Topi-Click versus TICKER

How is your hormone cream being dispensed?TICKERdemo

The application of gels, ointments and creams have a track record for being messy, inaccurate, and not travel friendly. These days, many individuals (including myself) are so busy that when it comes to applying topical medications, I need it to be easy to use, fast, and convenient to keep up with my hectic lifestyle.

With topical compounded hormones, one can only use the ancient and inaccurate jar and spoon method for so long until our clothes get stained, and the majority of the medication gets lost or transferred to our pets and children. Syringes often get air trapped inside, the markings are hard to read, and the plunger may get stuck on the barrel, creating the formula for a disaster and inaccurate dosing. Two new types of topical applicators are now available and being regularly used today: TICKER and Topi-CLICK. I’ve personally used both applicators; and, while both are easy-to-use, there are very important differences to keep in mind when choosing the applicator that best fits your lifestyle.

TICKER:

TICKER by BiosRx is the latest metered delivery system in the anti-aging and compounding market. The company has basically taken the functionality of a topical syringe, and transformed it into a metered, click-to-piston delivery system. Understandably, it is referred to as the syringe that clicks! It has a numbered dial that turns clockwise in 1/20th gram increments. The company states, TICKER delivers the highest level of accuracy and precision on the planet with regards to topical medications. These attributes may not only have to do with its micro-dosing ability (very small doses can be delivered), but with the fact the device was designed primarily for hormone therapy and other market sectors where accuracy and precision are extremely important.

As for TICKER, one click delivers 50 mg (0.05g) of topical preparations, two clicks yield 100 mg (0.10g), three clicks deliver 150 mg (0.15g) and so forth. Therefore, volumetric doses can be administrated in smaller increments of 50 mg (0.05g) per click. This makes it easy to adjust my dosage up or down with just the turn of the dial, and it also gives me great control over my dosages. The clicks are crisp and firm – I know I can trust the reliability of this applicator.

Previously, when I used to use syringes I would often find it difficult to apply 1/10th of a milliliter using a 3 mL syringe, or even a 1 mL syringe. The line markings were so small, and I would often overshoot my dose accidentally. What I find most amazing with TICKER is that on the average, each click delivers 50 mg of cream or gel preparations with high accuracy and precision. This is an amazingly small dosage!

The TICKER topical dispenser traditionally comes in five classic colors: maroon, pink, violet, teal, and white. However, they recently added four new colors—“The Sun Shield Collection”—which also have UV-A and UV-B protective coatings: amber-mocha, amber-white, blue-blue, and blue-white. Especially with dermatology medications, this protection against light is absolutely necessary to preserve the full potency of the medication.

Topi-CLICK:

Topi-CLICK has been around the longest and appears to be very helpful with the elderly population since each click translates to ¼ gram of topical cream, and four clicks deliver one full gram. The only caveat to this applicator is that it’s a bit bulky to travel with. If you are going to travel, you must keep it in a plastic bag to prevent it from spilling. The Topi-CLICK is said to be designed for reducing spills and preventing the need to use one’s fingers to directly apply the medication. This applicator is generally offered in nine different colors: green, purple, red, silver, blue, pink, black, white, and gold. The variety in colors is helpful for avoiding confusion between different topical formulations. The turn-style rotator would also serve as beneficial for the visual or hearing impaired to get their proper dose.

While Topi-CLICK is convenient and generally accurate, the user has to watch for the visual indicator on the base and keep the node in its home position to prevent improper dosing, making it inconvenient to apply in a hurry. Furthermore, each click (1/4 turn) dispenses 250 mg (0.25 ml) and one full turn dispenses about 1000 mg (1 ml). Increments smaller than 250 mg (0.25 ml) cannot be accurately dispensed with the Topi-CLICK, limiting the dosage ranges and customization an individual might need. I’ve had physicians prescribe topical formulations dosages that were difficult to adjust upwards or downwards due to the 0.25 mL limitations. The applicator also lacks number markings that indicate the volume dispensed. Located near the top of the Topi-CLICK container is a refill reminder line that allows patients, such as myself, to recognize when it is time to order my next refill.

