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skin care basics & routines

sodium hyaluronate
A powerful moisturizing agent capable of binding 1,800 times its own weight in water, it forms a transparent moisture barrier on the skin to soothe and hydrate.
specialized treatment
stratum corneum
The outermost layer of the epidermis (skin). It is composed mainly of dead cells that lack nuclei. As dead cells slough off, they are continuously replaced by new cells. Cells of the stratum corneum contain keratin, a protein that helps keep the skin hydrated by preventing water evaporation. These cells can also absorb water, further aiding in hydration.
the alliance
The Olay Professional Alliance for Skin Care Innovation is an inspired partnership that combines the medical experience of renowned dermatologists from around the world with the fundamental skin aging insights, advanced investigative techniques, and formulation knowledge of the best P&G Beauty Scientists. The mission of the 14-member panel is: To develop a new generation of skin care products to address aging and common skin concerns based on deep dermatologic understanding and advanced skin science.
titanium dioxide
Natural earth mineral that protects skin from both UVA and UVB radiation without irritating skin.
Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant and moisturizing properties. It is also thought to diminish the effects of environmental pollutants.
uv (ultraviolet) filters
Organic and inorganic chemicals used to reduce the amount of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that skin is exposed to during the daylight. UV filters absorb, scatter and reflect sunlight, reducing acute and chronic skin damage. Examples of acute damage from sunlight include redness (sunburn) and pigmentation (tanning). Chronic skin damage from solar UV includes skin cancers, nonmelanoma and melanoma, and photoaging, i.e., irregular skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles. UV from sunlight is often referred to as UVB and UVA, referring to short and long wavelengths of UV. The UVB wavelengths are most responsible for photodamage because they have the highest energy and produce the most damage to skin. However, long wavelength UVA makes up the highest percentage of sunlight (up to 90% during early morning and late afternoon) and penetrates deeper into the skin. It is important to block ALL wavelengths of solar UV to prevent or reduce skin damage.   Two common UV filters used in sunscreen products are avobenzone, a UVA filter, and oxybenzone, a short wavelength UVA/UVB filter. Both are commonly used, FDA-approved UV filters.
vitamin A
Also known as retinyl palmitate, this antioxidant is known for its anti aging benefits that help firm and smooth skin's texture. The moisturizing effects also help to prevent dry skin while keeping skin healthy and clear.
vitamin B3
Also called niacin and nicotinic acid, this water-soluble ingredient has been shown to prevent skin from losing water content, as well as to stimulate circulation in the skin. Recent studies have shown that it also improves the appearance of wrinkles and skin discolorations, reduces redness and improves skin elasticity.
vitamin B5
Vitamin B5 is helpful in the treatment of acne as well as an effective moisturizer.