One of the most important things to know about your skincare is whether the product is designed for day or night use, according to speakers at the recent Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/Anti-Aging Medicine: The Next Generation Symposium 2012Â held in New York City.
The most active type of skincare products are called cosmeceuticals â€“ a word that is a hybrid of cosmetics and pharmaceutical. Cosmeceuticals generally do not require a prescription, even though many brands are sold exclusively through physiciansâ€™ offices and skincare professionals. Yet some leading brands, such as Perricone MD and Murad and others, are available at retail stores and online outlets.
Exuviance OptiLightâ„¢ Essential 6 Serum
Until now, if you suffered from uneven skin tone and problem dark spots, the options for lightening were sort of a drag â€“ you could use products with potentially harmful hydraquinone or pay for pricey laser treatments. Lately, there has been a surge of products launching that boast effective lightening benefits without harmful side effects and nary a drop of hydroquinone in the mix.
One such option â€“ and a fabulous one at that â€“ isÂ Exuviance OptiLightâ„¢ Essential 6 Serum ($68), which promises to create a radiant and more balanced and even complexion. The 6 in the name is significant â€“ it stands for the six pigment control systems it targets including the amount of melanin in the skin. These systems are targeted by 11 different brighteners featuring the brandâ€™s patented NeoGlucosamine and a pigment evening peptide blend. But thatâ€™s not all â€“ Exuviance prides itself on combining active science with proven botanicals â€“ so the serum even includes some unique natural brighteners, such as licorice and Alpine plants like mallow and Ladyâ€™s Mantle.