“Hyaluronic Acid.” If you’re not familiar with Hyaluronic Acid, the word “acid” may conjure up images of face peels and stinging. But unlike Glycolic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid won’t exfoliate (or irritate) your skin.

Which Hyaluronic Acid product is right for you?


Which Hyaluronic Acid product is right for you?

You pick up a Hyaluronic Acid Serum at the store, scan the ingredient list…and it’s not even on the label! What gives? The technical name for Hyaluronic Acid is Sodium Hyaluronate. It’s actually a salt, and it’s more bioavailable to you skin because it can penetrate what’s called the horny layer (that’s the tough barrier of your epidermis that keeps bad stuff like allergens out). Chances are, any Hyaluronic Acid product you buy should have “Sodium Hyaluronate” on the label.

OK…so it’s not an acid. What exactly does it do?

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found in your skin. Its superpower is being able to attract and bind 1000x its weight in moisture. That means it can actually pull moisture out of the air and into your skin, giving your complexion a soft and supple appearance.

To give you some perspective- one gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold one kilogram of water. For reference, that’s 0.03 oz of hyaluronic acid, holding 1 whole LITER of water. That’s insane!

It also has the ability of pulling moisture from the deeper layers of your dermis into the outermost layer of your epidermis, plumping up fine lines and wrinkles from within.

Is Hyaluronic Acid just another fad?

You may notice that certain big retail brands are jumping on the Hyaluronic Acid boat, but this is one ingredient that is not just a trend. It’s one of the best skin care ingredients you can use.

What results can you expect from Hyaluronic Acid?

Because of its incredible humectant effects, Hyaluronic Acid has powerful anti-aging properties. Used regularly, you’ll see an improvement in:

  • Dry Skin
  • Fine Lines
  • Rough Spots
  • Deep Wrinkles
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Redness

    Glowy skin is one side effect of Hyaluronic Acid.

    Glowy skin is one side effect of Hyaluronic Acid.

    How to use Hyaluronic Acid in your Skin Care routine:

    1. If you’re looking for an easy-to-layer serum, Advanced Clinicals Hyaluronic Serum Instant Skin Hydrator is a cult favorite. It layers easily under your favorite facial oil or moisturizer.
    2. If you have dry skin allover and are in need of a hard-working Hyaluronic Acid cream, Advanced Clinicals Hyaluronic Instant Skin Hydrator Cream is a must-have. It’s also infused with Squalene and Borage Oil to soothe and pamper dry skin.
    3. If you have especially dry skin on your face due to too much sun or extreme weather, you’ll find Advanced Clinicals Hyaluronic Moisturizing Mask to be a soothing, hydrating treat. Apply in the evening over your favorite facial oil, and wear it overnight. Rinse in the morning and you’ll wake up to dewy, soft skin.
    4. And for a mid-day pick-me up or an extra blast of moisture any time anywhere, grab Advanced Clinicals Hyaluronic + Aloe Wake Up Facial Mist. This lightweight, hydrating mist provides a refreshing dose of radiance-boosting Hyaluronic Acid.

      Hyaluronic Acid is like a magnet for moisture.

      Hyaluronic Acid is like a magnet for moisture.

      This is no fad. Hyaluronic Acid is here to stay. Keep an eye out for new launches from Advanced Clinicals. This is one ingredient we’re excited to be adding to new launches as well. Stay tuned!!

      Peace, Love & Hydration,

      Zoe Weisman

      Director of Product Development

      Advanced Clinicals




      It’s no doubt that Vitamin C is the best treatment for dark spots. If you have age spots, freckles, blotchy discolorations or melasma, you need a strong antioxidant like Vitamin C in your life. 

      Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate is more stable than L-Ascorbic acid and it’s so concentrated, you only need a small amount to fight off dark spots.

      Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate is more stable than L-Ascorbic acid and it’s so concentrated, you only need a small amount to fight off dark spots.

      But let’s get real. If this was the only thing required to achieve spot-free skin, everyone with a Vitamin C serum in their medicine cabinet would have crystal clear skin. So what gives? It turns out, there’s a lot more to removing dark spots than just one serum.



      1. Stay out of the sun.

      Think of a dark spot like a wound. It needs to heal. Would you expect a burn to heal if you continued to re-burn it every single day? Even if you apply a healing cream, if you continue to burn yourself in the same spot every day, it will never heal. The same is true for sun exposure and dark spots. You can use the best Vitamin C products in the universe, but if you continue to get sun exposure, you will continue to have dark spots. If you want to see any improvement, you’ll need to stay out of the sun as much as possible. When you do get UV exposure, wear sunscreen and protective clothing.

