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Navigating the Sea of Skin Care Products – Part 2 – How To Choose A Moisturizer by Madeleine Arena

THE SKIN CARE ARENA

by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.*

Winter is almost here, and with it the cold, dry weather that plays havoc on our complexions.  If you suffer from dry skin, and so many of us do, you’ve probably been on a quest to find the one moisturizer that truly works.  Sifting through the myriad of advertising claims on your way to choosing the best product for your needs can be mind boggling.  Once again, I urge you to read the labels, and look for certain key ingredients that are proven to work.

Ingredients To Look For:

Antioxidants – are a group of natural and synthetic ingredients that reduce free-radical and environmental damage.  They’re important because Antioxidants can prevent some of the degenerative effects in skin caused by sun exposure, and can also reduce inflammation within the skin.  Remember that dry skin is caused when the outer layers of the skin lose their ability to maintain normal moisture levels.   Mostly, this is due to sun damage, or by using products that damage the skin’s protective barrier.

The most effective moisturizers are formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants that work together to help your skin.  It’s essential that you choose antioxidants that are contained in packaging that will ensure they stay effective.  That means no see through jars.  Antioxidants break down in the presence of light and air. My Recommended Anti-oxidant ingredients: Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitamin C, Green Tea, Resveratrol, Idebenone – a more stable form of Coenzyme Q10, Coenzyme Q10,  Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone),

Skin-identical/skin-repairing ingredients – are the substances that keep skin intact.  These are ingredients that already exist in your skin, and are therefore recognized by your immune system as part of your body.  They are the substances between skin cells (technically referred to as the intercellular matrix) that keep the cells connected, and help maintain the skin’s fundamental external structure.

An intact, stable, healthy, and strong structure is what allows skin to look smooth, soft, moist, supple, and young.  Unfortunately, the external structure of our skin, is easily damaged by the sun, irritation, over cleansing, over scrubbing, climate changes, and skin disorders.

When the skin’s the intercellular matrix breaks down, it results in water loss, flakiness, and a tight, dry-feeling skin.  In order to combat environmental stresses, and have a healthy, youthful appearance, all skin types must maintain, or restore the skin’s intercellular matrix.

Some well-known skin-identical ingredients, are: hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, cholesterol, ceramides, sodium PCA, amino acids, and fatty acids.  There are too many more to list here.

Emollients are lubricating ingredients that prevent water loss.  They also have a softening, protective, and smoothing effect on the skin. Preventing water loss is critical in maintaining skin’s moisture. Emollients vary in texture, and may be fluid or thick.  Some emollients include, petrolatum, fatty acids such as linoleic acid, glycerin, and fatty alcohols.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients are any ingredients that reduce signs of inflammation, such as swelling, tenderness, pain, itching, or redness. Many antioxidants fall into this category.  A couple of the best known anti-inflammatory ingredients are Bisabolol, and Chamomile.

You now have the information you need to choose the best moisturizer for your dry skin.

* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops  private label skin and hair care products for the trade.

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Navigating the Sea of Skin Care Products

The Skin Care Arena

by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.

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Magazines are filled with product ads making irresistible claims. Knowing which products will work for you can be a daunting task. Although it is possible to go it alone, you need to learn a great deal about specific skin care ingredients, what they can do for your skin, and how to use them properly. The advise of a skin care professional such as a cosmetic dermatologist or esthetician can be invaluable in setting you on the proper path as you chart your course.

There are many advantages to working with a professional. They will begin by educating you about your skin type and its special needs, while helping you set goals for its improvement. These specialists are skilled at working with you to establish an effective skin care routine with the right products for your skin type and/or skin problems.

According to the American Society for Dermtalogic Surgery (ASDS):

“Looking for a quick fix to erase wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce the signs of aging or treat acne could be as easy as a trip down to the local drug store. However, with so many over-the-counter products available, the beauty aisle can be overwhelming. Some skin care products are overpriced and make claims they can’t support. Other products that claim to take years off your face could be misleading and ineffective.’

When searching for an over-the-counter product, follow these tips:

Know your skin type

Establish a daily skin care routine: The key to success with most skin care products is continuity. Establishing a daily routine is important, especially with anti-aging creams. Don’t be discouraged, it may be six to eight weeks before seeing improvements with over-the-counter remedies.

