By now, most of us are aware of the most common forms of skin stressors “out there-” too much sun exposure, air and water pollution, and, of course, commercial sunscreens, moisturizers, and make-up riddled with toxic chemicals.

But what about stressors that may be “under the radar?” One hidden factor that can literally make or break the vitality and longevity of your skin is electropollution.


Electropollution is another name for the harmful radiation, or electromagnetic frequencies (i.e., EMFs) that come from technology– everything from cell phones and cell towers to SMART meters, wi-fi routers, and dirty electricity. If you spend hours a day staring at a laptop or phone, or spend more than just an hour or two per day near another EMF-outputting device, your skin may be experiencing the effects of too much technology!

Why Technology?

Unless you live entirely off-grid and away from major population areas, odds are you probably spend a large portion of your time close to some harmful EMF-emitting technology. Sources can include:

  • cell phones
  • wi-fi routers
  • tablets
  • laptop or desktop computers
  • microwaves and other kitchen appliances
  • bathroom and bedroom appliances
  • artificial (LED) lighting
  • power tools
  • Bluetooth devices
  • GPS systems
  • neighborhood 5G towers
  • major cell towers
  • SMART meters
  • electrical transformers
  • radio and satellite antennas
  • dirty electricity that comes from old or malfunctioning electrical wiring
  • SMART homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities

The National Institutes of Health defines EMFs as “invisible areas of energy.” EMFs in and of themselves are not always a bad thing. In fact, most living things emit EMFs, including our bodies, the planet, and the sun. The harm depends on the frequency. For example, EMFs that the earth emits naturally from the ground are proven to be very healing to the body. On the other hand, EMFs emitted from lightning can be deadly. (1)  

Evidence suggests that electropollution emitted from the technology we encounter daily can damage our health when we are in close contact with it for long periods. The Bio-Initiative Report, first published in 2012 and recently updated in 2022, is one of the most comprehensive studies to prove specific health dangers from manufactured sources of EMF. These dangers include increased oxidative stress and damage at the cellular level that can pave the way for cancer, heart disease, and more. Of particular concern are cell phones. Studies that go back to the “2G” era (about 20 years ago) have found a correlation between close-to-the-face cell phone use and brain cancer. (2)

Blue Light and the Skin

When it comes to the skin, eyes, and nervous system, there is another threat from the long-term use of laptops, tablets, computers, and cell phones. The threat is even greater at nighttime. “Blue light,” also known as High Energy Visible (HEV) light, is the kind of light that the sun emits. But guess what? This HEV light also comes from screens. Eye strain, headaches, dizziness, insomnia, and skin-related conditions such as dry spots, rashes, spotting, acne, and wrinkling can all be consequences of long-term exposure to screen-related blue light. This is mainly caused by the fact that hours in front of the screen can wear down and weaken the skin’s natural collagen.

The solution? First, never (ever!) put your phone close to your face, in your pocket, or in your bra; Cancer can develop in these areas of close contact. (3) Secondly, turn devices off at night! Research proves that this one act alone can significantly help regulate melatonin levels, a hormonal substance responsible for regulating the sleep cycle. A study conducted by researchers at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that blue light exposure significantly lowered nighttime melatonin levels. Red light exposure, however, did not affect melatonin. (4) If you want to know more about how important sleep is for skin health, be sure to read this article!

If you must “burn the midnight oil,” try using a blue light filter app on your phone or computer. Dozens are available online, including many free apps. And for extra protection, look no further than CHARLíS! Experts state that the best topical protection from screen-derived UVs are formulas that include iron oxide as well as antioxidants like vitamin C. (5)

Our Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer and our SPF25 Neutral-Tinted Face Moisturizer are the perfect combination for daily use. Our Daily Moisturizer is packed with time-released phytonutrients, supplying hydrating and repairing vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and natural anti-inflammatories. The CHARLíS Neutral-Tinted Face Moisturizer contains iron oxides that can directly shield the face and neck from UV light. Both the CHARLíS Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer and the CHARLíS SPF25 Neutral-Tinted Face Moisturizer are available as part of the CHARLíS Face Collection.  

Tech Neck

“Tech Neck” is another consequence of our high-tech world. It is a term that describes the discomfort and downright pain that can happen when a person tilts their head downward when viewing a screen. We’ve all seen those crowds of people craning their necks downwards to look at their phones while standing in line or even walking down the street (and let’s admit it, most of us have been guilty of this too). But “tech neck” can also happen when sitting in a chair working at a monitor or laptop. The head itself weighs an average of about 7 pounds. A mere 15-degree tilt can triple the force, making the body feel like it has to hold up a 30-pound bowling ball! (6)

All of this neck strain day after day can affect the state of your skin too. Tech neck can lead to long-term back and neck issues, weakening of the gut, the immune system, and our ability to absorb skin-healthy vitamins like vitamin C. More directly, tech neck can lead to “dynamic” fine line wrinkles on the neck and face, i.e., wrinkles resulting from stretched-out skin and repeated muscle movement.

To avoid all the consequences of tech neck, be sure to adjust your sitting position when you are at your computer so that you are leaning back and not tilting forward. You can also use a tall table or a standing desk. Take breaks often, and get up and gently stretch your neck, back, and whole body.

When looking at smaller devices like cell phones, the best remedy is to simply be aware of how much time you spend “on screen” and take measures to limit your time. Again, take breaks often, and be sure to stretch!

Fine line wrinkles caused by tech neck often come with the loss of collagen as we age. You can help your skin (including the skin around your neck) return to its youthful plumpness by following the recommendations mentioned above and by supplementing with collagen-promoting CHARLíS Restorative Anti-Aging Overnight Serum! This formula contains sodium hyaluronate, a natural substance found in your body and in minerals that help restore hydration, repair the skin post-injury, and smooth over fine lines and wrinkles that can come with aging and stress.

You CAN Have Vibrant Skin in a Tech-Filled World!

Did you know that the typical adult picks up their cell phone more than 100 times per day? The average is about 150 times! And since 2020, the number of Zoom meetings has increased exponentially, with 300 million meetings now happening each year, versus only 10 million in 2019. (7)

It’s safe to say that our screens, tablets, and cell phones aren’t going away anytime soon. But this does not mean that they must control us or our health– including the health of our skin.

Take measures to protect yourself and your skin from UV light, “tech neck,” and more by “turning it off” when you sleep and keeping your cell phone at arm’s distance as much as possible. In addition, using the natural, hydrating, revitalizing goodness of CHARLíS Luxury Face and Body formulas can add that extra amount of protection, which can take your skin from grim to glowing no matter what it is exposed to!


(1) Electric & Magnetic Fields
(2) Bio-Initiative 2012 
(3) Multifocal Breast Cancer in Young Women with Prolonged Contact between Their Breasts and Their Cellular Phones
(4) The Effects of Red and Blue Lights on Circadian Variations in Cortisol, Alpha Amylase, and Melatonin
(5) Photoprotective Ability of Colored Iron Oxides in Tinted Sunscreens against Ultraviolet, Visible Light and Near-Infrared Radiation
(6) Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head
(7) 20 Ways 2020 Changed How We Use Technology Forever

There are so many things that can stand in the way of healthy skin in this toxic world, yet at the same time, there are so many actions that you can take to help it thrive! One of the most significant is to consume organic, non-GMO whole foods that are specifically designed by God’s green earth to nourish your skin and your whole body.

