Skin Care Watchdog https://www.skincarewatchdog.com Which of the skincare products are scams? Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:01:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Report: Stop Now! Antibiotics Have Created Super-Acne https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/stop-now-antibiotics-have-created-super-acne/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/stop-now-antibiotics-have-created-super-acne/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:36:00 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1676 All of us at a certain point of our lives have gone through the ordeal of acne. For decades, dermatologists have been prescribing antibiotics to acne patients. Well, antibiotics are the first line of treatment when it comes to mild to severe acne. Across the US, more than 5 million prescriptions are provided each year […]

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All of us at a certain point of our lives have gone through the ordeal of acne. For decades, dermatologists have been prescribing antibiotics to acne patients. Well, antibiotics are the first line of treatment when it comes to mild to severe acne. Across the US, more than 5 million prescriptions are provided each year for oral antibiotics that treat acne. We always believe our doctors think the best for us and hence, we take antibiotics assuming they are safe and without a second thought. There’s no doubt that antibiotics have proven to be effective in the reduction/treatment of acne. But recent research points out that oral antibiotics may not be the most efficient way to treating acne.

Acne and You

Before we get into the complexities of the treatments for acne, let’s try to get an overview of what acne is and what causes the same. Acne is an inflammatory chronic skin condition. It results from blocked hair follicles. Oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin contribute to clogging of the pores on the skin surface, and that leads to pimples or small, localized infections.

Earlier, acne was presumed to be caused by overly active sebaceous oil ducts. But studies in recent years have shown that infection is the real impetus behind those angry red pimples popping out all across your face. Have you noticed a little bit of inflammation on your skin just before an acne pops up in the same spot? Propionibacterium acnes, the bacterium is the main cause behind the inflammation. Genetic factors, stress, diet, and hormones are also attributed to be the causes of acne.

Why antibiotics for acne?

Treatment of inflammation on the face can help prevent pimples from developing more, and this is where the anti-inflammatory results of antibiotics come handy. For example, the tetracycline antibiotics such as minocycline and doxycycline can restrain the secretion of pro-inflammatory molecules. Antibiotics also help to hinder the overactive demolition causing enzymes.

Demolition enzymes are the ones that work towards keeping your skin healthy. They do that by breaking down the old and dead skin cells to enable new skin cells to come up in their place. But when they get overactive, they cause damage to the oil and hair gland unit along with the surrounding internal features in your skin. The result is large, cystic, red acne lesions that can leave deep pitted scars.

This is the reason why antibiotics have been the mainstay of acne treatment for decades. The antibiotics can be applied directly on your skin (topically) or taken by mouth (orally). Topical antibiotics work by killing the bacteria on your skin whereas oral antibiotics kill bacteria in the skin pores.

The ineffectiveness of antibiotics for acne

Patients are prescribed the specific amount of antibiotic dosage that is higher than required. They are put on these antibiotics for a longer time than recommended. This has led to Propionibacterium acnes and other skin types of skin bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics that are used for treating chronic acne.

“It appears antibiotics are not helping clear acne as well as they once did.”

One of the examples is of antibiotic Erythromycin. 2-3 decades ago, this antibiotic was frequently used in the acne treatment procedure, but now, most of the concerned bacteria have become resistant to it, and the antibiotic has become completely ineffective. Currently, dermatologists are prescribing the tetracycline class of antibiotics which has not witnessed much resistance, yet. But how far are the days when the bacteria become resistant to these too?

Side effects

Super Acne

All antibiotics are prone to the risk of aiding in the creation of resistant strains of bacteria. But there are side effects beyond that. Oral antibiotics have been known to lead to gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, etc. and skin reactions.

Considering the antibiotics prescribed, neurological problems and having a chemical, electrical, or any other response to light (photosensitivity) are also common. Discoloration of the skin, discoloration of teeth, and recurring outbreaks of acne are some of the less frequent side effects. As opposed to oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics have been found to show fewer side effects that can range from skin irritation to peeling.

In case of attempting to become pregnant, while pregnant, or while breast feeding, neither oral nor topical antibiotics should be taken or used. It is recommended that the concerned physician should be consulted before indulging in these medications during such circumstances.

Solution: Lifestyle changes and change in dose prescribed

If you are facing mild acne then, actually, you don’t need to visit a doctor or take medications. ”A few lifestyle changes can help you to get the desired smooth and clear skin.” Oil is one of the leading causes of acne and keeping your face clean, and your hair away from your face can contribute a lot towards controlling acne development.

Some simple lifestyle changes that you can incorporate includes:

  • Changing your pillow case after few days
  • Washing your face 2-3 times a day
  • Using a gentle cleanser
  • Avoiding skin care products that contain oil or are abrasive
  • Do not pop the pimples with your hand, and drinking lots of water.
  • While purchasing the skin products, look for the ones labeled “noncomedogenic.” This means that they will not clog your pores.

Now the technical prescription changes. The purpose of providing antibiotics as acne treatment is not to kill the bacteria. The high-doses of antibiotics offered by dermatologists helps to clear the affected skin area of bacteria but it’s just an assist, not a win. The bacterium is only one stimulus and the reason for the inflammation caused prior to acne breakouts and treating the inflammation can help in great lengths to control acne.

“Researchers have determined that the anti-inflammatory effects, that are desired as part of acne treatment, can be very well achieved with sub-antibacterial dosing.”

The effect implies the dose required to get the desired anti-inflammatory effects is so less that neither will it kill bacteria in the process nor it will challenge any type of pathogenic bacteria to become more resistant. Another point to keep in mind is that antibiotics are never prescribed alone. As per the guidelines provided for acne treatment, antibiotics should always be given with a non-antibiotic topical treatment. Some of the solutions are listed as under: 

Benzoyl- Peroxide

A very old and effective non-antibiotic topical medicine which is highly recommended for acne is benzoyl peroxide. It has a comparatively low strength of around 2.5% as compared to 8-10% on other topical medicine that is accessible at any drugstore. The medicine has the potential to kill the 99.99% bacteria on your skin, but since it’s not antibiotic, the bacteria cannot become more resistant to it. Benzoyl peroxide can also break down overgrowth of the skin that covers the pores, which otherwise can lead to dis-coloration of the concerned skin area and blemishes. Like they say – old is gold, isn’t it?

Retinoids

Retinoids are another very effective anti-pimple drugs. It is derived from vitamin A, limit the clogged pores and has features that also inhibit inflammation. They are also proven to affect genes responsible in the production of the skin’s structural components such as elastin and collagen, contributing to a better skin appearance.

