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Best Eye Creams -Under Eye Wrinkles - Dark Circles - Bags - Retinols

Best Eye Creams -Under Eye Wrinkles - Dark Circles - Bags - Retinols

Looking for an eye cream to treat under eye wrinkles and fine lines, dark circles, or under eye bags?  There are now many effective eye creams out there specifically designed to treat some of these under eye problems.  Let's take a look at some of the best eye creams out there!

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Best Skin Care Products 2020

Best Skin Care Products 2020

Best Skin Care Brands

Looking for the Best Skin Care Products 2020?  Confused by all the Skin Care Brands?  Harben House experts have done all the research and can now tell you what are the Best Skin Care Products 2020.

1. EltaMD Sunscreen (EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44)

The beautifully tinted, 100% physical EltaMD UV Elements SPF 44 sunscreen is perfect for those with post-procedure or sensitive skin, who need a little extra moisturizer throughout the day. The active ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sit discretely on top of the skin without clogging pores or penetrating the dermis which may be irritating for sensitive skin. Hyaluronic acid is a key component, along side the active sunscreen ingredients, as it encourages your skin to hold onto water molecules, providing you with a fresh and smoother appearance. The cream texture glides on smooth, does not leave a chalky residue and enhances most skin tones.

2. Defenage Skincare (DefenAge Skincare 8-in-1 BioSerum)

This remarkable anti-aging serum works in eight ways to promote a youthful, healthy complexion. DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum contains ingredients that are clinically proven to rejuvenate and restore vitality to skin. Niacinamide soothes and promotes microcirculation, while a select blend of peptides and proprietary Defensins smooth fine lines, brightens hyperpigmentation and firms skin for an improved facial contour.

Combines ingredient technologies equal to 8 separate serums
Smooths wrinkles, calms inflammation and boosts collagen production
Fragrance- and paraben-free

3. Sente Cyspera (Cyspera Intensive Pigment Corrector)

Cyspera Intensive Pigment Corrector the first proven pigment fighting product in it's class. Cyspera (previously known as Cysteamine) is is the first and only topical cream containing their patented ingredientCysteamine Hydrochloride (HCI) which has been clinical proven to diminish the appearance of stubborn skin discoloration.

This novel pigmentation product has been proven to treat all types of pigmentation including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), melasma, freckles, and hyperpigmentation. It has even been shown to treat darker body areas like underarms, knees, elbows, etc.

4. iS Clinical (iS Clinical Cleansing Complex (6 oz)

This clear, lightweight cleansing gel is powerful, yet gentle enough for hypersensitive skin. CLEANSING COMPLEX incorporates a balance of bio-nutrients, antioxidants, and mild resurfacing ingredients that thoroughly cleanse the surface and pores of the skin without stripping essential natural oils, leaving skin soft and smooth. CLEANSING COMPLEX is excellent as a treatment step in professional facials and is very effective for removing makeup. Excellent for all skin types and all ages, this product even helps with blemish-prone skin.

5. EltaMD Sunscreen (EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 

A daily oil-free sunscreen that shields sensitive and oily skin from harmful UVA/UVB sun-rays and further blemish breakouts. Vitamin B3 aids in creating healthy looking skin by reducing redness, inflammation and sensitivity while hydrating the dermis along with hyaluronic acid that also promotes supple, smooth skin. The mineral sunscreen is very lightweight and is easily worn underneath makeup that does not streak or give an unappealing greasy sheen. With continuous daily use, the sunscreen reduces the signs of aging and decreases the risk of skin cancer.

6. Revision Skincare (Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%)

Introducing Revision's hottest new product- C+ Correcting Complex 30%. Using the next generation of Vitamin C, their revolutionary and patented MelaPath technology. MelaPATH technology illuminatets, refines, and rejuvenates skin. It is the only product designed to combat free radicals BEFORE they damage your skin, defending it for the future.

7.  Sente Skin Care (SENTE Dermal Repair Cream (1.7 oz)

SENTE Skincare's first, flagship product, Dermal Repair Cream, is the first clincaly tested product containing Sente's patented HSA (Heparan Sulfate Analog) technology. It is solely the product that put Sente Skincare on the map as one of the top medical-grade skincare brands.

8. Osmosis Skincare (Osmosis MD Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum)

This Osmosis epidermal repair serum has a remarkable ability to neutralize toxins, calm inflammation, activate epidermal wound repair, and provide the skin the tools needed to permanently treat pores, age spots, and skin texture changes.

