10/14/2008

The Two Magic Ingredients for Lighter, Brighter Face

The latest studies show...

How many times have we heard that? Countless, I imagine. But guess what? Those "latest studies" are actually pointing to some real, actual results (this time).

So, I assume since you're here you wanna hear 'bout the good-results studies about the two magic ingredients. Okay, okay...

Per the American Academy of Dermatology, real, actual results from honest-to-goodness studies -- Harvard, even -- point to the effectiveness of glucosamine combined with niacinamide to reduce hyperpigmentation of the skin, especially in those with UV damage.

What's this mean? In laymen's (or laywomen's) terms, use a combo of glucosamine and niacinamide in the right amounts and, in time, you should see lighter, brighter skin.

Hey! That's great!

But wait. Where do you find these magic ingredients? What is the "right amount?" How long will it take before you get the glow?

Hold still, I'm not finished.

1. You can get glucosamine (in the effective form of N-acetyl-glucosamine, best known for helping treat arthitis prior the skin studies) and niacinamide (a vitamin B derivative) at most any bulk skincare actives retailer: Skin Actives Scientific, Bulk Actives, Garden of Wisdom or LotionCrafter. Just mix them into your favorite (non-active) facial moisturizer for a custom blend.

If you'd rather not DIY your skincare, you can also find them together (ah, how sweet) in Olay's Definity line.

2. The amount of each active, at least the amounts noted in the "studies," suggest that 2% glucosamine and 4% niacinamide should do the trick.

3. How long must you wait to experience the magic? Try four to eight weeks.

Not bad, eh?

Well, the news gets even better. How, you ask? Because glucosamine and niacinamide are both shown to be effective for all skin types (hear that, Sensitive Sally?), plus they're inexpensive. Expect to spend about $6 (or less) for each active if you buy in bulk -- doing so, you should have enough to last several weeks or more. And Olay is asking about $25 for their Definity complex.

Light on your pocket book, bright on your face.

Sometimes those studies ARE right ... and bright.