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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Preparing for summer travel

Your SkinMedica® favorites are TSA-approved!

It’s summer travel season, and just because you’re heading out of town doesn’t mean you should leave your skin care regimen home. Nothing gets a trip off on the wrong foot like having your products confiscated at airport security, but luckily all of your SkinMedica favorites are TSA-approved, so you can have beautiful skin and a beautiful vacation.

Instead of lugging around a full-size cleanser, make Skin Polisher your…

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The quartet of great skin care

The four components essential to any skin care regimen

Every effective skin care regimen consists of a multi-tiered approach to preventing and reversing visible signs of aging, while achieving optimal skin health. By ensuring that skin cells perform to their fullest potential and shielding the skin from environmental aggressors, it’s possible to see real improvement in just a matter of months. After years of extensive research, SkinMedica® has come to rely on four essentials to promote healthy, beautiful skin: Growth factors, retinoids, antioxidants and…

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How to get your skin summer-ready

The state of your skin come spring depends largely on how you’ve taken care of it all winter. If you’ve been meticulous about exfoliation, you can expect a smooth transition to the warmer months, but if you haven’t, now’s the time to shed the layer of dead, dull skin, so you can put your best face forward by summer.

This time of year, many of us also start to think about skin issues that will become visible to the world when we start wearing short sleeves, tank tops, skirts and shorts. This month is prime time to address these beauty concerns with treatments…

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Dealing with Rosacea and Redness

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, which makes this the perfect time to talk about skin redness. Sixteen million American women and men suffer from persistent redness, and if you’re one of them, the best first step is to see a dermatologist to evaluate the cause of this skin condition. But even if you don’t have rosacea, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to calm your complexion.

The National Rosacea Society is a great resource for anyone suffering from this skin condition disorder or skin redness in…

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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 skin needs hyaluronic acid

This ingredient is key for more moisture and less wrinkles.

Touted by experts as one of the best hydrating and wrinkle-plumping ingredients on the market today, hyaluronic acid is getting a lot of attention. You can find it in skin care products and injectable fillers, and although it occurs naturally in your skin, levels of this vital skin component decline with age. Capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, supplementing your skin with hyaluronic acid can boost moisture levels and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic…

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Cleansing: The First Step to Better Skin

I recently came across this staggering statistic: Almost 66% of women don’t wash their face before going to bed. I found this to be surprising and also quite unfortunate since the evening is the most crucial time to wash.

Think about all the dirt and pollution you are exposed to during the course of a day. Between the makeup you apply in the morning and the dirt and debris that accumulate on your skin, you have a layer of grime and leftover makeup on your face by the time you get home at night. You wouldn’t go to sleep without brushing your…

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My New Year resolution is to take better care of my skin. What can I do?

Year after year, everyone wants to kick off the New Year with a fresh start. The most common resolutions include hitting the gym at least 3 times a week, losing weight and eating healthy. In addition to these healthy resolutions, you might also decide that this is the year to start taking better care of your skin.

Here are a few New Year skin resolutions you should consider as 2011 gets underway:

  • Develop a daily skin care regimen that addresses your particular skin concerns and leads to meaningful improvement.
    Choose skin care…

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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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