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September 11, 2017

Razor bumps got you down? Mandelic acid will come to your rescue!

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, razor bumps, shaving bumps — call them what you like, but I call them annoying!  Whether it’s on your face for the gentlemen or in your bikini area for the ladies, these bumps are especially irritating in the summer months when you add frequent shaving with high heat and humidity to the picture.   Razor bumps occur in areas where the hair is curly and the skin sensitive.  They happen when the hair grows inward back into the skin, causing inflammation.  I personally have used a very popular product (which I will not name here) to prevent shaving … Read more


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December 5, 2016

The 10 Reasons I Can’t Live without Argan Boost Serum™

By Ginger Hodulik, Downey, MS, CNS   Now that the winter is here and we are all dealing with the dry, itchy skin that comes along with the cold temperatures and lower humidity levels, I felt compelled to tell you about my favorite winter weather product.  Don’t get me wrong, I love argan boost serum™ all year long, but during the cold weather months, I simply can’t live without it!   Anyone who has had the opportunity to try the argan boost serum™ agrees that it is an amazing product.  With only 4 simple and natural ingredients, we call it … Read more


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September 2, 2016

Back To School Skin Care 101

Written by Tracey Coleman, LE It’s that time of year again for back to school shopping: school supplies, books, and of course a whole closet full of new outfits! As we begin to prepare for this upcoming school year, let’s not forget about our skin. This is the perfect time to get “back in the groove”, or even begin a new skin care regimen. Each generation has its own special needs this time of year to achieve and maintain healthy beautiful skin. Having the right skin care supplies will make the Back to School season even more exciting! Pre-Teens Pre-teens … Read more


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June 20, 2016

Exciting New Additions to the dmSkincare line for Summer 2016!

Who doesn’t love to try new things? Here at dmSkincare we constantly strive to improve our current products and to add new products to help our customers maintain brilliant, healthy skin. The skin is so variable – from day-to-day and person-to-person, the needs of your skin are constantly changing. These changes can be caused by the weather, hormones, diet, or a plethora of things. It’s a good idea to monitor and modify your daily skincare routine on a regular basis to accommodate the changing needs of your skin. We have expanded the dmSkincare line with some exciting new additions. Our … Read more


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February 2, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 30

Day 30 – Healthy Skin for Life, Incorporating the Challenge Components into Daily Living   The Healthy Skin Challenge is coming to a close. How well did you do? Were you able to incorporate some small changes into your diet and lifestyle to support healthy skin? I hope so, and I hope that your skin and YOU look and feel fabulous. Below is a recap of the components of the challenge:   Day 1 – Feed your skin with Fabulous Phytonutrients! Day 2 – Eat a Rainbow Day 3 – Focus on Crucifers Day 4 – Healthy Fats for a Healthy Glow … Read more


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February 1, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 29

Day 29 – Organization, the Key to Success   In keeping with the challenge from yesterday, let’s talk more about what is keeping you from doing all the healthy things you know you should do. For so many, organization is where they fall apart. There is no question that our society makes it very easy to eat unhealthy, processed fast foods and to live a sedentary lifestyle. As busy people we can easily fall out of line and back into bad habits because we simply run out of time to do the right thing. Organization is the key to success! With some … Read more


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January 31, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 28

Day 28 – Mind over Matter, moving past mental blocks to change   How is everyone doing with the #healthyskinchallenge? We have presented a lot of information about making changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you have the best skin and overall health possible. That being said, change is hard! Sometimes we know exactly what we should be doing, yet we can’t seem to make ourselves do it. If you are having a hard time incorporating the tips and dietary changes we have suggested into your daily routine, maybe you need some support. Here are some ideas for moving from … Read more


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January 30, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 27

Day 27 – To Supplement or Not?   Dietary supplements are big business. There people who sit strongly on either side of the debate to supplement or not. I’m going to weigh in on this controversial subject as a clinical nutritionist and would love to hear from all of you about your feelings on the subject here in this forum.   In my opinion, the most important thing to remember is that each person has a unique set of needs and lifestyle circumstances which need to be considered. I feel that most individuals who eat a healthy, whole foods based diet can meet … Read more


