Its the urban legend of beauty products– the once great cleanser or moisturizer loses its ability to make a difference. Most of the time I’ve been told its just a matter of perception– and that I’ve just become used to the benefits. In other words I don’t remember what my skin looked like before I started using it. Others suggest that the formula changed and it now lacks the most effective ingredients. Plausable, but not really satisfying.
I have finally found some intriguing , published studies with alpha hydroxy acids ( including lactic acid and glycolic acid) that back up our observations. It even has a name! Called ‘accomodation’, it simply means that the skin cells no longer respond to an active ingredient in a beauty care product.
Here’s how it works: For example, glycolic and lactic acid improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles primarily by stimulating cell growth. But over 3-4 months of constant use, cell growth … Continue Reading… →
The twenties are a time for truely beautiful skin. Acne should be under control and visable signs of aging are years away. All your skin is asking from you is effective cleansing and aggressive sun protection.
The challenge is not screwing it up. A good cleanser will take off the top layer of stale oil and dry, dead skin cells, but will not strip the skin of moisture or leave a sticky film. Bar soap for normal skin or rinseable cleansers are excellent choices. During the day use an oil freee moisturizer with at least a 15SPF ( 30 would be ideal). At bedtime, treat the skin with an alpha hydroxy acid, one of my all time favorite beauty ingredients.
Alpha Hydroxy acids ( AHA’s) are found naturally in common foods including apples, tomatoes, sugar crane, lemons, wine, and apples. In fact women have been using AHA’s as beauty aids for centuries. Cleopatra has … Continue Reading… →