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30 Skin Care Misconceptions

By: Carol and Rob Trow
Posted: April 29, 2009, from the May 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
30 Skincare Misconceptions

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Actually, the reverse is true. Skin can become thin due to the lack of vitamin A because it helps to create new, healthy and normal skin cells. Vitamin A is arguably the most important skin care ingredient, bar none. It is one of the few—if not the only—ingredient that is backed by more than 50 years of objective, scientific research supporting its efficacy.

  • The only form of vitamin C that works is L-ascorbic acid.

    L-ascorbic acid only remains in its most potent state for a limited time. A new era in vitamin C formulations, one of the best antioxidants for your skin, has arrived. There are several forms that have been developed that are not water-based, which means they can better penetrate the skin and remain more potent for longer periods of time.

  • There is one antioxidant ingredient that is the best.

    Every year, there is a hot, newly discovered antioxidant that is touted as the best, but this is not true. A cocktail of antioxidants provides better results than just one. Seek products containing a plethora of antioxidants.

  • References

    1. LS Baumann and J Spencer, The effects of topical vitamin E on the cosmetic appearance of scars, Dermatol Surg, 25(4), 311–5 (Apr 1999)

    2. WF Berfeld, A lifetime of healthy skin: implications for women, Int J Fertil Womens Med, 44(2), 83–95 (Mar/Apr 1999)

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