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Clean beauty has exploded over the past decade and with it has emerged an ever-growing list of chemicals we should avoid in our skin care products. You may have wondered exactly why many of these ingredients have been called out and eliminated. One broad class of no-fly ingredients are hormone disruptors.
Research concerning the potential harmful properties of blue light, a type of high-energy visible (HEV) light, originally began in the ophthalmology field ...however, conclusive research regarding blue light on the skin is slim and the findings are nuanced.
We each have unique lifestyles that contribute to the daily damage our skin experiences. So, how do we develop a skin care regimen that satisfies the multifaceted, universal characteristics of the skin but is still specific to our individual skin needs? 
You may have asked yourself why there are so many different products for the skin on your face compared to those for the skin on the rest of your body. It’s obvious to us that our facial skin is different than the skin on our arms and legs which is different than the glabrous, or hairless, skin on our hands and feet...
Our eyes are one of the greatest areas of concern as our skin changes with age. Sagging, hallowing, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles are common aesthetic problems that men and women seek to address, but they are notoriously difficult to treat with topical products.
Our skin serves as the first line of defense between us and insults from the outside world. Although we do our best to protect our skin and its microbiome by using sunscreen, clean beauty products, eating a diet rich in micronutrients, and staying hydrated, skin redness may still occur.
The use of oils in skin care is widely misunderstood. Many people equate all oils to the sebum produced naturally by the skin, which is often scapegoated as a direct cause of acne. However, oils are a vast category of substances with an array of properties – many of which can benefit the skin care routines of individuals of all skin types.
Lip care is just as important as caring for the rest of your skin. However, your lips have specific needs that require more than just your usual skincare products. Anatomical differences between the skin of your lips and the skin elsewhere on your face and body make them more susceptible to dryness and peeling.
Studies of the skin microbiome that exist on and within the human body is a fairly recent field, though holds potential to revolutionize the way we think about our health and immune systems. The skin microbiome is defined as the microorganisms (or microbiota), such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, which occupy the skin's environment.
Most of us already know that sunscreen is likely the most important step in our daily skincare routine to protect us from harmful UVA and UVB radiation that damages the deep layers of our skin cells. However, these days the big debate lies in what kind of sunscreen is best to use. 
Many times we think that glowing skin comes solely from the products we use. The reality is that our skin responds to what’s going on inside our bodies. The more we eat foods that are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, collagen, and amino acids, the better our skin will look and feel.
Acids. The word itself sounds scary when you think of it as something you apply to your skin. It engenders fear, although it doesn’t need to. So let’s demystify acids as they relate to skincare.

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