As you “Climatize”, make sure you “Moisturize”!

Given the temperature hit 87 degrees this weekend (in Atlanta), the idea of moisturizing my skin was hardly at the top of my list as I worked through my garden.  But, when I asked our staff what would be the best topic for today’s blog entry, they responded overwhelmingly that its time to talk about moisturization.  Glad I asked.

Now I’m a planner, but I often don’t think too far out ahead.  But our staff does – thank goodness.  They said we are already getting calls from customers who are starting to experience dry skin from cooler temperatures and low humidity.  At first, I thought this was a bit hard to believe, but as I worked through the garden and realized what a few crops were still “on the vines”, I realized this would probably be the last batch since nightly temps have dipped down in the 60’s and are expected to begin trending down as we move into fall, shorter days and the beginning of footbal season.

For many of us, dry skin is just something we all deal with; for other others it can be a chronic problem that leads to a variety of related skin problems and brings with symptoms that may include flaking, cracking, skin rashes, and painful itching.

Surprisingly, even when the weather is warm and humidity is high, those that suffer with chronically dry skin may still have problems.  Most often these problems are related to under-producing sebaceous or sweat glands.  Typically these glands secrete natural oils that help moisten tissue.  Heredity, illness and medications can affect natural secretions and some skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema will exasterbate already sensitive or dry skin.

As they say, the time is now to begin considering your options, especially if dry, cold air inflames your skin conditions.  For our customers, we have several recommendations (of course, we’re a skin care manufacturer?!)

First, if you are looking for a general moisturizer with no fragrance, we recommend Nourish®’s Emu Oil Lotion.  As a general purpose moisturizer it gets “5 stars” by our customers – it goes on smooth and absorbs quickly.  It has several natural oils that don’t leave your skin feeling greasy and penetrates deep into the skin (many products don’t by the way) to get the maximum moisturizing effect.

Second, if you want moisture + skin firming/tightening benefits, we recommend Skin Tight®.  Skin Tight® is one of the best selling body firming lotions available.  In addition to being a great moisturizer, it helps tighten flabby, loose or sagging skin.  It’s used by young and old for firming and is especially popular for those on weight-loss programs for tightening loose skin after trimming-down.

If you’re looking for a lotion/cream for your hands, our most popular and effective product is Younger Hands® Cream.  While the name belies its benefits, it does have firming and lightening benefits as well as being a super-moisturizer.  Its very popular with folks in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s (and on up) because it helps smooth wrinkled hands while fading dark spots – liver spots, age spots, etc. But…it is equally popular with younger folks as a general hand lotion for fighting dryness during the winter.

I’m sure the topic of moisturizing your skin will come up again several times as we move into the fall and winter, but this is a good starting place for those who are concerned.  Later in the year we’ll discuss several “tips and recommendations” keeping your skin from drying-out…stay tuned!

All of these products can be purchased directly online at…or you can call toll-free 888-909-1658.

Thinking about Skin Care? Some Folks Are!

For the skin care business, this time of year (end of the summer and fall) is typically when volume begins to drop until we get close to the holidays?  Why?  Primarily because the summer is over, most are working on going back to school, and candidly, we’re not “out and about” as much we have been the past 3-4 months.

We don’t sell as much wrinkle serum, body lotion, spider vein cream or cellulite treatments…and sunburn relief products have but gone into hibernation until next spring when the first sunburns start popping up during spring break.

There are some exceptions to this trend for discretionary skin care products however. 

First, if you are in the north, upper midwest, in the UK or one of our customers in Canada, then you are starting to feel the first waves of colder, dryer artic air.  The denseness, low humidity, and higher winds associated with these air masses bring with them a wave of dry, chapping, and irritated skin.  Though it may sound a bit contradictory, we start selling a lot of our moisturizing body firming lotions, Skin Tight in particular…as folks get a jump on moisturization to avoid wrinkles and tight skin.

Second, as I have just learned, a lot of folks stock up as kids go back to school.  Having been in this business for 6 years and seen the trends, I didn’t put 2 and 2 together, but when girls go off to college they spend a lot of money on a lot of things…one of them being skin care.  While they’re not talking about the latest wrinkle cream or psoriasis treatment, they are talking cosmetics, makeup and lotions.  So again, we see a bit of jump as schools crank-up.

