Beta Silk - The Ultimate Skin Care Lotion
How does Beta-1, 3-D glucan work in Beta Silk Lotion?The Langerhans cell is a type of macrophage. They are the scavenger cells located just under the skin. They are the primary cells of the skin's immune system and play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the skin. The skin constantly faces microscopic wounds and needs to repair itself. The macrophages, activated by the Beta-1, 3-D glucan are responsible for cleaning and restoring the damaged skin. The skin is exposed and subjected to ultraviolet radiation and environmental toxins. Poor nutrition, internal contamination, and infections negatively affect the skin.
Aging and the daily assaults on the skin impede the ability of Langerhans cells to maintain healthy skin that should exhibit a radiant appearance. Aging slows the Langerhans cells ability to clear debris and maintain attractive, line-free skin. Eventually, Langerhans cells become unable to identify cross-linked tissue. This causes fine lines and wrinkles. They soon fail to recognize premature pigmentation. Langerhans cells, while seeking to correct these defects to produce clear, blemish free skin, become less and less able to fulfill their mission. This is a primary cause of premature aging of the skin.
Ingredients: Beta-1,3-D glucan, aloe vera, MSM, stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, C12 - C15 alkyl benzoate, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, glycerin, sorbitol, triethanolamine, grapefruit seed extract, panthenol (vitamin B5), niacin (Vitamin B3), sodium PCA, herbal extracts (slippery elm bark, comfrey, horsetail, oat, althea, chamomile, lemongrass, rose and peppermint), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), ergocalciferol (vitamin D), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), alpha lipoic acid, apricot fragrance, methylparaben.
Beta Silk Ingredients
Aloe Vera - Natures Great Healer, the bulk of the aloe leaf is filled with gel, 96% water with the other 4% containing 75 known substances. Applied to wounds, aloe gel is a mild anesthetic, relieving itching, swelling, and pain: it also is antibacterial and antifungal, increases blood flow to wounded areas, and stimulates fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for wound healing. Has also been known to protect the skin from the following; skin damage from X rays, wounds, frostbite, radiation and psoriasis lesions.
It is a naturally occurring substance famous for treatment of burns and minor skin problems. Hundreds of scientific papers describing the activities of Aloe Vera, when taken internally and when applied externally to skin and hair, have been reviewed. Certain characteristics of Aloe Vera are described repeatedly and are well documented.
- A natural cleanser
- Penetrates tissue
- Anesthetizes the tissue in the area it is applied, relieving pain deep beneath the surface, including pain associated with joints and sore muscles.
- Bactericidal, Viricidal, and Fungicidal when in direct contact in high concentration for long periods of time.
- Reduces bleeding
- Antipyretic - reduces fever or heat
- Nutritional, providing a wide range of vitamins and minerals
- Dilates capillaries increasing blood supply in the area it is applied
- Breaks down and digests dead tissue through the action of proteolytic enzymes, hastening the regenerative phase of healing
- Enhances normal cell proliferation, hastening healing
- Moisturizes tissues
- Extremely safe when applied externally or ingested, and generally regarded as a safe food additive
Beta-1, 3-D glucan - Naturally occurring carbohydrate compound derived from yeast cell walls. Beta-1, 3-D glucan triggers an immune response in the body creating a system of defense against viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or neoplastic invaders. It also has potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging capabilities.
There are many products that contain many this ingredient. But do they work? In order to discover what ingredients have actually proven themselves to reduce wrinkles we have to look at research and this approach yields some amazing results. Lets look at one of the top contenders in this category; Beta 1, 3-d glucan. Wrinkles are damaged skin that has begun to thin with age and the collagen fibers break down and cause small indentations on the surface of the skin. The skin also has specialized macrophage cells (immune cells) called “Langerhans” cells, these cells help remove dead skin cells from the surface of skin and promote cell renewal. They also help protect against skin damage from UV rays, chemicals, makeup, cleansers and the chlorine in water. Studies have shown that Beta Glucan does indeed penetrate the skin to reach the Langerhans Cells and results were noticeable after 8 weeks of treatment.
- Stimulates Collagen Synthesis and Cellular Proliferation
- Promotes Wound Healing
- Conditions and Soothes Damaged Skin
- Helps Reduce the Signs of Aging & Refresh Tired Skin
- Acts as Anti-inflammatory Agent
- Helps Repair Damage from Photo-aging
MSM - Methyl-sulfonyl-methane is a naturally occurring compound found within our body, which is essential for growth and repair mechanisms and is specifically effective in relieving muscle and joint pain as well as boosting immune function. In preliminary studies, arthritis patients treated with MSM experienced substantial pain reduction and symptom relief. MSM helps fortify collagen and connective tissue, maintaining healthy joints. MSM promotes soft, smooth skin, lustrous hair and strong nails.
PCA - Is the acronym for an important biochemical whose technical name is "The Sodium Salt of Pyrolidone Carboxylic Acid". PCA is manufactured in human skin by enzymatically converting the amino acid "glutamic acid" to NaPCA. All humans have the genetic machinery to accomplish this task.
