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The Skin Care Blog is your source for all your skin care needs. Whether you're looking for advice on how to tackle problem skin or tips for transforming your body and mind from the inside out, you'll find it all here. Stay in touch with your skin and find up-to-date information to keep your skin looking naturally beautiful at any age.

Five Commonly Asked Questions

Skin care: Five commonly asked questions
Want to know how stress affects your complexion or if you can make your skin look younger? We clear up those big beauty questions.

1. What is my skin type and how is it determined?Most women's skin type falls into one of six categories: dry; somewhat dry; normal; somewhat oily; oily; or combination. Skin type, which is determined by the amount of oil secretion, is hereditary. Environmental influences can tend to exacerbate conditions, but the different areas in the skin that produce oil and the amounts of oil produced are based on genetics.
Some women classify themselves as having sensitive skin. Although skin is remarkably robust, overexposure to the elements or overuse of products can lead to skin allergies or sensitivities. To avoid this, try to minimise the number of products you use and try to find ones designated for sensitive skin whenever possible.

2. Why do seasonal changes affect my skin? Skin is remarkably resilient to damage and change, but it does become normalised to its environmental conditions. Therefore drastic changes often leave the skin lagging, requiring it to adjust to new conditions over time. For example, travelling to a dry climate or the sudden cold and windy conditions of winter often result in itchy, dry skin. As a result, the skin responds by increasing oil production to compensate for the weather's drying effects. Similarly, if you change the products you use in your skin care routine, your skin may have a reaction.

3. Why does stress affect my skin?Skin is the body's barrier to the outside world, both as a physical protector and as part of a complex immune defence system. Even today, all the interrelated biological systems supporting the skin aren't completely understood, nor are the causes and effects of stress on the body. However, the simple fact is that stress interferes with the body's systems that repair and regulate the skin. For example, a loss in the skin's natural antioxidant defences due to stress can lead to accelerated ageing. Also, hormones associated with stress can trigger a histamine release within the skin, causing it to erupt in tiny red bumps or, in some cases, hives.

4. Is there a magic product that will improve my skin or help me look younger?No, unfortunately. Not only do products affect individuals differently, but no product can provide the reversible effects of age and sun exposure. Generally, the fewer products you use on your skin and the more you stay out of the sun, the better your skin will look later. Skin care products such as sunscreen, moisturisers and those with antioxidant properties can be beneficial for rehydrating and helping minimise the effect of ageing.

5. Is cleansing good or bad for my skin?Cleansing is essential for your skin's long term health. It clears away dirt and bacteria, keeps pore ducts open and exfoliates surface skin cells. However, cleansing does change your skin's balance with the environment by stripping its protective oils that act as natural barriers to the elements. Additionally, overuse of skin care products may bring about 'sensitive skin' or cause skin to break out from time to time. To avoid this, use a gentle cleanser twice a day.

What’s Your Anti-Aging Skin Care IQ?

As soon as we see the signs of aging on our skin, for many of us the first response is to go out and immediately begin to buy anti-aging skin care products. However, if you don’t understand how (and why) your skin is beginning to look older than you want it to, it’s easy to go down the wrong path and select the wrong treatments and solutions. So do you know enough to get started with anti-aging skin care? Take the Anti-Aging Skin Care IQ quiz to see where your anti-aging skin IQ is!

Lifestyle Tips For Wrinkle Prevention

Using a great wrinkle cream can make a huge difference in how you look, but we recommend you don’t stop there!
These lifestyle tips will also help you maintain great-looking skin.
Overexposure to the sun causes wrinkles. You can prevent that from happening by staying indoors between 10 am to 4pm. When you do go out in the sun, make sure you have sunscreen on that will protect you from BOTH ultraviolet A and B rays.
When washing you face, use mild soap. Choose brands that have moisturizers as part of the ingredients.
Smoking is a big no-no. Studies have shown that this activates premature aging or what is better known as photo aging, which is why someone in their 30’s can look like a person that is already in their 50’s. Smoking is a very hard habit to kick, we definitely know that, but we stress it here because it’s so important, for you skin and your overall health and wellness in general.
If you drink alcohol, kicking the habit, or at least reducing it, is a good idea too because apart from health related problems, alcohol causes dehydration. If the body does not have enough water, the skin becomes thinner making is sag. This is why drinking lots of fluid is good. Ideally this should be 8 glasses of water a day as this plays a key role in maintaining healthy skin complexion.
Aside from water, you should also maintain a proper diet. You should include 5 servings of vegetables and a serving of fruit in your daily meals. Some examples of these that are rich in antioxidants include asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cantaloupe, guava, papaya and pineapple.
Other things that can be used in your diet which are good for your skin include olive oil, nuts and whole grains. Fish is great as it contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
To complete your diet, you may also consider taking some supplements. They should at least give you sufficient amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E as these protect us from free radicals.
Exercise. This will not only make your muscles stronger, this will also help you maintain glowing skin. Doing your daily exercise will keep your blood flowing, bringing oxygen to your skin.
Finally, try to avoid stress! Things like meditation and deep breathing can help.