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January 29, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 26

Day 26 – Exercise is good for your skin!   There are tons of ways that exercise helps to keep our bodies and minds healthy, but did you know that exercise actually helps your skin to age more slowly?   Recent research done at McMaster University in Ontario confirmed that exercise is good for our skin too, especially as we age. Researchers found that after age 40, men and woman who exercised more frequently had thinner and healthier stratum corneums and dermis layers in the skin (closer in composition to 20 and 30 year olds), even at age 65!  Although the … Read more


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January 28, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 25

Day 25 – AGE’s: the connection between sugar and skin aging   Collagen loss is a main contributor to aging in our skin.   When we make less collagen than is broken down, skin that was once firm and smooth begins to be lax, dry and wrinkled. While external factors such as sun exposure can accelerate extrinsic skin aging, scientific evidence points to another culprit: glucose- (sugar) driven intrinsic aging.   You can relate this to cooking by looking at the browning reaction that occurs when you cook meat at high heat.  The same sort of process is taking place at … Read more


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January 27, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 24

Day 24 – Inflammation: a Complicated Subject   Earlier in the week I introduced the topic of inflammation and how internal inflammation shows up on our outward appearance, specifically our skin. We introduced the concept of systemic (meaning all throughout the body) inflammation and talked about specific foods that bring about inflammation on the skin. Today I’d like to explain in a little more detail what’s going on in the body when we eat certain foods that lead to inflammation.   Everything we eat undergoes a long and complex biochemical chain of events, from the first breakdown by the salivary amylase … Read more


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January 26, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 23

Day 23 – Calming Inflammation for Clear, Healthy Skin   Inflammation is the underlying cause of most chronic lifestyle disease. When our bodies are in a state of inflammation, slowly and steadily cellular damage that causes harm to our vital organ systems is occurring.  One outward sign of internal inflammation is the appearance of your skin. Inflamed skin is swollen, red, puffy, acneic and/or rashy. Not only is this an unattractive visually, but it accelerates aging of the skin and promotes the appearance of wrinkles later on.   You can take proactive steps towards promoting a healthy, anti-inflammatory state in … Read more


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January 25, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 22

Day 22- Ditch the Plastic Bottles   In keeping with our hydration challenge topic from yesterday, let’s address plastic water bottles. We all use them sometimes because they are convenient or the only source of drinking water available. For those of you who have travelled to countries like Mexico, you know that a drink of water from a plastic bottle is the best choice to avoid picking up a nasty stomach bug. However, when we are home and choices are available, I encourage you to ditch those plastic bottles.   Aside from the health reasons for ditching the plastic, let’s … Read more


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January 24, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 21

Day 21 – Hydration: the Foundation of Healthy Skin   It seems so simple and many times overstated, but water is a basic necessity of life! We need to drink to stay alive. But beyond the basic necessity of water to live, we need water to keep our cells healthy and functioning their best. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the appearance of our skin.   The role of water or hydration in our skin health is multi-faceted. Our cells require water to carry nutrients to the cells, flush out or excrete toxins and aid with digestion. Without proper hydration, … Read more


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January 23, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 20

Day 20 – Wired and Tired   Yesterday we challenged you to concentrate on getting better sleep to help build healthy skin. What’s the last thing you do before shutting your eyes to go to sleep? For many of us it involves our cell phones. During the past 10 years or so a whole new category of sleep disorders have been created due to cell phone and computer use, particularly before bedtime. The light and EMF from our electronic devices is affecting our brains and hormone regulation in a very negative way.   When you use your computer or cell phone, … Read more


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January 22, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 19

Day 19 – They call it beauty rest for a reason, the role of sleep in skin health   We’ve all heard the expression “beauty sleep”, but is there anything behind this expression? Does getting adequate rest really help us look better? The answer is yes, and it goes beyond more than just the obvious dark circles that show up under our eyes when we don’t get enough sleep.   Cell turnover and regeneration occur during our sleep. This includes all cells, so the cells that support our skin renew too. So when we skimp on sleep we do not allow … Read more


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January 21, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 18