Third, for folks who need real solutions to real skin problems and ailments, the flurry of the summer passing allows them to sit down and consider what can or should be done for treatments.  Again, I can attest personally and have direct evidence from the volume of calls we receive in our customer service center.  Spider veins, rashes, eczema, scars, oily skin…you name it.  It seems like everyone put these on hold since the spring and have decided it’s now time to decide what to do and what products work best.

If you have stayed with me so far, thanks…good to meet you and please give me any thoughts – rambling or not.  The point of what I wanted to discuss was skin care is a round-the-clock, annual issue and treating skin problems requires full-time diligence.

If you are a skin care retailer – spa, exercise facility or gym, salon, or product retailer – and you would like help with the direction you should take product-wise or help selling the products you have, give one of our account managers a call toll-free at 888-909-1658.

How does Chondroitin Relieve Joint Pain?

In order to understand the pharmacology of chondroitin sulphate and why it is effective for relieving joint pain, we have to understand the condition it is used in. Chondroitin sulphate is a naturally occurring glycoaminoglycan (GAG) in the human body. It is a highly charged amino sugar produced and salt blend distributed in cartilage tissue surfaces. It is responsible for maintaining cell structure, articular cartilage repair and also has a cushioning effect on joints.

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Chondroitin is important in keeping cartilage and cells healthy as it forms an extracellular matrix that helps cells retain water and consequently retain their structure. Decrease of chondroitin sulphate in body cells is associated with an increase in age and leads to an arthritis condition known as Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition which leads to deterioration of articular cartilage causing severe pain, swelling and reduced joint mobility. Articular cartilage is the material that gives joints their elasticity and mobility.

Chondroitin sulphate is found in dietary supplements used as an alternative in treatment of Osteoarthritis. These supplements are derived from cartilaginous tissues of cow and pig; similarly it can be obtained from shark, fish and bird cartilage. Dosage is usually in the range of 800mg to 1200mg per day.

Chondroitin sulphate’s mechanism of action in alleviation of joint pains can be analyzed in severalparts;

Anti- inflammatory activity:

Chondroitin sulphate belongs to a group of substances known as analgesics; analgesics alleviate pain by reducing inflammation. These substances are important in the synthesis of degenerative enzymes and substances like hyaluronic acid that contribute to damage of cartilage matrix and death of articular chonchordytes.

Electrostatic activity:

Osteoarthritis is attributed to localized deficiency in natural substances including chondroitin sulphate. The highly negative charges in chondroitin sulphate groups generate repulsion between adjacent cartilage increasing resistance to compression hence improving flexibility and relieving pain.  These benefits are especially helpful for relieving joint pain using capsules or “sports creams” that deliver chondroitin through the skin – which has been shown very successful.

Direct anti-degenerative action:

Chondroitin sulphate breaks down degenerative enzymes by inhibiting proteolytic activity; this entails breakdown of protein component in cells. Chondroitin sulphate chains are linked to components of proteins, the linking of proteins and chondroitin ensures that the cartilage proteins are not degenerated by protease enzymes.


The presence of chondroitin sulphate in joint areas attracts moisture and the extracellular matrix it provides to cells maintains water content in cartilage and this improves joint flexibility and consequently alleviates pain…making chondroitin supplements very popular with physicians and chiropractors for helping to relieve pain related to injuries or diseases such as arthritis.

Chondroitin sulphate is usually administered together with glucosamine. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is inherent in cells and tissues; it helps in maintaining cell elasticity and stimulates generations of cartilage building proteins.

Research has shown Chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are effective remedies for joint pains associated with osteoarthritis. The use of these drugs has not been linked to any significant side effect, but glucosamine has been related to increased abdominal gas and softened stools. Research done on rats has also raised the possibility that glucosamine increases insulin resistance; a major cause of diabetes. People with diabetes should monitor closely their blood sugar if they are using glucosamine. It should also be noted that chondroitin is majorly used in veterinary medicine and is not approved for human consumption.