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April 10, 2019

Willow bark form the White Willow Tree has been used for centuries to treat aches and pains. It contains a natural chemical called salicin that blocks specific hormones that regulate inflammation. Today, an oxidized version known as Salicylic Acid is a staple in acne fighting skincare. Why?

Acne primarily results from an overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from pores) paired with an abnormally high rate of desquamation (shedding of skin cells) in individuals that lack enzymes breaking down the cellular glue. The result are clogged pores, in which acne bacteria can grow. 

Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic, or oil-soluble acid. This means it can break down sebum - the skin's own oils. It is also kreatolitic, meaning it can break down...

March 11, 2019

This one is definitely a tough one for me.. When you consume sugar or simple carbohydrates your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose. In a process known as glycation, digested sugar permanently attaches to proteins. Especially vulnerable are collagen and elastin: they become stiff, weak and less supple - as in sagging skin and wrinkles. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars men should consume per day is 9 teaspoons, or 6 for women. So if you see your energy drink has 34 grams of sugar, just divide it by 4 ... and you know what that means. 

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