Day 18 – Detoxifying Fiber   Toxins are everywhere and although there is much we can do to reduce our toxic exposures we can’t avoid all harmful chemicals.  There are some simple dietary changes we can make to help excrete harmful substances, primarily eating plenty of fiber in our diets.  Dietary fiber keeps food and waste moving through our system quickly. It also feeds those healthy bacteria we focused on earlier in the challenge.   Eating fiber rich foods helps the body to eliminate on a regular basis, taking the bad stuff out with the waste.  Fiber comes in two main … Read more


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January 20, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 17

Day 17 – Toxins, toxins everywhere… achieving healthy skin in a toxic environment   Did you know that your skin is a super absorber? As we discussed earlier, your skin is a major component of your immune system and acts as your first line of defense against environmental toxins. Medicines and vitamins can be applied to the skin and absorbed very effectively. Unfortunately, your skin can also absorb harmful, toxic chemicals as well. Harmful toxins can be taken into the body both through the foods we eat, which can be contaminated with pesticides, and also through the things we apply to our … Read more


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January 19, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 16

Day 16 – Breathing away your worries   Who takes the time to think about breathing? Typically, I don’t unless I’m in yoga class and am reminded to stop and pay attention to my breath.  The instructor asks us where our breath is coming from and challenges us to breathe more deeply into our bellies. We also alternate holding our nostrils to regulate breath. These simple techniques call attention to our breathing and help us to breath in a more productive and calming manner.   The study of breath has lead to some pretty incredible and effective techniques for managing stress. … Read more


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January 18, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 15

Day 15 – Use Mindfulness as a tool to reduce stress   Stress causes all sorts of real, physiological effects on the human body, from increased blood pressure and inflammation to hives and skin rashes. Stress affects not only our minds but also our bodies. A big component to maintaining healthy skin is in managing everyday stress, which is much easier said than done. We can’t control much of the stress in our lives, but we can control our reaction to the stress!   A simple and effective tool to managing stress is the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness means maintaining … Read more


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January 17, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 14

Day 14 – Don’t let stress sap your skin – the cortisol connection   Today we will change pace a little and focus on your lifestyle and in particular how stress can impact your skin. Your emotions have a significant effect on your skin.   A fairly new field of medicine called psychodermatology focuses on the intricacies of the mind-skin connection.   Doctors who specialize in psychodermatology treat skin problems that are caused or worsened by stress.   When a person becomes stressed, the level of the body’s stress hormone called cortisol rises. This increases signals to your sebaceous glands to produce … Read more


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January 16, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 13

Sprinkle on the Spices for Anti-inflammatory Power   It seems contrary to what you may think, but spices are anti-inflammatory foods! Herbs and spices contain bioflavonoid and polyphenol compounds that fight inflammation. There are literally hundreds of different varieties, but here are some with scientifically validated claims that they help boost your health! Ginger Slice fresh ginger and add to hot water for a digestive stimulating tea. You can slice and dice it and add Ginger to stir-fries for fabulous flavor or sugar coat it for a sweet treat. Along with being anti-inflammatory, ginger is a natural digestive aid. Chili … Read more


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January 15, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 12

  Day 12- Chocolate is a good thing! Throughout the challenge we talked about antioxidants, those compounds found in whole foods that “POW” out or neutralize the bad guys – the free radicals and prevent oxidative stress!  Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that have only one electron instead of two.  They scavenge around looking for electrons to steal, damaging cells along the way.  Foods that are rich in antioxidant are those that provide the needed oxygen molecule and squelch the free radicals.  We also discussed the ORAC scale, and guess what food is at the top of the list?  … Read more


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January 14, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 11

Day 11 –  Antioxidants in topical skincare   Skin aging comes from two sources – chronological aging which is simply a result of our time on this earth, and extrinsic skin aging, which is the result of external factors and environmental influence — mainly chronic sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation but also smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition. Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, antioxidants and fats all play important roles in maintaining healthy skin. Star players on the nutrition team to fight extrinsic aging are the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc, lutein, lycopene, genestein, ECGC, and … Read more


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January 13, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 10

