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Adult Acne, Be Gone! 8 Tips For Clearer Skin

By Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

adult acne

Acne, it doesn’t care if you’re a teenager, in your twenties or mid-life. Some people are lucky enough to not have to deal with acne breakouts, but others of us have acne for most of our lives.

An estimated 40 to 50 million Americans have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If you’re one of them, you’re not alone!

Acne appears when a pore in our skin clogs. Dermatologists think acne arises from the overproduction of natural oils in the skin, dead skin cells, inflammation and the buildup of bacteria. With loads of bacteria, the pore becomes inflamed (swollen and red). If the inflammation goes deep into the skin, an acne cyst or nodule develops.

The good news is that there are many good acne treatment options out there, along with dermatologist recommended daily tips to get you on your way to clearer skin.

Below you’ll find 8 important skin care habits that can help improve acne, if not banish it all together!

Tip #1 Apply your acne treatment on areas prone to breakouts (not just one pimple):

To prevent new blemishes, spread a thin layer of the acne product evenly over your acne-prone skin. (For example, if you tend to breakout on your forehead, nose, and chin, you’ll want to apply the treatment evenly on all of these areas).

Tip #2 Give your acne treatment time to work:

According to American Academy of Dermatology, you want to use an acne product for at least 6 to 8 weeks. It takes that long to see some improvement. If you don’t see any improvement by then, try another product or visit a dermatologist. Usually complete clearing of acne generally takes 3 to 4 months.

 

stop touching your face

Tip #3 Keep your hands off your face:

A study confirmed the average person touches their face 3.6 times every hour. Your hands are triggers for acne-prone skin, they carry excess sebum, excess skin shedding, bacteria and more. Acne is caused by a combination of factors: excess oil, excess skin shedding and a strain of bacteria called p. acnes bacteria.

Be aware of how often you touch your face and try to reduce it; that means no scratching, using your hands to rest your head or your cheeks, etc.. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly first.

 

Adult Acne Wash Pillow Case

Tip #4 Wash your pillowcase at least once a week:

When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face or skin.

If you follow a consistent nighttime beauty routine (washing your face and applying acne product) and your skin still isn’t clearing up, your pillowcase could be part of the problem.

Dermatologists recommend washing your pillowcase at least once a week. Also, stick with fragrance-free detergent and avoid using anti-static/softener dryer-sheets which can trigger acne.

 

Tip #5 Remove your makeup before you go to bed:

No exceptions! If you’re too tired to wash your face, use a good makeup remover or a makeup remover towelette. Just make sure it’s non-comedogenic.

Tip #6 Use non-comedogenic products:

Products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores” usually do not cause breakouts in most people. Many hair, skin, and makeup products can cause acne, especially if they contain oils.

Sometimes the sneaky culprit can be hairspray or other hair care products. Try ruling out certain products one by one, to see if your skin improves.

Tip #7 Avoid sharing makeup, brushes, or applicators:

Sharing makeup can lead to blemishes. Acne isn’t contagious, but when you share makeup the acne-causing bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells on other people’s skin can wind up in your makeup. When you use that makeup, you can transfer the bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells to your skin. These can clog your pores, leading to breakouts.

Tip #8 Wash your face twice a day:

When you wake up and before you go to bed. Washing your face too often can trigger acne. Remember not to scrub your face harshly; it can irritate your skin even more. You’ll also want to wash-up when you finish an activity that makes you sweat.

Be gentle when washing your face and other skin with acne. Use a gentle cleanser. First wash your hands. Then apply the cleanser lightly with your fingertips, using a circular motion. Gently rinse with warm water, using only your fingers. Then pat your skin dry with a clean towel or air dry.

 

Many people can control their acne by following the above skin care tips and using over-the- counter acne products. If your acne persists after giving these tips a chance to work, seeing your dermatologist may be in order. With the right help, almost everyone with acne will see clearer skin.

The skin care products we recommend in this article include:

Acne Defense Kit:  A trio of acne prevention and treatment products for normal and oily skin. (save money with our kit!) $60

Revercel Acne Defense Kit

Kit includes:

Clear Skin Cleanser: A therapeutic, soap-free wash with Benzoyl Peroxide USP 5% effectively cleanses and treats acne-prone skin without drying or irritating the skin. Great for AM and PM use. 8 fl. oz.

Blemish Control Pads: Glycolic acid 5% along with the proven acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid 2% specially formulated to unclog pores and accelerate the removal of dead skin cells. Skin conditioners and natural botanicals hydrate irritated skin. 60 pads

Spot Treatment: Lightweight formulation is the perfect topical acne treatment utilizing the antibacterial properties of Benzoyl Peroxide 10%.  2 oz.