Sodium PCA functions in human skin as a humectant. A humectant is a molecule or substance that attracts water. NaPCA is the most powerful, non-toxic humectant known. NaPCA is the most important humectant in the skin.
How does Moisture (water) and PCA affect the skin? Your skin is about 80% moisture. Of that 80%, about 5% is NaPCA. If there is not enough NaPCA the moisture level in the skin will drop and a state of dry skin will develop. If there is not enough moisture in the skin a number of negative results occur:
- Nutrients cannot be properly delivered to the skin cells.
- Waste products from skin metabolism cannot be disposed of properly.
- The normal, healthy act of sweating is compromised.
- Organic free radicals (destructive substances generated by the process of metabolism) have a more damaging effect.
- The skin loses elasticity (the ability of the skin to stretch) and tensile strength (how much pulling pressure the skin can take before it tears) causing cracks and sores, especially in places where the skin bends frequently or is frequently in contact with the environment or immersed in water.
- The skin cannot heal as rapidly as it should. To heal, the skin must build collagen and other structural molecules, which require nutrients and oxygen.
- Skin metabolism requires the presence of oxygen, which is picked up from the blood and moved to the skin cells by the moisture in the skin. If there is not enough moisture in the skin this process is compromised.
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is generated as a by-product of skin metabolism. The removal of CO2 requires the presence of moisture to transfer the CO2 to the blood, then to the lungs and then into the atmosphere.
- The presence of adequate moisture is very important to the function of the immune system in the skin. If there is not enough moisture in the skin, infections start more easily and stay longer. Adequate moisture lets the immune system move in and kill the infection causing bacteria. People with severe dry skin are constantly fighting skin infections and sores.
The most critical element of good skin health is moisture. Moisture in the skin is a function of and dependent on sufficient NaPCA. Formula III Lotion provides just what is required to fight dry skin, moisture (water) and NaPCA.
Dimethicone - Used in many natural barrier preparations, such as for the treatment of napkin rash, pressure sores, and eczema.
Jojoba oil - Soothes and restores elasticity to any dry skin area while conditioning and softening the skin.
Sweet almond oil - Sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree. helps the skin balance its loss and absorption of moisture, while nourishing the body with vitamins.
Glycerin - Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point used in many natural products. Glycerin can be dissolved into water but not oils. It is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process and many commercial manufacturers remove the glycerin for use in their more profitable, very high priced lotions and creams.
Sorbitol - A natural humectant used in many skin care products. Derived from fruits, seaweed, and algae. Similar to naturally occurring glycerin. Leaves skin with a velvety feeling.
Grapefruit seed extract - A powerful and effective Natural Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Disinfectant with many uses. (Citricidal) grapefruit seed extracts active ingredient effectively Kills viruses, bacteria, funguses and parasites. It has been shown to be extremely safe nontoxic and gentle on the system. It has also been shown to very safely and effectively treat a host of skin diseases and disorders, such as rashes, infections and yeast infections.
Panthenol (vitamin B5) - Derived from the Greek word pántothen, meaning "from all quarters," this B Vitamin is indeed a "do everything, be everywhere" nutrient. It is part of the chemical makeup of Coenzyme A. It is also known in other forms - Calcium Pantothenate and Panthenol. Pantothenic acid is also thought to help prevent aging and wrinkles.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) - Iis a coenzyme for a variety of proteins that catalyze oxidation reduction in reactions essential for tissue respiration, and is a strong detoxifier.
Slippery elm bark - Has water-retaining properties making it an ideal ingredient for a soothing compress.
Comfrey - Is considered an effective treatment for blunt injuries. The allantoin in Comfrey stimulates reproduction of cells. Other compounds in Comfrey effectively reduce inflammation and swelling. Aids in the healing of superficial wounds, bruises, sores and insect bites; guards against scar tissue development.
Horsetail - Is helpful in healing wounds and burns.
Oat - Is often used for inflammatory skin diseases accompanied by itch, as well as for impetigo (a contagious skin eruption).
Althea - Useful for skin irritations, burns, carbuncles, and wounds.
Chamomile - Promotes wound and burn healing, and fights bacteria.
Lemongrass - South American's made teas from blades of lemongrass and used this as a remedy for fevers, gastrointestinal and nervous disorders. It is said that the oil of lemongrass is beneficial for circulatory problems and may enhance your muscle tone.
Rose - Is known to help heal wounds, tones and tighten the skin. May help reduce wrinkles.
Peppermint - Helps fights bacteria with a cooling effect to the skin.
Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) - A skin normalizer. Works to moisturize dry skin and reduce excess oil. An ingredient used for its regenerating properties. Improves elasticity, moisture content and suppleness while reversing the signs of photo -aging.
Ergocalciferol (vitamin D) - Soothes skin; has corrective qualities; an excellent skin nutrient.
Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) - A natural moisture binder which allows the skin to breathe and function naturally and is believed to have natural healing qualities.