, great for all skin types, and focuses mainly on fighting bacteria, reducing inflammation, wound healing, and eliminating redness. Simply apply this gel to dry, scaly skin and feel the soothing properties soaking in providing immediate relief. Consider your skin rescued!

There are three major ingredients in Refuge HC that contribute to the overall soothing function. The main hero is Hydrocortisone, which is used to reduce swelling, itching, and redness that occur from various skin conditions. The second ingredient is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, which comes from the succulent plant of the same name. This ingredient is healing, moisturizing, and has anti‐inflammatory properties that reduce redness and irritation. The third soothing ingredient is Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, better known as White Ginger Extract, which is an anti‐inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant, as well as a collagenase inhibitor that keeps skin flexible and taut.

Once your skin is soothed and moisturized and the redness has been reduced, it’s time to heal the skin and get it back to its original state. Two major ingredients in Refuge HC do just that…The first is Bisabolol, which acts as an anti‐inflammatory and wound‐healer that reduces skin sensitivity and alleviates heat trapped in the skin. The second ingredient is Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, more commonly known as Rose Hip Oil, which is a great source of immune-boosting Vitamin C, flavonoids, and caroteinoids. It also aids in cell protection and regeneration, it preserves skin elasticity, is an anti‐inflammatory, and fights bacteria so that your skin gets back to stasis and so do you (because you’re not itching!).

Don’t forget, Refuge HC is not only a fantastic product that helps to heal skin sensitivities, it is also an amazing take-home product to be added to any chemical and enzyme peel protocol, once skin starts to heal after the peeling. Whether you have on-going skin sensitivities or you are in need of a product to speed up healing after a professional peel, Refuge HC will give your skin the refuge it deserves.

Active Interests: 

  • Hydrocortisone: Used to reduce swelling, itching, and redness that occur from various skin conditions
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder: Succulent plant, healing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Hedychium Coronarium (White Ginger) Root Extract: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, collagenase inhibitor allows maintaining protein levels and skinning flexibility
  • Bisabolol (L-alpha): Acts as an anti-inflammatory, wound-healer, reduces sensitivity, alleviates heat while soothing skin irritation 
  • Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil: Vitamin C, flavonoids, caroteinoids, aids in cell protection and regeneration, soothes, preserves skin elasticity, anti-inflammatory, fights bacteria

 

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