Kinetin: Is It Worth the Hype?

  Maybe it’s the fancy double name of kinetin (N6-furfuryladenine), or maybe it’s the Kinerase promotion by former Friends star Courtney Cox. Whatever it is, something’s got everybody talking about kinetin. But are products containing kinetin — like Kinerase 0.1% N6-furfuryladenine Lotion ($109.00, Amazon.com) or Almay Hypo-Allergenic Kinetin Skincare Advanced Anti-Aging Series, Age Decelerating Daily Lotion ($14.50, Amazon) worth the hype? Not quite a Retin-A alternative… Kinetin has often been…
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Which Olay Night Moisturizer Should I Use?

 On a recent shopping excursion at my local grocery store, I noticed that there was a plethora of Olay moisturizers, all with somewhat redundant or confusing claims. Three current bestsellers are night moisturizers: Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Treatment ($17.14, Amazon.com), Olay Total Effects Night Firming Cream for Face and Neck ($17.14, Amazon.com), and Olay Definity Cream ($23.05, Amazon.com). This article hopes to clarify the differences of the three,…
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Acne: What Causes It and What to Do About It

According to dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s The Clear Skin Prescription, there are seven phases of acne from its onset to its most severe form, the cyst. What are the seven stages of acne formation? Stage 1: Retention Hyperkeratosis In normal skin, there is exfoliation of the skin follicle. In retention hyperkeratosis, there is no exfoliation of the follicle, and so keratin (skin protein) and sebum clogs the follicle. Sebum production…
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How Women Can Treat Hair Loss

  Although hair loss affects 60 million men in the United States, it affects women as well. The problem is serious, as it has been reported in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology that the quality of life experienced by those with hair loss is similar to that of patients with severe psoriasis. Further, with Americans spending more than $25 billion on haircare products each year, hair…
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Commentary: How Do Cigarettes Affect the Skin?

If the health risks aren’t enough to make you quit smoking, consider this: smoking has been found to be more responsible for aging the skin than sun damage (Baumann-cited, Daniel et. al., 1971). A recent German study also demonstrated that smoking is linked to acne, as about 40.8% of smokers exhibited acne, compared to 25.2% of non-smokers, amongst a population of 896 citizens. Are any number of cigarettes safe? No.…
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Product Review: Philosophy Hope in a Jar

  Photo courtesy BellaSugar.com. A self-proclaimed favorite of none other than Oprah Winfrey, Philosophy Hope in a Jar ($38.00, Amazon.com) flies off the shelves since Oprah’s mention of it on a 2004 show. But is this cream worthy of the Forbes #1 Most Powerful Celebrity? I’m sorry, Oprah… Oprah says, “Hope away those wrinkles!” Unfortunately, this cream brings little more than hope. Although most of the ingredients in other Philosophy…
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