The majority of studies evaluating the benefits of these OTC retinoids are poorly designed and the effectiveness of these studies is regarded as marginal, at best, by most skin experts. When marketed as cosmetics, the manufacturers of these “anti-wrinkle” creams are not required to obtain pre-market FDA approval, nor are they required to prove the product’s efficacy to back up claims. OTC “anti-wrinkle” creams, in essence, are merely moisturizers that claim to improve skin tone, texture, and radiance while reducing wrinkling. As a skin care expert, the true ability of an OTC “anti-wrinkle” cream to improve the appearance of the skin has more do to with the products ability to moisturize, to increase the water content of the skin.
Specifically, the French Melon extract works as a powerful anti-oxidant to help ward off future damage from free radicals. Combined with Retinol, Vitamin A, and Hexapeptide-9, all of which can stimulate the production of natural collagen by your skin, overall skin firmness is increased easily and effortlessly while the length and depth of wrinkles are decreased over time.
Although jade and rose quartz rollers have played a key role in Chinese beauty regimens for centuries, they only recently became a staple in American vanities. Using the smaller stone, gently roll it underneath your eyes in outward motions to promote blood flow and soothe puffy skin. Pro tip: Throw your roller into your refrigerator before each use for the ultimate cooling experience.
I use my dermaroller once a month. Some people recommend using it more often (or less often, if you’re using bigger needles), but I like this frequency—it’s enough for maintenance without feeling too harsh on my skin. Sometimes, if it’s been a particularly stressful month or if I’ve been traveling, I’ll see those familiar shadows start to creep up again toward the end, but it’s nothing my go-to cream concealer and upping my water intake can’t help. (And that is a sentence I could have only dreamed of uttering so airily just a year ago.)
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