All products are also sold individually.

 

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The Power of Plants – Best Plant Ingredients For Your Skin!

Best Plant Ingredients for Skin

By Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

Natural flower, plant and fruit-based ingredients, often referred to as botanicals, offer powerful benefits for the skin. Botanicals are plant extracts and oils derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots and berries. Many botanicals contain active molecules that improve the skin; benefits range from boosting collagen production to enhancing the skin’s texture and clarity .

Below are a few of the best natural botanical ingredients to address your skin care concerns.

Skin Concern: Sensitivity and Redness

  • Chamomile extract (Matricaria recutita) tends to calm redness. It helps reduce redness and irritation due to its anti-inflammatory qualities
  • Willow herb extract is a great anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and irritation
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) also has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Oats (Avena sativa) relieve dryness and inflammation
  • Aloe Vera helps soothe and minimize irritation (along with tons of other health benefits!)

Bonus Tip: Check out these excellent ways to use Aloe Vera to create DIY face masks & more!

Aloe Vera Skin Care

Skin Concern: Early Signs of Aging

  • Grapeseed oil (Vitis vinifera) offers a potent dose of antioxidants that enhance synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) fights free radicals through its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Caffeine (Coffea arabica) may reduce puffiness

Green Match Tea Face Mask

Bonus Tip: Make your own moisturizing Matcha Green Tea Face Mask!

You’ll need: 1 Tablespoon of Matcha Powder, 1 Teaspoon of Raw Honey, 2 Teaspoons of Aloe Vera Gel. Stir all of the ingredients together and apply to a clean face. Let dry and leave it on 20-40 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will look smoother and have a fresh glow!

Skin Concern: Sun Damage

Sunflower Seed Face Oil Skin Care

  • Sunflower seed oil (Helianthus annus): Vitamin E found in sunflower seed oil protects the skin from environmental stressors
  • Citrus extract (aka vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid): Citrus extract helps promote the production of collagen, protects skin from the harmful rays of the sun and helps reduce sun damage
  • Edelweiss Flower: A white mountain flower packed with antioxidants and UV-fighting properties, which helps it both survive the high altitudes of its native Swiss Alps and protect skin from damaging free radicals

Skin Concern: Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Chamomile Plant Based Skin Care

  • Papaya enzymes help soften the skin and unclog pores. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce redness
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) reduces redness
  • Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce red, irritated skin. It can ease acne, dermatitis and eczema. It also aids in removing oil in clogged pores
  • Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is an antioxidant with anti-irritating properties

Skin Concern: Dry Skin

Coconut oil for skin

  • Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis): Jojoba acts as a natural skin oil. It’s an excellent all- day moisturizer because does not easily evaporate
  • Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin.
  • Sea buckthorn oil (Hippophae rhamnoides) is a rich source of vitamin C that contains healing properties
  • Grapeseed oil delivers and helps the skin retain more moisture
  • Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) can have significant anti-inflammatory and emollient properties

Skin Concern: Clarity & Tone

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The skin care products we recommend in this article include:

Sensitive Skin Moisturizer

Omega 3 Nourishing Facial Creme

CE Serum

Papaya Cleanser

Rosewater Moisturizing Creme

Coconut Silk Moisture Creme

 

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Revercel combines physician-strength ingredients to prevent and correct at the cellular level – long before the signs of aging skin are visible.  

Revercel products are developed and tested by a Dermatologist and a Preventive Medicine specialist in Campbell, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

How Stress Affects Your Skin + Ideas To De-Stress During The Holidays

How Stress Affects Your Skin

By Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

Could stress be wreaking havoc on your skin? Stress affects your entire body, including your skin, hair, and nails. It causes a biochemical response in the body that can make the skin more sensitive and can also worsen certain pre-existing skin conditions. Since stress is a part of life, what matters is your response to it. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising consistently, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself– both in body & mind.

Below we’ll discuss the ways in which stress can affect your skin and what to do about it–along with some ideas to help you de-stress, especially during the holiday season!

Acne Breakouts

Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed? During times of stress, the body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which can stimulate the sebaceous glands in your skin to produce more sebum, or oil. Oil production is a natural process that keeps skin from drying out, but in excess dead skin cells can become trapped along with bacteria and dirt, causing clogged pores and acne breakouts.

