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PHYTO, the experts in botanical hair care, introduces PHYTO professional - eight powerful plant-infused formulas to inspire multi-dimensional styles while respecting the hair’s integrity. PHYTO professional harnesses a proprietary blend of high-tech plant actives to sculpt, shape, lift and impart shine to all styles.
The PHYTO professional haute-performance styling range will replace the existing PHYTO Pro line and will be available exclusively in fine salons in the U.S. and Canada January 2010.
“As we streamline our selective U.S. distribution and focus on PHYTO’s luxury salon division, we were looking to integrate Mr. Ales’ passion for plants with his hair styling roots and adapt it for the modern stylist. We’re excited to offer PHYTO Professional exclusively to salons, as we continue to strengthen our presence in the professional arena, create a community and inspire their artistry,” shares Raphael Yousri, President of Ales Group, USA.
The PHYTO professional product line-up features sleek, new packaging for: Glossing Cream, Intense Volume Mousse, Workable Holding Spray, Shine Defining Wax, Texturizing Paste, Fiber Paste, Wet Gel and Strong Sculpting Gel.
PHYTO’s researchers and botanical scientists tap into the power of plants, calling upon nature’s best-kept secrets to create new formulas for visible results.
- PHYTO’s acacia collagen, has been incorporated into the new formulas. Acacia collagen contains oligosaccharides to hydrate and protect hair from external stresses (heat styling, mechanical tools, environmental factors) while smoothing the hair cuticle.
Julie Royer, PHYTO Marketing Manager adds, “This range is for the eco-conscious, hip stylist and consumer alike who sees that fashion and beauty, combined with the finest plant research and ingredients is the ultimate indulgence.”
PHYTO professional Product Line-Up:
What is it? Ideal for all hair types, this non-greasy leave-in contains calendula to soften, rice bran oil rich in vitamin E to hydrate and revitalize, and a natural UV filter to protect hair and prevent color from fading. With each use, hair becomes more manageable while eliminating static and frizz.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, mallow extract, calendula, rice bran oil, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, myrrh. Paraben free.
- Directions: Place a small amount into palms of hands & distribute throughout dry/damp hair. Style.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 100ml tube
Shine Defining Wax
What is it? Sculpt deconstructed definition and moveable separation with this malleable shine wax. Formulated with acacia collagen to hydrate and soften combined with candelilla wax, product glides through hair easily without greasy residue. Just a little goes a long way to add structure, shape and shine to all hair types.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, candelilla wax, castor oil, vitamin E. Paraben free.
- Directions: Rub a small amount of wax between the palms of the hands. Use on dry hair to create separation and definition.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 75ml jar
What is it? This elastic fiber paste with acacia collagen provides the structure and control of a strong gel, with the pliability of a wax. Its unique web effect helps define and instantly shape a wide variety of styles without weighing hair down.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen. Paraben free.
- Directions: Apply to dry hair. Take a small amount of paste and smooth it between the palms of the hands, moving hands apart several times to create a “web” effect. For a structured look, sculpt hair using fingers, flatten, and fix.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 75ml jar
Matte Texturizing Paste
What is it? Achieve that tousled, “morning-after” look with matte texturizing paste. The synergy of acacia collagen and beeswax hydrates and softens while providing flexible control. Even when hair is clean, this paste will add a bit of texture and a mattified, sexy shine.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, beeswax, caramel. Paraben free.
- Directions: Warm paste in palms and apply to dry hair with fingertips. Evenly distribute throughout hair.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 75ml tube
Strong Sculpting Gel
What is it? An ultra-strong gel infused with a potent combination of ginseng extract, known for its stimulating properties, vitamins B, C and oligo-elements to revitalize. Also contains a UV filter to protect.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, castor oil, vitamins B, C, sunflower extract (natural UV filter) ginseng root extract, myrrh. Paraben free.
- Directions: Work gel through damp or dry hair with either a wide-tooth comb or fingers, distributing from roots to ends. To create ultra-sculpted styles, apply to selected sections using fingertips.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 150ml tube
What is it? Sculpt a sleek “out-of-the shower” style with this medium-hold water infused gel. Formulated with acacia collagen to hydrate and soften, its non-sticky texture keeps hair under control without looking greasy. Hair will be glistening with a lasting wet effect all day long.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, rosemary leaf extract. Paraben free.
- Directions: Apply through damp hair from roots to ends.
