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6 posts tagged "Collagen"

Dr. Obagi On Moisturizer Myths


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

Is there any truth to recent claims that excessive moisturizing can accelerate aging?

Yes, it’s true. Many moisturizers cause skin to be weak, lazy, and sensitive, and instead of rejuvenating your skin, will actually cause it to age faster. Here’s why: Normally, skin cells in the dermis collect water from the food and beverages that we consume, and supply that water to the surface of the skin. That’s what keeps skin cells active, vital, and producing collagen and elastin. But when moisturizers are the source for hydration, they satiate the superficial skin cells and send a message to the cells in the dermis to slow their production and supply of water. When that happens, the skin cells get lazy, retire, and eventually stop functioning. Not only do they not supply water, they slow the cellular regeneration process, and don’t produce sufficient amounts of collagen and elastin. All of that accelerates skin aging—wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. As a precautionary measure, once you turn 30 it’s important to keep your skin cells active with products that contain retinol, like ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and a leading expert in skin health restoration and rejuvenation, Dr. Zein Obagi is an internationally renowned dermatologist and educator who is known for his ability to successfully correct a wide range of skin conditions—often after other traditional treatments have failed. He is also the founder of the Obagi Medical Product line, the number one brand of physician-dispensed antiaging skincare products in the world, as well as the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, where he currently practices.

Silver Wings For Reaching Skincare Nirvana


Being selected as one of the first 50 products to launch with U*tique, the luxury beauty vending machine set to debut next month, is definitely noteworthy. But for Cor Silver Soap, which is formulated with silica-infused nano-silver (and costs $125 per amber-colored bar), being a status symbol is nothing new. Known for an ability to effectively cleanse, even out skin tone, and reduce the appearance of sun spots and pore size, Cor’s all-natural formula includes four different types of collagen and utilizes the power of silver to block acne-causing bacteria while expediting cell repair. It also helps protect your skin from photoaging—making the answer “no,” in case you were wondering if there is anything this soap can’t do.

Photo: Courtesy of Cor Silver Soap

The Superfruit That Everyone’s Sweet On


ACEROLA/(as-uh-roh-luh)/ n./ 1. The cherrylike fruit of the small tree Malpighia glabra, common to the West Indies and adjacent areas; / n./ 2. Also known as the Barbados cherry, this emerging superfruit is said to be 20 to 30 times richer in vitamin C than the orange and is becoming prevalent in the beauty industry for its ability to even skin tone, boost collagen and elastin levels, and defend against the damaging effects of free radicals, which can age skin prematurely, e.g., “Acai is so three years ago. To maintain a youthful appearance and your trendsetting status, get your antioxidant rush from acerola.”

Try it: Nude Skincare’s Advanced Smoothing Complex, $90,

Photo: Bernd Euler

The Best Antioxidants For Antiaging


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

With so many antioxidants on the market these days targeting so many things, I would just like to know which ones are the best to take orally for their antiaging ability?

Antioxidants are like antibiotics—they each address different needs. Therefore, I would recommend a combination of antioxidants for the most comprehensive internal approach to antiaging. Some of my favorites are grape seed, pomegranate extract, and goji berry extract. But antioxidants alone aren’t the answer to antiaging. Combine your antioxidant supplementation with amino acids to help build collagen and elastin, omega-3′s to help attract water to your cells, and glucosamine to help improve overall skin health.

A board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in El Segundo, California, Dr. Howard Murad is a trained pharmacist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA. With insights derived from treating a patient base of over 50,000 people, he developed his eponymous line of skincare products and has authored two books on the topics of aging and cellulite, respectively.
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Borba goes high-def (No converter box needed)


With all the hype surrounding high definition TV, it was really only a matter of time before beauty companies jumped on board the marketing band wagon and started offering “HD” serums, moisturizers et al. In one of the more interesting mailings to cross our desks in recent memory, a universal remote arrived this week with Borba’s new HD-Illuminating Eye Specialist, a dual-ended product-filled wand that, unfortunately, was not the 36″ plasma screen we hoped would accompany the remote. Initial disappointment aside, the Eye Specialist is actually quite noteworthy—technologically advanced, even, not unlike its audio-visual predecessor. While one side boasts the cosmeceutical company’s brightening serum, which alleviates dark, swollen under-eye circles with skin brighteners, micronized diamonds, and a blend of silk, collagen, and elastin fibers for lift, the other side holds its “enlightening cream,” a sheerly tinted concealer fluid that camouflages imperfections. The luminous, glowing results are something to behold. It’s not unlike the first time your fancy new TV revealed that prime-time actors do indeed have visible pores (Stars—they really are just like us).

Photo: Courtesy of Borba