Notice I said consume. This is because some whole foods really are miracles, since they have the ability to heal the skin and the whole body from the inside out, as well as at the surface level. The three delicious fruits that I am going to showcase for you in this article have been proven to benefit your skin not just when you eat them as part of a healthy diet, but also when you apply them topically as well!

#1 Berries

It is no secret that the colorful goodness of berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and the like – extend far beyond their amazing flavor. Berries are absolutely packed with nutrients that can benefit your whole body, including your skin.

When consumed internally, berries can lower inflammation, boost the immune system, and even work at the genetic level to restore balance. (1) Berries are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and K, minerals copper and manganese, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Probably the most exciting thing about including berries in your diet are the benefits that specific phytonutrients can bring to skin healing and repair. Berries contain phenolic acids that have the ability to protect your skin from the environment while at the same time actively help repair skin-related signs of aging. A very recent 2023 study sponsored in part by North Carolina State University found that blueberry consumption may significantly “bolster cutaneous systems and defensive mechanisms.” (2)

As if that wasn’t enough, some berries can be especially beneficial for the skin when used topically. Red raspberry seed oil has been shown to help with psoriasis and eczema, as well as soothe the itching and swelling that can come from skin inflammation in general. (3) In addition, cranberry seed oil can allow skin to naturally retain more moisture, due in part to high levels of omega 3 fatty acids contained within it. (4)

#2 Citrus Fruits

Citrus, including lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and even bergamot (which is also part of the citrus family), is another whole food group that is a nutritional powerhouse, especially when it comes to skin-fortifying vitamin C. In fact, did you know that it was the lowly lemon (and also its smaller, greener cousin, the lime) that saved  the lives of thousands of sailors during scurvy epidemics in the mid to late 19th century? Scurvy is a disease caused by severe vitamin C deficiency. By the early 20th century, British (and eventually American) ship captains got smart and began packing barrels of limes and lemons to hand out for sailors in their rations. Just this small amount of citrus every day was able to prevent these fatalities. As a caveat, this was also why British sailors in those days were called “Limeys.” (5)

Besides vitamin C, all citrus contains high levels of the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant phytonutrient limonene. Limonene is a terpene and all terpenes are small enough to move past the blood-brain barrier. This is why limonene can also help balance mood and lower both depression and anxiety. (6)

Of course, all this good news applies to your skin as well! This is why pretty much every formula that CHARLÍS creates has some amount of citrus in it (and if you are already a CHARLÍS customer, you have probably already noticed our signature citrus aroma that comes in each bottle).

The kinds of citrus within CHARLÍS formulas include grapefruit, orange, bergamot, and more. Organic Citrus Paradisi peel oil, i.e grapefruit oil, is a natural source of cell renewing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), which can help promote that youthful look no matter what your age. (7) Organic citrus aurantium dulcis oil, i.e. “sweet orange” oil, can be a gentle exfoliator, helping to detox and cleanse while at the same time providing powerful UV protection. Orange can also boost collagen production to strengthen skin. (8)  

Finally, bergamot, or Citrus bergamia, is best known as the main ingredient in Earl Grey tea. There is a reason, however, why this kind of tea is so popular with so many around the world. Not only does bergamot have a refreshing taste when brewed, it also has a noticeably calming effect on the nervous system. A 2017 pilot study conducted in part by researchers at Brigham Young University concluded that bergamot oil alone can be an “effective adjunct treatment to improve individuals’ mental health and well‐being.” (9)

If bergamot can be that affective just when we breath it in, think how healing it can be for calming skin-related conditions, including rash and breakout. Citrus Aurantium Bargamia, is available in CHARLÍS Nourishing Anti-Aging Toner and CHARLÍS Restorative Anti-Aging Overnight Serum. (10)

#3 Apples  

Is it true what “they” say… that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well, when you look at all the goodness that apples can provide for health, it’s hard to argue with this statement!

Apples are nutritional powerhouses that contain many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and quercetin. Apples are also rich in fiber. A 2004 meta-analysis published in Nutrition Journal correlated the consumption of apples with “reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.” Other studies have found that apples can inhibit cancer cell growth, lower cholesterol, and decrease oxidative stress. (11)  

When it comes to skin health, apples are usually included as straight extract or in the form of apple stem cells. Here at CHARLÍS, we use both! First of all, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, (i.e. Apple Extract) can be used for general skin anti-aging. Do you want to experience smoother skin overall? Then apple extract is the way to go! It has been shown to help improve skin elasticity. Because apples are rich in antioxidants, it can also help protect your skin from the stressors of everyday life. In fact, because of this, apple fruit extract has also been shown to help clear up acne. (12)

On the other hand, Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract can take your skin healing to the next level. It is “Swiss” because the benefits of using apple stem cells for skin health originally came from Swiss scientists. These researchers were fascinated by a common apple variety that grows in rural areas of that country. Uttwiler Spätlauber apples seemed to always thrive for longer than other varieties, no matter what. Stressors like punctures to the fruit skin or tears in the bark of the tree quickly healed. They wanted to know why, and they wanted to harness the hardy healing power of these humble Swiss apples. Eventually they did, in the form of Swiss Apple Stem Cell Extract.

Stem cells in any organism are “blank slate” cells. They have the ability to “grow into” anything they are needed to be to help the organism. When used topically, apple stem cells have the ability to work in the same capacity as human stem cells; they will “go” where they are needed to go in order to protect and repair the skin. They can also provide significant inflammation-fighting support for your skin, as well as boosting collagen.

Both Apply Extract and apple stem cells, in the form of “Malus Domestica” Apple Cell Culture Extract, can be found in the CHARLÍS Breath of Life Oxygen Face Serum. These two ingredients, along with others, are why this product in particular has been such a beauty-altering, rejuvenating addition to the face care routine for so many!

Consume Sweet, Delicious Fruit for Skin Health Today!

So there you have it, three “sweet treat” miracle fruits that are good for you, both inside and out. For your good health, be sure to consume phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamin C-rich berries, citrus, and apples in moderation as part of a healthy, whole foods diet. And don’t forget to take advantage of what these amazing foods can do for your skin topically, as well by benefiting from their skin-healing goodness that can be found in every bottle that is part of the CHARLÍS Face, Body, and Serum Collection!


