Which Serums Are Right For You?

In the video below, Miranda from Slashed Beauty goes over our 9 really popular face oils and what they're meant to do for your skin. She states that, "A good place to start in the effort of getting skin care savvy is becoming familiar with common ingredients found in products. Once you get to know and recognize these ingredients, you’ll start to be more confident about picking out products for your skin care routine."

Find out which serums or oils are right for you and continue watching the video until the end. Miranda shares a code that can help when checking out! Let us know your thoughts or which product you are most interested in trying out. 

6 Skin Care Ingredient Must Haves

Retinol: For Anti-Aging (And Everything Else) 

If there's one ingredient praised more than any other for its wrinkle-fighting, complexion-perfecting abilities, it's this crazy-effective derivative of vitamin A. The deal with Retinol is that in study after study, it has been shown to build collagen, decrease fine lines, and improve skin's texture. The prescription version (Retinoic Acid, or Retin-A) acts fastest but is pricey and can be drying. While creams and serums may take a bit longer to show results, the effects that worth while. Whichever type you use, you'll want to ease into your Retinol use slowly. But stay off harsh physical scrubs and peels while you're using Retinol; remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize; and use extra sunscreen for the first six months.

Hyaluronic Acid: For Serious Moisturizing 

This little molecule helps lubricate our joints and keep skin plump, and is one of the world's finest humectants (elements that attract and retain water). What does that mean for skin? Hyaluronic Acid is not only a great moisturizer but it goes well with other active skin care ingredients (so you can layer it with Retinol, for example, and use it daily). The best part about using Hyaluronic Acid is that it doesn't have any fine print on how to use. It benefits any skin type, at any age!

Vitamin C: For A Boost Of Sunshine 

Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant and it stimulates collagen production. In other words, it increases radiance and evens out spots. Vitamin C protects the skin against sun damage, but from the inside out. Therefore, it should be used in conjunction with a daily sunscreen applied after the moisturizer, since sunscreen needs to work on the very top of the skin to protect it. Vitamin C is not a substitute for SPF protection, even though it works as a strong anti-oxidant from deep within the skin.  For best results and for an even bigger brightening boost, combine Vitamin C with Vitamin E or Ferulic Acid.

Collagen: For Firming Skin

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in our muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, and other parts. Collagen is what gives our skin strength and elasticity while replacing dead skin cells. In other words, it is the "glue" that holds us together. As we age, our skin begins to produce less and less Collagen. In doing so, our skin loses that plumpness it once had. Increasing Collagen levels can help your skin look firmer, increase smoothness, and help your skin cells keep renewing and repairing normally. 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: For Smoothing Skin

Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are natural acids that act as chemical exfoliants which help to loosen and get id of the dead skin cells on your skin's surface. Regular exfoliation helps keep your complexion naturally bright by preventing a buildup pf dead skin cells that dull your skin. AHAs can help with clearing up sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. By removing the dead skin layers, you are optimizing your skin's absorption's levels so you get the maximum results from your favorite skincare products. 

Charcoal: For Detoxifying 

Activated Charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn't reabsorb them. Throughout the day, natural pollutants are all around us and tend to clog up our pores, thus causing our complexion to look rather dull. Charcoal can help to unclog pores, reduce unwanted excess oil from our skin, and deep clean your skin. 

Are Night Creams More Effective than Day Creams?

The difference between day and night creams is that day creams tend to contain SPF and have a lighter consistency in order to apply before makeup. While both are needed for healthy skin, do heavier creams contain stronger ingredients and work better than day creams? Let's find out!

Nighttime products help maintain healthy skin and reduce signs of aging overnight. The nighttime is when the skin does the heavy lifting. Our skin works to restore and repair while we sleep so that night creams focus on moisture and recovery, hence why they are heavier. Night creams also tend to have a larger concentration of ingredients such as peptides and stronger actives like Retinol. Retinol boosts cell turnover to reduce dull skin and fine lines but is best used at night because it's known to increase skin's sensitivity to the sun. 

Others say that daytime and nighttime creams work just equally as effective. The active ingredients in day creams are different than those in night creams, but that doesn't mean they are not keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy. Day creams are known for having SPF and antioxidants that are most beneficial during the day. Due to the fact that the skin will most be in contact with the sun during the day, it is best to pick up a day cream that contains SPF because that could totally make a difference between having a youthful, glowing complexion or a dull aged one. 

However you put it, products that are used at night due tend to contain stronger active ingredients that are primarily for ant-aging but that doesn't mean that they are more effective than day creams. They both work for different purposes and get the job done. So remember to incorporate day and night creams into your skincare routine for flawless looking skin. 

Better yet, why not stock up now? Pick up our Vitamin C Day Cream and our Retinol Night Cream today!

