Product Review: Wexler MMPi Skin Regeneration Serum

  Leave it to Patricia Wexler, the fashion-forward, world-famous Manhattan-based dermatologist, to put a phrase like “matrix metalloproteinase” on the map. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are collagen-degrading enzymes that play an important role in the aging picture. In a 1996 study by Fisher et al., it was found that UV exposure increase MMPs (and hence collagen production) in three steps, as mentioned in Cosmetic Dermatology. One, UV exposure increases the production…
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How do antioxidants work?

Ah, yes, the antioxidant. While nearly everyone has heard of them, few know how they actually work. But it’s relatively simple. Let’s get into some basic chemistry. Oxygen molecules are stable, or unreactive, when they have an even number of electrons. However, when oxygen molecules combine with other molecules, the oxygen can end up with an odd number of electrons. The oxygen molecule is now unstable and highly reactive, and…
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The New Antioxidant Powerhouse: CoffeeBerry Extract

  CoffeeBerry extract is the new antioxidant in town. Derived from the coffee cherry of the Coffea arabica when it is still green and “sub-ripe”, CoffeeBerry Extract contains an extremely high concentration of polyphenols, particularly chlorogenic acid, which serve as potent antioxidants (Baumann). In fact, according to Allure magazine, CoffeeBerry Extract currently has the highest antioxidant potential of any ingredient, based on its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Score (ORAC) —…
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About Myself

Nicki Zevola is the founder and editor-in-chief of FutureDerm.com. Named one of the top 30 beauty bloggers in the world by Konector.com since 2009, Nicki has participated in campaigns with prestige brands such as Redken, Olay, Ken Paves, Rodan + Fields, NIA 24, Advanced Skin Technology, and many others. Graduation, 2008 Nicki is also a medical student within the prestigious University of Pittsburgh B.S./M.D. Medical School Guarantee Program. In 2008…
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Product Review: Relastin Eye Silk

Accredited in The Skin Type Solution┬áby one of my idols, Dr. Leslie Baumann (director, Division of Cosmetic Dermatology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of Miami), Relastin Eye Silk is the first skin care product that clinically demonstrates the ability to increase elastin in the skin. According to Baumann’s Cosmetic Dermatology, elastin fibers are found at the periphery of collagen bundles in the dermis, and they provide…
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