Want to Youthen My Dry and Wrinkling Skin. Is Living SkinTM
or New FeelingTM
Better? Or Both?
Q Dear Dr V,
For the last several years, I have lived in a very dry climate. I hate
to admit it but my skin is very dry and wrinkled. Every winter my skin
gets especially dry and my back itches a lot. Sometimes my fingers and
hands get so dry that they crack. Using Living Skin has vastly improved
these problems and sometimes has even eliminated them altogether so long
as I keep using it. I don't know if it's my tendency to have dry, wrinkling
skin or if it's because of the dry climate that I am living in, but would
New Feeling youthen my skin any more? Or should I use them both?
Can you explain how they work? Are you supposed to alternate them? I sure
would like to hear from you.
A Dear LS,
New Feeling and Living
Skin were formulated by Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®.
Interestingly, Durk and Sandy were initially motivated to design Living
Skin because they were having their own problems with dry, cracked
hands from living in a very dry climate. They found it to be very effective
in clearing up and preventing this problem.
Living Skin is an antioxidant/moisturizer for anyone who is concerned
with the appearance of healthy, attractive, and youthful skin. It contains
potent moisturizing agents and very high levels of antioxidants, including
Vitamin C in two forms: stabilized fat- and water-soluble forms of Vitamin
C. Few antioxidants get to the skin via the bloodstream, making the application
of topical nutrients a necessary alternative. Penetration aids are also
present to help get the nutrients through the tough outer layer of skin
where the dead, dry, and scaly cells are. This layer is called the stratum
As our skin gets older it appears less smooth and more irregular. Some
areas are raised and others more depressed. Dry and scaly patches can begin
to form. These irregularities are related to abnormal proliferations of
skin cells associated with aging. Living Skin has growth-controlling
agents to inhibit abnormal cell proliferation and in many cases may even
help reverse already-present mutated cells (skin cell proliferations).
For example, Living Skin contains beta-apo-8'-carotenal, a derivative
of beta carotene, which can be converted, by direction of your own skin
cells, to retinoic acid (as found in Retin-A®).
Your skin cells have rate-limiting factors built into the cells to ensure
you do not get too much retinoic acid conversion, but just the right physiological
amount. Thus Living Skin is unlike the prescription Retin-A (retinoic
acid), even the lowest concentration of which can cause irritation and
skin peeling. Additionally, overloading the skin with Retin-A increases
skin photosensitivity, and thus elevates the risk of ultraviolet light-induced
The presence of arginine in Living Skin acts as a moisture regulator
in high and low humidity climates. Arginine acts as a growth factor, a
powerful antioxidant, and inhibits glycosylation. The negative role glycosylation
plays in the skin is seen as age-spots and loss of elasticity. Also, arginine
(and Vitamin C) are known to help accelerate wound healing.
Living Skin also contains powerful chelating agents, including
one that binds to copper and iron 100 times more effectively than EDTA.
After lightly massaging it on your skin (face and body), let it dry.
It may feel a little sticky at first. Optionally, with dry hands, lightly
run your fingers over your face, smoothing the skin. This can give a more
visually-appealing appearance to your skin. Durk & Sandy designed Living
Skin to help conceal skin irregularities and the appearance of small
wrinkles. It can also get rid of, or significantly reduce, dry skin and
cracks caused by dry air. It can often do this quite rapidly. Additionally,
Living Skin gives the skin a tanned and healthy glow. For this reason,
even though it was not designed for cosmetic reasons, many people use it
for this purpose.
New Feeling has long-term protective and restoration effects
as its goal and was designed by Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw because they
wanted to do something about damage that had already been done to skin,
like sun damage. They wanted to help the skin resist the processes caused
by aging and give skin an overall youthful appearance. New Feeling
is for anyone who wants to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and possibly
minimize the appearance of some scars. New Feeling contains a polymer,
which forms a moisture barrier, and assorted alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)
that also serve to bind moisture.
In addition to AHA, New Feeling contains at least half a dozen
powerful antioxidants, several different specific growth factors, as well
as agents to inhibit loss of elasticity and chelating agents to remove
metal ions that promote free-radical oxidation.
AHA have been used for thousands of years to improve the appearance
of the skin. They are well known for their exfoliation properties: shedding
dead, dry, old and scaly cells of the outer layer of skin. AHA also help
prevent the denaturation of proteins like albumin. Albumin is an important
protein in the body and has many roles, one of which is to act as a significant
antioxidant. Albumin is also a carrier of nutrients and hormones and a
remover of metabolic byproducts from your body. It is important to have
healthy proteins working for you. Many view the protein protection effect
as a genuine antiaging effect of AHA.
New Feeling has benefits that Living Skin does not provide
and each produces the same or similar benefits by different mechanisms,
further ensuring or enhancing desired results. Durk and Sandy say the ideal
usage is to use them both. But do not mix them in the same bottle. They
are not compatible because of different pHs and so on. That’s why there
are two products rather than one.
You can, however, safely mix the two together in your hand when you
are ready to apply it to your skin. Applying the products right after a
warm or hot shower is best for deep penetration. Use them at least once
per day and ideally after every shower, bath or after swimming.
Wishing for you smooth and "youthened" skin! Take care.