LED LIPO SLIM

LED Lipo Slim, commonly known as ‘lipo slim’, is a non-invasive lipo sculpture procedure for the removal of stubborn pockets of fat such as saddlebags, love handles and double chins. It can effectively reduce areas of fat resistant to diet or exercise with fewer side effects than traditional procedures such as liposuction. The procedure uses LED’s to effectively ‘melt’ unwanted fat on the face and body, and then allows the body to metabolize the melted fat, with no adverse physiological effects and are used by the body as an energy source.

It has been touted as a lunchtime treatment.   LED Lipo Slim is not a weight loss treatment and is not suited to people who are significantly overweight, it is better for those with small localized areas of stubborn fat. The results give rise to a more harmonious body shape in a short time, without the bruising and swelling of more aggressive procedures.

Am I a Candidate?

Ideal candidates are those with stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. LED Lipo Slim is not a treatment for obesity – it is designed for the reduction of localized areas of fat and skin tightening in people who are a normal body weight.

The advanced body contouring device directly targets the fat cells.  Stimulating the cells opens their pores to release the fat stored inside.  The fat cells then shrink in size.  The excess is then removed safely by the body’s natural metabolic process.

The LED Lipo Slim is ideal for those who already practice a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, but need a little extra help removing localized pockets of fat.  The LED Lipo Slim is also intended for those who need a motivational “jump start” towards starting and maintaining a healthier and slimmer lifestyle.

The LED Lipo Slim shrink’s fat cells faster than exercise alone!

What’s A Visit Like?

After being positioned on the treatment table, painless LED paddles will be placed on each treatment area for approximately 30-40 minutes.  The paddles are then removed.

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How do I prepare for the treatment?

If treating the lower body, you will need to wear loose and non-constricting clothes and undergarments.   In order to obtain the correct positioning of the LED pads, the area you’re having treated will be exposed for a short time.   However, during the actual treatment, you will be completely covered.

Does it hurt?

Not at all!   You will feel a sensation of a slight warmth during the procedure.   There is no “pin prick” sensation.

How Many Visits Does It Take?

You can achieve results after your first visit!   Ideally, a minimum of 6 treatments and a maximum of 10 are recommended to achieve optimal and desired results.  Depending on results required and body areas to be treated, the amount of treatments may vary by each individual.

What Results Can I Expect?

Almost everyone shows a measureable loss with each treatment.  Cumulative treatments are noticeable and impressive.  Exercise and proper nutrition will help increase results.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

  • Stomach
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Arms

Are There Any Side Effects?

  • No pain or discomfort
  • No anesthesia or medications
  • No bruising
  • No recovery time
  • No surgery- completely non-invasive
  • Immediate return to activities
  • As little as a 30-minute treatment time.

Who Is Not a Candidate for The Treatment?

Clients must be at least 18 years of age, cannot be breast feeding or have any of the following:  epilepsy, herpes simplex, liver/kidney disorders, or cancer (must be in remission for at least 1 year), previous liposuction or cold laser procedures.

 

 

Exfoliation

Although our skin knows how to exfoliate itself, the process slows down once we reach our mid 20’s and continues to slow with age.  In fact, this dwindling cell turnover is exactly what causes our skin to become uneven, duller, thicker and less receptive to hydration.  The solution lies in purposeful exfoliation of the skin by either mechanical or chemical means.

Mechanical approaches included mild abrasives with friction and dry micro dermabarasion.  This purges part of the top layer of skin but does not incorporate nutrients to support the skin.  If aging skin is to maintain its density, it requires a continual supply of nutrients.  Failure to nourish repeatedly mechanically exfoliated skin can thin the dermis, trigger infection, dilate blood cells and impair repair mechanisms.

Chemical methods involve products that contain AHAs, BHAs, enzymes and other agents that absorb and loosen the glue like substance that binds cells, allowing the dead and dry cells to ease away.  Chemical exfoliating agents remove dead skin cells at a deeper level than do mechanical exfoliates.  Any effective chemical exfoliation is likely to produce some heating or stinging sensations but it is a reliable and natural way to clean out pores and purge oils.  The skin is peeled more evenly than the mechanical approach and nutrients applied penetrate more easily.

When you require an additional boost with an exfoliation try:

  • For firming one of the most popular and effective procedures is an Ionic High Definition Skin Treatment .
  • For healing and repairing, LumiStim has proven to be effective.
  • For firming, healing and repairing Jet Peel is becoming one of the most popular because it is effective in firming, healing, repairing and penetrating nutrients deep into the skin.