Patented anti-inflammatory properties boost skin's immunity
Repairs age spots, skin texture, and pores
Calms redness and clears blemishes

9. Skinmedica (SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum)

Formulated with the most advanced Growth Factor technology (TNS-MR), this intensive treatment serum supports rapid, comprehensive skin rejuvenation with significant, visible improvements in coarse wrinkles, fine lines and overall texture. With continued use, TNS Advanced+ Serum lifts the appearance of sagging skin and enhances firmness to reclaim smooth, tight and youthful-looking skin that appears up to 6 years younger after 12 weeks. 

10. Jan Marini Skin Care (Jan Marini Age Intervention Duality)

Addresses even the most stubborn adult acne while simultaneously minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its unique dual chamber dispensing solution combines some of the most proven, yet previously incompatible, technologies in one product. The maximum allowed percentage of ultra-micronized benzoyl peroxide, highly concentrated all-trans-retinol, green tea extract, anti-aging peptides, advanced hydrators and antioxidants deliver unparalleled results in an easy to use solution

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NEW! Osmosis MD Epic Tool: Best At-Home Facial Treatment Device

New ground-breaking technology at your fingertips that can be used SAFELY in the comfort of your own home

Author Courtney Broder / Category NEW Products / Published: September 14, 2020

BRAND NEW! A new exciting, home-care tool from one of our innovative skincare lines: OsmosisMD Skincare
The new EPIC Skin Tool by Osmosis BeautyMD is a breakthrough technology combining the known efficacy of mirco-rolling with the safety and convince of a jade roller.
Savvy beauty customers want in-office results, from the comfort of their home. However, traditional at-home devices with this level of efficacy, has been dangerous and unsanitary for many reasons. Now, with this revolutionary device, you can get the in-office results daily and not risk complications like infections or skin tear.
The EPIC Skin Tool provides an opportunity for the patented technology of Osmosis Beauty MD products to further absorb into the skin and delivery better penetration daily! With this tool, you can get pricey serums and treatments to penetrate twice as effectively then using just a serum alone.
    When using any skincare serum, simply use the EPIC Skin Tool by gently rolling the spheres downward on the face. By doing this, it guides the ingredients into a micro channel. The tiny pyramids on the spheres create space for ingredients to plump up the skin. The built in delivery system of Osmosis Beauty MD allows serums to penetrate into the skin up to 15%. When using  EPIC Skin Tool, that penetration rate increases up to 30%, so you get even more results from your skincare.
As with any new skincare product or tool, we recommend you start conservatively using the device only once a day with light pressure. Once you see how the skin acclimates, you can rev up the pressure or frequency of use.
When starting off, light pressure is necessary. The pressure should feel as if it is barely touching the surface as you roll it around the face. At no time there should be pain using EPIC, as that indicates you are applying too much pressure. However, the device does have pointed pyramids which you will feel it as you roll the points over your skin.
To use the Epic roller, you want to do so in a downward motion. EPIC is designed to gently grab the skin which can only happen on most skin if used in downward motion. It will not function correctly if used in an upward motion. When using you will lift the roller off the skin to roll the next zone. Remember the spot where you left off and roll to the next zone. You will use the space between to do a minimal overlap, so you only move it half the width of the roller- about an inch-so that the left roller is hitting the space in between the two rollers from the last pass.
    EPIC Skin Tool is meant to be used after applying skincare serums and treatment products and allow time for these to dry. Wet skin is not ideal because EPIC can slip and scratch the skin if it is too wet. EPIC can be used safely in the face and all body areas. However, you want to use gently on the nose and extremely gently on the eyelids, or skip these areas altogether.

Facial Map for Epic Tool Use

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Neocutis BioSerum Firm vs SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum

Breaking Down Growth Factor Serums

Which is growth factor serum is better? Neocutis BioSerum FIRM or SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum?

Two of the best-selling, medical-grade, growth factor serums on the market have been redesigned in the last couple years. Lets break down how they are similar, what differentiates one from the other, and which is the best choice

What do these serums have in common...

1. Growth Factor Serums- Each of these have a unique human-derived growth factor component.

SkinMedica’s TNS Advanced+ Serum has a brand-new growth factor (different than the previous version- TNS Essential Serum) which combines their original growth factor Tissue Nutrient Solution (aka TNS) with another growth factor original found in the now discontinued brand Regenica Skincare. SkinMedica bought out Reginca Skincare a couple years back with this product in mind.

Neocutis’s BioSerum FIRM has their patented PSP (processed skin proteins) growth factor which has been a staple ingredient in the brand for the last decade. PSP was originally manufactured by their parent company- Swiss American- as a treatment for pediatric burns, before they knew its use in cosmetics and anti-aging.

