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When it comes to your skin and antioxidants, remember the old adage “There’s strength in numbers” When top notch antioxidants are combined to work together, and reinforced with daily use of sunscreen the visible results can be remarkable!!

Derma MD Vitamin C with Resveratrol is a combination of multiple super antioxidants that work synergistically to reduce inflammation, improve appearance of broken capillaries, inhibit collagen degradation & increase firmness. 

3 Super Antioxidants found in Derma MD Vitamin C with Resveratrol that your Skin Needs:

RESVERATROL – In a Grape Skin?

Do you have to drink red wine to benefit from Resveratrol?  Well the answer is YES & NO.  Red wine is without question the best source of resveratrol for your internal body.  (1 -2 glasses a day)  However, this form of resveratrol will not have the full benefits for your skin.  You still need to apply a topical dose of Resveratrol.

Resveratrol is a polyphonic bioflavonoid antioxidant.  Think of it as a positive poison certain plants use to protect themselves from their environment such as injury & insects.  On human skin, studies have shown Resveratrol has truly unique anti-aging properties as it not only fights off free radical damage but helps to build collagen and heal.

Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate)

Vitamin C has long been known as a super antioxidant however, this form of Vitamin C is not only non-irritating, so can be used on sensitive skin, but ALSO extremely stable so will stay active in your product for the shelf life of your product.

Pine Bark (Pycnogenol)

Pycnogenol is found to be a super potent antioxidant that will help to inhibit collagen degredation, improve skin elasticity, and help to bind and strengthen collagen.  It has also been found to improve the micro-circulation of tiny capillaries.

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How to do a facial with Avocado Pumpkin Mask.

This facial treatment is designed for all ages and skin types including those with mild acne.  You will experience improved texture, increased moisture, reduced redness & irritation and overall healthier skin tone. 


  1. Pre-Treatment (Optional)
  • Cleanse face with Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser and pat dry.
  • Apply small amount of Micro-Peel Crème.
  • Work the crème using small circular movements for 2-5 minutes. The pressure used will vary from light to strong depending on the skin type. (If too abrasive for sensitive skin, use a small amount of water softening the crystals in crème.) A facial brush may be used if available.  Avoid getting into eyes.
  • Clean with a warm shammy cloth or washcloth until all crystals are removed.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool water
  • Apply Green Tea Mist onto cotton ball or gauze and dab entire facial area. Avoid getting into eyes.


  1. Treatment
  • Cleanse face with Derma MD Enzymatic Cleanser and pat dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of Derma MD Avocado Mask with a fan brush.
  • Allow to process, dry & remain on the skin approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove using warm, tepid water & sponges or soft cloth.


  1. Post Treatment
  • Apply the following Derma MD products in order;

Pink Silk

Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

Ultra-Shield SPF 30 (during daylight hours)



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Neck Treatment with 24K Gold Mask & Matrixyl

Treat Your Neck

The Neck is the first to get Wrinkles and the first to be ignored.  While many ladies worry about their face and premature aging often the neck is not the focus until there is definite sagging (turkey neck) and wrinkles.

The neck is the part of the body that is most elastic and mobile.  It is constantly moving and always under stress.  Looking up and down at your phone increases the wrinkles and double chin.  To help prevent some of this aging and sagging you can:

  1. Keep your chin up as much as possible. Hold your phone eye level
  2. Use a soft pillow so your neck is straight and doesn’t tilt your head up.
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Treat daily with the same products as your face.
  5. Do a neck massage.
  6. Do neck stretches.
  7. Use SPF OR stay out of the sun.

If you have some of the signs of an aging neck there are many ingredients in products on the market to help reverse some of these wrinkles and sagging but also prevent future wrinkles and sagging.  You need to build collagen & elastin, & keep the neck hydrated. 

Like the infamous Cleopatra, you too can harness the healing power of gold. Gold has the power to revitalize your neck area by removing signs of aging, such as sagging, wrinkles, and age spots. Use Derma MD 24K Gold Neck Mask once or twice a month and see instant and long term results.

