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Ingredient Profiles (IPs) in Detail

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Spotlight on: Thioctic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid

Known as the UNIVERSAL antioxidant (given that it’s both water- and lipid- soluble), this antioxidant is present in virtually every type of living cell in the human body as it is manufactured in mitochondria. After initial synthesis, ALA is covalently bonded through lysyl residues to various enzyme complexes in order to facilitate important redox reactions. Systemically, ALA and its reduced counterpart … Continue reading

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Spotlight on: Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)

Here’s my ingredient profile of DMAE. See if you find it worth implementing into your skin care routine, and let me know what you decide! http://www.futurederm.com/2013/02/07/spotlight-on-dimethylaminoethanol-dmae/

Emerging Skin Lightening Ingredients

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Here’s a nice post about some newer ingredients to deal with hyperpigmentation! It includes methimazole, dioic acid, and undecylenoyl phenylalanine. :) http://www.futurederm.com/2012/12/27/emerging-skin-lightening-ingredients/ Also included are some product recommendations! I’d love to know what you guys think of this post.

Part III: Retinol Metabolism Cont’d; Why Retinol Can Never Replace Tretinoin

In Part I, we discussed an overview of retinol metabolism in the skin. It delved into the actual steps and corresponding classes of enzymes responsible for the conversion process. Part II examined and analyzed the various issues about retinol use such as: retinol strength, and concomitant use with acidic products. In this final part, we will discuss whether or not retinol can … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide and Nicotinic Acid)

FutureDerm is back up, though there are still some issues with the pictures. But anyways, now all of you can check out my review on the two forms of Vitamin B3! Enjoy and comment away! http://www.futurederm.com/2012/09/27/spotlight-on-vitamin-b3-niacinamide-and-nicotinic-acid/

Part II: Retinol Metabolism Cont’d; Retinol Degradation and Strength; Combination Use of (Hydroxy) Acids and Retinol

FAQs about Retinol In Part I, we discussed the main pathway of retinol metabolism and learned that in order to allow the skin to OPTIMALLY convert retinol into retinaldehyde, and then into tretinoin, a retinol product should have a pH value of between ~5.0-6.0. So the obvious question that is asked most often is, “Can I use retinol … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Phenoxyethanol

Are phenoxyethanol and ethanol one and the same? Find out here! http://www.futurederm.com/2012/08/10/spotlight-on-phenoxyethanol/

Part I: Updated Post on the Main Pathway of Retinol Metabolism

The Main Pathway of Retinol Metabolism *Sections of this post were done on FutureDerm (http://www.futurederm.com/2012/06/28/how-do-retinoids-work/). However, I wasn’t satisfied with it because the information was incomplete. So I decided to update this post with some supplementary facts and create a series out of it. **Part I will discuss just retinol metabolism. Part II will be an extension of this topic, and will be a … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Kinetin

Here’s my post on Kinetin, which is primarily championed by Kinerase. http://www.futurederm.com/2012/07/22/spotlight-on-kinetin/ Enjoy and let me know what you think! :)

Should You Use Milk of Magnesia on Your Skin?: The Internet Rumor, Researched

Ever hear that Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia can control oily skin? Find out if that has any merit! http://www.futurederm.com/2012/07/12/should-you-use-milk-of-magnesia-on-your-skin-the-internet-rumor-researched/ Let me know what you think please!

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Move over Bath & Body Works. These candles from Target smell just as good, if not better. Thank you @Michelle1218! The floors are FINALLY done throughout the house. Time to move back in a second time. LOL Wtf... I super very dislike you summer. Pretty new bathroom!! Everything is new. Well, except for the trashcan. LOL One of my BFs brought some homemade Baked Pesto Chicken, with tomatoes, capers, and bread crumbs! <3 Makeshift lunch: chicken sausage hotdog with coleslaw.
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