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The Science Behind Our Unique Phospholipid Delivery System

The Science Behind Our Unique Phospholipid Delivery System

Shiitake, Chamomile, Gogi, and Acai. You'll see them in other botanical brands, but you probably won't see them in the unique way Telluride Glow organically delivers them, as dehydrazomes.

Imagine a skincare solution that not only moisturizes but works intelligently with your skin to reduce fine lines, enhance serum absorption, and prevent moisture loss, resulting in plumper and intensely hydrated skin.

Understanding this takes a little science to speak, so we'll try to break it down in the section below. This is where the science comes into organic skincare, and hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

You can find these plumping actives in our Purist Delicate Skin and Alpine Phytonutrient Serum so that you can experience the transformative power of our dehydrazomes for yourself.

When dehydrasomes are applied to the skin, the hydrophilic (dissolvable) portions of the phospholipids naturally migrate to hydrophilic environments where they assemble into a multi-vesicular system that communicates with lipid exchange. 

This moisture causes these vesicles to swell and minimizes the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin.

Because the vesicles penetrate the stratum corneum (deep into nooks and crannies) and bind with the moisture present, they can inhibit trans‐epidermal water loss (TEWL) to increase moisturization.

In addition to swelling capacities, dehydrasomes enhance the delivery of all additional active extracts.

Our unique phospholipids:

Phospholipids form the structural basis of dehydrasomes, creating vesicles that mimic the natural lipid bilayers of skin cells. This biomimicry allows dehydrasomes to merge effortlessly with the skin's barrier, ensuring a more efficient and targeted release of encapsulated actives into the skin. 

Corthellus Shiitake (Mushroom) Dehydrasomes

Shiitake Dehydrasomes consists of certified organic phospholipids dispersed in biomimetic-certified organic sunflower oil. Shiitake Mushroom extracts are credited with boosting life force energy or “qi” while preventing premature aging.

Dehydrazome Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)

We combine Shiitake with Dehydrazome Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract in The Purist Delicate Skin Serum to utilize the potent nutritive benefits of Shiitake with the soothing, calming properties of Chamomile, rich in flavonoids that provide antioxidant protection.

Dehydrazome Goji (Lycium barbarum)

Our red goji berries originate in the Nepalese mountainside. These berries are rich in carotenoids, and contain more beta‐carotene than carrots!

Dehydrazome Organic Acai (Euterpe oleracea)

Acai berry extracts are rich in healthy fatty acids, Vitamin A, Iron, and Calcium. Combining certified organic acai with Goji extracts in The Alpine Phytonutrient Serum allows us to harness the nutritive benefits of the fruit.

Unlock nature's secret to radiant skin. Experience the innovative blend of organic extracts and pioneering science for a more beautiful you!

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The Purist Delicate Skin Serum For Your Eyes

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum For Your Eyes

It seems many of us have been searching for the best eye cream, seemingly our entire life, trying dozens of brands at every price point.

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum was formulated to revitalize the face and also happens to be the best solution we’ve experienced to moisturize the delicate eye area and diminish fine lines and dull, rough areas.

Our anhydrous formula softens crow’s feet and helps reduce dark under-eye circles, firms, and tones like nothing else. It's also the best for reducing puffiness to brighten the skin around the eye area and prepare for concealer or makeup application.

Why an oil vs an eye cream?

"Oils serve a similar function to traditional eye creams; however, they use an oil vehicle and often contain all-natural and botanical ingredients," says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at Zeichner Dermatology in New York City.

"Eye oils do not contain water or water-based ingredients," says Dr. Hadley King, a dermatologist at Day Dermatology & Aesthetics in New York City."If you're prone to puffiness, an eye oil could be your best bet over a cream." And we've added Arnica Montana flower from Alpine meadows to further combat puffiness.

Don't be afraid of plant oils

"Oil" used to be a dirty word in skincare, because no one wants to appear greasy. Today's beauty industry has come around to oils, realizing that it's not about cutting out all oils, but rather about using the right ones. Beauty brands and shoppers alike decided to ditch mineral oil and petroleum products and their pore-clogging ilk, instead turning to lighter, antioxidant-rich versions, many of which absorb so quickly they feel "dry" to the touch in seconds.

