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Monday, 30 April 2012




Photos: The condition of perioral dermatitis before and after 12 weeks of using Multivitamin Facial Serum, Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser and pH Optimizing Restorative Toner

Cosmetica, one of our stockists in Slovenia, provided the following case study, written and translated by pharmacist Nina Špegel, to demonstrate the efficacy of using SOPHYTO® to help treat perioral dermatitis:


The patient's experience: "I have had perioral dermatitis for several years. A year ago I underwent a 12-week trial of the following SOPHYTO® organic skincare products: Multivitamin Facial Serum, Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser and pH Optimizing Restorative Toner. Before the treatment, I had reddish areas around the nose and on the chin. After the treatment, the difference was obvious: around the nose area, there was almost no visible blush; there was still some blush remaining on the chin, but even that was noticeably paler than before. Later, I switched from the Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser to the Natural Glycolic Foaming Cleanser."


Comment from Nina Špegel, Pharmacist

"The biggest advantage to using SOPHYTO® organic skin care products is that they do not contain essential oils (citral, eugenol, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, etc.) and have pH just below 5. If you read the ingredients on the SOPHYTO® products and have some knowledge about pH, it is very clear that the line has been developed to complement the skin's natural state. After some experience using SOPHYTO® myself, I can honestly say that it is the only line of organic cosmetics that I feel safe recommending to anyone suffering with perioral dermatitis or sensitive skin in general."





The following products were tested by independent research facilities in the US:


Miami Cosmetic Research Group (MCRG) & Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute, Miami, FL

SOPHYTO® is proudly certified as cruelty-free by PETA




SOPHYTO® Dual Action Exfoliating Treatment (MCRG)



To evaluate product efficacy for improving the appearance of dull, lackluster and photo damaged skin. Dual Action combines organic fruit enzymes that exfoliate and remove surface debris


Survey Population

Panels of female subjects, Fitzpatrick skin type 1-6 were recruited between the ages of 30-70 years



After using the product just one time 84% reported their skin felt smoother and softer, while 71% reported a more even and refined appearance to their skin and 71% thought using this treatment improved the performance of their moisturizers and other skincare products




SOPHYTO® pH Optimizing Restorative Toner (MCRG)



To evaluate product efficacy used in place of water to remove cleansing and treatment based products. Restorative Toner combines organic bio-actives in a mildly acidic base which help cleanse and restore skin's acid mantle


Survey Population

Panels of female subjects, Fitzpatrick skin type 1-6 were recruited between the ages of 30-70 years



After using the product just one time 68% reported their skin looked instantly brighter and 71% thought using this product improved the performance of their other skincare products and 72% thought using this treatment improved the performance of their moisturizers and other skincare products

Courtesy of Sophyto   

Posted by: Deborah Chorlton via Sophyto AT 10:56 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, 16 April 2012
SOPHYTO® totally supports the natural functions of the skin with mildly acidic pH (4.5 - 5.0) formulas that help maintain natural protection against bacterial growth and irritation. Acid balanced formulas decrease sensitivity, constrict the follicles, tighten and firm the skin and have an antibacterial effect. Other benefits include: keep skin clear of debris, encourage new skin cells, stimulate new collagen to thicken the skin and maintain its health and beauty long term.

What is pH and why is it important?
The acid mantle helps your skin to remain healthier with fewer blemishes. This natural acidity protects your skin from the elements (wind and pollution) and neutralizes bad bacteria and irritation. Many contaminants that enter the skin, such as chemicals from the atmosphere and harmful bacteria, are alkaline in nature (i.e., they have a pH of higher than 7). UV rays, pollution, topical products with a high pH and everyday stress breaks down the acid mantle and if your skin's acid mantle is disrupted or loses its acidity, it becomes prone to damage and infection. The loss of the skin's acid mantle is one of the side-effects of washing the skin with soaps or detergents of moderate or high pH (alkaline).

Once your skin's naturally occurring hydrolipidic layer has been neutralized by the use of these irritants, the skin will lose its first line of defense against infection. In fact, it takes the most resilient skin two hours to recuperate from the negative impure effects of a typical daily shower. Helping neutralize these harmful contaminants is part of the body's own defense system. Maintaining the skin's pH at the proper level is vital to protecting it from harmful bacteria which can lead to acne, infection, irritation and aging which become more severe as the skin becomes more alkaline.

A disturbed skin barrier can hasten aging
The aging process of our skin naturally instigates biochemical changes in collagen and elastin. The rate of loss of skin firmness and elasticity differs from individual to individual depending on genetics, overall health, diet, sun exposure, skin care regime, or lack thereof, and other factors. As our skin becomes drier, it also becomes less elastic. The underlying fatty tissue begins to diminish resulting in the skin beginning to sag. Skin is less supple and wrinkles begin to form. At this stage the skin is more easily injured, heals more slowly and tends to dry out more quickly.

Age and alkaline cleansing both have a negative effect on the acid mantle. When alkaline products are applied, the skin's natural buffering system will in time return it to its normal acidic state. However, by the age of 40 and above, the daily renewal of oil and moisture rapidly begins to decrease and can take up to 8 hours for skin to regain its acidity.