(1) Red grapes, blueberries may enhance immune function
(2) Blueberry Supplementation and Skin Health
(3) Characteristics of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) seed oil
(4) Cranberry Seed Oil
(5) The British Limeys were Right: A Short History of Scurv
(6) Limonene has anti-anxiety activity via adenosine A2A receptor-mediated regulation of dopaminergic and GABAergic neuronal function in the striatum
(7) Dual Effects of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids on the Skin
(8) Effects of hydrolyzed collagen supplementation on skin aging: a systematic review and meta-analysis  
(9) Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil Inhalation Improves Positive Feelings in the Waiting Room of a Mental Health Treatment Center: A Pilot Study
(10) Efficacy of bergamot: From anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative mechanisms to clinical applications as preventive agent for cardiovascular morbidity, skin diseases, and mood alterations
(11) Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits
(12) Polyphenol-rich apple extract inhibits dexamethasone-induced sebaceous lipids production by regulating SREBP1 expression

Here at CHARLíS, we are proud to put the words “Made in the USA” on all our products, and there are specific reasons why we decided to do so. Read on to learn what this label really represents and how it can ultimately mean more safety, quality, and peace of mind for you!

What is “Made in the USA?” 

In the vast world of skincare products, the discerning and health-conscious consumers like you are increasingly looking to buy locally made products. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, upwards of 78% of all Americans would rather buy products that were truly “Made in the USA” if they could (and most were willing to spend a little more to do so). (1) 

But what exactly does this mean? Simply put, the phrase “Made in the USA” (or just “Made in USA”) is a denotation put forth by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to indicate that “all or virtually all” of the “significant parts” of a product are of U.S. origin. (2) According to the FTC’s terminology, companies that use this exact wording have put forth an “unqualified” claim of an American made product and must provide documentation to back it up if asked to do so. 

CHARLíS is able to put this label on all of our products because, although we may source some organic, non-GMO, wild-harvested ingredients from regions of origin that are out of the country (such as organic Theobroma Grandiflorum seed butter, which comes from trees found only in untouched regions of the Brazilian Amazon), the vast majority of our ingredients are harvested here in the United States. In addition, all of the physical packaging as well as manufacturing, assembly, advertising, designing, and administrative work that goes into each CHARLíS product occurs right here in the USA– more specifically, in our home state of Tennessee. Most importantly, before each bottle is shipped to you, it is independently lab-tested to be 100% ToxinFree© by the U.S.-based ToxicFree Foundation. 

Be Aware of Fraudulent “American Made” Claims

All that seems pretty straightforward, right? Still, massive confusion is the name of the game when it comes to so-called American made products in general. Unfortunately, both unscrupulous foreign and US-based companies take advantage of the worldwide desire for American products by attempting to skirt around official labels. 

A small side note here just for clarification: as opposed to unqualified “Made in the USA” FTC-regulated claims (like what you see on CHARLíS labels), qualified FDA-regulated American made claims are for products that are created and/or designed in the USA yet produced in some way in another country. Qualified products must indicate which other countries are involved in the making of the product. A fictitious example would be a piece of technology such as a cellular phone that says “Designed in the USA, Assembled in Korea” on its label. Qualified claims must also be backed up by documentation. 

To sum up, there are only two kinds of labels allowed by the FTC for American made products: unqualified “Made in the USA” claims (such as what is on all CHARLíS labels) and qualified ones, which must indicate which countries are involved outside of the USA. That’s it! Any other wording or images which may lead one to believe that a product is American made is more than likely a fraud. 

“Made in the USA” Means Transparency and Accountability

Now that we have cleared the air about what it means when a product is truly “Made in the USA” (and when it is not), let’s discuss some reasons why choosing “Made in the USA” products can benefit you and your family.

First of all, there is transparency. Transparency means that a company is above-board in informing their customers about ingredients, manufacturing practices, laboratory testing procedures, and even financial information. Some of this information may exist on the product label itself or on a product insert as well as on the company website. In addition, many US-companies also provide an email address or telephone number that is easily accessible so that consumers can reach out and get a response right away. 

In general, American-based companies maintain higher standards of transparency overall. They are in-country, so reaching out to them if you are also in the states is usually a snap. And when you do reach out, you can be assured that the person on the other end of the phone or email conversation knows what they are talking about and sincerely wants to help you.  

Transparency creates a higher-quality product and over-the-top accountability. Here at CHARLíS, our customers are family. We are all on this natural health journey together and it is our desire to help you experience natural beauty both inside and out through what we offer. This means that not only are we available for you to reach out with questions, comments, and concerns, we encourage it! Feel free to email us directly at We will respond back to you promptly and get the answers you need!

“Made in the USA” Means Higher Quality

Keeping it “Made in the USA” means you are interacting with a US-based company where transparency is a top priority, and this transparency naturally translates into a higher quality product and an overall more positive customer experience. 

This is especially true when it comes to customer service, as I already mentioned. But it  also means higher standards for safety in both manufacturing and delivery. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to global manufacturing practices for the skincare industry in particular, the motto is usually “profits over people.” A recent Notre Dame report found that half of all the cosmetics on U.S. shelves contain highly toxic compounds. Many of these name-brand US products are actually manufactured overseas. What’s more, the toxic substances that can cause the most damage, such as preservatives, binding agents, and plastic containers, are often used at the manufacturing stage.(3)

Ethical U.S.-based companies will naturally extend their high-quality standards to manufacturing as well. Products, skincare or otherwise, will be put together in a clean, sanitary, dedicated facility. If a U.S. company claims to use “natural” ingredients, then this should extend to what they use to prepare, assemble, and package their products as well, plain and simple. 

At CHARLíS, we take clean manufacturing to a whole new level. On par with the organic, non-GMO ingredients we use, our signature blends go into beautifully designed Italian glass bottles which were literally made to maintain the integrity and freshness of the ingredients inside of them naturally for months after purchase. What’s more, our products are shipped directly to you from our U.S.-based facility, so there is no need to worry about irradiation, leakage, or spoilage en route. 

“Made in the USA” Ensures Fair Labor Practices & Ethical Behavior 

Besides the benefits for yourself and your family, buying “Made in the USA” products like those in the CHARLíS Face Collection and the CHARLíS Body Collection helps to ensure fair labor practices. This means treating employees with respect as well as offering fair, livable wages and benefits to full-time employees. It also ensures that no child labor was used in manufacturing the products and that the product was not tested on animals. 

It’s no secret that our U.S. government and its various departments are ripe for improvement in 2023. However, when it comes to worker standards for wages and safety, it is safe to say that the United States is amongst the best. The U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act sets standards for wages and overtime pay, and these standards must be adhered to in most private and public employment situations. (4) The Wage and Hour Division sets the laws regarding child labor and states that a person under the age of 16 cannot be employed during school hours or in positions deemed too dangerous. (5) 

The federal organization that oversees employee safety is called OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA sets a high standard for worker safety as well, which is enforceable via inspection and investigation. OSHA covers most public and private operations across the country. (6) 

These governmental organizations and their regulations set the framework and the federal enforcement for worker safety and fairness. That being said, it is up to ethical and conscientious US companies to see to it that these laws are adhered to– and even gone beyond with their employees. This is what we strive for at CHARLíS. We are a small, family-owned company and we see our employees as part of that family. Even though we are just getting started, we have a loyal crew who are treated with the utmost respect and fairness on all levels. 