Nano-Technology

Nanotechnology can provide a safe passage for the delivery of nitric oxide gas to treat severe acne. Professors of George Washington University, with collaborators from the University of California and Albert Einstein Medicine College, have recently demonstrated that a nanoparticle is capable of generating a lower amount of nitric oxide gas over the time. It has the ability to hit all the pathologic elements responsible for developing the acne. If this treatment becomes successful, then acne treatment would become more effective and fast as compared to antibiotic treatment.

NanoTechnology

Peptides

Future developments in the treatment of acne would consist of utilizing the agents that can destroy the concerned bacteria but eliminate the risk of microbial resistance. There have been experiments done with antimicrobial synthetic peptides (chains of amino acids) that have the potential to kill the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria.

Nitric Oxide

Another revelation has been nitric oxide use that can kill the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria without any risk of bacteria developing any type of resistance. But the only limitation holding back treatment with nitric oxide is its delivery is very unstable in itself. But, there have been numerous innovations in the field of nanotechnology when it comes to acne treatment through nitric oxide.

Wrap Up

There’s no doubt that antibiotics will continue to play their role in the treatment of acne. But prescribing the right dosage is very important to eliminate other health risks for the patients. If you are prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for acne, ask her why she wants you to do this, and in case there are alternative options that can have the desired effect. In case you have already started your antibiotic course, do not stop unless you speak with your doctor about it as this can make it more likely that you create resistant strains of bacteria that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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Report: An Ethical Ground For The Fair Skincare Solutions https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-fair-skincare-solutions/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:07:48 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1666 Remember Michael Jackson’s Black Or White song? “It doesn’t matter if you are black or white” — that’s what the pop legend once said. And we all agreed, didn’t we? Then why has the market for skin lightening products been growing tremendously over the past decade? Even in the case of pop legend, there still […]

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Remember Michael Jackson’s Black Or White song? “It doesn’t matter if you are black or white” — that’s what the pop legend once said. And we all agreed, didn’t we? Then why has the market for skin lightening products been growing tremendously over the past decade? Even in the case of pop legend, there still exists a controversy. The legend said he suffered from a skin disease known as vitiligo that causes skin depigmentation. But critics believe the late King of Pop went through the cosmetic procedure because he was unhappy with his naturally dark skin.

What exactly is skin lightening?

Skin lightening or skin whitening is the procedure of using the substance, both natural and chemicals, or medical treatments to lighten the color of your skin. The concerned treatments reduce the content of melanin in the skin leading to a lighter skin color.

History of skin lightening 

The trend for skin lightening goes back to the period of colonization. During this period, the people with white skin got more preferences for all the high profile work. For example, the South African black community was dominated by the white government. Hence, it was natural that people with lighter skin had better opportunities because of the domination of the white community. Another strong reason said to have contributed to the prevalence of skin whitening products is the caste system. The caste system came into existence in many societies across the world.

These cases were much prevalence in Asian countries like China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia, etc. Here both the colonization and caste system have etched their marks deep into the communities. Also, commercials have done a pretty good job. The commercial advertisements in Indian television often show the famous Bollywood actor trying to clear the dark brown man’s face using a skin whitening cream. People following celebrities is a popular fad all across the globe. Now just imagine the impact of such ads on consumers. There’s no doubt that the skin whitening market will continue to grow to a much bigger scale.

Global market for skin lightening

As per the market research analysis, the global skin lightening products market is growing at an estimated CAGR of 9.29%. It is further expected to reach $23 billion by 2020. This market growth is driven by the desire, among both women and men, to adorn even-tone, light-colored skin. New opportunities for this market are coming up in the men’s segment with new grooming products.

“There has been a significant rise in the demand for male skin brightening and lightening products”

The trend continues to gain high momentum across the Asia-Pacific as users strive towards getting fair complexion. A study conducted in 2015 determined that the use of skin-whitening creams among university students in 26 middle and low-income countries was significantly very high. This figure was higher when it came to many Asian countries. 17.4% in India, 25.4% in Philippines, and 69.5% in Thailand.

Comparatively, skin lightening is a smaller market in the West. If we take into consideration the rising demand across the United States and the United Kingdom, the demand is attributed to the surge in immigration and expansion of ethnic communities. Asia is a market where the trend for skin whiteners have gained a constant momentum. It more prominent in the countries such as India, Japan, and China, where fair skin relates to the youth and beauty.

In Asian and African countries, you will seldom find products that do not boast about skin lightening. In India alone, 61% of the skin care and beauty products claim to have skin whitening features, according to a study in 2010. Recently, a celebrity backed whitening product was launched in Nigeria, and it was sold out in 24 hrs. Brands such as L’Oreal, Shiseido, Lancome, Olay, Unilever (which sells Pond’s White Beauty, Vaseline and Dove whitening ranges) and Avon are few that are endorsing skin whitening products.

The dark side of skin whitening

Skin whitening continues to be an unpleasant issue across the Caribbean, African, and Asian countries. Recently, there was an uproar in Ghana, a West African country, that is waging war against the multi-billion dollar skin lightening industry with a strict legislation. There is a running proposal on banning the importation of all products which contain the skin-lightening chemical, hydroquinone.

What’s so bad about hydroquinone? 

Hydroquinone is a highly toxic chemical. The chemical is widely used in the processing of white and black film and manufacturing of rubber. It is also a common ingredient for hair dyes. Hydroquinone is widely used in whitening products such as lotions and creams because of its active bleaching properties. This chemical reduces the regular production of enzyme tyrosinase and in turn, slow down the formation of melanin.

While the overall health risks due to hydroquinone are not yet known, it is cytotoxic in nature. It can cause genetic alterations because it has (cancer causing) carcinogenic properties. The chemical is responsible for increasing the danger of various complications like liver disease, thyroid disorders, and excessive adrenal dysfunction. Japan, Europe, and Australia have imposed bans on Hydroquinone being sold as a whitening product.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) proposed a ban back in the year 2006. Currently, the skin whitening products containing 2 % hydroquinone is legal to be sold in the market as over the shelf products. Also, the products containing up to 4% of hydroquinone are easily available on prescription from the local physician.

If products containing Hydroquinone are used for the longer periods, they can lead to a condition called “ochronosis.” Those affected by ochronosis start developing black-blue darkening in some parts of the body.

How about mercury?

Another chemical that is a common occurrence in skin whitening products is mercury. Back in 2013 Midsummer, FDA had issued a strict warning for all consumers to refrain from using skin products such as creams and lotions that contain mercury to avoid mercury poisoning in the body. The proposed ban on mercury to be used in skin lightening products dates back to 1990.

Mercury is an extremely toxic chemical which is absorbed very quickly by the body. The chemical gives very hard time to get it removed from one’s body. Initial harmful effects that can arise post usage of beauty products containing mercury include skin discoloration, scarring, and skin rashes. Long term use can lead to serious health hazards such as damage to the nervous system and the kidney, as per the World Health Organization (WHO). Mercury also has the potential to cause psychosis or depression. The chemical even interferes with brain/mental development in the case of kids.

