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  1. Competition lifestyle - how it changes your skin and what it does to your body

    Competition lifestyle - how it changes your skin and what it does to your body

    Having a hobby is good for the soul. Bonus points if your hobby is one that is healthy for your body, too. Competitive athletes, and bodybuilders in particular, put a great deal of stress on themselves to be the leanest, most muscular, strongest, fastest, most cut . . . . it goes on and on. Maintaining that physique is difficult enough through the season, but with the pressure of keeping within your weight range, diet and exercise become a tightrope balancing act.

    So what does all that do to your body, and your skin especially? Competitive bodybuilding tends to be great for your body, but not so much for your skin. The lifestyle can be difficult for the largest organ of your body and skincare for athletes sometimes requires special considerations.

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  2. Common Mistakes People with Acne Make on Their Skin

    Common Mistakes People with Acne Make on Their Skin

    Acne is one of the most common skin issues. Despite how common it is, however, there is no shortage of misunderstandings and misperceptions about acne. This leads to a lot of people making mistakes when it comes to skin care.

    So, what are these mistakes? And what should people do to make sure that they are taking care of their skin? These are topics that we want to address in order to help everyone's face glow.

    Acne 101

    Acne 101

    Despite what most people think, acne is not caused by dirty skin, bacteria, or eating lots of greasy food. Yes, these factors lead to less healthy skin, but they are not the triggers or causes of acne. They are among the so called 'acne myths.' These are frequently written about and are the bane of dermatologists and responsible

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  3. Retinoids Are Getting Smarter

    Retinoids Are Getting Smarter

    It's not enough to include a compliment of ultra-effective ingredients together in one formula. Now, these ingredients are becoming smart. And smarter. But what does that mean for your skin?

    What Is a Retinoid?

    What Is a Retinoid?

    According to Wikipedia, retinoids are a class of chemical compounds that are vitamers of vitamin A or are chemically related to it. There are multiple different ones, though most people are familiar with the likes of retinol, tretinoin, and isotretinoin. They regulate epithelial growth, so they play an important part of things like vision, regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation, bone growth, immune function, and the activation of tumor suppressor genes.

    Retinoids enhance

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  4. Is Sensitive Skin Dragging You Down?

    Is Sensitive Skin Dragging You Down?

    Is there really anything more uncomfortable than dealing with dry, itchy, or irritated skin? Even the short-lived annoyance of a bug bite can really drive you to the brink of insanity.

    But when your skin is constantly under threat of breaking out or diving into a rash, you live your life in fear, trying to avoid anything that may trigger another reaction or attack.

    What Causes Sensitive Skin?

    Anyone can have a reaction to a product or specific ingredient from time to time, but people with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin. It refers to a range of conditions from ailments like rosacea and eczema

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  5. Fighting Back Against Zits

    Fighting Back Against Zits

    No one wants to wake up the morning before a big interview or client meeting, roll out of bed, toddle down the hallway, and squint at the mirror . . . . only to find out your face has been taken over by a big acne breakout!

    Now you're kicking yourself for not washing your face before you went to bed after that late night out doing paint and sip for your girlfriend's birthday. Now you're scrambling trying to find a remedy or a coverup for the red, swollen, blotchy pimples that are dotting your face. Not today!

    Relax and don't stress. Easier said than done, we know. But believe us, stressing is almost guaranteed to make your acne worse. More on that later.

    How Does Acne Form?

    Acne is the skin condition responsible for pimples and

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  6. Green Tea For Your Skin, All Around

    Green Tea For Your Skin, All Around

    Cheerio! Bottoms up! It's tea time for your skin!

    Literally!

    Green tea is touted for its many positive health benefits when taken both internally and when used topically. Just what is it about this leaf that makes it so special?

    The Power of Green Tea

    The Power of Green Tea

    Green tea is one of the hottest trends in the skin care world, and for good reason! This ancient Asian brew boasts a myriad of health benefits and has been used for centuries. Touted as the healthiest tea out there, it can increase your memory and concentration, boost energy levels, improve immunity, and much more.

    Japanese monks discovered green tea while visiting China centuries ago. They've used the tea as a daily staple ever since, claiming it gave

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  7. How Do Facial Serums Work?

    How Do Facial Serums Work?

    There are so many facial care products available to us. So many steps to beautify and stay beautiful. You cleanse. You tone. You moisturize. You masque. You repeat. Maybe there's even a facial oil you use, or scrub, or peel, or . . . or . . . or . . .

    Yeah. You get the picture!

    It's mystifying sometimes, trying to decipher dermatologist and cosmetologist recommendations, all while you're standing in the middle of store aisle shelves full of so many choices you don't know what to do with yourself.

    The idea of a serum may sound a bit exotic, or strange, but a facial serum can be one of the most powerful, beneficial tools you can use. Serums are some of the most effective skin care products on the market.

    We'll demystify for you!

    What Is a Facial Serum?

    Or, maybe, what is it

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  8. When to See a Dermatologist: Five Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Skin

    When to See a Dermatologist: Five Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Skin

    No doubt you have heard the warnings about staying out of the sun to avoid aging your skin. While you may already know the dangers of the sun and the risk of skin cancer, this is not the only thing to blame for skin problems. There are a variety of skin issues that can be bothersome and effect quality of life.

    With so many over-the-counter skin care products readily available to treat everything from dry skin to acne, self-treating is often the first step. Along with self-treating your skin, it is important to understand when to seek the medical advice and treatment of a dermatologist.

    Here are five things to watch out for on your skin that should warrant a call to your dermatologist.

    1. Persistently Red, Flushed Skin That Won't Go Away

      While a pink rosy glow is associated with youth and health, constantly flushed skin can be the sign

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  9. Dermatologist vs. Esthetician

    When Is It Time To See a Dermatologist

    When making decisions on when to schedule appointments for skin care, everyone goes through the inner struggle of trying to decide when they should throw in the towel and make that appointment, and when it's okay to sit back and see where things go. We all suffer from breakouts from time to time. You may even deal with allergic rashes on occasion.

    But how do you really know when you should suffer through and tough it out, when you should visit your favorite esthetician, and when it's time to really get serious about calling your doctor.

    Esthetician vs. Dermatologist

    Esthetician vs. Dermatologist

    There are huge differences between what the two professionals actually do.

    To simplify, "A

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  10. 5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Misbehaving

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    Cleanse. Treat. Moisturize. Repeat twice daily. That is the universal formula for clear, radiant and youthful skin, right? Not necessarily. Even if you follow a strict regimen on a daily basis to keep your skin clean, healthy and wrinkle-free, there are some personal habits that could be preventing your skin from unleashing its natural glow. Take a peek at our list of radiance-zapping culprits to figure out if you need to fine-tune your daily routine.

    You don't know how to say "no" to junk food.
    old adage "you are what you eat" is very true - especially when it comes to your skin. When your belly isn't happy and your body is lacking the necessary nutrients to get through the day, it can absolutely affect the way your skin acts, feels and looks. The next time you shop for groceries,

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