Sunscreen, Part I: UVA, UVB, and Proper Use

Photo: Plasma connects to different magnetic polarities on the sun. Courtesy Wikipedia. If you can only buy one anti-aging product, then buy a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and use it each and every day. Your skin will thank me in twenty years, as UV exposure has been linked to almost every known cause of aging, from free radical release to matrix metalloproteinase formation to DNA damage,…
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Tretinoin, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate: The Key to Anti-Aging Success?

  According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, researchers discovered the anti-aging properties of Retin-A, a prescription topical treatment containing a derivative of vitamin A, in 1985, when it was first used as an acne treatment. Patients reported decrease in the appearance of wrinkles and smoother skin, in addition to a reduction in acne. The active ingredient in Retin-A, tretinoin (brand…
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Cellulite: Probable Causes and Current Treatments

Photo source: Murad.com According to a recent Allure.com reader poll, 36% of respondees most dreamed of a cure for cellulite. And why not? Cellulite affects approximately 85-98% of women of all races. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, it is caused by the irregular extrusion of adipose tissue (i.e., fat) into the reticular and papillary dermis (see below). This process may be exacerbated by weight loss. Baumann cites the research of…
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Focus on: Spider angiomas

  Spider angiomas, also called spider nevi, are common and benign tumors, usually bright red and small (1 mm), made of blood vessels. According to Dr. Mark Crowe, M.D., a spider angioma consists of a central arteriole with radiating thin-walled vessels; the entire lesion is usually 0.5-1 cm in diameter. Commonly found on the face, neck, upper part of the trunk, and arms, spider angiomas may be present in as…
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Product Review: Wexler MMPi Skin Regeneration Serum

  Leave it to Patricia Wexler, the fashion-forward, world-famous Manhattan-based dermatologist, to put a phrase like “matrix metalloproteinase” on the map. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are collagen-degrading enzymes that play an important role in the aging picture. In a 1996 study by Fisher et al., it was found that UV exposure increase MMPs (and hence collagen production) in three steps, as mentioned in Cosmetic Dermatology. One, UV exposure increases the production…
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How do antioxidants work?

Ah, yes, the antioxidant. While nearly everyone has heard of them, few know how they actually work. But it’s relatively simple. Let’s get into some basic chemistry. Oxygen molecules are stable, or unreactive, when they have an even number of electrons. However, when oxygen molecules combine with other molecules, the oxygen can end up with an odd number of electrons. The oxygen molecule is now unstable and highly reactive, and…
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