What can help: When you’re stressed it’s easy to skimp out on your skincare routine– don’t let this happen. Use a facial cleanser or skin treatment with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

Skin flare-ups

Is your eczema acting up? Are you having a rosacea flare again? You might be stressed out. If you have a preexisting skin condition, stress can exacerbate flare-ups.

What can help: Take short, warm showers or baths – instead of long, hot ones which can irritate skin even more. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t suds-up or dry out skin and remember to moisturize skin after bathing. Skin care ingredients that help to soothe skin include aloe, oatmeal, and chamomile. Be sure to consult with your dermatologist if you’re unsure how to treat a skin flare-up.

Wrinkles

Stress and anxiety can have a harmful effect on your DNA. Telomeres are a protective casing at the end of a strand of DNA. Each time a cell divides, it loses a bit of its telomeres. An enzyme called telomerase can replenish it, but chronic stress and cortisol exposure decrease your supply. When the telomere is too diminished, the cell often dies or becomes pro-inflammatory. This sets the aging process in motion, along with other possible associated health risks.

What can help: You can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by following a healthy diet, exercising, using a moisturizer with sun protection, adopting a de-stressing routine, and using a face serum (we suggest CE Serum).

Under-Eye Puffiness

Research has shown that even small work stressors and anxieties can add up and negatively impact sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to swollen eyes (fluid accumulation), dark circles, and increased signs of aging.

What can help: Practice these tips for better sleep. Use an eye cream with green tea, peptides and antioxidants like, Eye Perfection Cream.

Bonus Tip: If you wake up with puffy eyes & need a quick fix, hold the back of a cold spoon (pop it in the fridge so it gets cold) up to your under-eye area and gently massage it from the inner to the outer corner of your eye to improve fluid drainage.

Hives/Rashes

Although food allergies can be a common cause of hives, stress can also trigger this type of allergic reaction that leads to round, red welts on the skin.

What can help: It’s best to consult with a doctor who can diagnose and treat a breakout of hives and help determine the cause. Learning deep breathing techniques and meditation can also be helpful.

Try these approaches to help de-stress:

  1. Get regular exercise and eat a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. It’s good for your skin and the rest of your body, too.
  2. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 15 minutes. Take a bath, read a book, draw, garden — whatever you’re into, make time for it.
  3. Take a walk and practice being in the moment.
  4. Practice stress management relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery.
  5. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend (who’s stressed out), with kindness and compassion.
  6. Unplug! Shut off any electronic devices (smartphone, laptop, tablet) an hour or two before you go to sleep.
  7. Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours each night is ideal.
  8. Need some creative inspiration? Check out these 150 amazing quotes to feed your creative soul!
  9. Talk to someone and seek support.
  10. Want to de-stress right now? Try one of these activities highlighted from Huffington Post.

 

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The skin care products we recommend in this article include:

Gentle Blue Cleanser (left),  AM Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 (right)

Gentle Blue Cleanser

CE Serum (left), Eye Perfection Cream (right)

CE Serum

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Tis’ The Season For Beauty Gifts! ($32 & Under)

Tis' The Season For Beauty Gifts!

By Team Revercel

‘Tis the season for whimsy, joy, gratitude and beauty gifts! As the holidays get closer, the excitement builds but so does the stress of gifting everyone on your list. Enter Revercel Skin Care: we offer a wide range of dual-action skin care products that any skin enthusiast and beauty devotee would love. From antioxidant-rich exfoliating cleansers to moisturizing face gels with replenishing hyaluronic acid, there’s a stocking stuffer to please your bestie, partner, family or even yourself— (why not?!). Best of all, everything we share below is under $32, because you shouldn’t have to break the bank in order to be thoughtful.

Let the gifting begin with these 5 skin care stocking stuffers!

Deck The Skin with Papaya Cleanser

Fa-la-la-la…la-dee-dah! Who doesn’t enjoy a little fruity papaya during the holidays! Papaya Cleanser is one of our best-selling cleansers. Salicylic Acid combined with Natural Papaya Fruit Enzymes deeply cleanse away makeup, dirt, and oil while exfoliating away dry or dull skin cells, leaving it soft and smooth. The light papaya scent  smells great. Also, it contains antioxidants Vitamins C and E to help fight environmental damage. Papaya Cleanser can also be used as a refreshing and energizing body cleanser!

Great for: All skin types & fans of papaya everywhere

 Shop Papaya Cleanser, $28

Revercel Papaya Cleanser

All is Calm with Gentle Blue Cleanser

All is calm with Gentle Blue Cleanser. It’s a soothing, soap-free cleanser for normal-to-dry and/or sensitive skin. Gentle Blue gently and thoroughly cleanses away dirt, debris and makeup without depriving the skin of its natural oils. The non-drying formula leaves skin feeling moist and refreshed.