Before using any of the beauty products, it is highly recommended to check the labeling for words such as “Mercury,” “Mercurous chloride,” “Mercurio,” “Mercuric,” or “Calomel.” Also look out for Hydroquinone and steroids.

Solution: Natural Alternatives & Healthy Marketing

Glad you checked! As the global market for skin whitening focuses on various beauty intensifying claims around the health, “The brands should take an ethical ground when working on the fair skincare solutions.”

Given the various side effects related to the use of chemicals, such as mercury and hydroquinone, the manufacturers are concentrating on the development of more natural alternatives. The skin care institutes and researchers have discovered many all-natural whitening ingredients. These ingredients acting similarly as the chemical counterparts to suppress melanin production, without the negative side effects.

“As consumers are showing signs of turning away from potentially harmful products, natural and ethical brands are slowly gaining pace in this ever-growing market.”

Identifying the right from wrong can be very difficult when it comes to beauty products for skin lightening. Natural products for skin lightening include, in most cases, ingredients such as Emblica, arbutin, licorice, kojic acid, mulberry and Vitamin C.

These ingredients have been clinically confirmed to inhibit the melanin production, and they do not cause any side effects. The next time you go shopping (online or on the high street) for a skin whitener, look out for the friendly ingredients and cruelty-free products.

The companies are slowly adopting the smart marketing tactics to share the key messages on encouraging diversity within the beauty industry. The whitening products need to be positioned sensitively and should use covert, respectful marketing to raise the awareness responsibility. International brands are focusing on the power of female empowerment. The product descriptions have been renewed to radiant, brilliant, vibrant and even skin tone.

To gain an edge on the competitive side, the brands will also need to combine the focus on transparent messages and healthy complexions. So that they demonstrate the emphasis on quality ingredients, credibility and build trust with the consumer market.

Wrap Up:

It is no secret that global market of Skin Whitening will touch approximately 23Billlion USD by 2020. The market is driven by growing desire to have light colored and even toned complexion. There have been massive investments in research, technology, and innovations in the skin whitening industry. Consumers are gradually moving towards more health conscious product choice. They are opting for all natural components which are supposedly as efficient as harmful chemical.

Also, the innovations in developing products with various plant based extracts are expected to drive the skin whitening market growth in coming years. The growth of focused and smart marketing opportunities along with natural alternatives are projected to hit the market across the world. Consumers need to learn about all new developments and chose the high-quality products to cater to their skin care needs for radiating and even skin tone.

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How Legit Is Activated Charcoal For Your Skin? https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/how-legit-is-activated-charcoal-for-your-skin/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/how-legit-is-activated-charcoal-for-your-skin/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:01:35 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1654 Activated charcoal as a beauty product has taken the skincare industry by surprise in last few years. If you are one among such people who tend to feel astonished by this disclosure then here’s something captivating waiting for you. Charcoal is quite popular in personal care and beauty products. From soaps to face masks to […]

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Activated charcoal as a beauty product has taken the skincare industry by surprise in last few years. If you are one among such people who tend to feel astonished by this disclosure then here’s something captivating waiting for you.

Charcoal is quite popular in personal care and beauty products. From soaps to face masks to toothpaste, it’s almost everywhere. But, does the black ashy ingredient deserve the hero status? Or is it just the random trending fad on social media that only looks cool?

The use of activated charcoal in the beauty products is one such innovation in the beauty industry that has raised many eyebrows. Any layman would be surprised to know that you could actually apply that black compound on your skin. But the fact is, on exhibiting regular charcoal to high temperatures in the omnipresence of oxygen leads to the reinforcement of more pores on it.  And that’s how the activated charcoal is developed.    

The trapped carbon along with the pores inside it induces and soak up things like a sponge. This very nature of activated charcoal is seized by doctors. They are using it to help remove toxins from the patient’s body. Especially the ones who are tested positive for alcohol poisoning and drug overdose.

And the same principle is now being brought into play by the beauty experts. They believe that if it has the potential to attract toxins from the body then why not use it as a bribe to remove excess oil and dirt from the pores of the skin.

Activated charcoal does not get absorbed by the body.  It is also blessed with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which is an additional aid to your skin. Oily skinned people would love this product since other than making your face oil free, it would hold the acne from not showing up on your face. 

Currently, it has been used as an active ingredient in various beauty products such as cleansers, exfoliators, face masks and so on. It is devised by various top notch brands as well. As per the experts, “When dirt and oil present in the pores of the skin comes in contact with the carbon, they get stuck to it and get rinsed away when you wash your face”.

Uses of Activated Charcoal For Skin

Some of the popular uses of activated charcoal in your beauty regime are right under:

  • Face scrub: Activated charcoal is kind of grainy in consistency which allows it to be a good bet for skin exfoliation purpose. It helps us meet a dazzling, silky and supple skin. Also, it is quite mellow on even the most sensitive skin since it comprises of very tiny granules.
  • Balance facial oil: Too much oil on the skin can act as an open invitation for manifold concerns such as acne, pimples. Activated charcoal because of its very nature is a sure shot remedy to keep this complication under check.
  • Shrink the pores: Open pore is a common problem among the majority of people. It is essentially caused due to cropping up of excess oil and dead skin in the way of the closing walls of pores. This, in turn, degrades your overall look since it is bound to take away the smoothness of your skin. To come to your rescue is the innovation of using activated charcoal as a part of your facial cleansers, masks or scrubs. 

Here’s a quick peek in some of the products having activated charcoal in their ingredient list and have been given green signals from the beauty experts.

  • Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask:  A Korean beauty sheet mask which lends a hand to run over facial impurities and blackheads.
  • Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub: A gel based exfoliating cleanser that turns out to be a real addiction in your skin care regime to attain a squeaky clean skin.
  • Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores:  A mask framed to waste away the grime lurking out of the skin. Plus it’s free from sulphates and parabens.
  • Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser: A daily cleanser meant for disinfecting and exfoliating your skin. Can also serve an alternative to a gentle shaving cream and a body wash.

The Possible Drawbacks

While most of the products containing activated charcoals are safe when tested, there is always the other side of the coin. That brings us to another aspect of using activated charcoal products.

The activated charcoal has some amazing ability to absorb other things. But the research has shown that the regular use of activated charcoal can halt and in some cases hinder the effect of other medicines.

You might have also seen many videos on the internet where people are peeling off glossy black charcoal face mask. It is quite dangerous as when sebum inside the pore gets clogged, it forms blackhead. Removal of Charcoal face masks also strips the facial hair along with it.

This may look really satisfying but it can lead to more problems. The reason being as the hair gets ripped out, it leaves behind the congested pores like before. Sensitive skins can react to stripping action of the peeled back mask.  It can end up removing the protective layers of upper epidermis leading to dryness and rashes.

