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What are Ceramides ?

Ceramides occur naturally within the body and are one of nine lipids that are present in the epidermis of the skin, the uppermost layers of the skin. Lipids are a group of substances which naturally occur in your skin that sometimes become deficient and need to be replaced.

Ceramides are actually part of a subgroup of lipids called sphingolipids. Ceramides act similarly to mortar between bricks, they help to seal in moisture in the uppermost layers of the skin. This is incredibly important to the health of the skin as they are part of the...

SUGAR AGES YOUR SKIN (GLYCATION) - The Not-So-Sweet Effects of Sugar

Skin Glycation and AGEs, and the steps you can take to prevent them, from prematurely aging and tearing-down the skin's structure.

In the realm of health, sugar’s stock value has dropped precipitously in the past decade. In addition to tooth decay, sugar - more than fat, now is  shouldering blame for the obesity epidemic and inflammation leading to systemic diseases.

Sugar increases the aging speed and degree to which skin looks and feels older via a process called glycation. Sugar molecules in food attach themselves to proteins in the body, such as collagen...

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR SKIN'S NATURAL DEFENSE & IMMUNITY

A special form of vitamin B3 called niacinamide is truly multifunctional and a great active for your skin's health. It can build keratin, a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy. It restores the skin's barrier. Niacinamide can help your skin grow an improved ceramide (lipid) barrier, which helps retain  moisture and increase the suppleness of the skin. Niacinamide is beneficial for all skin types, especially so if you have eczema, acne, rosacea or mature skin.

Increases Cellular Immunity
Niacinamide builds the immunity of your skin.There are immunity-stimulating cells in your...

Scary Sunscreens

A number of top brand sunscreen products risk causing cancer if they're left on a shelf for too long, a recent clinical study finds, revealing they release toxic chemicals over time.

Scientists from France and the US studied a number of randomly selected brand name sunscreen products containing sun filter' chemical octocrylene. Octocrylene is a common ingredient of sunscreens as it absorbs UVB radiation, which is responsible for sunburn and skin cancer, but is controversial as it is a potential allergen and isn't biodegradable. It is already banned in a number of places.
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WHY SUGAR CONSUMPTION RUINS YOUR SKIN & YOUR HEALTH

Do you want to: Break-down your skin, collagen, elastin, & age faster?

Break-down your bones? Reduce your immunity? Promote a chronic systemic yeast overgrowth? Damage your teeth? Increase your acne? Damage and stress-out your heart? Damage your kidneys? Break-down the capillaries in your retina? Increase the risk of diabetes/or, make it worse? Gain more weight and make it harder to lose weight? Mess with your mood?

Eat sugar...

Sugar consumption and the resultant glycation rapidly produces advanced glycation end-products or "AGEs". (Yes, AGEs). It does exactly what it says: breaks down important...

'Sweet' Molecules - Good For Your Aging Skin

Did you know that certain 'sugars' or specific carbohydrates called GAGs, are a primary energy source for all life on earth including the major organic building blocks of human skin?

Obviously, these sugar-like substances are completely different from the sugary substances you consume. The molecules that contain carbohydrates can be quite complex. Polysaccharides (chain-like sugars) and a proper balance of these sugars is the critical ingredient in healthy skin structure.

Polysaccharides are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. They are also critical for skin repair and skin renewal.

For example:...

Tech-Neck, Posture, Premature Aging & Treatments

Computer-face. I see it all the time. People with their heads pushed forward and down, staring at their smartphones. We are being changed by technology, and not in a good way. More and more people are coming into doctor’s offices complaining of neck pain or associated shoulder and lower back pain; and into spas seeking treatments of the neck and jowls.

Often, it stems from their habits of looking down at their mobile phones and computer screens. Health professionals have coined this problem as ‘tech neck.’

Your head is a fairly heavy object, weighing on...

Deodorant Alternatives

Did you know that you do not have to use aluminum-based anti perspirants or deodorants to provide you with excellent odor control & continual freshness? 

Most commercial antiperspirant products unnaturally block your sweat glands, and accumulate in the lymph glands near your breast tissue. Deodorants use chemical biocides to kill the odor-causing bacteria & also kill the good, natural skin-protecting bacteria (probiotics) on your skin. These biocides are absorbed in the body and can bioaccumulate.

Experts have warned that using spray deodorants leads to inhaling chemicals from the aerosols that can cause allergic skin reactions,...

Don't Make These 10 Mistakes if You Have Chosen To Use Retinoids

While I firmly believe Vitamin A topicals have their place in skincare, they are not necessarily for everyone, nor do they need to be used daily.

Consider retinoids as an adjunct therapy rather than a daily use treatment.

Here are 3 examples of Retinoids, which some people generically refer to as prescription Vitamin A cream or gel:

  • Tretinoin (example: prescription brand name Retin-A)
  • Adapalene (example: OTC brand name Differin)
  • Tazarotene (prescription only) 

Mistake #1: Using retinoids in the morning

Why? Retinoids make your skin more sensitive, especially to sunlight, which is why they're prescribed...

EYELID ALLERGIC CONTACT DERMATITIS AND RELATED EYE CONDITIONS

If ... your dermatologist, allergist, or ophthalmologist has diagnosed you with allergic reactions of the eyelids, the information below will provide more guidance on what substances to avoid and how to avoid them. ​

What is allergic contact dermatitis (ACD)? Why is it so hard to diagnose?

ACD is a type of allergic reaction. In this type of allergy, a substance contacts the skin, and later results in a rash. The rash from poison ivy is one example. The rash classically occurs 2-3 days later, but it may happen just a few hours later,...