What Percentage of Retinol is Legal in Korea — And Why?

Ingredients, Skin Care

Retinol has long been considered the gold standard of anti-aging, and for good reason: As Dr. Ranella Hirsch, M.D., president-elect of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, once said, “We have beautiful, profound data that shows if you use [retinoids] for 20 years, you’re going to look a lot better than someone who doesn’t.” Retinol and Read more »

Are Copper Peptides a Friend or Foe of Your Skin?

Ingredients, Skin Care
Copper Peptides

Copper peptides first came on the scene in 1988. Since that time, studies have found that copper peptide complexes stimulate even greater collagen synthesis than potent anti-agers like Retin-A (tretinoin) or ascorbic acid (vitamin C). That’s pretty promising, explaining why treatments with copper like and have become more popular. Dermatologists love it too. “Copper definitely plays an important role in Read more »

What are the Differences Between Grape Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, and SD Alcohol 40?

Ingredients, Skin Care
What are the differences between grape alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and SD alcohol 40 in Skincare?

Alcohol in skincare was to the 80’s what parabens are in the 2010’s: Controversial, used by cosmetic chemists and dermatologists, but avoided at all costs by much of the masses. I’m here to say alcohols are back, baby! And I’m not alone in touting the resurgence of alcohol. According to DERMADoctor dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin, M.D.:  Read more »

Spotlight On: Skinasensyl® (and the Best Products with It!)

Ingredients, Skin Care

Sensitive skin is a common complaint in skin care and cosmetics. In fact, as many as 40% of women state that they have the condition, though actual numbers reported by dermatologists vary (Dermatitis, 1997; British Journal of Dermatology, 2001). There are many ingredients out there designed to help soothe and treat sensitive skin, including: Green tea, Read more »