- Suggested Retail Price: $24, 150ml tube
Workable Holding Spray
What is it? This functional, brushable hairspray provides an instant natural-looking hold. The lightweight formula’s key ingredient is myrrh, a natural resin known for its holding power and shine.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, ginseng root extract, myrrh. Paraben free.
- Directions: Spray onto dry hair approximately 12 inches away. To finish, spray evenly one section at a time for definition. Let the product dry slightly before applying heat. Add as many layers as needed to achieve desired look. Repeat as needed for additional hold.
- Suggested Retail Price: $22, 300ml aluminum/spray
Intense Volume Mousse
What is it? The lightweight volume mousse designed to inject body, bounce and shine into fine to medium hair textures. Contains antioxidant botanicals and mallow extract to hydrate and soften hair, while natural UV filter protects.
- Hero Ingredients: Acacia collagen, Mallow extract, Sunflower extract (natural UV filter), Ginseng root extract, myrrh. Paraben free.
- Directions: Shake well. Dispense a golf-ball size amount into hand, (one pump for short hair and two for long hair.) Use a wide-tooth comb or fingers to distribute evenly throughout damp hair, massaging from root to tip ensuring that the mousse fully penetrates the hair. To finish, blow-dry, and apply heat to roots for instant lift. For extra volume, flip hair forward and blow-dry hair upside down, lifting from the roots.
- Suggested Retail Price: $22, 300ml aluminum/pump.
PHYTO (fee-toe) is a leader in botanical hair care treatments for all hair types. Created by Parisian stylist Patrick Ales in 1967, PHYTO formulas boast extremely high concentrations of active botanical extracts with clinically proven results. PHYTO is manufactured and distributed by Ales Group, USA, a subsidiary of Ales Groupe, a family-owned business located in Bezons, France. PHYTO does not test on animals. Please recycle. For more information, please contact 1.800.55.PHYTO or visit www.phyto-usa.com. twitter: @phytohaircare
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The latest benefits of TriPollar technology- its application for stretch marks and acne reduction- will be presented in the upcoming ICAD (International Congress in Aesthetic Dermatology) & 3rd ECAA Asia conference, the most comprehensive EuroAsian Congress in Aesthetic and Anti-aging medicine, held in Bangkok January 22-24. TriPollar technology has become a gold standard in non-invasive aesthetic treatments and has been proven to safely and effectively tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, cellulite and body circumference. Now, two new applications, stretch marks reduction and acne reduction have been clinically validated and study results will be presented at the congress.
Dr. W. Manuskiatti will lecture on Treatment of Striae Distensae in skin phototypes IV-V with a TriPollar radiofrequency device. In the clinical study, seventeen females with post pregnancy stretch marks underwent six weekly treatments with the apollo device- Pollogen’s latest aesthetic solution based on TriPollar technology. Clinically proven results showed that one week after the final (sixth) treatment, 38.2% and 11.8% of the patients were assessed to have 25-50% and 51-75% improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks, respectively. The long term effect of the treatment was confirmed during the 6 weeks follow up which showed that a higher percentage of the patients were rated to have improvement of their post pregnancy stretch marks, including 26.5% and 5.9% showing 51-75% and >75% improvement, respectively. None of the participants were rated as having no improvement in their clinical appearance of stretch marks. Patient satisfaction was also measured and 65% of patients reported that they were very satisfied with the treatment, 23% were satisfied and 12% were slightly satisfied. Full study results have been published in the online edition of the Journal of Dermatological Treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Nevin Yu, will present data on his study, Treatment of acne vulgaris with a TriPollar radiofrequency device: preliminary data. The study included ten participants, four males and six females, that underwent a 6 week treatment session with the TriPollar apollo device. Results showed that after 6 weeks there was a statistically significant reduction of 44% in skin acne and after 4 weeks follow up average reduction was sustained. All patients reported a painless and pleasant treatment experience.
Both lectures will take place on Monday, January 11th in room 6, session 72, between 3.30-4.30 PM.
Dr. Zion Azar, Pollogen’s CEO commented: “TriPollar technology offers a fantastic platform for a wide variety of aesthetic applications. We are delighted by the latest clinical results that prove that TriPollar is effective in treating acne and stretch marks. These are very common aesthetic concerns and we are pleased to offer an effective, simple, walk-in walk-out, and painless solution.”
Pollogen Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets professional medical aesthetic devices, powered by the TriPollar 3rd generation Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Invented and perfected by Pollogen, proprietary TriPollar technology powers a full line of clinically-proven, non-invasive anti aging treatment platforms for wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks and circumference reduction and skin tightening. The flagship aesthetic devices, apollo and regen offer customers clinically-proven, safe and effective anti-aging beauty treatments that deliver immediate and long-lasting results. To learn more, please visit the Pollogen website at www.pollogen.com.
