Patents Assigned to Nu Skin International, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20110319730
    Abstract: A process, apparatus, and method for online control and database collection and management of a computerized detection, tracking, and feedback control system. The system tests for nutrients by Raman scattering effects on skin or other tissues to determine the content of carotenoids or other nutrients as evidenced in that skin. Serum levels of nutrients may vary dramatically with time, but skin tissues may average such nutrition over time. Skin and other tissues may be scanned with light to produce accurate measurements of carotenoids or other nutrients accumulated in the skin based on the Raman scattering affect of those nutrients in the skin. A score can be derived from a properly calibrated bio-photonic scanner to reflect an averaged effective uptake of the detected nutrient (e.g. such as the carotenoid example).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Fralick, David L. Breiter, Jack Peterson, Mindy Gilbert, Marvin Distel, Ryan Newman, Joel Erickson, Kathy L. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20110320324
    Abstract: A process, apparatus, and method for computerized detection, tracking, and feedback control of nutritional supplements in an animal, including humans relies on Raman scattering effects on skin or other tissues to determine the content of carotenoids or other nutrients as evidenced in that skin. Serum levels of nutrients may vary dramatically with time, but skin tissues may average such nutrition over time. Skin and other tissues may be scanned with light to produce accurate measurements of carotenoids or other nutrients accumulated in the skin based on the Raman scattering affect of those nutrients in the skin. A score can be derived from a properly calibrated bio-photonic scanner to reflect an averaged effective uptake of the detected nutrient (e.g. such as the carotenoid example).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Fralick, David L. Breiter, Jack Peterson, Mindy Gilbert, Marvin Distel, Ryan Newman, Joel Erickson, Kathy L. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20090246153
    Abstract: A composition and method having anti-aging properties is provided. The composition comprises an arNOX inhibitory agent present in a natural plant extract and is useful topically as a cosmetic. The symptoms of aging including lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, loss of elasticity, angioma, dryness, itching, telangietasias, actinic purpura, seborrheic keratoses and actinic keratoses. The invention may be used multiple times a day without deleterious effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Kern
  • Publication number: 20090246152
    Abstract: The invention relates to agents for sequestering serum aging factors, and methods for using the same. More particularly, the invention relates to agents termed herein “Naractin” to denote any one of several naturally-occurring arNOX inhibitors either present in N. tazetta powder or capable of augmenting N. tazetta powder to an inhibitory level comparable to that of the fresh N. tazetta extracts, and to methods for using “Naractins” to prevent or treat disorders and complications of disorders resulting from cell damage caused by an aging-related isoform of NADH oxidase (arNOX). In one exemplary embodiment the agents of the invention comprise at least one naturally occurring Naractin. Such naturally occurring naractins are also capable of augmenting the anti-arNOX effect of other naturally occurring arNOX inhibitory agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Kern, Christiaan Meadows
  • Patent number: 7564990
    Abstract: A system for capturing and analyzing images of body features to identify treatments has a base unit with a processor and a display and an image management software component for presenting on the display a user interface to prompt a user to capture images in preselected locations on a body and to receive captured image data. The system has at least two light sources under control of the user interface that provide light following first and second light paths from the respective light sources to the plane of an imaging station, each light path having a significant portion of its light on the plane of the imaging station at a grazing angle of about ten to about thirty degrees. The first and second light paths when projected onto the plane of the imaging station intersect at an angle of at least sixty degrees. An image sensor receives light from the light sources that is reflected from the surface of a body feature located at the imaging station and produces pixel image data representing the body feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale G. Kern, Kurt L. Jensen, Joseph H. Labrum, Mark W. Lund, Jed G. Morley
  • Patent number: 7558619
    Abstract: A method for measuring a chemical concentration in tissue has two measurement steps. A portion of tissue is illuminated with a first generated light and a second generated light. A first Raman scattered light, corresponding to the first generated light, and a second Raman scattered light, corresponding to the second generated light, are directed to a plurality of light sensors, each light sensor measuring light at a different wavelength, that wavelength being proximate to a wavelength of an expected Raman shift wavelength for the chemical in the tissue. A measurement is obtained from each light sensor, each measurement being specific to the first scattered light and/or the second reflected light to that light sensor. The measurements of the first scattered light and the measurements of the second scattered light are used to calculate a concentration of the chemical in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ferguson, John F. Fralick, Scott Douglas Bergeson, Justin Peatross
  • Patent number: 7365839
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and set of compositions are disclosed for calibrating a bio-photonic scanner. The scanner detects selected molecular structures of tissues, nondestructively, in vivo. The apparatus may include a computer, including processor and memory connecting to the scanner, including an illuminator to direct light nondestructively onto tissue in vivo, a detector to detect an intensity of a radiant response of the tissue to the light, and a probe to direct light onto the subject and receive a radiant response back into the detector. The apparatus is calibrated using a synthetic material to mimic the radiant response of live tissue, correcting for background fluorescence and elastic scattering. Dopants in a matrix of synthetic material mimic selected molecular structures of tissue. Matrix materials include a dilatant compound, and dopants include biological materials as well as K-type polarizing film powdered and mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ferguson, Stephen J. Poole
  • Patent number: 5939457
    Abstract: A method for reducing signs of aging in human skin. The method includes the steps of (a) topically applying to the skin a hydroxy acid product having at most a hydroxy acid concentration of approximately 7.0% and having a pH range of between 3 and 4 which causes an increase in exfoliation of the skin; (b) topically applying to the skin a non-hydroxy acid product; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b) at least twice daily for approximately four weeks; and (d) repeating only step (b) at least twice daily for approximately another 4 weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Miser
  • Patent number: 5925615
    Abstract: A cleansing and conditioning shampoo composition is described that contains an extract of shampoo ginger or awapuhi, Zingiber zerumbet. Other ingredients include water, surfactants, conditioning agents, thickening agents, stabilizers, preservatives, pH adjusting agents, fragrance, and color. Methods of use and methods of making the shampoo composition are also described. A hair conditioner composition and methods of making and using thereof are also described. The hair conditioner composition contains awapuhi extract, a conditioning agent, an emulsion stabilizer, an anti-static agent, a preservative, and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale G. Kern, Janet Faye Lephart
  • Patent number: 5128139
    Abstract: A composition is disclosed which comprises a phospholipid mixture and one or more bioactive agents formed into multilamellar liposomes wherein the bioactive agents are bound. Bioactive agents which are particularly suitable to the invention include grapefruit seed extract and Triclosan. A composition for a topical preparation including the multilamellar composition is also disclosed. Methods for preparing the compositions are further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Nu Skin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dell G. Brown, Marc K. Ward, H. Craig Dees