2. "All-in-one" Anti-Aging Serums- Both of these are considered to be an “all-in-one” cosmetic serum. Meaning, not only do they each contain a unique growth factor element, but both serums combine a growth factor with other essential anti-aging ingredients, to make it an all-in-one product. Therefore, when you use one of these serums, little-to-no other products are necessary.

3. Investment Piece- These are pricey products, which will hurt the bank a bit, but worth it because of their unique ingredients and results seen. Both are around the same price. TNS Advanced + serum goes for $295, while the Neocutis BioSerum Firm will cost you $275.

SkinMedica Advanced+ Serum Neocutis Bio-Serum FIRM

What makes these serums different?

The Difference..

Skinmedica TNS Advanced+:
As explained above, this now contains a brand new growth factor complex which is (now) the "clear" part of the dual chamber pump. The second 'anti-aging' chamber is also completely redesigned and more universally tolerated for all skin types (including acne prone). The antiaging chamber now contains Green microalgae, marine extracts, and peptides, and more⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Neocutis BioSerum FIRM:⠀
Neocutis has taken both of their patented antiaging complexes, PSP & MPC which if found in both their best-selling anti-aging serums, BioSerum and MicroSerum and combined them into one product! Therefore, you are getting both the PSP growth factor and their other patented ingredient- MPC (Micro Peptide Complex) -in one bottle! The MicroSerum & BioSerum retailed at $260, and now they combined these two incredible technologies into one formula! Micropeptides help with firming and tightening, which is why the Micro Serum was one of our top selling products. Combine that with the reparative, age-reversing technology of PSP, and you get a serum worth the hype!

Which is better? An Expert Opinion

From our owner, Courtney, when asked which serum is the best?

Well, in short, the jury is still out... I see potential benefits with both. Which is why my plan is to alternate them. Therefore, when I run out of one, I'll swap to the other. That way I can get the benefits of both serums and both skincare technologies. I am currently on my second bottle of the TNSAdvanced Serum in a row, because I wanted to give it a full 2-3 months to see the full results. I could start to see a noticeable difference when I finished my first bottle, but it wasn't until I finished the bottle that I could really start to see a real change. So, I continued on to a 2nd bottle. I have been wowed by the change in my skin during this whole 2-3 week period of using my 2nd bottle of the TNS Advanced Serum! I've heard similar tales from many customers as well. However, most others started to see a difference a bit faster than I did!

However, to be fair, I have much more experience with the Neocutis BioSerum FIRM, I feel more comfortable recommending this one, since I can confidently say it is 100% worth the investment. I'm fairly certain I will feel the same with the NEW TNS, but I would need to use it for a couple more months before I can say it is at the same level as the BioSerum FIRM that I've been using for over a year now!

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either, and both have so many benefits. Both of these serums are backed by years and years of clinical trials proving they are worth your investment!

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Cyspera Pigment Corrector | Decrease Hyperpigmentation & Melasma With Cysteamine

Cyspera Pigment Corrector | Decrease Hyperpigmentation & Melasma With Cysteamine

Cyspera is the first topical pigment corrector formulated with cysteamine, an ingredient that corrects stubborn pigmentation issues for those with melasma, post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), within the U.S. skincare market that just recently became available. This new addition is thanks to SENTÉ Skincare's partnership with the Scientis dermatology group based in Switzerland, and due to the fact that it has already been launched in other countries, the raving response for this product has been heard worldwide.

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DefenAge Skincare - Revolutionary Technology for Getting Fresh, New Skin

DefenAge Skincare - Revolutionary Technology for Getting Fresh, New Skin

It comes as an extreme surprise to me that there is not more hype around DefenAge products/technology as it has quickly become one of my favorite medical skincare brands throughout my 11 years of managing/ownership in the medical aesthetics field. I believe in 5+ years DefenAge will be in most all medspa & dermatologist offices across the country. Secretly, I like that it is not a big, well-known brand yet because when I suggest it to someone who has never heard of or tried it, they think I’m a magician or a true skincare guru – it has provided such great skin correcting results!

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Chemical Exfoliators Part 2: Acids

Chemical Exfoliators Part 2: Acids

Acid exfoliation is the most common and well-known type of exfoliation. While extremely effective, it is a type that is easy to overuse and is the most susceptible form to user error. The two primary types of acid exfoliation are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). Currently, exfoliating acids are seen everywhere in the marketplace – and for good reason!

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Chemical Exfoliators Part 1: Enzymes

Chemical Exfoliators Part 1: Enzymes

Most have heard of top chemical exfoliators Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), but enzyme exfoliants haven’t yet received the notoriety they deserve. Active enzymes are just as important as other prominent cell-sloughing ingredients, and for some, are a powerful everyday solution against accelerated skin aging.

What are Enzymes?