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I started writing a different post today but was sideswiped by some startling information. Info that I thought I understood and grasped a long time ago. I am sitting here in shock at how much I did not understand the Glycemic Index (GI). A year or more ago I read about it for the first time. It seemed almost common sense. But I totally missed something. I was of the understanding that on the index scale of 1 to 100, table sugar is 100. WRONG! Glucose (blood sugar) is 100.
In a nutshell, the Glycemic Index is a measurement for how carbohydrates affect our blood sugar levels. Carbs that break down quickly, releasing glucose rapidly into our bloodstream have a high GI. Carbs that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more steadily into our bloodstream have a low GI. Pure glucose serves as a reference point, and is given a GI of 100. This information has been thought to be especially important to people with diabetes, but come to find out it is also important for the rest of us. You know that “sugar” high you get, associated with eating crap? There is a physical reason for it. You’ve just spiked your blood sugar.
Makes me wonder if our assumption that turkey makes everyone tired at Thanksgiving is wrong. Maybe it’s the mashed potatoes.
Surprisingly, many starchy foods have a higher GI than table sugar. (I don’t quite understand this yet.)
Sugar (sucrose) has a GI of about 68.
Foods with a GI of 55 or lower are considered low GI and foods higher than 55 are considered high GI. An example of some foods that cause our blood sugar to rise more rapidly than white sugar are:
Pretzels: GI 83
Popcorn: GI 72
Rice Crispies: GI 82
Parsnips: GI 97
Pumpkin: GI 75
Rice crackers: GI 91
Wild rice: GI 87
“Sticky” rice: GI 98
100% Whole wheat bread: GI 77
French Baguette: GI 95
English muffin: GI 77
Here’s a look at how white potatoes compare to sweet potatoes:
Yam: GI 37 LOW!
Sweet Potato: GI 44 LOW!
White baked potato: GI 85 HIGH!
Boiled Red-skinned potato: GI 88 HIGH!
Yams and sweet potatoes are the obvious choice. From the above list, I just don’t understand how pumpkin and parsnips can have such a high GI. Does this mean they are digested quicker than white sugar? How is this possible?
The reason GI matters:
“Your body performs best when your blood sugar is kept relatively constant. If your blood sugar drops too low, you become lethargic and/or experience increased hunger. And if it goes too high, your brain signals your pancreas to secrete more insulin. Insulin brings your blood sugar back down, but primarily by converting the excess sugar to stored fat. Also, the greater the rate of increase in your blood sugar, the more chance that your body will release an excess amount of insulin, and drive your blood sugar back down too low. The theory behind the Glycemic Index is simply to minimize insulin-related problems by identifying and avoiding foods that have the greatest effect on your blood sugar.” (3)
I have much to learn about the GI. I am fascinated by the concept that sugar isn’t the only thing that causes such a dramatic spike in blood sugar.
2 (Eat, Drink & Be Healthy, by Walter Willett, M.D.)
*The picture above is a real, sugary espresso chocolate cheesecake that I made for Jeff the day he got a job out here in DC. It’s his favorite but a very rare treat. I have plans to try it with honey someday….
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San Francisco’s Epi Center MedSpa, widely considered the nation’s first eco medical spa, stands out as the “Top Medical Spa” in the country for 2010, according to DAYSPA Magazine.
The LEED certified medspa, located in the historic 450 Sutter Building in Union Square, “offers a true day-spa experience along with medical skincare services to a high percentage of repeat clients,” according to the magazine’s annual honor roll report of day spas who set the standard for excellence. “It offers clinical therapies and traditional skincare treatments in a holistic and eco-aware setting.”
“Our approach to skin care focuses on the entire patient experience, not just the treatment,” says Margaret Mitchell, president and founder of Epi Center MedSpa. “Our patients can expect the latest clinical treatments complimented with the most effective, organic products available. They relax in tranquil surroundings which have been designed to put them at ease as well as ease the impact on the environment.”
The spa is also led by founding physician Patrick H. Bitter Sr., M.D., and board certified plastic surgeon and medical director Scott W. Mosser, M.D. “We believe that the most dramatic results for our patients are seamless and natural. Medical cosmetic treatments should enhance and correct with little evidence that any treatment has been performed,” Mosser says.
