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Integrative Remedy: Aloe Vera + Retinoids to Fight Acne

For many of us, acne continues to affect our everyday lives well beyond our teenage years. For treating acne, retinoids (e.g. tretinoin) are considered the first line of therapy. However, the topical application of retinoids is associated with irritation, dryness, and redness. The good news is, aloe vera has well-recognized anti-redness and antioxidant properties, and may be a helpful, …

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Skin Research Spotlight: Tea Tree Oil For Acne

Acne (acne vulgaris) is one of the most commonly experienced skin conditions during our teen years and young adulthood. Lately, as people have begun demanding more natural treatments for acne, researchers have turned to tea tree plants for solutions. Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia (AKA the narrow-leaved tea tree). …

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Natural Remedy Research: Kanuka Honey for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that primarily flares on the face.  Those of us who struggle with rosacea will typically experience facial redness caused by superficially dilated blood vessels. If left untreated, inflammatory lesions can form on the face that can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Although the root cause of rosacea is unknown, …

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Skingredients: Vitamin D2 vs. D3 Supplements

Vitamin D is a widely popular dietary supplement. Since the sun is the best source of vitamin D, individuals living in areas without much direct sunlight may become deficient in the vitamin. Additionally, our diets only satisfy about 10-20% of our vitamin D daily requirements. When it comes to choosing a vitamin D supplement, the various options and sub-types …

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Let Us Simplify Skin Toners, Essences, and Ampoules

Modern technology and advancements in scientific research have revolutionized everyday skincare products for the face. Shopping for the best products can become increasingly difficult when there are so many options to choose from. Brands are constantly coming out with new formulations, making it hard to keep up. Facial toners, essences, and ampoules are three prominent …

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Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola): The New Beauty Herb on the Block

Having trouble with hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, moisture, or even cellulite? Centella asiatica extract is an ingredient you may want to consider looking for in your skincare product today! Centella asiatica extract, also known as gotu kola or Indian pennywort, has been slowly making its appearance into the ingredient lists of quite a few skincare products in the …

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Natural Ingredients That Act as Lip Plumpers

In recent years, having the perfect pout has been a trend that women have been striving for. But with lip injections costing several hundreds of dollars, having significant lip plump is not something that everyone can afford to do. However, there are a few ways that you can enhance your natural lips without breaking the …

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Herbal Facial Steams

Facial Steams are used to bring warm moisture to the skin and open the pores. Adding herbs to facial steams increases the benefits, depending on the qualities of the herbs used. Herbs that are antibacterial, cleansing and stimulating and therefore great for acne prone or oily skin include: rosemary, thyme, sage, peppermint, spearmint, calendula, basil, …

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Vegan Skin Care: An Honest Looks at What it Really Means

What is Vegan Skin Care? Living a vegan lifestyle has become increasingly common. Avoiding all animal-derived products has become easier to adapt to because of the accessibility of vegan options available in the market. There are a multitude of reasons why a vegan lifestyle is chosen, and the varying degree of adherence to living a …

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Skin Research Spotlight: Licorice Root Extract for Eczema

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that commonly affects children. Eczema is thought to be a result of problems with the skin’s natural barrier, which cause the skin to lose water and lead to increased inflammation. Topical corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy for inflammation and eczema, but these creams …

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Dry Skin Brushing: Friend or Foe?

Dry brushing involves brushing dry skin with a firm, natural bristle brush. Dry brushing has been used in many cultures for centuries to improve skin and overall health. This technique has picked up popularity because it is inexpensive and simple enough to incorporate into a daily routine.   Dry Brushing Exfoliates Skin Perhaps the most …

Skin Research Spotlight: Serratula Extract For Age Spots

Age spots, or lentigo solaris, is a common skin condition that results from excess exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Although these spots are usually harmless, many of us would prefer not to have them, especially when they cause discoloration on our faces. A few of the current treatments for age spots include bleaching creams, …

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What is That Stinky Tea? Kombucha – Fermented Tea Benefits

Kombucha tea is a new health drink that is sweeping the nation. This fermented drink can be a little bit mysterious, but many studies have found that it can have amazing potential health benefits, including antioxidant and antibacterial properties   What Is Kombucha Tea? Kombucha tea has been around for ages and was known as …

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Coffee Masks for Rejuvenated Skin

Many people all around the world enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee is not only an energy-booster, but it is used as an ingredient in desserts, sauces, seasoning, and even skin care products! The caffeine content of coffee is one of the reasons that it is a viable ingredient for many …

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Science of Facial Masks and Facial Clay

Both mud and clay masks have many benefits to the skin when applied. Facial masks are often used in spa treatments and can also be purchased at stores for use at home. There are a wide variety of mud and clay masks available on the market, making the proper selection difficult. It is important to …

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Everything You Need to Know About Gold Face Masks

24k Gold Face Mask Benefits Anti-Inflammatory properties Studies have shown that gold nanoparticles have anti-inflammatory properties. One lab study has shown that gold nanoparticles inhibited the production of molecules that promote inflammation. Inflammation is a common contributing factor in skin diseases such as rosacea. Inflammation of the skin is also common for people with acne, so …

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What Causes Hangnails and How to Avoid Them

What Is a Hangnail? If you have ever felt a sharp pain around your nail, most likely it was a hangnail. Hangnails are extremely common and there is a good likelihood that you have had one at some point. A hangnail is a small piece of skin, resembling torn skin near the nail, that is …

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Lip Masks for Luscious Lips

Lip masks are recently trending products designed to be a treatment to rejuvenate your lips. While some lip masks have been formulated for specific needs, their main function is to plump, moisturize and smooth lips. Different Types of Lip Masks Lip masks usually come in two different types of mediums: creams/serums or actual masks that …

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Herbal Teas to Cool the Skin and Body

Everything that we put into our body has more effects than just providing nutrients. In most traditional healing modalities, foods and herbs are considered to provide a warming or cooling effect. By consciously choosing those with specific effects, we can influence imbalances with herbal tea. Cooling herbs, called refrigerants, can provide a wonderful refreshment in …

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Are You Drinking Enough Water to Hydrate Your Skin?

Preserving a youthful appearance and emanating glowing skin are some of the main reasons why most individuals invest in quality skin care. The number of skin care products labeled as anti-aging, skin hydrating, and/or moisturizing are endless. A single skin care routine can consist of a face wash, toner, essence, cream/lotion (day and night), face …

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