BIOLUMINESCENCE BLOG

Stem Cells in Skin Care: Fountain of Youth Or Marketing Gimmick?

A literal fountain of youth in biological terms would be stem cells because stem cells do not age, they replicate indefinitely, and can replace your old cells. However, "stem cell" skin care does not receive my designation as “fountain of youth in a bottle” because it is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. Stem cell serums are snake oil, and at the very least do nothing (other than rob your wallet), and at the very worst, you might have your eye almost sealed shut by bone, as one woman experienced.

To understand why stem cell...


UV-Damage Reversing Skin Care is the Key to Youthful Skin

Whether you have a pale or dark complexion, no one is 100% immune to sun burns, photo-damaged skin, or skin cancer. Skin cancer is the worst consequence of sun exposure, and you can defend yourself through sun-protective measures. The problem is sun-protective measures such as wearing a hat and sunscreen are pre-emptive. Sun protection prevents future sun damage. But what can you do for your skin if the damage has already happened? The gold standard for treating sun damage is still "put some aloe on it." The problem with aloe is that it only makes the burn feel better....


The Top 10 Oils You Need in Your Skin Care NOW (and which ones to avoid)

Oils are as trendy as shoes or handbags, and every season a new oil emerges as the next holy grail. I love oils, they feel great on the skin, provide a natural, dewy glow, and are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The problem is that not all oils are created equal. Just because Argan, olive, or coconut oil is the in vogue oil of the moment, doesn’t mean that it is healthy for your skin.

Putting the wrong oils on your face could cause breakouts because each oil is unique in its chemical...


The Biology of Aging

Aging shouldn’t be viewed as a negative consequence of being alive, after all, it means you have been fortunate enough to make it this far. With that said, the best way to celebrate aging is to do so gracefully, and for that to happen, it is paramount to understand how and why we age.


Aging Begins Within Our Cells

Aging that we see at the surface is the culmination of aging at the cellular and molecular level. Aging of our cells is referred to as ‘senescence’ and occurs to some degree...


How Bad Skin Care Gave Me Acne and Inspired Me to Start My Own Skin Care Company

The skin care industry is ironic. If I were an alien from outer space who understood English language, but knew nothing of humankind, its behavior, or its customs, I would assume that the term "skin care" would imply taking care of skin. You know, making it healthier. You could imagine my surprise if I learned that skin care usually makes skin worse, and is the root cause for many skin ailments. My alien brain would hurt from confusion, and I would decide to go to a different planet. There is no intelligent life here. Metaphors...