Ratio Skin Care

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In a promotional video for his new Ratio skincare line, Dr. Andrew Ordon states, “injections aren’t for everybody, surgery isn’t for everybody, but good skincare is important for everybody.”

Ratio Skin Care combines the knowledge of western medicine with natural eastern remedies for balanced skincare results.

“As plastic surgeons we like to say we known the skin from the inside out,” continues Dr. Ordon.

I was intrigued by the attention Ratio has been getting, and took a closer look at this up-and-coming skincare line.

The Doctors: Who Are They?

Dr. Ordon and his partner, Dr. Ritu Chopra, are two eminent plastic surgeons who frequently co-host the Emmy award winning TV program, “The Doctors.”

The doctors drew inspiration for Ratio from the mathematical golden ratio. One example of the golden ratio is the nautilus shell, which is featured as the symbol for Ratio products.

Four products are featured in the Radio skincare line: an oxygenation face wash, age fighting eye serum, regenerating skin hydrator, and skin firming face serum.

All include what the doctors call the “Special Blend” a balanced formula of natural ingredients and chemicals, but ingredients and concentrations in this blend are not listed.

Are the Ingredients Effective?

While each product contains too many ingredients to list, I’ve compiled the active ingredients of each below.

Oxygenating Face Wash

Curcuma Longa Rhizome Extract

This antioxidant is more commonly known as turmeric, and treats inflamed skin. Historically, it has been applied topically to lighten skin.[1]

Panthenol

A form of Vitamin B, panthenol is most useful in healing skin burns. Panthenol is also known to deeply penetrate skin, improving skin’s firmness.[2]

Ubiquinone (CoQ10)

CoQ10 is similar to vitamins and has 2 primary functions. First, it provides energy for cells. Second, it has antioxidant properties. Without CoQ10, the ability of skin cells to produce collagen and elastin is reduced.[3]

Age Fighting Eye Serum

Glucosamine HCI

Glucosamine comes from seashells. A new study from the American Academy of Dermatology suggests glucosamine regulates unbalanced pigment production.[4] An excess in pigment causes age spots and unbalanced skin tone.

Shiitake Extract

Shiitake mushrooms contain acids which tighten pores when applied. It also prevents pigmentation.[5]

Bamboo Extract

Bamboo has healing properties. It soothes irritated and damaged skin. It contains silica, which allows skin cells to absorb vitamins and minerals.[6]

Regenerating Skin Hydrator

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a fat rich in moisturizers. Treating dry or chapped skin, shea butter restores moisture and elasticity to skin. One study suggested it is effective as an anti-inflammatory.[7]

Algae Extract

Algae extract moisturizes and tightens dry, sagging skin. It supports collagen production.[8]

Hibiscus

The hibiscus flower firms and tones skin, and is considered a natural alternative to Botox.[9]

Skin Firming Facial Serum

Vitamin A

Vitamin A stimulates collagen and elastin production. This causes skin to thicken, reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.[10]

DMAE

DMAE, or deanol, increases the breakdown of chemicals which cause age spots.[11]

Palmitoyl Tetarapeptide-3

This peptide reduces chemicals that harm the skin matrix, which provides firmness and elasticity to skin.[12]

Is Ratio Safe to Use?

All the products in the Ratio skincare line have been formulated to be natural and safe. My research supports this.

However, everyone’s skin is different. Test each product on a patch of skin behind your ear to determine if Ratio products will be safe for you to use.

Those with sensitive or dry skin should be especially cautious.

The company mentions a tingling sensation accompanies some of the creams. This is normal, and you should only discontinue use if skin becomes irritated or you experience a burning sensation.

Purchasing Ratio Skin Care

Ratio Skin Care products are currently only available from the manufacturers at RationSkinCare.com.

The complete Ratio Skin Care system, which includes a 2-3 month supply of all four products, costs $245. There is currently a promotion: if you buy 1 complete system, get one free.

The products are also available individually.

• Skin Firming Face Serum – $80
• Age Fighting Eye Serum – $80
• Regenerating Skin Hydrator – $65
• Oxygenating Face Wash – $45

I found it surprising a reputable company such as Ratio does not offer a money-back guarantee. Products can only be returned or refunded if there is a major defect, or if the product was never delivered.

Is Ratio A Worthy Skincare Line?

Ratio Skin Care is an exciting new product. It has the endorsement of two celebrity doctors, and the ingredients seem decent. However, the system is expensive and the no-refund policy makes Ratio a hard commitment. If you can afford the price, these products may be a decent try.

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References

[1] “Turmeric Cosmetic Use.” Turmeric – The Golden Spice of Life. Available from: http://www.turmeric.co.in/turmeric_cosmetic_use.htm

[2] “Panthenol.” Reference.com. Available from: http://www.reference.com/browse/panthenol

[3] “Can coenzyme Q10 help protect and repair your skin?” SmartSkincare.com. Available from: http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/coq10.html

[4] “Research suggests glucosamine is an effective anti-aging treatment.” CosmeticsDesgin.com. Available from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Formulation-Science/Research-suggests-glucosamine-is-an-effective-anti-aging-treatment

[5] “Shiitake Mushroom Fats and Nutritional Benefits.” ShiitakeMushroomLog.com. Available from: http://shiitakemushroomlog.com/facts&nutrition.html

[6] “Use bamboo to improve skin and hair health.” Natural News. Available from: http://www.naturalnews.com/031097_skin_health_bamboo.html

[7] Akisha, T., N. Kojima, T. Kikuchi, K. Yasukawa, H. Tokuda, E. T. Masters, A. Manosroi, and J. Manosroi. "Anti-inflammatory and Chemopreventive Effects of Triterpene Cinnamates and Acetates from Shea Fat." Journal of Oleo Science (2010): n. pag. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832.

[8] “Algae Extract.” SkinAgain.com. Available from: http://skinagain.com/ingredients/algae_extract.php

[9] “Hibiscus for beautiful skin and hair.” Examiner.com. Available from: http://www.examiner.com/article/hibiscus-for-beautiful-skin-hair

[10] “Vitamin A: the only chemical that is capable of reprogramming a changed cell.” The Skin Care Clinic. Available from: http://www.theskincareclinic.com.au/science/vitamin-a

[11] “Deanol.” WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-524-DMAE%20(DEANOL).aspx?activeIngredientId=524&activeIngredientName=DMAE%20(DEANOL)

[12] “Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3.” Bio Synthesis. Available from: http://www.biosyn.com/catalog-peptides/Palmitoyl-Tetrapeptide-3.aspx

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