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The free-radical theory of aging (FRTA) states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. You may believe that you are getting enough antioxidants via diet, you may be wrong. As I learn more about the benefits of resveratrol, I am convinced that a nightly application of an effective topical resveratrol product needs to be a part of everyones skin care regimen.

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a botanical antioxidant with diverse biologic effects important to anti-aging. Resveratrol is a natural polyphenolic antioxidant found in over 70 plants, including berries peanuts and grapes. It protects plants from stress, UV light and certain fungal infections. You may have also heard that red wine is a good source of resvertrol, this is because it is in the skin of the grapes and as the grapes ferment the concentration of resveratrol increases.

Resveratrol is impressive because it has a dual antioxidant capacity, not only is it an exogenous antioxidant it also works to up regulate endogenous antioxidants. This means that not only does resveratrol scavenge free radicals from the environment, it also works to increase the production of the bodies own “endogenous” antioxidants

Benefits of Resveratrol

- Dual antioxidant capacity
– Preserve collagen
– Reduce skin inflammation
– Helps with skin discoloration (tyrosinase inhibitor)
– Inhibits non-melanoma skin cancer formation, when applied topically
– Positive effect on extrinsic and intrinsic skin aging
– Works synergistically with antioxidants such as vitamin E
– Increased epidermal and dermal skin density ( with topical Resveratrol BE )
– Increased Elasticity ( with topical Resveratrol BE )

Intrinsic and Extrinsic: What you need to know about free radicals

A free radical is any unstable atom or molecule that is missing an electron. They stabilize by steeling an electron from another molecule, which then becomes becomes another free radical, creating a chain reaction. Free radicals can be intrinsic (natural) or extrinsic (environmental). Extrinsic free radicals (from your environment) can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed into the body. UV rays, air pollution, tobacco smoke, herbicides, and pesticides are all forms of free radicals. Intrinsic free radicals (natural) occur constantly when our body produces free radicals as by-products of a basic metabolic process called oxidation. Immune cells will also release free radicals in order to fight invading viruses and bacteria.

Learn More “Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants”

Exogenous and Endogenous: What you need to know about antioxidants

Exogenous antioxidants are obtained from an outside source such as diet or topical applications, compared to Endogenous antioxidants which are made by the body. The body makes five types of endogenous antioxidants: superoxide dismatuse (SOD), alpha lipoic acid (ALA), coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), catalase and glutathione peroxidase. The body is incapable of producing enough endogenous antioxidants to combat free radicals on their own, so it is essential to get additional (exogenous) antioxidants through diet. We can increase exogenous antioxidants by eating a healthy diet, but this does not exactly increase endogenous antioxidants. Unfortunately, as we age the body produces less endogenous antioxidants. Evidence suggests that a decrease in endogenous antioxidants plays a role in both extrinsic (environmental) and intrinsic (natural) aging, leading to premature aging. So…this is where resvertrol comes in to play. Resveratrol helps to up regulate endogenous antioxidants, including superoxide dismatuse (SOD), catalase and glutathione.

Skin Aging

Skin aging is effected by the depletion of naturally occurring (endogenous) antioxidants. Another driving factor in skin aging is ROS (reactive oxygen species), which can result from environmental insults such as sun exposure as well as the disturbances in mitochondrial function. Increased ROS can directly damage cell membranes, proteins, DNA as well as turning on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that accelerate aging. This means a break down of collagen, less collagen production and increased inflammation. Studies show that resveratrol down regulates this process, helping to preserve collagen and reduce skin inflammation.

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Topical Resveratrol: Benefits and Challenges

Orally ingested resveratrol is rapidly metabolized, leaving only a small fraction to reach tissues. Resveratrol ingested via diet or supplements is not the most effective way to deliver it to the skin, topical applications are more promising. Topical resveratrol is applied directly to the targeted area allowing skin tissue to attain a therapeutic concentration.

The first challenge with topical resveratrol is that it is photosensitive, so it must be protected by a broad-spectrum sunblock or used exclusively at night. The second challenge is that it has a low water solubility, making it hard to get high concentrations of pure resveratrol in a topical solution. This explains why most topical products have less than 1% of pure resveratrol. Finally, the transport of resveratrol to the skin is limited by the type of vehicle used. It is essential that the resveratrol be able to escape from its vehicle and be able to penetrate the initial barrier.

Renowned for their topical antioxidant serums, it is no surprise that Skin Ceuticals would overcome the obstacles of topical resveratrol. Skin Ceuticals has created “Resveratrol BE” with a maximized concentration of 1% pure stabilized resveratrol in a synergistic formulation with 0.5% baicalin and vitamin E for enhanced efficacy. Skin Ceuticals advanced research labs have formulated the resveratrol in a delivery system of hydrotopes which allow the resveratrol to penetrate the skin.
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How To Use Topical Resveratrol

Remember resveratrol works synergistically with other antioxidants and it is degraded by UV rays. I recommended that in the morning you apply a topical antioxidant such as CE Ferulic along with broad spectrum sunblock. Apply topical Resveratrol BE at night before any moisturizer or creams. If you use tretinoin (Retin-A), apply the tretinoin first then the resveratrol.

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Reference “Resveratrol: A Unique Antioxidant Offering a Multi-Mechanistic Approach for Treating Aging Skin”
Journal Of Drugs In Dermatology, December 2013. Volume 12. Issue 12

Read MoreApril 13, 2014 7:24 pm - Posted by Kristy


Your skin care products could be working more effectively

The Challenge of Skin Care Products

As skin care professionals, a large part of our job involves searching for skin care products that are effective and then searching for new ways to help those products to work better. The bennefits of a product can look great on paper, but if it does not penetrate effectively then it loses a lot of the benefit. The main function of skin is to act as a barrier, meaning to keep things out. This barrier function makes it challenging to get skin care products to penetrate enough to be effective. Many topical creams merely sit on the surface of the skin before evaporating away.