Takeaway Message:

TICKER offers superior accuracy, amber and blue-tinted UV protective coatings, and greater capabilities for delivering both large and small doses. Additionally, the TICKER generally beats Topi-CLICK in price, which may ultimately translate to lower costs for your prescription medication. Both have turn-click rotating bases that dispense the medication at the top of the container, although the amount coming out of each dispenser is different.

I recommend the Topi-CLICK for topical pain medications prepared for the elderly, as it is a larger dispenser. However, a huge concern of mine with regards to Topi-CLICK is the fact that it does lack numerical reference markings. TICKER does have clearly marked dosing increments, highly improving patient compliance.

Both applicators allow for convenient and effortless application, and both brands are made in the USA, translating into superior quality. In theory, one click of the Topi-CLICK may be equivalent to five clicks of the TICKER, assuming the Topi-CLICK accurately delivers 250 mg (0.25 ml) per click. However, TICKER allows for more versatility in its dosages, delivering 1/20th gram (50 mg) in each click.

I personally love the ability the TICKER gives me to adjust the dose incrementally and as necessary to achieve the lowest effective dosage for my body’s needs. I strongly recommend requesting TICKER from your compounding pharmacy or physician due to its smaller size design, and the ability to customize and fine-tune the dosage when needed. There are also more options for light-sensitive (dermatology) medications for increased medication protection and longevity. The blue-white TICKER from the Sun Shield Collection is my personal favorite!

To learn more, both the TICKER (BiosRx) and Topi-CLICK (DoseLogix) offer videos on their websites demonstrating how to use their applicators.

 

 

Author: Mariam Pajouhi, Pharm.D, Pharmacist.

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Is your blue light keeping you up at night?

In today’s world of EMFs (electro magnetic frequencies) sprawled throughout all areas of the house, along with fluorescent lights, television, and computer screens lit up in nearly ever corner of the suburban home, not to mention those bright city lights outside the window of those metropolitan apartments, it really is no wonder most people’s circadian rhythms are off. Circadian rhythm being our body’s natural 24-hour, biochemical life cycle; meaning, the internal cycle that lets us know when we should go to sleep and when we should wake up. External variables such as the food we eat, what we drink, the temperature of the environment, as well as human interactions, all have some type of effect of these natural rhythms. Light it itself has the most significant impact on our sleep cycle. This includes both natural and unnatural light.

What has happened with the advent of computers is our body, which never discriminates, recognizes the blue light from the screen as the same type of blue light from a clear day of blue sky. In doing so, it unintentionally tricks our circadian rhythms to believe that it is daytime. This directly corresponds to our sleep. When sleep suffers from man-made light throwing our body off, much of our body also suffers. Research has shown that long durations of insufficient sleep have been linked to multiple diseases including cancers, obesity, and diabetes, to name a few.

Blue light, from technology, is particularly damaging to the sleep cycle. So why are computer screens built with this blue light? Because during the day it actually proves useful, at it can boost attention span, mood, and reaction time. However at night, when people generally need to wind down from such activity, blue light has its disadvantages. The disruptive effects of any light, but especially blue light, suppresses melatonin, our body’s our sedative that allows us to sleep.

With all this being said, we do need out computers, and many people need them until the wee-hours of the night. So what can be done? For one, dimming the light on the computer screen. Lowering the lights of the screen will lessen the disruptive effects. Two, if you do truly need to work until the midnight hours right before you slumber, consider wearing bluelight-blocking goggles. Three, consider supplementing you body’s own melatonin production with an all natural synthetic version of the hormone. However, the best way to prevent the sleepless nights is allowing yourself at least two hours of wind-down time, away from all screen activity before going to sleep!

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Are your adrenals exhausted?

Adrenal glands are important glands to know about and nurture.

