Commentary: Drugstore vs. Department Store Skin Care Products

  Are department store products always better than drugstore products? In general, no. Although department-store skin care giants like Estée Lauder (maker of Clinique, Origins, MAC, amongst others) and Elizabeth Arden have traditionally had large budgets to devote to skin care sales, drugstore giants like L’Oréal (also maker of Lancome) and Johnson and Johnson (of Aveeno and Neutrogena, amongst others) regularly make advances in the skin care industry. For instance,…
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How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

  Almost everyone has woken up to be greeted by not-so-friendly puffy eyes in the mirror at one time or another. Puffy eyes may be caused by a myriad of reasons, including fluid retention, stress, allergies, and hormonal changes. To get rid of them, the following are often helpful: Reduce sodium intake. This should work because lower eyelids often become puffy due to excess fluid retention, and an increase in…
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Skin Care Ingredients and Supplements Pregnant or Nursing Women Should Not Use

  Recently, I received an e-mail from a reader asking me if a skin care product was safe for her to use while she was pregnant or nursing. First and foremost, I am not a physician yet; therefore, you should speak to your primary care physician, obstetrician-gynecologist and/or dermatologist with regards to these types of questions. However, I was a bit alarmed by the dearth of information available to pregnant…
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Product Review: N.V. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator

N.V. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator ($120.00, Amazon.com) claims it is a fine line reducer and pore refiner. According to Sephora.com, N.V. Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator “contains five times the percentage of alpha lipoic acid anti-inflammatory potency to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores; five times the amount of sodium hyaluranate to bind vital moisture to the skin; two times the level of glycolic acid to help speed…
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Spotlight On: Niacinamide

  Niacinamide is an amazing ingredient. According to Bissett et. al., niacinamide does it all: reduces fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing), and increases elasticity. Further, according to a 2005 study by Draelos et. al., niacinamide may help alleviate some of the symptoms of rosacea by increasing hydration and barrier function of the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of the skin), and may have some…
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Product Review: Shiseido Future Solution Revitalizing Cream

  Granted the hefty price tag of $225.00 for 1.8 oz., Shiseido Future Solution Total Revitalizing Cream (Amazon.com) promises hydration “for hours without a hint of stickiness,” improved firmness and radiance, as well as fewer wrinkles and fine lines after each application. The product boasts its magic comes from a Marine Capsule Emulsion, Chai Hu Extract, and a Hydro-Infusion Complex. But is the product worthy of the high price tag?…
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