Acids for the Skin

                            

The Skin Care Field has a multitude of products containing glycolic acids, lactic acids, fruit acids, and salicylic acids.  So many to choose from, and which one would be best for my skin?

Glycolic acid is the smallest molecule so it is better able to penetrate the deepest into the skin.  Derived from sugar, it is the most effective but has a greater potential to irritate.

Lactic Acid, made from sour milk, is the second smallest molecule.  It is gentler that glycolic and draws moisture to the skin as it removes dead skin cells while hydrating.

Fruit Acids such as Citrus (from lemon and grapefruit), and malic (from apples) are larger compounds that work on the uppermost layer of the skin.  They are often combined with glycolic or lactic acids for faster results.

Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxyl acid, is ideal for treating acne.  It can penetrate and unclog oily pores.

Because glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of all the acids and better penetrates, it consequently, can yield the most dramatic results.  That is why it is used the most in anti aging products and doctor’s office peels.  It works and does the job!  It regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis, and evens skin tone.  And, regarding those in office peels, the more recent ones leave skin glowing, and not flaky like the older versions once did.  Your skin should tingle for a few seconds during application and should leave skin looking refreshed afterwards.  If you have sensitive skin, better opt for lactic peels.  To show how popular these peels are, doctors performed over a million peels in their offices in 2012!

You can even give yourself at home peels with either DCL 20% Glycolic Peel Pads or Greatskin 20% Peel Pads or try Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads.  Use 3 times weekly on cleansed skin for a smooth, poreless, glowing, radiant complexion! Finish it off with Greatskin Glycolic Moisture Crème during the day and Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Night Crème at night!

 

Winter Skin Care Products

With the onset of a cold and brutal winter at hand, we need to take extra care and protect our skin from becoming chapped, cracked, and dry. Cabot Labs has come out with a powerful cream, Cabot POL Phopholipid Cream,  and lotion that delivers phospholipids, powerful antioxidants, and protective moisturizers strong enough to protect and renew thin, dry sensitive skin and help fight skin irritation, inflammation, and aging. Use for skin at risk from or prone to: Aging, Drying, Psoriasis, Diabetic Ulcers, Itching, Eczema, Chafing, Peripheral Vascular disease (lack of circulation), peripheral venous disease (stagnant venous circulation of incompetant venous valves, swollen legs, tight skin etc), Thinning skin, and the product even heals stage 2 and 3 bedsores! The active ingredient is a porcine placental extract with miraculous anti inflammatory and healing, moisturizing capacity. The product is made without the use of parabens, steroids, or fragrances, and retails for $15.00 for a tube of cream and $18.00 for a bottle of lotion.

While we are on the topic of cold, winter, weather, don’t forget to protect your lips from the severe elements with Donnell’s Lip Saver with SPF. This powerful little product helps to prevent dry, chapped lips and retails for only $9.00.  This product is manufactured by the same company that makes Telomera, a potent anti-aging , age reversing cream based on the incredible properties of the Astragalus root with respect to maintenance of chromosome integrity through telomere preservation.

A Few of My Favorite New Things

I absolutely love Peter Thomas Roth’s new Laser Free Resurfacer Serum and Peter Thomas Roth’s FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum! I am using both of these wonderful products  and have notices a marked difference in my skin. Laser Free Resurfacer repairs, resurfaces, regenerates and renews the skin with 33.5% Dragon’s Blood Complex, and extract from the tree Croton lechleri,which has some pretty miraculous healing properties.

In a 4 week consumer study women ages 41-60 applying the product twice daily noted an increase in collagen by 84%, a boost in elastin by 61% and a diminution in lines and wrinkles by 56% . In another study, women using the FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum reported that their face appeared firmer and more youthful looking in just 4 short weeks! The Laser Free Resurfacer comes in a 1 oz container and retails for $75.00, and the FirmX Growth Factor Neuropeptide Serum contains 1 oz and retails for $150.00.  In my estimation, worth every penny!

Enlarged Pores?

Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Thing Tightening GelAre you plagued with enlarged pores? It’s difficult to actually get rid of enlarged pores, however, you certainly can make them appear less obvious and noticeable. Pores look bigger when they are clogged with oil. Try these pointers. Use a salicylic acid based exfoliant 3 times per week to keep your pores clear, such as the GreatSkin 2% Salicylic Exfoliator: go for a professional deep pore cleansing facial once per month, and for a quick fix smooth on an oil absorbing mattifier like Dr Brandt Pores no More, Tightening Gel.

GreatSkin® Salicylic Acid Exfoliator 2% w/ free Gauze Pads

NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream

NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream

It’s the closest you can get to “auto fixing” puffiness and dark circles! Few Formulas target both so effectively. NeoCutis Lumiere Eye Cream is a triple threat; hyaluronic acid plumps skin, protein growth factors promote new collagen , and caffeine tightens and restricts blood vessels. This powerful combination, is about the best thing you can do, besides blepharoplasties (eye surgery) for the looks of your peri ocular skin complex!

Stressed Skin

The Problem- Stressed, reactive, reddened, blotchy, dehydrated skin.

Dermalogica’s Ultra Calming Relief Masque (SKU# DM-207) is a powerful ultra calming masque enriched with colloidal oatmeal to soothe enrages skin and provide lasting relief from sensitized skin flare-ups and redness.

Use 2-3 times a week.

Dull, Sallow, Lackluster, Photo Damaged Skin

The Problem- Dull, Sallow, Lackluster, Photo Damaged Skin

The Solution: Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Mask (SKU# PTR-102). A unique mask with effective brighteners, hydrators, and antioxidants that can oxygenate damaged skin cells and impart a visibly radiant, luminous, polished glow!

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Prematurely Aging Skin

The Problem- Prematurely Aging Skin

It’s not a sunburn that indicates sundamage. Even the slightest tan is a sign of overexposure. Within seconds of the sun’s UV rays hitting your skin, pigment-producing cells go into overdrive. That’s why your once porcelain complexion may look freckled and uneven come September. Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (SKU# DM-143) is a powerful masque of concentrated antioxidant vitamins to help skin regeneration. Repair and restore! That’s what it does!

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Saving Face

Summer certainly is wonderful, however, months of sun sweat, chlorine, and salt water can cause a variety of complexion concerns. Smooth on one of these fantastic masks which can penetrate the skin more quickly than moisturizers to help correct some of these problems.

The Problem- Dryness, Wrinkles

All of the aforementioned things can strip skin of its protective lipids, allowing natural moisture to evaporate faster. Wrinkles and fine lines can look deeper on dehydrated skin as well, so look for a mask with hyaluronic acid which attracts moisture. Try Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Mask (SKU# DM-152) which provides increased hydration and improved elasticity while minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

Apply 2-3 times a week.

Healthy Summer Drinks for Your Skin

Yes, we all know that iced tea drinks using white, black or green or red  teas are great for our health, but did we know that they are also good for our skin!  Another iced drink good for our skin is iced coffee.

How about an iced blender drink that is loaded with anti oxidants and phyto nutrients to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles:

!/2 cup each of Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries.  Mix with 1 cup of Apple Juice 1 cup of ice and blend in a blender.

And, speaking of anti oxidants, try our Zrii Amalaki Juice  with ice  which contains amalaki, turmeric, ginger, jujube, schizandra, pomegranate, pear, and grape juice.  It’s yummy and really good for your health and skin!