Ever have one of these days: immediately upon waking up you run to turn on your coffee pot, by 10am you need another pick-me-up before that big meeting so you get a large black tea with two tea bags, togo. By 2pm you realize that there is still about a solid three hours of work to do and there is just no way you are going to make it with out your favorite coffee shop’s infamous mocha latte. But then 5pm rolls around and there is all the domestic labor that needs tending to, involving kids, dinner, laundry – by now that single espresso sounds like just the right fix for the night shift. Once 10pm rolls around that realization comes that you are completely spun out from the overload of both the work day on top of the uncountable caffeinated beverages consumed. You propose to yourself that a nightcap will do the trick. Once the kids are in bed you cozy yourself up on the couch with a full bodied, deep red glass of your favorite merlot. Upon finishing the first glass you realize you deserve another and reach for the bottle for a re-pour. Yet, two glasses in and your body doesn’t seem to be affected by the wine even the slightest – you might as well have been drinking water for all it knows. So now the questions stands – why did you need all those caffeinated beverages to carry you through the day? And how come that delectable richly colored purplish-red wine didn’t even seem to touch your system? Most likely, it is due to adrenal burnout.

Generally, the adrenal glands can help us deal with our day-to-day stress load through a cocktail of hormones and androgens they release from just above our kidneys. However, when the body starts to experience an unreasonably, taxing amount of stress, the adrenals become “out of commission”, so-to-speak, because they just can not keep up with the high demand of excreting hormones the body needs to counter the chronic stress it is experiencing. From this, the adrenals stop working properly and other systems begin to fail – such as our body’s ability to notify us when we have had too much caffeine or alcohol because the chronic stress syndrome throws the body into constant “fight or flight” state, giving it a falsified sense of mortality.

When the system experiences a chronic state of “excitement” it becomes imperative to get exogenous adrenal support from supplements or therapies. However, if one can identify the signs of adrenal burn out at the onset, there are steps to prevent the overload from getting completely shocking the body. Proper nutritional support is key to keep all the “nuts and bolts” of the biological system oiled up for optimal functioning. Eliminating caffeine for a day can be extremely advantageous to be able to return the body to a homeostasis. If the idea of not consuming caffeine seems like blasphemy to you, then switching and alternating the type of caffeine you consume for two or three days could also do the trick. Green teas are an excellent, clean alternative to caffeine. Additionally, herbal supplements such a nettles and ashwaganda are also known to be restorative to the system. Complex supplements that include tissue-specific glandular material are important as well. These glandular materials – including vitamins, minerals, and proteins – send messages to the taxed tissues, in effort to strengthen and repairs the gland.

Folsom pharmacy’s BioidenticaRX store sells Adrenal complex, formulated and provided by our partner brand PureFormulas. Adrenal Complex supports overall adrenal functions through a fortified compound of N-acetyl tyrosine, vitamin C, and a spectrum of B vitamins. For optimal biological and neurological health, replenish your system to restore brain functioning and hormone balance,

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Why washing the face before bed is important

Many skin care practices have been discussed ad nauseam – wash the face at night to prevent blemishes, acne, and to stay breakout-free. However, what if you are simply one of those people graced with perfect skin from the day you were born and no matter how many nights in a row you go to sleep with a full coat of make-up caked on your face, you never once witnessed even the slightest bit of irritation? Is there another reason, aside from acne, that would encourage those blessed with the skin of a cherub to still wash their face?

Washing our face before sleep is imperative for preventing age spots, especially around the eyes for those women who wear eye make-up. Due to the metabolic processes taking place over night, along with the massive amount of blood supply that surfaces to the skin in the evening hours, washing the face is an excellent opportunity to allow the skin to both rehydrate and replenish. While this might not be priority when young and nubile, in the later years you might be kicking yourself in the rear when early signs of aging appear on what was once elastic, youthful skin. Additionally, if you do have acne, pigmentation, or other complexion issues, the evening is the perfect time of day to work on returning your skin back to it’s preferred homeostasis.

Whether or not you wear make-up, washing your face cleanses the skin of everything that builds up throughout the day- pollutants, bacteria, and other unknown debris. If you wear makeup, clearing the complexion every night with a high quality cleanser can better prepare the skin for absorbing face products the following day. It is important to start each day with a clean, healthy canvas.

Choose facial cleansers that are gentle, verses the abrasive ingredients generally found in a bar of soap. Harsh soap has the tendency to trigger oil production. Check out Folsom pharmacy’s online store BioidenticaRX for CosmoGrade’s facial cleansers, among other products

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Vitamins, minerals, and changing thought patterns may help beat depression!

