Monday, March 8, 2010

Skincare: Back to Basics

Can you believe we spend $50 billion on skin products each year?

According to Dr. OZ...Among the hundreds of ingredients in skincare only a few make a real difference. These three have the best scientific backing:

Vitamin A (retinol, retinoic acid or Retin-A, retinyl propionate, and retinaldehyde): In its various forms, vitamin A increases elastin, collagen, and the natural moisturizer hyaluronic acid in the skin. It's the only thing you can apply to repair sun damage, giving you a smoother, less wrinkled complexion.

Vitamin C  Also stimulates collagen and elastin growth and helps thwart free radicals. (Vitamin C rapidly breaks down when exposed to light and oxygen, so the jar should be opaque and kept sealed.)

Vitamin E  An antioxidant, Vitamin E acts to slow wrinkle production. Some research suggests it may also help protect against skin cancer. (Must be in the form of DL-alpha-tocopherol to make a difference, so read the ingredients on the label.)

Dr. Oz says,
You need to have Vitamin A, C, and E, to help prevent aging. In addition to this he recommends niacin, and he added that we need to exfoliate. Brown spots are staining the skins. The dermatologist recommended using a sunscreen to help prevent the staining. You can go to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon to get bleaching creams, laser therapy or chemical peels to help make the brown spots disappear. The dermatologist said that the Retin is the version of Vitamin A that treats the skin.  According to Dr. Oz we shed skin all the time.

It's important to have a cream containing these ingredients. Here's some recommendations: Olay Regenerist $19, Clinique Moisture In –Control $38, and Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement $60.


  1. what are your favorite skin care products?

  2. That will be a post in all it's own! I will do price points too. As a sneak peak, La Mer or Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream. My skin is constantly changing and I am extremely dry and sensitive right now so I am using Bobbi Brown Moisture Balm spf 25 day and night. That's it to cut down on irritation.