The Solution

While researching new ways to deliver skin medications, bioscientists made an amazing discovery—ultrasound waves uniquely increase the effectiveness of applying topical ingredients to the skin. Ultrasound waves work by creating a path to deliver key ingredients to the skin. In short ultrasound waves help create a path for better product penetration, which means skin care products will work more effectively, giving you better results.

JeNu

Ultrasound itself isn’t new, we use a professional ultrasound device in our clinic for several different therapies. Until recently however, ultrasound devices were only available for use in medical offices, but now there is an ultrasound device called JeNu that can be use at home. JeNu is a home skin care device that combines the power of gentle ultrasound wave technology with effective skin care products.
It is a small hand held ultrasound wand that is used to help improve product penetration, up to 12 times better penetration. JeNu also comes with a lip and eye product that use breakthrough technology to hydrate and plumps lips as well as minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet and refines skin texture around eyes. (The lip serum is my new obsession -LOVE it!)

Aside from the amazing results I have enjoyed with my skin, I have to add that I love the sleek design. The wand is fairly small and the charger plugs directly into the wall, rather than taking up space on your counter. The JeNU Active-Youth Pro Skincare System is available exclusively thru skin professionals.
Video: How it Works

Professional Tip / Before You Start

JeNu recommends using the ultrasound wand only with JeNu products. I personally use the ultrasound with additional skin care products, as do my clients. It is important to understand that as it increases product penetration it will likely potentiate active ingredients, although this is basically the desired effect it may also increase the skins reaction to product. If you want to use your JeNu device with other products, I recommend that you first consult with a skin care professional that is familiar with both JeNu and the product you intend to use. I would advise against using it with anything very active such as Retin-A, retinol, salicylic or glycolic acid.

Before

After

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Read MoreJanuary 27, 2014 9:21 pm - Posted by Kristy

Hydrating Serums

Hydrating B5 Gel by Skin Ceuticals

All Skin Types
Moisture-enhancing gel that can be used alone or under a moisturizer for maxim moisture.
Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant capable of retaining 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an effective moisturizer. Vitamin B5 is essential for skin repair function, B5 is known to help with tissue repair.
P.S. We ♡ B5 gel because it gives your skin an amazing glow with a slight plumping effect. We also like to use it with Clarisonic Opal (try it).

Hydra-Cool Serum by iS Clinical

All Skin Types, Acne, Rosacea, Sensitive
Hydrateing, Soothing and Anti-Acneic
A light weight hydrating antioxidant serum that reduce mild acneic skin symptoms, calms,cools and soothes irritaded skin. Can be used alone or under a moisturizer.
Key Ingredients: Sodium hyaluronate ( hyaluronic acid), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), mushroom extract ( a form of kojic acid)
TIP – “Hollywood Glow Secret” mix a little Hydra-Cool with Makeup

HYALIS 1% Hyaluronate Refining Serum by NeoCutis

All Skin Types
Hydrating serum that quickly hydrates skin, ideal for use in conjunction with drying dermatologic treatments.
Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid

Moisturizers

Emollience by Skin Ceuticals

Normal,Dry, Sensitive Skin
Rich, restorative moisturizer that absorbs evenly and quickly, ideal for high altitudes and cold or dry climates.
Key Ingredients: Nutrient-rich algae extracts nourish and hydrate the skin. Grape seed oil, rose hip oil, and macadamia oil restore and maintain moisture.

Daily Moisture by Skin Ceuticals

Normal, Oily, Combination Skin
This lightweight moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of pore size and leaves a smooth, non-greasy finish.
Key Ingredients:

Action by Obagi

All Skin Types / Post Procedure
A mild moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin. Will not irritate sensitive or post procedure skin. Can be used while on tretinoin (Retin-A) and after chemical peels.
Key Ingredients:

Nu-Derm Hydrate

Normal, Dry, Sensitive Skinn
All-day moisture protection that is non-irritating, non-sensitizing, allergy tested, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
Key Ingredients: Hydromanil, a natural moisturizer derived from tara seed, known to retain water and gradually deliver moisture to the skin. Also includes shea butter, mango butter, avocado, and glycerin to help combat skin dryness.

Skin Strenghtening Complex by NIA24

Normal, Oily, Acne, Sun Damaged Skin
A light weight treatment moisturizer that is fortified to enhances the skin barrier function, accelerates repair, and reduces the apperance of skin discolorations.
Key Ingredients: 5% Pro-Niacin which delivers niacin to the skin cells and enables healing from within helping the skin protect and repair itself from sun damage. Vitamin -A (retinal palmitate- promotes elasticity), Green Tea & Rosemary (antioxidants), Ceramides, Evening primrose & Wheat Germ Oils (moisturize), Peptide Complex ( reduce fine lines).

Intensive Recovery Complex by Nia 24

Normal, Dry and Sun Damaged Skin
Rich treatment cream delivers intense moisture while it brightens skin and reinforce skin to tighten and tone.
Key Ingredients: 5% Pro-Niacin which delivers niacin to the skin cells and enables healing from within helping the skin protect and repair itself from sun damage. Sodium hyaluronate (hydrates), licorice root extract (brightens), Barley & Tomato Complex (reduces trans epidermal water loss), Liposome Complex of A, C and E (antioxidants), Ceramide 3 (barrier building)
* Pro- Niacin is based from niacin (vitamin B3) is a key factor in helping the skin protect and repair itself from sundamage.

Firming Complex by iS Clinical

All Skin Types / Mature Skin
Designed to reduce the visible signs of aging, it keeps skin hydrated and induces a process of cellular regeneration and skin exfoliation.
Key Ingredients: powerful healing antioxidants, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Retinol (Vitamin A), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Willow Bark Extract (a source of Salicylic Acid), Centella Asiatica, Chamomile, Green Tea Extract, Licorice Extract, Bioflavenoids.

