Posts tagged "vitamin a"

Travel-Friendly Skin Care

Planning a vacation this summer? Don’t slack on skin care while you’re away!

Instead, make your regimen travel-friendly by packing sample or travel sizes of your favorite products, or transfer your skin care products to mini plastic bottles (three ounces or less, per TSA regulations).

In flight, take steps to avoid dehydration,…

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What’s the Perfect Skin Care Dose?

In an effort to maximize the efficiency of skin care products, it’s often tempting to slather on creams and serums with abandon. But to achieve the best results from your skin care, how much is too much?

Often, the answer is quite simple: A little goes a long way. Clinical skin care products are typically formulated with high concentrations of potent ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids. When these…

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A closer look at antioxidants

In recent years, doctors and researchers alike have come to believe in the free radical theory of aging. You’ve likely heard of free radicals as well, and it’s important to understand these chemical particles before delving into more about antioxidants.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that seek out electrons in our bodies and in our skin. Free radicals are the byproducts of our bodies’ oxygen-driven energy system, and they steal electrons from cells and collagen, in turn degrading and corroding our cells, which causes aging changes both within and on the…

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Retinoids: Improving skin from the inside out

Few skincare ingredients have as storied a history as retinoids. These vitamin A derivatives first found fame as a novel and effective treatment for acne in the early 1970s, until older patients found it to have aesthetic anti-aging benefits as well. As a result, Retin-A received the FDA's first anti-aging approval in the early 1990s. Today, retinoids are considered by many dermatologists to be one of the most effective topical ingredients for treating symptoms of sun damage. Found both in prescription and over-the-counter creams and gels, retinoids are available in multiple…

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Sun damage and how to treat it.

Photoaging refers to the damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure, over a person's lifetime, to UV radiation. Sun freckles (also known as liver spots, although they have nothing to do with the liver), irregular pigmentation and dilated blood vessels (often referred to as "broken" blood vessels) are some examples. Other examples of photoaging include fine lines and laxity from the loss of elastic fibers and healthy collagen.

To understand the difference between photoaged vs non-photoaged skin, look no further than your arms and chin. Notice how the…

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