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WHY YOUR SKIN NEEDS ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are vital to a healthy skin care regimen.  The major antioxidants found in the skin are Vitamin C and E, which we should get from our diet, and coenzyme Q10, glutathione and lipoic acid, which are produced by our bodies.  Free radicals cause chronic damage to your skin cells, and antioxidants can neutralize these dangerous molecules. Increasing these antioxidants with supplements can replenish your natural reservoir, but you need pretty large amounts to get only a modest effect. Many antioxidants are basically unstable compounds, so their ability to get delivered into the skin in topical…

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HOW TO COPE WITH ECZEMA

Itchy, red, inflamed patches, blisters and cracking…these could be signs of eczema or atopic dermatitis, a very skin common problem. Depending on the cause, eczema can flare up with severe symptoms at times. It can also be a chronic problem for many people with less intense symptoms and less frequent flares. Eczema means different things to different people. Up to 20 percent of children and one to three percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Some of the most common causes and irritants are detergents, soap, synthetic fabrics, sweating, household…

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SMART SUN PROTECTION

The new buzzword in sun protection isn’t UVA or UVB. It’s HEV – high-energy visible light. HEV is an enemy of healthy skin due to its ability to damage cells. Exposure to powerful forms of light can be a safety hazard. This hazard concerns doctors more and more as people are continuously surrounded by an increasing variety of artificial light sources, such as computers, digital devices, fluorescent lights and LED sources. These unnatural forms of light release large amounts of powerful radiation known as High-Energy Visible Light. High-Energy Visible (HEV) Light is made up of certain colors…

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Back to School With Clear Skin

College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course. Stay calm and carry on. ZO Skin Health has solutions that are easy and simple enough even for an overscheduled student to stick with. Acne may be caused by genetics or hormones, and usually it’s a combination of multiple factors.   Contributing factors may include diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and did we mention stress? If you are not exfoliating regularly because crashing for…

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The M Word

Menopause is a word most women would rather not ever hear. But sadly, it can start in your 30s and last til your 60s in some cases. Among the many changes that women experience during this time are those affecting the skin, and unfortunately it’s not great news. Menopausal Skin Changes Dry skin as oil glands become less active Skin thinning Decrease in collagen and elastin Loss of facial volume Deepening of wrinkles and folds Increased levels of testosterone and facial hair Pigmentary changes The best defense against all these changes is a comprehensive skin care…

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The Redness of Rosacea

Picture this. Your face flushes for no reason and without notice. Your cheeks often look ruddy and you can see tiny spider veins. You sometimes have breakouts in those areas too. You get flare-ups sometimes after eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, and when the weather get hot and humid. If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from Rosacea. April is Rosacea Awareness Month, which calls out the symptoms of Rosacea to make people more aware of this all too common problem. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is often called “Curse of the Celts”…

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Pre-Valentine’s Day Lip Shape Up

With Valentine’s almost here, luscious lips are taking center stage. The first thing you should be mindful of is preventing and restoring healthy, soft lips. Cold weather and sun exposure are the major culprits when lips get dehydrated.  Cool air, reduced humidity and wind can leave the thin lip skin with deep cracks. When lips get dry and uncomfortable from moisture loss, chapping and painful cracking and peeling are not far behind. The consistent use of a protective balm can prevent your lips from drying out. Emollients in tubes or pots can also reverse the problem….

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The Truth Behind Anti-Aging Claims

The anti-aging movement has fostered an increased public awareness that many of the cutaneous changes associated with aging can now be prevented and reversed. Yet sorting through the anti-aging claims in today’s skincare market can often become a lesson in separating fact from fiction. Case In point, the recent crack down by the FDA on products that claim to affect the genetic structure of the skin. These products have not been adequately tested to prove this benefit, and if they did act as claimed, they would be considered a drug and not a cosmetic. On the…

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The Great Skin Care Conspiracy

Sometimes the odds of getting a good product are bad when it comes to skin care. The creams and lotions that claim to clear, lift, firm, tighten, and correct your complexion don’t always do what they say they’re going to. Less than 50% of the products you put on your face actually help you look younger. And even fewer than that are worth what you pay for them. Why are skin care products so confusing? And why is there so little brand loyalty? Part of the problem is that the last 20 years have brought a…

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All Cleansers Are Not The Same

There are a wide range of ingredients used to formulate facial cleansers, so it is important to understand how cleansers work. Facial cleansers function in three basic ways: To remove surface debris, make-up and oil. To dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. To prepare the skin to better absorb treatment and moisturizing products. Most drug-store cleansers remove surface dirt and oil, but they do little to promote cell turnover and prepare the skin for the benefits of the products that follow. In fact, many cleansers leave the skin feeling either tight and dry…

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