Be cautious of “miracle” products: Skin care products that seem “too good to be true” probably are, so use your best judgment. Reputable product lines are the best bet and likely to be most effective and safe.

Research products before you buy them: When considering a purchase of products, research the product and its ingredients to find the products that work best for your specific skin type.  If there are ingredients that are unfamiliar, look them up to find out how they work. For example, products claiming to have Botox® like results, could be deceptive as Botox® is only effective when injected directly into the underlying muscle. The most expensive products are not always the right products for certain skin types.”

Be patient.  It may take six to eight weeks before you see improvement, especially with over-the-counter products. It’s important to remember that for the most part, department store brands are not strong enough to treat advanced anti-aging problems. Manufacturers of these products compromise by developing products with lower concentrations of ingredients that can be safely used by most people without negative side effects.

Always use a sunscreen on a daily basis.  It’s the most important step in not only preventing premature aging, but also in maintaining skin health.  If your skin is sensitive, and tends to react poorly to certain products, look for a sunblock whose first active ingredient is zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. 

Madeleine Arena s a Cosmetic Chemist who develops private label skin and hair products through her company, The Skin Source.

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Anti-Aging Tip – For Younger, Healthier Skin

Anti-Aging Tip – For Younger, Healthier Skin

We’ve said good-bye to summer, but keep that sunscreen handy. Don’t be fooled. You need to apply sunscreen every day. Here’s why.

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Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank

Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank
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Lois W. Stern

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6. Brighter looking eyes
Purchase: A white or peach colored eyeliner pencil.
Directions: Apply the liner to the inner lower rim of each eyeâjust where your lashes begin. It makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter and your eyes brighter.

7. A glowing complexion
I’m not a great believer in fancy priced miracle-in-a-jar products, but am impressed enough with the ingredients in this low cost product to share it here.
40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum is a lightweight gel that features beta-carotene, Retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C, and is fortified with protein-rich soy and antioxidant-rich carrot, mango, and apricot oil. Available at your local drug store, Amazon.com and several other .com sites.

8. Flawlessly smooth skin 
Most women have some soft downy facial hair, even if it’s not readily apparent. Want to make it disappear – safely, easily and painlessly?
Purchase: A little battery operated gizmo – about the length of a ball point pen, and not much thicker – available at your local drug store.
Directions: Turn it on and gently draw the defuzzer upward against the hair growth. Yes, the fuzz will grow back in a few weeks, but it takes less than a minute to repeat the process to keep you fuzz-free.

9. While we’re talking about unsightly hair, purchase a small scissor with blunt points, that’s made especially for removing nasal hairs. Use it often to clip out straggling hairs as they reappear. A magnifying mirror is a great help for close up work. The blunt points are essential to prevent injuries.

10. Smooth, unchapped hands and feet
Directions: For ten minutes, soak your hands and feet in warm water combined with a cup of milk and a teaspoon of olive oil. The lactic acid in the milk will help you get rid of unwanted dead skin cells, while the olive oil will soothe the skin. Rinse and apply a rich moisturizing lotion. Wear cotton gloves and cotton socks overnight. In the morning you’ll enjoy softer hands and feet than you had ever thought possible.

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Avoid Premature Skin Photo-Aging

car windowSunscreen is one very important protective device car manufacturers have forgotten. Sounds like a strange request? Well, did you know that you can get significant sun damage through the window glass in cars? Noted dermatologist, Dr. Neil Schultz explains the inherent dangers to drivers and passengers alike of both premature skin photo-aging and skin cancer. While all glass blocks the burning UVB rays, it still allows 60% of the damaging UVA rays through. Although usually the front windshield is laminated with adequate protection against UVA, not so with the other car windows. To protect yourself from the damaging sun’s rays streaming in through other windows, you need sunscreen with UVA protection whenever you are in your car. So it might be a good idea to keep some sunscreen handy in your glove compartment. And then, don’t forget to use it on yourself . . .  and your precious cargo.

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Lois W. Stern is the author of two books on physical beauty: Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour as well as a growing series of Tales2Inspire books of inspiring short stories.