Day 10 – Antioxidants prevent skin damage   Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation, also referred to as oxidative stress. They are nature’s way of protecting your cells from damage.   In this process of oxidation, free radicals breakdown skin tissue, speeding up the aging process.  Antioxidant-rich foods are plant-based and their protective compounds are referred to as phytochemicals, meaning derived from plants.  The best way to ensure that one is getting adequate antioxidants is to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day –remember challenge day 1?   All fruits and vegetables are good for us; however, certain plant … Read more


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January 12, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 9

Day 9 – Nourishing the flora that lives on your skin.   Many people don’t realize that our skin is alive with beneficial bacteria, similar to what is found in our gut (aka digestive system from start to finish).  These skin microbiota serve a vitally important role and act in an anti-biotic manner where they prevent the adherence of harmful bacteria to the skin, while enhancing immune function.  Just as the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics can cause GI issues when we take them to treat infections, the same applies to the skin.  When we strip away our healthy skin bacteria … Read more


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January 11, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 8

Day 8 – Feeding Your Probiotics with Prebiotic foods   The term probiotic means “for life”.  Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be found in various foods and supplements. When you eat probiotics, you add these healthy bacteria to your intestinal tract.  Probiotic bacteria like lactobacilli are naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea  and yogurt. Some functional foods will have added probiotics to enhance the nutritional value of the food.   Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Unlike probiotics they are not living microorganisms.  Prebiotics … Read more


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January 10, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 7

Day 7 – How our gut and skin are connected   The skin supports a delicate ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria.  One square inch of skin holds up to 500 million microorganisms!  (Equal to about the size of a pea)  When most of us think of microorganisms we think of bad things, but some, called probiotics help keep the bad microbes in check and maintain healthy skin.  Your gut is also lined with bacteria – both good and bad.  Many nutritionists believe that your gut health is reflected in your skin.  When gut flora are out of balance … Read more


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January 9, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 6

Day 6 – Choosing the right oils   As we discussed a few days ago, our body needs certain essential fatty acids to be taken in via diet.  The issue is that in general Americans are getting too much of the Omega 6 kind and not enough Omega 3.  That said, we need some Omega 6 and oil is a staple for many in food preparation and dressing.   Today we will talk about how to choose a high quality, healthy oil and which ones are best in specific applications. The method by which the oil is extracted from its plant … Read more


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January 8, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 5

Day 5  –  Coconut oil                                                                                             Coconut oil is a unique fat. It is a saturated fat, which many equate with being bad for health when in fact it is not.  Saturated fats play an important role in the diet and should be consumed in moderation.  One special attribute about coconut oil is that it … Read more


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January 7, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 4

Day 4 –  Healthy fats for a healthy glow! For many years now fat has been villanized. Fat is not bad, it’s a matter of making good choices when it comes to eating fats.  Each skin cell is surrounded by two layers of fat that make up the cell walls and is known as the phospholipid bilayer. Dietary fat is critical to create well hydrated, glowing skin. Problems arise when we are out of balance in terms of the types of fats we eat.  Our body requires certain fats called “essential fatty acids”. There are two main types – Omega 3 … Read more


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January 6, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 3

Day 3 of our Healthy Skin Challenge – Focus on crucifers! Cruciferous or Brassica vegetables have some powerful attributes, including the reported ability to prevent cancer and regulate hormones. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D and E and scientists have isolated a constituent in cruciferous vegetables called Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) that is especially beneficial to estrogen metabolism. When I3C combines with stomach acid it creates 3,3-Diindolylmethane, or DIM. The metabolism of DIM promotes healthy estrogen metabolism which many report eases hormonal acne flares and other symptoms of peri-menopause like hot flashes and breast tenderness. Read more … Read more


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January 5, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 2

Day 2  –  Eat a rainbow   We frequently hear this expression, but do you know why we should eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors every day?  The different colors in our produce represent the unique protective compounds found in the plants. The color wheel below offers a simple summary of the colors and their benefits.   Today, continue to eat your 5-7 servings of plant foods per day with the added challenge of trying to eat from each color family.   These options focus on a different color in each recipe! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/eat-the-colors-of-the-rainbow-with-these-clean-eating-recipes/    


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January 4, 2016

Healthy Skin Challenge Day 1

Fabulous phytonutrients, how plants feed our skin cells.   Day 1     Feed your skin with Fabulous Phytonutrients! Phytonutrients are compounds that plants produce to protect themselves from damage. They offer us similar benefits in the way they combat free radicals in our bodies. Our skin is our first line of defense from environmental and other toxins. If we provide our skin with the powerful nutrients that come from plants, we fortify our skin, detoxify and provide necessary constituents to create new skin cells. Read more about phytonutrients here:   http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/why-you-need-phytonutrients-and-the-4-best-places-to-get-them http://life.gaiam.com/article/get-your-4-phytonutrients-these-prevention-power-foods     Your challenge is to eat 5-7 servings … Read more


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December 24, 2014

All About Argan Oil – Beauty Industry’s Liquid Gold

Argan oil is a natural plant oil extracted from the kernels of argan tree nuts in Morocco, which has traditionally been used for skin diseases and as a beauty product for skin and hair.   Around 2011 argan oil rose to popularity in the United States with over 100 products in the hair care and skincare industry containing this natural ingredient. This increase in popularity has motivated the Moroccan government to push production from 2,500 to 4,000 tons by 2020. We are, of course, relieved that there will be no shortage of this wonderful ingredient anytime soon, as it is … Read more


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October 29, 2014

dmSkincare clari-tone serum™ Featured in American Spa Magazine

“Targeting the basal layer of the skin, this dmSkincare lightening formula helps to block the overproduction of pigment with a combination of alpha arbutin, azelaic acid, kojic acid, and vitamins C and E.”   Now with a higher concentration of actives, this serum contains pigment lightening agents to block the overproduction of pigment where it is formed in the basal layer of the skin. Kojic acid dipalmitate, azelaic acid and alpha-arbutin are a powerful combination of clinically tested ingredients that inhibit tyrosinase activity. Antioxidant Vitamins C and E give added protection from environmental damage while salicylic and lactic acids provide … Read more


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October 24, 2014

Avoid Scary Skin this Halloween

Just because you want to scare your friends with the best Halloween costume and face paint, “beware” you may pay the price later. Here we have another example about how topical and nutritional inputs can come together and result in ghoulish consequences for your skin. Healthy skin is best achieved when we approach it from the inside out and outside in.     Cheap commercial face paints are thick, petroleum based products which are loaded with toxic chemicals and dyes; clogging pores big-time. It’s also important to note that many people have allergic reactions to these face paints, leading to … Read more


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September 23, 2014

Put Your Best Fall Face Forward

A little chill in the air, the crunch of colorful leaves underfoot; the sights and sounds of fall are here!     Has your skin weathered the summer well, or are signs of sun damage, fine lines, or breakouts apparent in your complexion? This is the perfect time to put some focus back on your skin. Are you ready to try a new skincare routine, but unsure how to start? Visit your local aesthetician to have a facial and get some home skincare recommendations. Your skin will feel so wonderful that it will be easy to get your new routine … Read more


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August 20, 2014

Back To School Skin Care 101

It’s that time of year again for back to school shopping: school supplies, books, and of course a whole closet full of new outfits! As we begin to prepare for this upcoming school year, let’s not forget about our skin. This is the perfect time to get “back in the groove”, or even begin a new skin care regimen. Each generation has its own special needs this time of year to achieve and maintain healthy beautiful skin. Having the right skin care supplies will make the Back to School season even more exciting!     Pre-Teens Pre-teens and tweens may … Read more


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July 3, 2014

The 3 P’s for Summertime Skin

It’s summertime, and boy are we happy to get out in the sun! After such a brutal winter, isn’t everyone craving that sunshine? We also clearly know about the risks of UV exposure leading to signs of aging and skin cancer. But what is a girl to do? Since we do like to have it all, let’s find ways to protect our skin and enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s what I propose: Be prepared with the 3 P’s!   Prevention We’ve heard “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This is true for skin, too. The antioxidants … Read more


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