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Just like it says in this article "Skincare shouldn't be an afterhought":

The radiance of youthful skin is something that everyone is lucky enough to have at some point. But as the years pass, that nature-given glow tends to dull and slacken, leaving most people searching for a way to recapture that look. The booming cosmetic and skincare business produces plenty of one-jar wonders that promise radical results, but many of them don't deliver. Dermatology experts know, however, that taking a broader approach to caring for your skin is the optimal way to get results.

Skin is inherently complex, and it faces a daunting variety of challenges, so it makes sense that treating it effectively takes an equally multi-faceted strategy. From your lifestyle choices and habits to the products you use, keep three things in mind when it comes to your skin:, protection, reversal, and rejuvenation.

So many people think that having younger-looking skin is simply a matter of not having wrinkles, but according to Dr. Neil Sadick, a renowned dermatologist and researcher, it goes far beyond that. "Changes in pigmentation, pore size, fine lines and skin tone all contribute to skin looking older," Sadick says. "So it's important to treat each of those problems and address the causes in order to maintain a youthful look."

Because skin care shouldn't be an afterthought, it's important for women of all ages to protect their skin - starting in their 20s and 30s. But no matter your age, consider these tips for keeping your skin healthy and looking its best:...

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Natural skin care business gets super endorsement

Skin-care business Jessica Burman, owner of Cocoon Apothecary, uses natural ingredients in her lotions and other skin care products.

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KITCHENER – The efforts of a Kitchener woman to develop natural skin-care products in her home now have a fan in an American supermodel.

The model is 17-year-old Lindsey Wixson, who is known for her sensitive skin.

“It’s golden for a skin care company to have a celebrity use their products,” says Jessica Burman, owner and founder of Cocoon Apothecary.

“But for someone who makes her living from her beauty to entrust my company with her skin, it’s unbelievable. You can’t put a price on that.”

Wixson’s story about choosing Cocoon Apothecary for her skin-care products appeared this month in the online edition of Flare, a Canadian fashion magazine.

Burman says she recently received an online order from Wixson through a New York City modeling agency.

The $120 order was for four skin products, including Wixson’s favourite – Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream, a rich, rose-scented moisturizer that contains antioxidants and vitamins E and A....More at Natural skin care business gets super endorsement




Have you made the switch yet? Here's another article that might persuade you to at least give it a try:

Making the Switch: Natural Skincare

Transitioning to natural skincare can be a little intimidating, not to mention confusing. You can’t always find top natural lines at your local drugstore or department store so you need to put in the research—or rely on an expert like Melisse Gelula, editor of Well & Good NYC, who’s done your due diligence for you. Gelula gave us her take on going green and the trends you’re going to see everywhere this year. If you’re curious about making the switch, this may convince you.

Ingredient Lists

First things first, flip over that package to see the ingredient list. Gelula says, “I read ingredients lists like crazy. I just skim through for chemicals. Plants are in Latin, so if it’s mostly in Latin, I can trust it. Look at the ingredient list and if a bunch of it is just big question marks…it’s kind of like when you flip over Cheetos. If you were to look at the list of ingredients on a bag of Cheetos, you’d see orange dye number this, preservative that—you know it’s not the same as your healthiest granola with sunflower seeds.”...More at Making The Switch Natural Skincare | Birchbox

More and more consumers are clamouring to get to know organic skin care products deeper. While the interest on natural and organic skin care products is growing, a high percentage of consumers still do not know what organic skin care products is all about. The truth is there is actually not a formal definition of the term organic so understanding what organic is can be an uphill ride.

So let us start with defining what organic means. To put simply organic means something that came from a living thing. This definition gives us a slight hint about organic skin care products but does not totally explain the subject.

Instead of finding out the very definition of organic skin care products one would have to look at the matter in a different light. You probably are researching about organic skin care products because you have learned that most skin care products from big brands contain chemicals that can damage the skin and put your health in jeopardy. While in an ideal world a product bearing the “organic” label is free from such harmful chemicals, in the real world, there are products just hiding the label “organic” and “natural”.

...More at What Really is an Organic Skin Care Product?

This may look like a simple question but it is not, in fact it seems many people wouldn't be able to tell the difference:

For the past week or so, I've received questions regarding the difference between an esthetician and a dermatologist.

Although they are both in the same field, there is quite a difference between the two. An esthetician is one who administers facials, including extractions and facial peels, facial massages (which are great, by the way) and aroma therapy. They advise customers on makeup, skincare, and products.

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of the skin-- he or she will diagnose skin disorders and write prescriptions. Their procedures are much more intense and may require frequent visits (depending on the issue), whereas an esthetician can be seen every other month or so.

Of course, both experts must receive extensive training; however the amount of time required for certification varies. For example, esthetician programs can last between six and eighteen months. Depending on where one choose to practice, dermatologists must spend approximately four to six years in med school, and that does not necessarily include residency or an internship. 

Paying a monthly visit to an esthetician can definitely reduce semi-problematic skin conditions such as clogged pores or minor breakouts. A dermatologist should be seen only if a problematic condition persists such as cystic acne and after you have exhausted all options.

In conjunction with visiting these skincare specialists, you can do certain things at home to prevent skin problem. First, and I say this all the time—DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. Remember, our skin is the largest organ we have, and anything we do not flush out will come through our pores.

Not to mention, we have to replace the water we lose on a daily basis. Having a basic skincare regimen and a healthy diet will assist with achieving positive results as well. Using too many products can cause your skin to react, so it is important to find out your skin type.

Use products for oily skin if your skin is oily; products for dry skin if your skin is dry, and so on. And most important, ask an expert if you are unsure of your skin type prior to purchasing any products...

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