Quick Question: How Long Should I Use a Skin Care Product Before Giving Up On It?

According to Dr. Kenneth Beer, a dermatologist in Palm Beach, FL, for the December 2007 Glamour: “The complete benefit of skin creams won’t be visible until after a full cycle of skin-cell turnover to take place, at least a month.” He adds that sun and smoke interferes with the results you get, so avoid the sun and cigarette smoking (bad for the skin, even in moderation) at all costs. With…
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Spotlight On: Ascorbyl Glucoside (A Stable Form of Vitamin C)

In a since-revised October 28, 2007 blog post, I erroneously attacked the form of vitamin C known as ascorbyl glucoside, due to the fact that there was little established research on the ingredient. However, luckily for me, I was recently contacted by the North American Cosmetic Ingredient Sales and Technical Support Representative for Hayashibara International, the manufacturer of ascorbyl glucoside since 1990, who provided me with a plethora of the…
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Product Review: L’Oréal Revitalift UV with Mexoryl SX

  Although you may not be thinking of sunscreen in the winter months, think again: damaging UV rays can bounce off of the opaque snow, right onto your face. Furthermore, about fifty percent of UV rays penetrate through car and home windows, contributing to the majority of cumulative sun damage year-round. With that said, you really do need to be wearing sunscreen every single day, even in the winter. Is…
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Product Review: Neutrogena Anti Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream

  Neutrogena Anti Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream ($16.95, Amazon.com) claims to neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, crow’s feet, puffiness, and dark circles. Yet how effective do the ingredients indicate the eye cream really is in treating these signs of aging? What are the antioxidant sources in this product? Neutrogena Anti Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream contains three antioxidant sources: Soybean Extract, Feverfew Extract (Chrysantemum Parthenium), and Vitamin E (in the…
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Spotlight On: Soy Extract

Soy extract first became popular in skin care in 2004, when Johnson and Johnson purchased rights to the ingredient from the AMBI brand. Since that time, many companies have jumped on the soy extract bandwagon, adding the ingredient to their formulations. However, is the ingredient safe and effective? What are some benefits to using skin care products with soy extract? According to Johnson & Johnson, soy contains small proteins, soybean…
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How to Get Rid of Enlarged Pores

  Photodynamic therapy decreases the size of the pores by emitting light at a wavelength corresponding to a peak of the porphyrin excitation spectrum in tissues, which generates a therapeutic effect. Many women covet smaller pores. Yet, pore size increases with smoking, sun exposure, and age. According to Mount Kisco, New York dermatologist David E. Bank, M.D.: “UVA rays and free radicals degrade collagen, the skin’s support fibers, and decrease…
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