Are Oxygen Facials Effective
Ingredient Spotlight, Skin Care Advice

Let’s Be Real: Is Oxygen Good — or Bad — in Skin Care?

There are ingredients you know are great, nearly all of the time, in skin care: Retinol, vitamin C, vitamin E, niacinamide, sunscreen. And then there are ingredients you’ve heard mixed reviews about. Put best in the words of Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D., a renowned dermatologist in an exclusive FutureDerm interview, “Many active ingredients that are used as […]

Ingredient Spotlight

Spotlight On: Photolyase

Photolyase is naturally found within the skin, but most assuredly deplete with age (Gerontology, 1991).  Photolyase reverses DNA damage in cells and prevents cell death caused by UV exposure.  It has been shown in trials to reduce UVB radiation-induced dimers by 45% and to increase UV protection by 300% (source). According to the text The New Science of Perfect […]

Spotlight on Orchid
Ingredient Spotlight

Spotlight On: Orchid Oil

As women, they say we will try anything to look good. There are bewildering substances I have heard of and tested here at FutureDerm in skin care products: Queen bee royal jelly, bovine extract, “dragon’s blood,” placenta extract, mink oil, emu oil, shark liver oil, and now orchid oil. What Does Orchid Oil Do? Unlike most of […]

Ingredient Spotlight

5 Facts About Resveratrol You Might Have Missed

Greek Gods loved to drink sweet nectar.  If the modern rumors about resveratrol are true, then surely resveratrol must have been the secret ingredient in their sweet juice, granting everything from cellular life extension to the eradication of cancer cells. Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a phytoalexin, a compound plants like grapes, berries, and peanuts produce naturally when under attack. […]

Coconut Oil
Ingredient Spotlight

Spotlight On: Coconut Oil

While daydreaming about summertime, it’s easy to picture yourself lounging on a beach: You’re enjoying the light spray of the surf, watching a sunrise, with a beverage-filled coconut in hand. In fact, maybe there are even coconut trees shading your from the sun. But there’s more to coconuts than just piña coladas and shade — they […]

retinol molecule
Acne, Acne treatments, Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol, Retinol Serums, Skin Care Advice

What Causes Acne and Why Retinol Helps

Because it’s concentrated, yet gentle, FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 is a great choice for teens and young adults with mild to moderate acne. The lightweight gel absorbs quickly into skin, so there’s no need to wait 30 minutes to apply a moisturizer. Because our product is microencapsulated, it targets retinoid receptors for a full eight hours […]

FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5
Acne, Acne treatments, Aging, Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol, Retinol Serums, Wrinkles

Tretinoin, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate: The Key to Anti-Aging Success?

According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, researchers discovered the anti-aging properties of Retin-A, a prescription topical treatment containing a derivative of vitamin A, in 1985, when it was first used as an acne treatment. Patients reported decrease in the appearance of wrinkles and smoother skin, in addition […]

Why Not to Use Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids Together
Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol

Why Not to Use Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids Together

  Recently, I have received some concerned questions as to whether or not it is okay to use retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) together. For the answer, I turned to the advice of my favorite dermatologist, Dr. Leslie Baumann. On Dr. Baumann’s blog, she states: “Retinol is a highly effective ingredient, but it is unfortunately not a terribly stable one! Alpha hydroxy […]

Common Misconceptions of Hydroxy Acids
Ingredient Spotlight

Common Misconceptions of Hydroxy Acids

Over the past two days, we’ve elucidated the differences between various classes of hydroxy acids (HAs) and established their mechanisms of action. But we have yet to explain and rationalize away some of the misplaced stereotypes of HAs and their entailing effects. A clear understanding of these misconceptions is crucial when finding and recommending products […]