Using the finest in pure gold infused, Derma MD’s Rejuvenation Neck Mask immediately forms a protective layer against free radicals as soon as the sheet is applied. The hyaluronic acid and minerals are so similar to your skins own building blocks, that Derma MD’s Neck Mask is quickly absorbed into your skin, making it brighter, tighter and more hydrated. The gold adds a magic healing touch by further slowing collagen depletion and elastin breakdown.

The mask will also help to penetrate other ingredient into the neck for quicker more dramatic results.  To take your neck treatment one step further you can use a layer of Derma MD Matrixyl 3000 gel under the mask.  The Matrixyl 3000 is loaded with peptides to help build collagen, take down inflammation & hydrate.  Matrixyl 3000 gel should also be used on a daily basis all over face and neck to help build collagen and prevent free radical damage.

These 2 Derma MD products used together will produce a younger, firmer neck after the first treatment and ongoing.

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How to do an acne facial at home with Derma MD Charcoal Mud Mask


This is a facial you can do at home and achieve similar results to having a professional facial.  You can perform this facial in full or part 2 – 3 times a month.  It will remove oil & impurities from the skin without drying.  Skin texture will be improved, pores will appear smaller, redness diminished, and the skin will be rejuvenated.


1.  Cleanse face with Wasabi Cleanser and pat dry.
Pretreat (Optional) – this will open up the pores allowing the charcoal mask to penetrate better.
  • Apply a thin layer of Derma MD Avocado Pumpkin masque with a fan brush.
  • Allow to process, dry & remain on the skin approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Remove using tepid water & sponges or soft cloth.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
2.  Mist face with Wasabi Toner.
3.  Treatment
  • Apply a thin layer of Charcoal Mud Mask all over face & neck with hands or spatula.  Leave on for approximately 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove with tepid water thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  • Mist face with Wasabi Toner.
4.  Post Treatment
  •  Apply the following Derma MD products in order;
  •  Wasabi Gel – anti-bacterial will keep the pore clean of acne “P” bacteria
  •  Pink Silk – anti-inflammatory that will take down redness and sooth
  •  Ultra-Shield SPF 30 (during daylight hours)
Daily Regime:
Wasabi Cleanser                                                AM/PM
Wasabi toner                                                      AM/PM
Pink Silk                                                              AM
Ultra Shield SPF 30                                            AM
Wasabi Gel or Pads (2 – 3 times per week)       PM
Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer                                 PM
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You can do this mini Lip Treatment at home on a regular basis and experience soft, supple, fuller sexy lips.  This Lip Treatment is designed to increase volume of lips and hydrate as it reduces appearance of furrows and fine lines.  By exfoliating, treating and using Glamur Lip Plumper on a regular basis you will see and feel a difference in the volume and texture of your lips immediately.  The physical exfoliation will increase collagen production in the lips while the Niacin in the Glamur Lip Plumper with give instant plumping for short & long term effects.  For best results do this treatment several times a week. 


1.  Pre-Treatment
  • Clean your lips with a Enzyme Cleanser or makeup remover.
  • Wipe the lips with damp cloth to remove any residue.
2.  Treatment
  • Apply small amount of Derma MD Micro-Peel Crème to the lips & area around the lips.  If you do not have the micro peel crème you can make your own exfoliant by mixing raw brown sugar and coconut oil.  This will have a grainy texture and will gently exfoliate your lips.  For a more aggressive exfoliate purchase the Derma MD Micro Peel Crème with aluminum oxide crystals.
  • Work the exfoliant using small circular movements for 2-5 minutes.  Wipe off the crystals and rinse thoroughly
  • Optional:  For additional hydration add a layer of coconut oil to the lips.  Cut a piece of gauze big enough to cover the lips.  Lay on top of the lips and add another layer of oil.  Cover with a warm towel for 5 – 10 minutes.  Remove the gauze and wipe off excess oil with cotton pads.
3.  Post Treatment

Post-Lip care at home:
Enzyme Cleanser (can be used as a makeup remover)                AM/PM
Glamur Lip Treatment & Plumper                                                   AM/PM

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The Benefits of Adding Vitamin C to Your Skin Care Routine

Benefits of Vitamin C in Your Skincare Routine

There is a trend to head to the doctor & get a shot of B12 or Vitamin C to help with hair & skin.  Studies have shown that topical vitamin C can help combat collagen degradation & oxidative stress even better than a shot.