Ultra Sheer Moisturizer by Skin Medica

Normal, Oily Skin
Light non-oily moisturizer that hydrates and conditions the skin without clogging pores.
Key Ingredients: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate ( lipid-soluble form of ascorbic acid/ Vitamin C),
Tocopheryl Acetate (stabilized ester of vitamin E – moisturizes), Tocopherol ( oil-soluble, natural form of vitamin E – antioxidant) Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)

TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream by Skin Medica

For Ultra Dry Skin or Post Procedure
Rich moisturizing ceramide cream that helps to support epithelialization of post-procedure skin and rapidly restores skin’s barrier and moisture balance.
Key Ingredients: TNS® (stabilized growth factors blend), Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA (Ceramide),
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (synthetic tripeptide), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (synthetic peptide)

*Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (TNS®) is a physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized growth factors blend that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and overall skin tone and texture.

Transformation Face Cream by Jan Marini

Dry, Combination Skin
Moisturizing Cream that assists in the rebuilding and repair of damaged cells while it leaves the skin with a silky-feeling surface.
Key Ingredients: TGF Beta-1 (Transforming Growth Factor/rh-Polypeptide-22), Epidermal Growth Factor, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Antioxidants and Plant Extracts

Age Intervention Face Cream by Jan Marini

Dry, Combination Skin, Mature Skin
Highly moisturizing cream that assist in revitalizing and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity. It is designed to target changes in aging skin resulting from decreasing hormonal levels and cumulative sun exposure.
Features & Benefits
Key Ingredients: Bioidentical Hormones, Patented Topical Interferon (alpha-2b), Plankton (Algae) Extract, CoEnzyme Q10, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Plant Extracts, Essential Fatty Acids

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Read MoreFebruary 5, 2013 8:59 pm - Posted by Kristy

Hydroquinone has been the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation for over 50 years, but some confusion about hydroquinone has developed over the past few years. Common rumors include, hydroquinone has been banned or that it causes cancer. A lot of information found on the internet misrepresents hydroquinone by omitting some of the facts related to Hydroquinone studies and the FDA’s proposed rule.

I personally use hydroquinone on my skin to treat melasma and hyperpigmentation. I love what hydroquinone does for my skin and I have not been able to duplicate the results with other skin lighteners, however health is always going to outweigh the benefit of beautiful skin. I certainly would not want to use anything that is unsafe, furthermore I consider my self an advocate for my clients. It is important that my clients feel confidant in my knowledge of skin care and even more important that they trust that I always have their best interest in mind. I have spent a lot of time educating my self on hydroquinone and I aim to clarify some of the confusion.

What is Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is an active ingredient used in topical creams and cosmetics as a depigmenting agent to treat skin discoloration such as melasma. Topical skin lightening creams containing Hydroquinone first became available in the United States in 1955. Hydroquinone has been described as a ubiquitous chemical, meaning it is something that we are exposed to as part of our daily life. Hydroquinone occurs in some plants as free hydroquinone or as arbutin. Arbutin (glucosylated hydroquinone) is found in the leaves and fruits of many plants that are used for food and bacteria in the intestines can transform it into hydroquinone. Hydroquinone and Arbutin can be found in foods such as cranberries, blueberries, pears, beans, broccoli, onions tea, coffee, beer, red wine, all-wheat bread and cereals (concentration may exceed 1%). Hydroquinone also has a number of other uses, it is used as an antioxidant for rubber, a reducing agent for photographic developing solutions, a stabalizer in paints and varnishes. It is also found in hair dyes and nail polish. The list goes on and on.

Does Hydroquinone Cause Cancer

Hydroquinone has been available as active ingredient for over 50 years and there have not been any reported cases of hydroquinone induced cancer in humans. There is also no evidence in human clinical studies to suggest that Hydroquinone could cause cancer in humans. It is suggested that additional studies are needed.

What about the Rats? I have heard and read many times that hydroquinone causes cancer in rats, so I decided to read the study and reviews myself. The 2 year gavage study with hydroquinone, showed some Rats with end stage CPN developed cancer. The problem is that you need to read the full report and it’s reviews before you develop a conclusion. CPN is a renal disease that affects various strain of rats, but has no counterpart in humans. In a 2007 review, McGregor concluded that hydroquinone is carcinogenic only in the context of end-stage CPN, which is not relevant in humans. There is some debate over using rats in carcinogenicity studies, as test results may not be relevant to humans. It should be noted that certain strain of rats are prone to spontaneously develop tumors.

Does Hydroquinone Cause Ochronosis

There are two types of ochronosis, endogenous and exogenous. It is only exogenous ochronosis which can be induced by the topical application of compounds including hydroquinone as well as antimalarias, mercury, resorcinol and phenol. Exogenous ochronosis is a fairly rare type of dermatitis that needs to be diagnosed by a dermatologist. It is not known exactly how hydroquinone induces ochronosis but suggested factors include: sun exposre, long term use of hydroquinone, high concentrations of hydroquinone, other active derivatives and penetrating vehicles such as t-butyl alcohol, mercuric compounds, resorcinol and hydroalcoholic lotion. Exogenous ochronosis is believed to be a progressive disorder that likely develops over several years.

Was Hydroquinone Banned

No, hydroquinone was not “banned” in the US. Hydroquinone is available in concentrations of 2% or less over the counter (OTC), and concentrations over 2% (typically 4%) are available in prescription strength in the United States.

To simply say Hydroquinone has been “banned” in other countries is something of a misrepresentation. First, we need to acknowledge that hydroquinone is an active ingredient available in prescription strength and over the counter (OTC) strength. I am not aware of any ban or proposed ban on prescription strength hydroquinone in any country. The confusion seems to come from the change in availability of over the counter (OTC) hydroquinone. In Japan and Australia hydroquinone is no longer available in cosmetics OTC (over the counter), it is only available as a prescription based ingredient.

As part of a review of OTC products, the FDA published a proposed rule in 2006 to consider the withdraw of the 1982 rule that recommended hydroquinone be GRASE, because of evidence indicating that hydroquinone may act as a carcinogen in rats and mice after oral administration. It is argued that this is not relevant in humans, so the proposed rule recommended additional studies should be conducted to determine if there is a risk to humans. The FDA has yet to make a final ruling, but until then it’s still believed that hydroquinone should remain available as an OTC (over the counter) drug product.

