Natural Skincare with a Deeper Purpose: A Conversation with Dr. Linda Miles

  • Brit Hastings
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Are you ready to put your prettiest face forward in 2017? We thought so! Dr. Linda Miles, co-founder of DERMA E, was kind enough to answer our questions about beauty and best skincare practices. We admire her passion for safe ingredients along with her desire to marry nature with effective, scientific solutions. Linda's first product was a jar of 12,000 I.U. Vitamin E Moisturizing Crème sold at a local health food store over thirty years ago. People were amazed at the results it had on their skin, and word spread. Since developing the first jar of Vitamin E Crème, Dr. Miles and her team has introduced many extraordinary products, each one rooted in the belief that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and good, clean hydration. With this approach, DERMA E has become one of the largest natural facial care brands in the United States; she attributes their success to honoring customers with products that promote healthier looking skin and business ethics that promote a healthier world.

YogaToday: What inspired the creation of DERMA E?

Dr. Linda Miles: I have always had a passion for nature, health and wellness. Back in the early 70s, Vitamin E was becoming an extremely popular supplement known for its internal health benefits. After learning that this remarkable antioxidant could be just as beneficial when applied to the skin, my friend David and I introduced the first high-potency topical Vitamin E crème. People were amazed with the results this Vitamin E 12,000 IU Crème had on their skin, and DERMA E was born.

YT: Has your mission with DERMA E evolved? Can you tell us a little bit about what drives your passion and purpose today?

LM: Today, David and I continue to stay true to our roots by offering highly effective natural skincare with a deeper purpose. While we are both passionate about the pure power of nature and its ability to foster better health and wellness, ultimately we believe in paying it forward, contributing positively to our community, caring for our environment and making our world a better place.

YT: Currently, what product are your customers the most excited about?

LM: Customers are the most excited about some of our newest products, our Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Daily Detox Scrub. These products feature detoxifying Activated Charcoal that works like a magnet to draw out impurities while Marine Algae Extracts cleanse and reboot your skin so it glows with pure health for years to come.

Our Hydrating Day Cream and Hydrating Night Cream are also very popular. The star of these formulas is Hyaluronic Acid, a must-have ingredient for rich, superior moisture as well as anti-aging benefits; it also helps keep skin’s inner structure hydrated, supporting healthy skin tone and texture.

YT: How does your scientific background influence the work that you do? Are you doing things differently than other beauty companies?

LM: During my 30 years of experience formulating natural skin care products and my years practicing holistic healthcare, I have learned that our bodies have an amazing inherent ability to heal themselves. If we nourish ourselves with a healthy lifestyle and powerful natural products, we can restore balance to our bodies for optimal health and beautiful skin.

There’s plenty of proof that the vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals in DERMA E formulas aid in skin’s natural repair cycle, which ultimately helps skin stay healthy, vibrant and younger-looking longer.

YT: What lifestyle choices do you make (outside of your skincare products, of course) to support your skin’s health?

LM: In addition to drinking a full eight to ten glasses of fresh, pure water and incorporating tons of leafy greens into my diet,I also avoid consuming processed foods. Another way I support my skin’s health is by taking supplements including Pycnogenol®Astaxanthin and of course, Vitamin C. All of these powerful antioxidants can also be found in our DERMA E formulas.

YT: There are so many beauty products on the market these days; it can be confusing for consumers! What advice do you have for people who want to take better care of their skin but might be overwhelmed by all of the options and information available.

LM: I would recommend that they first and foremost do their research and search out ingredients that address their main skin care concern. From there on, they should seek out skin care products featuring these beneficial ingredients to discover what works best for them and their particular skin type.

YT: If you could advise our readers of just a few things to avoid that will improve their skin, what would they be?

LM: Sun damage, dehydration and smoking.

To keep skin as healthy and radiant as possible, always remember to shield it from the sun by wearing protective clothing and applying a natural sunscreen containing Non-Nano Mineral Zinc Oxide.

Hydration is also essential. We need to stay hydrated from the inside out, so I recommend drinking a full eight to ten glasses of fresh, pure water every day. This will aid in eliminating toxins as well as keeping skin hydrated, for a fresh, more youthful appearance.

Smoking diminishes nutrients and vitamins that are vital to your skin’s health as they help to protect and repair your skin on a daily basis. This bad habit also reduces proper circulation and blood flow, causing your skin to become dry and even discolored. 

YT: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today, Linda. We so appreciate your earnest perspective and regarding natural skincare!