Clinical trials found that vitamin C gels or serums promote collagen formation and reduce the damaging effects of free radicals to maintain firm skin.  Though it’s important to get enough vitamin c in your diet, oral doses are usually not very effective at increasing skin concentrations because absorption is limited by the digestion processes.  Topical application produces higher concentration in the skin.

Derma MD’s choice of 2 Collagen Boosting serums to fill your vitamin c needs and deliver clear glowing, firm skin. Vitamin C21 & Collagen Boosting Vitamin C with Resveratrol

The Benefits of Adding Vitamin C to Your Skin Care Routine

Vitamin C serums are extremely popular for quite a few reasons.

  1. good for men and women of all ages and all skin types.
  2. safe to use in conjunction with other active skin care products including AHA or BHA acids, retinols, SPFs etc.
  3. extremely hydrating. It also decreases transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to retain its moisture.
  4. brightens skin by fading pigmentation and smoothing the skin’s surface to reduce dullness resulting in a youthful glow.
  5. treats a huge variety of inflammatory skin conditions to reduce redness and even out uneven skin tones.
  6. fading hyperpigmentation including sun spots, age spots and even melasma. It can even fade acne scars and spots. This will fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion.
  7. smooths out fine lines around eyes by plumping and hydrating the under-eye area and also reduces the appearance of dark under eye circles.
  8. boosts collagen levels. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time causing fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore applying vitamin C serum will result in an overall tightening and firming effect.
  9. rich in antioxidants therefore protects the skin from free radicals.
  10. speeds up general wound healing.
  11. good for acneic skin as it drastically lessen breakouts and any scarring.

Vitamin C is a safe and results oriented serum that is the foundation of many people’s anti-aging skin care regimen. Vitamin C serum is typically applied once or twice per day. A good rule of thumb is to cleanse, tone, apply one of Derma MD’s two Vitamin C serums, and then moisturize. You will see visual results quickly and have glowing firm skin in as short as 30 days.

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REVAMP YOUR FACIAL ROUTINE IN 2019 | Thicker Eyelashes & Brows


If you want longer thicker eye lashes or thicker brows add this to your twice daily routine. Monat Eye Wonder will give you these results if used twice daily for a minimum of 28 days. This product is a high performance serum formulated with clinically proven ingredients such as Capixyl, Fision & KeraVeg18 (a vegetable based alternative to animal keratin). These ingredients help to increase the strength and condition of brows and lashes. There are NO toxins that will harm the eyes.

Several products on the market promise to make your lashes thicker, longer & darker but beware as some of these are chemical formulations and can be harmful to your eyes. These chemical products do produce quicker results but can also cause long term damage.

Monat Eye Wonder should be applied on lashes twice a day (morning & evening) on the upper and lower lash line. Apply twice daily on clean brows using short upward diagonal strokes and use tip of your finger to dab in excess and aid in absorption.  

When you place an order for Monat Eye Wonder  you will receive by email a $25 Coupon Code to be used on your next order of Derma MD Skincare. This offer expires March 31st, 2019.

Can also visit to see all the other Monat Anti-Aging Hair products.

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Revamp Your Facial Routine in 2019 | Tip #3

The Importance of Exfoliation | Derma MD Canada

Skin exfoliation is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine.  Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Resurfacing on a regular basis improves skin health and gets rid of fine lines and wrinkles.  It can also help with skin scarred by acne or damaged by sun or chemicals.  Exfoliation also increases blood circulation, which in turn gives you younger, glowing skin.

There are 2 types of exfoliates that can be used at home.  Both methods work very well and can be used a twice a week.

