Can Your Anti-Aging Product Stop Working?

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…

Anti-Aging At Any Age: Twenty-Somethings

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…