Great for: All skin types, especially sensitive and dry skin

Shop Gentle Blue Cleanser, $16

Revercel Gentle Blue Cleanser

 

O Come All Ye, Moisture(!) with Skin Replenishing Gel

No more dull, dehydrated skin during the holidays. This refreshing gel-based formula delivers impressive moisturizing effects to minimize lines and improve skin elasticity. The key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, attracts and locks in moisture, producing a moist microclimate in the skin. Chamomile and green tea extract add soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

We love that Skin Replenishing Gel can also be refrigerated and used as a stress-relieving, nourishing moisture mask!

Great for: All skin types, especially normal-to-oily, blemish-prone skin and mature skin

Shop Skin Replenishing Gel, $32

Revercel Skin Replenishing Gel

Glowing All the Way with Perfect Glycolic Cleanser

This refreshing cleanser is formulated with 15% glycolic acid, antioxidants and botanicals. It thoroughly cleanses skin without irritation. Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal for younger, more luminous skin. Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract and Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract offer anti-aging and smoothing benefits.

Great for: Dull or mature skin

Shop Perfect Glycolic Cleanser, $31.50

Revercel Perfect Glycolic Cleanser

All I Want for Christmas is Clear Skin! with Clear-ifying Toner

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, removing dead surface cells to help prevent the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. Clear-ifying Toner controls daily oil buildup and helps banish existing blemishes. Aloe, chamomile and fruit extracts soothe irritated skin.

Great for: Acne-prone and oily skin

Shop Clear-ifying Toner, $30

Revercel Clearifying Toner

From all of us at Revercel Skin Care we wish you a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas from Revercel

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Revercel combines physician-strength ingredients to prevent and correct at the cellular level – long before the signs of aging skin are visible.  

Revercel products are developed and tested by a Dermatologist and a Preventive Medicine specialist in Campbell, CA.

Soothe Dry Skin This Winter: 6 Dermatologist Recommended Tips!

dry skin and skin care

By Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

During the holidays we like cold winters; what we don’t enjoy is what the cold outdoor temperature combined with indoor heating does to our skin. Brace yourself because dry and tight skin may be on its way! In an effort to keep dry skin at bay, here are some great tips recommended by dermatologist Dr. Rick Noodleman on how to give your skin the moisture it craves during winter months.

Below you’ll find simple changes you can make to your skincare routine that can soothe dry skin and/or help to prevent it.

bathing tips for dry skin

Tip 1: Follow these bathing best practices

  • Close the bathroom door: When you shower or take baths close the bathroom door to keep steam inside; an added benefit, steam can help clear nasal congestion from a winter cold. If you want to really up your shower game, apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil to your shower water. It’ll help clear sinuses and wake you up for the day! The oil may cause the shower floor to be more slippery, so be careful.
  • Use warm water not hot: During the winter months, many people enjoy taking a soak or shower in hot water to shake off the chill. Although tub time may feel like a luxury, it can wreak havoc on your skin by drying it out if the water is too hot.
  • Limit that shower time: Unless you’re a mermaid or merman, try to limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes. Spending less time in the shower not only benefits your skin, but you’ll decrease the amount of water wasted, too.

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Tip 2: Apply a moisturizer to your still-damp skin

Ointments, creams, and lotions (moisturizers) work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap this moisture, apply a moisturizer within a few minutes of drying off after a shower or washing your face/hands.

Tip 3: Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests creams as your best bet for helping to combat dry skin. Look for a cream or ointment that contains hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, or glycerin. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin replenished, plumped, and hydrated. Shea butter also works well to moisturize skin.

Other ingredients that help to soothe dry skin include urea, aloe, oatmeal, and chamomile.

Product recommendations: For the face we suggest Sensitive Skin Moisturizer. This soothing moisturizer restores elasticity to skin. Jojoba oil hydrates, chamomile calms sensitive skin, while encapsulated lipid spheres deliver moisture and vitamins. Skin Replenishing Gel delivers optimal moisturizing effects as well. The key ingredient hyaluronic acid, attracts and locks in moisture, producing a moist micro-climate within skin.

Bonus Tip: For dry hands, carry a non-greasy hand cream with you and apply it each time you wash your hands.

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Tip 4: Stay away from harsh cleansers

Soap is drying to the skin, stripping away the natural oil barrier. Instead, try a mild, non-soap cleanser or moisturizing shower gel or oil. The same goes for the sensitive skin on your face. Use a gentle cleanser or limit how many times you use a cleanser. For example, try a gentle face cleanser before bed and use only water to cleanse in the morning.