My Conclusion

I have considered the facts, studies, reviews and opinions of medical professionals and have concluded that I will continue to use hydroquinone. I would not be concerned if my mom, best friend, husband or children were using hydroquinone. I feel very confidant in the efficacy and safety of hydroquinone. I will continue review and consider any new information and I will modify this post if my opinion changes.

I have read hundreds of pages of studies, reviews, letters and other published literature on the subject of hydroquinone. I am not able to share everything I have learned, but I focused on some of the main points. I have included links to resources that are available on line, I encourage anyone who is concerned about hydroquinone to do thier own homework. I also recommend consulting with your doctor.

If you are using hydroquinone, be sure to use a broad spectrum sunblock and give your skin a resting period from hydroquinone. For example: 3 months on and 3 months off.

Warning

There have been reports of counterfeit beauty products and illegally imported skin care products containing mercury. I strongly discourage purchasing skin bleaching creams on-line.

Resources

FDA / Hydroquinone Studies Under The National Toxicology Program (NTP)

Nomination Profile /Hydroquinone [CAS 123-31-9] Supporting Information for Toxicological Evaluation by the National Toxicology Program /21 May 2009 / Prepared by U.S. Food & Drug Administration Department of Health and Human Services

Hydroquinone: An Evaluation of the Human Risks from its Carcinogenic and Mutagenic Properties / Critical Reviews in Toxicology 2007, Vol. 37, No. 10 , Pages 887-914 / Douglas McGregor /Toxicity Evaluation Consultants, Aberdour, Scotland, United Kingdom / Toxicity Evaluation Consultants, 38 Shore Road, Aberdour, KY30TU, Scotland, UK

FDA / Rulemaking History for OTC Skin Bleaching Drug Products

Guidance for Industry / S1B Testing for Carcinogenicity of Pharmaceuticals

SALIENT OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PUBLISHED LITERATURE ON EXOGENOUS OCHRONOSIS REPORTEDLY ASSOCIATED
WITH SKIN DISCOLORATION FADE PRODUCTS / May 12, 1992

Levitt J. The safety of hydroquinone: a dermatologist’s response to the 2006 Federal Register. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Apr 26;

The safety of hydroquinone: a dermatologist’s response to the 2006 Federal Register.

Skin Bleaching Drug Products For Over-the-Counter Human Use; Proposed Rule

Rats: Test Results That Don’t Apply to Humans

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Read MoreDecember 11, 2012 7:44 pm - Posted by Kristy

Everybody wants an amazing eye cream, my self included (I am practically obsessed). The eyes are a focal point on our face, they are also the first place we start to show aging. We are all hoping for a miracle in a jar, unfortunately we may be setting our expectations too high.

An eye cream can do a lot for you, but there are somethings it can not do. An eye cream can add moisture, improve and strengthen the delicate skin under the eyes. An eye cream can treat dark circles with skin brighteners or ingredients that strengthen the blood vessels under the eyes. An eye cream can address puffiness by reducing swelling and inflammation. An eye cream can reduce or slow the effects of aging with Retinols/ AHA’s, Growth factors and antioxidants. When choosing an eye cream look at the ingredients (do they address your concerns). An eye cream can not add volume to a hollow under eye, remove fat pads that cause under eye bags, remove excess skin, lift a hooded brow or relax the muscles around the eyes that cause crows feet.
There comes a point when an aesthetic procedure may be needed to address your concerns.

Everyone needs an eye cream and there are plenty of great eye creams available. Finding an eye cream you love is largely based on personal preference, but a skin professional can point you in the right direction. Skin professionals hold the skin care products to a higher standard and tend to look for products with powerful ingredients or with a high concentration of key ingredients. Keep your expectations toward your eye cream realistic and when the time comes, except the hard truth that you may be ready for an aesthetic procedure.

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Elastiderm by Obagi
Benefits

Moisture Level – 0
Elastiderm eye helps to restore the elasticity around your eyes and reduce the appearance of visible fine lines and wrinkles. It is important to understand that this is not a moisturizing or hydrating product, this is a product intended to improve elasticity in the skin. I recommend you layer another eye cream over this for optimal results. I also like using the Clarisonic Opal with the Elastiderm gel to increase penetration. Elastiderm is available in a cream formula for those who prefer a smooth, rich consistency, and in a gel formula for those who prefer a cool, fluid consistency.

Features

Bi-mineral complex – Includes zinc and copper to help restore elasticity and build collagen
Malonic acid – helps stimulate the production of skin cells
Blueberry extract- antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals
Penetrating Therapeutics™ – An Obagi technology that helps drive the ingredients deep into the skin

Eye Repair Complex by Nia 24
Benefits

Moisture Level – 4
Ultra rich clinical strength cream that quickly penetrates to firm and brighten while minimizing dark circles, lines and puffiness.

Features

5% Pro-Niacin™ - The key ingediant in Nia 24 products is Pro Niacin which strengthens the cells and skin barrier to protect weak capillaries that can burst and release blood into the tissues (causing the appearance of dark circles). Pro-Niacin® has been clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier by generating the growth and maturation of healthy skin cells from the inside-out.
Matrixyl™ – improves collagen
Vitamin C - illuminate / brighten, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, contributes to collagen production
Licorice – illuminate / brighten
White Birch – illuminate / brighten
Caffeine – reduce puffiness
Vitamin E - soothes
Best Beauty Buy 2010 by In Style Magazine

Epionce Eye cream

Renewal Eye Cream by Epionce
Benefits

Moisture Level – 5
Soft-focus technology emits, scatters and diffuses visible light, making dark circles and puffiness less noticeable.
Formulated to complement the use of eye makeup. Works to strengthen and fortify the skin barrier protecting it from aggressive and damaging inflammatory factors.

