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Intermittent fasting can have a greater effect on our skin than previously thought. It can trigger a process called autophagy, which is like the clearing of old and damaged cells and proteins to make way for newer, healthier ones.
Our main concern with winter weather is that it robs your skin of much needed moisture - causing extra dryness. Harsh winds combined with central heating and low humidity could leave you wanting to scratch your skin right off to relieve the irritation! 
It’s clear that both nature and nurture play a role in skin appearance as we age. However, outside of melanin production, what other genetic differences contribute to skin aging and resilience to stressors?
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that is classified as patches of darker skin compared to the surrounding skin areausually found on areas of the skin that are commonly exposed to the sun - such as the face, hands and feet.
Microcurrent facials are almost sensationless and involve sending a very low level of electricity through the layers of the epidermis and dermis. This latest beauty trend might seem a little strange but it has actually been around for a while.
With the recent rise in popularity of cosmeceuticals, a lot of attention and value have been placed on highly potent products. As a result, consumers have been encouraged to stock up on these potent (and often pricey) skin care items.

Ceramides are our skin’s built-in moisturizer. To go further, they are fatty acids called lipids that make up the majority of your uppermost skin layer - the epidermis. 

When participants are recruited for clinical dermatology research, the Fitzpatrick Skin Phototype Classification (FSPC) is the most commonly used method to stratify patients and identify differential skin responses.
We all experience stress many times throughout our lives. Do you ever notice that you break out more when you are stressed? In reaction to stress, our body produces a hormone called cortisol, which in turn signals your skin to produce more oil.
Saunas have been used as a way of healing for thousands of years. The ancient Mayans used dry heat saunas or “sweat houses” over 3,000 years ago to promote healing and health.  
Chemical exfoliants are a diverse group of skin care actives that can be used to target anything from dull skin to clogged pores and wrinkles. There are two main classes of chemical exfoliants: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
Conventional medicine is practiced from a deductive reasoning approach, coming to a hypothesis based on observation and logical reasoning. This is distinct from traditional, or eastern medicine, that sees the body in balance with its surroundings.

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