“Made in the USA” Means Supporting Local Community and American Self-Sufficiency in Tough Economic Times 

Purchasing American-made products not only benefits yourself and your family and  ensures that labor laws are being adhered to. It also directly contributes to local, regional, and national economies. This is especially important in the wake of economic challenges, both at home and globally.

The relationship between buying “Made in the USA” products and boosting the American economy is just common sense—the more business stays “in country,” the more jobs on all levels are available for Americans by Americans. This is a concept that most people in the US understand and can stand behind. According to the Consumer Reports research report mentioned above, 80 percent of Americans surveyed said that keeping both jobs and manufacturing in the country was the main reason why they would buy “Made in the USA” products.

What you may not know, however, is just how much revenue this represents. Kevin Wabiszewski, writer and founder of the online product database, states that “…every $1 invested in American-made goods generates $1.81 in domestic economic activity…” (7) And according to a 2018 Brookings Institute report, keeping manufacturing within the US contributed $2.17 trillion to the US economy, representing about 12 percent of the American GDP. (8) Wow!  

On the local level, spending our money at home can make a profound difference as well. Did you know that, according to the Small Business Administration, between March 2020 and March 2021, 8.7 million new jobs were created by American small businesses? (9) On the other hand, about 70 percent of the total American economy is directly driven by consumer spending. In your hometown and across the country, the health of small US-owned businesses keeps jobs in local communities and high-quality products in people’s homes. It is a win-win! (10) 

Supporting American Self-Sufficiency

As parents, it just makes sense that we want our children to grow up as strong, clear-headed, and self-sufficient as possible. Why wouldn’t we want to “grow” our communities and our nation to have these same characteristics? 

Healthy people create healthy communities, which then creates a healthy America, able to stand on its own two feet and contribute as an equal partner with other nations around the world. It takes all of us to make that happen. In particular, it takes each person’s decision to buy “Made in the USA” products, as well as small businesses like CHARLíS which are not afraid to stand up for healthy values. 

To paraphrase an old adage, standing alone there really isn’t much we can do to effect change.  When we work together, however, we can move mountains! 


(1) Knowing Which Products are Truly Made in America
(2) Federal Trade Commission – Made in USA
(3) Fluorinated Compounds in North American Cosmetics
(4) Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act
(5) Wage and Hour Division
(6) Summary of the Major Laws of the Department of Labor
(7) 27 Reasons Why Buying American Made Products Matters (2023) 
(8) Global manufacturing scorecard: How the US compares to 18 other nations 
(9) Oberlo 10 Small Business Statistics
(10) The Importance of Consumer Spending


We all know that vitamin C is good for us, but why is it so important for the skin especially? 

Here is everything you ever need to know about vitamin C, how it is used for overall health, and why it is absolutely vital for repairing and maintaining your skin health naturally! 

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an organic compound and an essential nutrient. Unlike many other vital substances, the body cannot make vitamin C. It must be obtained from outside sources such as food, supplementation, or topical application. 

Don’t worry, I will go over all the ways you can get enough vitamin C for vibrant, young-looking skin. Before we get into that topic, however, let’s take a look at some vital roles which vitamin C plays in the body as a whole. 

First of all, vitamin C is vitally important for both gut and immune system health. It provides support for  “epithelial barrier function,” according to a 2017 study done at the University of Otago in New Zealand. (1) The gastrointestinal epithelium, a part of the digestive system, is vital for the absorption of nutrients. It is also a protective barrier against pathogens.  

In addition, vitamin C plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the immune system itself. C tends to build up in certain cells of the immune system, including neutrophils and lymphocytes. As an antioxidant, it has the ability to maintain balance on a genetic level. There is also some evidence to suggest that the presence of ample vitamin C in the immune system helps in the production and deployment of both B and T immune system cells. (2)  

Vitamin C deficiency is linked to lower immune function, higher systemic inflammation, and higher risk of respiratory infection. (3) 

In addition, research shows that C may help prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, and COPD. (4) Studies in Denmark have shown that people who eat fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamin C have a significantly lower risk for heart disease. (5) 

If all this wasn’t enough, getting enough vitamin C can also prevent cancer. As an antioxidant, C is known as a “quick-change artist.” Whenever it discovers a mutated or malignant cell, it converts into another substance called DHA, or dehydroascorbic acid. As DHA, it will be accepted into a cancer cell. Once inside, it changes back to ascorbic acid, where it will make quick work of killing the mutated cell. Amazing! (6) 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many roles vitamin C plays for overall health. For example, ascorbic acid is also vital for eye health, to maintain strong bones, and also, of course, for the skin! 

Vitamin C for Skin

Perhaps the most important role C plays in the body is in the creation of collagen. Nowhere is this more important than in your skin. Just as collagen holds everything together in the body, vitamin C holds cells together during collagen creation, since it is essential for both collagen synthesis and storage. (7)  In fact, without C, the body cannot make collagen at all. Vitamin C catalyzes hydroxylation, the process of adding hydrogen to oxygen. This is one of the first steps in the detoxification process as well as the first step in the creation of collagen for use in the skin and in the body in general. (8) 

Vitamin C Depletion and Malabsorption

In my earlier article about collagen, you may recall that collagen levels tend to reduce by 1-2% each year after age 30. (9) Because of C’s link to collagen production, it is extremely important to eat a whole foods diet that includes lots of sources of vitamin C. 

But sometimes merely increasing intake is not enough. Malabsorption occurs when a person has difficulty taking in nutrients from food. With malabsorption, it doesn’t matter how much vitamin C you intake through food or supplements. Much of those vitamins will simply get flushed out of the body. 

As a side note, when malabsorption goes on for too long, a person can run the risk of becoming malnourished. Both malabsorption and malnourishment amongst older Americans is on the rise. (10) 

When it comes to the health of your skin, low vitamin C levels and malabsorption of C  can lead to: 

  • slow wound healing
  • easy bruising
  • dry skin
  • wrinkled skin
  • skin rashes (low skin immunity) 
  • scurvy-related skin conditions (11)

What You Can Do to Up Vitamin C Absorption

Like declining collagen levels, just because it is the norm doesn’t mean it has to happen to you!  Here are four ways you can improve the absorption of essential vitamin C for the health of your skin and your whole body: 

#1 Change Your Diet. Absorption of nutrients occurs in the gut, so making specific changes to heal gut-related conditions is paramount if you want vitamin C absorption to improve. Get plenty of probiotic and prebiotic foods, take in lots of healthy fats, and, of course, consume lots of vitamin and nutrient rich veggies that will naturally be high in vitamin C. 

