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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

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Seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, is a common skin disorder that effects 3-5% of the population. It is found mainly on the scalp and face in scaly, itchy, red skin patches. The patches of skin can appear thick, and either yellow or red in color, and sometimes these patches can look shiny. Seborrhea commonly appears on the upper chest and back or other areas of the body that contain more sebaceous glands. Babies can also suffer from this condition and is typically known as cradle cap, which will usually clear up by their first birthday. While this skin condition is non-contagious, the people who suffer often will find it difficult to treat.

The causes of seborrhoeic dermatitis are not yet known by doctors but there are key factors that may play a role in its origin. There is natural occurring yeast called malassezia that grows in sebum, an overabundance of malassezia can cause flare-ups and inflammation. Also a change in season can be a trigger to a flareup, so seborrhea is usually more prevalent in the winter time. Seborrhoeic dermatitis has also been linked to people who have neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and in people who are stressed and fatigued would be at greater risk. It seems to also be related to hormones and genetics, but doctors are not sure why.

Treatments for seborrhoeic dermatitis includes creams and lotions as well as medicated shampoos for the scalp. In some severe cases a doctor can prescribe an oral or topical medication to help reduce symptoms, because usually an antifungal product will help keep the flareups at bay. If you have seborrhoeic dermatitis on your scalp, an anti-fungal shampoo that contains selenium sulfide, coal tar, zinc pyrithione, or salicylic acid can be effective (we recommend DCL Salicylic Acid Shampoo). Even over the counter shampoos and products should be used as directed or as a physician prescribes. Alternative methods for helping symptoms include the use of phototherapy which uses LED lights to inhibit the growth of malassezia which can reduce inflammation. Also the use of natural ingredients such as aloe, coconut oil and tea tree oil have helped certain people.

People who have seborrhoeic dermatitis sometimes think they just have dry skin or dandruff because their skin or scalp is flaky and itchy. Dandruff is considered the less inflammatory form of seborrhoeic dermatitis. If people do not know the specific skin condition they are dealing with, this can cause people to use products that are too heavy and are greasy on the skin which can aggravate the condition. A doctor would be able to determine the best course of action for you to ensure you are getting the care you need.


Hot Product: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel

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Skinceuticals is known for producing innovative skincare products and has just developed their newest product, the Phloretin CF Gel. The formula is similar to the regular Phloretin CF, but is now a gel form with added benefits. The gel consistency allows the pure active ingredients to remain in the product for targeted penetration, to ensure you are getting the full benefits of the product.

The SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel contains 2% Phloretin, 10% Vitamin C, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid. This formula will protect your skin from free radical damage while regulating pigment production. The three ingredients when used together will help to speed up cell turnover and stimulate collagen so the results will be a more even and brighter complexion while firming the skin.The new formula also contains caffeine and Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract which will address inflammation in the skin and increase circulation.

The texture of the new gel is great for sensitive, combination, and normal skin types and works by reinforcing the barrier of the skin to help keep it protected. It works very well as skin primer and can be used in conjunction with any moisturizer or sunscreen product you may be using.

NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum

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NIA24 is known for addressing hyperpigmentation with the key ingredient Pro-Niacin. This same star ingredient is in NIA24’s new product the Rapid Depigmentation Serum as well as Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol. Hexylresorcinol is a skin brightening enzyme that helps to even out blotchy skin tones and age spots by breaking up excess melanin. The Rapid Depigmentation Serum will help to even out skin tone and reduce existing hyperpigmentation while evenly distributing the pigment in the skin for a more even appearance. The serum is very light-weight and can be used in combination with any other treatment products that you may be using. It is recommended to apply either the NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex or Intensive Recovery Complex over top of the serum for added benefits.

Of course we would suggest a great SPF to use with your brightening products to help keep your skin healthy and protected. We like the NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 which is lightweight and oil free; perfect for daily use.

Go Bare… BareMinerals, That Is!