The presence of adhesive glue, skin aggravating ingredients such as alcohol, methanol etc in the Activated Charcoal skin care products can lead to more damage than recovering your skin to a better form.

Final Comments

Activated charcoal is an unquestionably a celebrated ingredient for the beauty industry. The absorbing power it possesses is uncontroversial and second to none. It has proved to absorb the harmful substances thousands of times its own mass.

But the humongous puzzle it still has to solve is that there’s no scientific evidence that it will work in the similar fashion with the skin as it does with the toxins of the body. The benefits activated charcoal offers are just incredible and as it’s an all-natural product it’s well worth trying! Even if you don’t end up getting the dream results, you still get a free ride!

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Report: Why You Should Keep Away From Parabens in Your Make-Up https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-why-you-should-keep-away-from-parabens-in-your-make-up/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-why-you-should-keep-away-from-parabens-in-your-make-up/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:51:31 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1641 Parabens. You see so many brands bragging about their products being formulated without them but what’s the big deal? We at Skin Care Watchdog are here to give you the real deal on this harmful chemical so take this time to eliminate everything you’ve ever heard about parabens. So what exactly is a paraben? A […]

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Parabens. You see so many brands bragging about their products being formulated without them but what’s the big deal? We at Skin Care Watchdog are here to give you the real deal on this harmful chemical so take this time to eliminate everything you’ve ever heard about parabens.

So what exactly is a paraben?

A paraben is a preservative used in products to prolong shelf life and fight the growth of bacteria. For some the number one concern when making a product is money and in order to keep client brand loyal your product must have stamina (unless you love organics)! Parabens are a very inexpensive preservative which is why it is so widely used. In order to effectively perform only .01-.03% of this chemical has to be used which is another great way to save money.

Parabens have been around since the 1930’s and have been effective enough to be used in product formulas for over 80 years. They haven’t been on the industry’s radar since only a few years ago when consumers became more cautious about what they put on their bodies.

Where are parabens found?

In order for a product to last for a realistic amount of time it must have preservatives. Those who like natural/organic products have the luxury of having preservative free products but they may have to use it all in two weeks.

Parabens are widely used in manufacturing products including:

  • Shampoos
  • Moisturizers
  • Shaving gels
  • Lubricants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Self-tanners
  • Makeup
  • Toothpaste
  • Food (used as an additive)

 

Why are parabens so bad?

So what’s the big deal? Are parabens going to make you melt like the wicked witch of the west? Not quite but they are pretty dangerous.

Skin Irritation

Just like any ingredient some people found they are allergic to parabens although this isn’t a common allergy. Extended use of parabens can cause contact dermatitis which is an acquired allergic reaction.

Cancer

The biggest concern about the use of parabens is its ability to cause breast cancer. The function of a paraben has been closely compared to those of the hormone estrogen. Estrogen has been proven to be linked to breast cancer and can be found in tumor tissue. There have been studies that prove traces of parabens have been found in breast tissue and the type of paraben present are those applied topically.

The fact that parabens cause cancer has not yet been backed with enough evidence to promote a widespread theory. Scientist are still currently finding a way to link parabens and breast cancer and until paraben are proven safe most people will avoid them.

Aging

Many anti-aging products happen to contain parabens. This is quite ironic because parabens are proven to age skin. Using parabens topically can make your skin sun sensitive over a period of time. You might know the sun is the number one cause of premature ageing. Ultraviolet rays pierce the skin damaging skin cells which can cause hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How do I know if my product contains parabens?

Some brand may list paraben-free on the front of their product for convenience but the ingredient label can also provide accurate information. As you may know, most ingredients have a plethora of aliases and some companies use them to trick you into thinking the ingredient isn’t present in their product.

While checking labels for parabens look for these names:

Some brands are taking advantage of the paraben free product craze and are labeling their products “paraben-free”. Just marking your products free from parabens does not mean the product is safe. Remember, paraben is a preservative and most products need to have preservatives to prevent spoilage. If your brand isn’t using parabens to preserve their products find out what they are using, it can potentially be more dangerous than a paraben.

Going paraben free with your cosmetics doesn’t mean your body is free from parabens. Remember that the food and drug industries are also users of this harmful ingredient!

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An App to Monitor Air Pollution to Save Your Skin https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/an-app-to-monitor-air-pollution-to-save-your-skin/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/an-app-to-monitor-air-pollution-to-save-your-skin/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:47:36 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1638 You wake up to a beautiful day. You check the weather: yes, the sun is definitely staying up! Then, you check the skin pollution index of your location. At this point, you, the reader, might wonder what checking the skin pollution index is all about. Is it a dramatic scare-tactic to get you to care […]

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You wake up to a beautiful day. You check the weather: yes, the sun is definitely staying up! Then, you check the skin pollution index of your location. At this point, you, the reader, might wonder what checking the skin pollution index is all about. Is it a dramatic scare-tactic to get you to care for the environment?

Skin Pollution

There is nothing dramatic about skin pollution. It is a reality. According to a 2016 American Lung Association report, the air quality has continued to improve over the years. However, this has not prevented many US cities from suffering the “worst episodes of unhealthy air”. For instance, extreme weather conditions and changing climate can lead to unhealthy air quality.

As far as chemical pollutants are concerned, your skin shields you against it. But when you are exposed to an abnormal concentration of pollutants, your skin can no longer protect you. Skin pollution can cause an acceleration in number of brown spots, increase in fine lines and a greater number of wrinkles. Air pollution causes you to age quicker, unless you take measures to keep your skin protected.

What can you do about it?

Checking on the skin pollution index of a location before you visit or where you live is now a just a click away thanks to the Skin Pollution App developed by BreezoMeter in collaboration with Dermatologica.

BreezoMeter combines environmental awareness with data science, as they track real-time, dynamic location-based data. Dermatologica is an American skincare company “rooted in education”. The fruit of BreezoMeter and Dermatologica’s combined labor is evident in Skinpollution.com, that gives you the real-time skin pollution index of your location.

How the App Works

When you go to Skinpollution.com, you are greeted by a clean and minimalist interface. The website asks you to type in the address of your location. Once you key in your address, it gives you the skin pollution index for the location. You are also given the dominant pollutant that contributes to the skin pollution index at your location. It could, for example, be ozone. Don’t know enough about it? They give you more information about the dominant pollutant too. But what do you do with this knowledge, other than cower in fear? Well, this is where Dermatologica lends a helping hand. You are given recommendations to protect your skin from the dominant pollutant.

The Skin Pollution App is an amazing example of using data science for an extremely relevant cause.