#2 Stop Smoking. If you smoke, stop now. A major report based on the NIH’s NHANES II survey of over 11,000 participants found an inverse relationship between vitamin C levels and cigarette intake. The more cigarettes a person smoked in one day, the lower vitamin C levels were in the body regardless of dietary intake. (12)  

#3 Don’t Overdo the Sun. Vitamin C is so important for skin health in large part because it saturates the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis. Ascorbic acid is also a powerful antioxidant (as we mentioned earlier) and this means that vitamin C also has the ability to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. In fact, in the 1980’, the late research pioneer Linus Pauling was the first to call out vitamin C as a major protective agent against carcinoma. (13) 

That being said, vitamin C in the epidermis can only protect so much. While a little bit of sun each day is actually a very good thing for vitamin D production and more, you can definitely overdo it. A study conducted at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that sun overexposure can adversely affect collagen production, in large part because too much sun means that C has to work overtime. Collagen levels in people with sun-damaged skin were roughly 20% less than in those who did not have sun overexposure, according to the Mt. Sinai study. (14) 

#4 Use the Power of Plants to Revitalize Skin Topically.  Finally, one of the most powerful ways to replenish and revitalize your skin is to use vitamin C topically. And the best way to do that is by using vitamin C-rich formulas based on organic herbs and plants. 

That’s where CHARLÍS Luxury Skincare comes in. If you are new to CHARLÍS and our ToxinFree© line of one-of-a-kind luxury skincare products, then you are in for a treat. Our formulator Linda Chae (founder of the ToxinFree© label) has designed all of our products using dozens of wild-harvested plants and herbs. Many of these were carefully selected because they provided a whole food, full spectrum source of vitamin C. 

CHARLÍS products use the power of C found in citrus and other plant substances to provide your skin with protection, detoxification, and healing. Here are some examples: 

Bergamot Peel Oil. Bergamot is a member of the citrus family and contains high C content as well as monoterpenes for cleansing, toning, and healing. It is great for irritated skin and can also revitalize melanin production. Bergamot peel oil is found in the CHARLÍS Nourishing Anti-Aging Toner. 

Grapefruit Peel Oil. Grapefruit not only contains high C content, but also another substance called AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid. Both C and AHA are heavy hitters for cell renewal. Because of C’s antioxidant power, grapefruit is considered a strong healer for acne conditions. Grapefruit peel oil is found in the CHARLÍS Breath of Life Oxygen Serum. 

Aloe Vera. Aloe vera contains high amounts of C, E and A vitamins as well as beta-carotene. This makes aloe a strong anti-inflammatory which can also help with dry skin, burns, and acne. Aloe vera has also been shown to boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity. (15) Aloe vera is found in the CHARLÍS Restorative Anti-Aging Overnight Serum.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Last but not least, I am excited  to tell you about a state-of-the-art form of vitamin C that we have included in our luxury skin line. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a “lipid-soluble” C and one of the most absorbable forms available. It is also very stable, so it naturally stays fresher longer in the bottle and on your skin. The CHARLÍS Nourishing Anti-Aging Toner has been specifically formulated to include Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.

Support Your Skin Naturally with Vitamin C! 

Here at the CHARLÍS Collection, we are committed to helping you experience amazing-looking, healthy skin, and there is perhaps no other natural substance that can help you do that than vitamin C! 

CHARLÍS products work 100% naturally and with your own skin’s healing mechanisms through the miraculous properties of plants. Our formulations are non-GMO, wild-harvested, and 100% independently lab-tested to maintain the purest quality possible. 

Experience the CHARLÍS Collection and feel the skin-revitalizing power of vitamin C today!



(1) Vitamin C and Immune Function
(2) Vitamin C Promotes Maturation of T-Cells
(3) Effect of vitamin C on inflammation and metabolic markers in hypertensive and/or diabetic obese adults: a randomized controlled trial
(4) Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Disease: An Update
(5) Vitamin C Benefits May Protect Us Against Heart Disease—and Lower the Risk of Early Death
(6) Effect of vitamin C and its derivatives on collagen synthesis and cross-linking by normal human fibroblasts
(7) Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin C and Skin Health
(8) How Stuff Works- Ultimate Guide to Vitamin C
(9) Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin
(10) Causes of malabsorption in the elderly
(11) Vitamin C and Skin Health
(12) The influence of smoking on vitamin C status in adults.
(13) Effects of intake of L-ascorbic acid on the incidence of dermal neoplasms induced in mice by ultraviolet light
(14) Collagen alterations in chronically sun-damaged human skin.
(15) The Effect of Aloe Vera Clinical Trials on Prevention and Healing of Skin Wound: A Systematic Review

These days, everybody out there seems to have their favorite collagen hack, supplement, smoothie, or product. In reality, however, collagen is not something “out there” you need to buy in order to be healthy. It’s an amazing substance that the body produces naturally!

Is collagen as important as everyone says it is for healthy-looking skin? You bet—and so much more. That is why the best way to help your skin is to work with your whole body to produce collagen naturally. Here is everything you need to know to do just that!

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. It is basically the “stuff” that holds your whole body together. It is absolutely vital not just for skin, but for every organ in the body:

  1. Collagen is what cartilage is made of. This is the connective tissue that creates flexible structure for joints as well as the structure for your nose, earlobes, and more. When cartilage-producing collagen is low, joint pain and stiffness can result. In fact, studies have found that upping collagen can help people with osteoarthritis. (1) 
  2. Collagen is the substance that adheres muscles to bone. Low collagen levels can be the cause of muscle aches and cramping. An intriguing Danish study done in 2004 found that low collagen levels corresponded to overall muscle achiness and even muscle-related injury in fibromyalgia patients. (2) 
  3. Collagen is what keeps your teeth firmly in place. Lack of collagen can lead to loose, sensitive teeth and even tooth loss. (3) 
  4. Healthy levels of collagen in the body help the digestive system function optimally. Studies have long shown how collagen plays a role in sealing up the gut and helping to heal “Leaky Gut.” New research shows how rebalancing collagen levels can help with many disease conditions where Leaky Gut can play a part. This includes many autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis as well as gut-related issues like IBS, and even autism. (4) (5) (6) 

The above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the amazing things collagen does in the body. In addition, it is also vital for the development of healthy hair, eyes, and, of course, skin!

Collagen in Skin & Why It Gets Depleted

While our skin is what holds us “all together,” collagen is the gel-like substance that holds the skin together. All collagen molecules do their job by packing together to form long, thin strands called “fibrils.” There are many different types of collagen, but most can be categorized as Type 1, 2, or 3. Type 1 collagen is found the most in the skin. Type 1 helps to connect cells and give skin both strength and elasticity. 

Research shows that after age 30, collagen levels can drop an average of 1-2% per year. This is caused in part by age-related changes in Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Of course, lifestyle, stress levels, and diet also play a huge part. (7) 

Collagen’s key role in skin health and vitality is why the first signs of age are often seen on the face and on the skin in general. Wrinkling, sagging, spots, and cellulite are all signs that collagen may be on the decline. 