Must Have Winter Essentials!

 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, and hydration is key! Our 16 oz. Alpha Hydroxy Acid Cream moisturizes dry skin with gentle ingredients, such as Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Chamomile extracts, while exfoliating dead skin cells and diminishing fine lines. 

 

Lock in moisture all winter long with our thirst quenching Hyaluronic SerumEnhanced with Aloe Vera, Apple Extract, Glycerin, and Red Seaweed, these nutrient-rich ingredients contain restorative properties that truly transform your complexion.  Plus, there’s nothing better than starting your week off with our Green Coffee Bean Oil Cream. This powerful cream provides an energizing lift for skin, firming and toning the appearance of cellulite problem areas. Add this to your beauty routine this winter to complement your diet and exercise and keep fighting problem areas all day long.

 

Full of active ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and more, these small but mighty lotions are just what your skin needs to prepare for the chilly temperatures ahead. Minimize the look of wrinkles and fine lines with our soothing formulas enriched with beneficial anti-aging ingredients that will leave your family and friends amazed with the results.

 

Stay warm, stay hydrated, and stay beautiful all winter long! 

How much Retinol is too much Retinol?

            Be cautious of the “more is better” theory with Retinol. Many brands claim to have 2.5% Retinol in their creams. This is false, and extremely misleading for consumers, perpetuating misinformation about how much Retinol is actually required to get anti-aging results. Why? It’s just not possible to keep 2.5% Retinol stable in your average face cream, and if you were to send any of these creams out to a third party lab, they would confirm that the actual percentage level is closer to 0.001%!!

            But don’t despair just yet. More is not necessarily better. The higher percentage of Retinol, the greater the side effects, including skin redness, peeling, itching and increased light sensitivity. If you use a high percentage of Retinol, odds are your skin won’t be able to tolerate it and you’ll have to use it less frequently. Use it less frequently, and you see fewer results. This is what dermatologists call “non-compliance”, and is why they’ll recommend you start using Retinol 1-2 times a week and eventually work up to every other day as your skin adjusts.

            The lowest clinically documented percentage for improving visible signs of aging using Retinol is 0.04%. This is an ideal percentage for treating wrinkles and discoloration without causing unnecessary side effects and causing “non-compliance”. In this study, scientists compared 0.04% to 0.075% retinol and discovered that 0.04% is actually better because it causes less irritancy but they still saw the same results in the skin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20078381

            Advanced Clinicals Retinol cream uses this proven science, and a precise encapsulated form of Retinol called Reticap that remains stable until you apply it. This enables you to enjoy the benefits of Retinol without developing red, cracked skin and having to stop using the product. Try any of Advanced Clinicals’ Retinol products and you’ll see why it’s better to use stable, encapsulated Retinol every day with no irritation, rather than an unstable, massive dose once a week.

What does your nightly routine consist of?

Blair from The Fox and She recently shared her opinions on some of our Advanced Clinicals products on her blog and it seems that she enjoyed them quite a bit. For those of you who promised themselves at the beginning of the year to take better care of your skin, Blair is right there with you. Her nightly routine consists of our Retinol Serum, our Collagen Serum, and our Coconut Moisturizing Cream and according to her, she has seen great results. 

While people tend to have mixed reviews for serums and oils, Blair decided to give them a try after doing some research. She has incorporated the Retinol Serum during her night routine right before applying her moisturizing cream and the Collagen Serum in the morning to give her skin a fresh wake up call. Unsure of how they work? Head on over to her blog to read about how she uses them and the changes she has noticed. 

*Images are from The Fox and She Blog

NEW ADVENTURES AND NEW BEAUTY MUST HAVES

Pack your bags for new adventures with a few of our favorite beauty essentials! We love to carry our Advanced Clinicals Vein Care Cream and Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum everywhere we go.

Our Vein Care Cream is made for all skin types. This intensive cream helps to strengthen your skin and diminish the appearance of veins. We recommend to use this daily to reduce future problems with varicose veins. It is helpful in visibly improving varicose veins and spider veins. This cream contains organic ingredients as well as natural detoxifying and firming Green Tea Extracts. Be proud to show of your legs anytime! 

Our Retinol Serum is a miracle in a bottle. Retinol is considered to be the most beneficial ingredient for aging skin according to dermatologists. Our Retinol Serum gives your skin a healthy glow while visibly enhancing your skin's elasticity and revitalizing your complexion. It is recommended to be used at night so that you wake up to softer and smoother looking skin. Encapsulated Retinol fights the look of wrinkles while Aloe Vera and Green Tea help to nourish and moisture your skin for a more radiant look every morning.  

Head on over to AdvancedClinicals.com to stock up on your next travelling companions. What’s your favorite must-have beauty product for traveling?