Protecting your skin goes a long way into delaying the pitfalls that are usually associated with old age: wrinkly, spotty skin. What more, outdoor pollutants, when absorbed by the skin, can lead to even graver repercussions: skin cancer, cell damage, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Skinpollution.com combines the efforts of big data scientists, environmental scientists and skincare professionals to generate data that is dynamic, and more importantly, relevant to each individual at their specific location.

The Future of Skinpollution.com

Skinpollution.com has been used by several US beauty stores to give direction to their clients on the effect of air pollution on their skin. The app has the potential to be just as useful to any individual. Cities like Los Angeles and Bakersfield, for instance, are known for having some of the most polluted air in the country. Checking the skin pollution index of your location, and being proactive about skincare might be almost as important as dressing for the weather. And Apps like Skinpollution.com make it possible.

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6 Tips for Buying Liquid Collagen Supplements https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/6-tips-for-buying-liquid-collagen-supplements/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/6-tips-for-buying-liquid-collagen-supplements/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:45:02 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1631 When you imaging growing old, you probably imagine your skin sagging and your face losing its glow. But what if those wrinkles are not a direct effect of aging? What if it is all about the amount of collagen your body produces, which reduces with age? What is Collagen? Collagen is the “glue” that keeps […]

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When you imaging growing old, you probably imagine your skin sagging and your face losing its glow. But what if those wrinkles are not a direct effect of aging? What if it is all about the amount of collagen your body produces, which reduces with age?

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the “glue” that keeps us skin strong, elastic and fabulous. You have twenty eight different types of collagen in the body. Type 1 collagen, the most abundant in your body, improves skin properties such as skin firmness. Type 2 collagen keeps the joints movable, preventing joint pain. Type 3 collagen is the second most prevalent type of collagen in the human tissue. Type 3 collagen production reduces as we grow older, and our body produces more type 1 collagen, compared to type 3 collagen.

Where do collagen supplements come in?

There are several ways to keep those wrinkles at bay. Botox would be an external solution. Collagen injections and collagen ointments are a way of “fixing” or “dewrinkling” a specific part of the body. Collagen supplements, on the other hand, act on your body from the inside. They enter your bloodstream and increase your body’s collagen production. This causes tangible changes in your skin health, with less potential for side-effects.

However, as it is with anything, how do you choose which collagen supplements to take? This article guides you through six questions to ask yourself, before you add a collagen supplement to your shopping cart.

Six tips for buying collagen supplements

Tip #1: Ask yourself, “What type of collagen does this supplement contain more of?”

You have just learned that your body produces more than one type of collagen. Look at the product description, to see what type of collagen the supplement contains. Collagen supplements that contain more of type 1 and type 3 collagen are preferable, as your body produces a greater concentration of those types of collagen.

Tip #2: Ask yourself, “How much of this collagen supplement will actually be absorbed by my body?”

It is not enough if you take collagen supplements, if they do not get used up by your body. One of the biggest complaints about liquid collagen supplements is that they could potentially break down into proteins, that function as no more than an energy boost. One way to remedy this? Drop those collagen pills, and pick up a collagen beverage like Skinade. Liquid collagen has a higher absorption rate into your body’s bloodstream (95%), compared to collagen pills (30-35%).

Tip #3: While checking the label of the product, answer the question, “Is the collagen supplement composed of additional ingredients that complement collagen production?”

Collagen supplements, in addition to type 1, type 2 or type 3 collagen can also include other anti-aging ingredients. For instance, a collagen supplement containing type 1 collagen, type 3 collagen, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C, for instance, increases the amount of collagen that is absorbed by your body.

Tip #4: Is there research to support the effectiveness of your chosen collagen supplement?

When the form or brand of collagen supplement you pick has a strong evidence-base, you can be doubly confident of the outcome. For instance, research points to oral collagen supplements (such as liquid collagen) having no side effects. On the other hand, collagen injections could have potential side effects, based on your individual sensitivities. Are there articles that point to the brand of collagen beverage you are about to buy having a pronounced improvement on skin health? Do collagen supplements have a more pronounced effect in improving joint pain, or are they only effective in the realm of skin health?

Tip #5: Is the manufacturer of your collagen supplement reputed?

Since you are consuming this collagen supplement, and it is about to cause visible changes in your body, the quality of the collagen supplement is very important. It is not just brand value you need to consider. How has the collagen supplement brand been rated by previous or current users? What kind of quality-control checks has it passed, and what do health professionals feel about it?

Tip #6: What source of collagen does the collagen supplement utilize?

Most of the best collagen supplements are derived from marine life, turns out it is safer than say, bovine-based collagen. Marine-based collagen is purer, and more easily absorbed by your body, than collagen obtained from other sources. When your cells absorb collagen from these collagen supplements more readily, your skin is more likely to stay smooth and wrinkle less.

Collagen supplements are extremely beneficial to feel forever young. These six tips can help you maximize the benefits of collagen supplements, as you pick the collagen supplement that your body can use optimally. A liquid marine-based type 1 and type 3-heavy collagen supplement by a well-established brand, which incorporates vitamin C into the mix, for example, is more often than not a great choice.

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Report: The K-Beauty craze – Are Korean Skincare Products All They’re Cracked Up to Be? https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-the-k-beauty-craze-are-korean-skincare-products-all-theyre-cracked-up-to-be/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-the-k-beauty-craze-are-korean-skincare-products-all-theyre-cracked-up-to-be/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:02:36 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1624 The fascination with K-beauty (Korean imports of all beauty products) has been steadily gaining traction over the last few years. Korean makeup and skin care products have been taken beauty stores by storm and have been flying off shelves with rapid consistency. The phenomenon is growing traction worldwide and proving increasingly popular in western society. […]

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The fascination with K-beauty (Korean imports of all beauty products) has been steadily gaining traction over the last few years. Korean makeup and skin care products have been taken beauty stores by storm and have been flying off shelves with rapid consistency. The phenomenon is growing traction worldwide and proving increasingly popular in western society. There are many reasons for the K-beauty phenomenon of course, including smart marketing, social media visibility, innovative packaging and the use of some rather unusual but interesting ingredients, which purportedly have anti-aging and skin enhancing properties.

To help you decide whether you should join the trend or keep using your more traditional beauty products, we delve into the pros and cons of K-beauty. We take a look into how the fascination with K-beauty has developed and whether these beauty products are effective or just overhyped with the use of smart marketing, social media and packaging tactics.

How the fascination with K-beauty developed

K-beauty has definitely taken a different angle to how to manage your beauty regime. Many Korean companies have taken to blogs, websites and Internet marketing to promote multi-step beauty regimes. These rituals include several steps, sometimes in excess of 10 steps, of cleansing, masks, moisturizing, sunscreens, serums and sleep emulsions. These multi-stepped regimens have drawn in thousands of people to try the products and their popularity has grown steadily. Maybe there’s something in human nature that makes us believe that if something requires multiple steps, it must be much better than one that is simple and straightforward. If it’s easy, it can’t possibly work, right?