Hormones and the Skin Understanding Life Changes

Hormones control nearly every aspect of the human body. These chemical messengers are the reasons our immune system functions; they metabolize food into fuel; they control our moods; and they kick-start the many changes associated with puberty and the physiological changes in our skin as we move from youth to old age.

Both men and women go through different stages of hormonal activity during their lives. Often unpredictable in their timing, these fluctuations can have a considerable impact on the skin. Most important are three of the sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Here’s how they operate in men and women of different ages, and some of the effects they bring.

Girls and Women

For girls, puberty begins around the ages of 9 to 14 and lasts an average of four years. Throughout a woman’s fertile years, her estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels fluctuate with themenstrual cycle, affecting skin clarity throughout the month.

Perimenopausal skin can be difficult to treat because the hormonalshifts do not follow a set pattern.

Estrogen levels peak during menstruation, leaving the skin clear of breakouts, then begin to decline on day seven of the menstrual cycle, allowing testosterone to become more dominant. With more testosterone comes increased oil production. On days 15-28, estrogen continues to decrease, while progesterone begins to increase. This is the time of
the month acne breakouts are most likely to occur: as progesterone rises, the follicle walls swell, trapping excess sebum and cell debris in an anaerobic environment conditions in which acne bacteria
thrive.

Perimenopause, when a woman’s fertility begins to decline, can start as early as 35. During this stage, there are volatile hormonal shifts in the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone. This constant fluctuation creates a multitude of unwanted changes. Melasma can return or worsen, and acne breakouts can surge. Perimenopausal skin
can be difficult to treat because the hormonal shifts do not follow a set pattern.

Menopause marks the end of fertility. The age at which it occurs depends on many factors: diet, genetics, health, and lifestyle.  Menopause brings a significant decrease in estrogen. This often leads to surface dryness, which traps sebum beneath the skin and provides a perfect environment for acne breakouts. The hormonal shift can also cause melasma and other pigmentation changes, as well as the textural changes and wrinkling that come with collagen and elastin breakdown.

A regimen to address the challenges of menopausal skin should include ingredients to encourage collagen and elastin production, including vitamins A and C, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, and retinoids. For older women with dry skin, introduce highly moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, niacinamide, and silicones.

Boys and Men

Puberty for boys generally starts between the ages of 10 and 17, and lasts an average of seven years. During this time, the male body primarily produces testosterone, which increases sebum production.  Coupled with the less-than ideal hygiene habits of many teenage boys, this frequently results in challenging acne breakouts.

Throughout their teens and early 20s, men experience several more spikes in testosterone production. Typically, acne outbreaks cease after this time. Those with a family history of acne, however, may continue to experience breakouts well into their late 20s and sometimes into their early 30s. For these clients, daily care products formulated specifically to treat acne may be needed until testosterone production begins to slow during the next stage of life.

After age 30, testosterone production in men begins to decrease at a rate of 10 percent per decade. Just as with women in this age group, the rate of hormonal change and the resulting physical symptoms differ for each individual. In some men, the change will go unnoticed. In other cases, the testosterone decline can lead to reduced sexual function, changes in body composition, and mood fluctuations– similar to the experiences of older women.

Andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, brings a steep drop in testosterone production. The skin may become dry and rough due to a reduction in sebum production. Medically, this drop in testosterone is referred to as partial androgen decline in the aging male (PADAM), aging-associated androgen deficiency (AAAD), or male hypogonadism.

An older man’s skin care regimen should include the same ingredients recommended for an older woman. Although the hormonal changes involved are different, the result is the same: collagen and elastin production slows, and skin becomes drier. Older men typically need hydrating products to combat hormone-related skin dehydration.
Include lightweight humectants such as lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, glycerin, and urea.

Common Hormonal Skin Conditions

ACNE
Acne can occur at any time of life, but it is most common during puberty (in males and females) and perimenopause (in females). Regardless of the client’s age or gender, the causes are the same:

• Increased keratinization within the follicle.
• Increased sebum production.
• Increased Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.
• Inflammation.

Adolescent acne clients typically have oily, resilient skin, and should have a professional treatment every two weeks. For adult females whose acne follows monthly hormonal fluctuations, use the client’s menstrual cycle as a guide and treat every four weeks.  Perimenopausal acne patients will also be fighting age-related skin concerns.