On the other hand, when collagen increases, amazing things can happen! A 2015 Brazilian study found that women with cellulite who took a supplement containing collagen peptides experienced marked improvement in their condition after six months of use. (8) 

What You Can Do About Declining Collagen 

It would be silly (and irresponsible) to say that simply upping your collagen levels will turn your 60-year-old skin into a 20-year-olds. That being said, there are definitely things you can do naturally to raise collagen levels and begin seeing a marked difference not only in your skin, but also in overall health. Here are just a few of them:  

  1. If you smoke, quit now! Cigarette smoking is probably the worst thing you can do for your skin and the single most effective thing you can do to lower your collagen levels. (9) 
  2. Reduce stress levels. Research has shown that collagen make up and utilization is intricately connected to the levels of homocysteine in the body. Periods of high stress (or simply chronic stress in general) contribute to increases in this stress hormone substance. In turn, this can affect the way in which collagen fibrils bind together. (10) 
  3. Don’t overdo it when it comes to sun exposure. A comparative study conducted at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia discovered that long-term sun exposure can alter collagen production on the genetic level. (11) 
  4.  Exercise. Exercise can stimulate new collagen production as well as rebalance production of human growth hormone. According to experts, the best kinds of exercise for healthy skin are weight training and HIIT. (12) 
  5. Eat a whole foods diet.

Finally, eating a whole foods diet can do your body a world of good when it comes to collagen production. Foods that have high vitamin C are especially important since C is the major nutritional player for collagen production as well as synthesis in the body. Some foods high in C include citrus fruits, tomatoes, cilantro, spirulina, green leafy vegetables, aloe vera, and herbs like ginseng and camu camu. (13) 

As stated above, collagen is a protein. This means that it is made up of many different kinds of amino acids, especially arginine and glycine. In addition to vitamin C-rich foods, protein dense foods like fish, chicken, beef, nuts, beans, and bone broths can give you the “collagen building blocks” your body needs. (14)  

How Charlís Products Can Help

One of the biggest factors which Linda Chae, founder of the ToxinFree © label and chief CHARLÍS product formulator, and I consider when choosing a specific plant substance for use in any CHARLÍS product is how it works to help increase collagen production in the skin. 

The first major way a plant can do this is by providing natural sources of vitamin C. If you have used CHARLÍS products for a while, then you probably have come to know (and love!) that refreshing citrus scent. Naturally mood balancing and detoxifying, citrus essential oils are also incredibly powerful sources of vitamin C for the skin when applied transdermally. All CHARLÍS products contain some amount of citrus. The CHARLÍS Nourishing, Anti-Aging Toner in particular contains the vitamin C-enhanced power of two different kinds of citrus– Bergamot oil and sweet orange oil.  It also has organic aloe leaf juice, another excellent source of vitamin C.

However, vitamin C is not the only way that natural substances can help increase collagen production in the body. Marigold flower extract, found in the CHARLÍS Breath of Life Serum, has been shown to activate collagen production. Its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory effects can also repair damaged skin. In fact, each phytonutrient that is within marigold flowers, such as vitamin E and carotenoids, provide nourishment and antioxidant power to balance as well as increase collagen production naturally. 

In addition, a natural polysaccharide substance called beta glucan has been shown to work in the inner recesses of skin tissue where it helps to increase elasticity and skin vibrancy by kickstarting collagen. It too is a powerful antioxidant and can create a strong barrier of protection between your skin and everyday environmental pollution. The CHARLÍS Daily Facial Cleanser contains oat-derived beta glucans for deep cleaning and nourishing every time you cleanse your face. 

You CAN Kickstart Collagen Production for Healthy Skin and a Healthy Body!

If you know anything about the CHARLÍS mission, then you know that we are all about helping YOU to experience healthy, vibrant, amazing-looking skin from the inside out! Collagen is absolutely key in this process, and I hope you know now that there are so many ways that you can help increase it naturally. 

All of the products in the CHARLÍS Collection work with your own body’s mechanisms through the targeted use of key herbs, plants and roots which are organic, never genetically engineered, always wild-harvested, and have been thoroughly and independently lab-tested as ToxinFree©. 

I encourage you to experience the CHARLÍS difference today to kickstart your skin’s own collagen production naturally!



(1) Daily oral consumption of hydrolyzed type 1 collagen is chondroprotective and anti-inflammatory in murine posttraumatic osteoarthritis 
(2) Collagen and muscle pathology in fibromyalgia patients
(3) The Formation of Collagen Fibrils in the Dental Pulp
(4) Collagen peptides ameliorate intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction in immunostimulatory Caco-2 cell monolayers via enhancing tight junctions
(5) Leaky Gut As a Danger Signal for Autoimmune Diseases
(6) New study demonstrates effect of dietary supplements on clinical aspects of autism
(7) Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin
(8) Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology
(9) Smoking affects collagen synthesis and extracellular matrix turnover in human skin
(10) Influence of mental stress on the plasma homocysteine level and blood pressure change in young men
(11) Comparison of sun-protected and photoaged skin by northern analysis, immunohistochemical staining, and confocal laser scanning microscopy
(12) Growth hormone release during acute and chronic aerobic and resistance exercise: recent findings
(13) Effect of vitamin C and its derivatives on collagen synthesis and cross-linking by normal human fibroblasts
(14) Collagen and Your Body: What to Know

With a history steeped in tradition and an essence that captivates the senses, rosemary or Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, as it’s scientifically known, is a beloved mainstay in many a kitchen and garden. More than just a flavorful herb, rosemary possesses powerful health benefits that have been recognized and revered for centuries. But did you know that rosemary is also a powerhouse when it comes to skincare?

Originating from the sun-drenched Mediterranean region, rosemary has long been appreciated for its medicinal virtues. Ancient Egyptians used it in their burial rites, and the Greeks considered it a symbol of remembrance, often found in their wedding and festival rituals. This rich historical tapestry of rosemary hints at the beneficial properties that we’ll explore below.

Overall, the health benefits of rosemary extract are astounding. Its high antioxidant content equips the body to fight off harmful free radicals, reducing oxidative stress and its associated health issues like heart disease and cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary extract can help manage conditions like arthritis and asthma, while its antibacterial nature aids in preventing infections.

Moreover, rosemary extract aids digestion and enhances memory and concentration, attributed to its active component, carnosic acid. Some studies even suggest it can help ward off brain aging. With such a diverse health profile, rosemary extract is a testament to nature’s power in promoting wellbeing.

When it comes to skincare, rosemary extract brings a wealth of benefits. Let’s unravel these one by one:

1 | Antioxidant Powerhouse

The primary reason behind rosemary extract’s potency in skincare lies in its abundance of antioxidants. These compounds are the warriors against free radicals, unstable molecules that accelerate aging by causing oxidative stress. By neutralizing these free radicals, rosemary extract aids in keeping our skin youthful and vibrant.

2 | Anti-Inflammatory Action

Thanks to its high concentration of rosmarinic acid, rosemary extract exerts a soothing effect on the skin. It reduces redness, swelling, and inflammation, making it a vital ingredient for those suffering from skin conditions like eczema or acne. This anti-inflammatory effect also benefits the overall health of your skin by promoting healing and comfort.

3 | Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties

The antimicrobial nature of rosemary extract is another feather in its cap. It acts as a natural protector against various skin infections, preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi. This ensures the cleanliness and health of the skin, reducing the chances of breakouts or irritations.

4 | Toning and Firming

Rosemary extract is known for its astringent properties, meaning it can help tighten the skin and improve elasticity. This can potentially slow down the process of skin sagging and wrinkles, maintaining a youthful complexion for longer.