Many Korean companies have taken to blogs, websites and Internet marketing to promote multi-step beauty regimes. Smart marketing surrounds the products.

So, the promotion of these multi-step beauty regimes has ultimately led to an influx of K-beauty products, with many people touting their efficacy. They have become readily available and recognizable on shelves, which has helped drive recognition and further sales.

It is not just the Internet hype that has driven the fascination for K-beauty. Smart marketing surrounds the products. You will find most K-beauty products sporting unusual, fun packaging of animals, shapes and recognisable figures of all colors of the rainbow and equally funky and unique names to match. Social media has also played a part in the phenomenon. K-beauty companies are maximising their social media presence with viral makeup videos on YouTube and regular postings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to their thousands of followers.

Despite all these marketing efforts, I think the number one selling feature of K-beauty products are Korean women themselves. Western culture has embraced K-beauty in a big way because women want to replicate the astonishingly clean, clear complexion that is commonly associated with Korean women.

Are K-beauty products effective?

When it comes to effectiveness, it seems the secret of K-beauty products lies in their claim to being technologically advanced and being composed of some rather exotic ingredients which are both natural and environmentally friendly.

Many K-beauty products claim to contain “outrageous” natural ingredients like bee venom, pig collagen, snail secretion and other sea and ocean-based ingredients. They are all said to have different properties that are amazing for skincare. Bee venom is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, snail secretion is said to facilitate rapid cell rejuvenation and pig collagen reportedly has anti-aging and anti-wrinkle properties, whilst a range of ocean ingredients are promoted to firm and tauten the skin. Whether these ingredients are scientifically proven to do what they claim to do is another issue entirely. There is not much scientific evidence to back many of these claims.  And it really is a grey area as to whether these ingredients do add value to skin care or whether they are just hype and marketing – you know, the well-worn, perennial favourite: eternal youth in a bottle.

The fact, though, is that Korean beauty products have traditionally been held in high esteem as great skin care, even before the most recent craze began in Western societies. There are many advantages to using such products with frequency. Firstly, K-beauty products generally steer away from using alcohol as an ingredient in their products, which as you know, can dry out and dehydrate skin quickly. Furthermore, a multi-step beauty regime is not exclusively Korean, and they are known to be good for you, because it is easier for manufacturers to use good, clean and simple ingredients for a product if that product does not have to do too many things.  If it has to do more, then it is less easy to maintain ingredient integrity. As with K-beauty products, most beauty regimes now involve a process of at least four or more steps, so the move to K-beauty regimes is not as extreme as it may appear. Although K-beauty does prescribe 10 or more steps per day for skin care, they do not need to be adhered to everyday. Instead, the range of products K-beauty offers allows you to adjust which products you use on particular days depending on how your skin is performing.

On the flipside there are disadvantages to K-beauty regimes. Any beauty regime that has so many steps is going to be time-consuming. The modern woman does not have that much time in the day to focus so much on a beauty regime with several steps. From an environmental standpoint the use of animal products and animal ingredients in K-beauty is quite common, which makes many of us uncomfortable. This poses both ethical and environmental questions as to the safety and sustainability of the products used and treatment of the animals involved.

What are the financial costs of a K-beauty regime?

One major disadvantage of subscribing to K-beauty regimes – and one most likely to keep many people away – is that you’re likely to take a much bigger financial hit than if you stuck to the alternative. With so many products on the market and several steps involved in the K-beauty regime the costs soon add up.

The total cost of starting a 10-step K-beauty regime is in the vicinity of £190- £382 ($250-$500). Depending on how religiously you apply the skincare range, this could be a monthly or bi-monthly hit to your pocket. Ouch! For those on a tight budget it can be a big decision committing to such a collection. However, the K-beauty market is making headway into the masstige market too, by making products available at lower prices for the mass market. Provided the trend picks up, K-beauty may remain the preserve of the well-heeled or the die-hard K-beauty fan who is willing to bear the cost, no matter what.

It is really up for interpretation if K-beauty products are a game changer for women’s skin care, given the absence of scientific data to back up the claims. At the same time, the beautiful youthful skins of Korean women suggest that there may be something to those claims (although that could just be down to genetic makeup)

At the end of the day, the decision whether to go the K-beauty route comes down to what works for you as an individual. If you like 10 step beauty care regimes and spending a little extra, then K-beauty could be the answer.

Have you tried any K-beauty products and if you have, would you recommend them to others? Or do you think the K-beauty phenomenon is a result of smart marketing and promotion tactics?

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Report: Do Collagen Drinks Work? https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-do-collagen-drinks-work/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/report-do-collagen-drinks-work/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:01:18 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1330 Updated February 2016 Anyone who tracks the fine lines on their faces as they age is likely to already know that collagen is a key to smooth, young skin. The word has been floating around in the skincare world for a long time. It is not unusual, however, for people to be unaware of what […]

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Updated February 2016

Anyone who tracks the fine lines on their faces as they age is likely to already know that collagen is a key to smooth, young skin. The word has been floating around in the skincare world for a long time. It is not unusual, however, for people to be unaware of what collagen exactly is, and how it works to keep skin vibrant.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is an abundant protein in mammals. It accounts for about 30% of the protein in the human body. It is found in fibrous tissues, such as the ligaments and tendons, as well as skin. The protein is also in the bones, the corneas, the stomach, and the blood vessels.  Essentially, collagen strengthens blood vessels and provides skin with elasticity.

When collagen breaks down as people age, wrinkles and other skin issues tend to emerge. Due to its skin-healing properties, collagen is one of the most common supplements the elderly use.

Increasing Collagen in the Body

Many people who are concerned about their aging skin will inject collagen, or skin fillers, to decrease the lines and wrinkles on their bodies. Collagen injections give skin a plumper, smoother look, which decreases the signs of aging. They replenish the skin’s natural protein, giving it restored structure.

A more recent product allows people to avoid injecting themselves with collagen. People seeking a more youthful appearance can now enhance their body’s collagen production through drinking it.

Collagen Drinks

Recently, collagen drinks seem to be all the rage, being particularly popular in Asia and Europe, and have become quite the craze.

The popularity of collagen drinks has pushed Botox to the side as a way to stay young, or at least looking young.  Many companies, such as Applied Nutrition, Lemnox, Skinade, Mejii and YouTonics, jumped on the collagen drink bandwagon, selling their products, on average, for roughly $70 for a month’s supply.

Collagen drinks are sold as brews or powders to be mixed with water. They generally contain fish collagen, which is combined with other flavors to make it more tolerable. The mixtures can be consumed alone or as a supplement to another drink. The beverages are typically sold as “Collagen Water” or “Collagen Juice”.

