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LAB READS

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. Recently, parabens have received scrutiny for their ability to act as hormone disruptors.
You’ve probably heard the term biohacking applied to almost everything recently from special diets to grounding to bulletproof coffee to implanting electronic devices under our skin. But what does biohacking mean?
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.
We know that UV light damages our skin but what about blue light? We lay out facts about blue light, debunk some common misconceptions about its effects on our skin, and help you evaluate your skincare protection strategy.  
We each have unique lifestyles that contribute to 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? 
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 but you may not know what biological phenomena are responsible for these differences.
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.
Skin redness is extremely common and is often your body’s attempt at trying to heal whatever may have caused irritation. Read more about potential causes of skin redness as well as some tips on how to soothe irritated skin. 
The use of oils in skin care is widely misunderstood. 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.

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