Archive for July, 2013

What’s the fuss “aloe-bout”?

  As anybody who has walked down any drugstore lotion and cream aisle, there is an awful lot of aloe being thrown about – aloe in body wash, aloe in skin care products, aloe in healing ointments, aloe in lip balm, and the list goes on. So what is aloe, why is it special, and should I care? I know aloe is a succulent plant native to Africa. I also know that it tastes good in the Chinese bottled drinks I get from the grocery store and that my mom believes creams containing aloe helps cuts to heal without leaving

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The Sunshine Vitamin

  For weeks now, I have been harping on the devastating effects of sunshine – sunburns, skin aging, skin cancer. But, just like any other entity, there are two sides to sunshine. Yes, we all know the bad things that can happen to us if we bake in the sun (or at least we should now know), but don’t we all feel wonderful after being out in the sunlight and enjoying nature? The short answer is of course we do. Sunlight exposure leads to tanning, tanning leads to endorphin release, endorphin release makes happy people, and happy people are, well

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Please sir, may I have some more…fried food?

  I’m sure we all grew up listening to our mothers tell us not to eat deep-fried foods because it was going to make our skin more oily, give us more acne, and just in general ruin our complexion. I can attest to the fact that I’m just as guilty as the next person when it comes to ordering Shake Shack fries and finishing the entire serving by myself, or sneaking a couple of potato chips from the snack cupboard. Every time I indulge, I hear my mother’s voice from 5000 kilometers away screaming at me that I am ruining

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The Latest Sunscreen Labels Coming to a Drugstore Near You

  Change is good. Even when it means a little confusion and bewilderment at first; overall, there is some benefit to change. So last year, when the FDA approved a new sunscreen labeling system/monograph, the first real change since 1999, everybody groaned (even though we all tell ourselves “change is good”). But fear not! These new labels are actually fairly simple to navigate, make purchasing sunscreen easier, and come with handy-dandy warning labels just in case you don’t care about all the other stuff. As of December 17, 2012, the FDA mandated that all sunscreen companies must comply with its

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A poll of my friends (both guys and girls) has revealed they worry most about acne. The kicker . . . we’re all in our twenties!

  A poll of my friends (both guys and girls) has revealed they worry most about acne. The kicker . . . we’re all in our twenties! I thought being in my twenties meant that I would never ever have to deal with another pimple ever again. I thought the days of crazy hormone levels and excess oil production were all behind me, and not just behind me, but also behind all of my friends. Turns out, I was dead wrong. Not only do we twenty-something-year-olds get pimples occasionally (some more than others), it’s the single skin condition we worry

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