Product recommendation: Gentle Blue Cleanser is a soothing, soap-free cleanser. It thoroughly cleanses away dirt, debris and makeup without depriving the skin of its natural moisturizers.

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Tip 5: Wear lip balm and sunscreen

Sun protection is a year-round job! Sun damage is one of the main causes behind dry skin, wrinkles, and roughness. Be sure to apply a sunscreen to your face, neck, hands, and décolleté. Look for a cream with sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to get the added benefit of sun protection. Make sure you’re using a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

To prevent dry, chapped lips, use a lip balm with SPF 15 sunscreen, and cover your lips with a scarf or a hat with a mask. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips; some can be irritating.

Tip 6: Use a humidifier in winter

Cold, dry air is a common cause of dry, irritated skin. Heating your home keeps you warm, but it also removes moisture from the air. To replenish that missing moisture quickly, consider using a humidifier in your bedroom. You can track humidity easily with an inexpensive humidity meter. Aim for an indoor humidity of about 50%.

By following these tips and switching up your skincare routine a bit, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its best. If making the above changes doesn’t bring relief to your dry skin or if you have cracked and red inflamed skin, you should see your dermatologist.

Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share for dealing with dry skin? Let us know in the comment section.

Products featured in blog: Sensitive Skin Moisturizer (left), Skin Replenishing Gel (right), Gentle Blue Cleanser (bottom)

sensitive skin moisturizer

Gentle Blue Cleanser

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Revercel combines physician-strength ingredients to prevent and correct at the cellular level – long before the signs of aging skin are visible.  

Revercel products are developed and tested by a Dermatologist and a Preventive Medicine specialist in Campbell, CA.

Why Clinical Skin Care? clinical vs. cosmetic skin care

Clinical Skin Care

By Drs. Rick and Arlene Noodleman

Many of us can relate to having a beauty graveyard – a drawer or shelf filled with barely used skin care products that over-promised and under-delivered our desired skin results.

There are thousands of types of skin care products out there and it can be challenging to understand exactly what you’re getting when you purchase these products. With Revercel’s 40 years of combined experience in clinical skin care, we’ll discuss the difference between Clinical versus Cosmetic Skin Care products.

Let’s first start by understanding what an active ingredient means.

What’s an ‘active’ ingredient?

In skin care products, active ingredients are responsible for delivering proposed skin benefits (example: repairing photodamage or reducing fine lines). Active ingredients are in all types of skin care products — even in cosmetic versions. Strengths vary based on whether you’re using over-the-counter, clinical, or prescription products.

Clinical skin care products usually contain a higher percentage of active ingredients that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin, such as reducing photodamage and the appearance of fine lines.

clinical skin care vs cosmetic

Clinical versus Cosmetic Skin Care products

Cosmeceuticals or clinical skin care are topical products with biological purposes and ingredients, such as antioxidants, vitamins and proteins for skin health, that suggest functions beyond the common use of a cosmetic product. However, keep in mind the quality of cosmeceuticals vary greatly in potency, that’s why it’s important to use a quality clinical skin care line.

On the other hand, most cosmetic skin care products (sold at drugstores, department stores, etc.) have a minimal effect on the dermis, or upper layers of the skin. This is because the active ingredients are usually in low concentrations. Often these products are labeled as “cosmetic.”

Now that you understand the difference between cosmeceuticals and purely cosmetic skin care products, let’s discuss the benefits of clinical skin care.

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Benefits of Clinical Skin Care (cosmeceuticals)

  • Active Ingredients: Clinical skin care lines use active ingredients with higher concentrations compared to cosmetic brands. Common examples include retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids (e.g. salicylic acid), beta-hydroxy or “fruity”  acids (e.g. glycolic acid), antioxidants, and peptides. Some popular skin care brands may contain them as well, but in much lower concentrations.
  • Proven Formulas: The overall formulation of a product plays a large role in its effectiveness. Many cosmetic companies use large scale manufacturing methods to reduce costs. While a cosmeceutical line may come with a slightly higher price tag, it’s also likely that it has been developed with higher concentrations of active ingredients for better results.
  • Better Value: Clinical skin care products penetrate the skin more effectively than many cosmetic brands. This penetration allows the products to achieve desired skin results. Also, because they offer better results, you may need to use less product.

Also, remember that it’s not just about one really great active ingredient — it’s the mixture of the right amounts of active ingredients working synergistically together.

