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Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions can crop up regardless of age. Get lifestyle, supplement, and skin care tips to help you conquer these and other common skin issues.  Think acne appears just on teenagers? Or eczema is common only on a baby’s bottom? Turns out, acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions can crop up regardless of age and have a host of culprits, including the environment, diet, hormones and chemicals in everyday products. “Toxic overload is the cause of all of these skin conditions,” says Laeh Benyamin, a lead practitioner at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Boulder, Colorado. Luckily, [...]
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Education, Health & Beauty
The notion of whether you’re slathering your body with lotion using genetically engineered ingredients may not yet be high shoppers’ list if concerns. But is it an issue that will gain steam as both the natural beauty and non-GMO industries continue to grow? Absolutely. In fact, the Non-GMO Project recently told us that personal care is the fastest-growing non-GMO Project Verified category. Indeed, many cosmetics contain GMOs, and they’re often difficult to trace because of the various extracts and derivatives used in a single product. The most common culprits, according to Courtney Pineau, assistant director of the Non-GMO Project are: [...]
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Education, Health & Beauty
Ask any dermatologist her number-one skin care recommendation, and she’ll probably reinforce what your momma always told you: Wear your sunscreen. Yet startling rates of skin cancer—the most common cancer in the United States, which will strike one in five Americans in her lifetime—indicate the need for deeper understanding of how sunscreen works and which types are most effective. Traditionally, dermatologists have steered people toward chemical sunscreens, which are easily absorbed by the skin and may not effectively shield from UVB and UVA rays, says Denis Dudley, MD, an endocrinologist who has turned his attention to researching and formulating [...]
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Dermatologists, retailers and consumer groups are increasingly recommending mineral sunscreen products for their high performance and safer ingredient profile. But there’s one major mineral misstep: using plant-based ingredients that are not FDA approved to get higher SPF values. Yeah, that’s bad. And it’s happening more and more often, according to the Environmental Working Group, an organization that provides research and education about the environment. That means that something good can actually be bad if we don’t pay enough attention or ask the right questions. Why Mineral Sunscreens Are Better​​ The mineral sunscreen industry has gained popularity in recent years due to [...]
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Education, Health & Beauty
A huge thank you for those of you who came out for our Essential Oils 101 class with Basking Ridge's Nutritionist, Megan Maguire. Meg has been studying aromatherapy for over 20 years, and her expertise is inspiring! Missed the class? We have you covered with these key takeaways:   What Are Essential Oils? They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They give plants their distinctive smells and are produced as a survival mechanism.  The 10 Most Common Essential Oils 1. Lavender The most commonly used essential oil Comes from the flower of the plant [...]

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