Do Collagen Drinks Work?

Previously, the experts thought that collagen drinks had a low chance of having any effect because the body would probably just break them down and use them for energy without really absorbing them.  That’s why we said in our previous article that your money is probably better spent on other things and not collagen drinks.

However, a great deal has changed in the meantime…

An Exciting New Study

A new study has emerged (late 2015), published by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology [external link] and it has completely shaken up the stance on the subject of many experts.

In short, the study carefully examined the skin of all the participants prior to taking collagen supplements and after the study was concluded.

Like we can expect from any reputable study, there was a control group included, and people in this group received a placebo instead of the real thing. The conclusion was rather straightforward: those who were consuming collagen drinks had shown significant improvements in the elasticity as well as thickness of their skin, while the others had shown no results.

Best Collagen Drinks?

Because we wanted to make sure of the new findings ourselves, we reviewed similar products to see if there’s any truth to it. We’ve tested these products so far:

  • YouTonics (reviewed here) is still our #1 favourite
  • Skinade (read our review) which is another very popular, but more expensive product, close second

Among other benefits, they have the capacity of making your skin look younger in a matter of weeks, as well as making your nails and hair stronger.

Conclusion

Collagen drinks certainly do work, and the newer scientific research now backs it up completely.

Undoubtedly, there is going to be more research done in the future, but in the current state of affairs, collagen drinks have our complete approval.

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Review: YouTonics Skin Collagen Drink https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/review-youtonics-skin-collagen-drink/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/review-youtonics-skin-collagen-drink/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:08:23 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1581 YouTonics Skin Collagen Drink Review Well known UK health supplement superstore Bauer Nutrition has recently created a collagen drink called YouTonics, joining a whole host of other companies to get a piece of this lucrative market. After the age of 25, most people start losing around 1% of their body’s collagen level every year. The lower the […]

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YouTonics Skin Collagen Drink Review

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Well known UK health supplement superstore Bauer Nutrition has recently created a collagen drink called YouTonics, joining a whole host of other companies to get a piece of this lucrative market.

After the age of 25, most people start losing around 1% of their body’s collagen level every year. The lower the collagen levels in the skin, the more lines and wrinkles start to appear.

YouTonics believes that their product can replace the collagen lost naturally through the aging process. Thus, by maintaining a healthy amount of collagen in the skin, the firmness of the skin can greatly improve.

We ordered a month’s worth of YouTonics from the official Bauer Nutrition website to see if it works, what it tastes like, and what it has to offer compared to other collagen drink brands in this growing market.   

YouTonics’ Claims – Are They True?

We found the following claims from the official website:

  • Claim #1 – Rebuild collagen levels and Reduce wrinkles and fine lines

Up to very recently, this has been the most controversial claim any company who manufactures oral collagen supplements could make. It has been widely reported in the media that if you drink collagen, it will break down before it reaches your skin. Therefore, it was believed that collagen drinks are pretty useless. Only up to now!

A placebo-controlled clinical study was recently published by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology to prove that the anti-aging effects of collagen peptide supplements on the skin are genuine.

Here is the study’s abstract, published September 2015: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocd.12174/abstract

According to this study, orally taken collagen does rebuild the collagen levels in the skin, therefore it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

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Here’s an image of a 24-year olds’ skin before and after 30-day cycle of collagen drink. Check out the improvement in collagen on the photo on the right. It’s not only that the skin appears thicker, but the collagen structure (those yellow blobs) look denser than before the trial.

  • Claim #2 – Reduce skin dryness and make it softer to the touch

Our tester confirmed that her skin did feel more hydrated, and tests results confirmed that the hydration levels had increased by a whopping 30%!

  • Claim #3 – Improve gum, hair, nail and eye health.

These are also all valid claims as collagen supplements have been known to help with these problems.

How Does YouTonics Skin Work?

We all know that old saying:

We are what we eat

This saying is true, especially when it comes to how you look. When you eat a certain food or have a drink, all the nutrients in it are distributed throughout your body. Once your body gets all the necessary nutrients, your skin starts to look better.

YouTonics is made of hydrolyzed collagen proteins, containing 10.000mg per serving. To truly benefit from oral collagen, you should consume between 7.000 and 10.000 milligrams of collagen a day. While with less than 7000 mg the treatment is not effective enough, with over 10.000 mg your body is incapable of absorbing it, so YouTonics has just the right amount in it.

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Additionally to the collagen, YouTonics also contains vitamins A and E, which are well known to protect your skin cells from damage, and vitamin C which boost your own natural collagen production.

To make sure that as much extra collagen as possible reaches your skin, YouTonics also boasts a proprietary “Fast acting liquid delivery system”. This system guarantees to speed up the assimilation process, meaning, your body absorbs collagen quicker, and your skin repairs itself quicker too.

When your body receives natural collagen, you will notice:

  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Your skin is thicker and more hydrated
  • There’s more elasticity in your skin

How To Take YouTonics?

And here is what we really like about YouTonics. Due to its concentrated formula, you only need to take 30ml a day, and 1 bottle should last you 9 days (270ml per bottle).

Most other collagen drinks manufacturers have opted for bigger serving per day, or packaging each serving to its own bottle. Imagine the amount of bottles you have to carry with you if you went away for a week or two, or the size of a lorry which would pull up at your house after you’ve ordered 2 months supply!

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30ml dosage of YouTonics

With other top brands like Gold Collagen or Skinade, you have one bottle for each day, but we salute the people of Bauer Nutrion to pack 9 days of goods into 1 bottle. Not only it’s easier to carry around, but it also reduces waste, which is very well thought-out these days where common sense should be considered as a super-power.

What YouTonics can improve on though is instructions how to measure that 30ml serving. But don’t worry, just check this image here and you can see it’s actually quite easy. We have used the plastic cap of the bottle itself. You can see the plus sign on it. When tipped upside down, use the top line of that plus-sign as a marker for 30ml, but make sure to shake the bottle well before pouring it to the cap.

YouTonics’ Taste

Like all other collagen drinks we have tried, YouTonics Collagen Renewal is no different really – it doesn’t taste that nice. When we say it’s not “that” nice, we really mean it’s not like a milkshake, or berry smoothie. When we ordered it, it said on the website that it has a refreshing mango and passion fruit flavor, but we didn’t find it that refreshing at all. To be fair though, it smells worse than it tastes, so skip smelling it, and just drink it.

However, some of us didn’t really like that taste at all, so if that’s you, you can make YouTonics easier to drink by combining it with smoothies or your favorite juice, that will mask the taste and help you reap the benefits of collagen drinks without feeling horrible every time you drink it.

Does YouTonics Have Side Effects?