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum was formulated for sensitive skin, which makes it ideal for the eye area because it is free from all potential irritants that could leave the eye area red or contribute to dark circles.

This serum is the epitome of anti-aging antioxidant nectar with Pomegranate, arctic Cranberry, Camellia, Hemp, Nepalese Goji, and natural Vitamin E from Sunflowers.

Why we love The Purist 

  • When used only for the eye area, it uses such a minuscule amount that a bottle should last a year or more.
  • Subtle honey-vanilla scent.
  • Hardworking yet free from fragrance allergens, essential oils, photo-sensitizers, gluten, alcohol, and nuts.
  • No synthetic fragrance, synthetic colors, T.E.A., D.E.A., glycols, silicones, PEGs. Ethoxylate, Formaldehyde, or any harmful or controversial ingredients.
  •  No balling up under makeup.
  •  One product for two solutions: face and eyes in one swoop.
  •  Smooths the skin so concealer goes on evenly.
  •  100% lightweight, unprocessed, noncomedogenic seed oils for fast absorption.

How to use The Purist as an eye serum

 Gently dispense half a drop from the pipette of the Purist Travel Size. Or, if you’re using our full-sized Purist bottle, use slow pressure to release half a drop onto your finger tips. dispense half a drop from the pipette. Massage under the eye for daytime, and over the entire eye area at night until it disappears. Night-time is your skin's chance to recover and repair. If you don't use eye makeup, then it's fine to use over the lid area for daytime as well. If you've used too much, keep spreading and massaging to treat more areas. 

One and done

We believe in effortless skincare; isn't it nice to take care of your eyes with the same product that rejuvenates your face? If you are already using the Purist to revitalize the face, don't be afraid of the eye area. And if you haven't tried Telluride Glow and are looking for a better eye treatment, this may be it.

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Nurture Your Skin with Hemp Seed Oil: A Deep Dive into Its Multifaceted Benefits

Nurture Your Skin with Hemp Seed Oil: A Deep Dive into Its Multifaceted Benefits

Hemp seed oil is currently basking in well-deserved acclaim. Extracted through the cold pressing of Cannabis sativa seeds, this oil is distinct from the hemp oil derived from the plant’s leaves and flowers and contains no psychoactive constituents. 

Let’s explore the multifaceted benefits hemp seed oil offers to your skin, enriched with a deeper educational insight.

Regulates oil production

The magic of hemp seed oil lies in its ability to regulate oil production. While the exact mechanisms remain a topic of ongoing research, evidence suggests hemp seed oil can modulate sebum production. 

This makes hemp seed oil a boon for both oily and acne-prone skin types. Its unique composition of lipids and antioxidants helps manage and soothe acne outbreaks. The presence of anti-lipogenic properties in hemp seed oil plays a crucial role in controlling sebaceous gland activities and helps maintain skin balance and clarity.

Anti-inflammatory powerhouse

The essential fatty acids (EFAs) in hemp seed oil, including omega-3 and omega-6, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

These EFAs interfere with inflammatory pathways and help reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines, offering relief from redness and irritation. 

The tocopherols, or vitamin E compounds found in hemp seed oil, further enhance its anti-inflammatory capabilities, targeting oxidative stress and inflammation at the molecular level.

Enhances skin barrier function

Hemp seed oil is not just revitalizing but also strengthening. 

It is particularly beneficial for conditions like eczema and psoriasis, where compromised skin barrier function is a key concern. The EFAs enrich the skin’s lipid layer, improving the cohesion between epidermal cells and fortifying the skin barrier. 

This enhanced barrier function is crucial in preventing environmental aggressors and pathogens from causing further damage, thereby helping to reduce the incidence and severity of skin disorders.

Promotes hydration and luminosity

The hydration benefits of hemp seed oil stem from its balanced composition of alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, along with gamma-linolenic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid. 

