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What is the best way to take care of your skin?

What is the best way to take care of your skin?

As you perhaps already know, many factors affect the look and appearance of our skin, including the food and drinks we consume, the habits we have in relation to smoking and sun exposure, and the types of skincare products we use. To put it another wya: taking care of your skin is also about taking care of ourselves. In this post, we'll be taking a look at some specific skincare factors that support healthy, happy skin. Skincare routines: There are almost as many skincare routines as there are people using skincare. All of us have our own preferred routines, which...

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Topical steroids: What do I need to know?

Topical steroids: What do I need to know?

What is a topical steroid? Steroids are naturally occurring chemicals, produced mainly by the adrenal glands, which are the small glands located on top of each kidney. The steroids used as medications are a man-made version of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. There are different types of steroids, and the type most commonly used to treat skin problems is known as a corticosteroid. Topical steroids are applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation. They are generally used when other measures such as emollients are ineffective. Several forms of topical steroids are available, depending on the...

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What is the role of alcohol in skincare products?

What is the role of alcohol in skincare products?

Manufacturers of skincare products often use short-chain alcohols such as ethanol and propanol as they help other ingredients to mix together, and they have germ-killing properties. Alcohols are also included in some cosmetic products to help other ingredients penetrate the skin. In products like toners and cleansers, alochols are used to help shrink pore size and tighten skin. These alcohols are also very volatile and give products a quick-drying finish. Despite how commonly they are used in skincare products, these short-chain alcohols are not ideal cosmetic ingredients as they can irritate the skin and they cause loss of water by...

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Understanding skin: What's it made of and, aside from the obvious, what does it do?

Understanding skin: What's it made of and, aside from the obvious, what does it do?

The skin is what shields the human body from our external environment, and it's the body's largest organ, with a total area of about 20 square feet. As your body's shield, it provides various functions such as protection from microbes and irritants, helping to regulate body temperature, and giving you your sensation of touch. It is, therefore, no wonder, that a healthy and intact skin is important for a person's general well being. The skin’s composition The human skin can be divided into three different layers with very distinct composition and properties. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the...

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Simple tips and tricks for life with sensitive skin

Simple tips and tricks for life with sensitive skin

People with sensitive skin are often characterised as having what's known as a "lower barrier integrity. This means that external stimuli are able to penetrate and affect the skin, triggering processes that leads to reddening, itching and scaling. So it's no surprise that what people with sensitive skin apply on their skin has a tremendous effect on the reactions they experience. To help you make the best choices for your sensitive skin, we have compiled a list of things to keep in mind: Cleansers and facial washes are something that many people have as part of their daily routine, but...

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