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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Product Review: Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion SPF 20

Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion SPF 20 ($16.75, Drugstore.com) is the latest product from Neutrogena. Claiming to reduce 99% of free radicals and boosting broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to prevent future aging, and many soothing and moisturizing ingredients to improve skin tone and texture now, Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse seems to be a two-fold treatment for the skin. How does this product compare to other anti-aging antioxidant treatments? Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant…
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Spotlight On: Hydroquinone

  Photo: Tri-Luma, a prescription-strength hydroquinone-steroid-retinoid treatment, is used to treat melasma and dark spots for eight weeks. Since 1982, hydroquinone has been FDA-approved for the treatment of freckles, melasma, and general brown patching. Today, hydroquinone is the most commonly used bleaching agent in the United States. Over time, hydroquinone has acquired a much-deserved high reputation in the dermatology community, as it is considered to be very effective in reducing…
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*Recommended: Sun Protective Clothing from Alex and Me Co., Solar Eclipse, and MaxOUT Swimwear Co.

  It can’t be said enough: the primary environmental factor that causes human skin aging is the sun. And even if you’re not concerned about aging now, consider this: sun exposure is cumulative over time. The skin doesn’t forget how much sun you’ve gotten, and it shows. So why sun-protective clothing and not just sunscreen? According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, director of Cosmetic Dermatology at the University of Miami, patients…
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Product Review: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules

In 1991, the Elizabeth Arden company premiered a blend of ceramides into their skin care products, designed to strengthen, exfoliate, retexturize and moisturize the skin. In addition, the company’s antioxidant E and retinyl complex are designed to improve and prevent the signs of aging over time. Are ceramides as good as they sound? According to Tony Vargas, Vice-President of Elizabeth Arden Research and Development, Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive…
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