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New: Cliniderm HydraComfort Serum & Cliniderm Eye Contour Cream

HydraComfort SerumNew Cliniderm HydraComfort Hydrating Serum & Cliniderm Eye Contour Cream are designed for sensitive, allergic or reactive skin. Skin is more prone to dehydration in winter months but can be problematic all year round.  Dehydrated skin typically feels tight and rough with minor to severe flaking, redness and cracks.  Triggers are commonly exposure to the sun, wind, harsh chemicals or stress.  Cliniderm may have just delivered the answer!

Cliniderm HydraComfort Hydrating Serum was specially formulated to provide immediate hydration and to replenish the skin’s moisture, targeting extremely dry skin to relieve itchiness associated with atopic skin.  Its melt-in gel texture absorbs quickly with a non-greasy finish that protects skin cells against environmental stressors.  Key ingredients include:

                    • 5% LipGlacier, 4% Hydroviton Plus and 0.1% Hyaluronic Acid butyrate to hydrate, replenish moisture and soften the skin
                    • 3% SymSitive 1609 and 1% SymRepair 100 to soothe with anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties

Like all Cliniderm products, Hydracomfort Hydrating Serum is formulated without parabens, dyes, perfume, lanolin, formaldehyde or proteins.

Also new is ophthalmologist-tested Cliniderm HydraComfort Eye Contour Cream.  60% of women are concerned about dehydrated skin, and with the skin around the eyes being some of the thinnest and most sensitive on the body, Cliniderm has developed an eye treatment that provides intense hydration without the irritants commonly found in skin care products. Beyond sodium hyaluronate for replenishing the skin’s moisture, key ingredients include:

  • 5% AMC to provide immediate and long-term hydration, prevent water loss and provide suppleness to the skin
  • 5% Cytobiol Lumin-Eye to prevent under-eye bags and puffiness and reduce the volume of under-eye bags
  • 3% SymCalmin to soothe the skin and provide anti-irritation, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection

Trusted by consumers and recommended by physicians for years, Cliniderm continues to offer moisturization without irritation even for the most sensitive skin.

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FDA Rejects New Sun Filter Applications

rejectedFor many of us, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season but as this year’s holiday approaches, word comes that the FDA has rejected the applications to approve new sunscreen ingredients that could be crucial in the fight against skin cancer.

We were ecstatic late last year upon learning that the Sunscreen Innovation Act had been passed by the US Senate and signed off by President Obama in November of 2014.  The optimist in us looked forward to the widespread availability of new sunscreens that would provide effective, broad-spectrum protection thanks to the newest generation of stable sun filters available.  Having access to good sunscreens is paramount to turning the tide on the rising rates of skin cancer.

However, hopes were dashed when the FDA ruled this past February that more safety data was required to prove the absence of long-term damage from sun filters that have been awaiting approval for many years.  As a Washington Post article noted, cutting-edge treatments for melanoma have been approved by the FDA while, ironically, sun filters that could prevent melanoma, have been rejected.  Tinosorb S and Mexoryl XL in particular have been approved and in use for years in Europe, Asia and Canada, yet manufacturers of sunscreens for sale in the US are limited to using active ingredients that have not been updated since 1999.

Those who have the most to lose by this recent decision are, of course, the US consumers who are denied convenient access to the latest ingredients available.  The wait continues.


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Which Serum is Right for You?

woman_beauty_products2For those of you who have not yet jumped on the serum bandwagon, I have one question: Why not?  Beyond the skin care basics of a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, serums are practically a foolproof way to move from unexceptional  to extraordinary; from average to amazing; from …well, you get the picture.

Serums contain high concentrations of active ingredients that can be tailored to suit the needs of almost everyone.  Perfect for layering due to their featherweight lightness, serums are quickly absorbed, penetrate deeply and able to deliver potency without the heaviness of a cream or lotion base. This makes them ideal to add to any existing routine.

Most serums are water-based and are an excellent vehicle for delivering specific targeted treatments to treat a range of conditions including wrinkles, dark spots, dull complexions or dry skin.  As we age, we are all faced with skin challenges that the basics of cleansing and moisturizing simply cannot meet.  Luckily, skin care companies and consumers alike have embraced serums, resulting in an abundance of choice.

To determine which serum is right for you, decide first and foremost your skin’s top need and go from there:

For Dry Skin, Neostrata Moisture Infusion 24hr Serum provides intense hydration, thanks to its formula containing 5% AMC, a biotechnical ingredient that is up 4 times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.   For fans of the Cliniderm line for sensitive skin, watch this space for soothing HydraComfort Hydrating Serum, coming soon! OR is it here?

For Aging Skin, look no further than Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Retinal Serum.  With all the benefits of retinoids (reversing wrinkles, boosting collagen production, increasing skin hydration PLUS more) you’ve heard about in an effective yet gentle serum base, this will become your newest night time essential.

For Dark Spots, La Roche Posay’s Pigmentclar Serum packs a double punch: LHA for gentle surface exfoliation and a powerful anti-dark spot complex made up of PhE-Resorcinol, Ginkgo and ferulic acid. The retinal serum, we mentioned above – it’ll attack dark spots in a different manner.

For Skin Protection, Apothekari Undercover Agent contains an impressive cocktail of high potency vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid to neutralize free radicals caused by UV exposure and pollution.  I never quite feel ready to face the world without this super antioxidant serum layered under my favorite Anthelios sunscreen.

Can’t decide?  Just like day creams and night creams, it can be advantageous to have one dedicated day serum and one reserved strictly for use at night.  After all, no two serums are exactly alike.  Rather like black shoes.

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Back to Basics – How to Clean Your Face

Woman Washing FaceMany of us are trained pretty early on about how to cleanse the face (thanks, Mom!) and the importance of doing it properly, twice a day, without fail. But,somehow, in the fast-paced-multi-tasking-not-enough-time world that has evolved since we hit puberty, facial cleansing has taken a back seat to protecting the face.  In reality, they are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are mutually beneficial, so let’s get back to basics and discuss how to cleanse the face.

In Asia, cleansing the face has been taken to near art-form level, with some routines involving as many as 12 separate steps and requiring products that do different jobs in preparing the skin for either daytime or nighttime treatments.  Admirable, but at least half a dozen steps too much for me.

Pared down to the basics, here’s what to do when cleansing the face:

Wash twice a day: Once in the morning to remove any oil build up that may have accumulated overnight and to prepare the skin for your serum, sunscreen and makeup. Cleanse again in the evening to remove makeup, dirt and environmental pollutants before applying any nighttime products.  Although twice daily cleansing is the goal, you may find that with severely dry or damaged skin, simply rinsing with lukewarm water in the morning may be sufficient.

Double cleanse: Use an oil-based cleanser to take off sunscreen, makeup and foundation which are formulated to be long-wearing because a basic cleanser may not be enough to do a complete job.  My preference now is double cleansing with an oil- based cleanser on a dry face and then a foaming cream or gel cleanser on a damp face.  Gently rub the lather from the foaming cleanser on the skin with your fingertips, aiming for 30 seconds to allow any antioxidants or active ingredients to be absorbed.

Rinse off using warm water.  Hot water can dry out the skin while cold water may not remove cleanser and dirt residue as well.

Pat dry skin with a soft towel.  Rubbing has the potential the stretch and damage the skin, a definite no-no.

Cleansing the face may seem basic, but when you think of it as maximizing the effectiveness of all your other skin care products and treatments, it’s not so basic after all, is it?

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