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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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.

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Healthy skin tip #9: Clean your cell phone (and your glasses)

Remember our "obvious-but-surprising" tip about using a clean pillowcase?

Same thought applies to other things that touch your face. Your phone being probably the #1 overlooked contender.

How many times each day do you use your phone? Well, a dirty phone leaves behind dirt (and oil, and germs) on your skin. So clean your phone, and you'll have a positive effect on your skin as well!

Use distilled water for the screen and camera; use rubbing alcohol for hard plastic – such as the body of the phone and possibly the case. Here's a simple how-to on cleaning your phone.

Take a moment and think about what else touches your face. Your glasses or sunglasses might be an obvious answer. So clean them occasionally. Work phone? Clean it.

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!

 

Healthy skin tip #8: Take cooler showers

Who doesn't love a long, luxurious, relaxing hot shower?

Surprise - your face doesn't!

Long, hot showers strip your skin of its protective oils. That makes your skin start to dry out!

It's true – standing in hot water too long is drying, not hydrating.

And when your skin is dry, it's more easily damaged.

As usual, WebMD (we love WebMD) references a medical doctor on this issue – Dr. Andrea Lynn Cambo – advising short warm showers or baths, not longer than 5 to 10 minutes.

 

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We suggest making face-washing separate from your shower time, giving your more delicate facial skin the TLC it deserves.