Exfoliating is an essential skincare step that is undoubtedly beneficial. Using a scrub 1-2 times a week can improve the efficiency of your skincare routine and rejuvenate your complexion - leaving your skin smoother, brighter and healthier. However, it’s important to note that not all exfoliants are created equal. While a quality product made with gentle and effective ingredients can...

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It’s no secret that being glued to our electronic devices can have some unfavorable side effects, such as eye strain, higher stress levels and insomnia. What is less commonly known, however, is that spending too much time looking down at your cell phone or tablet can be making you look significantly older. Constantly bending your neck to stare down at...

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Sunscreens come in many formulations and delivery methods. Whether it’s a spray, stick or moisturizer, the best sunscreen is the one you use every day. Here is a list of key terms to look for when deciding which sunscreen to apply:   Broad Spectrum - The words “broad-spectrum protection” on a label indicate that the sunscreen contains ingredients that protect...

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In 1985, American scientist Marian Diamond studied Einstein’s brain to understand intelligence. At the time, the scientific community believed intelligence was measured by the number of neurons in the brain.  More neurons meant higher intelligence. Diamond found that Einstein’s brain did not contain more neurons than the average person. She did, however, find that his brain contained more astrocytes, in...

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Skin dryness during and after air travel is caused by a lack of humidity. Skin looks its best when the air humidity is around 40-70%. The air humidity in most airplane cabins is 20%. This absence of moisture in the air can leave skin exceptionally dry. As a natural reaction, your body will overproduce sebum to combat this dryness, which...

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As we grow older, our skin can gradually become more loose and flaccid. But when skin begins to feel thin as paper, or like crepe, the most common cause isn’t age, says dermatologist Amy Kassouf, MD. Unlike wrinkles around the eyes and mouth (that result from repeated muscle movements), crepey skin typically can be traced to sun damage. Over time, exposure to the...

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If you're partial to a can of Pepsi Max at lunch, or enjoy a splash of Coke Zero with your favorite rum — you might want to put that drink back on ice. According to a new study, just one diet drink a day can triple the risk of a deadly stroke, with researchers also finding the beverages have a “worrying...

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There's an old saying, "Daughters eventually end up looking like their mothers." But is that accurate? Is it possible that the future of our skin has been predetermined by our genetics? The answer is yes and no. Genetics can be responsible for a predisposition to certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, as well as melanoma, the most dangerous...

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I'm often asked to describe the science behind our skincare ingredients. In celebration of Earth Day, it seems perfectly appropriate to talk about one of our most innovative and effective skincare ingredients, that also happens to come from Mother Earth herself. Biofusion-3S is an exclusive KAPLAN MD complex of 3 Plant Stem Cells obtained from the Alp rose, Gamay grape,...

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Our best-selling Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate contains an extensive list of powerful anti-aging ingredients and botanicals to transform the look and feel of the skin. One of these ingredients is Juvinity, a state of the art antioxidant based on Nobel Prize-winning DNA technology and can actually halt the aging process in its tracks. Telomeres are the genetic code that protects the...

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Q: Can I use essential oils on my oily skin? Essential oils are more than just an oil. I would not recommend using mineral oil on your skin, but I would recommend the Hydrating Essence. It contains an exclusive blend of 8 essential oils which work not only to moisturize but to hydrate your skin. You can have oily skin...

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Natural redheads like Jessica Chastain are kind of like unicorns — real but pretty rare — they are estimated to make up between 1-6% of the entire population, with the rest of ‘em pulling an Emma Stone or Christina Aguilera and using a little aide in the form of dye to get that amber glow. While they certainly have their advantages,...

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pH stands for potential of hydrogen which describes whether something's acidic, neutral or basic. Our skin’s pH-level is 5.5 which means it is slightly acidic. Maintaining the correct pH-Balance is essential to minimize problems such as eczema, dry skin and other skin problems. Keeping skin in good pH-Balance means knowing how acidic or alkaline products are and choosing them on...

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Many Americans, tired of wasting hundreds of dollars a month on vitamin supplements whose only noticeable benefit is turning their pee highlighter yellow, have turned to the new habit of drinking fruit and vegetable smoothies daily. Chewing and swallowing our necessary vitamins and nutrients from whole foods is not only more fun but also clinically proven to be a much...

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Dermatologists are often asked by their patients about eating for healthy skin. Discussing some new considerations, Zoe D. Draelos, M.D., says that consumers need to be aware of what they may be ingesting inadvertently and what critical micronutrients may be lacking in their diets. Zoe Draelos, M.D. “Antioxidants are very important for maintaining skin health and appearance, and fruits and vegetables...

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Sugar is as 'damaging to the brain as extreme stress or ABUSE' Sugar found to be as damaging as early life stress, scientists discover Chronic sugar intake triggers changes to hippocampus the area of the brain, which is important for both memory and stress Experts say changes noted in the brain are of 'great concern' given the high consumption of...

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Melanoma risk significant among pregnant women Study sounds alarm for derms, OB/GYNs to raise vigilance around skin checks The rising melanoma risk among women of child-bearing age is greatest in women younger than 50 who are pregnant or were recently pregnant, Cleveland Clinic researchers report in a new study. The study highlights the need for regular skin checks and self-examinations...

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The use of olive or sunflower oil on newborn babies’ skin damages the skin barrier, researchers from the University of Manchester recently reported.  This latest study adds to the conflicting information about caring for newborn skin and how to manage conditions like atopic dermatitis. Study author and midwife Alison Cooke, Ph.D., M.Res., R.M., B.Midwif.(Hons), of The University of Manchester, UK,...

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The sudden recognition of last-ditch antibiotic resistance moving across the globe—via mcr-1, a newly identified gene that protects bacteria against the action of the last-resort antibiotic colistin—vanished from the news this past month as concern for Zika virus ramped up. But it’s about to become important again. Two letters published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, the journal that has published all the revelations of MCR, reveal a...

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#ZikaQA: Your Questions On The Zika Virus, Answered What do you want to know about the Zika virus? We asked our audience, and on January 26 we posed their questions to NPR global health correspondent Jason Beaubien and South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in a live video Q&A, moderated by Goats and Soda editor Malaka Gharib. Garcia-Navarro participated from Rio...

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Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn't go away—for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head. Eventually, she recalled to me the other day, the discomfort led her to a doctor, who carefully pushed an otoscope into her ear. Within seconds, he pulled it out and...

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