This trifecta effectively forms a protective layer on the skin, minimizing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and locking in moisture. 

The result is a visible improvement in skin texture and luminosity, with a plumped, hydrated appearance that radiates health.

Fights damage from free radicals

Hemp seed oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants, primarily vitamin E in the forms of y-tocopherols, alpha-tocopherols, and tocotrienols

These potent antioxidants provide critical defense against free radical damage, which can lead to lipid peroxidation and DNA damage within skin cells. 

By protecting the skin from environmental pollutants, hemp seed oil plays a significant role in 

Hemp seed oil is truly a skin champion with its ability to balance, soothe, strengthen, and hydrate.  Its rich nutrient profile makes it an indispensable ingredient for anyone looking to enhance their skin health. 

As research continues to unveil its myriad benefits, hemp seed oil stands out as a testament to the power of nature in nurturing and revitalizing our skin. You can enjoy all the radiance boosting benefits of this botanical in our Purist Delicate Skin Serum

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Hidden Endocrine Disruptors in Skincare Linked to Breast Cancer

Hidden Endocrine Disruptors in Skincare Linked to Breast Cancer

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because breast cancer remains one of the leading health concerns for women worldwide, we wanted to take a moment to dive into some of the specific chemicals in skincare products that have been linked to breast cancer.

Research increasingly points to the potential role of endocrine disruptors—chemicals that can interfere with our hormone systems—as contributors to breast cancer risk. While these chemicals are pervasive in our environment, their presence in skincare and cosmetic products is of particular concern due to our direct and frequent exposure to them. 

What are endocrine disruptors?

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen and can interfere with the normal function of other hormones in the body. This estrogenic activity may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer, as it can promote the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells and disrupt immune system function.

By being aware of potential endocrine disruptors and educating ourselves about these chemicals we can make safer choices for our health.

Below is a list of endocrine disruptors most commonly found in skincare products and their potential effects on the endocrine system. Print it out and take it with you next time you go shopping for beauty products so you know what ingredients to avoid.

6 Endocrine Disruptors to Avoid

  1. Parabens

Parabens are known to mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells (1.). This activity can potentially contribute to the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast tumors.

Ingredient Names: Butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben.

Found in: Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, face cleansers.

  1. Phthalates

Phthalates have been shown to interfere with the hormone system and are linked to reproductive abnormalities (2.).

Ingredient Names: DEHP, DBP, DEP (among others); however, they can sometimes simply be listed as "fragrance,” these are synthetic fragrances.

Found in: Perfumes, moisturizers, eye shadows, nail polishes, shampoos, conditioners.

  1. Synthetic Colors

Some synthetic colors are derived from coal tar, which may contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation (3.). While direct links between synthetic colors and breast cancer aren't fully established, any toxin that affects the skin and potentially the endocrine system deserves scrutiny.

Ingredient Names: Listed as "FD&C" or "D&C" followed by a color and a number (e.g., FD&C Red No. 6).

Found in: Hair dyes, eye shadows, eyeliners, lipsticks.

  1. Synthetic Fragrances

Many chemicals that make up synthetic fragrances come from petrochemicals, which can interfere with the body's endocrine system (4.) and possibly contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Ingredient Names: Often vaguely labeled as "fragrance" or "parfum".

Found in: Nearly all cosmetic and beauty products, from deodorants to lotions.

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also called SLS, has potential endocrine-disrupting effects, with some studies pointing to its ability to mimic hormones(5.).

Ingredient Names: Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate.

Found in:  Shampoos, body washes, hand soaps, toothpaste.

  1. Benzophenone

Benzophenones can mimic the hormone estrogen and may interfere with the function of other hormones, potentially promoting the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells (6).

Ingredient Names: Benzophenone, Benzophenone-1 (BP-1), Benzophenone-2 (BP-2), Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Benzophenone-4 (BP-4), Sulisobenzone.

Found in: Sunscreens, nail polishes, lip balms, hair sprays, shampoos, fragrances, and lotions.

