Product Review: Philosophy When the Hope is Not Enough Facial Lifting and Firming Serum vs. Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

  As the weather turns colder as we approach November, many women (myself included) start to look for hydrating serums. Two popular choices currently on the market are Philosophy When the Hope is Not Enough Facial Lifting and Firming Serum ($38.00, Amazon.com) and Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($45.00, Amazon.com). Since the two products both claim to be hydrators with anti-aging effects, choosing one is not an easy task, but after…
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Spotlight On: Copper Peptides

When used in moderate amounts, copper peptides (Glycl-L-histidyl-L-lysine-Copper II, also known as GHK-Cu) may be a powerful weapon against skin aging. Can copper peptides drastically improve collagen synthesis? Yes. Copper peptides have been known to induce collagen production in fibroblasts in vitro as long ago as 1988. Since that time, some studies have found that copper peptide complexes stimulate even greater procollagen synthesis than potent anti-agers Retin-A (tretinoin) or ascorbic…
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Product Review: Bliss The Youth as We Know It

Ever wonder why somebody doesn’t just throw all of today’s best anti-agers into one cream? Apparently, Bliss thought so, and they created the Youth as We Know It moisturizer ($79.00, Amazon.com). The company claims the product is infused with MMP Inhibitors, Wrinkle Reduction Peptides, Visual Facial Fillers, Cellular Respiration Boosters, Hyperdermal Destressors, 7-Day Hydrators, Barrier Repairing Ceramides, Wrinkle Relaxers, Multifruit Complex, and Retinyl Palmitate. In other words, according to Bliss,…
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How Hormones Affect Skin Acne and Aging

According to Cosmetic Dermatology, a textbook of the field written by Dr. Leslie Baumann, it has been established that hormones affect acne levels, skin thickness, wrinkles, and hair growth. Understanding of how hormones affect skin is particularly beneficial for women who are postmenopausal and considering HRT, or restoring hormonal levels after cancer treatment. How do hormones affect acne? As acne generally begins with puberty and the emergence of hormones, many…
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EPF: The New Factor in Town

The word is out: the new component to look for in your skincare is the Environmental Protection Factor, or EPF. The EPF is a new method for measuring the overall oxidative stress protection capacity of antioxidants commonly found in skin care products, including (but not limited to) idebenone, vitamin E, kinetin, and lipoic acid. The EPF is measured on a scale from 1 to 100. Basically, the higher the score…
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Product Review: L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Day Cream for Very Mature Skin

One of L’Oréal’s latest products, Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Day Cream for Very Mature Skin ($24.99, Walgreens.com) is targeted at the 60+ crowd. Fortified with Calcium Microspheres, Soy Proteins and Marine Collagen, L’Oréal advertisements say the product helps to restore skin density and deeply hydrates. According to L’Oréal, 100% of 42 women testing the product saw more supple skin and 93% saw smoother skin after use. Are calcium, soy proteins, and…
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