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I NEED A "FIRMING CREAM"

Posted on: March 01, 2016

"Firming creams" are nothing more than facial moisturizers. Manufacturers use the word "firming" to imply that a skincare product makes the skin look tauter. Unfortunately, there is no objective way to measure firmness of the skin.

Claims of increased firmness are commonly based on a handful of user's subjective perception. An increase in hydration of the skin may yield the same result.

In actuality, when the skin is hydrated, the skin appears firmer. A grape is "firmer" than a raisin!  Apply a moisturizer with added SPF protection in the morning, and moisturize again in the evening.

Select a facial moisturizer with added sunscreen protection by clicking on the Product Selector

FALSE: You don't need a "Firming Cream".



PROTECT THOSE LIPS!

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Moisturize those lips! Lips dry out faster because they have fewer oil glands. Apply a lip balm with sunscreen to protect your lips and keep them moist and sun protected!



IF IT DIDN'T WORK...RETURN IT

Posted on: January 25, 2016

  • It's not your fault if a moisturizer didn't lift your sagging skin.
  • It's not your fault if an eye cream didn't eliminate your dark circles or puffiness.
  • It's not your fault if that "anti-aging cream" didn't make you look 20 years younger.

If you buy a skincare product that doesn't live up to its claims, take it back for a refund!



GENERIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Posted on: January 10, 2016

Although they contain the same exact ingredients, generic skincare products are NOT necessarily the same as "brand" products.

According to the FDA's Cosmetic Labeling Guide and the cosmetic labeling regulations themselves (21 CFR parts 701 and 740), all over-the-counter (OTC) skincare products must have a listing of the ingredients contained in that product in descending order of predominance. And although the ingredients themselves are listed, the exact recipe or formulation is not. The information that is not listed includes:

  • The order that ingredients are added to the product.
  • The pH of the product.
  • The amount of each ingredient.
  • The temperature of the product or of the ingredient when that particular ingredient is added. 

This formulary information is considered proprietary and is often patented. Generic products, such as those sold by major pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens, may use the same ingredients as the branded products but do NOT necessarily use the same patented formulation.



GO FRAGRANCE-FREE!

Posted on: January 04, 2016

Fragrance is one of the most frequent causes of contact allergic reactions; therefore, fragrance-free skincare products are recommended over scented products.



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