Some Ugly Truths About Retinoids: They Can Weaken Your Skin's Barrier Function

Some Ugly Truths About Retinoids: They Can Weaken Your Skin's Barrier Function

Dermatologists don't — and can't — argue there. In my opinion, [retinoids'] benefits are more about the skin's appearance," says Dr. Katta. "The compounds in retinoids can help boost collagen, but they're not necessary for healthy skin. The most important factor in maintaining healthy skin is about protection and promotion." Research shows that although retinoids thicken the skin overall, they thin the skin barrier, the built-in protective layer that guards against invading pathogens and environmental aggressors and locks in moisture.

 

How Does Retinyl Palmitate Form Vitamin A?

 

The different retinoids have slightly different functions and benefits.  All the retinoids are converted into retinoic acid in the body. Retinoic acid is the main ingredient that has a direct biological effect on the skin. Retinoic acid is a metabolite of vitamin A and is responsible for most of the benefits to the body and skin. 

Retinoic acid is available as a prescription treatment known as tretinoin or Retin – A. Tretinoin can cause skin irritation including excessive peeling, redness, and photosensitivity which limits its use.

 

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which rates ingredients based on toxicity. Retinol can rank anywhere from six to nine out of 10, making it a "high concern" ingredient. For reference, lead and formaldehyde — two undisputed toxicants — earn 10s.

 

 

The overall product or ingredient score in Skin Deep is calculated from information drawn from the nearly 60 integrated toxicity, regulatory and study availability databases," Leiba explains. "Retinols get a high score in Skin Deep because government testing has shown that, on sun-exposed skin, these chemicals can increase the risk of skin lesions and other skin damage."

 

Again, there is no definitive evidence that topical retinoids lead to cancer or reproductive toxicity, but the evidence we do have is pretty much on par with that of  parabens. (Read: Not agreed upon by professionals, requires more research.) So what's the difference between potentially-toxic parabens — largely shunned by both indie brands and drugstore giants as a precaution — and potentially-toxic retinoids?

 

The Best Alternatives to Retinol for Your Skin

-Bakuchiol

-Niacinamide

-Vitamin C

-Peptides.

 

The Wonders of Plant Extracts for Anti-Aging

The Wonders of Plant Extracts for Anti-Aging

The best plant extracts for anti-aging can be found in nature. These extracts have been shown to have powerful effects on the skin, helping to reduce the signs of aging. Some of the most effective extracts include: 

Aloe vera, Green tea, Yellowdock Root, Seabuckthorn oil, Bladderwrack, Oregon Grape Root Extract, Borage Oil, Shitake Extract, just to name a few. 

Each of these plant extracts has been shown to have powerful effects on the skin, helping to reduce the signs of aging. Using a combination of these extracts can provide thee best results for anti-aging.

As we age, our skin begins to show the effects of time and exposure to the elements. wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots can all make us look older than we are. While there are many products on the market that claim to reduce the signs of aging, not all of them are effective. In fact, many of them contain harsh chemicals that can damage the skin.

 

Thankfully, there are plant extracts that have been shown to be effective in reducing the signs of aging. Each of these extracts has its own unique properties that help to improve the look and feel of the skin. By using a combination of these extracts, you can achieve the best results for anti-aging. Some of the benefits of using plant extracts include:

 

-reduced wrinkles and fine lines

-improved skin elasticity

-reduced age spots and other signs of sun damage

-improved complexion

-reduced inflammation

-hydrated skin

 

Some of the most effective plant extracts for anti-aging include:

Aloe Vera- is a succulent plant that has long been used for its healing properties. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that can help to protect the skin from damage.

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free radicals. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the signs of aging.

Yellowdock Root is a plant that is rich in antioxidants and minerals, including zinc. Yellowdock Root can help to improve the appearance of skin blemishes and reduce the signs of aging.

Rosehip oil is a natural oil that is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Rosehip oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and can also help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed that is rich in nutrients, including antioxidants and minerals. Bladderwrack can help to improve the skin's elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Seabuckthorn oil is a natural oil that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Seabuckthorn oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and scars.

Oregon Grape Root Extract is a plant extract that is rich in antioxidants and minerals, including zinc. Oregon Grape Root Extract can help to improve the appearance of skin blemishes and reduce the signs of aging.

Borage oil is a natural oil that is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. Borage oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and can also help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

Shitake Extract is a plant extract that is rich in antioxidants. Shitake Extract can help to reduce the signs of aging, as well as to improve the complexion.

 

To use plant extracts for anti-aging, you should select a few that have the properties that you are looking for. For example, if you are looking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, then you should choose an extract that is high in anti-oxidants. If you are looking to improve skin elasticity, then you should choose an extract that is high in Omega fatty acids.