Features

Apple Fruit Extract
Date Fruit Extract
Meadowfoam Extract
Safflower Extract
Avocado Extract
Rosa Canina Fruit Oil

Illuminating Eye Cream by Skin Medica
Benefits

Moisture Level – 2
This lightweight eye cream with the patented growth factor blend TNS®, peptides and chrysin helps to improve firmness and resiliency, brighten the skin around the eyes and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

Features

Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (TNS®) - A mixture of human growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins. A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple natural messenger proteins.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 – A synthetic peptide
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide - A synthetic tripeptide
Hydroxysuccinimide and Chrysin – This combination of ingredients reduces the appearance of dark circles.
Boron Nitride- Optimizes the optical diffusion effect of light, which lessens the visibility of dark circles and discolorations to enhance skin appearance.

TNS Eye Repair by Skin Medica
Benefits

Moisture Level – 4
This luxurious eye treatment cream hydrates the fragile skin around the eyes and is formulated with the patented growth factor blend TNS®, peptides, high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid helps to increase firmness, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimize dark circles.

Features

Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media (TNS®) – A mixture of human growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins. A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple natural messenger proteins.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 – A synthetic peptide that helps improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide – A synthetic tripeptide
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A stable, lipid-soluble ester form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
Tocopheryl Acetate – A stabilized ester of vitamin E considered the most important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.
Retinyl Palmitate – A natural lipid soluble form of retinol
Hydroxysuccinimide and Chrysin – This combination of ingredients reduces the appearance of dark circles.
Boron Nitride – Optimizes the optical diffusion effect of light, which lessens the visibility of dark circles and discolorations to enhance skin appearance.

Youth Eye Complex by IS Clinical
Benefits

Moisture Level – 3
Utilizes “intelligent proteins” that target damaged cites and help regenerate skin. Dermal structure is strengthened and the formation of collagen and elastin is encouraged. As a result skin is stronger and better to resist damage. Powerful peptides, growth factors and antioxidants rapidly reduce wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and hyaluronic acid keeps skin smooth and moisturized.

Features

Sodium hyaluronate (botanically derived Hyaluronic acid) – retains water for immediate smoothness
Vitamins A, C, E, , K – antioxidants that combat free radical damage and contribute to collagen synthesis and overall improved cellular (and skin) health.
Hyaluronic acid microspheres – support moisture
Hydrolyzed Wheat and Protein – Skin strengthener that target cells that need repair and directs formation of new collagen
Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor HGF – can promote activation of wound healing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, encourages the synthesis of healthy collagen, which acts to promote healthy dermal restructuring
Panthenol (vitamin B5) – essential for cellular function, keeps cells healthy

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AGE Eye Complex by Skin Ceuticals
Benefits

Moisture Level -3
Immediately, optical diffusers improve radiance and minimize the appearance of dark circles and capillaries. Within four to twelve weeks, a synergistic complex of flavonoids and peptides further improves the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. By twelve weeks and beyond, blueberry extract helps interrupt the formation of advanced glycation end-products (A.G.E.) and Proxylane restores water and nutrient content to the dermal epidermal junction to visibly diminish wrinkles and crow’s feet

Features

Optical diffusers – improve radiance in tired, dull eyes
Complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides – reduces the appearance of dark circles and diminishes puffiness and under-eye bags
Proxylane – restores water and nutrient content
Blueberry extract – antioxidant, helps fight free radicals

Age Intervention Eye Cream by Jan Marini
Benefits

Moisture Level – 4
Soften, smooth, hydrate, firm and define. Age Intervention Eye Cream is a spectacularly effective formula that delivers ultra smooth, contoured-looking eyelid skin that appears flawlessly ageless.
Age Intervention Eye Cream is based upon a proprietary patent-pending peptide/retinol combination with other supporting key technologies that synergistically provide remarkable benefits.

Features

Peptides: Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8 and Myristoyl Tetrapeptide-12
All-Trans-Retinol
Hyaluronic Acid
Green Tea Extract
CoEnzyme Q10
Essential Fatty Acids

Transformation Eye Cream by Jan Marini
Benefits

Moisture Level – 3
Transformation Eye Cream anti-aging technology leaves the skin noticeably smoother and retextured. Transformation Eye Cream utilizes ingredients specifically tailored to signal certain activities, including the rebuilding and repair of damaged cells, to maintain and augment the appearance of youthful, healthy skin. Transformation Eye Cream is suitable for any skin type and benefits the thinner, more age-prone eye area to dramatically lessen the visible signs of aging. It is a highly emollient formulation that provides unique lubrication and hydrating factors that actually bond to the area surrounding the eyes. This bonding action enables the thinner eye area skin to more easily and flexibly cope with movement and environmental exposure.

Features

TGF β-1 (transforming growth factor)
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
Thymosin β4 (sh-Oligopeptide-4)
Peptides: Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8 & Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11
Antioxidants
Plant Extracts

Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream
Benefits

Moisture Level – 3
Fast absorbing, non-greasy formulation blends flawlessly into skin, soothes and refreshes the delicate eye area to help minimize signs of fatigue. Helps reduce the appearance of under eye darkness and puffiness. Formulated with more PSP to smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Intensive line smoothing eye cream with PSP (growth factors) and age minimizing actives energizes, revitalizes and rejuvenates the delicate eye area. PSP and Hyaluronic Acid help firm and hydrate the delicate skin under and around the eyes.

Features

PSP® (protein blend of Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins)
Hyaluronic acid
- help firm and hydrate skin under
Caffeine - helps alleviate signs of skin puffiness.

Specific Concerns

Puffiness

If your main concern is puffiness under your eyes, We suggest:
Eye Repair Complex by Nia 24
Youth Eye Complex by IS Clinical
AGE Eye Complex by Skin Ceuticals
Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream

Dark Circles

If your main concern is dark circles, We would suggest Eye Repair Complex by Nia 24. Other eye creams that address this issue are:
TNS Eye Repair by Skin Medica
Youth Eye Complex by IS Clinical
AGE Eye Complex by Skin Ceuticals
Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream

Moisturizing

If you are most concerned with moisturizing We suggest Renewal Eye Cream by Epionce, TNS Eye Repair by Skin Medica or Eye Repair Complex by Nia 24. Most eye creams are moisturizing on some level however some products such as Obagi Elastiderm are not moisturizing at all.

