Monthly Archives: February 2009

Eye Creams What Are The Ingredients That Work?

Posted for Uncategorized On February 13, 2009


One of the most popular anti-aging skin care products are Eye Creams. The skin around the eyes is delicate and fragile, therefore it’s the first place to exhibit the early signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

No wonder then that women a spend a good deal of effort and money to get a good eye cream that works for themselves. And with an extensive range of eye creams available in the market, making a choice can become a daunting task.

Eye creams have come to include high-tech and rare ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids etc. These ensure sufficient nutrients and prevent concerns like wrinkles and fine lines, dark circles or eye puffiness. But what works best for you is something you should know best. Therefore, spend time reading through the ingredients list on products before you decide what to buy.

Eye creams have two prime aims:

• Tighten the sagging skin under the eyes and thereby preventing wrinkles and fine lines
• Provide moisture and prevent the skin from sagging

Here are some powerful ingredients that you should look out for in eye creams to reduce eye puffiness, lighten the under eye dark circles and make your skin more radiant.

Firming ingredients:

• Caffeine and Alcohol – To temporarily dehydrate the skin and make it tighter.

• Retinol, AHAs, Copper and Vitamin C – To stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers within the skin surface thereby making the skin smoother and firmer.

Darkness Inhibiting Ingredients:

• Vitamin K – To inhibit bruising and reduce the darkness under the eyes

• Kojic acid and Hydroquinone – To lighten the skin and make it more radiant

Some product suggestions:

• Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream – Contains a unique blend of growth factors, antioxidants and caffeine that reducesfine lines, dark circles and puffiness of eyes in as little as 6 weeks.

• Obagi ELASTIderm Day Eye Gel: Contains a bi-mineral complex that cross links elastin fibers and boosts collagen production within the skin fibers.

• iS Clinical C Eye Advance: Contains potent antioxidants that diminish fine lines and wrinkles and eye puffiness


Sunscreens Vs. Sunblocks What Is The Difference Between Them?

Posted for Sun Tanning On February 9, 2009


Is there any difference between sunscreens and sunblocks?

Yes, there is!

People often use the two terms interchangeably. But they are indeed different Though both, sunscreens and sunblocks aim to protect the skin against the harmful rays, how they do it makes all the difference.

Sunscreens absorb the ultraviolet radiations of the sunlight eliminating their harmful effects. When applied, it’s transparent on the skin and is absorbed easily. However, it tends to break down with time and thus needs to be reapplied frequently to ensure continued protection. Some of the main ingredients included in sunscreens are PABA, avenobenzone, octocylene, salicylates and cinnamates. If you are a more technical person, I suggest you copy and paste these ingredients into Wikipedia for more technical information.

Sunblocks on the other hand, reflect the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. In the past they were usually opaque on the skin and had a white look. However, some of the newer varieties are transparent. And unlike sunscreens, sunblocks don’t break down for a much longer period of time and do not need to be reapplied often. they have powerful ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that block the UVA and the UVB rays of the sunlight.

There are an extensive range of sun care products in the market. Many these days have other beneficial ingredients in them that also help your skin.

If you have to spend a lot of time under harsh sunlight, then you should use a good sunblock that will stay on for a long time without you having to reapply every two hours. Some of the latest varieties are more transparent so you won’t have to worry about the white film on your skin.

Whatever you choose, be it a sunscreen or a sunblock; make sure it provides ‘broad spectrum’ protection against sunlight!