Impressive Ingredients

Sorbitol: The Hidden Champion for Summer Time Hydration

The hot summer months are here, but dry skin after a day in the sun is not an option.  Time for some sorbitol please!


One small fruit sugar – one large effect

Sorbitol is a natural product occurring in many stone fruits including plums, apricots, peaches, apples and pears. Nutritionally, sorbitol has about 60% the sweetness of processed sugar making it a viable alternative sweetener for diabetics.

Natural Sorbitol: Apple Trees in our Garden.  San Diego, California.  

Natural Sorbitol: Apple Trees in our Garden. San Diego, California. 

In nature, sorbitol serves to bind water molecules making it an ideal humectant. For this reason, sorbitol is an ideal moisturizing factor that can hold its own with other moisturizing champions - even Hyaluronic acid! In the skin, this water-binding property creates a more robust skin barrier and increases the skin’s hydration.


In terms of our skin, sorbitol is sweet!

Once sorbitol is applied, it is incorporated into our skin’s natural barrier, thus strengthening it. With this added support less moisture is lost to our environment, and the skin itself holds more moisture.

This increase in hydration helps:

  • Our skin appear more vital and invigorated
  • Plump our skin thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Activate the enzymes in our skin’s outer layer resulting in a better turnover of dead skin cells and a smoother complexion


Let’s make this our sorbitol summer

Following a day at the beach, my own beauty routine always includes our sorbitol-enhanced Rich & Silky Body Butter. It moisturizes, smooths and indulges my skin.

For over 65 years, naturally beautiful skin has been at the heart of our business. We create skin care – using highly effective ingredients such as sorbitol - designed to help you feel and look your best.


For a lifetime of healthy, beautiful skin,


Verena Eckstein

Collagen, the Skin’s Best Friend: natural protection, hydration & more

Rich in vitamin C: Fresh mandarins and oranges from our garden 

Rich in vitamin C: Fresh mandarins and oranges from our garden 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is always found where strength and elasticity is in demand: such as in the skin, in our various connective tissues and bones.

Up to 50% of our skin is made of collagen and its abundance gives the skin its youthful and perfectly smooth appearance. The gradual break down of collagen fibers during aging reduces the elasticity and the firmness of the skin, leading to the formation of wrinkles. When we smile, for example, the elasticity conferred by collagen makes sure that our skin returns to its naturally smooth contour without retaining mimic lines.


Proven Benefits of Collagen

Back in the mid 1960’s, my grandfather researched the superb skin moisturizing properties of collagen, and decided to add collagen to our products for mature, demanding skin. My father took it to the next level, and while still in pharmacy school he further developed our collagen line of products. Collagen Supreme was launched in the summer of 1973 and is still one of our most popular products.

Native collagen is known for its ability to form a protective coating on the skin, thereby helping to increase skin hydration, and protect our skin from harmful environmental influences.

Due to its excellent skin compatibility it is increasingly used in pharmaceuticals, even more so than in skin care products. Collagen matrices are used in tissue regeneration, bone grafting, and as components of dressings for burns or other large surface wounds

Using native collagen on the skin can have remarkable results: We’ve had many customers report it visibly reduced the redness of their psoriasis-prone skin.


Skin Care Tips: Collagen, the Wrinkle Warrior

Collagen creams – like our Collagen Day Balm and Collagen Supreme Cream –help protect our skin from harmful environmental factors AND provide excellent hydration for a beautifully smooth complexion.

As the skin becomes less elastic and supple this type of care becomes a must-have, especially for dry, demanding skin.

In addition to our Collagen Balm and Cream, to get your daily dose of skincare collagen, try our Active Concentrate Collagen Complex, a lightweight gel containing a potent amount of collagen. Apply after cleansing, and follow with your usual day or night cream.


For healthy skin and timeless beauty,


Verena Eckstein


The Integral Role of Vitamin C in Producing Collagen

Hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine , the two structural amino-acids of collagen fibers can only be formed in the presence of vitamin C. They facilitate the formation of beautiful collagen fiber bundles, which give the skin elasticity. Fruits and vegetable that are rich in vitamin C are the perfect complement to collagen skin care. My quick go-to source: Freshly squeezed orange juice.


Beta-Carotene: Natural Antioxidant Protection From the Outside In

Spring is here! Freshly picked carrots from the garden. 

Spring is here! Freshly picked carrots from the garden. 

Carotene appears in nature wherever cells must be especially diligent in protecting against oxidation-- for example, where photosynthesis takes place in green plants, and in the cell’s “power house” called the mitochondria. This is a part of the reason why green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, are so good for us-- they are packed with protective carotenes.  In addition to the antioxidant properties of carotene, the body can convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient involved in skin and immune system health.

Interestingly, the skin is not directly supplied with carotene from the bloodstream, rather carotene takes a detour through our oil producing, or sebaceous glands, protecting our skin from the outside.  With nature being our greatest inspiration, it seems only natural to give the skin antioxidant support with carotenoids in a cream base that moisturizes the skin as our natural oils would.


There’s more to Carotene than just antioxidant support….

Carotene creams, such as our Carotene Moisture Balm and Carotene Moisture Cream, do more than just help protect against oxidation and premature aging. Their color lends a healthy, fresh tone to the skin – perfect after a late night on the town. A massage with this citrus-scented cream relaxes and revitalizes – a treat that can become addictive!

Try them for yourself and let your skin decide.


For healthy skin and timeless beauty,


Verena Eckstein


Carotenoids are contained within plant cells, requiring a lot of chewing to make them available to the body. In carrots, for example, the carotenoids are more readily available if you cut them into pieces and cook them briefly, and add cream and white wine or tomato puree with homemade red pesto. (My favorites with spaghetti pasta!)