Depression has become an epidemic throughout the world. Ironically, there are an unprecedented amount of remedies, drugs, and therapies within the occidental world for this dis-ease. Statistics have claimed that depression affects 1 in every 10 Americans. It has become a malignant infection, continuously spiraling out of control. 80% of people who are experiencing bouts of depression have never received any treatment. On top of all this, it shows no sign of stopping. Every year studies have shown depression to increase by another 20%.

Many fear going to the doctor for depression, due of the social stigma that is often times misleadingly attached to the diagnosis. The diagnosis of depression creates a label, causing a vicious cycle of more self-doubt and insecurity, leaving one to feel increasingly defected and removed from themselves and the people in their life. However, what many don’t acknowledge are that the tools and resources to heal their depression and reclaim their lives are readily accessible. Rather than wait on prescription-based drugs and become dependent of your doctor’s referrals, recover your happiness by remedying your depression with herbal supplements and whole foods.

Harvard scientists have discovered in clinical trials that the fatty acids in fish oil (EPA & DHA) have a significant effect on treating mood swings. Additional remedies include vitamin B-12, B-6 and folate. Low levels of B vitamins in the body have been found to have a direct correlation to depression. Low levels of vitamin C, as well as a variety of minerals including magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, and potassium, have also shown to contribute directly to mood imbalances.

Vitamins, minerals and diet can be a sound cocktail to reclaiming emotional stability. However, there is another factor that contributes to depressive symptoms – negative thinking. Fighting back against negative thinking can greatly attribute to lower stress levels, anxiety and overall depression.

Our brains have a component that contributes to continuously reorganizing the neural pathways, called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity proves that the brain is constantly rewiring, adapting and changing itself. The brain adapts to habitual tendencies. Therefore, the more negativity we call in, the more likely our brain is going to retain that patterning, making that our default mode of operating.

Changing negative thought patterns with the old adage “fake it ’till you make it”, can be incredibly helpful. Our lives are what we make of them. We can make it a profoundly positive place full of abundant opportunities, dissolving judgment and comparison by simply reworking our train of thought. Notice when negative habits show up and ask yourself where they stem from. Knowing the root origin will help to reframe and rework your disposition, leading to more creative solutions for rerouting negative thinking. Taking responsibility of your emotions, alongside of natural supplements, can help to facilitate emotional and physical change.

Shop at Folsom pharmacy’s online store BioidenticaRX for an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals.

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10 Reasons To Take Nutritional Supplements

It is understandable to doubt supplements, given that many nutritional supplements are not FDA approved and, more often than not, their sourcing can be vague. However, quality supplements from a reputable source can literally be a lifesaver, and your life insurance. Below are 10 reasons why taking supplements have become essential this day-and-age.

1) Believe it or not, cooking our food leads to nutrient depletion in itself. What this means is, just by doing the very thing that we often find is necessary to do to food, actually decreases it’s nutritional value.

2) Our food passes through a lot of hands prior to getting to our grocer and then to our plates. Because of the advanced storage techniques that has food lasting for far longer than it was ever meant to, most nutrients that were in the food at the time of harvest, significantly decreases by the time it gets to our plates.

3) The agriculture techniques that are being used these days are causing nutrient deficiency in our soil. Therefore, even though we might be consuming average amounts of fruits and vegetables, there is far less nutritional value in our produce than there was 30 years ago.

4) Due to GMOs, the nutritional value of most food has plummeted, leaving all of our meals deprived of standard, healthy levels of nutrition.

5) We are bad at masticating. Period. Simply put, we don’t take the time to chew our food, most likely because we are too busy running around doing everything else on the planet. Stress in itself makes it difficult for our body to utilize the nutrients we believe to be giving our body.

6) The use of pharmaceuticals makes it increasingly more difficult for the body to absorb and retain nutrients because of their tendency to deplete the body of vitamins and minerals.

7) Pollution in the water we drink and the air we breath causes our body to work overtime as it attempts to detoxify all the chemicals that are entering our blood stream on the daily, using more nutrients than we generally consume.