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SMARTPHONE FACE – THE NEWEST COSMETIC SURGERY FIX

‘Smartphone Face’ – Is your cell phone making your face sag?

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How’s this for new math? Smartphone plus gravity equals drooping jowls and double chins.

What exactly is Smartphone face? The term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and marionette lines (those vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin.) If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline. The name also works on another level; face sag becomes especially noticeable when you take photos of yourself or video-chat on your portable device.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, smartphones can make you look prematurely old. There’s no medical name for this condition, at least not yet. Until there is we can just call it “smartphone face.”

According to the ASAPS: “Lines and creases may develop if you spend an excessive amount of time texting and checking your email on your smartphone. The constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally.” With smartphone use leading people to tilt their head downward all too often, we could see an increase in drooping jawlines, even among the relatively young.

How do you fix smartphone face? 

The battle between smartphone and vanity has begun.

The obvious cure for smartphone face isn’t costly surgery or treatments. It’s giving up your smartphone and all of its apps. While a chin implant is a surgical solution, you can also firm up your jawline with less invasive techniques such as injections of chin fillers, Botox treatments, skin-tightening devices, liposuction/laser facelifts. Or, if you’re looking for a self-help solution, just remember to keep your chin up when you text or stare into your smartphone.

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SOLUTION TO YOUR SKIN PROBLEM: DRY, MATURE, SUN DAMAGED SKIN

There is a Solution for Most Every Skin Problem
You Just Need to Find It.

Ella’s Story

I am an extremely active person. I spend a lot of time outdoors, gardening, playing tennis and, I must admit, basking in the sun. I always liked the way I looked with a tan and achieved a beautiful tan easily. In my younger days my skin was great, so I never thought much about the long-term effect of my lifestyle. But when I was mistaken for a senior citizen, I knew it was time for action. I experimented with a variety of over-the-counter products, but nothing seemed to help. Finally, I consulted with a leading cosmetic dermatologist to help revitalize my appearance.

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Ella’s Skin Problems

  • Dry, mature and sun damaged skin
  • Thin, flaking skin
  • Dark spots on face, chest, arms or hands
  • Wrinkles around eyes, mouth and forehead

Here is the skin care treatment plan that helped Ella reverse her sun damage, improve her skin texture and even her skin tone to restore some of her youthful glow.

Problem #1 Skin discoloration on her face, neck and chest

Treatment plan for this problem
Ella’s dermatologist prescribed nightly application of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone. The Retin-A acted to exfoliate her skin and stimulate new collagen. (Retin-A helps treat wrinkles by increasing cell renewal and preventing the breakdown in collagen – key contributors to skin aging.) The hydroquinone worked to lighten her dark pigmentation spots. To help Ella tolerate the dryness and flaking that resulted from the combination of these products, her dermatologist also recommended that she apply anti-oxidants and a hydrating moisturizer with good water binding ingredients, including both ceramides and hyaluronic acid following morning and evening cleansings.

Problem #2
Fine lines and wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
Ella’s dermatologist explained that the single most important step in treating fine lines and wrinkles is the consistent use of sunscreen, but that the combination of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone will make the skin more sensitive to sun. He stressed the critical importance of wearing sunscreen every day, recommending a micronized zinc oxide sunscreen SPF-30 to provide a high level of broad-spectrum protection from the sun. He added a product rich in peptides to Ella’s daily regime, to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Problem #3
Dry skin

Treatment plan for this problem
In addition to the antioxidant moisturizer rich in water binding agents (i.e. ceramides, and hyaluroic acid) already included as part of Ella’s daytime protocol, her dermatologist recommended the use of some hydrating ingredients such as Borage seed oil, lactic acid or Linoleic acid.

The combination of products prescribed above also helped prepare Ella’s skin for the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments that followed. Six IPL treatments helped to greatly diminish her deep pigmentation problems, along with her fine lines and wrinkles. She is considering undergoing an alternating series of in-office microdermabrasion treatments and glycolic acid peels, also suggested by her dermatologist.

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In chapter four of Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour, Madeleine Arena presents a number of different, typical real life skin problems and how to best resolve them.

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