What 'The Eczema Podcast' Taught Me About Biogenic Ingredients
The name of the season 2 episode 4 podcast by Abby Lai is: "Power of Using Topical Nutrition as “Medicine” For Your Skin." In this episode, Abby interviews Ben Fuchs - a registered pharmacist, skin formulator, nutritionist, and cosmetic chemist. He is a skin expert who has been formulating skin products for 33 years and was trained by the man who invented Blistex.
Fuchs tells us that the truth is you don’t need a lot of ingredients in your skincare products. There are only a few things that will truly make a difference in your skin. These ingredients are what he calls biogenic. They come from the body. And because the body is a healing system, we know this stuff works. Fuchs comes from the world of science, so he seeks effectiveness. Effectiveness and gentleness are what the biogenic ingredients in your body provide. These perfect ingredients are found in your skin.
Excess ingredients in moisturizers
The problem with most moisturizers is that they contain water in order to give you the feeling that they are moisturizing. You’ll usually see water (or agua - not sure why they try to trick you with another language) listed as the first ingredient in many of these moisturizers. The problem with the water is that it can spoil. So in order to keep the water from spoiling, companies need to add all these excess ingredients, which are toxic, to the mixture. So essentially, you are spreading toxins all over your skin!
People started caring about how luxurious moisturizers felt on their skin all thanks to the "Mother of Skin Care," Helena Rubinstein. She is responsible for romanticizing the skincare industry. She understood that there was a relationship between skin and womanhood. She took advantage of this and convinced women that they could become even more beautiful by putting on makeup and moisturizer. She marketed moisturizers by the way they made a person’s skin feel and the way they were packaged.
Treating the skin as the organ it is
The problem with this is that it caused us as a society to focus on the wrong things when it comes to skincare. The skin is an organ, just like any other organ in the body. Say that you had a problem with your heart and you needed heart medicine. Would you care what it looked like or how it was packaged? Of course not! Don’t you just want it to work? Of course! So why do we measure skin products any differently?
Look beyond the packaging of skin care products
Skincare products should be held to the same standard and the same level of importance. We should just care about whether it is effective or not. Not about how it feels on our skin, how it’s packaged, and how it smells. The problem is that these marketing strategies were developed a century ago when we didn’t even begin to understand how the skin works. We didn’t start truly understanding the skin until the 1980s. Fuchs says that you need to find products that work on the level of the dermis and the lower epidermis because the surface of the skin is dead. That’s actually the dirty little secret of skincare - that all you have is soft, dead skin.
Skincare products with biogenic ingredients
If you’re curious about skincare products that contain biogenic ingredients, Ben Fuchs used his 33+ years of formulating skin products to create his own product line called Truth Treatments. Sanitas Skin Care is another skincare company that formulates with biogenic ingredients. Let us know your experience if you try these brands!
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