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Ingredient #2: Why did we choose our particular mix of ingredients in The Silver Soap®?

Over summer, we shared more detailed information on one of our key ingredients Chitosan. With the mugginess of summer giving way to the bone dry air of fall and winter, we thought we would tackle Sericin today. It is truly one of the ingredients we were most excited about while formulating our Silver Soap. Why? Let’s get into it.

#2 Sericin – the natural skin toner

Growing up in New Zealand in an age when it was common to spend all day in the sun at the beach slathered in baby oil, I had horrible sun damage. I’m very fair-skinned and so my idea of a good tan is a melding of the freckles!  Several decades later here I was with sun spots and premature wrinkling. Take those conditions and combine with the adult acne I had started developing, and it seemed not just not terribly unattractive, but also unfair. Acne AND aging? Ugh. Enter Sericin.

Sericin is one of the two ingredients in our soap that has been known to help in the reversal of sun damage (our proprietary, patented silver-silica compound is the other). How does it do that? Sericin is a natural ingredient sourced from silk. It is a protein that binds to your skin.

So why is it good for skin?

As it is the protein in silk that binds the fibers of the silk cocoon together, it is especially good at adhering to your skin to provide a protective layer after you have washed. To be a little technical about it, Sericin contains a random coil structure which is soluble in hot water and then when it cools, after washing your face, it forms an invisible gel.

Having this protective layer on your skin then does two things:

1. Locks in the vitamins and other goodness that comes with your Silver Soap. It very importantly locks in the moisture that you need for a healthy complexion, especially as we move into the really dry winter months;
2. Provides a reflective surface that bounces back rays as they hit the skin.

    In addition, it has skin-lightening properties. So, not only does it help reverse the skin damage and sun spots that have already formed, it provides a protective barrier to help reduce the risk of further damage.

    Does it really work?

    We have had customers write in to us to tell us that the Silver Soap has helped even out their skin tone. One customer, Megan, who lived in Colorado said that she used to have to slather on heavy night creams during the day to stop her skin from drying out and becoming red during the winters there. After using Cor for a few weeks, she found that her skin was dewy all day long with using just a simple, lightweight moisturizer after washing with Cor.

    Another customer in Washington DC who had terrible scarring from a dog attack (she had undergone multiple plastic surgeries to reconstruct her face) told us that a combination of Cor Silver Soap and Cor’s Wrinkle Serum have worked together to stop her scars from hurting and becoming inflamed in the harsh cold of the D.C. winters.

    I personally have found that my T-Zone oiliness has disappeared and the skin tone is even throughout the day ... and those dreaded sun spots are a distant memory (as is the acne!)

    Where do we source our Sericin?

    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 sericin from Japan where we create a proprietary compound along with chitosan and marine collagen. 

     

     

     

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    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.

     

    For more inside tips and tricks, don’t forget to follow @corsilver on Twitter and Facebook www.facebook.com/corsilver as well! Also sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, so you can stay on top of Cor news, special offers and more!

     

    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....

     

    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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    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