The Beautiful Skin Blog

Ingredient #1: What is the chitosan in The Silver Soap®?

When we launched Cor six years ago, we knew we had something special and were blown away when we won Best Normal Skin Cleanser from the readers of Self magazine that same year. As we were just starting out, we didn’t even know that we had been entered. Apparently, an early adopter recommended it to one of the beauty editors at Self, so imagine our surprise when we were invited to New York to attend the awards luncheon. 

While much has been written about our patented compound of silver-silica, there are so many other ingredients that are noteworthy as well. We get so many questions about why we created our particular cocktail of ingredients, so we thought we would start a series of articles to explain the reasoning behind the other ingredients.

#1 Chitosan – the fat binder

As it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere right now, we’ll start with chitosan. This nifty little, all natural, ingredient does a stellar job of removing excess oils from the skin.

We first heard about this ingredient back in the 1980s when I was trying to lose a few pounds. I'm also trying to lose a few pounds! Huh? How is losing weight related to clear skin? 

As it is a fibrous, fat binder which can absorb up to eight times its weight in unwanted oils, taken as a diet supplement, it can block the absorption of fat and cholesterol.  In fact, it is used as a natural supplement to treat obesity, high cholesterol and Crohn’s disease.

So why is it good for skin?

Take that same fat-binding property and apply it to the skin and you have a very effective method of washing away unwanted oils on the surface of the skin.  The Silver Soap is most effective when the foam is left on the skin for anywhere between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. So as the foam sits on the skin the chitosan sops up all of those excess oils which form, especially in these sweltering, muggy summer conditions.

Anyone with oily skin or a combination skin with sheen in the T-zone will see a dramatic difference due to the chitosan in our little ball of goodness.

What are the other uses of Chitosan?

According to Webmd, chitosan can also act as an anti-inflammatory and so people can chew gum that contains this wonderful ingredient to treat periodontitis and to prevent cavities.

Not only that, but plastic surgeons have also been known to apply it to areas from which they have taken skin tissue to be used in other parts of the body.  Why?  It, like silver, has cell-regeneration properties which helps the missing tissue to rebuild itself.  Wow!

Where do we source our Chitosan?

As with anything, the quality of the source ingredients counts.  We scour the world for the highest quality ingredients in our products. As such, we source our chitosan from Japan where we create a proprietary compound along with sericin and marine collagen…. more on that in our next post.

 

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What causes acne?

Very short answer: Acne is caused by clogged pores, which can get infected.

Some more details:

The sebaceous glands just under the surface of your skin produce oily stuff called sebum.

Sebum is in fact supposed to help keep your skin clean. It carries dead skin cells up through small canals – called follicles – to 'eject' that unwanted material on the skin's surface.

Your sebaceous glands grow and become active during adolescence. (That's one reason you had such awesome skin as a baby, and then it suddenly turned into your worst enemy when you hit the early teen years.)

Anyway sometimes a follicle gets blocked by dirt or dead skin. Sebum builds up underneath. Certain bacteria trapped in the plug start to cause infection. The infection causes redness and swelling. Congratulations: You've got acne. (We've all been there. See what Cor customers say about fighting acne.)

 

Is this post helpful? Find out much more about acne, blemishes and how to keep your face healthy – check out our amazing Ultimate Skincare FAQ!

 

All your skincare questions in one place!

How does my diet affect my skin?

How often should I wash my face?

What *really* causes acne?

What cosmetic ingredients are good or bad?

So many questions. You'll be happy to know we've answered these and many more in our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) Frequently-Asked-Questions article:

The clean and healthy face: Your ultimate skincare FAQ.

It's fun and easy to read – plus we've organized it so you can quickly find the answers to your most pressing skincare issues!

What do bloggers and reviewers say about COR Silver Soap?

Of course COR soap is awesome – but don't take our word for it!

Here are some thoughts from bloggers who've tried our face-cleansing bar and found it works wonders on a variety of skin types:

 

Erica Hearts Makeup

"I hate to call anything a miracle product, but this is pretty darn awesome.  I would definitely recommend Cor Silver Soap if you are in search of a good, well-rounded, one-step product."

 

The Amazing Blog

"What better than a multitasking soap which can cleanse, tone, relieve acne, reduce oil buildup, remove makeup and prevent signs of ageing… The Amazing Blog girls have found the Cor Silver Soap to do it all, meaning there is no need to spend money on an abundance of different skincare products this year."

Prom season!

It's almost here – Prom time!

Prom is an awesome time for making memories. You definitely want to "put your best face forward" with a healthy glow and clean complexion.

COR can help get your skin camera-ready. Our natural ingredients and patented formula clean and moisturize your face, and fight bacterial without stripping or drying the skin like harsh chemical treatments.

Here are more great tips for looking your absolute best at your Prom.

Great news: Our new Trial Size three-pack makes a great pre-Prom gift for yourself and two friends, at 15% off of regular price. Each convenient bar gives a month of skin-cleansing power.

Or our best-value Signature Size bar can keep you looking great through graduation, job interviews – whatever life brings next!

Healthy skin tip #5: Use fewer products

Between skincare and makeup, women report using quite a few products – for many people it's 20 or more.

Though it seems like each product zeros in on a specific function, doctors and dermatologists agree that less is actually more.

For one thing, lots of very specific products don't deliver huge benefits. And for another, using more and more products just raises your chances of allergic reactions and mystery ingredients.

So here's the tip: Cut back on product overload. Keep it simple! Professionals in this New York Times article and this more recent one from More magazine  all recommend no more than two or three products for the morning and three before bedtime.

The two they all agree on are a gentle cleansing product [AHEM!] and – ready? – sunscreen!

The Style List has an even more radical approach to try: Taking a week off from makeup. Completely. We'll dig into that idea in a future post!

We're also very proud that our customers say Cor Silver Soap can serve many functions, replacing a lot of products with just one. In addition to cleaning and moisturizing your face, it's a gentle and effective makeup remover, and it's all we use for exfoliation. And check out Cor users' comments about complexion!

 

See earlier skincare tips on getting more sleep, managing stress