Epionce Holiday Sale

The People's Skincare Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 4 October 2017

Inside this issue:

Epionce Holiday Sale

Every holiday season brings an Epionce special and this year they are offering 20% off on anti-aging Renewal products. Check this out:

  • Intense Defense Serum (normally $136, now $110)
  • Renewal Facial Cream (normally $94, now $76)
  • Renewal Facial Lotion (normally $94, now $76)
  • Renewal Lite Facial Lotion (normally $94, now $76)
  • Intensive Nourishing Cream (normally $108, now $86)

If you’re already using any of these wonderful products, here’s a great opportunity to stock up. If you are new to the Epionce line of skincare, here is an excellent introduction to their signature products. Ask me for samples and you’ll understand why this small family-owned company based in Boise, Idaho is one of the fastest growing skincare lines in the U.S.

I have these items in stock in St. George and can mail to you NOW. If you order from epionce.com (please use my code 20090528), the sale begins on November 6th and continues through Dec. 31st.

Peels Special for November and December

If you feel your skin needs a little extra glow, try a Refresh Peel for great results. This light non-invasive treatment gently lifts off dead cells and results in smoother, softer skin. The peel treatment consists of cleansing, peel application (usually left on the skin for six to ten minutes) then removal with cool water, application of the Epionce Enriched Firming Mask, removal of the mask and application of a Renewal cream or lotion and sunscreen. Takes about half an hour.

Normally the Refresh Peel is $65 but for November and December, I’m offering it for $50. If you wish to add it to a facial or a manual lymph massage treatment, it’s only $40. A real treat for yourself or a lovely gift for someone special!

Microneedling and Aesthetics

You may have heard of microneedling or seen ads for it or had a treatment yourself. It’s usually offered by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with an esthetician or nurse actually performing the procedure. The microneedling device comes in several forms including manual rollers, fixed-needle rollers, electric-powered pens, and devices with a light-emitting technology. The pens are the most commonly used due to ease of use and satisfactory results.

Let me quote liberally from an article by Dr. Jill Waibel with the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute who uses microneedling in her practice and describes it as a “percutaneous collagen-induction therapy that involves rolling or gliding a needling device across the skin. The process creates thousands of vertical channels of injury which triggers a healing response.”

Patients look to microneedling treatments to rejuvenate skin, to treat acne scarring and wrinkles, and to improve pigmentation. “Its mechanism of action remains elusive. The hypothesis for microneedling’s effects on superficial wrinkles, the wound that it creates, induces production of new collagen; multiple tiny wounds in the skin stimulate the release of various growth factors that play a role in collagen synthesis.”

Dr. Waibel references a small split-face study that compared microneedling with non ablative fractional laser (such as Fraxel) in patients who underwent five sessions one month apart. “At 3 months, the side of the face treated with the laser showed a 70% improvement compared with 30% for the side treated with microneedling. The researchers observed significantly lower pain scores with the laser procedure but microneedling had a significantly shorter downtime. So the message is that lasers are still superior but there may be a role for microneedling.”

Dr. Waibel recommends microneedling as a good option for younger patients and for patients who prefer little to no recovery time. Patients need to be aware that the treatments are painful, even with the application of topical anesthesia for 20-30 minutes prior to applying the needles.

Several of my clients have had microneedling and aside from the discomfort (ranging from excruciating to ‘not too bad’), they’ve been pleased with the results. One client had injections of PRP following the procedure, the thinking that stem cell treatment would augment the results. She seemed very happy afterwards. (note: the FDA has not approved this). The price point of micro needling is much less than a laser treatment so it would be more affordable for some patients who are willing to undergo the pinpoint therapy.

And no, this is not a procedure that I do.

Odds and Ends

I saw an interesting article entitled “Best-Selling Moisturizers by Price, Characteristics” in JAMA Dermatology, ePub 2017 Sept. 6. A study was conducted that analyzed the top 100 best-selling whole-body moisturizing products at 3 major online retailers (Amazon, Target and Walmart). Products targeted for the face, hands or other specific body areas were excluded. Investigators found:

  • the median price per ounce was $0.59
  • the most popular vehicles were lotions, followed by creams, oils, butters, and ointments
  • only 12% of the best-selling body moisturizers were free of allergens (identified by North American Contact Dermatitis Group)
  • the three most common allergens were fragrance mix, paraben mix and tocopherol
  • products with the claim “dermatologist recommended” had a higher median price per ounce ($0.79) than products without the claim
  • for products with a claim of “fragrance free”, 45% had at least one fragrance cross-reactor or botanical ingredient
  • Products were not identified by name.

    * Coincidentally I also recently read an interview in Perfumer & Flavorist with Amy Marks-McGee, a leader in “wellness trends”. Here are a few questions and her responses:

    Q: How is health and wellness influencing flavors & fragrances?

    A: Health and wellness is a broad subject and the lifestyle movement is influencing fragranced and flavored products. Hyper-aware, internet-savvy consumers are scrutinizing ingredients and labels as their demand for healthier food, beverage and beauty products rapidly escalates. Brands that are formulating or reformulating with better-for-you ingredients and clean labels, which imply “healthy” with claims like “natural”, “organic”, “free of”, and “non-GMO” are tapping into consumers’ health and wellness concerns”.

    Q: What fragrance categories are driving wellness?

    A: Home fragrance and candles are driving wellness as consumers seek to immerse themselves in healing and therapeutic environments to detox from everyday stress. I think hygge (pronounced hoo-guy)—the Danish word that roughly translates as “the feeling of being home”—took the world by storm and consumers embraced this trend. Now the newest trend is lagom (pronounced lah-gohm), the Swedish word that loosely translates to “enough, sufficient, just right”, and is about life balance.

    Q: What sustainably grown ingredients are most requested for health and wellness?

    A: I see fragrance and flavor houses and food and beverage manufacturers creating long-term partnerships with farmers to ensure the availability of heavily used ingredients. For example, vanilla is a widely popular flavor used in both flavors and fragrances. F&F companies have invested in and partnered with Uganda and Madagascar vanilla farmers.

    Q: Are there any new delivery systems emerging?

    A: With the rise of vegetarianism, veganism, rawism and flexitarianism (not being familiar with this word, I googled it: a semi-vegetarian diet that is plant-based with the occasional inclusion of meat), there has been a growing interest in plant-based products. More and more brands are exploring plant-based formulas with a lot happening in dairy alternatives, nutrition and performance products and meat alternatives. (May I remind you that Epionce uses medicinal plant-derived botanicals in all of their skincare formulas)

    In conclusion, Ms. Marks-McGee states that “The health and wellness lifestyle is now mainstream and it is continually evolving”.

    * I’d like to end with my “continually evolving” travels, most recently a solo road trip to Kentucky. I find I just love exploring our own country, its highways and byways, trying regional foods and observing lifestyles, meeting and talking with people from all walks of life in unlikely places. It can be challenging, sometimes a little scary but always intriguing. I've attached a long letter composed shortly after my return, specifically addressing my interest and pursuit of bourbon. Some of you may find it interesting.

    I hope you are doing well, always love to hear from you, and wish you a beautiful Fall.


    Peels to the People