Physical Exfoliant

Derma MD Exfoliant MicroPeel is a proprietary formulation containing aluminum oxide crystals and anti-aging ingredients to work to exfoliate dead skin cells.  Much like a series of microdermabrasion without the expense – also referred to as “Microderm in a bottle” This gentle exfoliation will allow better penetration of skincare with no irritation or down time.  Skin is left smooth, silky and vibrant. Excellent for body as well. Keep this in your shower!!

Enzyme Exfoliant

Derma MD Avocado Pumpkin Mask will allow your face to exfoliate dead skin cells NATURALLY with gentle enzymes of pumpkin. Unlike strong acids, the combination of pumpkin with avocado, leaves skin looking younger and hydrated. Now you can have that professional mask right in your own home, without the expense.  Can be used twice a week.

Aftercare for Exfoliated Skin

Because you have increased blood circulation, breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells to come through, it is very important to drink lots of water which drains the toxins and helps keep the new skin cells hydrated from the inside. Also very important to apply a peptide/antioxidant rich moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated from the outside!!  If you are going to be in the sun use an SPF. Newly exfoliated skin is very sensitive to harmful UV rays.

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Revamp Your Facial Routine in 2019 | Tip #2

Revamp your facial routine in 2019 with Derma MD Canada

As important as it is to wash your face every day and use good skincare it is equally important to treat your lips. Your lips like your face are exposed to the elements and need to be hydrated and protected. Collagen in the lips breaks down just like the collagen in your face. If you treat your lips twice daily this aging process will slow down and you will have healthy plump lips without fillers!!

Instead of Lip Fillers: Derma MD Glamur Lip Plumpers

There is no need to get Lip Fillers if you begin a twice-daily routine to keep the lips hydrated & protected. The ongoing effect of peptide and vitamin A Palmitate help to increase collagen levels, reduce lip lines, while Vitamin B3 provides instant gratification plumping. Glamur™ LIP Plump exfoliates and conditions the sensitive skin of your lips as it moisturizes and protects them all day long. Your lips will appear instantly fuller, and over time that appearance will become reality. Hydration for softness, a pop of color for that sexy sleekness, and long-lasting results. This lip treatment has it all.

Glamur Lip Plumper does not breakdown existing lip color so can be used as a gloss over your favorite lipstick.

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REVAMP YOUR FACIAL ROUTINE IN 2019 | Alternatives to Botox | Derma MD Canada

The best, cheapest and easiest way to achieve younger, healthier looking skin is through a consistent regimen AT HOME!! Even though you visit the dentist once or twice a year you don’t come home and hang up your toothbrush. As important as it is to brush your teeth twice a day it is equally important to treat your skin twice a day at home.

Best results are achieved with a consistent regimen – check back for MORE tips & tricks to add to your daily regime to achieve salon results at home!

Alternatives to Botox:  “Non Surgical Face Lift & Face-Saver Balls”  

The all popular Botox is an injectable toxin produced by bacterium clostridium botulinum.  This treatment is most popular to smooth out frown lines & crows feet. Remember this is a toxin, delivered by a needle & has many side effects not to mention the expense of having an injection several times a year.

a) Derma MD Non Surgical Face Lift – Many celeb’s including Kate Moss, Stella McCartney & Gwyneth Paltrow all want a natural alternative to Botox.  This Botox alternative contains natural neuro-peptides and seaweed extract which surround the muscle with proteins to block the skin from contracting strongly around muscles, while still allowing for some movement.  When the algae extract is combined with other ingredients, the skin around it will appear more youthful without seeming paralyzed. Add this light gel to your nightly routine and get the results of Botox without side effects!

b) Face Saver Balls – The Yamuna Face Ball, a rubbery ball that claims to work on the bone to improve its health and mass reduce skin sagging as a consequence. The ball also works out muscles, increases circulation, tones and helps reverse the effects of gravity.

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In Steps #1 & #2 you learned how important it was to exfoliate your skin in the winter months & keep it hydrated.  Now that you have newly exfoliated/hydrated skin we need to Protect DAILY.


