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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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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