      2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

      Dry skin makes for a weak skin barrier, and can lead to sensitized skin. Sensitive skin is inflamed. Inflammation causes pigmentation to get worse. It’s a simple step that will make your skin look more even. Try the Advanced Clinicals Turmeric Face Oil for a soothing, hydrating treatment.

      3. Exfoliate

      Melanin is the pigment in your skin that causes dark spots. Vitamin C works because it blocks melanin production. For this reason, it’s really good at preventing spots from forming. But what about existing dark spots? The only way Vitamin C will touch them is if it’s applied consistently for at least 30 days. You see, it takes 30 days for your skin cells to turn over. As new cells come to the surface, they will be less pigmented thanks to the Vitamin C. The only way to expedite this process is by exfoliating, which accelerates the renewal process. Try Advanced Clinicals Microderm Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser for a gentle daily resurfacing face wash.

      4. You Can Pick Your Friends…

      But don’t pick your face. If you’re acne-prone, try to resist the urge to squeeze. Squeezing blemishes will cause extra inflammation, leaving pesky dark spots behind. The technical term for this is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. It’s not easy to fix, so the best way to stop it is to prevent it in the first place.

      5. Go Green

      A diet high in anti-inflammatory antioxidants and healthy plant oils will keep your skin clear, vibrant and glowing. Do your skin a favor and choose foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids like salmon, nuts, and avocados.

      So yes, we love Vitamin C. It’s a literal miracle worker! But if you want noticeable and quick results, you’ll need to follow the steps above.


      Zoe Weisman

      Director of Product Development for Advanced Clinicals



      Introducing the Golden Age of Skin Care

      Made famous by Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric is a zesty golden spice that’s booming in popularity. This powerful antioxidant rhizome is finding its way into the morning shakes of bloggers and Instagram stars everywhere. Health stores across the nation are featuring “Golden Milk”, a vegan milk infused with Turmeric. But what can it do for your skin? Here at Advanced Clinicals®, we know that Turmeric is no ordinary cooking spice. 

      Brighten your skin with all-natural Turmeric

      Brighten your skin with all-natural Turmeric


      100% Natural Turmeric for Skin Irritation and Redness

      Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a gentle, soothing spice with a brilliant yellow hue. It is clinically proven to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. This gorgeous plant soothes dry, red, flaky skin and restores comfort to irritated areas. Thanks to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is recommended for rosacea, acne, cracked skin and redness. It’s the perfect skin care treatment for sensitive skin.


      Revitalizing Skincare with Anti-Aging Turmeric

      Turmeric is rich in Curcumin, an all-natural healing agent that speeds your skin’s repair process. Clinical studies show that pure Curcumin improves wound healing, redness and pain. It’s one of the few natural botanicals that truly soothes your skin without any side effects. This trusted plant extract packs a powerful antioxidant punch, warding off oxidative damage. Turmeric keeps collagen firm, elastic and healthy. It prevents your skin from becoming brittle due to oxidation, which reduces the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It also promotes a healthy, rosy glow by combatting environmental damage.


      Advanced Clinicals Turmeric Face Oil for Rosacea and Acne

      Advanced Clinicals® uses a pure form of Turmeric, abundant in Curcumin. This supercritical fluid extract is cold-processed to preserve the incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. If you have redness, acne, psoriasis or rosacea, you’re sure to benefit from Advanced Clinicals Turmeric Facial Oil. It restores hydration and elasticity, leaving your skin with a compliment-worthy glow. 

      This lightweight, hydrating oil makes a great primer, and can be worn under makeup. Not only will it provide a seamless canvas for your foundation, it will also soothe your skin, restore moisture and invoke radiance. Visit Advanced Clinicals for more tips on bringing out your inner radiance.




      How To Layer Your Skin Care Products

      Order matters when it comes to your skin care regimen. However, between face serums, masks and an endless number of creams, it can be confusing trying to figure out what to put on first. To get the most out of your products, follow this step-by-step guide to ensure your skin absorbs all the proper nutrients.


      Step 1: Cleanse

      Your face is your canvas and you want to make sure it’s clean and free of makeup and other impurities. Always start by thoroughly washing your face with a gentle cleanser.

      Step 2: Apply Serum

      Face serums give your skin an instant boost of nutrients. Gently rub anti-aging facial serums such as Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum or our Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum for smoother, brighter skin.

