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Just like the fashion industry, the beauty industry follows trends. What’s in one year, may be considered passe the next. Here are the top 10 skin care ingredients we can expect to hear more about in 2009 as published in the magazine Skin Inc.  

1. Argan oil: Argan oil has been a beauty secret used by Moroccan women for centuries. Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it also contains antioxidant and moisturizing ability.
2. Açai: From Brazil, the acai berry is a source of antioxidants, amino acids and essential farry acids that delivers many skin benefits.
3. Goji berries: Also known as wolfberries in the Himalayas, the Goji berry is a new "superfood" that can fight free radicals and boost the immune system.
4. Baobab: A source of vitamins A, B, C, D and E, baobab has demonstrated anti-aging properties.
5. Acerola: Acerola contains a high Vitamin C content and can be found in products that claim to even out skin tone and brighten the complexion as well as fight skin redness and inflammation.
6. Blueberry: Another superfood, blueberries are high in amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and we can expect to find them included in more anti aging beauty products.
7. Probiotics: Beyond the benefits that probiotics deliver to intestinal health, look for their inclusion in clinically marketed skin care products.
8. Palmitoyl tripeptide-3: Just starting to become noticed, palmitoyl tripeptide-3 is a peptide that has been shown to fight fine lines and wrinkles, and will be branded as a temporary alternative to cosmetic procedures.
9. Myrrh: This ancient ingredient contains a rich resin that can stimulate circulation and lift skin.
10. Turmeric: Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcurmin, already used widely for its ability to fight inflammation. Look for it in treatments to fight acne and aid in the prevention and removal of blemishes.  

While it's always fun to try new ingredients and products, read through the lines. Always look for the evidence – a good skin care routine includes the use of well- formulated sunscreens, antioxidants, moisturizers, exfoliants and cell communicating agents.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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      Felicia Wynne wrote Jan 18, 2009
    • Hi,

      I’m looking into a DIY chemical peel.  I’ve had a few done by a plastic surgeon, and paid upwards of $200.00 each. After having 3 peels & 1 TCA peel, I want to give it a try (not TCA).  If you feel comfortable giving me any suggestions regarding what to buy, it would be appreciated.  If not, thanks for your time and all the info you have posted.

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      Pharmagirl wrote Jan 22, 2009
    • Hi Queenb

      You probably won’t find at home peels with a concentration beyond 20%, primarily b/c of safety concerns.  

      One I can recommend is manufactured by Neostrata - their [Link Removed], which is designed to be used at home. It contains a 20% concentration (10 of glycolic acid and 10 of gluconolactone). You'll see results, because the concentration is lower than those used professionally, the results may not be as noticeable because it won't penetrate as deeply.  

      A word of caution - glycolic acid can sometimes cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin toned individuals. This isn’t an issue if you have a lighter skin tone so should be fine for you to use.

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      Felicia Wynne wrote Jan 22, 2009
    • Pharmagirl,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question regarding the Chemical Peels.  I’m going to look into the Neostrata products, your info was a huge help.  

      When and if you have time, I would appreciate your thoughts on the following situation.  The TCA peel performed by a plastic surgeon in December has left me with a dark patch starting from my cheekbone to my temple.  This darkened area happens to be the exact shape of the last piece of skin to shed.  I will say with out a doubt, I didn’t pick, encourage, scratch, etc... my face while healing, and followed post-procedure instructions exactly as indicated.  Now 6+ wks post peel, I’m not sure if I should return to the doctor to get an explanation, or if I’m jumping the gun thinking I may be scarred from this peel.  I’m caucasian w/ fair complexion (I’m sure you can see from my picture).  If you have any thoughts on this dilemma, I would be very greatful.  

      Thank you again for responding to my previous message, you were very helpful, and much appreciated.  

      Best Regards,  

      Felicia a/k/a QueenB

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      Pharmagirl wrote Jan 22, 2009
    • Hi Felicia

      My understanding with TCA peels is that healing takes on average 1 to 2 weeks. If you are noticing discoloration 6 weeks post procedure, then it’s certainly worth a trip back to the clinician who performed the peel. Peels can cause hyperpigmentation and while darker skinned individuals are most at risk, it is possible in others with lighter skin types as well.  


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