This demonstrates that daily cleansing with alkaline products can alter the skin's natural protective capabilities. All soaps by their nature are alkaline and as such are in opposition to the skin's natural chemistry. It is therefore essential that skincare products be formulated to emulate the NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor) and reproduce as close as possible the natural functions of the skin. To do this the skin needs to get to its natural pH balance.

A disturbed skin barrier may trigger acne
It is equally important to maintain a natural pH no greater than 5.5 for anyone who is prone to acne or other skin problems.

Propionibacterium acnes are a bacterium that normally live on the skin and is found in all persons regardless of the presence or absence of acne. However, in individuals prone to acne, the number of P. acnes bacteria will be slightly greater. Since the growth of this bacterium is very much dependent on the pH value of the skin, it is of utmost importance that your skin’s pH does not exceed 5.5 as a slight shift towards the alkaline pH would provide a better environment in which it can thrive.

Repairing the skin's barrier
Repairing the skin's barrier with correctly pH balanced formulas will help treat a variety of skin conditions. Incorporating key nutrients in your diet such as essential fatty acids can also benefit the skin as nutrient deficiencies can weaken its ability to repair and rebuild itself. Seek immediate professional advice from a dermatologist and nutritionist if your skin barrier is greatly disturbed as this will be a key factor in getting your skin back on track faster.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you have a disturbed skin barrier and you are using new products and ingredients, always do a skin patch test first and if you are unsure, always check with your dermatologist first.
Posted by: Deborah Chorlton via Sophyto AT 03:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 12 April 2012
I’m sure you’ve gotten the memo... bold brows are bigger and more beautiful than ever!

Ditch the tweezers and embrace your statement-making eyebrows - and don’t confuse “statement-making” with unruly. There’s a difference ;-)

To help all of you lovely ladies create perfectly shaped, dramatic brows, try our Everyday Minerals Brow Defining Kit.

Bold brows are in! Utilize Everyday Minerals' kit selection of brow colors to achieve a perfectly sculpted shape. The days of thin, sparse brows are over... usher in the era of lush, full and beautiful brows! Suitable for blondes and brunettes. Mix and match shades for customized brow color.

What’s inside?
  • Mrs. Coffee Eyeliner / Brow – Mini Size - A delicious mocha matte shade that’s ideal to give your eyes added definition.
  • Dark Brown Eyeliner / Brow – Mini Size - Mahogany shade for dark brown or black brows
  • Rare Silk Eye Shadow – Travel Size -Use as a highlighter to finish your perfectly groomed brow look.
  • Angled Bamboo Brow/Liner Brush
At $15.99, this kit is a can’t miss for anyone wanting a perfect brow everytime? If you do feel the need to also shape your eyebrows we have information for you on that too on our beauty blog

If you need some brow inspiration, let’s pay tribute to the original bold brow diva, Audrey Hepburn. Gorgeous!

Dont be scared, be bold with your brows - Have fun!

Deb x

Posted by: Deborah Chorlton AT 07:21 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, 11 April 2012



QUESTION: What is the best way to maintain my tan?

After about a week, my self tan ALWAYS tends to flake in certain areas: my neck, chest, cleavage, hands and arms always tend to get splotchy and gross!  I must admit…I am not always the best about exfoliating. But even when I am pretty good about remembering to exfoliate (every 3-4 days), I still somehow end up looking like I have a weird skin condition.
I was wondering if you could lay out a schedule for me for how often I should exfoliate and re-apply the tan?

Thanks so much!

Hi Abbey,

Two things are key to a great self-tan fading evenly. First, as you mentioned, exfoliating 3 to 4 days in is very important.  Don’t vigorously exfoliate, but rather use exfoliating gloves with some body wash and do a light exfoliation all over the body, then follow up with exfoliating in this way every other day.  Second, keep moisturised!  I recommend moisturising twice a day.  Keeping your skin evenly hydrated works wonders against that alligator appearance. Try using a moisturising oil such as Oil Arganic 100ml - Spray OilArganic dry oil onto the body for an all over hydrating and moisturising effect on the skin. It dries instantly leaving no oily residue only a silky smooth feel to the skin. With this schedule, you should find that the self-tanner diminishes evenly and can apply another coat when you find you want to pick it back up again.

Happy Tanning!

Posted by: Deborah Chorlton AT 08:48 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Applying self-tanners to hydrated skin is just one key element to long lasting color.  Once you exfoliate, and if you feel that you need to moisturise your skin, use a water-based moisturiser to ensure that the skin is free to absorb all the tanning product.  If you use an oil-based moisturizer before self-tanning,  the oil can sit on the skin, creating a barrier that can cause self-tanners to streak!  One quick way to tell if your moisturizer is water or oil based –> look at the first ingredient listed on the label.  Chances are it’s water (Aqua) or possibly aloe vera, but steer clear if the first ingredient is an oil of any kind.  Salt, sugar, and diatomaceous earth scrubs are an excellent way to exfoliate – just make sure they are not sitting in heavy oils and do not leave a residue on the skin.  An easy way to make sure there is no residue is to wash your body after exfoliating with a body wash!

Just before applying your tan try applying extra moisturiser to the drier areas such as your knees, elbows, hands, feet and ankles. This will prevent the tan from grabbing in these drier areas.

Posted by: Deborah Chorlton AT 03:18 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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