Ionic HD Facial Treatment

Let’s be honest, your face is your calling card. With it, you make your first and most lasting impression, presenting an image that will remain in the memory of everyone you meet. Think about it. How many times have you heard people say they can’t remember names, but they never forget a face?

 Ionic Hi Definition Facial

 Almost all women want to have smooth, even toned, Hi Definition Skin.  Our facial skin is exposed daily to the environment, which coupled by our hectic lifestyles  erodes the integrity of the skin and muscle tone.

The Ionic HD Facial is patented technology using oscillating high-frequency waves, ultrasound and radio frequency with a nutrient solution.

The solution rapidly penetrates the skin, purges the pores and at the same time exfoliates the top layers of skin.

Cell repair occurs due to increased circulation and oxygen in the skin.  Increasing the blood supply to the collagen provides strength and firmness to the dermal tissue.

Skin loses about 1% of collagen every year we age, so maintenance of collagen is a critical component of skin health and a youthful appearance.

Skin metabolism is increased thereby improving collagen and elastin which often is deficient in sun damaged or aging skin.

Another benefit of increased circulation is increased lymph flow. Removing toxins and waste products in turn will make your skin look firmer and brighter.

 Advantages

The Ionic HD Facial will dramatically improve the quality of your skin.

There is no downtime.

May be used on all skin types without risk of adverse reaction or irritation.

Reduce

Fine Lines…Wrinkles…Sagging…Discoloration…

These are the earmarks of age that rob your face of its youth and vibrancy, leaving instead the impression of fatigue, dullness and age.  You don’t feel old.  Why, then, let an aging appearance hold you back? The solution could be as fast, easy and affordable as an Ionic HD Facial.

Ionic HD

(Hi Definition)

Facial

 This treatment can dramatically improve the quality of your skin and contour of your face.

 Ionic HD Facial is supported by scientific evidence to improve the skin in several ways.

 Each treatment takes about 60 minutes.

 Good for all skin types

BENEFITS

  Skin Brightening

 Improves Texture

  Deep Cleans

  Nourishes & Moisturizes

 Tightens Skin and Pores

 Improves Contour

IONIC HD STARS

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FOOD FOR HEALTHIER SKIN

Foods for Healthier Skin

CHOCOLATE, yes chocolate, Cocoa hydrate your skin, making it firmer and suppler. Chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, a potent antioxidant.

YOGURT, the protein helps skin become firmer.

POMEGRANATES are packed with polyphenol antioxidant which help fight free radicals and regulates skin blood flow.

WALNUTS contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids which improve skin elasticity and copper which boost collagen.

PEPPERS, green and yellow lessen wrinkles especially around the eyes and yellow and orange can decrease sun sensitivity.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS loaded with Vit E keeps your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun.

KIDNEY BEANS a Zit Zapper contains high levels of zinc.

SOY, milk or edamame, helps reduce hyperpigmentation.

OATMEAL keeps your blood sugar stable and maintains your level of androgens (a hormone that can contribute to wrinkles) and lessens irritations.

GREEN TEA, high in antioxidants which is proved to reduce redness and inflammation.

Jet Peel and Quantum Hydration

The healing energy of negative ions

The fourth state of matter, Plasma is created through a scientific interaction called negative ionization, a process created naturally through effects such as sunlight, waterfalls, ocean waves and lightning. Yosemite Falls produces 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter (the size of a sugar cube). The LA freeway has 9.
Plasma technology is a huge advancement in skin care—it has bactericidal, fungicidal and viralcidal properties and mimics the natural renewal and healing processes of the body.  Besides creating feelings of euphoria, plasma ions function as a medically active agent and are ideal for treating sensitive living cells and tissues on a molecular level, disinfecting skin and promoting healing.
Cold plasma technology with the Jet Peel or Quantum Hydration consists of an ionization chamber that ionizes oxygen which is released along with saline solution. When the saline solution comes in contact with the ions the saline also becomes highly energized. This ionized gas disrupts molecular structure. Electro Ionization works differently than lasers, which vaporize skin cells, or chemical peels, which utilize acid to burn skin cells. Electro Ionization technology effects skin cells at a molecular level. The advantage to cellular treatment is that I can achieve substantial results with little or no trauma caused to the skin. Electro Ionization treatments are excellent for clients with sensitive skin or those who have thinning skin and have lost elasticity.
The Jet Peel and Quantum actually thickens the skin, instead of thinning it like most treatments. The Electro Ionization treatment is quick – typically taking between 25-30 minutes for a treatment. No after treatment is necessary following Electro Ionization, because the skin tissue is clinically sterilized, super hydrated, and the procedure is completely non-invasive. Electro Ionization has both long term and immediate results that you can’t find in other procedures. This makes Electro Ionization a true corrective procedure with no down time.
Jet Peel or Quantum Hydration is a skin treatment with no contraindications. If you are looking for a noninvasive skin treatment that produces immediate and long lasting results, the Jet Peel or Quantum is perfect for you.