Sunscreen should be used for all seasons.  Just because you are not feeling the heat from the sun doesn’t mean that the sun’s harmful UV rays are not damaging your skin.  The sun plays a significant role in damaging and aging the skin. It also causes dryness in an already dry season.

You may have packed your bathing suit and shorts away but that doesn’t mean you should pack away your sunscreen.  Consider maybe switching to a moisturizing sunscreen for the winter months such as Derma MD Moisturizing Ultra Shield SPF 30.  This will not only PROTECT your skin but also help keep it hydrated.

For those sports enthusiasts in the winter it becomes even more important to use a sunscreen.  The harmful UV rays reflect off the snow causing severe sun burns & sun damage. Also for those skiers you need to understand that you are exposed to even greater danger if you spent time at high elevation.  At high elevation, those UV rays can have easy access to the skin, because there is less atmosphere to offer protection. So skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoe-ers should beware.

Derma MD Ultra Shield SPF 30 is designed to protect the skin from the sun's damaging UVA/UVB rays.  It also effectively moisturizes the skin and is excellent for sensitive skin. This moisturizer combines the stable & reflective properties of Zinc Oxide with natural UV diluting qualities of Octyl Methoxycinnamate for broad spectrum coverage. This product can be applied under makeup as a barrier.


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In Step #1 you learned how important it was to exfoliate your skin in the winter months. Now that you have newly exfoliated skin we need to Moisturize DAILY and if possible use a humidifier in your home & office.


Many people think that in order to hydrate your skin you need to slather on moisturizers, crèmes and balms. Although this does help, over moisturizing can cause irritation & clogged pores. Dehydrated skin not only happens from lack of moisture in the air but this dry air actually pulls the moisture out of the skin making it almost impossible to put enough product on to keep the skin hydrated. There is an answer to this problem: “HYALURONIC ACID”

Hyaluronic Acid is an amazing ingredient that yields the best results for hydrating and plumping the skin. Hyaluronic acid creates a barrier around the cell and helps to keep the moisture in. It is very important to use a product with HA to maintain your body’s own natural moisture. In order for HA to be effective it needs to be formulated in a light serum to allow penetration to the cells. Creams are too heavy to allow HA to penetrate the cell. So it is important to use a moisturizer over top of the serum. You will find once you use a serum with HA you will no longer need the heavy creams to keep your skin hydrated.

Matrixyl 3000 is often found in a serum with HA. This ingredient will make your serum an amazing anti-aging treatment. Not only does the HA help to maintain moisture in the skin but the Matrixyl 3000 which is a combination of two peptides will reduce the signs of aging by producing more collagen. Collagen production starts to slow down as we age and the Matrixyl peptide will speed this process up to help plump the skin for younger healthier looking skin.

Derma MD Matrixyl 3000 Serum is formulated with over 30% multiple peptides including Matrixyl 3000 & Copper peptide along with Hyaluronic Acid to further increase moisture levels, improve firmness and elasticity. The high percentage of active ingredients in this serum work synergistically to deliver visual results quickly!!

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Over the next 3 Blogs we are going to talk about transitioning your skin care routine for the harsh winter conditions.  Winter has come early to the west and with that comes colder temperatures, wind and dry air. There are steps to take to keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated ALL season long.


Shifting from the summer heat and sun to cooler dryer conditions is very noticeable to our skin.  Dead skin cells build up and can dull your skin not to mention clog pores. To get rid of this dead skin start to exfoliate every other day.  There are 2 types of exfoliants – physical scrubs and chemical (leave on and wash off). Enzyme exfoliants are similar to chemical exfoliants but are much gentler and can be used on a regular basis.  Enzymes are gentle chemicals that speed up the natural exfoliation of the skin. Although you can still visit your esthetician for monthly chemical peels it is still recommended that you use an exfoliant at home on a regular basis.

ENZYME MASK (Exfoliant)

Derma MD Avocado Pumpkin Mask allows your face to exfoliate dead skin cells NATURALLY with gentle enzymes of pumpkin. Unlike strong acids, the combination of pumpkin with avocado, leaves your skin looking younger and hydrated. Use 3 – 4 time per week for luminous skin!