Tightening

If you are concerned with tightening the lax skin under your eyes I suggest Elastiderm by Obagi. I would layer this with an eye cream that contains a growth factor such as Renewal Eye Cream by Epionce, TNS Eye Repair by Skin Medica, Youth Eye Complex by IS Clinical or Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream.

A Little of Everything

Our choice for “over all ” eye cream would probably have to be Youth Eye Complex by IS Clinical. We also like TNS Eye Repair by Skin Medica. Other great choices are Eye Repair Complex by Nia 24 and Neocutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream.

Tip: We like the Clarisonic Opal or JeNu Ultrasound device to enhance the penetration of eye creams. Learn more about Jenu.

The eyelids are one of the most common places for skin cancer and the first place we see the signs of aging. Skin cancer in this area is especially dangerous and hard to detect.Luckily, there are products that can protect the delicate skin around the eye. Learn more about what you can do to protect eyelids.

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Read MoreJune 27, 2012 6:42 pm - Posted by Kristy

how to use skin products

You invest in quality skin care products with the best intentions, but do you know how to use them correctly? It can be a difficult enough to choose skin care products that are effective and appropriate for your skin, knowing how to use them correctly only adds to the challenge.

Do I use this every day? Do I use this in the morning, at night or both. In what order do I apply my products? Should I use these products together? With so many questions about using skin products, I thought it was a good idea to share a few basic guidelines. There is such a huge variety of skin products, not to mention a variety of skin type, it would be impossible to list every possible regimen. This is only a generic guideline. I recommend consulting with a skin professional to customize a skin care regimen appropriate for your

Layering skin care products in order

To maximize the benefits of your skin care products you need to use them in proper order. Not everyone will use all of these products, simply use them in order as they apply to you. In general you will use skin products in order of consistency, lightest to heaviest. Starting with cleanser, followed by any liquids such as a toner or a topical antibiotic. After cleansing and toning you will apply any serums, followed by any gel products, then creams and sunscreen is the last thing you apply.

Cleanser
Toner
Topical antibiotics
Serums
Gels
Eye Cream
Creams
Sunscreen
Makeup Primer
Makeup

Scrubs
Scrubs may be used before or after a cleanser. Personally, I usually use a scrub first and then use a cleanser to ensure that all the little scrub granules are removed

Facial Masque
A facial masque is used after cleansing. Depending on the mask you may cleanse it off, wipe it off or rinse it off. Follow the directions on the label. If you are using a facial scrub, you should use the scrub first and then follow with a mask. Be cautious of using a scrub and a mask together, if either product has active ingredients such as glycolic or salicylic acid. Most over the counter products are not very strong, however combing them may cause some irritation. After removing the mask you may use serums, gels and creams.

Sunscreen
Sunscreen is the most important thing you will apply to your skin. You should choose your sun protection responsibly and use it religiously. I do not recommend using moisturizers or cosmetics with SPF ( with a few exceptions). The sun protection in most of these products do not provide sufficient sun protection and even if they did you probably would not apply enough of the product to adequately protect your skin, so you will still need to use a actual sunscreen. Some of the ingredients used in sunscreen do not play well together and if you use a moisturizer with an ingredient that doesn’t work well with an ingredient in your sunblock, they may reduce the protection you are getting.

When to use skin products, AM/ PM or both.

Cleanser AM/PM
Toner AM/ PM
Topical antibiotics AM /PM. ( as needed)
Antioxidant AM
Hydroquinine products AM / PM
Exfoliants PM (usually)
Peptides AM or PM
Moisturizers AM and/ or PM
Sunscreen AM Every day! Reapply every two hours with extended sun exposure.

Cleansers
You should cleanse your face in the morning and again before you go to bed. It is also a good idea to cleanse after sweating, this is especially important for young athletes with acne. Although most cleansers are fine to use twice a day, there are some cleansers that should be used only once a day. Cleansers with active ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide may cause irritation if used twice a day. If you are using an “active” cleanser at night use a basic cleanser in the morning or vice versa.

Toner
Most toners can be used twice a day, however there are some exceptions. If you are using a product with an active ingredient such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide you may want to limit use to one time a day. This will depend a lot on the strength of the product and what other skin products you are using.

Topical Antibiotics
Topical antibiotics should be applied to clean, dry skin. Topical antibiotics can be drying if used excessively, I usually suggest to use them as needed. If you have very oily skin with active inflamed acne, you can probably tolerate using a topical antibiotic twice a day. I also suggest using the topical antibiotic after exercising or anything that causes you to sweat. Athletes should cleanse face and shower as soon as possibly, then apply the topical antibiotic.

Topical Antioxidants
Topical antioxidants should be used during the day to help combat the many free radicles we encounter during the day. Topical Vitamin-C also helps prevent sun damage. Some antioxidants are also believed to enhance the effectiveness of sun screan.

There are many, many skin care products that contain antioxidants, however those found in serums usually penetrate the best. A serum that contains at least 10% L-ascorbic acid is ideal. Although L-ascorbic is thought to be the most important of topical antioxidants, I believe that variety is important. No single antioxidant works against all free radicals and they work well when paired up. For this reason you may choose to use a Vitamin-C serum and another topical antioxidant product such as Prevage MD.

Peptides
If you are using a copper peptide, their are some considerations. If you use tretinoin (Retin-A) at night, you may want to use copper peptide during the day. Copper peptides can make you topical Vitamin-C inactive, so if you use a topical Vitamin C, use the copper peptide at night or alternate days. Copper peptides act as an antioxidant and stimulate collagen synthesis in moderate use, however they can have an opposite effect if used in excess.

Exfoliants
When I say to exfoliants, I am referring to skin care products that contain exfoliating agents such as Tretinoin or AHA’s. Exfoliants should be used at night, however you may use one exfoliant at night and another in the morning. An example would be using Tretinoin (Retin-A) at night and Obagi Exfoderm in the morning.

