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By the time you read this, the antioxidants in your skincare are already dead.


 

 

There are no antioxidants in your skin care. Not anymore. Antioxidants may have existed when that skin care you bought from a major retailer or brand was batched 2 years ago, but after being made in semi-unsanitary conditions with harsh chemicals in an industrial space, injected into dirty plastic bottles and stored in a hot and humid warehouse for years, there is nothing left.

Timeline to destruction 

To understand why no antioxidants exist in your skincare, we first need to start at the beginning, and the problem begins with the formula of mass produced skin care. When you buy a product from a major brand  you are misled to believe that the formula is full of rich oils and potent plant extracts. This is a lie. Any skin care product from a mainstream brand has, at the very most a drop of oil, a pinch of extract, and an ocean of chemicals . Major label skincare products are made in batches of 40,000 gallons and within those batches there is about one cup of all of the oils and extracts advertised and the other 39,999.9 gallons is water, emulsifiers, solvents, stabilizers, preservatives and other chemicals. Any antioxidants in that dash of oil and extract is drowned in an ocean of filler material. 

Big brand skin care is mass produced in thousands of gallons

And when those oils and extracts are heated and treated during the mass manufacturing of the skin care, the antioxidants are killed.

But if any antioxidants remain after heat and chemical treatment during mass manufacturing, they are dead by the time they reach your hands because that skin care was inserted into dusty, moldy plastic-leeching bottles and stored in a hot, humid and dirty warehouse for years.

The Mainstream manufacturing timeline

Skin care whether it is bought at a fancy department store, a luxury cosmetic retailer, or from a big box retailer has been sitting around for years before you use it. And that results in a stale, dead and useless product. Here is a typical timeline for the skin care you get from mainstream big brands:

2016: Ingredients purchased in bulk for cream A

2017: Manufacturing reservation obtained to make cream A

2018: Cream A manufactured and bottled

2019: Cream A warehoused in fulfillment centers throughout the country and distributed to stores as needed.

2020- 2021- Cream sold in retailers until "expired" and unsold units discarded to local landfill. 

Your cream that you purchased, regardless if it was $1-$1000 follows the above basic manufacturing timeline. This is how mass manufacturing and storage works when a company has to output 10,000+ units of product a month and there is no leeway when you are working in bulk. It creates a stale product and countless waste.

The antioxidant myth

 

A common myth is that light will kill antioxidants. And this is just stupid. If antioxidants come from plants, and plants come from outside and plants are grown through contact with sunlight via photosynthesis, how could sunlight kill antioxidants? If sunlight killed antioxidants then there would be no antioxidants.

Sunlight promotes the growth of plants and the antioxidants they produce, it does not degrade them.  

What really kills antioxidants is heat, oxidation, vitamin C and chemicals. The heat from manufacturing to make the cream or serum, oxygen exposure, vitamin C reactivity and storage of skin care and the chemicals used to keep a product shelf-stable for two years kills antioxidants. 

So who started the myth that light kills antioxidants? Major skin care brands who use opaque packaging. The reason for opaque packaging is not to "protect" antioxidants, it is to prevent you from seeing that the skin care you paid a lot of money for looks like water. Or to prevent you from seeing that the vitamin C serum you bought has been degraded through oxidation. What’s even worse is that the vitamin C in your vitamin C serum reacts with the antioxidants in that serum to destabilize them.

The oxidation of vitamin C from exposure to air. The yellow "fresh" version (as pictured) appears adulterated from harsh manufacturing processes, improper formulation and years-long storage in hot conditions. 
 

Your typical skin care looks like water because it is mostly water. When skin care contains mostly oils and extracts it has a rich color such as red, or green or brown/amber. When skin care contains mostly water, solvent and stabilizer, with a few drops of diluted oils and extracts its clear or white. No one wants you to see that so your skin care is in opaque packaging. 

clear vs. oumere

And that opaque packaging is often plastic, which leeches into the bottles which leeches into your skin care. The result is a loss of antioxidants and a gain of plastic into your bloodstream.

The big lie is that their packaging protects antioxidants, but the antioxidants were dead long before that product was ever bottled. 

The OUMERE difference 

When my skin was ruined by mainstream skin care, I devoted myself to finding out why. I discovered that it wasn’t just the bad ingredients or the unscientific, sloppy formulation. It was the bad manufacturing, unsanitary packaging and staleness of the product that made my skin sick. And if you ever got acne, redness or skin sensitivity from a skin care product it was for the same reason.

 

When I created OUMERE I didn’t just create skin care products, I created a different way to manufacture skin care responsibly. Mainstream brands take dirty unclean bottles from China and fill it with skin care that goes in and on your body. OUMERE bottles are sterilized and come from France. Mainstream brands buy bulk ingredients that sit on shelves for years. They use a drop of oil in an ocean of filler, mass manufacture and store the finished product in hot, dirty warehouses for years before it reaches you. Your OUMERE product was made fresh in micro batches, using 99% oils, extracts and peptides. When you purchased OUMERE it was likely made that morning, not two years ago. 

The result of Oumere’s scientific in formulation and care in manufacturing is beautiful skin. And that is due in part to the antioxidants that we actually have in our skin care. 

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