Derma MD Exfoliate Micro Peel is like microdermabrasion in a bottle.  This formulation containing corundum crystals and additional anti-aging ingredients works to exfoliate dead skin cells.  The fine crystal combined with antioxidants will help increase moisture retention, exfoliate & allow better penetration of your skincare ingredients.

It is possible to use BOTH since AHAs (chemical) and BHAs (physical) work in different ways.  Both physical (scrubs) & chemical (enzymes) slough off dead skin but differently.  Physical scrubs break down the bonds between cells while chemical cause the cells to detach themselves.

Whichever you choose just remember to exfoliate several times a week to keep the skin healthy ALL winter long!

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Reduce Sun Damage from Summer Sun Exposure

Reduce Sun Damage from Summer Sun Exposure | Derma MD Canada

Nothing ages skin more than the harsh UVB and UVA rays from the sun and once your flattering tan starts to fade, those aging sun spots start to become more and more noticeable. Luckily there are treatments and products that can reduce these spots.

There are several ways to reduce sun damage with products &/or professional treatments.  With any treatment of sun damage, exfoliation becomes crucial. You can visit your local Esthetician and do a series of chemical peels.  For best results it is recommended that you do a series of 3 peels in a one month period. Then for maintenance a monthly peel along with home care products.  This will help to fade the dark spots and make it easy for your homecare Fade Dark Spots to penetrate.

If you are not interested in doing the chemical peels there are many home products that you can use to help exfoliate off the dead skin cells and let the new skin cells shine through which will have less discoloration.  We recommend doing a physical exfoliation with Derma MD Exfoliating Micro Peel Crème.  This formulation containing corundum crystals & anti-oxidants astaxanthin, soy & olive oil will increase moisture retention & exfoliate gently which allows for better penetration of skincare ingredients.  We call this our “microdermabrasion” in a jar!!  This can be used 3 times a week in the shower for easy use.

Derma MD Fade Dark Spots should be used daily in the pm.  This will give you a brighter, lighter, more consistent complexion.  This combination of multiple powerful lightening tyrosinase inhibitors will not only lighten dark spots but actually breaks down the melanin to prevent further formation of darkening. This product can also be used on scarred areas to help fade redness.  When using any lightening and brightening products be sure to use an SPF every am to prevent further sun damage.

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Are Eye Creams Really Necessary?

The answer is simply YES!!  The skin under your eye is the thinnest skin on your whole body and needs special treatment.  Ingredients in eye creams are meant to specifically target dark circles, puffiness, lines & wrinkles.  These concerns are not necessarily what you are addressing with your facial moisturizer. Ingredients in an eye cream are often different or in lower doses so not to irritate the delicate skin under the eye.

So when should you start using eye cream?  From teens to adulthood. If you are old enough to be concerned about the skin around your eyes then you are old enough to start using eye products.  You are aging every day and should be using anti-aging products every day. At the very least a product to protect from free radical damage.

Derma MD Defy – Eliminate Eye Crème is formulated with a powerful combination of highly active ingredients targeting dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles including crow’s feet.  This product is good for any age and any skin type. Powerful Soybean and Rice Bran Proteins improve microcirculation and blood flow to reduce unsightly dark circles so you look well rested and youthful.

Non-Surgical Eye Lift is formulated to lift the upper eyelids and reduce sagging under the eyes.  The Persian Silk Tree Extract & Darutoside will help build collagen to firm and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes including the eye lid.  This is a great product for people with thinning eyelids resting on the base of their lashes and say they are in need of a blepharoplasty.

Tips for Fresher looking Eyes:

  1. Use a quality eye cream daily with anti-aging ingredients.
  2. Wear sunglasses while in the sunlight to avoid squinting.
  3. Avoid smoking.
  4. Take Care when removing eye makeup – no tugging, pulling or rubbing
  5. Use a sunscreen if your serums or creams do not contain sunscreen. Ultra Shield SPF 30 is light enough to use around the eye area over your eye cream.

Your Skincare Specialist,

Donna Greenough

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