Take-aways

  • Some cosmeceutical products can be slightly irritating so it’s always a good idea to check in with a dermatologist first if you’re unsure.
  • Some cosmeceutical lines (like Revercel) blend both a high concentration of active ingredients with aesthetic ones. The result is an effective product that’s also cosmetically elegant.
  • We suggest investing in clinically based, physician-strength skin care for maximum results. And a little of the product often goes a long way, meaning you can use less compared to cosmetic brands.
  • Some clinical skin care products may work best when you slowly increase the active ingredient percentage. In other words, it’s often good to begin with a lower percentage of the active ingredient and then “step up” to a higher percentage once your skin has acclimated to the formulation.

Here’s an example in the Revercel clinical skin care line. Start with Perfect Glycolic Treatment 15% solution. Once your skin is used to the 15% formulation, step-up to the 25% strength. Both products exfoliate dead skin cells, increase cell turnover and help to clear acne, blackheads and milia. They increase the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

We’d love to hear your comments, questions or feedback on this article? Please share.

Product recommendation

We suggest CE Serum. CE Serum is a potent, triple antioxidant serum. Powerful antioxidants work synergistically to improve overall health of the skin and provide a shield from environmental aggression by warding off free-radicals. This product is excellent for any skin type.

CE Serum contains high concentrations of:

  • Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) 15% provides visible anti-aging benefits, brightens skin and helps protect against oxidative stress
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol) 1.5% neutralizes free radicals and replenishes lipids
  • Ferulic acid 0.5% enhances the antioxidant benefits of vitamins C and E

CE Serum

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The 4 Best ‘Free’ Skincare Tips For Clearer & Brighter Skin

skincare tips

By Team Revercel

We’re always excited to share free and easy tips to improve the beauty and health of your skin. After all, skin is the largest and arguably (we think) the most beautiful organ of your body and it deserves self-care and pampering. We’ve gathered a few of the best tips that are mostly free (except for a couple ingredients that most of you will have in your kitchen). As a note, we stayed away from some of the more obvious tips like keeping well hydrated, eating a healthy diet and of course, getting enough sleep.

 

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Tip #1: Give Yourself a Facial Massage

Have puffy eyes? No problem. With clean hands, use your ring fingers to press gently on the orbital bone, moving from the inner to outer corner of your eyes and repeating two to three times.

Massaging your face will not only stimulate circulation, but it also helps minimize fine lines and reduce inflammation.

WikiHow provides excellent guidance on how to give yourself a facial massage, specifically for Face-Brightening, Lifting & Firming and Stress Busting. Treat yourself to a self-massage once a day, either in the morning or at night before you go to sleep. As an added benefit, a good facial massage reduces stress, leaving you feeling more relaxed.

If you prefer to have a friend or partner give you a facial massage, share this great step-by-step how to give a dry facial massage with photos guide. You can even adapt some of these steps to try and use on yourself!

 

stop touching your face

Tip #2: Stop Touching Your Face (ok, we know this is a contradiction from above, but read on…)

There’s a difference between giving yourself a facial massage with clean hands versus randomly touching your face throughout the day. You’re probably touching your face right now aren’t you?

The US National Institute of Health, says people touch their faces an average of 3.6 times per hour.

Our hands come in contact with millions of germs via smartphones, computers, doorknobs, shoelaces, and more. Don’t let these germs make it to your face, as this can lead to an unwanted acne breakout. We know sometimes it feels very natural to touch your face but the more mindful you can be about avoiding it, the better off – especially if you have acne-prone skin.
Also as flu-season approaches, every time people touch their mouth or nose, they transfer bacteria and viruses between their face and their hands. This is even more reason to stop touching your face.

DIY pimple cream

Tip #3: D-I-Y Pimple Cream: Put Some Sea Salt on It!

Sea salt has powerful antibacterial properties. It works to pull oil from the pore.

We suggest combining: one teaspoon of sea salt with enough water to form a paste.

Place a small size of a dot amount on the offending pimple and let it dry for up to an hour (10 minutes for sensitive skin types) and then rinse it off. As an alternative, you can apply ice over the pimple to reduce inflammation.
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Tip #4: Make a Do-It-Yourself Face Peel

There are so many homemade masks out there but what about homemade peels? Not so much. This one is a tried and true favorite amongst many of us.

It requires a couple household items: baking soda, water, and a splash of lemon juice. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and squeeze in a little lemon juice.

Apply it to your face (avoid eye area) and let it dry for five minutes before rinsing with water. Then say hello to radiant skin! If you have sensitive skin try the peel on a small patch of skin first to avoid any negative reactions.

