Archive for October, 2013

The Benefits of Oil

  “Oil” seems to be the new buzzword in skin and hair care lately, and more specifically argan oil. Now I must say, I had my doubts about this one. I have a real fetish about clean skin, and the application of oil seemed to be taking me in the wrong direction. But, as with all things regarding skin fads, I jumped in wholeheartedly this summer, and bought myself some products from the brand synonymous with argan oil, Josie Maran. Since I was about to hit up the Californian coast for the summer, I purchased the moisturizer with SPF 40+,

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Gluten-free… cosmetics?

  We’ve all heard about it, and it’s trending so much even Miley Cyrus has it – it’s gluten-free. I’m sure everyone knows someone who suffers from gluten-intolerance to varying degrees. For me, it’s my mom, and she has kindly agreed to let me share her story. My mom has had stomach problems since childhood and these continued to plague her for most of her adult life. I remember times when her symptoms of pain, constipation, bloating, extreme weight-loss and anemia would become so bad that trips to the emergency room had to be made. No doctor ever figured out

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The Newest Treatment Options for Melanoma

  Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. As with all skin cancer, melanoma develops due to genetic mutations of the DNA (either by inheritance or UV radiation). Risk factors for the development of melanoma include: skin pigmentation (fair-skinned individuals are at a higher risk), childhood exposure to sunlight, number of peeling/blistering sunburns in a lifetime, a family history of melanoma, and those born with multiple atypical/dysplastic moles, as well as those with large moles at birth. Interestingly, socio-economic status seems to play a large role in melanoma development, with the highest rates occurring in professionals. Melanomas are

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Konjac is More Than Just “Yam Tofu”

  With my skin obsessions, it’s no wonder that I get a little excited when new fads and crazes in skin care appear. The newest addition to my ever-growing collection is a konjac cleansing sponge. Now I don’t know about you, but the only time I ever hear of konjac is when I go to hotpot with friends. So I figure if something is that yummy, it must have special properties other than that of filling my tummy. With the slight trepidation that all I was about to do was rub a noodle-like substance all over my face, I sallied

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