DR,PERRICONE COLD PLASMA


Dr. Perricone originally began his walk to fame with his book ‘The Wrinkle Cure.’ He has been in media much lately, and has a whole line of products. His Cold Plasma is one of his best-selling products. It is advertised as his most comprehensive and efficacious one to date, and it has won a number of awards.
Marie Claire listed it as one of 25 products that can change your life, and QVC gave it its Q-star award.
Cold Plasma is formulated to address 10 of the most visible signs of aging:
Redness
Loss of radiance
Discoloration
Enlarged pores
Uneven skin tone
Wrinkles
Dryness
Loss of firmness
Loss of smoothness
Impurities
Overall, it has a good ingredient list. It was developed over five years, with physicists at Los Alamos Laboratories.
Main ingredients include:
Neuro-peptides – to help with the ten signs of aging
DMAE – to lift and firm sagging skin
L-tyrosine – to brighten the skin
DHA – to hydrate the skin

Cold Plasma is fragrance-free, which is important in a skin care product. However, for some strange reason, the eye cream contains fragrance chemicals like linalool and farnesol, which can cause irritation and actually reduce collagen production.
Our research into some questions people often ask:
What exactly is Cold Plasma? Cold plasma is an ionized gas that has low energy. We have not been able to determine what this has to do with skincare, but it is a unique angle to this product line.
Cold Plasma also claims to work with an Ionic-Suspension Carrier. Ions are atoms that have lost or gained electrons, making them positively or negatively charged. While other creams do contain ions that are suspended, we haven’t seen this scientific terminology used with other creams before, and have not been able to conclusively determine whether there is anything different about this or not.
The only other main issue we could find with Cold Plasma is that it has a fishy smell. If you can tolerate that though, Cold Plasma does seem to work well for many people, of all ages and all skin types. It’s not greasy and it absorbs quickly, and makes a great base for makeup.
Price:
The face cream retails at $150 an ounce, and the eye cream retails at $95 for half an ounce. You can buy them together for $195, a $50 savings.
Money back guarantee:
Cold Plasma comes with a 45-day money back guarantee.

Ingredient list for face cream:
Water, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, L-Tyrosine, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oligopeptide-17, Ceteareth-20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Dimethyl Mea (Dmae), Docosahexaenoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Saccaromyces Ferment, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Tocotrienols, Copper Gluconate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Astaxanthin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3

Ingredient list for eye cream:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Docosahexaenoic Acid, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Disodium Edta, Farnesol, Oligopeptide-17, Elaris Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Carbomer, Copper Gluconate, Tocotrienols, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Linalool, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Dr. Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer

Dr. Murad is well known in the skin care industry. He was voted by Vogue as one of the best dermatologists in the country, and is the author of Wrinkle-Free Forever and The Cellulite Solution.
Intensive Wrinkle Reducer originally debuted at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, and since then has become a hot product.
It is part of his Age Reform Intensives collection, which is his most advanced treatment collection for reversing the visible signs of aging.
How it works:
Intensive Wrinkle Reducer focuses on three factors of aging skin:
Improving collagen production, as we lose collagen when we age.
Increasing nutrients necessary for glycosaminoglycans (which contribute to skin density, volume, and hydration) to flourish in your skin, as they also diminish with age.
Provide intense resurfacing of dead skin cells, as dead skin cells do not slough off our skin as frequently when we get older.
Clinical and independent test studies:
Clinical testing was done at Murad Research Labs, with eleven women between the ages of 40 and 60. The women had fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin and dull skin tone. Here are the results:
Fine lines and wrinkles: Up to a 45% reduction after 8 weeks
Skin firmness: Up to a 40% improvement within 10 minutes of application
Skin hydration: Up to a 37% increase after 8 weeks
Skin tone: Up to a 25% improvement after 8 weeks
We do think 11 women isn’t a big number for a test, however, its nice to see independent testing was also done on these factors by Barnett Products Corporation, which showed improvements in all these areas as well.
In their testing, they found a 33% reduction in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after 4 weeks, and a 55% reduction after 12 weeks. After four weeks, they found a 44% improvement in hydration and a 45% improvement in skin smoothness.
Key ingredients:
GlycoNutrient Complex (which consists of Glycosaminoglycans, Glucosamine, marine-derived Polysaccharides, Linoleic Acid and Glycolic Acid)– to smooth appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and increase the firmness of your skin. It provides intense resurfacing without irritation.
Durian Cell Reform (their proprietary blend of Durian and Glycolic acid)– helps the penetration of GlycoNutrient Complex, and provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.
Glucosamine – for increased production of Hyaluronic acid to help skin keep hydrated.
Lipo Amino Acid – helps improve imperfections such as age spots, discoloration and rough texture.
Other notes:
We like that this is not just a quick fix, but the results keep improving with use.
In addition to fighting against wrinkles, this product works to increase your skin’s radiance, boost hydration levels, improve your skins imperfections and firm and tighten your skin.
It is good for all skin types.
In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, it has several great anti-oxidants, water-binding agents, and anti-irritants.