Moisturizers
How you use a moisturizer will depend on your skin and the product it’s self. In general I do not put a huge emphasis on moisturizers. I personaly find the benefit of moisturizers to be mostly temporary and cosmetic, however there are some exceptions. The exceptions include sunburned or compromised skin, women post menopause, certain medical conditions, and those under going cancer treatment. If you have recently had a chemical peel or laser treatment, it is usually recommended to use a moisturizer several times a day. I recommend using a moisturizer during the day to benefit from it’s cosmetic effect.

Skin care products you should not use together

Antioxidants and Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide products work by introducing oxygen into the skin to inhibit bacteria proliferation. The oxygen will oxidize other skin care products such as topical antioxidant. When you use a peroxide product with an an antioxidant, they essentially cancel each other out.

Benzoyal Peroxide & Hydroquinone
Using hydroquinone together with benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or other peroxide products may cause a temporary staining of your skin. This staining can usually be removed by cleansing the skin.

Copper Peptide & Vitamin – C
Copper Peptides can inactivate topical Vitamin C. If you use both products, use the Vitamin C during the day and the Copper peptide at night or alternate days.

Avobenzone and Zinc Oxide
The three ingredients that are approved by the FDA to protect against UVA rays are avobenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. You should always choose a sunscreen that contains at least one of the three ingredients. The challenge is that Avobenzone has been shown to degrade other sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I am not sure if the United States even permits the combination of Avobenzone and physical sunscreens in skin products. (I have been trying to confirm if this is still true)

Avobenzone and Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup is made with physical sunscreens and is not compatible with Avobenzone.

Skin care products you should use together

Cleanser and Clarisonic Cleansing Brush
Many people will spend less than 20 seconds cleansing their face, leaving behind makeup, dirt and oil. The Clarisonic Cleansing Brush uses sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to deep clean the skin and is set on a 60 second timer per use. Cleansing with the Clarisonic brush will remove 6x more makeup and 2x more dirt and oil than cleansing alone.

Vitamin C and Sunscreen
Using a topical Vitamin-C product can help enhance the benefits of your sunscreen. Topical Vitamin C is considered a photoprotectant. A photoprotectant does not work the same way as sunscreen, instead it protects skin from both UVA and UVB, by neutralizing the UV rays. When choosing a topical Vitamin C be sure to select a product with L ascorbic acid of 10% or more.

Hydroquinine and Tretinoin (Retin-A)
Hydroquinone and Tretinoin work synergistically. Both Hydroquinone and Tretinoin are very effective on their own, when you combine them you will enhance the effectiveness of both products.

Tretinoin and AHA’s
Tretinoin (Retin-A) can be used with mild AHA’s. A good example would be, the Obagi Nu-Derm system involves using Tretinoin at night and Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte in the morning. Exfoderm uses a very mild Phytic acid and the Exfoderm Forte uses glycolic acid. Care should be taken when combining tretinoin with AHA’s. Tretinoin is a medical strength product and should be used under the supervision of a skin professional

Mineral Makeup and Physical Sunscreen
Although you should avoid using a chemical sunscreen with mineral makeup, you can use a physical sunscreen with a mineral makeup. Mineral makeup is made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, so it will be compatible with any physical sunscreen you use.

Mineral Makeup with Tretinoin (Retin-A)
Tretinoin causes the skin to be dry and flakey. Most traditional makeup will only enhance the flaking. Just try to use liquid makeup on flakey peeling skin, it’s not pretty. Most powders are made with talk, which is a cheep filler and it will cause the skin to be more dry. True mineral makeup does not contain any talc. Mineral makeup also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness experienced with the use of tretinoin. Another benefit is that it is a physical sunscreen, it will not irritate sensitive skin and is easy to reapply through out the day.

The content provide in this post is intended to be informative and does not replace medical or professional treatment.

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Read MoreMay 30, 2012 5:59 pm - Posted by Kristy

IS Clinical is one of my favorite skin care lines and that is saying a lot. Anybody who knows me will tell you that I am a very hard sale. It takes a lot to impress me. I am not interested in perfumes, fancy packaging or gimicks. There are so many skin care products on the market, making a wise choice can be a challenge even for skin profesionals. It seems like every week there is another represenative from some skin care company trying to get us to sell their products. Although most of these products are not bad, I only want the best for my clients. When IS Clinical first came out, their rep came to the office I was working in at the time and I almost sent her away. Luckily, she caught my attention with Active Serum. An amazing serum that is packed full of high quality active ingrediants. Active Serum is one of my favorite skin products of all time, and every one else loves it too. This summer I started using White Lightning from IS Clinical and I LOVE IT! IS Clinical has several great products, but I want to share our top five favorites.

Active Serum
Active Serum is defiantly a must have! This product is appropriate for most skin types and can be incorporated into just about any skin care program. Active serum is perfect for treating acne, hyper pigmentation and anti-aging. The ingredients are designed to exfoliate the skin with out any dryness or peeling. If you don’t have this, GET IT!
Ingredients: Sugar Cane Extract (a source of Glycolic Acid), Bilberry Extract (a source of Lactic Acid), Willow Bark Extract (a source of Salicylic Acid), Arbutin, Mushroom Extract (a source of Kojic Acid), Menthol.

White Lightening
This formula is designed with lightening agents that work to reduce hyper pigmentation and brighten skin. They also added powerful antioxidant and moisturizers. White Lightening also comes in a serum that contains exfoliating agents. White lightening can be used to enhance the effects of hydroquinone products like Obagi Clear or used as an alternative when hydroquinone is not appropriate.

Pro-Heal Serum Advance+
Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ is a topical vitamin healing formula featuring L-Ascorbic acid 15% , Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and olive leaf extract. It is ideal for most skin types including rosacea and acne. Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ reduces inflammation and can also be used to sooth contact dermatitis, insect bites and sunburns.