The Path Forward

Awareness is the first step to prevention. By understanding the potential risks associated with these common ingredients, we can make informed decisions about the products we use daily. Opting for alternatives labeled as "free from" these chemicals or choosing organic, natural products can be safer routes to follow.

The Purist Delicate Skin Serum is our #1 choice for restoring health and promoting calm to a compromised skin barrier. Lightweight and free of fragrance allergens, essential oils, gluten, alcohol, and nuts, this velvety serum is the ultimate beauty potion to restore balance to irritated skin while fighting environmental aggression.

100% of the ingredients are from organic farming, wild-harvested, and/or natural sources, and free from harmful chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, or fragrances.

Remember that the duration and frequency of exposure, along with individual susceptibilities, play a significant role in determining potential outcomes. It's essential to balance concern with pragmatism and do your best choose products you are educated about.


  1. Darbre, P. D., & Harvey, P. W. (2008). Paraben esters: review of recent studies of endocrine toxicity, absorption, esterase and human exposure, and discussion of potential human health risks. Journal of applied toxicology, 28(5), 561-578.
  2. Serrano, S. E., Braun, J., Trasande, L., Dills, R., & Sathyanarayana, S. (2014). Phthalates and diet: a review of the food monitoring and epidemiology data. Environmental health, 13(1), 43.
  3. Scott, R. R., & Gutowski, S. M. (2014). Current concepts about chromogens, dye lasers, and pigmented lesions. Clinical dermatology, 32(4), 529-537.
  4. Steinemann, A. (2015). Volatile emissions from common consumer products. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 8(3), 273-281.
  5. Schwartz, J. R., & Marsh, R. G. (1988). Sodium lauryl sulfate and triclosan: in vitro cytotoxicity studies with gingival cells. Toxicology letters, 41(3), 313-325.
  6. Kunz, P. Y., & Fent, K. (2006). Multiple hormonal activities of UV filters and comparison of in vivo and in vitro estrogenic activity of ethyl-4-aminobenzoate in fish. Aquatic Toxicology, 79(4), 305-324. ↩
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Maintain Glowing Skin While Traveling

Maintain Glowing Skin While Traveling

Have you ever hopped on a jet only to disembark at your destination and have your previously glowing complexion look dry, flaky, or just plain out of sorts?

There’s a reason this happens during travel. To understand why we must first take a look at our skin’s natural moisturizing factor, or NMF for short.

Your Skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF)

To stay hydrated, your skin produces what’s called a natural moisturizing factor (NMF). It consists of water-attracting compounds, like amino acids, urea, lactic acid, pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, and other small molecules. These substances work together to bind ambient water molecules to the skin, keeping it hydrated and in a state of balance.

The fascinating thing is, your skin naturally adjusts how much NMF it produces. And it does this based on the environment you’re in.

For example, let’s say you live in a dry climate with low humidity levels like Colorado. Your skin will make more NMF than if you lived someplace with higher ambient humidity levels like Texas or Florida.

When you travel, your skin senses the change in environmental humidity, altitude, sun exposure, etc., and works overtime to bring itself back into a state of homeostasis, or balance. 

But this adjustment takes time and it’s one of the big reasons our skin can react negatively, looking dry and dull or on the opposite spectrum, breaking out within days after arriving on vacation.

To help your skin bounce back more quickly while you travel, try these tips and tricks.

Tips for Maintaining Glowing Skin While Traveling

Consider air travel

Any air travel you do will dehydrate your skin as cabin air has very little humidity. Before boarding apply a moisturizing facial serum like the Alpine Phytonutrient Serum and reapply during your flight.

Don’t worry, at one ounce each, TSA will allow you to carry on multiple full-sized TellurideGlow serums. This will help protect your skin from drying out as a result of the constant wicking effects of dry air being circulated in the cabin. Plus the soothing scent of the Alpine will add a little extra relaxation to your trip. 

You can also use a hydrating facial mist and spritz your face periodically during the flight. This will help add moisture back onto the surface of your skin, and since TSA won’t allow you to carry on a personal humidifier, it’s your next best option. 