      Step 3: Use Eye Cream

      The area around your eyes is the most delicate patch of skin on your face. Our 5-in-1 Multi-Correction Eye Serum helps alleviate puffiness, reduces fine lines and diminishes dark circles.


      Step 4: Moisturize

      Face creams seal in your products by adding a moisture barrier that nourishes and hydrates. A good moisturizer is the number one tool in your arsenal. Choose a gentle moisturizer such as our top selling Argan Oil Intensive Beauty Cream to hydrate and reduce the loss of elasticity.

      After you’ve followed this basic skin care regimen, you’re ready to apply your makeup or get some beauty rest. At Advanced Clinicals, we have a wide selection of creams and serums to meet your skincare needs. Check out our full line of products.

      The ingredient of the week is…Cica! Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) has been used in skin care products for centuries. In fact, you've probably reaped the benefits of this amazing little antioxidant-rich plant without even knowing it.


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      Other names: Chi-hsing, Hydrocotyle Asiatica Radix, Indian Pennywort, Indian Hydrocotyle, Hydrocotyle, Marsh Penny, Pai Kuo, Thick-leaved Pennywort

      WHAT IS CICA? 

      If you haven't heard of Cica, you may have heard of Tiger Grass. A cream containing Tiger Grass is known as a Cica Cream. Rich in asiaticoside, madecassoside, Asiatic and madecassic acids, Tiger Grass earned its name because it is rumored that Tigers rolled in Centella Asiatica to heal their wounds. It's not surprising that it has a proven healing effect on scars, even keloids.

      Ready to see the results for yourself? Advanced Clinicals Bulgarian Rose Anti-Aging Rescue Cream is a bonafide Cica Cream, featuring anti-inflammatory Gotu Kola. This super-hydrating, restorative cream smoothes away the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also relieves dry, rough skin and improve the look of scars. 




      Wondering what skin care products are safe to use during pregnancy? It often feels like you can never be too careful when you’ve got a little one on the way. It’s obvious to avoid alcoholic drinks, smoking, many prescription medicines and tanning beds while pregnant, but what about skin care products? All of your answers can be found on the label our retail box!

      I’m not talking about the front of the label, where it says all the pretty stuff, like ‘made with argan oil’. You need to look at this part, with the formal ingredient list:




      Once you find this list,  keep an eagle eye out for the following:


      Salicylic Acid

      Retinol, Retin-A and Renova (Tretinoin)

      Benzoyl Peroxide (this is considered to be ok at low levels but it’s best to avoid it if you can)

      Strong Fragrances (these MAY exacerbate nausea or even cause irritation.)


      Oral skin medications like Accutane (isotretinoin, a form of Vitamin A), and Doxycyline are completely off limits, as they are linked to birth defects.

      Over the counter products containing Retinol at low levels are thought to be safe, but no conclusive studies have been done to prove this. The motto with pregnancy is, "It’s better to be safe than sorry!" That being said, ALL Advanced Clinicals Products (with the exception of Advanced Clinicals Retinol Serum, Spa Size Retinol Cream and Wrinkle Repair Retinol Night Cream) are recommended during pregnancy.



      Our favorites for stretch marks:


      This Coconut-boosted body oil is blended with scar and stretch mark hero Cocoa Butter, along with Avocado and Neem oils.


      Use this to massage stretch mark-prone areas daily. Fight the stripes with Coffee Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and brightening Licorice Root!


      Our favorites for break-out prone skin:


      A detoxifying clay mask that helps to draw out pore-clogging impurities. Also helps control oil without over-drying sensitive skin.


      A natural antiseptic and antibacterial powerhouse, Tea Tree Oil is a great natural remedy for acne and clogged pores. Simply dab it on overnight to calm blemishes while you sleep.


      Our favorite for dry skin:


      This super-hydrating lotion is a favorite of moms-to-be because it’s made without fragrance. How cool is that?? Slather it on dry skin (pregnancy hormones are to blame) for a total moisture infusion.

      Our favorite for spider veins:


      Many women get their first spider veins or even varicose veins during pregnancy. Microalgae, Green Tea and Collagen all help to improve the look of unsightly veins.

      Our favorite for hyperpigmentation:


      Pregnancy can often come with hormone-induced changes in skin color, such as melasma or chloasma. You may see a darkening of your upper lip or even a mask-like tint to your face. Promote a more even tone with Vitamin C, the greatest and safest ingredient for hyperpigmentation, especially if you’re pregnant.



