Thursday, May 28, 2020

Turn back time with retinol & salicylic acid infused skin care


 

Just like Cher’s famous song “If I could turn back time”, don’t you wish you can turn back time and reverse those sun damages, sagging and wrinkles on your skin? There are many skin care products in the market, all promised to do just that with their “magical ingredients” I called “Fairy Dusting” to make their products sounds like the fountain of youth, but most of them can’t deliver any good anti-aging result, instead just a pretty bottle sitting on your vanity table. 


The “magical” ingredients I swear by are ~ Retinol, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid and Vitamin C.  These four ingredients are scientifically proven to make your skin healthy and younger looking.  Niacinamide & Vitamin C can brighten and even out your skin complexion, giving you that healthy “Glow”.  Retinol is the gold standard anti-aging ingredient that can smooth out bumpy skin, speed up the skin regeneration cycle to reveal younger skin, stimulate collagen production to minimize wrinkles and prevent skin sagging, and the Salicylic Acid (Beta hydroxy acid) work its magic getting deep into your pores to clean out all the junk and kills the bacteria in your pores to prevent inflammation and acne.  It also exfoliates the dead skin on the surface of your skin, so your skin looks fresh (instead of greyish color that lack luster) and easier for all the beneficial skin care ingredients to be able to penetrate deep into your skin for the best anti-aging result.

As a skincare product enthusiast, I am always in the market to try out new products. In this post I want to talk about the two new products I just recently bought and try that had great result on my skin. 


 



When it comes to fighting the advanced signs of aging, retinol is considered a superhero! That is why this cream is a powerhouse skin care product. Retinol is a powerful ingredient but very sensitive to air and lights, if it’s exposed to it for too long, it will lose its potency!  This cream use a special designed dispensing system, so the retinol is encapsulated inside the air tight so it’s protected against degradation from air and light which helps preserve its stability and maximum efficacy. 




Encapsulation also provides a more controlled release to help minimize potential irritation. In addition to retinol, this ultra-hydrating cream – enriched with highly effective botanicals – delivers other important skin benefits, like replenishing precious moisture.
In fact, when skin moisture levels were measured after applying TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Night Treatment With Retinol, testing showed that skin hydration was not only immediately tripled, but also was still significantly higher after 12 hours.
Also always pay attention where are the beneficial active ingredients are located when you read the ingredient list on the packaging.  You always want them to be on the top 10 of the list, which means the product contain higher level of those beneficial ingredients instead of if they are listed all the way at the end that means, you are not getting those anti-aging ingredients at the efficient level to show result on your skin.  In this case, the RETINOL ingredient we want is at # 9 which means this cream is packed with the wonderful anti-aging Retinol.

Here are the full list of the ingredients :
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isocetyl Stearate, Retinol, Punica Granatum Extract, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Tripeptide-1, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Tricaprylin, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Chlorphenesin, BHT

The Second product I love is the



I am one of those lucky people who has normal / combination skin and didn’t suffer with sever acne skin in my teen age years, but I do still get a pimple here and there and sometimes it leave a scar and discoloration on my skin.  What cause pimple is the surface dead skin fall into the pores, clogging it and cause bacteria to grow and multiply then lead to inflammation and cause acne / pimples.
Salicylic acid is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. dermatologists as an effective acne-fighting ingredient. Salicylic acid acts like an exfoliant to promote the easy removal of dead skin cells. As such, it helps keep pores unclogged and reduce the buildup of acnes bacteria.

This powerful formula also contains soothing botanicals, including extracts of Canadian willowherb, sea heather, burdock root and avocado pears.
Let’s take a look of the ingredient list of the Clear Proof Pore-Purifying Serum.  See! The beneficial ingredient Salicylic acid (2%) is high up on the first ingredient ! That means this serum is packed with lots of Salicylic acid and it has to be at least 2% to be able to work effectively!
Here is the full ingredient list: 

Salicylic Acid (2%), Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Butyl Avocadate, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Citric Acid, Cystoseira Amentacea/Caespitosa Branchycarpa Extract, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Pinus Sylvestris Bark Extract, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Triethanolamine, Water, Xanthan Gum.


I highly recommend these two products if you are looking for effective anti-aging skin care products!  Here is the link you can visit the Mary Kay online store( www.MaryKay.comto check out more of their fabulous products! 

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

xoxo  

Alan + Mei Mei the pug

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