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  1. Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    As the largest organ in your body, your skin performs highly important roles for you like body thermoregulation and prevention of fluid loss. It protects you from the harmful effects of the sun's radiation and keeps you safe from harmful toxins. It's your first line of defense.

    Your skin takes care of you.

    If you're not happy with how your skin is behaving, it may be time for you to change your habits.

    The way you take care of the rest of your body (or don't) has a huge impact on the health of your skin. What's going on in your life and the state of your health are all reflected in the mirror. Your habits, whether good or bad, will tell all. According to Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution,

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  2. 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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  3. Why You Should Be Worried About Transepidermal Water Loss

    Why You Should Be Worried About Transepidermal Water Loss

    Our skin has amazing capacities and performs some very interesting functions. It forms a protective layer for the rest of the body, shielding it from pollutants and radiation. It regulates body temperature, carries sensations to the brain, rids the body of toxins through sweating, and allows us to move freely and comfortably.

    Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, occurs when water passes through the skin's layers into the air, where it evaporates. Although this is a natural and inevitable process, sometimes it can have negative effects on the skin. As you might imagine, it can cause dehydration and speed up the skin's aging process. There are things you can do to limit the negative effects of TEWL, but a basic understanding of the skin and its functions will help you understand how it can be treated.

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  4. Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    There is so much talk out there about the damage free radicals can inflict on our skin and the resulting inflammation. You've heard of the benefits of antioxidants and probiotics, both taken internally and used topically.

    You've paid enough attention to know that free radicals and inflammation are bad and eating healthy is good.

    Taking care of your skin involves more than twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing. What you put into your body has a huge impact everywhere, including your skin! Antioxidants and probiotics are vital to your health and longevity.

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Free radicals are formed when oxygen in the body splits - a result of either normal metabolic processes

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  5. Skin Microbiome: Have You Heard of It?

    Skin Microbiome: Have You Heard of It?

    At this point, we've all heard about gut health — how poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle can knock it off balance — and the importance of probiotics to balance it out. Good gut health is said to be integral to all other physical functions and organs, including the brain (mood fluctuations are rumored to be directly linked to gut health). Think your skin is an exception? Nope!

    Just like the rest of the body needs proper nutrition and probiotics to function at an optimum level, the skin also has these needs. If you're thinking, 'wait a minute… bacteria and skin care?', you're not alone. However, it's a fact that many of us think of the skin as separate from the rest of our organs, when in fact, skin is the largest organ in the body, and shoul

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  6. Prebiotics - Why You Need Them and How They Work

    Prebiotics - Why You Need Them and How They Work

    Just as you're getting comfortable with the fact that probiotics are good for you and you should pay attention to them, now you're hearing that there are things called prebiotics.

    Shouldn't you have heard about them first?! As in, pregame?

    Is this new-to-you concept some sort of hype that the supplement industry created because they saw $$ in selling probiotics?

    Nope! Not at all! We'll clear the smoke and clouds and help you understand exactly what they are and how they go to work for you (and your probiotics).

    The Beneficial Bug Review

    The Beneficial Bug Review

    Just in case you forgot: There are bacteria and yeast that populate your body, especially in your gut. Some are bad and, if go unchecked, can contribute to

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. I Don't Need Sunscreen In the Winter . . . . Or Do I?

    I Don't Need Sunscreen In the Winter . . . . Or Do I?

    Winter can be such a sad time for some people. Many attribute that to a lack of sunlight, so they slack off on protecting their skin from UV rays during the cold season. But is that really a good plan?

    Do you really need sunscreen in the winter?

    Dermatologists give that question a resounding yes!

    That may seem counterintuitive to you, so let's talk about it!

    Sunscreen is a Must All Year Long

    It is true that, in many climates, the UVB rays of the sun are weaker. Those are the radiation rays responsible for sunburns. But the UVA rays are just as strong. We'll talk more on that later.

    Since most people don't tend to sunburn as much or as

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  10. All Skin Types and Problems: There's a Moisturizer For That

    All Skin Types and Problems: There's a Moisturizer For That

    Choosing a good-quality moisturizer for your skin is just as important as choosing an effective cleanser. Maybe even more so! People with dry skin and oily skin, alike, struggle with the choice of finding a product that will take care of their skin.

    Many people struggle with the decision to even use a moisturizer in the first place, especially those with oily skin. Add in the stress of toddling down the skin care isle in the store, and trying to pick a good moisturizer for your skin type, and you have yourself a very daunting task! There are face creams and gels, lotions; some made for face, others made for body. Those made for dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin. Those with sunscreen, those with natural ingredients, others with anti-aging ingredients. Aaaaaargh!

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