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In addition to investing in a couple essential skin care products, there are many free or low cost DIY tricks to create a clearer and brighter complexion.

Do you have a favorite free skincare hack? Please share it with us!

Product recommendations

For a brighter complexion try a serum with vitamins C, E & Ferulic Acid. We suggest CE Serum.

CE Serum

For a clearer complexion try a cleanser with fruit enzymes. We suggest Papaya Cleanser.

Papaya Cleanser

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What Can Ferulic Acid Do For My Skin?

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By Drs. Rick & Arlene Noodleman

You may have noticed ferulic acid appearing more and more in skin care products lately. We thought it’s worth explaining what ferulic acid is and what it can do for your skin.

What is Ferulic Acid?

Ferulic acid is a natural antioxidant. It’s found in the seeds of apples and oranges and the cell walls of plants such as oats and rice where it plays an important role in the plants’ protection and preservation.

It’s highly effective in fighting free radicals (a major cause of skin aging) and it’s known to help protect the skin from the damage caused from UV rays, especially when combined with vitamins C and E.

Your Skin & Ferulic Acid

When applied topically to the skin, ferulic acid acts like other antioxidants in that it helps slow the aging process by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals on the skin.

Let’s talk free radicals

But first, in order to understand why the use of ferulic acid and other antioxidants is important, here’s how free radicals can wreak havoc with your skin.

Free radicals can be created from pollution such as smog, dust and cigarette smoke, as well as from the sun. Damage to the skin caused by free radicals can appear in several different forms.

For example you may notice:

  • Changes in skin color such as brown spots or broken blood vessels
  • Weakened skin that looks loose and saggy as a result of damaged elastic fibers
  • Premature wrinkling due to a breakdown of collagen in the skin

Ferulic acid is also thought to protect against sun damage, as well as assist in the skin’s regenerative functions to repair skin that has already been over-exposed. Alone, ferulic acid is even more powerful than vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. And when combined with other antioxidants, it actually increases their effectiveness.

Which skin products can I find it in?

Because ferulic acid works best when applied directly on the skin, it’s most effective in serums or other leave-on facial products.

We suggest trying Revercel’s new CE Serum – This tri-antioxidant product contains L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E) and ferulic acid, all three act to synergistically ward off free radicals, reducing the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, CE Serum improves signs of aging and photodamage while firming and brightening your complexion.

Is Ferulic Acid safe for my skin?

Ferulic acid is generally considered safe and well tolerated when used on most skin types. If your skin is very sensitive, we suggest trying it on a small patch of skin first, to make sure there are no negative reactions and/or consult with your dermatologist before using it. With time, some degradation of the product may occur, so be sure to store it away from light and close the bottle tightly once you’ve finished using it. As with all skin care products, avoid using it after the expiration date.

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The Take-away

Ferulic acid is a powerful, plant-based antioxidant that helps fight premature aging and prevent sun damage. When combined with Vitamins C and E, ferulic acid enhances their stability and effectiveness.

 We dare you to compare Revercel’s CE Serum with other competitors! CE Serum costs 50% less than big brand competitors and it’s formulated with the same quality ingredients. Also, if you’re unhappy with your purchase for any reason we offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

CE Serum

We want to hear from you! Have you tried a skin care product with ferulic acid? Let us know your thoughts.

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From Summer to Fall: 4 Simple Skin Care Tips

Fall Skincare

By Drs. Rick & Arlene Noodleman

With sweater weather almost here, it’s time to talk about ways to transition your skincare routine from Summer to Fall. By making some minor tweaks to your routine, you can ensure your skin stays healthy during the change of seasons.

Below you’ll find some of Revercel’s best tips to maintain healthy and glowing skin as the temperature gets cooler.

Tip 1: Change Your Moisturizer
Say ciao to the lightweight face moisturizer you used over the summer. It’s the time of year to bring out stronger hydrators to prevent moisture loss. Consider using a formulation made with Omega fatty acids. Fatty acids occur naturally in the skin and may need to be replenished during the cooler months.

Also, if you aren’t already using a body moisturizer, Fall is a great time to add one to your daily skin care regimen. As humidity decreases in cooler months, the skin can become dry and itchy. Moisturizers offer a protective barrier, allowing the skin to retain hydration as well penetrating into the skin’s outer layer.

Bonus Tip: After bathing, immediately apply moisturizer while skin is still damp. This helps lock in water, naturally increasing hydration.