5 | Improved Circulation

When used topically, rosemary extract can stimulate blood flow in the skin. This enhances the distribution of nutrients and the removal of toxins, leading to a healthier and more radiant complexion.

One might wonder where in their routine to incorporate this natural elixir. Here’s a suggestion: consider it as an ingredient in your shower gel. Why? Because during a shower, the warm water opens up your pores, allowing for better absorption of beneficial ingredients. The rosemary extract in the shower gel would offer a refreshing scent, kickstart your circulation, protect against skin-damaging bacteria, and soothe any inflammation, providing a revitalizing start to your day or a calming end to your evening.

So, whether you’re a woman seeking natural anti-aging solutions or a man looking for a versatile skincare ingredient, rosemary extract caters to a wide array of skincare needs. As we embrace the power of nature in our health and beauty rituals, rosemary extract affirms its place as a potent, beneficial, and adaptable ally, promising radiant skin and robust health.

That’s why we use rosemary extract in our Orange Blossom Shower Gel, part of our brand-new CHARLÍS Orange Blossom Body Collection.

Beauty is more than skin deep. We want you to love your skin, and the CHARLÍS line of luxury skin care products will help you feel confident in your healthy, beautiful, radiant skin. For information on how to order the best skin care products on the market, please visit

Cocos Nucifera Oil, commonly known as coconut oil, is a tropical treasure with incredible skincare benefits. Hailing from the sun-drenched coasts where coconut palms flourish, this rich, nourishing oil has been a staple in beauty regimens for centuries. Let’s delve into the captivating history and multifaceted skincare benefits of this natural wonder.

The Timeless Tale of the Coconut

The coconut tree, often referred to as the “tree of life” in many cultures, has served humanity in countless ways for millennia. From providing sustenance and shelter to offering healing remedies, every part of the coconut tree has a purpose. Coconut oil is derived from the meat of mature coconuts, a rich and fragrant source that has been widely utilized in tropical regions from the South Pacific to the Indian Subcontinent. Today, coconut oil is praised worldwide for its impressive array of benefits for skin health and beyond.

The Science Behind Coconut Oil’s Skincare Benefits:

The power of coconut oil for skincare lies in its unique composition of fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Together, these compounds offer a potent cocktail of skincare benefits that cater to diverse skin needs. Here are the top reasons why coconut oil deserves a spotlight in your skincare routine:

Deep Hydration | Coconut Oil is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties. The oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids that provide deep hydration, replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier and imparting a dewy, youthful glow.

Antioxidant Protection | Coconut oil is packed with natural antioxidants, including vitamin E, that protect the skin from environmental stressors and free radical damage. By neutralizing these harmful agents, Coconut oil helps to prevent premature aging and maintains skin’s vibrancy and elasticity.

Natural Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal | The presence of lauric acid in coconut oil gives it potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. These qualities make it an excellent ally in combating acne-causing bacteria and other skin infections, promoting a clear, healthy complexion.

Skin Repair and Regeneration | Coconut oil promotes the healing process of the skin, repairing damage caused by sun exposure or skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Its soothing properties calm inflammation and irritation, helping your skin recover and regain its natural balance.


We understand the skincare challenges women face daily. Dryness, sensitivity, breakouts, and premature aging are common concerns that can be effectively addressed with Cocos Nucifera Oil. Its intensive hydrating, protective, and healing properties make it an excellent solution for maintaining healthy, radiant skin.

Cocos Nucifera Oil is a versatile ingredient that can be seamlessly integrated into your skincare routine. Whether used as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, or a healing treatment for skin irritations, its benefits are vast and undeniable. By embracing this tropical elixir, you are supporting your skin’s health and vitality, encouraging a natural radiance to shine through.

With its multitude of benefits, Cocos Nucifera Oil stands as an all-time favorite in natural skincare. Its exceptional properties work in harmony to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate your skin. As you incorporate this tropical treasure into your skincare routine, you’ll experience first-hand the luxurious hydration and regenerative effects it offers.

That’s why we use zinc oxide in the brand-new CHARLÍS Orange Blossom Body Collection.

Zinc Oxide, a mineral ingredient with remarkable protective properties, has been a trusted component of skincare regimens for centuries. Known for its unique ability to safeguard the skin from harmful environmental factors, Zinc Oxide holds the key to achieving a healthy, radiant complexion. Let’s delve into the compelling history and exceptional skincare benefits of this mineral marvel.

A Time-Honored Tradition of Protection

Zinc Oxide has a long history of use in various cultures for its potent healing and protective properties. From ancient Ayurvedic practices to modern medicine, this mineral has been used to treat a range of skin conditions and protect the skin from environmental stressors. Today, Zinc Oxide is an integral part of many skincare formulas, offering a wealth of benefits for maintaining a healthy, vibrant complexion.

The Science Behind Zinc Oxide’s Skincare Benefits

Zinc Oxide is a unique ingredient that offers a multitude of skincare benefits due to its protective, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. Here are the top 4 reasons why Zinc Oxide is a star player in your skincare routine:

1 | Sun Protection: Zinc Oxide is a physical sunscreen, meaning it sits on the skin’s surface and deflects harmful UV rays. It provides broad-spectrum protection, shielding your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, thereby preventing sunburn, premature aging, and reducing the risk of skin cancer.

2 | Anti-Inflammatory Action: Zinc Oxide has potent anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent ingredient for soothing irritated or sensitive skin. It can help calm redness, swelling, and inflammation, contributing to a more balanced, comfortable complexion.

3 | Wound Healing: Zinc Oxide has been used for centuries to promote wound healing. It supports the skin’s natural regeneration process, helping to repair damaged skin tissue and accelerate the healing of cuts, burns, and other skin irritations.

4 | Oil Regulation: Zinc Oxide can help balance the production of sebum in the skin, making it a beneficial ingredient for those with oily or acne-prone skin. By helping to regulate oil production, Zinc Oxide can reduce shine, prevent clogged pores, and contribute to clearer, healthier skin.

Incorporating Zinc Oxide into Your Skincare Regimen:

With its wide array of benefits, Zinc Oxide is a must-have ingredient for those seeking to achieve and maintain healthy, radiant skin. By incorporating this potent mineral into your daily skincare routine, you’ll be safeguarding your skin from environmental stressors, soothing inflammation, and promoting a balanced, clear complexion.

That’s why we use zinc oxide in the brand-new CHARLÍS Orange Blossom Body Collection.

Squalene, a natural ingredient derived from plants, has been making waves in the skincare world for its exceptional moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Long prized for its health benefits, squalene is now being harnessed in its plant-derived form to provide a wealth of skincare advantages. Join us as we explore the fascinating history and unique benefits of this remarkable ingredient.

A History Rooted in Nature

Squalene was first discovered in shark liver oil in the early 20th century, but it is also found in various plant sources, such as olives, rice bran, and amaranth seeds. Today, squalene is recognized as a potent and natural addition to skincare, offering numerous benefits for a healthy, radiant complexion.

