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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How to use Cor soap and serums

In this short video I explain how to use Cor's products – so very quick and simple, just a few minutes each day.

 

 

Yes that's my Kiwi accent, front and center! New Zealand's sunny beaches played a role in my early interest in skincare - see the story of Cor....

 

Healthy skin tip #10: Don't rub your eyes!

Your facial skin is sensitive. That goes double for the skin around your eyes.

Too much rubbing of this skin causes wear and tear! Stop rubbing or scratching around your eyes, look better.

 

Sounds so simple, right?

But okay, why do we rub our eyes in the first place?!

  1. You're tired. We think you know the solution to this one – get consistent sleep!
  2. You're stressed. Different people find different solutions to stress and worry. We like yoga. Find the approach that works for you – it's important to manage your stress.
  3. You're allergic. Often we think of allergies causing nasal problems, but you can have specific eye allergies that might not affect your sinuses. If itchy eyes are a big problem for you, ask your doctor about testing for allergies.

Stay on top of these three issues and you'll help not only your skin but your overall health as well!

 

Want more tips on keeping your face looking its very best? We're collecting ideas big and small – check it out!

 

9 awesome skincare tips in one easy place

Hello! We've had such a blast sharing great tips for taking care of your skin.

So much fun, in fact, we decided to round them all up in one place. Easy to find, easy to read, great for making your skin healthier and happier.

So here it is:

Facial care made simple: 9 great skincare tips

Healthy skin isn't magic! A little common sense (eat right, sleep well), a little information (hot showers dry you out), and maybe a few ideas that you didn't think of before (your cell phone is dirty! Clean it!) - mix it up and take care to put your best face forward.

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!

Wedding skincare – get COR "for better"!

Let's focus on the "for better" part of wedding vows, shall we?

Wedding season is nearly upon us. Whether you're standing at the altar or sitting among the friends and family, you'll want to look your very best for wedding ceremonies, showers and receptions.

That's where COR comes in. COR Silver Soap and lotions get your face camera-ready.

COR's unique combination of natural ingredients and patented formula clean, refresh and revitalize your skin.

Give the gift of a healthy complexion, whether it's for you, your fiancé, or your wedding party.

 

 

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