8) Whether you are pregnant, going through menopause, or under a significant amount of stress, there are certain times in our lives that our bodies are under pressure. Stress demands more nutrients.

9) There is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to nutrition. Everyone needs different amounts of nutrients at different times in their lives. Multi-vitamins prevents our immune systems from weakening.

10) Getting the appropriate amount of nutrients can prevent acute and chronic illnesses. Disease often times is a product of poor health.

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Take Vitamin D to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimers

Recent publications in medical journals and universities have found a direct correlation between dementia and vitamin D deficiency, specifically in older adults. In one study held at the University of Exeter Medical School, researchers found that the people who were twice as likely to develop dementia were severely deficient of vitamin D. The study took place over the course of 6 years, with 1,658 suitable informants.

The requirements that initially needed to be met to participate in the study were, each person needed to be at least 65, able to walk freely on their own, and – at the onset of the research – have no known cognitive impairment, such as dementia or alzheimer. After 6 years of the initial study, they brought the same participants back to the lab to see if the ones who had a severe deficiency in vitamin D did in fact develop dementia. What they found surprised the researchers. Not only did they find that the individuals who were extremely deficient in vitamin D to have developed some form of dementia, but they also discovered that the correlation between the two was twice as strong than originally expected.

Healthy sources of vitamin D come from sunshine, food – especially oily fish, and supplements. As we age, however, our skin has less of an ability to convert the sun into an absorbable form of vitamin D, making older adults more deficient. Therefore, finding a reliable source through supplements is imperative. We are here to help at BioidenticaRX.

See what our vitamin D has to offer as well as the companies who we partner with:

Metagenics Vitamin D: http://bioidenticarx.com/d3-5000-120-softgels/

Pure’s Vitamin D: http://bioidenticarx.com/vitamin-d3-1-000-i-u-250-softgel-capsules/

By: Kayleigh Stack

Blogger

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Why Scar Creams Work

Scars vary in size, shape, and color depending on the size of the gash, cut, or burn. Since they tend to be a different color then the rest of the skin, many people who crave a clear complexion go to great lengths to reduce, or at least minimize, their blemish.

Often times, as consumers we are blindly purchasing products that have weighted claims, placing all our trust and faith into believing exactly what is advertised on the bottle, not having any true understanding of how it actually works, or even why it would work. Being informed about what to look for in a product’s ingredients will not only help consumers see results sooner, but also prevent you from investing in a product with empty claims – saving money!

Scars generally develop due to an uneven amount of collagen being produced by the skin, post injury. The amount of collagen released affects the size of the scar. Typically, it is important to make sure the skin produces enough college to protect the damaged area against infection or further injury in the same place.

When shopping for a cream, consumers want to make sure the cream monitors the collagen to produce the appropriate amount it needs, in order for it to be effective in reducing visibility, as well as speeding up the healing of the scar. Most scar creams claim to help regenerate skin cells (type I collagen), as well as replace the existing scarred cells (type II collagen). But how does this actually work? While some creams will in fact work on the cellular level of the skin, other creams are bluffing entirely. Therefore, it is imperative to know what to look for and why. Ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, Pracaxi oil, collaxyl, and silicon all have proven extremely effective in treating scars. Collaxyl (hexapeptide 9), in particular, is an important constituent since this peptide encourages the skin to regenerate damaged cells. While Collaxyl helps to regenerate, silicone will reduce collagen production, for the scar to blend more evenly over time, allowing for a softer, flatter surface of the injured area.

BioidenticaRX knows how frustrating it can be to have scars in very visible locations on the body. Check out Folsom Medical Pharmacy’s online store for our newest scar cream product. Try it and let us know what you think! Like they say, “the proof is in the pudding”.

By Kayleigh Stack

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GloMinerals at BioidenticaRX

At BioidenticaRX we choose GloMinerals not only for their rich hues and crease-free coverage, although these are undoubtedly a plus. Rather, it is due to its rich mineral base, jammed packed with antioxidants, that offer so much more than what one would expect from their make-up. Blended with quality sourced vitamins, extracts and minerals, we offer GloMinerals to our clients to provide a form of coverage that will allow people to look great now, and in the future!

