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Iron Imbalances and the Critical Impact It has on Your Skin

Iron Imbalances and the Critical Impact It has on Your Skin

Did you know that iron deficiency affects up to 20% of women in the United States, especially in women of color. Not only does this impact our overall health but the toll it takes on the skin is deserves way more attention than this condition receives. Iron plays a key role in both oxidative stress and photo-induced skin damage- two major contributors to aging as well as skin cancer.  Iron is a vital co-factor for proteins and enzymes involved in energy metabolism, respiration, DNA synthesis, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Historically, it has long been known that iron is essential for healthy...

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That Cream from 2012 Would Like a Word With You

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That Cream from 2012 Would Like a Word With You

It’s going to be over 60 degrees here in Massachusetts this week and that means SPRING! I don’t think I have ever been this excited about spring’s arrival before. I’m fricken pumped. Windows open to let fresh air wash over the stale months of winter. Birds chirping, pastels showing up all over, and the biological drive for me to clean the crap out of everything. Am I the only one this happens to? Spring is the time to clean out what doesn’t serve us. To gather donations, clear out dust and cobwebs, and shine a light on what we have...

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What Type of Exfoliation is Best for Me?

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What Type of Exfoliation is Best for Me?

Exfoliants are probably the 2nd most important step and the number 1 most misunderstood step of skin care routines. The type of exfoliation you need depends on a number of variables. Here we address all the different ways that we can properly exfoliate without causing damage based on our skin type and age.  Exfoliant Type Skin Condition Age Range Weekly Need Vitamin A Retinol Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Acne Scarring 30's-60's 2x-7x a week Beta Hydroxy Acids Pustular Acne, Oily Skin Teens-40's Daily Alpha Hydroxy Acids Hormonal Acne, Acne Scarring, Wrinkles, Sun Damage 20's-50's 2x-Daily Enzymatic Papaya Pineapple Oily Skin, Acne...

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Hydration vs Moisture- What's The Difference?

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Hydration vs Moisture- What's The Difference?

Let's dive in to the difference between moisture and hydration.

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