Bring a lip ointment or dab some Purist Delicate Skin Serum onto your lips to keep them from cracking and chapping.

Pick up a water bottle so you can stay well hydrated while you fly. To that end, avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol, both are known diuretics. 

This will help your skin bounce back more quickly and reduce the effects of jetlag if you're traveling overseas. You can always have a Parisien cappuccino or an Aperol Spritz once you land.  


Once you arrive at your destination, restore moisture to dehydrated skin with our Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence. As a water-based formula, the Aspen Dew will deposit moisture back into your skin while the micro-molecular hyaluronic acid in it will help to continuously pull ambient moisture back into your skin. 

Follow with a skin barrier recovery serum like the Alpine to help balance skin post-travel. The phytoceramides found in both the Alpine and Purist will help protect your skin from additional moisture loss by preventing further trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).

Cleanse gently

For cleansing while traveling, avoid harsh soaps or foaming products as these will strip your skin barrier of its natural oils. Skip potentially irritating hotel soaps and cleansers. Look for an oil-based or cream cleanser to help deposit lipids back onto your skin. 

And tempting as it might be, try not to over-cleanse while traveling. Over-cleansing can cause an inflammatory reaction in your skin, worsening dryness, hormonal breakouts, and skin conditions like eczema. 

Be mindful of chlorinated water

The water at your destination may have more chlorine, water softeners, or hard minerals than what you’re used to back home. These can worsen dry skin and aggravate reactive skin. 

This rule applies to swimming in chlorinated pools. Always rinse off after you get out to help remove any residual chlorine.


You have heard it a million times but it bears repeating, always protect your skin from the sun. Especially if you’re traveling to a mountain town like Telluride where intense UV exposure and high altitudes can literally worsen every skin condition under the… ahem, sun. 

Choose a non-toxic sunscreen with a pleasing texture that you will enjoy using and apply it every few hours when out of doors.

Wishing you happy travels and glowing skin this summer!

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Cloudberry Seed Oil - Scandinavia's Best Kept Beauty Secret

Cloudberry Seed Oil - Scandinavia's Best Kept Beauty Secret

One of Scandinavia's best kept beauty secrets is cloudberry seed oil, also called "arctic gold." 

This rare arctic berry only grows in the wild, typically in hard-to-reach terrain and in extreme conditions with temperatures reaching well below -40 degrees during winter months.

Locals who know where to find this highly prized fruit guard its location very closely.

In fact, there's a folk tale of a woman who broke her leg while picking cloudberries. In her injured state, she dragged herself home in an effort to keep the whereabouts of the berries a secret!

Cloudberries, or Rubus chamaemorus, contain many skin-loving phytonutrients such as ellagitannins, phtyoceramides, essential fatty acids, and intense concentrations of vitamin C.

The seeds yield an amber-colored oil that is deeply nourishing and helps prevent accelerated skin aging.

This Arctic gold is found in both our Alpine Phytonutrient Serum and The Purist Delicate Skin Serum and contains unique adaptogenic compounds highly beneficial to skin health.

Benefits of Cloudberries


Cloudberry seed oil is rich in phenolic compounds like ellagitannins. Ellagitannins are bioactive polyphenols offering potent antioxidant benefits that may help protect against premature skin aging caused by lifestyle factors and UV exposure. 


Ellagic acid, a byproduct of ellagatannins, helps to brighten skin thanks to its ability to alter melanin formation pathways in anti-oxidant processes. Cloudberries also contain unusually high amounts of vitamin C, a well known skin radiance booster.


Cloudberry seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids omega 3, 6, and gamma-linolenic acid. Omegas are essential skin nutrients that help regulate oil production, improve balanced hydration, subdue breakouts and minimize the signs of aging. 


Phytoceramides in cloudberry oil plump and fortify the skin barrier. These botanical lipids impart a healthy glow and help soften rough, dry skin, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines.


Cloudberry oil supports the skin barrier’s ability to retain moisture, resulting in more hydrated skin. This results in better alignment of epidermal corneocytes, which helps minimize the look of reddened skin.

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