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bareminA lot of us are switching to mineral makeup these days for the flawless coverage that it provides. It is important to know the proper techniques when applying bareMinerals, because if you apply too much it can often look messy and cakey. You are also wasting money by overusing the product, when in fact bareMinerals is actually very cost effective.

bareMinerals uses only the finest quality ingredients in their products, the entire line is a perfect blend of makeup and skincare. That is why people of all skin types and concerns can use this product. bareMinerals offers a diverse range of 20 shades, and you can also custom blend shades to get the perfect look for any season or skin concern.

bareMinerals also comes in a matte finish so if you have skin that is oilier or you really like a matte finish, this is your ideal choice. With so many color options, and such quality ingredients, it’s no wonder that bareMinerals has attracted millions of loyal fans!

Keep in mind that bareMinerals also makes great eye shadows, mascaras, concealers, and beautiful lip products.


Stay Hydrated While in Flight

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Long flights not only invade your sense of comfort, but they also aggressively deplete your levels of moisture, leaving your skin looking dull and lackluster. Here are a few product recommendations to soothe and hydrate your skin while you’re traveling:

NUXE Serum Creme Fraiche 24hr Soothing and Moisturizing Concentrate. This product absorbs nicely and provides 24 hour moisture leaving the skin toned, refreshed and hydrated all day long. Use morning and night a few days before and after you flight for prevention and maintenance.

Phytomer Marine Breeze (Souffle Marin) Energizing Oxygenating Serum.
This is a smart choice. Considering the less than great air circulating through the main cabin on a plane, this marine based serum actively neutralizes environmental aggressors and helps to defend the skin by re-oxygenating itself for a fresher appearance.

Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray.
Stow this baby in your purse and use it throughout the flight. A quick spritz and the antioxidant compound will help for your skin to resist any microbial and free radical harm.

Key Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is a powerful little thing. It’s necessary for healthy eye function; our retina simply can not do without vitamin A. When vitamin A is converted into retinoic acid it functions like a growth factor for our cells. Vitamin A is also commonly known as retinol in dermatological use. Vitamin A is converted into a few different byproducts, and is commonly produced as retinyl acetate or palmitate.

Vitamin A is naturally found in many foods. Liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and many other foods are rich sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A, once absorbed by our body, is converted into the appropriate form and utilized by our bodily functions. Vitamin A plays a role in eye health, immune system health, gene transcription, antioxidant activity, and of course, skin health.

Vitamin A is very beneficial to the skin, so a diet rich in vitamin A abundant sources provides for healthy skin that’s firm, clear, radiant and resilient. Vitamin A, when applied topically (in retinol form) is very beneficial to the skin as well. Retinol is often used in the treatment of acne as it dramatically reduces the size and secretion of the sebaceous glands. It also helps to reduce inflammation and induces collagen production. As retinol induces collagen production it helps to firm and tone the skin, so aged skin will become more resistant to drooping and sagging. Retinol is an outstanding treatment for acne, enlarged or clogged pores, as well as prematurely aged skin. As retinol induces exfoliation and cell renewal it also assists in lightening hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration.

Here are some outstanding products that contain retinol and address acne and aging concerns:

Top 5 Hair Care Picks for Fall

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As we move into the cooler weather, it’s important to make sure our hair is not left out in the cold. After the sun, wind and hot weather have taken their toll, it’s time to nourish and protect our gorgeous locks.

1. Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask – This is a great mask for your hair after it has been sun baked and fried. It contains palm butter and soybeans to hydrate and nourish your post sun locks. Leave in for a few minutes once a week, and presto – instant perfection!

2. Frederic Fekkai PrX Reparatives Shampoo and Conditioner – This combo is a must have for the new season ahead. It will immediately repair your hair after it’s been heat styled or sun damaged. You can use the shampoo and conditioner daily or as needed, and they will help to restore moisture, strengthen the hair and protect it from future damage.

3. Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum – As the cold weather approaches our hair can get frizzy and dry. This serum will condition the hair with its blend of jasmine, almond oil, and vitamin E, without weighing your hair down. This serum gets rid of frizz, adds shine and smells wonderful!

4. Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo – This is a powerful reconstructing shampoo that will improve the condition of any hair type. It works by restoring your hair’s bounce and shine and is intensely reparative. Concentrated amounts of Vitamin B5 help strengthen and protect the hair. This is definitely worth the price, as it smells amazing and makes you feel like you are treating your hair to something magnificent.

5. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Extra Hold Hair Spray – This hairspray has real staying power. It will hold your new Fall style all day, without that stiff and sticky feel. It is humidity resistant and will also protect your color with antioxidant-rich ingredients. A definite must for all hair types!

