Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases, and/or alcohol. It occurs in yeast and bacteria, and also in oxygen-starved muscle cells, as in the case of lactic acid fermentation. Fermentation is a process that has been used by humanity to preserve foods, changing chemical structure and taste, for millennia. Pickles, wine, beer, bread and much more are made using fermentation.

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Natural or Synthetic?

Natural or synthetic? Can you tell? And, more important, does it matter?

A definition by the FDA:
From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDAhas not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.

We have discussed this subject many times, but it keeps re-appearing in emails and questions. Probably as a result of social media and advertising, there is the misconception that natural is better than synthetic.

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Solvents: propylene glycol, water and more

A solvent is a liquid used to dissolve a powder, or, in a more precise definition from Wikipedia: “A solvent (from Latin solvō , “I loosen, untie, I solve”) is a substance that dissolves a solute (a chemically different liquid, solid or gas), resulting in a solution.” The solute dissolves because its molecules interact with the molecules of the solvent. Example: water will dissolve sugar but oil will not.

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Special – Free with orders of $50 or $150

Vitamin C Serum with Cranberry 

Our Skin Actives lab scientists have designed a special cranberry version of our superb Vitamin C Serum. We used our Dermagen with Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid as the base to preserve moisture and supply amino acids to the skin. This version is 20% Ascorbic Acid, so this serum is quite strong. Please use it carefully as it might not be suitable for individuals with sensitive skin.

The acidity of Ascorbic Acid (L) will exfoliate and promote skin renewal. Also in humans, ascorbic acid is the major water-soluble antioxidant that can reduce radicals from a variety of sources. Vitamin C will help restore elasticity to aging skin, promote collagen synthesis, protect against UV damage, reduce redness, promote wound healing, suppress melanin synthesis, and more.

Ingredients: Water, Sea Kelp (Lactobacillus/kelp ferment filtrate) Bioferment, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid (L), Sodium PCA, Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) Juice, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Hydrolyzed Collagen,  Hyaluronic acid , Porphyridium extract, Fucoxanthin, Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) extract, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.


Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that affects more than ten million Americans, with almost half of the sufferers aged between 30 and 50 years old. The disease has been called “the Celtic curse” because it affects people of Northern European descent more often. Women are more likely to suffer rosacea of the milder form, and men more frequently have the severe form, which involves deformity of the nose. Rosacea nearly always appears on sun damaged skin.
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