Month: December 2008

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog postings. My very best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Ramadan or other celebration over the coming weeks. May 2009 be filled with cheer and happiness.  

Alpha Hydroxy Acids vs Retinol

Alpha Hydroxy Acids Vs Retinol: Which Is Best?

When it comes to choosing between alpha hydroxy acids vs retinol, which is best for your skin? Reducing the effects of aging on your skin requires a combination of ingredients including broad spectrum sunscreens, exfoliants (like alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs), antioxidants, emollients, and cell communicating ingredients like retinol. Derived from Vitamin A, ingredients like… Read more »

Can Water Hydrate Your Skin?

Water is obviously an integral part of maintaining your overall health. But, there’s some confusion regarding its role in hydrating the skin. A lot of people believe that soaking in a bath or drinking more water will help keep their skin hydrated. Unfortunately, neither is true. It’s entirely possible to drink a gallon of water… Read more »

The Role Of Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) In Skin Care

Also called niacinamide, vitamin B3 is one of several topical vitamins that has been studied in order to identify its potential benefit to the skin. A lot of ingredients have disappointed dermatologists due to low efficacy in treating various skin problems. However,  vitamin B3 has undergone clinical testing and established itself as being useful when… Read more »

Silymarin (Milk Thistle) and Skin

Those who suffer from symptoms that are associated with rosacea have first-hand experience with the annoying redness and inflammation that appears on the face. If neglected or left untreated, it can lead to social and psychological issues. According to the National Rosacea Society, over three quarters of those who cope with the condition have admitted… Read more »

Hydroderm: A Review

I often discuss over hyped skin care products and “too good to be true” manufacturer claims in this blog, so it’s not surprising that a new skin care product, Hydroderm, would catch my attention. While magazines, television and your local drugstore are a good source for these miracles in a jar, nothing can beat the… Read more »

MMPs: How They Affect Your Skin

Most people have never heard of matrix metalloproteinases (or, MMPs). Yet, these substances are enzymes that can have a significant, lasting impact on your skin. MMPs work by chipping away at the structural integrity of your skin causing the deterioration of collagen, elastin, and other proteins. There are dozens of MMP enzymes; MMP-1, also known… Read more »

Can Tea Tree Oil Eliminate Acne?

If you have oily skin, you’ve probably dealt with acne at some point in your life. In fact, many people cope with periodic outbreaks well into adulthood. Several ingredients are used in the management of acne, including salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, and isotretinoin. Along with their benefits, each can come with some side effects…. Read more »