Tip 2: Boost Skin Hydration With Hyaluronic Acid
This autumn, consider adding a facial skin care product that includes the moisture boosting ingredient hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) that keeps skin plump, hydrated and youthful-looking. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body. It’s present in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides plumpness, moisture, firmness and suppleness to the skin. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin diminishes, especially after age 40.

We recommend Skin Replenishing Gel. It’s refreshing gel-based formula delivers optimal moisturizing effects to minimize lines and improve elasticity. The key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, attracts and locks in moisture, producing a moist climate in the skin. Chamomile and green tea extract also add soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Tip 3: Protect With SPF Year-Round
It’s false to believe that the sun isn’t as harmful to our skin when the temperatures are cooler. The majority of the UV damage we incur is due to sun exposure from day to day activities like driving in a car during daylight hours – harmful UV rays can penetrate glass. To keep your skin protected against premature aging and possibly skin cancer, experts advise using sunscreen year-round (even during the fall and winter months!). Make sure you’re using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, higher if you’re at the beach or in the mountains.

Bonus Tip: Remember, sun protection is a year-round job! Be sure to apply a sunscreen to your face, neck, hands, and décolleté. Your skin will thank you and there’s an added benefit – people will never be able to guess your age!

Tip 4: Brighten Dull Skin
Did you know that the most common cause of uneven skin tone and dull, muddy skin is sun exposure? If summer sun exposure has resulted in autumn skin dryness and blotchy/uneven patches try these tips.

  • Use vitamin C: To help reduce the damage and improve the tone and texture of your skin, we suggest Revercel’s brand new CE Serum Tri-Antioxidant Therapy. In addition to L-ascorbic acid, this anti-aging triple threat product contains tocopherol (vitamin E) & ferulic acid.  All three act to synergistically ward off free radicals, reducing the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Use an exfoliator: In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, an exfoliator removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller.
  • Use a skin brightener: Licorice extract is composed of glabridin, which is a natural extract used for reducing skin reddening and de-pigmenting skin. Glabridin also shows anti-inflammatory properties and it exhibits tyrosinase-blocking activity to reduce pigmentation. Daisy flower extract may help even-out blotchy skin, and Green Tea extract helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation and inflammation.

Seasonal changes can absolutely create change in skin. By following these skin tips and switching up your skincare routine a bit, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.

Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section.

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Vitamin C: The Anti-Aging Superstar

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By Drs. Rick & Arlene Noodleman

What makes vitamin C so important for healthy skin? The benefits of vitamin C are numerous, beginning with the most popular – it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C-containing products, such as Revercel’s brand new CE Serum (available in October) are able to block the formation of free radicals, and slow down your skin’s aging process.

At Revercel, we follow the latest research on vitamin C, and are excited to share the benefits of this powerhouse antioxidant ingredient, no matter your skin type or anti-aging concern.

Here are 5 Benefits of Using Vitamin C:

1. Promotes Collagen Production

Concentrated levels of vitamin C promote collagen synthesis, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, you will find that you have more youthful looking skin.

2. Protects Skin From Sun Damage

In addition to its anti-aging benefits, topical vitamin C is also great for protecting your skin from photo damage, most importantly from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. That’s because vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. Remember that topical vitamin C should not be considered an alternative to wearing sunscreen. Vitamin C actually works synergistically with sunscreens to boost their effectiveness. When combined with regular sunscreen application (we recommend our best seller Triple Duty Sunscreen SPF 45), it can really work wonders for your skin.

3. Reduces Skin Discoloration

If you suffer from brown spots, blotchy or uneven skin, then a quality vitamin C formulation may also help you achieve a more uniform skin tone and better complexion. With only a few uses, you may find that you have a more even skin tone.

4. Creates Brighter Skin

In addition to improving your skin’s overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten dull, muddy skin, allowing it to look lustrous and more vibrant. Physician-strength concentrations of this vitamin leave the skin looking and feeling replenished and revitalized.

5. Reduces Inflammation

Vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. A little bit of vitamin C serum can go a long way here.

When added to your daily routine, vitamin C provides a wide range of benefits. Coming this October Revercel will launch our brand new product, called CE Serum. Our time-released Vitamin C formulation offers maximum efficacy. Combined with vitamin E and ferulic acid, CE Serum improves overall health of the skin and provides a shield from environmental aggression by warding off free-radicals. As a result, the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, while the skin radiates a brighter, healthier tone.

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Revercel combines physician-strength ingredients to  prevent and correct at the cellular level – long before the signs of aging skin are visible.  

Revercel products are developed and tested by a Dermatologist and a Preventive Medicine specialist in Campbell, CA.