RF Facial

Let’s be honest, your face is your calling card. With it, you make your first and most lasting impression, presenting an image that will remain in the memory of everyone you meet. Think about it. How many times have you heard people say they can’t remember names, but they never forget a face?

Fine Lines…Wrinkles…Sagging…Discoloration…These are the earmarks of age that rob your face of its youth and vibrancy, leaving instead the impression of fatigue, dullness and age.  You don’t feel old.  Why, then, let an aging appearance hold you back? The solution could be as fast, easy and affordable as a RF Facial, also known as a non-surgical facelift.

RF Facial corrects excess sagging skin

RF Facials are considered among the most effective non-surgical procedures available today. Via this treatment, radio waves penetrate the outer skin layers and deliver heat facial to the muscles and tissues beneath. This heat stimulates collagen production, and that, in turn, triggers tissue contraction. The overall result is tighter, brighter skin and a significant reduction in sags and wrinkles.

The RF Facial is a non-surgical treatment for wrinkles and facial skin imperfections. This treatment requires no downtime. Best of all, results are immediately noticeable, and they become even more so in the weeks following the treatment as the build-up of collagen effects further skin contraction.

Common Anti-Aging Concerns Treated with RF Facials

RF facial is primarily used to treat skin laxity through facial tightening. This treatment is effective on both light and dark skin, and best results are seen by clients in their mid-30s to mid-60s, who display mild to moderate facial sagging.

RF Facial is commonly used to treat the following areas

• Forehead (lifts brows and tightens forehead skin)

• Under Eyes (thickens skin and tightens and lifts the upper cheek)

• Cheeks (lifts slightly and diminishes enlarged pores)

• Mid-Face and Jaw Line (diminishes jowls and sagging along the jaw line)

• Neck (treats “chicken neck” by tightening skin and diminishing wrinkles)

It is also worth noting that when RF Facial is used in combination with other modalities, it can enhance the results derived from treatments that include: microphoto therapy, acne treatment and cellulite treatment.

RF Facial FAQs

• How does an RF Facial work?

RF works through radio wave currents that penetrate deep into the dermis (deepest layer of the skin) and subcutaneous layers of the skin causing tightening of the underlying tissues showing a difference with fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture.

• Do RF Facials hurt?

No. Every client’s experience may vary due to individual pain tolerance. The radio currents provide heat on the skin causing minimal discomfort.

• What types of aesthetics concerns are corrected with RF Facials?

RF facials are an alternative for clients who are not ready for more invasive treatments such as Botox® and surgery creating the look of a brow lift, modest tightening of the forehead, tightening and thickening of the under eye skin, slightly lifting cheeks and diminishing large pores, jowling and sagging around the jaw line, as well as wrinkling along the neck and décolleté. A RF facial improves skin laxity and renewing facial contours by accelerating collagen and elastin renewal.

• How long is the down-time?

Minimal to no downtime is needed. It is a non-invasive procedure; no surgery, no injections, no recovery time. You may experience some redness or swelling up to 24 hours.

• How soon do you start seeing results?

Immediately you can see results with the RF facial.

• How long do results last?

Results vary from client to client. They can last up 24 months or more based on the client’s natural aging process.

• How many treatments are necessary?

For best results, 6-10 treatments within 6-8 weeks of each other are recommended. Your practitioner will advise you of how many treatments would be best for the results you are looking for and your skin condition.

• How long is each treatment?

Each treatment is about 60 minutes.

• Pre and Post-treatment recommendation?