As a pharmacy, we take pride in our expert medical professional’s discernment. Constantly researching and testing products for their safety, protectiveness, quality standards and lasting benefits, the BioidenticaRX team puts their customers first when considering all product approvals. With all of GloMineral’s ingredients clinically proven to be effective, BioidenticaRX can have full confidence we are providing products that meet our clientele’s expectations.

See what GloMineral products are offered at BioidenticaRX.

By: Kayleigh Stack

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10 ingredients to look for in skin cream

With the chaotic amount of skin care companies touting the benefits of one product over another, shopping for quality skin cream can become quite a tiring charade. What can help in the decision making process is to know what ingredients are truly needed and which ones are unnecessary additives, to weed out those not worth the investment. Being an educated consumer can not only help with selecting a product that is more nurturing for the skin, but can also provide the consumer more “bang for his/her buck” in the long run. Investing in skin creams that are densely packed with nutrient rich ingredients verses ingredients of lower quality, will yield in beneficial results faster, yielding a more satisfied customer sooner. Reduce wrinkles now and prevent future aging by considering these ten critical ingredients when purchasing your skin care products.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are generally found in high nutrient foods. Studies have demonstrated their ability to destroy free-radicals, commonly caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress, a product of environmental toxins as well as diet and lifestyle choices, has a direct correlation to the aging process because of its tendency to attack skin cells, resulting in irreparable damage. Antioxidants can help to destroy free-radicals, reducing the visible appearance of wrinkles, while preventing future fine lines from developing.

Idebenone

A compound with powerfully strong antioxidants, Idebenone’s properties, closely related to that of CoQ10, are known for its cellular energy production and ability to neutralize some forms of free-radicals. An excellent skin rejuvenation and anti-wrinkle remedy.

Vitamin C

A naturally occurring ingredient and potent antioxidant, Vitamin C is known for its gentle replenishing effects that combats free-radicals and inflammation.

Glycolic Acid

A strong ingredient capable of working beyond the superficial layer, penetrating deep below the surface, down to a cellular level to reduce wrinkles, as well as prevent skin spots.

PSP

Processed Skin cell Protein can contribute to stimulating skin growth. Because of it’s nourishing and repairing properties, PSP is generally beneficial for healing wounds.

Retinol

A compound of Vitamin A, Retinol has been a popular constituent since the inception of the anti-wrinkle cream. Vitamin A, given it’s rich source of antioxidants, is known to neutralize the breakdown of skin cells caused by free-radicals.

Grapeseed Oil

A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, grapeseed oil is packed with essential fatty acids that locks the moisture into the skin. Excellent for repairing wrinkles around the eyes, in addition to fine lines on the forehead. Grapeseed oil’s powerful properties can also double as a wound healing agent.

Hydroxy Acid

This compound is known for its exfoliate nature with it’s ability to remove dead skin cells on the surface layer as well as stimulate growth of newer skin below.

Vitamin E

Similar to grapeseed oil, Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, fighting against free radicals from both environmental and life stressors. Known to not only reduce wrinkles but also beneficial for reducing age spots. Studies have shown that the natural form of Vitamin E – alpha-tocopherol acetate – is more effective than that of its synthetic form.

Coenzyme Q10

Has a dramatic effect on wrinkles as it contributes directly to stimulating the production of skin collagen and elastin. Potent in antioxidants, it also prevents damage from free-radicals. The ideal form of Coenzyme is Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10, as it is known to be a longer lasting preventative, working at the cellular level. Excellent for protecting against sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles.

Finding a skin cream with all the above ingredients is a challenge, however, there are many respectable over-the-counter products with at least four or more of the above constituents. CosmoGrade’s all natural skin care line leaves skin radiant with it’s rich antioxidant packed formulas.

For more skin care advice, or a wellness consultation, contact us at BioidenticaRX.

Sources:

http://www.skinbeautymall.com/wrinklecreamingredients.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/in-depth/wrinkle-creams/ART-20047463?pg=1

http://ezinearticles.com/?7-Ingredients-to-Look-For-in-an-Anti-Wrinkle-Face-Cream&id=1429430

By: Kayleigh Stack

Blogger and Health Activist