Epi Center MedSpa offers a wide range of medical rejuvenation services, from laser skin resurfacing to injectables. They also offer signature organic facials and natural cosmetics. Call 415-362-4754 to set up a complimentary consultation with a skin care professional, or visit www.skinrejuv.com.
About DAYSPA Magazine
DAYSPA Magazine launched in 1996 to become the leading trade publication targeted to day spa owners and managers to provide the latest information on products, service trends, treatments, staffing, client retention, marketing, money management and industry news, according to their Web site.
About the Epi Center MedSpa
San Francisco’s Epi Center MedSpa is a Silver LEED certified, professional environment where patients receive the highest quality skin rejuvenation available. By combining medical grade products and luxurious organic ingredients, the center’s custom treatment programs achieve affordable, lasting results in a soothing, healthy environment. Consultations are free, and the results are priceless.
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A new movement in cosmetics is threatening the stranglehold that the larger, chemical-based cosmetics companies have exercised over the marketplace for many years – the development and growing popularity of ‘functional cosmetics’. Biotivia, one of the UK’s leading natural skincare suppliers, is delighted to announce a new paradigm in skincare with its latest range of natural products - Celle.
What are functional cosmetics?
Functional cosmetics incorporate products made from safe, natural ingredients that can compete with pharmaceutical treatments and surgery in terms of their anti-ageing effects and their ability to restore skin to a more youthful state.
“It’s a matter of understanding how some of these ingredients not only affect the skin, but the whole system,” explains James Betz, of Biotivia. “It’s about taking the most active parts of the ingredients and combining them in a symbiotic balance that, because of the extensive scientific research and testing carried out, means that these products actually do what they say they do,” he adds.
Resveratrol – the new super ingredient
One of the primary ingredients in Biotivia’s new Celle range of skincare products is Resveratrol, a chemical compound found in certain plants. Preliminary studies suggest that resveratrol is an excellent antioxidant, may extend exercise tolerance, and may help reduce memory loss. There is also some evidence to support the claim that it may increase the ability to fight retroviruses like HIV and herpes simplex.
It’s the anti-oxidant effect that is most useful in functional cosmetics, and by combining it with fruit antioxidants, hexapeptides (a chain of six amino acids that stimulate cell activity by interacting with targeted molecules resulting in rebuilding collagen tissue) and active plant stem cells in a natural base, Biotivia has created a skincare range that works in harmony with your body, is completely natural and actually works.
“There’s so much hyperbole about some skincare products, and consumers are fed up with multi-national pharmaceutical companies trying to baffle them with pseudo-science,” says James “But by taking this new approach to skincare production, Celle has raised the standard and the bar for other companies to produce a product that doesn’t rely on hype, but has genuine scientific evidence from our own and other studies to support it,” he adds. “It means that our customers now have access to an ethically sourced and scientifically substantiated range of skincare products that really work,” he/she concludes. For more information visit: http://www.biotivia.co.uk.
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Whiter Image, a leader in the $14 billion teeth whitening industry, is celebrating huge growth and success in 2009. In the relatively crowded teeth whitening arena, Whiter Image attributes its growth to focusing on the non-traditional salon, tanning, and beauty markets in addition to the company website to distribute uniquely branded products with outstanding quality, results and support.
“Vanity has continuity even in challenging times and these locations are ideal distribution channels for whitening products once they grasp the value proposition,” says Keith Rodbell, Founding Partner.
Whiter Image’s three teeth whitening products: The Whiter Image TOGO Teeth Whitening Pen, Chic-Flic TOGO Teeth Whitening & Lip Gloss Plumper Pen, and the Whiter Image Premium Prefilled Tray Kit have revolutionized teeth whitening in these industries and are also being carried by premier dentists in the dental teeth whitening market. “2009 was an outstanding year of building our brand and distribution and will continue to accelerate in 2010,” says Founding Partner Brad Stevens.
January 2009 – The exclusive Whiter Image Prefilled Tray Kits become available with immediate success and revolutionize teeth whitening. Whiter Image launches with Planet Beach in West Canada to rave reviews and instant success. Whiter Image leverages technology to expand its one-of-a-kind dedicated account management and sales consulting program.
February 2009 – Whiter Image debuts the anticipated Chic-Flic TOGO Teeth Whitening & Lip Gloss Plumper pen, and clients quickly sell out of the product.
March 2009 – A 40+ location Northeastern salon begins carrying Whiter Image’s teeth whitening products. One of the largest national tanning salon chains joins the Whiter Image team and sees success with its clientele.
