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How to boost the effectiveness of any sunscreen.

Ever feel like you lather on the sunscreen but somehow you can just feel your skin prematurely aging? Even though you tried your best to protect it? Maybe you didn’t realize that sunscreen alone is not enough. Or that you need to apply sunscreen BEFORE you go outside so it can chemically bond with your skin.  “A little dab’ll do ya” will NOT be the protection you need. Make a giant glamorama hat your skin’s BFF for all days forward.

So what happens when your skin isn’t properly protected? Think free radical hailstorm. See the sunburn and redness. Feel pain? Premature aging starts at a cellular level post-sunburn.

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What are free radicals? They’re the unstable molecules in your skin that hitch a ride on your collagen layer, damaging it like some freaky kudzu vine smothering a tree.

These unstable molecules are formed when UVA and UVB rays contact your skin. They stabilize themselves by hooking up with other big attractive molecules – your collagen molecules to be exact. Yep- free radicals swipe right every single time a collagen molecule shows up nearby. 🙂

So why is that a problem? Free radicals damage your collagen molecules when they hook up with them. Your collagen layer gets thinner and looks crepe-y and wrinkled instead of thick and smooth.

“Hanson found that the stratum corneum – the skin’s main protective barrier against environmental assault – generated a tremendous number of free radicals when exposed to ultraviolet light. “These free radicals caused considerable damage to both the cytoplasm and the lipid matrix,” she said. “The cytoplasm of the lower epidermis was also dramatically damaged.”

Study Shows Antioxidants Play Vital Role In Protecting Skin,  Date: September 3, 2001, Source:University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign


So what can you do about it? Use a good physical sunscreen so the UV radiation doesn’t come into contact with your skin.

Can you ever be sure that you’ve completely covered every square inch of skin? Nope.

That’s where antioxidants (sunscreen super-boosters) enter the scene. Where your sunscreen fails to protect and block UV radiation, antioxidants step in as your plan B, kicking butt on the free radicals that are formed.

Which antioxidants boost your sunscreen protection the most? Vitamin C wins hands-down but vitamin E is powerful as well – and both perform better with a helping of ferulic acid.

“CONCLUSION: CEFer (C, E, and Ferulic Acid) provided substantial UV photoprotection for skin. It is particularly effective for reducing thymine dimer mutations known to be associated with skin cancer. Its mechanism of action is different from sunscreens and would be expected to supplement the sun protection provided by sunscreens.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Sep;59(3):418-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.05.004. Epub 2008 Jul 7.A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation.

Murray JC1, Burch JA, Streilein RD, Iannacchione MA, Hall RP, Pinnell SR.

So YES, never forget your sunscreen! And YES make sure you’ve got some antioxidant back-up to keep the free radicals out of your life.  Keep up with this routine and say good-bye to the wrinkles, brown spots and collagen damage that free radicals cause.


We offer a variety of antioxidant products that will act as your security detail when the cray-cray free radicals come calling: Vitamin C+ Firming serumCSRx Antioxidant Defense Complex, all of our Transforming Infusion product line plus Antioxidant Perfecting Cleanser and Toner.

Each of these layer perfectly under sunscreen. No balling up or weird texture changes – just a big added boost of free radical protection.

“Theoretically, supplementing sunscreens with antioxidants could boost the body’s natural defense against the formation of UVA-induced free radicals; therefore serving as a second layer of protection against UV radiation that passes through the first layer of UV protection.””

04 August 2011 American Academy of Dermatology New study supports recommendation to use broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection against skin cancer and early aging

Remember to apply your antioxidant favorite first. Second, apply your favorite physical sunscreen BEFORE you go out in the sun so it can properly bond with your skin.

As always, I welcome all your comments and questions.

Kindly, Patricia

#LoveYourSkin #ActiveIngredientsThatWork

Spill the tea, Dr Glow Girl!


Who are you, Glow Girls and Boys? Who makes up the Cellular Skin RX Glow Nation out there? No surprise to moi that you are a sophisticated, educated mostly female community of 45, 55 and 65+ years young foodies, art lovers, world travelers, and book readers, all aging happily, healthily and gracefully.

When you travel, dressed beautifully no doubt, you head to islands and beaches for your R&R, (with sunscreen, glamorous sun hats always at the ready, of course, darlings!) You enjoy gourmet cooking, fine dining, TV and film award shows and watching music videos – there are dancing queens among you! It’s la Loca Vida for my Glow Girls and Boys!

You’re a fun-loving, life-living group who have been with CSRx for a long time. You’re a loyal bunch who stick with the tried and true. Because those Active Ingredients DO work. Most of you have been using CSRx products for years (if not decades) now. Yes, darlings, Glow Girls and Boys may marry, have children, move, have grandchildren, divorce, start businesses, change hair color -pastel metallics even, retire, too, but the one constant for so many of you has been Cellular Skin RX keeping your visage glowing and healthy through so many life events.

