Posts Tagged ‘Retinol’


Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With so many at home face masks on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Often we purchase a face mask to address one skin issue but then start to ask ourselves, are we using it correctly?  How frequently should it be used and is it even worth the time and money?  Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor at Mount Sinai in New York City, offers some fast facts to help us get the most from a face mask.

When it comes to face masks, the products with the most expensive price tags are not necessarily the best. As consumers, we are often swayed by sleek packaging and seductive advertisement. We are also more attracted to expensive products, because we associate a higher price with a superior product. “Do your homework before making a purchase. Read reviews if available. Also know that certain face masks work best for certain specific skin conditions or results, so look to see what kind of face mask will work best for you,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

According to Dr. Papantoniou, “face masks definitely serve a very useful purpose but in order to get the best result it’s important to know what ingredients address certain skin issues.”  For acne-prone skin, she recommends a mask with charcoal, kaolin, or salicylic acid, which help to draw out impurities, excess oils and unclog pores.  For those who struggle with rosacea, masks which contain green tea, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, sulfur, and aloe vera can help soothe and reduce redness.  A rejuvenating mask is great for more mature skin, where wrinkles are a concern.  A hydrating mask with antioxidants can help to plump lines and rehydrate skin cells; look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, retinol, vitamin E, coconut oil and glycolic acid.

Applying a mask to a clean face is a requirement.  Dr. Papantoniou suggests using a gentle facial cleanser such as Cetaphil, Ceravé, or Vanicream, which will not dry out the skin.  However, if a mask is applied to skin which has remnants of make-up or product, a barrier can be created and the mask will not work effectively. “You want to make sure your face is clean so the mask can fully penetrate. Exfoliating prior to applying a mask will be too irritating on the skin, and the chemicals and active ingredients in the mask may be too intense, remember that the mask will be staying on your skin for a while,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.



Monday, October 24th, 2016

You don’t have to travel to Minneapolis to score an appointment with celebrity dermatologist and laser pioneer, Dr. Brian Zelickson.  Simply take a trip to your local drugstore and discover his MD Complete line of dermatologist-level skincare products.  Using concentrated, high-performance, active ingredients, MD Complete features prosumer (professional consumer) products at accessible, mass-market pricing.  The Anti-Aging Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy uses pure retinol, niacinamide, and peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while evening out skin tone and texture.  Vitamins C and B5 protect the skin from free radical damage and support collagen production; rice and algae extracts strengthen the skin moisture barrier and support healthy new skin cell production.  Paraben-free, MD Complete products are never tested on animals.

MD Complete Skincare is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Anti-Aging Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy (retail $39.99) simply by following them on Facebook and entering through the form linked here.  This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.



Thursday, August 25th, 2016


We all know the benefits of of taking our daily vitamins, but never really thought of regularly applying them to our skin.  Then we heard about Twinmedix, a pharmaceutical-grade, vitamin-based, skincare company, whose science threw us for a loop.  “Ingesting daily vitamins has been part of our culture’s health regime for decades,” says Michelle Shaffer, President, Twinmedix, adding, “now we have discovered that topical vitamins applied in their purest form are essential and effective for skin health.”  Twinmedix’s PRO:ESSENTIALS harness pure Vitamins A, C, and E in their highest and most effective concentrations and through a patented micro-sponge delivery system, ingredients are released over eight hours.

PRO:ESSENTIALS include five unique products: three serums, a cleanser, and a smart exfoliator.  A15, a powerful anti-aging serum, combats the appearance of wrinkles, large pores, dull skin with Retinol to renew the skin, soften the look of deep wrinkles, and increase cell turnover.  C10, an anti-inflammatory serum, contains Ascorbic Acid to counteract the appearance of hyperpigmentation, brightening skin, while reducing  visible signs of aging.  E5, an anti-oxidant serum, contains Tocopherol to soothe the skin while defending it from free radicals and environmental damage.  02 Oxygen Facial Mask, an oxygen-infused cleanser, clears skin, helping it maintain a youthful glow.  X Smart Exfoliator Gel uses Dead Sea Salt, fruit enzymes, and plant extracts to renew and detoxify the skin.  Fragrance/paraben/cruelty-free, Twinmedix products are gentle enough for young skin, while effective enough for mature complexions.

 Twinmedix is offering several lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its PRO:ESSENTIALS (retail $360) simply by liking them on Facebook and entering  here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.