An enzyme is a protein substance formed by organic matter to catalyze a certain chemical reaction. More simply put, enzymes cause and speed up the many vital functions of our body, including the break down process of some protein substances within the skin. Most enzymes in skincare come from a variety of plant-based sources such as fruit-types like papaya, pineapple, and cranberry; from grass-like plants such as bamboo and lemongrass; while some enzymes are even gathered from animals, like baby salmon!

A Few Examples of Skincare Enzyme's Origin

Also of note, enzymes are extremely active to the point where scientist have debated describing them as being alive. We won’t get into the debate now, but what is important to note is that enzymes remain active when in suitable conditions. Therefore, if you apply a serum or cream with an active enzyme, it will continue to chip away at dead skin cells until it is physically washed away or destabilized.

How are Enzymes Used in Skincare?

Enzymes work to gently break down protein buildup on your skin – a perk compared to acid exfoliants that can be too harsh for healing skin or those with sensitive skin. Like we discussed in our first blog on exfoliation, our skin is constantly removing dead skin at its own pace (which is good!), but we should either physically or chemically assist in this process to quicken cellular turnover, which is ultimately anti-aging. The dead skin on the outer surface of our skin is held together by proteins, which enzymes work to exfoliate by breaking down these proteins. In doing so, it loosens up the bonds and helps release the dead skin without physically scrubbing it away or using a stronger, deeper acid exfoliation. Hence the reason enzymes are a much gentler approach to exfoliating. However, due to being gentler, they can take longer to take effect than other forms of exfoliation.

Which Skincare Products Contain Enzymes?

Like other exfoliants, most enzyme exfoliators come in cleansers and masks, but enzymes can also be found in some serums and moisturizers. Formulating products with enzymes can be tricky due to their unstable and ever-changing nature. Some enzyme ingredients are easier to work with than other active forms.

Top skincare brands, like Restorsea, have based their entire skincare line around enzymes. Restorsea’s enzyme, Aquabeautine XL, is derived from salmon roe. This enzyme is released upon the hatching of baby salmon within the shell and is unique because it is strong enough to break apart the outer, hard shell layer but gentle enough not to harm the delicate salmon roe. More information about Restorsea’s enzyme, AqubeautineXL, can be find on our blog titled, "Salmon Egg Skincare? Restorsea’s One-Of-A-Kind Aquatic Exfoliant".

All of Restorsea’s products contain this patented enzyme, however, they have had to discontinue some of their products in the past due to the overactive state of the enzyme. Since the enzyme is somewhat ‘alive’, or continuously active, it has caused erratic color changes to some products and has even caused deterioration of some of the product’s packaging. Therefore, Restorsea had to discontinue the products due to the inconsistent output of the products color and state. Though these may be considered examples of faults, it has absolutely piqued our interest as you can see the product at work and know that the active ingredients truly are active!

What is the Best Enzyme Exfoliant?

Personally, I like to use enzyme exfoliants in cleansers and mask, with an occasional lotion or serum. Masks like the Osmosis Polish Mask and iS Clinical’s TriActive Exfoliating Mask are among my favorites. Enzyme cleansers are some of my favorites as well, although you are not getting the full effect of the enzyme by washing it off so quickly. I do, however, think that enzyme cleanser are a great tool, because really anything in your cleanser is getting washed off as well. Some of my favorite enzyme cleansers are the Revision Papaya Cleanser and LeahLani Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil.

Leave-on products will give the enzyme the most time to work, but you want to be careful if you have reactive skin. Since the enzyme is active, it can continuously chip away at the dead skin, and can cause some skin sensitivity at first. However, some find that using leave-on enzymes can replace and be an alternative to some other exfoliating products, like retinols, for those who don’t tolerate it well. Restorsea’s Rebalancing Lotion is a great retinol alternative and leave-on enzyme product as is their All Day Every Day Lotion 3x which is in their PRO, physician-only dispensed line. My personal favorite leave-on enzyme exfoliant from Restorsea, or any skincare brand, is their Intensive Hand Treatment 10X and Firming Eye Serum, both of which are in their PRO line as well.

Harben House's Top 3 Enzyme Cleansers

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Physical Exfoliation - 3 Types: Scrubs, Treatments & Tools

Physical Exfoliation - 3 Types: Scrubs, Treatments & Tools

Physical exfoliation is when you use a product or device to manually scrub, rub, or scrape off dead skin. You can achieve this type of exfoliation with skincare products, in-office treatments, or tools. Most product types containing a physical exfoliant component will be scrubs, masks, and cleansers, and that component is almost always something that is washed off your skin. Additionally, there are various treatments and tools that can be done either professionally or at home to physically exfoliate, and we will discuss those as well.

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