Where are you living your best life, showing off your gorgeous complexions? Mostly in the USA (California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Oregon among others) but yes, we have a large, super loyal Glow Nation contingent in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK, Netherlands, Australia and even in Sweden and Finland. (How do you say “more moisturizer, please” in Finnish, darlings?)

If you’re a Glow Boy, you’re between 25 and 34 into soccer and finance and you like to place BIG orders when you shop. Glow Girls, you’re in good company!

So which products are your “if I were stuck on a deserted island” picks, your everyday go-to’s, your most recommended to your BFFs? Drum roll please, Dr. GlowGirl is ready to announce the 2021 winners. Envelope, please!


1. Vitamin C+ Firming Serum (BEST SELLER SINCE 2004)

2. CSRx Transforming Infusion, 10% Niacinamide Concentrate (Went straight to #2 best-seller status upon introduction)

3. The Multiplier Hi-Performance Vitamin C Serum (This one surprised us. We weren’t sure you’d want a daytime and a night-time C serum.)

4. ProgeniDerm Anti-Senescence Skin Stem Cell Serum (Perennial favorite since the mid-2000’s)

5. Full Appeal Face Plumping Complex (New Kid on the Block runaway best-seller)

6. Eye Bright Treatment Serum

7. Firming Densifier Active Treatment Moisturizer (Knocked Biolipid Repair Creme out of the top spot)

8. ULTRA Relax-A-Line Maximum Wrinkle-Relaxer Serum

9. Beauty Butter 15 Minutes to Gorgeous Hybrid Sleep Mask/Moisturizer

10. CSRx Antioxidant Perfecting Cleanser


Full Appeal Face Plumping Complex


The Multiplier Hi-Performance Vitamin C Serum


Firming Densifier Active Treatment Moisturizer


Lifting Eye Serum


Anti-Aging Best Seller Kit (C+ Firming Serum/CSRx Transforming Infusion, 10% Niacinamide Concentrate)


Matrixyl Synthe 6 (In Firming Densifier)

Acetyl Hexapeptide 30 (In ULTRA Relax-A-Line)

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Firming peptide in various products)

Was it fun to get to know your fellow Glow Girls and Boys? I certainly enjoyed it!

Signing off Very Truly Yours, Gorgeously, Gracefully, Happily,

Dr. Glow Girl

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Labor Day Sale

36 hours only. Save 20% until Midnight Tuesday when you use Coupon Code LABORDAY20. Relax and enjoy the holiday weekend! And save, too. #LoveYourSkin

Product Category Suggestion: Exfoliation and Cleansing

Fall is on its way and summer skin needs a big refresh. Remove dead dull skin with any of our three exfoliant choices. Do it super fast with our powerful acid peel: Big Reveal Polishing Peel. Two minutes flat to glossy skin. Have more sensitive skin? Slowy and gently each night is the way to go with our Age Limit Advanced Refinishing Serum. Prefer a physical, 100% natural exfoliating experience? CSRx Polishing Grains made of 100% Adzuki Bean Powder will polish off the old stuff and can be used every day with water, your favorite cleanser, or even your moisturizer for dry skin types.

Happy Labor Day, Glow Girls and Boys! Enjoy the holiday!

Why should you use our powerful THE MULTIPLIER™ Hi-Performance Vitamin C Serum at night?

Get your glow on, in the dark! 🙂

Vitamin C should be used during the day to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by UV radiation. Use it at night to stimulate collagen synthesis. We recommend our best-selling C+ Firming serum for daytime use because l-ascorbic acid gives you instant free radical protection. We recommend The Multiplier™: Hi-Performance Vitamin C Serum for night-time use because your skin repairs itself each night and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) increases fibroblast proliferation by 50%. You can look forward to twice the collagen synthesis – which translates into firmer, more elastic skin. Want the “snap back” of younger skin? You’ve got it.

Benefits of  The Multiplier™: Hi-Performance Vitamin C Serum:

3x the penetration – all the way to your skin’s deepest layer, the dermis.

2X the collagen synthesis of regular L-Ascorbic Acid.

Stable, oil-soluble, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) and Ferulic Acid are the power couple in this elegant formula. Naturally fresh smelling, the texture is more of a lotion. It’s formulated with a higher pH, perfect for even the most sensitive skin. As with all of our Cellular Skin RX products, a little bit goes a long way.

Worried about age spots? Melanin production is reduced by 80%! Plus, MMP activity is seriously down-regulated. That’s important because the MMP enzyme signals cells to make less collagen.

AND, if you still suffer from the occasional breakout, fear no more. THDA has natural anti-bacterial properties that help to prevent breakouts.

Pretty amazing, eh? Is there anything that THDA can’t do better than l-ascorbic acid? Yes, there is.

L-AA produces instant free radical protection upon contact. THDA takes a few hours before it can equal that protection. Both are great at protecting your skin from UVA and UVB radiation but it takes longer for THDA to achieve the same protection. So we recommend that you continue to use your vitamin C+ Firming serum every morning and use our new Multiplier™ Hi-Performance Vitamin C serum each night.

Stay safe and be well.


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