April 2009 – Whiter Image goes to Hollywood! 3 A-List Hollywood Beauties tell Us Weekly that they all use the Whiter Image Chic-Flic TOGO Teeth Whitening & Lip Gloss Plumper Pen. Whiter Image launches in 2 more large regional chains in the U.S. and England.
May 2009 – The largest distributor in the spa industry adds Whiter Image to its catalog. Whiter Image introduces dynamic marketing displays for clients to increase sales. In continuing with its rapid international growth, Whiter Image forms a strategic partnership with a distributor in Belgium.
June 2009 – Multiple spa and beauty distributors begin carrying Whiter Image’s teeth whitening products. Prestigious studio spa to the stars in Hollywood adds Whiter Image to their offering. Whiter Image launches in Dubai positioning itself to become a teeth whitening leader in the Middle East.
July 2009 – Whiter Image partners with one of the leading Sales Representation Teams in the beauty industry.
August 2009 – 23 new distributor accounts begin carrying Whiter Image products.
Whiter Image launches its new and easy-to-navigate website including an online store.
September 2009 – Whiter Image South Africa debuts with immediate success and an exciting marketing plan. Whiter Image negotiates with a Canadian dental distributor for national representation.
October 2009 – The Whiter Image TOGO Teeth Whitening & Lip Gloss Plumper Pen is selected to be a gift for the stars at the Albuquerque Film Festival. Canadian distributor Silver Solarium launches the Whiter Image TOGO Teeth Whitening Pen. A major distributor in Poland joins Whiter Image’s international team of beauty distributors.
November 2009 – Whiter Image grows its presence in the dental world by becoming available at two large regional dental practices. The Whiter Image TOGO Teeth Whitening Pen and The Chic-Flic TOGO Teeth Whitening & Lip Gloss Plumper Pen are chosen to be gifts at the American Music Awards. One of the top luxury hotel and spa chains begins carrying Whiter Image products with instant success.
December 2009 – Whiter Image welcomes three renowned dentists to its growing dental clientele. The West Coast Sales Representation Group opens in 3 major rocky mountain resorts with outstanding success and sales. The company begins development of a unique and simplified teeth whitening solution for the dental industry.
Whiter Image is looking forward to an even more successful 2010 in the teeth whitening and beauty industries. With existing accounts selling record numbers of product and new accounts opening everyday, Whiter Image is expecting another breakout year. Whiter Image publishes corporate updates regularly on its website.
About Whiter Image
The company primarily distributes whitening systems and retail products to premium accounts in the spa, salon, tanning, beauty, and dental markets both domestic and internationally. Whiter Image is a founding member of the Council for Cosmetic Teeth Whitening and a co-author of industry best practices with a reputation for outstanding results, affordability, and unsurpassed customer support.
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Founder Melanie Downey announced today the national launch of her company, Wilava: For Premium Skin, a manufacturer and retailer of high-end, natural skincare products. Products include a facial skin care line and a full range of products for bath and body, suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema.
All products in Wilava’s skin care line meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and are created using a wholesome, uncomplicated and simplistic approach with the most beneficial natural and/or organic ingredients. All Wilava products are made without: unnecessary filler ingredients (natural or otherwise), harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates, petroleum byproducts or mineral oil, formaldehyde donors, or sulfates. Packaging consists of phthalate-free, safer plastics, or recyclable tins.
According to Downey, the company was created out of necessity. In trying various products to heal eczema, her own children suffered allergic reactions to chemical components in lotions which ranged from hives to episodes of anaphalaxis.
“I began researching commonly used skin care ingredients, and was alarmed to find that many — even those used in baby products — contained known carcinogens, hormone disrupters, or skin irritants, many of which are banned in other countries,” Downey said. “I also discovered through years of research that some of the most effective skin treatments contain simple ingredients that have long histories of safe use, and are very gentle to the skin.”
Cheryl Canedo, a local customer, attests to the quality of Wilava products. “My entire family has suffered with skin problems for years. We had so many difficulties with commercial products and prescriptions from the dermatologist. I, personally, had very bad rosacea, and, we all experienced acne and very, very dry skin. We used a home humidifier, but that didn’t seem to help. We tried sulfate-free cleansers from an allergy foundation, and multiple sulfate-free and organic products from a local health food store. While some prevented the situation from getting worse, they did not alleviate the sensitivity, irritation and dry skin. Wilava products have helped the condition of our skin immensely. The rosacea and acne have improved tremendously and our skin no longer looks “raw.” In fact, our skin overall feels soft and smooth, thanks to Wilava products. “
To learn more about or purchase Wilava products, visit http://wilava.com.
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