Be excited about the upcoming season because as colors change and styles transform, your hair will be healthy and protected. Now that your hair is ready for Fall, are you?

Why is Vitamin A so Important in My Skin Care Regimen?

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SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0Vitamin A (also known as retinol, Retin-A, renova, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, ETC) is not only an excellent antioxidant, it is also cell-communicating (talks to your skin cells). When an antioxidant is cell-communicating, such as Vitamin A, it means that it helps your cells create healthier skin cells and increase the amount of support tissues like collagen and/or elastin. The body lacks the ability to produce Vitamin A, so it is important to gain Vitamin A through foods and skin care products. Vitamin A products are most recommended to individuals that have damaged skin. It is very important to make sure that Vitamin A is packaged correctly; otherwise, the product could be no good. The product should be in a closed, dark colored container. If sunlight penetrates the product it can promote problems with its efficacy. When using Vitamin A based products it is very important that you use a sunscreen daily. When using exfoliating products it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Also, the sun depletes the skin of Vitamin A, which can cause sunbathers to age faster.

Some people will experience irritation from using Vitamin A products for the first time, which is completely normal. To make the best experience, start out using a Vitamin A based product 1 to 2 times weekly and gradually work your way up to 5 to 7 days a week.

Here are a few recommendations of Vitamin A based products:

– SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0

– Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Smoothing Serum 3X

– SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0


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Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue

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Alterna-Hair-CareEnriched with natural amino acids, Alterna Overnight Hair Rescue works in synergy with your own hair protein. This elegant  formula is the white knight your damaged stands have been waiting for. Apply at night, and feel the silkiness absorbs quickly and easily with no sticky residue. No worries about damaging pillow cases or bed sheets as this treatment doesn’t leave any traces behind. Look forward to awaking to soft, luscious locks and styling without effort.


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Melanoma Guide: Know your ABC’s

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dreamstime_5149749Skin cancer is a widely spread type of cancer that affects millions of people each year. The most common form of cancer is melanoma and it is caused from the sun. There are four basic categories of melanoma which includes: superficial spreading, lentigo maligna, acral lentiginous, and nodular melanoma. The most common form is superficial spreading melanoma. Other types of skin cancers are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. By protecting yourself, especially from the hours of 10:00am to 4:00 pm, you can greatly lower your risk because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Each time your skin   burns you are damaging your DNA, which can greatly increase your chances of getting skin cancer. In fact if you have had five or more sunburns at any age of your life, the risk of you getting melanoma doubles. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of melanoma because early detection means a greater chance of survival and recovery. The first sings of skin cancer are usually atypical moles, so it is important to be able to recognize a potential problem.

Here’s a simple guide to help you spot melanoma is using the ABCDE method:

A= Asymmetry: Melanoma is typically irregular in shape, where as benign (non cancerous) moles are usually round.

B= Border: This is where the outside edges of the mole are not smooth; they appear to be jagged or have notched edges.

C= Color: This one can be tricky because melanoma can look like many shades of brown. The main difference is melanoma will have many shades of brown in one mole and not be one solid color like benign moles. Also if the mole is very dark (almost black), with uneven and jagged edges you may want to get it checked out.

D= Diameter: Typically melanoma lesions are more than ¼ inches wide. As a reference this is about the size of a pencil eraser. If your mole is larger then this, you may want to consult a dermatologist.

E= Evolving: If there is any change in the size, color, or shape this may be potentially dangerous. Also if you have any other symptoms such as bleeding, itching, or crusting of the area you will want to have it looked at by a medical professional.

The most common areas that melanoma can be found are on the torso, head, neck, and lower legs.  It is suggested that you check your skin every 6-8 weeks on your own for suspicious moles. It is also important to make an appointment with your dermatologist to do a full body mole check once a year. Especially if you have had cancer in the past, you are more susceptible to getting it again. Also if you have a family history of cancer, this could greatly increase the risk of developing melanoma. If your doctor has any suspicions that a mole may be cancerous, they may perform a biopsy to better determine the outcome.

The number one way to protect your skin from the sun is to use sunscreen daily. A few of our favorite SPF products are La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 and SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50.

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Source: American Cancer Society


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