Endor – How it changed my skin

Sometime in 2018, end of July, I had the pleasure of meeting a rep from Arylide Life Sciences when she came in to my classroom to present a workshop for my class. It only took moments to realize she had a genuine passion for the product that she uses and represents, it was refreshing and welcoming, but more than anything helpful in a room full of students just entering the field of Clinical Esthetics.

Her extensive knowledge on the products, their ingredients and functions within the skin’s structures was what had me wanting to get my hands on the products as soon as possible. The entire line, which isn’t very big (and what makes it attractive, if you are not a fan of multiple items in your routine) focuses on gold thioethylamino hyaluronic acid (a new ingredient, developed with spherical nanoparticles linked to hundreds of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid oligomers).

To help you understand the implications of this, in the terms of skin benefits, I should explain what nanotechnology is. In short terms, science can manipulate matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. Size of matter then becomes between 1 – 100 nanometers. To put this into perspective, the size of human hair strand is about 70 000 nanometers. So, this amazing new ingredient of gold and hyaluronic acid particle technology is between 20-22 nanometers. (Very, very tiny) What that means for our skin is, it will penetrate, and it will reach the depths of our skin more than any product available, let’s say, over the counter. (OTC products are an article for another timeJ)

It can help to deliver ingredients that target specific receptors and thus trigger a specific response within the body. (Think about each individual skin cell, and what that means) It triggers production of your own growth factors to stimulate hyaluronic acid, collagen & elastin, which allows for more balance in the skin. Around 30 years of age, our body stops producing collagen (lame I know), combine that with UV rays, pollution, lifestyle, and other free radical causing yuckies, and the end result is glycation (fancy term to describe aging). What we are left with is the 3 D’s of aging. Our skin will Deteriorate, causing the volume to Deflate and gravity will cause it to Descend.

In their very impressive clinical studies, they have demonstrated the efficacy of their product, with no side effects, unless plump skin is a side effect? In which case, take my money! All joking aside though, I started my journey using their Anti-Aging Facial Serum. I already knew that the key to hydration is hyaluronic acid (capable of holding 1000 times its weight in moisture) so, I had that covered. Next step is to see how it changes the structure of my skin to help me build my own collagen, and improve elastin for elasticity. (This is the part where I vibrate with excitement, you would need to be in the room to know what I’m talking about)

In order to reverse the signs of aging, we must activate those three components, hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin.  To do that, our product needs to be capable of reaching deep dermal layers and activating the cell (CD44 receptors) in order to activate the multiple CD44 receptors our ingredient has to reach the target all at the same time. Therefore, tiny particles of our powerful ingredient will get deep enough where they will, like a swarm of bees activate those receptors into stimulating the growth of our own collagen and elastin. Long gone are the days of bulky molecules sitting on the surface of our skin doing absolutely nothing! (I’m looking at you OTC products)

After some two weeks of using the facial serum, I couldn’t get over the hydration levels, and how comfortable I was in my skin. I needed to expand my range, next I introduced their Milk Cleanser. The sweet almond in it is dreamy, the consistency and texture is like putting silk on your skin. It doesn’t dry out my own barrier, yet it efficiently removed my stubborn make up. I like the option of not needing to rinse it off, particularly before bedtime when I am prone to be startled out of my after dinner slumber by water splashing. The gentle blends of surfactants (cleansing agents that help dissolve yuckies) along with witch hazel proves that maybe toner isn’t needed. I am pro toner, let’s just put that out there. It’s meant to adjust the pH balance on your skin after cleansing to keep your barrier intact (trust me, you need a healthy barrier for protection against the environment) but after a few weeks, I let go of the toner, as it turned out, I just needed to trust the science behind their cleanser. At this point, my skin was hooked, I needed to introduce more of their products. I got my hands on the Eye Contour cream (It won Editor’s Choice 2019 btw) and lastly, the Anti-Aging Nutritive Cream. All their power house products are based on the same science and same main ingredient composition.

As a skin expert, and years of practice in the field, I am well versed in all things ingredients and chemical composition, and how they influence the skin. I readily promote high potency ingredients to target skin conditions, unrelated to a specific brand because most all professional grade, cosmeceutical companies have amazing line up of products and I don’t care which brand it is, because I can trust their ingredients will have drug like effect, that can affect the structures of the skin, and not just alter the appearance until it is washed off. I have been testing hundreds of products over the years, and I will continue to do so, every time something new and exciting catches my attention. That said, if I can’t test the said product within the Endor line, then that’s just it. I will never replace what I have currently. And the accompanying pictures tell why.

Here we have my hormonal acne, that ravaged my poor face, post hysterectomy almost two years ago. I have tried everything, please keep in mind, I have access to an overabundance of great products to choose from, as well as almost any professional treatment I could want. I have tried many. They helped slightly, but the acne just kept coming back. Endor Technologies skin care line wasn’t created to target acne, and I am not recommending it for acne, but I am simply sharing my experience. I have a theory as to why, the gold particles in the product shed from the skin, allowing my skin to continually regenerate, thus push the dead keratin out of my follicles, (which is one of the reasons why P. Acne bacteria would multiply, this bacteria is anaerobic, meaning it cannot live in the presence of oxygen, so if the skin can “push” it all out, it makes sense that oxygen too would be able to now get inside the follicle) It’s just something my brain is putting into a theory.There’s a lot more that I could go into, but seriously, that is not my area of expertise to figure out. It works, and that is all I care about.

Here is a picture of my acne healing (I am not kidding, it resolved my acne within weeks) I was left with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as is often the case after acne breakout dries up and the scab flakes off. Make-up did a good job covering up the discolorations, but I didn’t notice the amount of collagen and elasticity my skin had formed until I put these side by side. I was so focused on the discoloration, I wasn’t paying attention. The picture on the right has NO makeup, NO filters. (I never use my selfie side of the camera because they give the pictures a more polished look, even when you turn off the “perfector”, and there is more than enough lies on the internet, I don’t need to be contributing to it) The deeper lines in my nasolabial folds and even my early marionette lines softened up and filled out drastically. My crow’s feet are much softer and even the tiny scar in the center of my neck has almost disappeared! Yes, my own collagen and elastin has grown just like the rep promised it would.

Lastly, this is where I see the kind of damage it has fixed. The texture, the discoloration from sun damage and the plumping. There is nothing temporary about these results. I haven’t had a single acne breakout in months!

I am 38, I haven’t had botox (since I was 27) or any fillers for that matter. I can’t have injectables or aggressive/advanced treatments because of trigeminal neuralgia diagnosis.

p.s. This is not a paid endorsement

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