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      As winter temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. In frigid conditions, the skin is less able to protect itself. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation.

      Many of us can benefit from a skin care upgrade to combat the blustery months ahead. To counter the drying effect use thicker moisturizers equipped to help protect the skin's barrier. Another skin saver? Kinder, gentler cleansers that hydrate (rather than harsh exfoliating or foam formulations), since skin irritation can increase along with dryness in winter months.

      Finally, an effort to hyper hydrate and soothe the skin should never come at the cost of ditching daily sun protection. Sure, you may not see as much of the sun during the next few months, but UV rays — the aging and cancer-causing rays that penetrate through windows and clouds, and into the deepest layer of skin — are still kicking, all day, every day.

      As you gear up to do battle with the elements, holiday shoppers, and other forms of winter warfare, here’s how to keep your skin glowing — even in the shortest and darkest of days.


      Skin Type: Dry

      Most people’s skin gets drier when temperatures drop. So, those with already dry skin should double down on the hydrating to keep skin looking luminous. Come winter use a cream or oil-based cleanser that is designed to prevent moisture loss. Upgrade your moisturizer to one with nourishing ceramides and ingredients that protect against the sun. I would also recommend to look for extra hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. 

      Skin Type: Oily
      The upshot of having oily skin? You can often skip moisturizer altogether in the summer and use light serums to hydrate and nourish instead. But truthfully, oily types can benefit from more moisture come winter. Look for a light, oil-free lotion with sunscreen to protect against cold and wind in winter months. While some may gravitate towards trying milky cleansers we would suggest to continue to regularly use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and retinoids to help control oil production. Finally, for those who naturally produce more sebum should use serums instead of creams for retinoid use, since they're lighter on the skin.

      Skin Type: Combination
      Those with both dry and oily skin know that foam cleansers can do wonders to regulate excess oil in summer months. But, now is the time for those with combination skin to switch to a cream or oil-based cleanser. Skin is drier this time of year, so you need to be careful about potentially drying cleansers, like foam formulations. We would also suggest swapping your moisturizer for a more protective hydrator if your skin is looking dry or feeling tight. Try using thicker (but oil-free) moisturizers with ceramides. Ceramides improve moisture retention in the skin by helping to prevent evaporation of water and acting as emulsifiers (ingredients that allow oils and water to combine). 

      Skin Type: Acneic
      Those with blemish-prone skin have long known the virtues of exfoliation — after all, sloughing off dead skin cells can reduce future blackheads and breakouts. However, during this time of year, it's best to ditch the more robust exfoliators. Come winter, acneic skin may require gentler exfoliation. Many are also reluctant to moisturize because they fear that oil and water will further congest the skin. Au contraire. Grab an oil-free moisturizer and fear not. You can be oily and acne prone, but still lack hydration. Acne creams and treatments can cause more irritation in the winter when skin is lacking in hydration. Pick a lotion that’s gentle but also packs major hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

      Skin Type: Dull
      Sure, wind-chilled cheeks can radiate a rosy flush, but the accompanying cracking and drying elsewhere is enough to override that romantic aesthetic. My favorite trick for instantly brightening dull skin is to cleanse for one minute with a sensitive cleansing brush and glycolic cleanser. Immediately after, slather on moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This smooths, plumps, and protects the skin. Retinoids help brighten up dull skin. This will stimulate collagen and get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

      Skin Type: Aging
      There are a lot of theories when it comes to what works in anti-aging skin care. But, the research shows that stimulating collagen growth is a great way to go, since it helps aging skin cells behave more like young, healthy cells. How can we trick cells into acting young? By using serums and creams pumped with retinoids and antioxidants. Along with peptides, these ingredients send messages to your skin cells that cause them to rev up collagen production, ultimately helping the skin to maintain its elasticity.

      Skin Type: Sensitive
      No matter what time of year, those with sensitive skin can benefit by steering clear of foam cleansers (which can dry the skin) and harsh abrasive exfoliators (which can trigger irritation). Also on the ditch list? Skin-care products with alcohols, sulfates or fragrance, since they can not only irritate but dry out skin, too. During the winter months, as skin is more likely to irritate, it may be necessary for those with sensitive skin to reduce the frequency of evening retinol use. Whether your skin tone turns pink around the center of the face or you suffer from a more severe case of rosacea, winter air can be particularly triggering. Rosacea can flare in winter, products with added anti-inflammatory ingredients — like niacinamide and licorice — can help.