The Truth About Your Skincare

Two experts in conversation about the importance of natural products

Are you one of those persons that use skincare, but still from an un-conscious brand? Then you definitely want to read this. In this article, we are talking with two specialists on the topic of skincare, de-aging and the differences between good and bad skincare. Through a compilation of their questions and answers, we will provide you with some clear information, tips, and knowledge about things you most likely want to avoid. 

Coralie Carrier-Clerambault Moses is the founder of a conscious skincare and ritual company called Namo. Coming from a background of engineering, she combines science with expertise and spirituality. She provides fully natural sprays, creams, and cleansers for your health, beauty, and emotional benefit. Alongside she also crafts ceremonial waters to help you cleanse your energy and protect your heart. She is a specialist in hydrosols, the essence of plants that are derived after a handcrafted steam-distillation process and works closely together with top aromatherapists. Dr. David Woynarowski, or referred to as Dr. Dave, is a specialist when it comes to de-aging. Raised in a family of doctors and scientists, Dr. Dave continued this tradition. He graduated in the 1980s from medical school and has ever since practiced medicine. His curious mind pushed him to seek ways on how to help people de-age, especially after seeing his father pass away. He traveled the world finding answers, studied every book and study available on anti-aging and when he finally had enough information gathered, he founded his line of supplements. He is a global and worldwide known speaker, partner in a five-physician Internal Medicine Group, certified member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and was nominated for the prestigious physician of the Year Award by the President’s Committee, as well as the Residents Teaching Award.

Dr. Dave:
Our scent, this olfactory system, is the most primordial system we have. If you believe in evolution theory, before we were earthworms or whatever, we were single-celled organisms. We had some differentiation in vibration that later on developed into scent. And so the most primordial thing, the connection between the olfactory nerves and the brain, is also the first thing that develops in the brain of an embryo. This is us, from the beginning to the end, no matter into what we evolve, we are always going to have this. This is why these products that work with scents are so impactful and more important, those that have only natural and chemical-free products. 

Coralie:
Can you explain to us a little bit more why this chemical-free is so important, dr. Dave? 

Dr. Dave:
I can’t tell you how important it is to use non-synthetics when it comes to this olfactory system and the skin. Let me dive in for one second to this chemical scent and its effect on our brain. When I was in medical school we synthesized all kinds of scents. They were molecular copies that were much more intense but also contained impurities. When I would smell those oils I would know right away something was wrong about them. My brain and olfactory system knew immediately that it was synthetic. At an older age, when dealing a lot with these synthetic smells, we become chemically sensitive. We tend to develop a mitochondrial disorder that affects our thinking and our brain. So one of the things you completely want to avoid is any unnatural thing in your products, I can’t stress enough how important this is.

Dr. Dave:
So Coralie, speaking about those natural products. You work with hydrosols. Can you differentiate from your point of view hydrosols of essential oils, and what is it exactly that we are looking at? 

Coralie:
Yes. First of all, the hydrosol is the very essence of a plant captured in water after distilling the botanical material. The hydrosol is a living being, the plant in another form rebirthed. So to differentiate both I would outline three main points. Hydrosols are safe for everyone, without the necessity to dilute it; including for babies, elderly, pregnant women, and animals. This is not the case with essential oils. Second, it is a live substance. For essential oils to get the oil, you need to press and distill a lot of already dead and dried material. And third, the hydrosol contains both the hydrophobic and hydrophilic material, meaning that it is a more complex composition of properties captured in water and oil. 

 Dr. Dave:
Yes, thank you, Coralie. I would like to add something to that. First and foremost, hydrosols were the first and the origin in therapies and skincare. They existed long before the complex processes necessary to make essential oils, and the coming of chemical industries. And just an interesting analogy here. Grapes to grape juice, grape juice to wine and wine to cognac. Each process requires additional distillation. Each of them is a more concentrated version of the original product. And in the medicinal industry, this also happens. For example, red yeast rice is something that people took to lower their cholesterol and there were absolutely no problems. But after, in the pharmaceutical industry its active molecule got chemically derived and sold as a drug, resulting in all kinds of problems such as muscle aches and liver toxicity. So the concentrated versions seem to have more side effects in both cases, in essential oils and chemical form. With hydrosols, you don't have that problem. So this leads me to something else I wanted to talk about. My area of expertise is anti-aging and regenerative medicine and I believe there are strong properties in your hydrosols that help hydration, but also that contain all kinds of natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties meaning they are not chemical or toxic.

Coralie:
Yes, it is important to recognize that we do come from the earth as plants do, and therefore the active principles of the plants benefit us. And then each plant can benefit different parts of our bodies, physical, mental and spiritual as well. We can use hydrosols in many ways, it really depends on the plant properties and the benefits you are looking for. Dr. Dave: Yes, you know that traditional medicine was fully plant-based and pharmaceutical medicine comes for 95 percent from plant-based materials. And the pharmaceutical drugs or prescription drugs are now trying to make synthetic versions like antibodies etcetera. This comes with a horrific number of side effects. So I would always advise people to familiarize themselves with traditional medicine, or plant-based medicine. Like for example hydrosols. And even with hydrosols and essential oils, you see that some companies produce them in big factories in a commercial way. And this is so different than when it is created by Gaia, the earth. And I know you are scrupulous about the whole production process, your sources, and suppliers just as I do. Coralie: Definitely. As you said, it is so crucial to be able to control the whole chain of production in terms of quality. Because we can lose quality very fast, there is a huge difference between a poor hydrosol or essential oil and a high quality one. So our process is completely handmade, handcrafted, with premium raw ingredients. We do not outsource, we have absolute quality control over our products and we make everything both in Miami and in the southern part of France where we partner with a specialist, Lionel Ross, who is family to us. Our providers come from West Italy, South of France, Corsica and the USA. We have been visiting some of them and we know how they produce. So we are involved from the tree or plant until the end product, working with the natural cycles of nature. We talk and sing to the plants and harvest with care taking in consideration the rhythms of nature.

