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What is Retinol, and How Can it Help?

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What is Retinol, and How Can it Help?

Want to minimize the look of fine lines, reduce wrinkles and resurface the skin to a smoother appearance? Then add retinol to your routine. At least that’s what dozens of major marketers and hundreds of products say. Can you trust their claims, and the claims of the dermatologists that endorse it? When it comes to retinol, how much is truth and how much is fiction? What is Retinol? Simply put, retinol is the generic name for retinoid, an animal-derived form of vitamin A. In the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, it can also be made synthetically. Retinol is produced in the body...

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The Truth About Elite Serum Eye Cream – Does It Work?

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The Truth About Elite Serum Eye Cream – Does It Work?

Elite Serum RX eye cream advertises itself as an effective alternative to collagen or Botox injections. If this is true, it may save many people from the needle or the knife of plastic surgery. This beauty product, used to reduce dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes, was created by renowned cosmetic pharmacist Irwin Grams, and is produced in a 70,000 sq. ft. facility in Florida. SkinPro, the manufacturers of the product, are an effective middle ground option for consumers who want a product that works without undergoing costly injections or any of the side effects that can accompany...

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Eye Creams Too Expensive? Here’s Some Common Household Ingredients For Your Eyes

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Eye Creams Too Expensive? Here’s Some Common Household Ingredients For Your Eyes

Have a green attitude toward cosmetics (and the desire to save some money)? Here are some great household ingredient recipes to boost the beauty of your eyes! For Puffy Eyes Potatoes Potatoes are wonderful for reducing edema (swelling) under the eyes and helping to decrease the look of bags. They also have astringent properties. Placing raw potato on your closed eyes for approximately 15 minutes in the morning can make a big difference in the way you look throughout the day. Recipe: Potato Puffiness Reducer Ingredients: one medium white (not baking) or red potato two...

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Do Eye Creams Actually Work?

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Do Eye Creams Actually Work?

Eye creams are making up an ever-growing percentage of the $43 billion skin care industry. With scientific advances – particularly in the past 10-15 years – and positive user testimonials, more and more eye creams are popping up on department store shelves. And new ones just keep coming. The big question is: do these formulas actually work? If so, what do they do? And how long do you have to wait for results? Here’s the low-down on this very popular niche of the skin care industry. The Skin Under Your Eyes is Not the Same The basic overlying premise of eye creams is that products...

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What is Collagen, and Why is it So Important?

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What is Collagen, and Why is it So Important?

Collagen is one of the most frequently listed ingredients in high-end skin care products. You may have heard that your skin needs it, but do you know why? What exactly is collagen … and why is it so important for your skin? Collagen: More Than Skin Deep Produced within the bodies of animals (including humans), collagen is a collection of proteins. It’s present in the skin, but it’s also required to make and maintain healthy connective tissue throughout the body. When collagen is collected into fibers, called fibrils, it is found in the skin, ligaments and tendons, corneas,...

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Anti-Aging Tips for Eyes

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Anti-Aging Tips for Eyes

There’s just something about the eyes that makes them one of the most appealing parts of the human body. Eyes are expressive. They can show laughter, love, poignancy and desire. They’re the first thing we look at when we want to know how someone is feeling – and what’s on his or her mind. Unfortunately, all that expression means the eyes – and the skin around them – do a lot of work. The area around the eyes is often the first place where we show aging. That’s because the skin around the eyes is up to ten times thinner than on other parts of the body. And with...

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What to Look For in Eye Creams

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What to Look For in Eye Creams

Wow – check out the back of that new eye cream you purchased and you’ll probably see a laundry list of ingredients. Amazing that one little 0.5-oz. tube or jar can hold so much “magic” – but it really can. Here is a list of some of the most common (and effective) active ingredients in today’s eye creams, and what they can do for you (also see The Science Behind Eye Creams). Collagen and Elastin Collagen and elastin are proteins produced by your body that renew and help maintain the integrity of your skin. When you’re lacking in them, your skin is less elastic and...

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Can You Avoid Crow’s Feet? (And Do You Even Want To?)

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Can You Avoid Crow’s Feet? (And Do You Even Want To?)

Crow’s feet. Mention the phrase to anyone who has them and you’re likely to get a self-directed “ugh!” These lines or wrinkles extending from the eye’s outer corners are also called laugh lines. Yet despite this cheerful moniker, they’re rarely the cause for happiness in their owners. Can you avoid the development of these pesky lines? And on the other hand – are you sure you even want to? Here’s the lowdown on crow’s feet, and one surprising reason you may actually want to embrace them. Why We Get Crow’s Feet When a child smiles, you’ll...

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The Science Behind Eye Creams: New Ingredients, New Promises

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The Science Behind Eye Creams: New Ingredients, New Promises

Ask any woman (and quite a few men) what their most troublesome aging area is, and they’ll probably say, “the eyes!” That’s because the skin underneath the eyes has very few oil glands, so it’s more prone to wrinkling. Our eyes are also expressive and constantly in motion, stressing the area on a daily basis. Compounding the problem, periocular (“around the eyes”) skin is 10 times thinner than the rest of the body’s skin. This means it can tear easily and shows broken capillaries in the form of dark circles. Since ancient times, women have tried every remedy...

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Eyelasticity Eye Therapy: Miracle in a Bottle or Money Down the Drain?

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Eyelasticity Eye Therapy: Miracle in a Bottle or Money Down the Drain?

Eyelasticity, by the Tennessee-based company Skinception, promises the elimination of crows feet, dark circles under your eyes and puffiness. As they like to say, “your eyes may be the window to your soul. but you don’t need to tell the world that you’re an old soul.” It’s a cute grabber (if you’re an “old soul” who isn’t easily offended) – but does Eyelasticity stand up to the hype? Here’s what we found out about what Skinception claims is a science-based breakthrough product in skin revitalization. The Claims First, what does Skinception say...

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