Youth Eye Complex
This eye cream has a lot to offer. Mild exfoliating agents to stimulate skin cell turn over, growth factors and antioxidants. The top ingredient in this powerful eye cream is Hyaluronic Acid which binds to water for hydration and helps to plump wrinkles.
[ Read more about youth complex products]

Cleansing Complex
An extremely versatile cleanser, appropriate for all skin types. It is gentle enough for sensitive or rosacea skin and powerful enough for oily and acne prone skin. Cleansing Complex contains Sugar Cane Extract (a source of Glycolic Acid), Willow Bark Extract (a source of Salicylic Acid), Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol (Vitamin A) and Chamomile. I also love that Cleansing Complex doesn’t have any sulfates. The only thing that could make this cleanser better is a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush.

We also love the Is Clinical Innovative Facial also known as the Red Carpet facial or the Fire and Ice facial!

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Read MoreOctober 13, 2011 3:36 pm - Posted by Kristy

Want Cleaner Pores?

It seems as if everyone that walks into the clinic is concerned with clogged pores. There is only so much a skin profesional can do when we only treat your skin every 4 weeks for a one or two hour treatment, espesially if you don’t want to look completly beat up. I always recomend that clients maintain their skin at home with proper cleansing and exfoliating between profesional treatments. You can exfoliate daily with topical products that contain AHA’s and use your Clarisonic cleansing brush daily.

Clarisonic designed a deep pore cleansing brush head that can be used with any of the Clarisonic brushes. If you are not yet familiar with the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System, it is a cleansing brush that uses sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Other cleansing brushes that simply rotate do not work the same way the same way as Clarisonic’s brush does with it’s oscillating bristles.

As if the sonic frequency, oscillating movement wasn’t impressive enough the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head uses an advanced dual-action motion to clean hard-to-reach areas. There are several brush head options that can be used with your Clarisonic, the Deep Pore brush head is recognised by it’s blue inner bristles. The Deep Pore brush head is ideal for oily and acne prone skin, however anyone who is concerned with cleaning the pores can also use it. If you have large pores, then this is an absolute skin must have! The brush head will run you around $25. each and it is recommended that you replace brush heads every 3-4 months. The Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush is $195. and comes with a starter brush head.

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Read MoreSeptember 13, 2011 6:25 pm - Posted by Kristy

Skin Medica has taken a great skin care product and made it better! This unparalleled anti-aging serum is the first to combine the benefits of the patented growth factor serum, TNS Recovery Complex®, with potent antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients to regenerate your skin.

I have always been a huge fan of Skin Medica TNS products, especially the TNS recovery complex. The TNS products are unique because they are made with human growth factors. TNS stands for Tissue Nutrient Solution, which is a balanced mixture of 110 growth factors that mimic the body’s natural process in a way that can not be replicated with a single growth factor. Unlike other skin products that contain plant growth factors, TNS products contain Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media. TNS was produced from human fibroblast. The TNS recovery complex contains a high level of Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, it is the first ingredient listed on the label at 93.6 % concentration. I don’t know of any other growth factor product that can compete with the TNS Recovery complex. The potent growth factor blend helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and overall tone and texture of skin. TNS recovery complex also strengthens the skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself, as well as improve skin firmness and resiliency.

Skin Medica added APS Corrective Complex to their signature product, TNS Recovery Complex. The two products are not actually mixed together, they are in separate chambers of the same bottle. When the product is pumped out, you will have a line of TNS Recovery Complex next to a line of APS Corrective Complex. The APS Corrective Complex is a potent mixture of antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients like Hyaluronic filling spheres. The APS Corrective Complex also contains 2% Alpha-Arbutin to brighten skin and reduce skin discolorations and Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) a muscle inhibitor that works to relax facial muscles.

The Price
The benefits of these revolutionary products don’t exactly come cheep at $260, but keep in mind what you are getting. You are getting two products. The TNS Essential Serum is about $95 more than the TNS Recovery complex, however you are getting an additional skin product. You are also getting the most potent ( 93.6%) human growth factor available in a topical skin care product. This product is about science and actual results not just pretty packaging and expensive marketing. There are plenty of skin care products available that will cost you much more than a pretty penny and will do little more than look nice sitting on your counter.

– 110 Growth Factors
– 3 Peptides
– 7 Antioxidants, including Coenzyme Q10
– 2% Alpha- Arbutin – skin brightener
– Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – immediately fills in lines
– Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) – works to relax facial muscles

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Read MoreSeptember 5, 2011 4:57 pm - Posted by Kristy

I always like to share when I find a great beauty product, even if its not one that I carry and sell at the Skin Klinic. This line is called Yes to Blueberries! It is sold over the counter at Walgreens, Target, and even the grocery store. The product is Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes. These pre-moistened facial towels cleanse and moisturize all in one. Although nothing beats cleansing your face with facial cleanser and water, and ideally using your Clarasonic facial brush. I have found these towelettes come in real handy when you are camping, at the lake, or you had a late night out and cant make it to the sink! I would not recommend using these in place of cleansing with a good cleanser and water, but are definitely better than going to sleep with makeup on! They are also great for a quick in between cleanse for the morning either before or after exercising, but then to wash regularly and apply serums and sunblocks before putting makeup on and going out for the day.

facial wipes

These brightening facial towelettes are Oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested. Another thing that I love about them is that they are 99% Natural and Biodegradable & FSC Certified. They remove makeup, dirt, and oil with no need to rinse. The skin is left feeling clean, moisturized and bright.

The wipes contain Blueberries, rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Anthocyanins to help fight the formation of free radicals that can damage the skin’s microstructure; Apple, rich in powerful Polyphenol anti-oxidants and natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which help to refresh and brighten skin’s surface; Lemon Peel Naturally derived cleanser to help sweep away dirt and grime while smoothing and brightening skin’s surface.

30 pre-moistened towlelettes come in the package which is travel ready and cost about $7.99

Hope you try them and find them as useful and great as I do!

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Read MoreAugust 22, 2011 2:29 pm - Posted by Stephanie