 

The benefits of plant extracts for anti-aging are clear. By using a combination of extracts, you can achieve the best results for your skin. Plant extracts are natural, effective, and safe. They are a great way to reduce the signs of aging without using harsh chemicals. They are a great addition to other anti-aging ingredients, such as peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins. So, if you are looking to reduce the signs of aging, consider using plant extracts. Your skin will thank you for it!

 

 

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Featured in Think Dirty's Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Featured in Think Dirty's Mother's Day Gift Guide!

We're so excited that our E-ternal Leave On Mask w/ Gold Collagen for All Skin Types made it into Think Dirty's Mother's Day Gift Guide!

This product is perfect for "The Indulgent Mom." Check it out below.



"Mother’s Day is around the corner and we can’t wait to treat the special lady in our life! We’ve compiled a list of some of our recent favorite clean rated 0 products (yes, everything on the list is rated 0!) to give you some ideas on what to get mom this year.

The Indulgent Mom: Aiona Alive E-ternal Leave On Mask w/ Gold Collagen for All Skin Types


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A photo by @kristyntysire shared by Aiona Alive (@aionaalive) on March 1, 2017.

This momma knows what’s good when it comes to the latest and greatest in skin care. She has her regime but is always searching for something better. For this mom, we recommend Aiona Alive E-ternal Leave On Mask w/ Gold Collagen for All Skin Types (or you could opt for the entire 4-Step System). Aiona Alive uses live collagen which has skin healing properties."



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Mother’s Day Activity Guide

Mother’s Day Activity Guide

May is fast approaching and we are excited for a special day — Mother’s Day! It’s just one day of the year to show the moms in our lives some extra love and appreciation. Keep reading for some ideas on how to spend the day with your mom!

1. Spa weekend getaway



Treat mom to a weekend getaway for just the two of you. There are a million ways to indulge whether you’re going for mud masks or massages, the options are endless!


2. Breakfast in bed



Remember the days when our parents made breakfast before sending us off to school? Return the favor and make mom a breakfast to enjoy in bed. You’ll need: a tray, some fruits, homemade meal of your choice and a whole lot of love!


3. Go for a walk



You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers”. Take some time out of your busy life to appreciate the newly blossoming flowers and fresh green grass that spring has brought with the #1 lady in your life. According to Huffington Post,  taking walks in nature can help lift your mood and promote mental health!

Get started on your Mother’s Day shopping early! We recommend the Aiona Alive 4 Step All Skin Set for mom to pamper herself at home every day. Our four step regime includes a serum, cleanser, moisturizer and mask made with collagen and potent all-natural ingredients.  







Lisa Strong’s Tips For Taking Care of Your Mind, Body and Soul

Lisa Strong’s Tips For Taking Care of Your Mind, Body and Soul

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Think Dirty featured our President and Founder, Lisa Strong, in their Top 3 Rituals for Self-Love series last month. We are breaking it down and taking notes from Lisa today! Here are Lisa’s top three rituals for self-love:

1. 15 min energy - alignment process (quiet your mind, feel your vibration rise and write a list of things you appreciate in your life).

We have heard that the benefits of meditation are endless! Some of our favorites that Huffington Post mentions include reduced stress, improved concentration, increased happiness and self awareness. Take 15 minutes of quiet time for yourself a day and you will notice the improvements in your health overtime. Showing your gratitude goes a long way as well— start your list of things you appreciate in life and feel uplifted instantly!

2. Chinese herbology.

Herbal therapy is widely used in the Asian culture for treating and preventing illnesses. We are not experts in Chinese herbology, but here’s a list to help you get started if you are interested. Herbology is a great way to treat the skin and body from within but for external application, our not-so-secret, go-to product is the Aiona Alive E-ternal Mask for all skin types.

3. 3 x 4 km runs per week.

Regular exercise can do wonders for your health (but that’s not new information, is it?). Outdoor runs can be refreshing but while we wait for the weather in Canada to warm up, a treadmill will have to do. Don’t like running? Maybe you can try these exercises instead.

3 Skin-Loving Foods to Eat on Valentine’s Day

3 Skin-Loving Foods to Eat on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is today! While you are planning your meal for this special occasion, we have come up with this list of Valentine’s Day themed foods to eat that your skin will love.

1. Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries


Chocolate, and chocolate dipped strawberries are a Valentine’s Day essential. Strawberries also happen to be rich in vitamin C, which helps with collagen production. This sweet berry has many nutritional benefits that you need to know about. Dip them in dark chocolate and there’s a bonus. According to mensfitness.com, dark chocolate has properties that can actually protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Now you can indulge without (too much) guilt!