So far there haven’t been reported any major side effects by any bigger collagen drink brands, so we wouldn’t except any from YouTonics users either. However, there are a few things you should know regarding side effects:

– Those of you who have food allergies should read the full ingredient list in order to ensure this product will not cause dangerous side effects in your body.

-If you are on medication or pregnant, you should consult with your doctor before placing an order

What are People Saying about YouTonics Collagen Renewal?

YouTonics, even though it is fairly new on the market, has been featured in many health and lifestyle magazines. Here is what one lady had to say about this collagen drink:

I’m 52 and I’ve been struggling with wrinkles and fine lines for 10 years now. After trying many types of creams and pills, I’ve finally stumbled upon this product that has literally changed my life. Never knew collagen drinks could actually work so well.

YouTonics Collagen Renewal has proven to be the perfect solution for my skin. After just 20 days, my skin was glowing and most of my fine lines started to vanish. After a month, I started to notice that many of my wrinkles were gone.

Natasha D, reviewed on October 10, 2015

 

“Lovely product. It’s a bit expensive but totally worth it in terms of quality…my skin feels so much better after using it”

Diane

 

Where Can You Buy YouTonics Collagen Renewal?

At the time of writing, YouTonics is available online only: Bauer’s multi-store website and Amazon. We strongly recommend getting it from Bauer’s own site though because of these 2 reasons:

  • 60 day money back guarantee
  • Massive multi-buy offers

So we recommend buying it via this link:

www.BauerNutrition.com (official website), and not from Amazon.com

Now, more about their discount on the official website.

YouTonics Discounts

When you buy this product from the official website, you get to enjoy three types of offers:

  1. Buy 1 bottle – Price £34.95
  2. Buy 2 and get 1 free (for 1 month): Price: £69.90
  3. Buy 3 get 3 free (2 month supply). This is the best offer you can get. Add 6 items to the cart and only pay for 3. Price: £104.85

So if you’re thinking of giving YouTonics a go, there really is no reason not to buy 6 bottles of it to start it all off.

Anything Else?

In addition to free shipping to any country worldwide, YouTonics offers 60 day money back guarantee. We are yet to learn about any other company offering money back guarantees on beauty products, so this really is something!

The Verdict

As we all know, most women would do whatever it takes to look better, and way too often we resort to going under the knife, or Botox. We have to say, now that oral collagen supplements are scientifically proven, and we have seen its positive effects first-hand, we really like YouTonics. Not only because it’s one of the more affordable supplements, it’s produced by a reputable company, and comes with 60 day money back guarantee. No OTHER company offers that.

Although YouTonics can deliver first results in as early as 5 days, most consumers don’t notice real results until around week 6-7. It is therefore best to opt for a 60 day supply.

We recommend you buy YouTonics only from the official website: www.BauerNutrition.com

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Maybelline Makeup 100 Years Old! https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/maybelline-makeup-100-years-old/ https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/maybelline-makeup-100-years-old/#respond Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:59:21 +0000 https://www.skincarewatchdog.com/?p=1565 In 2015, one of the oldest and well known cosmetics companies, Maybelline, is celebrating their 100th year in the business of making beautiful women even more beautiful. SkinCare Watchdog wishes Maybelline a very happy birthday, lots of success and at least 100 more years in the business! Let’s celebrate by taking a look back at […]

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In 2015, one of the oldest and well known cosmetics companies, Maybelline, is celebrating their 100th year in the business of making beautiful women even more beautiful. SkinCare Watchdog wishes Maybelline a very happy birthday, lots of success and at least 100 more years in the business!

Let’s celebrate by taking a look back at the entire century and see how the company has managed to become and stay a leader among makeup manufacturers.

How it All Started

The company was started in 1915 by Tom Lyle Williams who had noticed her sister Mabel mixing vaseline and coal dust to make her lashes look longer and fuller. Williams realized that there was a market for a beauty product similar to her sisters invention and he developed the first hit for the company Maybell Laboratories called Lash-Brow-Ine. This prodct was made available by mail order for 50 cents.

The actual Maybelline company was launched a few years later and also copyrighted. The name of the company and brand, Maybelline, is a combination of Mabel and Vaseline. The brand also claimed to only come out with harmless and pure, safe prodcts, which women have always loved.

In the 30s, many stores all over the country were selling Maybelline Eyelash Beautifier, which cost only 10 cents and was very popular. Another highly popular product at that time was a fillable eyelash mascara, selling for 75 cents, that was available in three different colors – blue, brown and black. There was also a cream version of it sold.

Beauty For The Masses

As these products became a hit, Maybelline started developing more and more products, and not just for the lashes. Their new hits included a brow pencil and eye shadow.

Thanks to Maybelline, even regular girls started using makeup. Up until the 1940s, only movie stars had worn makep, but this changed rather quickly as Betty Grable and other stars made short instructional performances and taught women to use mascara and eye shadow.

In 1957 a hot seller, Iridescent Eye Shadow Sticks, was launched. It came in many jewel tones and together with the new Fluid Eye Liner formed a fresh and confident line of makeup that made the wearer stand out in the crowd.

Innovations in the 1960s and 70s

The most important innovation during that time was the first fully automatic mascara, which came with a spiral shaped brsh in a small tbe. The product was called Magic Mascara. This was soon followed by their best selling product ever, the Great Lash Mascara. It is still sold today, in fact, they are selling one tube per 1.2 seconds!

In the 60s, Maybelline was sold to buyers from Schering-Plough, but retained the brand.

In the 70’s, the company started making lip products as well, their first steps in this field included all kinds of „kissing products“, such as Kissing Koolers, Kissing Slicks, Kissing Sticks and even Kissing Potion.

Colourful 80’s

This decade saw more women trying out makeup and wearing it daily than ever before. And these women loved color and personality. Maybelline gave them just that by releasing a complete range of makeup from foundation to lipsticks to eyeshadow and mascara. Some of their top sellers from that period include Shine Free Oil-Control line of makeup, the Fresh Lash and the Moisture Whip Lipstick.

The company also started using spokeswomen to promote their product and the first one chosen was actress Lynda Carter.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Maybellyne cosmetic products backstage at the J. Mendel Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2012 in NYC.

Maybelline Products

New Directions in the 90’s

In 1990 Maybelline was sold to Wasserstein Perella & Co. Soon after, the brand got a brand new slogan, which soon became world known and up to today, one of the best advertising slogans ever. Who hasn’t heard: Maybe She’s Born With It. Maybe It’s Maybelline.

In 1996 Maybelline was bought by L’Oreal and the company moved to the Big Apple, even changing the name of the brand to Maybelline New York.

Maybelline in the 2000s

These past decade and a half have seen Maybelline launch a variety of new products and product lines. For example, their foundation Dream Matte Mousse is among the best selling foundations worldwide and Baby Lips has been wowing consumers since 2012.

Happy Birthday Maybelline!

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