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About-Face Skincare: Easy on the Eyes

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About-Face Skincare: Easy on the Eyes

The question asked most frequently is the reason behind the absence of any eye creams.  Most about-face skincare products are an eye treatment, specifically formulated for sensitive eyes.   In spite of surgical-precision, cream intended for the face manages to migrate into the eyes.  Having miserably sensitive eyes, a good many, high-end face creams have brought me to tears – literally.  More commitment than innovation, about-face formulations make an eye cream 100% unnecessary.  Except for no-scrubs, a-boost, and c-boost, all afe products double as an eye treatment. Safe for the entire eye area, but avoiding direct contact with the eye --...

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Dimethicone: Love/Hate Story

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Dimethicone: Love/Hate Story

After a years of layering luxurious, Dimethicone-laden skincare and cosmetics – cleansers, serums, eye creams, night creams, line fillers, primers, concealers, and foundations – my love began to sour with the incessant pilling due to the endless silicone film. My resentment towards Dimethicone blossomed into a genuine loathing with the striking improvements to my skin since losing the "cones. 

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Ignore the Bait: Seven Truthful, Steps to Better Skin

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Ignore the Bait: Seven Truthful, Steps to Better Skin

Can skincare “erase your wrinkles in under five minutes”?  Although it may be possible in the not too distant future, the claim is an exaggeration, at best.  A peek behind the curtain would reveal that the “miracle product” employs a film-forming agent, akin to egg whites or hairspray.  As the products dries creating a film on the surface, it does indeed briefly pull the skin taut.   The transient effects are entirely forgivable, however the immediate crinkling of the film due upon the slightest surface tension and the immediate disintegration with lightest application of makeup are less so.  The effects help...

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Learning the Value of Paraben-Free: Mom, Love and Breast Cancer

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Learning the Value of Paraben-Free: Mom, Love and Breast Cancer

Prior to my mother's diagnosis of breast cancer, I never valued the “paraben-free” designation on labels.  Like 2 out every 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer, Mom's tumor was estrogen-receptor-positive.  Simply put, estrogen feeds the cancer.  With surgery and radiation in her rearview, Mom will remain on the estrogen-blocking drug, Anastrozole, to starve any remaining cancer cells.   For Mom, and others with estrogen positive cancer, parabens may reduce the odds of remaining cancer-free because they mimic estrogen.    Introduced in the 1950’s, parabens are highly reliable in thwarting bacteria growth in foods and personal care products, like shampoos, conditioners, deodorants/antiperspirants,...

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Ingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

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Ingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

Clinical research supports the skin-enhancing benefits of Niacinamide for most skin conditions – acne, dryness, loss of elasticity, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, textural irregularities and enlarged pores. A derivative of vitamin B3, topical Niacinamide delivers the co-enzymes necessary for cellular energy production, which naturally declines with the aging process, as well as delivering antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and melanin-suppressing benefits.   Don’t take my word on the matter, review the studies and decide for yourself. Acne:  Niacinamide Gel (4%) outperformed a topical antibiotic by 14% in improving moderate acne. Rosacea:  77% of the participants treated with a metabolite of Niacinamide (1-methylnicotinamide) achieved improvement of Rosacea, a condition...

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