Wisp Wisdom

"DIY" skincare? Is it doing more harm than good?

Even the best do-it-yourself skincare recipes have their limitations. A handful of beneficial ingredients is no match for a well formulated skincare product that is evidence based and can guarantee ingredient stability. Worse, some natural ingredients can actually damage the skins protective barrier. As we know, it's important that no sensitizing ingredients be used on your skin, regardl…

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MI/MCI)...why we do not use it in our products

Red, itchy, bumpy, blistery and painful rash. Do you have problematic skin? Did you know that many of our personal care and household products are to blame? Health Canada is informing consumers of potential risks related to the combination of Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone (MI/MCI) used as a preservative in certain leave-on cosmetic, non-prescription and natural…

Who's the new kid in town? Ferulic Acid..meet Vitamin C

Have you been introduced to Ferulic Acid? If you haven't heard by now, this mighty Antioxidant is found naturally in fruit, vegies, nuts, oats and rice. It's making the skin care industry sit up straight and pay attention. Free radical damage is the culprit for premature aging, pigmentation and dull skin. Add cumulative sun damage, environmental stress, like pollution, to the mix and our skin is c…

Is Witch Hazel good for your skin? The Answer is No!

If you are one of the many Women who are looking for a safer, more natural solution in addressing skin issues, then you probably have heard of Witch Hazel. It’s reputed to be a solution to many skin problems. It is. But only on a short term basis. It acts like an astringent, removes oil and minimizes pores. The bad news is that it is a temporary fix. Witch Hazel contains Tannins, which…

A Rose is a Rose....Or is it?

We're always on the look out for a botanical or fruit extract that will provide a truly organic, natural scent to our products. As with any ingredient we choose, it must provide a benefit to the skin and not be sensitizing. We haven't found it yet. (No, not essential oils..while wonderful for many things, skin is not one of them. They are simply too strong and "solvent like" for the skin--- damage…

Peptides...Hype or Happy dance?

What is a Peptide and what does it do for our skin?Peptides are amino acids and in turn, they are the building blocks of protein in the skin. What's exciting about Peptides? In short, Peptides penetrate deeply into the skin and stimulate collagen production. No easy task. When they are formed in specific formations, they create specific proteins. That's good news for our skin. They are i…