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LAB READS

While schools around the country are ramping back up and people are returning to work, stress can be evidently felt. We all experience stress many times throughout our lives. The human body actually has developed mechanisms to deal with stress, which can prove useful.
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.
Too much sun exposure can lead to sunburning which accelerates skin aging and increases the risk of various types of skin cancer. But how does radiation from the sun affect our skin on a daily basis? 
There are a lot of ways to nurture your skin. We’re going to provide general guidance for layering products to achieve the most out of their active ingredients and avoid pilling and antagonistic effects. 
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. Regardless of which type of meditation, you can reap the health benefits of this practice.
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. 
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.
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.

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