Before you have an RF facial done you should avoid any type of sun exposure either by lying out in the sun, using artificial tanning with tanning beds or self-tanners, etc. This should be avoided approximately two weeks before and after RF treatments. After RF treatments, you should follow practitioner recommendations for an at home skin care recommendations to maintain between treatments and have longer lasting results when you are done with your series of treatments.

• Can anyone have this procedure done?

This procedure is usually performed on clients starting in their 30s-60s. It is safe for all skin types.

• Clients who should not have this procedure?

Clients with electrical devices such as: pacers, heart valves, metal implants or artificial metal joints. The RF currents may interfere with some of these devices and/or heat up the metal implants.

• RF vs. Galvanic Facial treatments?

Both RF and Galvanic facials work with electrical-magnetic currents. RF facials go deep into the dermis providing immediate, longer lasting results and accelerating cell renewal in the skin. RF facials only use the currents to provide results when galvanic need products to be penetrated to show temporary results. Galvanic facial currents only work on the surface of the skin having showing immediate results but short-term, lasting only a few days.

The RF Facial Procedure

The face is cleansed the with a wash suitable for the client’s skin type, to remove make up and surface oils.

A cooling gel is applied to the skin being treated to provide a barrier so the RF hand piece can glide on the skin and provide less discomfort.

The hand piece is glided across the area being treated in an upward motion to give that firming and lifting effect.

The excess gel is removed from the face.

An appropriate soothing moisturizer is then applied.

Sunscreen is applied

Can a RF Facial be combined with other anti-aging treatments?

RF facials can be combined with MicroPhoto therapy, Quantum Hydration and Vitamin C  or Hyaluronic treatments for a more enhancement and give a more plumped effect to the skin.

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Surprising Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

Surprising Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

Sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to “sleep lines” — wrinkles that become etched into the top layers of skin and don’t fade once you’re up. Sleeping on your side leads to wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face down gives you a furrowed brow. To cut down on new wrinkles, sleep on your back.

Salmon (along with other cold-water fish) is a great source of protein, one of the building blocks of great skin. It’s also an awesome source of omega-3 fatty acids. Experts say that essential fatty acids nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping minimize wrinkles.

Making the same expressions over and over — like squinting — overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin’s surface. Eventually the groove becomes a wrinkle. Keep those eyes wide: Wear reading glasses if you need them. And get savvy about sunglasses, which can protect skin around the eyes from sun damage and keep you from squinting.

Natural acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles, especially around the eyes. And stronger forms of AHAs may help boost collagen production. Using AHAs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wear plenty of sunscreen every day.

Tap water strips skin of moisture and natural oils that protect against wrinkles. Wash your face too often, and you wash away its protection. Do not use soap, use a gel or cream facial cleanser instead.

Some studies have found that creams with vitamin C can raise collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, help reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, and reduce redness. You have to use a skin product with the right type of vitamin C, though. L-ascorbic acid may be the best for wrinkle relief. You may also see a vitamin C ingredient listed as ascorbyl palmitate.

Soy may improve the appearance of your skin and may even protect it, too. Studies suggest soy applied to the skin or taken as a supplement may help protect against or even heal some of the sun’s damage. And it has also been shown to improve skin’s structure and firmness, and to even out skin tone.

Try a wrinkle-reducing drink. In one study, researchers found that cocoa with high levels of two antioxidants (epicatechin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved blood flow to skin cells, helped hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother.

If you really want to keep your skin looking young, start with the essentials. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but it’s important:

•Avoid the sun

•Wear sunscreen

•Wear sun protective clothing

•Don’t smoke

•Use moisturizer

Choosing SkinCare Products : Know Your Ingredients

Heard the buzzwords touted to turn back the clock on aging skin? ”Acai,” “alpha-lipoic acid,” and ”alpha hydroxy acid’ are some of them.

But can they actually erase wrinkles, repair sun damage, or diminish age spots?

You’ll want to do your homework first, so you’re informed. Advanced DermaCare can also help you sort out what works, what’s hype, and what might help your skin.

