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SKIN COLOR AND THE ROLE OF MELANIN

Human skin has red, yellow, brown and blue tones. What we actually perceive in skin color is the reflected light off the skin. The best way to see true skin color is in natural light.

Melanin is also known as pigment.  Melanin production is essentially a protective mechanism to prevent ultra violet damage to the cell nucleus.The basic unit of melanin is tyrosine, an amino acid which goes through a variety of conversions before melanin starts to form. Melanin is then transferred to the keratin cells by melanosomes. These cells rise to the stratum corneum, and eventually are sloughed from the skin.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 16:37

Controversial Ingredients

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What to Avoid and Why

 

With the ever expanding option of skin care products and cosmetics comes an ever expanding list of ingredient do’s and do not’s. Things can get confusing when trying to decipher what ingredients you need to avoid when selecting the latest anti-aging cream or mineral foundation. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and some ingredients you place on your skin can be absorbed directly into the body so it is extremely important to be aware of the products you’re using. To keep things simple here are three ingredients you can and should do without!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:29

Spring Break Skin Guide

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With spring break fast approaching, travel plans are coming together. While you’re packing your swimsuits or sunscreen for beach trips, or long johns and boots for your ski get away, keep these skin care tips in mind to reduce discomfort.

Before you fly cleanse your face with a soothing cleanser containing non-drying ingredients. Glycolic can have a tendency to dry skin so avoidusing your anti-aging cleansers right before your trip. A soothing toner will prep your skin for maximum benefits from your hydrating serum. The Anti-Oxidant Peptide Serum is formulated with apple stem cells and peptides and will increase epidermal hydration reducing the drying effect from the recycled air and elevation levels when flying. I know we all like to look our best when we land at our destination, but apply your makeup after you land to prevent it from further drying your skin during flight.

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