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Mitochondria, little bean-shaped structures that float in almost every cell in the human body, perform endlessly important functions like DNA production, cell growth, and cell communication. Many health conditions including physical aging and Alzheimer’s have been associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. Recent research shows that introduction of the antioxidant coenzyme CoQ can affect mitochondria and protect it from free radical and environmental damage.
Enter the MitoQ® molecule, a patented invention resulting from over ten years of research. This molecule has been show to deliver CoQ to the mitochondria, neutralizing free radicals where they are produced, slowing the cell aging process, and supporting the repair of prior damage. This development has been supported in more than 180 papers published in medical research journals around the world.
MitoQ® Limited, the company behind this amazing molecule, launched MitoQ® Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119) last summer with the promise of being 1000 times stronger than other C0Q antioxidant based anti-aging products. With this enhanced mitochondrial protection, the serum is said to heal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, fade scars and skin discoloration, reduce blemishes, soften skin, fight off UV rays, and increase radiance and hydration.
The facial serum can be added to your current skincare regimen or be used alone. It is safe for all skin types, even hypersensitive complexions.
The MitoQ repertoire has recently been expanded with the launch of MitoQ® Targeted Antioxidant Dietary Supplement ($59.95). “We are thrilled to finally be sharing this groundbreaking supplement with the world after over a decade of development and testing,” stated Greg Macpherson, CEO of MitoQ Limited. “We started with the MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum so that people could physically see the power of this amazing molecule and the effects it can have on their skin, and now they will be able to benefit from it working within, promoting overall wellness.”
The dosage is simple, just two capsules every morning, but the promised benefits are huge. Published studies show that the supplement significantly reduces oxidative damage to cells and by association supports heart, liver, and brain health, while enhancing energy, libido, and healthy aging.
The MitoQ Serum and Dietary Supplement are available at mitoq.com. Visit the site for more information and purchases.
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It’s hard to argue with an impressive skincare portfolio, especially when that belongs to skincare whiz kid SkinCeuticals, which calls itself the “Antioxidant Authority.”
Its niche positioning is unique: most skincare companies are multi taskers, claiming to do a bit of everything, from creating BB creams to serums to moisturizers. By focusing primarily on antioxidants, a powerful but niche area in the world of skincare, SkinCeuticals creates potent and dermatologist-worthy over-the-counter products for consumers. All this means that the dedication to find ingredients with the most potent antioxidants is the biggest priority for the company, and that means great news for consumers.
The latest SkinCeuticals brainchild is Resveratrol B E ($145)—the brand has a habit of labeling its products with its star ingredient—a night time intensive antioxidant that aims to boost the skin’s own defense system to help the daily repair process and prevent damage. In a 12-week clinical study, Resveratrol B E showed that radiance, firmness, elasticity, smoothness, and density were significantly improved.
The idea behind using resveratrol is not new (many other skincare brands, including Caudalie, have harnessed the molecule’s anti-aging power) but in this version, Resveratrol B E is used, which has a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol. This formulation is enhanced with 0.5% baicalin and 1% vitamin E to help bolster the skin’s natural antioxidant defenses.
The idea is to use the serum at night, and 1-2 pumps are enough after cleansing. What I did was to use C E Ferulic Acid ($153) serum during the day because it helps against the damaging effects of UV rays, and apply Resveratrol B E at night following cleansing. There was no tingling sensation at all, and the serum went on the skin like liquid silk with a touch of honey consistency, but absorbed rapidly. There was no residue: just fresh, clean skin.
The serum aims at reducing the accumulated signs of photo damage, and improve skin firmness and radiance, as well as skin elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles. I can honestly say that I saw an improvement in my skin’s radiance and elasticity as well as a little bit of improvement of my fine lines, but then again, I used it for only a week (most skincare experts recommend using a product for at least 28 days to see a marked improvement).
As with any SkinCeuticals product, I feel comfortable paying the retail price (in this case, $145, beginning February) because of its potency, pureness and clinically-backed claims. Resveratrol B E (aka the “longevity molecule”) is no different. It is also great for above the lip area.
Also, the brand will be giving a free sample of Resveratrol B E with every order on their website, from March through to April! What’s not to love?
Note: This product was provided by the company for review
There are all sorts of amazing life forms on the planet—coral, kangaroos, neon colored fish—and plants that thrive in freezing cold, arctic like climates. La Prairie turns to the survival ability of these plants for its newest skincare collection: Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream ($300) and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil ($300). The duo works to prevent signs of aging with the same vigor that these plants use to flourish in a harsh world of ice, snow, and relentless sun.
Like these hardy plants, our skin faces harsh environmental challenges everyday—extreme weather, pollution, stress, lack of sleep, and unprecedented travel—all of which contribute to accelerated aging. “The world in which we live actually ages our skin faster than time itself,” says Elizabeth Lamont, vice president, marketing for North America/Oceania at La Prairie.
Keeping with the Swiss heritage of La Prairie, the three plants at the basis of this new collection come from the Swiss Alps. Purple Saxifrage grows just below the summit of the ice-covered Dom, one of the highest mountains in Switzerland and recognized by botanists as THE coldest place on earth to support a flowering plant. Soldanella Alpina lives on the lower slopes of mountains in central Switzerland. It lays dormant through the prolonged “ice age” like winter of the Alps and actually melts the snow to emerge as a bell-shaped flower in spring. Swiss snow algae rest beneath the snow layer in winter and emerge as a red blanket on the snow’s surface in summer.
“Think of it as your way to put aging on ice,” says Lamont of this triple threat of ingredients. Together the combo helps your outwit environmental bombardment by supporting skin stem cells and skin renewal, fighting free radicals, strengthening the skin’s defense system, and protecting cellular DNA.
The Ice Crystal Dry Oil is the collection’s big surprise. It goes on smoothly, absorbs immediately, and feels like a drop of heaven on the skin. Apply it to face, neck, and décolleté under your moisturizer in the morning and evening. Alternately, the oil can be mixed into a moisturizer for enhanced protection. “It’s incredibly effective in strengthening the skin’s natural moisture barrier while also soothing and nurturing the skin,” says Dr. Daniel Stangle, director of innovation at La Prairie.
Swiss Ice Crystal Cream is a daily moisturizer that also can serve as a “recovery cream” after an aesthetic treatment. If you are a serum user, apply the serum first, then the cream, which is formulated for morning and evening use. In addition to the plant complex, the cream contains hyaluronic acid for hydration, shea butter, and light reflecting agents for radiance.
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream and Dry Oil create a new category for La Prairie—age defying revitalizers. As with all La Prairie products the presentation is elegant and the products luxurious to feel, smell, and use. Preventative rather than age reversing, this duo is probably best for someone in their 30s, but anyone looking for a luxurious treat would enjoy the experience.