The Science Behind Squalene’s Skincare Benefits

Squalene is a naturally occurring component in our skin’s sebum, making it a highly compatible and effective ingredient for skincare. Its unique molecular structure allows for exceptional absorption and provides remarkable benefits. Let’s dive deeper into the top reasons why squalene is a perfect addition to your skincare routine:

Superior Moisturization: Squalene is an excellent natural emollient, helping to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. This ensures that your skin remains hydrated, soft, and supple throughout the day.

Antioxidant Protection: Squalene is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals, protecting your skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage. By shielding your skin from these harmful factors, squalene helps to prevent premature aging and maintain a youthful, radiant complexion.

Enhanced Skin Elasticity: Squalene’s natural affinity with our skin’s sebum allows it to penetrate deeply and help maintain skin’s elasticity. This results in a firmer, more youthful appearance and reduces the likelihood of fine lines and wrinkles developing.

Soothing and Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Squalene possesses soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a fantastic option for those with sensitive or irritated skin. Its gentle nature helps to calm redness and inflammation, promoting a balanced, even complexion.

Addressing Women’s Skincare Concerns

We understand the challenges women face in their pursuit of radiant, flawless skin. Squalene offers a natural, time-tested solution to common concerns such as dryness, sensitivity, and premature aging. Its powerful moisturizing and soothing properties make it an invaluable addition to any skincare routine.

Incorporating Squalene into Your Skincare Regimen

With its myriad of benefits, squalene is a must-have ingredient for those seeking to achieve healthy, radiant skin. By incorporating this potent natural ingredient into your daily skincare routine, you’ll be taking advantage of its moisturizing, protective, and soothing properties, supporting your skin’s overall health and vitality.

Experience the miraculous benefits of squalene and elevate your skincare routine today with the CHARLÍS Breath of Life Oxygen Face Serum. This luxury serum utilizes perfluorodecalin to breathe new life into your skin, giving your face a younger, healthier, and more vibrant complexion. Combined with our Daily Facial Cleanser, this oxygen serum is the perfect tool for supporting cellular respiration, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, and encouraging microcirculation for brighter, healthier skin!

Here are some of the other ingredients we use to help you look and feel your best:

ORGANIC CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT: Calendula Extract prevents aging in two different ways: It promotes skin tightness, which reduces day-to-day damage, and it also increases hydration within the skin, which is one of the main ways to prevent signs of aging.

UBIQUINONE: Ubiquinone is also (and perhaps more popularly) known as coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. Applied to skin, it can have antioxidant benefits due to its energizing effect on factors in skin that tend to slow down with age and cumulative sun exposure.

ORGANIC CITRUS PARADISI PEEL OIL: Extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, this oil contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. It also contains astringent and tightening properties, and due to potent antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, it’s the perfect ingredient to treat and protect acne-prone skin.

ORYZA SATIVA BRAN EXTRACT: Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract helps to soften skin. It is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol. The bran also contains moisturizing polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

Beauty is more than skin deep. We want you to love your skin, and the CHARLÍS line of luxury skin care products will help you feel confident in your healthy, beautiful, radiant skin. For information on how to order the best skin care products on the market, please visit

Bamboo extract, a natural ingredient derived from the extraordinary bamboo plant, offers a wealth of skincare benefits that will help you achieve a radiant and youthful complexion. Bamboo has been used for millennia in various cultures for its strength, versatility, and healing properties. Now, bamboo extract, known as Bambusa Vulgaris Stem/Leaf Extract, brings the power of bamboo into your skincare routine. Let’s explore the fascinating history and unique benefits of this botanical treasure.

A Legacy of Versatility and Strength

Bamboo, known scientifically as Bambusa Vulgaris, has played a significant role in the lives of people across Asia for thousands of years. Revered for its exceptional strength, rapid growth, and adaptability, bamboo has been utilized in a wide range of applications, from construction to medicine. Today, Bamboo Extract has emerged as a potent and natural addition to skincare, offering an array of benefits for a healthy, glowing complexion.

The Science Behind Bamboo Extract’s Skincare Benefits

Bamboo Extract is rich in essential nutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants that work together to provide remarkable skincare results. Here are the top reasons why this incredible ingredient should be a part of your skincare routine:

Natural Source of Silica: Bamboo extract is an abundant source of silica, a vital trace element that plays a crucial role in maintaining skin’s elasticity, strength, and firmness. By promoting collagen production, silica helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful complexion.

Antioxidant Powerhouse: Bamboo Extract is rich in antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals, protecting your skin from oxidative stress and premature aging. These antioxidants also work to improve skin tone and texture, promoting a more even and radiant complexion.

Hydration and Moisture Retention: The natural sugars and amino acids in Bamboo Extract help to draw moisture into the skin, providing essential hydration and helping to maintain a healthy moisture balance. This improved moisture retention results in softer, smoother, and more supple skin.

Skin Repair and Regeneration: Bamboo extract is known to support skin’s natural healing process, promoting cellular repair and regeneration. This property helps to reduce the appearance of scars, blemishes, and other imperfections, revealing a smoother, more even complexion.

Addressing Women’s Skincare Concerns

We understand the challenges women face in achieving radiant, flawless skin. Bamboo Extract offers a natural, time-tested solution to common concerns such as premature aging, dehydration, and uneven skin tone. Its powerful nutrient profile and regenerative properties make it a valuable addition to any skincare routine.

Incorporating Bamboo Extract into Your Skincare Regimen

With its numerous benefits, Bamboo Extract is a must-have ingredient for those seeking to achieve healthy, radiant skin. By incorporating this potent botanical extract into your daily skincare routine, you’ll be taking advantage of its nourishing and revitalizing properties, supporting your skin’s overall health and vitality.

That’s why we use bamboo extract in the CHARLÍS Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer. This amazing moisturizer enhances surface texture and skin clarity while restoring your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Other superstar ingredients include:

ORGANIC ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL: Produced from the Argan tree (Argania spinosa), found primarily in Morocco, this oil offers anti-aging benefits, improved skin elasticity, antioxidant protection (via tocopherols), improved hydration, as well as helping with inflammation

ORGANIC THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTERS: Cold pressed from the fruit seeds of a tree growing in the Brazilian Amazonia, this butter is an excellent vegan alternative to animal-derived Lanolin. It is prized for its rich content of phytosterols (to benefit dry, damaged skin), polyphenols (to combat free radicals in the skin), and fatty acids (to moisturize the skin).

ORGANIC CITRUS PARADISI PEEL OIL: Extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, this oil contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. It also contains astringent and tightening properties, and due to potent antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, it’s the perfect ingredient to treat and protect acne-prone skin.

ORGANIC PERILLA OCYMOIDES SEED OIL: A member of the mint family and native to Eastern Asia, this oil is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is an excellent antioxidant, thus helping to prevent free-radical-induced damage to the skin cells, which can result in premature aging. It is also easily absorbed into the skin and is not greasy.

Beauty is more than skin deep. We want you to love your skin, and the CHARLÍS line of luxury skin care products will help you feel confident in your healthy, beautiful, radiant skin. For information on how to order the best skin care products on the market, please visit