Posts tagged "vitamin c"

The Right Time to Begin a Skin Care Regimen

Angie Scott, Medical Aesthetician and Owner; FACES Corrective Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics, Lambertville, Mich.

We hear so much about prevention when it comes to skin care, and for good reason: By taking care of our skin early on, we can help to preserve its youthful appearance for years to come.

Most skin aging starts at a young age. The sun can begin to degrade collagen in the early childhood years when sun exposure first begins. In fact, a smattering of freckles is often a child’s first visible sign of sun exposure.

The commitment to sun protection…

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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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Natural Skincare Ingredients: The Truth Behind the Buzz

Michelle C. Turley, Managing Aesthetician for The Skin Institute at Savannah Plastic Surgery, Savannah, GA

As an aesthetician, I’m regularly exposed to the latest advancements in the skincare field—and that means navigating an increasingly abundant selection of options. One current buzzed-about concept in skincare is the use of “all-natural” and organic ingredients. As consumers continue to focus on healthier lifestyle choices and analyze what they put into their bodies, they are developing an increasing interest in what they use externally, as well.…

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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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What can I do to rejuvenate my neck and chest?

I have heard this question so many times. Women complain about wrinkles and discoloration on the neck more than on their faces. At least you can put make-up on the face and concealer under the eyes, but the neck is a big give-away. According to the author of popular book “I Feel Bad About My Neck” Nora Ephron – "Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth." The neck and décolleté areas are highly visible parts of our body, and the most evident indicators of aging skin. Most of us take special care of the skin on the face but often forget the…

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Your dry skin survival guide

Skin dryness is one of the most common skin complaints this time of year.

When the temperature drops, dry skin can become a major beauty challenge, turning the flawless complexion you had just a few months ago into skin you can barely recognize. Colder weather isn’t the only culprit—you can also blame artificial heat, blustery wind and less humidity outside as well.

When our bodies are dehydrated, we often feel thirsty, but your skin can be dehydrated without you even knowing. The symptoms of dry skin—which manifest after your…

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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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