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May 15, 2019

One of the primary function of the skin as an organ is protection. Healthy skin is a protective barrier against outside elements (UV and free radicals) and microorganisms. Sebum (oil) secreted by our pores, lipids (protective oils between epidermal cells), sweat and water together form the acid mantle that effectively protects the skin from water-loss and external factors: it is essential to keep this natural barrier function intact.

How does a compromised skin barrier look and feel? Dry, itchy, irritated, sensitive... To keep your skin radiant, plump and healthy, minimize sun exposure (wear sunscreen and protective gear), avoid overzealous exfoliation and harsh products and chemicals on the skin, keep your skin well hydrated (he...

April 3, 2019

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body. It stimulates production of immune system cells, and increases levels of circulating antibodies within the blood. It further helps to maintain blood vessel walls and thus prevents cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps the body deal with stress. Ascorbic Acid aids the production of collagen, a protein that supports cell growth and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C helps the skin repair itself and thus aids the creation of scar tissue, as well as the diminishment of acne scars, and the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the production of melanin.

A Powerful Antioxidant

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant: it slows the rat...

March 13, 2019

Let us introduce you to another skincare superhero: Hyaluronic Acid (HA). 

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrating substance naturally occurring in the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. It aids in collagen synthesis, retains skin moisture and is a key piece in cell generation. Sounds great, right? Except that 80% of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin is lost between the ages of 40 – 80.

So, let’s do something about it and give our skin what it needs. Hyaluronic Acid is considered a miracle moisturizer as it can hold 1000 times its weight in water and addresses both intrinsic aging as well as extrinsic aging from sun damage, pollution and other stressors. As a humectant, it draws water out of the environment and locks it into the s...

March 6, 2019

We have all heard about them: retinoids, retin-A, retinols… The skincare miracle. The hero of the drugstore. Or do I need a prescription product?

Are you confused? Here is the scoop.

Retinoids are compounds derived from the Vitamin A family. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. The tiny molecular size is perfect for topical application: it can penetrate deep into the skin to work its magic. 

The difference between Retinoic Acid and Retinol

Retinoic acid (commonly known as Retin-A) and retinol are both in part of the retinoid family. Retinoic acid is found only in prescription creams. Retinol is less potent and...

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