Commit to Healthier Skin This New Year

We often think of increasing exercise or losing weight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but why not focus on the health of our skin? As the largest organ in the body—and one of the biggest age revealers—it’s certainly worthy of a tune-up.

A visit to your dermatologist is a great way to start the year. Your dermatologist should be board certified, meaning that he or she has been certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in dermatology and has undergone extensive training in skin health and related disorders.

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Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

The old adage “you are what you eat” has stuck around for a reason: Poor diet has been linked to disease, obesity and decreased energy, while good nutrition has been shown to have innumerable health benefits. When it comes to the skin, research also shows that making nutritious choices can directly affect your complexion by fighting the signs of aging and improving skin conditions like dryness and acne.

Antioxidants are all-stars in skincare products—not only do they protect skin from free radicals, but they help counteract the breakdown of collagen. Eating…

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Sunscreen in the Winter—Why You Still Need It

It’s no secret that regular use of sun protection not only exponentially decreases your risk for skin cancer, but will also keep your skin smoother, healthier and younger-looking over time. Yet one of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it isn’t necessary aside from, say, the beach or pool. When patients ask me whether they need to wear sunscreen during the winter, I always respond with an emphatic “yes.”

First, it’s important to understand the difference between UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays—the kind that penetrate the skin…

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For the Love of Lasers

Richard Fitzpatrick, M.D.; Dermatologist, GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, California; Founder, SkinMedica

I met my first laser in 1962 as a freshman at Princeton University, and as soon as I started playing with the then-brand-new argon laser in physics class, I was instantly fascinated by the fact that you could concentrate a beam of energy so perfectly. Although no one had any idea how to use this innovation at the time, I immediately saw the…

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Behind the Scenes at Fashion Week

SkinMedica® was on-hand at the VIP Styling Lounge to educate and provide treatments

New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is all about looking good, and skin is no exception. SkinMedica’s very own Senior Clinical Aesthetician Lora Colvan set up shop at the exclusive VIP Styling Lounge at Manhattan’s Empire Hotel, where she provided celebrities and the fashion world’s bold-faced names with skin care consultations and performed SkinMedica’s most popular treatments. So we had to…

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The Man Behind the Products

SkinMedica’s Vice President of Formulation Development and Founding Formulation Scientist, John Garruto, shares his skincare insights, favorites, and his most memorable moments

After 34 years in the business of beauty, it’s safe to say John Garruto knows a thing or two about skincare. As SkinMedica’s Vice President of Formulation Development, he’s played a pivotal role in the brand’s development—and the formulation of the line’s bestsellers. Here, Garruto gives us a glimpse at the man…

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The power of pairing procedures and skin care

If you’re thinking about a cosmetic procedure such as laser resurfacing or even surgery, those few hours you spend in the doctor’s office are just a small part of your journey to beautiful skin. The process of skin rejuvenation is a long one, and it starts with solid skin care. But proper skin care is not a single product—it’s a comprehensive regimen combined with healthy habits. When these align, it’s possible to reverse signs of aging, improve symptoms of sun damage and even prevent future skin damage from occurring. The ultimate goal is to find the right…

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Clinically tested :: The truth behind the buzzword

What products should I use and what will this product do for ME?

These are the most common questions I hear from patients. Simply recommending a skin care regimen to a patient is never enough. Any recommendation should come with an explanation of how the product works, the expected benefits, and finally, any clinically supported scientific evidence.

A lot of products are advertised as "clinically-tested."

Is this just the latest buzzword to sell products, or does it actually mean something?

The definition of…

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Even more reasons to use a retinoid

Few skin care ingredients have been as extensively studied—and proven—as retinoids, and these vitamin A derivatives have skin benefits that range from improvement in visible signs of aging to reduction in acne.

The brainchild of dermatologist Albert Kligman, MD, tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) was first introduced as an acne treatment in the early 1970s. But when researchers noticed improved skin firmness and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in acne study participants, the anti-aging chapter in the retinoid story began.

The primary effect of…

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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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