2. Raw Oysters

Frequently recognized as an aphrodisiac, oysters make the perfect sensual meal for the occasion. Oysters are high in protein, a building block of collagen. Oysters are known to contain many vitamins also beneficial for health. This shellfish will be sure to set the mood while treating your skin.

3. Grass Fed Beef Steak


Steak is definitely a staple for date night, and a likely meal for most Valentine’s Day meals. Like oysters, beef steaks contain a large amount of protein. An article on Prevention.com tells us that the grass fed variety in particular has a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, which helps with inflammation. Be sure to include grass fed beef stake in your Valentine’s Day menu for many great health benefits.

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The Importance of Daily Cleansing

The Importance of Daily Cleansing



The Importance of Daily Cleansing

Washing your face in the morning and evening is vital for great skin. Regular cleansing ensures your pores are not clogged and allows for your skin to properly absorb anti-aging treatments. Get in the habit of regularly cleansing your face, but do not overdo it as it can dry out your skin and strip it of its natural oils.

Always consider the ingredients in a cleanser— generally, it is good to avoid alcohol and fragrance as they can dry and irritate your skin but they are not the only offenders. Our Step 0: E-Citrus Cleanser is made with 100% natural ingredients that are effective in moisturizing skin while deep cleaning. It is fragranced with essential oils and the cleaning power is strong enough to remove waterproof mascara! Suitable for all skin types as well.

Some of the benefits of the key ingredients in our E-Citrus Cleanser include (but are not limited to):

-Bladderwrack: reduces age spots, wrinkles, and inflammation

-Gold collagen: promotes smooth skin

- Hyaluronic acid: improves skin elasticity and retains moisture

 A cleanser is the base of your regime— try our E-Citrus Cleanser today for clean, healthy skin.

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Prep Your Skin For the Fall Season

Prep Your Skin For the Fall Season

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Now that Summer is officially over, it is time to prepare our skin for the cold weather ahead of us. Take some time to relax and treat your skin to a rhythmic routine of moisturizing skin care. Light some candles and turn your home into a spa with our 
4 Step All Skin Set.


How does the 4 Step All Skin Set work?

Step 1: Start with our E-citrus Cleanser and wash away any leftover makeup and dirt from the day. A clean base is key to pampering your skin.

Step 2: Next, apply our Moisture HA Serum to plump the skin. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the key ingredient in this serum and is also a carrier for collagen. For this reason, following immediately with the next step is crucial for smooth skin.

Step 3: Follow up with the E-ternal Mask for all skin types. This mask is made with Silver Carp fish collagen, which is small enough to penetrate skin and help replenish our own collagen cells. The E-ternal Mask will help to heal skin conditions, as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Step 4: Finish off with the E-sensual Moisturizer. This moisturizer is the perfect end to steps 1-3 as it will create a breathable, wearable moisture mask that will work to keep the skin hydrated for longer.

As a bonus to having your whole body feeling fabulous, pair the 4 Step All Skin Set with our E-lixir Mask for Body. The E-lixir Mask for Body contains live collagen derived especially for the body.


When we are busy, it is easy to neglect our skin care routine. Take some time to relax and treat your skin. Enjoy $5 on your purchase of a 4 Step All Skin Set until October 31, 2016 using promo code: FALL5OFF courtesy of us. 
Think Dirty Product of the week: Aiona Alive Moisture HA Serum

Think Dirty Product of the week: Aiona Alive Moisture HA Serum


Aiona Alive featured in Think Dirty's Product of the week! Read more below.

"We love a good skincare regime made with natural ingredients and that is exactly what Aiona Alive has to offer. We picked Aiona Alive’s Moisture Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Serum (rated 0) as our clean product of the week.

The key ingredient in Aiona Alive’s Moisture HA Serum is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water— for this reason it’s able to keep skin plump and smooth. You can read the full benefits of Hyalruonic Acid here.To use, apply directly onto clean skin and around the eye area. The ingredients will work it’s magic to improve elasticity in the skin while deeply moisturizing. Aiona Alive’s Moisture HA Serum is the second step to Aiona Alive’s 4 Step All Skin Set and the everyday solution for all skin types.

Aiona Alive has high standards when it comes to the ingredients used in their products. All ingredients are guaranteed to be 100% natural and formulated to produce the best results. Aiona Alive’s products are most effective when used in the step-by-step system as each key ingredient works hand in hand to improve skin.

You can find the Aiona Alive Moisture HA Serum, along with other great clean beauty finds in our August Beauty Box."

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