Monday, March 2, 2009

7 Breakthrough Ingredients For Super Skin In 2009

(photo from lifeskincell website)

We all have issues when it comes to our skin, especially when we get beyond age 30.

Every day, we at BeautyTipToday, try to read and research continuously for the newest and most intelligent scientific advancements in skin care.

And now here are 7 breakthrough ingredients for super skin in 2009:

We dug this beauty information up at the Los Angeles Times, Reporter Alexandra Drosu did the heavy lifting for us, and surveyed 25 experts in the skin care field. And here are the lucky 7 ingredients to look for in your skin care regimen:

1. Growth factor.
Ingredients like TGF beta (Transforming Growth Factor beta) can potentially encourage cells to produce collagen. As we all know by now, boosting collagen improves wrinkles. Scientists are still trying to figure out which combo of growth factors works most effectively.

"Status: A couple of products, including Topix Citrix Serum with Growth Factor ($104; and Neocutis Bio-restorative Skin Cream with PSP ($150; ), are breaking ground."

2. Carnosine
A naturally occuring amino acid found in our muscle tissue. It is able to slow-www down the aging process.

"Status: Increasingly, companies are incorporating carnosine in their skin-care products. One place to find it: Shiseido Benefiance NutriPerfect Night Cream Carnosine DP ($92;"

3. Sirtuin activators.
Enzymes that can possibly repair DNA. But these sirtuins need to be activated by reservatrol, which can be found in red wine and green tea.

"Status: “Resveratrol still has a long way to go in clinical studies,” says Dr. Vermén Verallo-Rowell. But coupled with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

4. Argan oil.
This wonder oil from Morocco is full of one of the richest sources of Vitamin E, keeping skin hydrated and balanced.

"Status: Argan oil is being tapped as a natural alternative to synthetic ingredients. One source: Kaeline Vitality Day Serum ($38;

5. Gatuline expression.
An extract from a plant that contains muscle relaxing properties. Someday, maybe the need for Botox will disappear.

"Status: Available. Bieux Skin Power Lift & Repair Serum ($125; and Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler ($39.50; are among those incorporating Gatuline Expression in products."

6. Acai berry.
You've heard of this little berry that resembles a grape. Right now we can only drink it. They're working on a serum. This little berry holds big promise---rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.

"Status: The berry’s blue color has proven challenging topically, but several skin-care companies are working on formulations that don’t stain skin. In the meantime, try drinking an açai juice, such as Sambazon ($3.59;"

7. Astaxanthin.
Found in salmon and algae.This is a retinoid form of vitamin A and has all the typical benefits of retinoids — providing antioxidant protection and stimulating cell renewal.”

"Status: More clinical trials are necessary to prove its effectiveness."

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