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  1. Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Most people can now safely agree that pollution is definitely taking a toll on the environment and is a cause for concern. What pollution does to your lungs has been well-documented for some time. We're now understanding that pollution can also impact other parts of your body, including your skin.

    Recent research is showing that air that isn't clean has a huge impact on the health of your body's largest organ: the skin. This isn't necessarily a new problem, but until recently, little scientific research has been done.

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    There is a definite correlation between air pollution

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  2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    With a name like that, this syndrome can be deceiving. Not everyone with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) actually has cysts on her ovaries.

    But PCOS affects many women in some pretty big ways.

    What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

    PCOS is a hormonal disorder common in women of reproductive age, so it can affect anyone from a teenager to a woman perimenopausal. In fact, it affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. It's caused by an imbalance in a woman's reproductive hormones, which creates problems in the ovaries, as well as elsewhere.

    The ovaries are the paired organs that create and store the egg that is released monthly as a part of a healthy menstrual cycle. In the case of PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released

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  3. The Best Sources of Skin Friendly Antioxidants

    The Best Sources of Skin Friendly Antioxidants

    How many times have you heard:

    "Antioxidants are good for you."
    "Eat your fruits and veggies because you need antioxidants."
    "Look for skin care products rich in antioxidants."

    So, you probably get it: antioxidants are pretty fantastic. But when it comes to your skin, you may not have given much thought to where those antioxidants are coming from. Good skincare isn't just about utilizing quality topical products, but taking care of your skin from the inside, out, as well.

    The Enemy: Free Radicals

    The Enemy: Free Radicals

    Free radicals are the unstable byproducts of oxidation, the metabolic process of oxygen

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  4. Post Baby Hormones and Your Skin

    Post Baby Hormones and Your Skin

    You're just coming off of nine months worth of changes. You've been through aches, pains, discomfort, and unbalanced hormones. Your body did things you never thought were humanly possible - all in the name of love.

    You may have thought that the freak show, as it were, was over, but what you weren't prepared for was for your body to continue doing odd things and acting in weird ways, even weeks after your little bundle was delivered. You can definitely blame hormones for this. Thanks to those helpful chemicals, your body goes through a rollercoaster of changes throughout the entire process, from conception to years after the arrival of your new little one.

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  5. Dermatologist vs. Esthetician

    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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  6. Quick Stress Relievers Everyone Can Use

    Quick Stress Relievers Everyone Can Use

    Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. That demand or threat once upon a time was things like lions, tigers, or bears. Now, our stresses are slightly more tame: a looming deadline, a botched sales call, or a tricky office relationship.

    When you sense danger - whether real or imagined - the body kicks its defense mechanism into gear with the fight or flight response in an effort to save your life. Your body either wants to flee from the dangerous beast that's trying to eat you (or your lunch that's in the office fridge), or stand its ground and fight.

    Stress: Good vs. Bad

    Stress: Good vs. Bad

    Stress

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  7. Education Corner: What Are Topical Probiotics?

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    What are topical probiotics?
    Probiotics in skincare draw a similar parallel to their usage in dietary supplement form. We ingest probiotics (living beneficial bacteria) orally to support overall body immunity. Our recognition and research into the skin as the immune organ that it is, has allowed us to launch an incredibly powerful skincare system that harnesses the most beneficial components of probiotics for topical application. These probiotic derivatives support and strengthen the skin's immune system for the ultimate defense against environmental aggressors that cause it to age, as well as give the skin the tools it needs to repair and rejuvenate itself naturally. Clinically, topical probiotic usage leads to a dramatic reduction in the visible signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, 

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  8. 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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  9. What the Heck is Tech Neck?

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    Let's face it, we are all in constant state of looking at our phones - whether we're looking at Facebook, Instagram, texting with loved ones or checking our email. Technology has become uber-prominent over the last 10 years or so, and it is only projected to take up even more of our time as more things switch over to a strictly digital platform. I mean, just think about it. When was the last time you left your phone at home and didn't go into a sheer panic?

    Since most women, and even men for that matter, are constantly looking for ways to stave off the effects of aging, what if I told you that your phone might be the main culprit of those wrinkles developing on your neck? There's even a name for this: it's called "Tech Neck."

    The Scary Truth About America's Tech Addiction

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  10. Chia Fresca - A Prebiotic Energy Booster!

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    Here is a yummy and natural prebiotic energy boosting drink! I love downing one of these bad boys before AND after my yoga classes. It's made with coconut water, chia seeds, lemon and a hint of agave nectar and is extremely effective in hydrating the body and balancing electrolytes after a good sweat.

    I talk A LOT about probiotics on this blog, but in this post, I wanted to shine some light on prebiotics since they aren't talked about nearly as much as the former.

    You may be thinking, "Well, maybe they aren't as important as probiotics. I have never even heard of them!" And you would be wrong.

    In fact, prebiotics are essential to probiotics carrying out their duties. Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics and they help increase the absorption of minerals in our body while balancing

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