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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.

Sunburns

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Summer is finally upon us, but for some, that means the beginning of the daily battle with the dreaded fire in the sky. While everyone should be sun-conscious year round, the sun is much stronger during the summer months, making us more susceptible to its harmful effects. People with paler skin know the woes of the sun much more than those with darker pigment, because they lack the protection of melanin. But do you know what actually happens when you get a sunburn? Read on to find out what’s happening when you fry, what it means for your skin, and some unlikely cures to these painful burns.

Anti-Wrinkle Creams

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You’ve probably heard a lot about anti-wrinkle creams, and no doubt you’ve seen them line the shelves of every cosmetic store. Creams that boast they can “rewind the clock”, “fight aging” and “fill in wrinkles”. But do they actually work? And if so, how are they working?

The anti-aging branch of the cosmetic product market grosses millions of dollars a year. With the industry booming, more and more products are being created and marketed towards people trying to slow or prevent the natural aging process. However, the FDA has fairly lax standards when it comes to cosmetic products that boast anti-aging effects. Their concern lies in the safety of a product, not its effectiveness. Therefore there’s no guarantee that the cream labeled “anti-wrinkle” will actually reverse your fine lines and prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Sunscreen & Your Skin

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We all know the importance of sunscreen, but do you know what it’s actually doing to protect you? Do you know what to look for when you shop? Did you know different sunscreens protect against different things?

With the continued evolution of science, we know much more today about the sun and its effects on our skin than ever before. Things we previously thought harmless we now know are extremely dangerous, and the impact the sun has on our skin has (no pun intended) really come to light.

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.

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