The Most Misunderstood Skincare Ingredient: Alcohol

All too often, consumers will refuse to buy a product because it contains high concentrations of some form of alcohol. Yet, according to Dr. Audrey Kunin, board-certified dermatologist and founder of, not all alcohols are dry and irritating. In fact, according to Kunin, there are seven dense alcohols — cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol 40, C12-15 alcohols, stearyl alcohol and lanolin alcohol — that are not…
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Spotlight On: Amino Acid Peptides

  In times of injury, amino acid peptides provoke your skin to regenerate collagen. According to Audrey Kunin, M.D., dermatologist and founder of, amino acid peptides send a chemical message to fibroblasts, enticing them to return to the area, make collagen, and repair the wound in a process known as chemotaxis. Amino acid peptides used in skin creams are composed of the same end fragment that sends out the…
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Product Review: EsteƩ Lauder Advanced Night Repair versus Advanced Night Repair Concentrate

EsteĆ© Lauder Advanced Night Repair has been a best-seller of the company for over twenty years. The company website claims that the product “soothes daily irritation and builds a rich reserve of anti-oxidants and lipids to help replenish skin’s natural protectants.” In 2006, the company premiered Advanced Night Repair Concentrate, with 5 times the concentration of the patented recovery complex found in the original. The company suggests using Advanced Night…
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Caffeine and Your Skin

Caffeine, “America’s most used drug”, works on skin in the three primary ways: as an antioxidant (fighting future signs of aging), a diuretic (making the skin temporarily appear smoother), and a vasoconstrictor (may help to reduce puffiness and dark circles caused by vasodilation). Is ingesting caffeine beneficial to the skin? Based on current research, there seems to be a benefit and a detriment to caffeine. When ingested in daily doses…
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Product Review: La Mer Eye Concentrate

  La Mer Eye Concentrate is amongst the newest products of the season. Concentrated with hematite, white algae, and the company’s signature Miracle BrothTM, LaMer Eye Concentrate claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles, even skin tone, and soothe and hydrate throughout the day. Do the product’s ingredients indicate it should reduce the appearance of dark circles? Based on ingredients alone, most likely, no. La Mer claims that hematite,…
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Product Review: Olay Definity Eye Illuminator

Olay Definite Eye Illuminator claims to be a two-in-one sucker punch for the treatment for the delicate undereye region, acting as both a moisturizer and a concealer. Available in the U.S. for the suggested retail price of $25.99, Olay Definity Eye Illuminator contains n-acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide to decrease hyperpigmentation and increase moisturization (temporarily plumping up the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles), and different colors…
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