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Keep up with the latest in skin care trends, wellness news and what’s new in our store. Enjoy reading!

UVA Rays and Sun Protection

Most of us recognize that it’s the sun’s UV rays – both UVA and UVB rays that are responsible for damage to the skin over both the short and longer term. The shorter UVB rays (wavelength between 290 and 320 nm) penetrate just to the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and are responsible primarily… Read more »

Glycerin in Skin Care

UltimaSkin Honey and Soy Moisturizer with Glycerin Glycerin is widely used in skin care preparations for its ability to soften and sooth skin. It is thought to work due its hygroscopic nature – or ability to attract water from air. Glycerin has been around for a long, long time so it’s not really sexy to… Read more »

Mandelic Acid for Acne, Wrinkles and Melasma

Mandelic acid, chemical name alpha-hydroxybenzeneacetic acid, is an alpha hydroxy acid extracted from bitter almonds. Widely used in the skin care formulations for their ability to assist with a range of conditions including hyperpigmentation, acne and wrinkles, alpha hydroxy acids are often derived from fruit acids. Despite their usefulness in skin care preparations, some alpha hydroxy… Read more »

Active Ingredients in Skin Care Products

There’s a lot of buzz in the skin care industry these days about ‘topical actives’. And while some companies try to sensationalize the idea of a topical active, from a pharmaceutical perspective, active ingredients (topical or otherwise) are simply the ones that deliver some sort of pharmacological effect to skin. When related to skin care… Read more »

DMAE – Facelift in a Jar?

If you’re a regular student of anti-aging skin care 101, you’ll be familiar with the topical ingredient DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol). A naturally occurring substance that facilitates the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, DMAE is often touted as “a facelift in a jar.” A recently published study showed that DMAE possessed a tightening action on the skin… Read more »