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There are a lot of ways to nurture your skin from serums to essences, moisturizers, and beyond. Let’s cut to the chase: we’re going to provide general guidance for layering these products to achieve the most out of their active ingredients and avoid pilling and antagonistic effects. 
Meditation is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, a practice that has been a mainstay in Eastern cultures for generations. Meditation can be traced back to the Vedic texts of ancient India, where they believe the physical body is controlled by a connection to the inner self [1]. 
It has become increasingly clear that our microbiome is a critical part of our health. From metabolism to sleep and brain function, the bacteria and other microorganisms that constitute our microbiome help maintain homeostasis. But did you know it’s just as essential to regulating the health and appearance of our skin? Let’s learn about the role of the microbiome in skin health and how to choose clean skin care to support it.
Our skin is our largest external organ and it endures quite a lot. Whether it be UV damage, viruses/microorganisms, or physical abrasions, our skin is the first line of defense of our immune system[1]. A less obvious way to support our skin against these insults lies in our diet. 
Do you ever read the back of your favorite moisturizer? Odds are there are some words you have never heard of before or can easily pronounce. In a world of confusing ingredients, we are here to clarify cosmetic labelling. 
There are many well-known interventions for achieving better skin like choosing clean skin care, eating a diet rich in micronutrients, and staying hydrated. However, there is one factor that is commonly overlooked: high quality sleep.
Fragrance is a vague term included in many skin care ingredient lists but what does it mean and why should we be concerned? Let’s unpack some of the common “fragrance” molecules and learn how to better navigate ingredient lists and informational resources.
The physiology of skin is just as complex as the other organs in our body, perhaps even more so as it is constantly challenged by external stressors and must maintain the skin barrier against these stressors.
In the skin care community, the word antioxidant gets thrown around a lot. Why does it seem like every otheractive ingredient is an antioxidant? Is there a difference inhow they combat oxidative damage?

Your skin has two major layers: the outer layer- the epidermis- and an inner layer- the dermis. The technical term for the skin barrier is the stratum corneum and it is the outermost sublayer of the epidermis.

Parabens are synthetic compounds that act as preservativeswithin cosmetic products, medicines and food products. Parabens work to preserve theingredients within various products by maintaining their stability within extensive ranges of pH, temperature, and chemical environments.
You’ve probably heard the term biohacking applied to almost everything recently from special diets to grounding (walking barefoot in nature) to bulletproof coffee to implanting electronic devices under our skin. But what does biohacking mean?

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