Going to the beauty counter is like going to the supermarket - there are millions of products, and many times you have no idea which ones are healthy and which ones aren't. And many offer double robbery: they weigh down your skin and lighten your pocketbook. Look for products that list an "active ingredient" and a particular concentration. Vitamins and supplements in skin lotions, creams, and potions usually have to be in the one to 10 percent range to really do something for or to your skin. The formulations also need to be pH balanced and the active ingredient must be able to penetrate the skin. Your best bet is to try reputable brands, but even some of those use ingredients that could only enter the skin in a science fiction movie. The bottom line is that you have to read the label, and use products that only contain scientifically proven ingredients (see below). Remember that cosmetic products are just that - cosmetic. Products that make therapeutic claims must be scientifically proven to be safe and effective and are regulated as drugs by the FDA. Dr. Perry's NightSkin (vitamins A and C, glycolic acid, and the herbal skin lightener licorice extract) and Dr. Perry's DaySkin (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide sunblock, vitamins B3, B5, and E) are two examples of skin creams with a scientific basis. (Of course, we saw the science and recruited him to work with us.) Stay away from hexapeptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and growth factors that don't have a chance of penetrating the skin.
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