The Power of Amino Acids!

Amino acids are the hot buzzwords in skincare at the moment. What are amino acids and why are they finally getting the recognition they deserve? What are amino acids? Amino acids are best known as the building blocks of protein molecules and they have a vital role in various bodily processes such as hormone synthesis, […]

What ingredients should I avoid if I have sensitive skin?

First of all, let’s clarify what “sensitive skin” means. All skin types can experience irritation at one point – either from overusing a product, or a reaction to an ingredient. However, people with truly  sensitive have impaired skin barriers. That means ingredients that are not generally considered irritants can cause a reaction.One simple test: press […]

Do Collagen Drinks Work?

Collagen drinks and collagen-infused coffees and cereal bars are very popular.  Experts believe the global market will hit US$7.4 billion by 2020, driven by a “beauty from within” trend and aggressive ads that claim that these nutrients are absorbed faster in the bloodstream than when applied on the face.But is it all just marketing hype?Collagen: […]

How can I protect my skin from the effects of pollution?

Pollution like car fumes, soot, and chemical particles in the air don’t just sit on your face. Microscopic specks can actually penetrate the skin, creating free radicals that cause inflammation, break down collagen, and damage skin cells and the skin barrier.One study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that compared women living in urban […]

The paraben controversy

Parabens are preservatives that prevent bacteria from growing in skincare, makeup, and personal care products. The most common kinds are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. As a pharmacist, I have avoided using parabens in the products I develop because of the potential cancer risk.The estrogen-cancer connectionEstrogen is a naturally occurring hormone that helps our sexual development […]

How do I fade acne scars?

After an acne breakout, you may notice red and brown marks.  These aren’t actually acne scars, but acne marks – what’s called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. True acne scars are deeper, indented, and may have a rough texture. They occur when the skin’s inner support structure has been damaged.What causes acne marks and scars?When the skin surface opens (like […]

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