Coralie:
Yes, it is important to recognize that we do come from the earth as plants do, and therefore the active principles of the plants benefit us. And then each plant can benefit different parts of our bodies, physical, mental and spiritual as well. We can use hydrosols in many ways, it really depends on the plant properties and the benefits you are looking for.

Dr. Dave:
Yes, you know that traditional medicine was fully plant-based and pharmaceutical medicine comes for 95 percent from plant-based materials. And the pharmaceutical drugs or prescription drugs are now trying to make synthetic versions like antibodies etcetera. This comes with a horrific number of side effects. So I would always advise people to familiarize themselves with traditional medicine, or plant-based medicine. Like for example hydrosols. And even with hydrosols and essential oils, you see that some companies produce them in big factories in a commercial way. And this is so different than when it is created by Gaia, the earth. And I know you are scrupulous about the whole production process, your sources, and suppliers just as I do.

Coralie:
Definitely. As you said, it is so crucial to be able to control the whole chain of production in terms of quality. Because we can lose quality very fast, there is a huge difference between a poor hydrosol or essential oil and a high quality one. So our process is completely handmade, handcrafted, with premium raw ingredients. We do not outsource, we have absolute quality control over our products and we make everything both in Miami and in the southern part of France where we partner with a specialist, Lionel Ross, who is family to us. Our providers come from West Italy, South of France, Corsica and the USA. We have been visiting some of them and we know how they produce. So we are involved from the tree or plant until the end product, working with the natural cycles of nature. We talk and sing to the plants and harvest with care taking in consideration the rhythms of nature.

Dr. Dave:
Now I'm listening to the chain of development and all the incredible attention you pay to detail and it brings out that basically, we're a niche. We are going to be attracted by- and attracted to- people who want the absolute best., who are concerned about how things are treated, who are concerned about quality control issues, who are concerned about what they put on and therefore inside themselves. I say this because you can get cheaper products out there on the market. You can get adulterated products. You can get all kinds of different things that are not up to spec in terms of what you're providing. One of the reasons that you should always be cautious about what you buy is because you are not going to see what is in the bottle. You are not going to see the adulterants, the micro-toxins, etcetera. And this is especially true for skin products because there is a huge portion being absorbed by your skin. And even if a product has been tested, it is tested on rats over a time of a maximum of three weeks. Now there are no long term studies available of what these minor so-called 'non harmful' particles cause to the human bodies when absorbed every day for longer periods. Because 0.001 particles might not be harmful, but when absorbed by your skin every day over years, it takes easy math to know that this sums up to a huge quantity of harmful particles. And these are things you cannot get rid of, like mercury lead or xenoestrogens that get stored in fats. So these xenoestrogens are mimicking the job of the real estrogen. An estrogen 'talks' with a receptor and causes an effect by changing the programming of the cell who has the receptor. Your cells have all kinds of receptors, especially in the gut, the brain and the reproductive organs, where you have lots of receptors for estrogens. So these mimic estrogens cause an unwanted effect in the cells of your body because they come from outside of your system. They are the intruders. And I hypothesize that this is what calls so much breast cancer in young women for example.

Coralie:
So what else would you recommend us to avoid when it comes to skincare, knowing that our skin is the biggest organ that absorbs nearly everything we put on it?

Dr. Dave:
Well, the other things are preservatives like parabens. They tend to alter your genetic material and also cause toxicity to your organs. Natural preservatives like the alcohols in hydrosols don't do this. I would also avoid all different sulfates like lauryl sulfate for example. Most of them are listed as natural ingredients but are a synthetic copy causing all kinds of damage as explained before. All kinds of fragrances, unless they are completely natural, are harmful to you and your skin. And all glycols. It is a tricky topic. Basically my advice would be: avoid all unnatural skincare and find a supplier that you can trust, for example Namo.

Coralie:
Thank you, Dr. Dave. So my last question would be, with all that is harmful to the skin: why should we even use skincare? And can we go without?

Dr. Dave:
Okay. That's a really good question. Uh, I will tell you that for about 59 of my 60 years, I did do completely without it, and I regret that now because I'm using your products, my products and I have seen the effects myself. And there are a lot of reasons for that, but we would have to talk a little bit about evolution here. Genetically speaking, our genes have changed very little over the last million years but our environment has been changing rapidly. Like the industrial revolution, all the pollution and foreign plastics that it has brought with it. And the inflammatory biomarkers in our body and skin go up as we get older, so this causes little by little less repair, more inflammation, wrinkles, and poorly hydrated skin. So that combination together causes severe damage to our skin as we age. With good products, you offer protection from our contaminated environment, hydration, de-aging and help the inflammatory system operate better. So yes, all kinds of natural agents like your products or mine reduce skin aging. The hydrosols, the exfoliation of your skin so it can breathe and absorb better, the stem cell serum, collagen…as long as they are natural they will help you and your skin look better.

The full interview is available on Spotify Part 1 & Part 2, and www.thelongevityedge.com from April 1st 2020. On both websites, you will find additional information and products that support your health, both on the outside and the inside.

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