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Cleansing Lessons Featured

Written by Nicole Flevaris
Cleansing Lessons

With so many cleansers on the market making various claims, it can seem hard to navigate and find the right choice for various skin types. Her are a few important lessons that all consumers should have to make an informed decision.

Cinnamon

Written by Erin Madigan-Fleck, N.M.D.
Cinnamon

Cinnamon is perhaps one of the most frequently used spices in the world for its wide appeal, from its us in culinary arts to assisting in the control of high blood pressure. This plant and its counterparts have been studied, praised, and esteemed for centuries and its exploration is as vast as its uses and accolades. Its botanical genealogy hails from the evergreen species of the Lauraceae tree. The inner bark of this tree yields the harvest that is grown for two years before coppicing (cutting the stems at ground level). The bark is then peeled off from the tree into strips to dry and formed into what is called “quills.” Quills are the rolled two-to-four inch “cinnamon sticks” in the curled form of cinnamon that most are familiar with.

Retinol – Just the Facts

Written by Robert Manzo
Retinol – Just the Facts

In the skin care industry, there is a lot of misinformation circulating about retinol. However, information found in clinical studies, as well as articles in medical and academic journals has debunked some of the sentiments once touted as facts.

Hyaluronic Acid: Skin Care Superstar

Most people have probably been hearing more and more about the anti-aging benefits of hyaluronic acid in skin care products. What they might not know, however, is that this essential anti-aging ingredient is already located deep within their skin. Naturally found in the skin’s extracellular matrix – where collagen is located – hyaluronic acid is like a person’s own fountain of youth; it is responsible for keeping skin plump, smooth, and looking youthful.

The Wonders of Pumpkin

Written by Boldijarre Koronczay and Brian Goodwin
The Wonders of Pumpkin

When most people think of pumpkins, the first thoughts that typically come to their mind are having a comforting, warm pumpkin spice latte when the chill of fall is beginning to set in or enjoying a delicious slice (or two!) of pumpkin pie with the arrival of the holiday season. In general, pumpkins are a delicious ingredient incorporated into celebrating various traditions or seasons; while pumpkins are indeed delicious, they are also a miraculous superfood that contains powerful nutrients, offering benefits to both overall wellness and skin health.

Glycerin

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., M.Msc, CIHC, CNAP, BSD
Glycerin

Many people are familiar with glycerin, also spelled glycerine and referred to as glycerol, only as a translucent type of bar soap or base for liquid soap. However, glycerin has a long track record of use in traditional herbalism and medicine-making. It is also a staple ingredient in many different water, gel-based, and emulsion skin care and personal care products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hydrating masks, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners.

Salicylic Acid

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E
Salicylic Acid

At one point or another, skin care professionals will all use salicylic acid – it is one of the most popular ingredients in anti-acne skin care. Salicylic is the only beta hydroxy acid used in skin care; it occurs naturally in wintergreen leaves, sweet birch, and other plants, and is topically an anesthetic and a keratolytic with a mild peeling effect. For milder acne, salicylic acid helps unclog pores to resolve and prevent lesions. It is derived from the metabolism of salicin, which is an alcoholic β-glucoside.

Licorice Root

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E
Licorice Root

Most people know licorice for its use in candies or its distinctive tastiness in tobacco. The level of sweetness found in licorice root is said to be long-lasting and at least 50 times sweeter than sugar. Although licorice is synonymous with sweetness, skin care professionals should go beyond flavor and examine its medicinal purposes. Licorice root has been used for centuries as an alternative medicine for many aliments due to its pure healing effects. There have been many therapeutic compounds found in the licorice plant and root. It is the most widely singly used herb for medicinal purposes. Licorice root has a long list of impressive uses: it can be taken orally for medical illnesses, combined with other herbs, or used topically for skin care and beauty products.

Caffeine in Skin Care

Written by Amra Lear, L.E., L.M.T.
Caffeine in Skin Care

It reigns in commercials as a powerful, supergiant boost of energy. It has found a comfortable domain in oversaturated, sugary, carbonated drinks; robust, flavorful espressos; hot, blackened teas; and bittersweet chocolate delights. Connoisseurs seek out its quantity rather than its taste, hoping to satisfy their body with its encompassing jittery surge. Its name alone is controversial and, with the uttering of its two syllables, it makes a profound entrance off of the tongue. It is: caffeine.

Peptides: A Path Toward Cellular Health

Written by Neal Kitchen, Ph.D. and Erin Ferrill Larson
Peptides: A Path  Toward Cellular Health

The current generation is consequently converging beauty and health. The decades where beauty is tied to a superficial, only-skin-deep approach are being replaced by the realization that beauty's full potential is reached when it is at its healthiest state: be it physically, mentally, socially, or spiritually. It makes for an exciting segue in the advancement of the beauty industry to push the value of beauty and health as partners. The science of cellular health is becoming one of the most powerful tools in creating what professionals want to achieve in a combined beauty-and-health industry.

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