Price:
$150 for 1 ounce

Ingredient list:
Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucosamine Hcl, Algae Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Urea, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pvp, Capryloyl Glycine, Sarcosine, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Rice Amino Acids, Zinc Acetate, Chitosan Ascorbate, Panthenol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sclerotium Gum, Stearic Acid, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Lecithin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyvinyl Alcohol Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Fragrance

ESTEE LAUDER PERFECTIONIST

Estee Lauder says this serum is their most effective wrinkle treatment. Upon meticulously comparing it to the rest of the wrinkle products in their line, we agree.
How it works:
Estee Lauder created Perfectionist in response to discovering that fine lines and wrinkles on the face look more exaggerated throughout the day.
Why would this be? Basically, because of all the muscle movement you have all day long. The superficial layer of the skin gets pulled downward and the upper part of your skin folds on top of your wrinkles. This creates an effect of a shadow and making your wrinkles appear deeper.
To combat this, Perfectionist is infused with polymers to reduce the amplitude of the folding and unfolding of your skin over the course of the day.
It also contains a blend of peptides, amino acids and proteins that work to increase the collagen production of your skin. Their peptide blend is six times smaller than many other common ones on the market, which allows it to penetrate deep into the skin. Based on in vitro testing they have done, collagen production may begin increasing within just two hours of using this serum. However, they do not make these studies public, so we could not verify these findings.
Because of all this, Perfectionist claims that its users see as much as a 61% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles after a month of use.
We’ve found though that this isn’t necessarily the case for deep lines and wrinkles, but more likely for fine lines and wrinkles.
(That’s probably why Estee Lauder has another product, Perfectionist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler, which comes in a pen applicator, so you can zero in on those deep frown lines, lip lines, and crow’s feet. It has a lot of great ingredients, and uses Acetyl-Hexapeptide-3 to relax your lines. You can purchase this for an additional $39.50 for 0.5 ounces. The only women we would advise not to use this product is if you use a liquid foundation containing silicones, as combined with this it looks bad).
Other notes:
In addition, upon applying Perfectionist, it fills your wrinkles with what they call a ‘flexible elastomer.’ They claim this allows their customers to see up to a 36% reduction in visibility of the depth, length and number of lines, instantly after use.
It also contains mineral pigments that can help give your skin a glowing look.
As a whole, we’ve found this to be a great formula with many beneficial ingredients and antioxidants. It can improve your skins appearance, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and make your skin look brighter and fresher. We also like the texture of this serum very much.
Price:
$80 for 1.7 ounces.
Ingredient list:
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Polysorbate 40, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Pentylene Glycol, Whey Protein, Pantethine, Creatine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Glycerin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Pca, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Polyquaternium-51, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Carnitine Hcl, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine Phosphate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Peg-8, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Disodium Nadh, Caprylyl Glycol, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Fragrance, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica
In the chance you are also interested in their complimentary product, Perfectionist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler, here is the ingredient list for that:
Water, Dimethicone,/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Shea Butter, C12-14 Pareth-12, Dimethicone, Melon Fruit Extract, Sunflower Seed Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Acmella Oleracea Exatrct, Boswellia Serrata Extract, St. Paul’s’ Wort Extract, Fish Collagen, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Soybean Protein, Corn Kernel Extract, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Whey Protein, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Yeast Extract. Isostearyl Lactate, Creatine, Cholesterol, Adenosine Phosphate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Caffeine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Acrylate, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sodium Beta-Sitostearyl Sulfate. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Trehalose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Glyceryl Polymethylacrylate, Sodium Pca, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-8, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytosphingosine, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acetyl Hexappetide-8, Peg-8, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate Lecithin, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Sodium Nadh, Silica, Fragrance, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide