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Hyperpigmentation: Dark Spots On The Skin

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Dark spots on the skin are an extremely common condition, and they’re widely recognized across age, gender, and ethnicity. Also known as hyperpigmentation, dark spots are formed in a variety of ways. While hyperpigmentation can be a mark of aging skin, and in fact make us appear older than we are, some forms of skin discolouration can appear as young as early childhood.

Nutrients For Healthy Skin

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When it comes to your skin, we can’t stress the importance of a healthy diet. While some things like acne are primarily the result of genetics and hormones, skin problems on the outside can be a huge indicator of poor internal health. Usually when we have a skin problems like oil control, breakouts, and wrinkles, we immediately turn to products. And with all the products available, we’re sure to find one to cure our woes, aren’t we? Maybe, but we’re not fixing the problem. If anything we’re making it worse by covering it up without getting to the root of the problem. Instead, take your skin concern, and look inside first. Sometimes, the answer is as easy as eating more spinach or drinking more tea.

Stretch Marks

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What are stretch marks? What causes them, and how can we get rid of them?

Stretch marks are formed when the dermis is stretched, and cannot ‘bounce back’. The dermis is the middle layer of skin, and the one that’s responsible for supporting the epidermis (outer layer). When the dermis is stretched to the point of tearing, stretch marks form as a sort of scar. 

World Skin Tips

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Do you have any quirky beauty tips? Is it something you stumbled upon yourself, or something that's been passed down through the generations? Almost all of us can think of a few things we do, but we're not alone. People all over the world swear by these (often cultural) beauty quirks that have been around for so long for one main reason: they work!

With technology bringing the world closer together every day, we can now learn from these beauty tips and even try them out ourselves. So pick one and see how people in a different part of the world stay glamourous.

FDA Changes Sunscreen Guidelines

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Within the last year, some new FDA guidelines have come into effect regarding the labeling of sunscreens, and we’re going to feel the effect in Canada. The main questions I usually get with regards to sunscreen are:

1. What kind of sunscreen should I get?
2. Does sunscreen use really prevent skin cancer?

3. Does sunscreen use effect vitamin D levels?

We answer these questions and give you the update on the new FDA guidelines for sunscreen.

What Is Mineral Makeup?

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One of the newer trends in the cosmetic industry is mineral makeup. This is makeup that opts for natural ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals, which can irritate and damage the skin. However, mineral makeup isn’t a new concept. Since ancient times people have painted their faces and bodies with natural minerals and earthly pigments. Somewhere along the line though we started adding things, like artificial ingredients to bulk up the product and preservatives to give it a longer shelf life.

Mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, when pressed powders began being made with finely milled minerals. The frontrunners of the mineral makeup industry as we know it today are companies like JaneIredale, BareMinerals, and PurMinerals, all founded in the mid 1990’s. Since its arrival on the scene, mineral makeup has continued to grow in popularity. But be careful what you buy, because many of the products marketed as “mineral makeup” aren’t as true to the name as they may seem.

Tips for Great Skin

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I don’t need to tell you that living a healthy lifestyle will get you better looking skin. Or do I?

With a booming cosmetic industry full of "miracle" products and treatments, many people think they can ignore basic skin care rules and use these “cheats” when things get bad. “It’s okay, pass me that tanning oil...I’ll just get an IPL in the fall”. “I don’t need to wear a hat, they have lotions for hyperpigmentation now”.

Maybe it’s part of our “act now, worry about the consequences later” attitude, but many people actually believe this train of logic. But i’m here to tell you: no, no, no! We all know the cliche “the best defense is a good offense”, but when it comes to your skin, this is very good advice.

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