Antioxidants for Sun Damage and Wrinkles

Antioxidants are natural substances made up of vitamins and minerals which are found in most plants in varying amounts. They can counter “free radicals” that damage DNA. Damaged skin cells can speed up aging with wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles under eyes, dull skin, and more.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants is key, not just for your skin but for your overall health. Antioxidants are also used on the skin. The antioxidants most shown to repair damage and slow the aging process include:

•Acai oil

•Alpha-lipoic acid

•Green tea extract

•Retinol

•Vitamin C

•CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)

•Caffeine

 

Other plant-based or natural treatments for aging skin found in skin-care products include:

•Alpha-hydroxy acid

•Salicylic acid

•Hyaluronic acid

Acai Oil

Acai berries, which are native to Central and South America, are rich in antioxidants, more than those found in other berries. Cold-pressing acai berries extracts the oil, which may fight aging by healing sun damage and smoothing wrinkles. Antioxidant levels in acai oil remain high, even after it’s stored.

Though studies have yet to confirm the benefits of acai oil on the skin, it is being used in masks, creams, cleansers, exfoliating scrubs, body butters, and serums.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is made by the body and is found in every cell. As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body — it can penetrate skin-cell membranes to destroy them. Alpha-lipoic acid is touted commercially as a substance that can erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.

Green Tea Extract

Tea is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals.

Early studies have found the ingredients in tea can reduce sun damage and may protect skin from skin cancer when applied topically. Using green tea extract under sunscreen may yield a double dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may also slow signs of aging and reduce sagging skin and wrinkles.

Retinol

Retinol is made from vitamin A and goes on your skin. It boosts collagen production and plumps out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and color, and reduces mottled patches on the skin.

Many dermatologists prescribe retinol’s stronger counterpart, tretinoin, or similar products to slow skin aging, improve irregular pigmentation, and clear up acne. Over-the-counter products containing retinols may be weaker, but are still effective in improving skin appearance.

Using a retinol-based product may cause the skin’s top layer (the epidermis) to become dry and flaky. Be sure to wear moisturizer and sunscreen when using it or speak to your dermatologist about alternatives.

Choosing Skin Care Products: Know Your Ingredients

Vitamin C

As you age, your body slows down its production of collagen and elastin, which keep skin strong, flexible, and resilient. The antioxidants found in vitamin C may stimulate the production of collagen and minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.  Vitamin C is being added to skin care products such as creams and lotions. If you want to use a topical vitamin C-based product, ask Advanced DermaCare which one would be right for you.

CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)

Your body naturally makes CoQ-10 to neutralize free radicals in cells. As you age, you make less  CoQ-10. That may make skin cells more vulnerable to damage by free radicals. That’s the reasoning behind the use of the antioxidant in skin care products such as toners, gels, and creams to be used alone or with a moisturizer. One study shows that CoQ-10 helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes known as crow’s feet.CoQ-10 is bright orange, so products containing it will be orange or yellow.

Caffeine

Caffeine is also an antioxidant, but whether it can be used on the skin to reverse aging isn’t known. Still, skin care companies have added it to lotions and creams based on evidence that shows caffeine can inhibit the growth of skin cancer and, when applied to the skin, may make wrinkles less deep, especially ”crow’s feet” around the eyes.

Other Popular Ingredients

Skin-care and cosmetics companies are adding natural ingredients to their products, such as the following:

Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

This group of natural-based acids found in a vast number of skin-care products includes glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids. Glycolic acid was the original AHA and remains popular for its ability to remove dead skin cells and leave skin smoother, softer, and more radiant.

AHAs are used to exfoliate the skin, reducing fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and irregular pigmentation. Peels with high concentrations of AHAs are usually administered by a beauty specialist (esthetician) or dermatologist, but you can use lower concentrations — between 5% and 10% — in creams or lotions on a daily basis.

To help avoid irritated skin, start with a low concentration and apply every other day gradually increasing frequency to every day.

Even at lower doses, however, the acids may irritate and dry skin as well as increase sensitivity to the sun. Advanced DermaCare recommends using moisturizer and sunscreen when using any products that contain AHAs.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is used in many over-the-counter and prescription products to treat acne. It penetrates pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads with less irritation than may occur with alpha-hydroxy acids. Like AHAs, salicylic acid in certain amounts exfoliates the skin, which can reduce signs of aging.

If you are allergic to salicylates (found in aspirin), you shouldn’t use salicylic acid. If you are pregnant or nursing, you should ask your doctor before using any product with salicylic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is included in skin care products to reduce the signs of aging. Your body produces hyaluronic acid naturally, keeping tissues cushioned and lubricated. It’s found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues. Age, smoking, and an unhealthy diet cause you to make less of it over time.

Products containing hyaluronic acid may help smooth out skin. It’s especially effective when combined with vitamin C products.