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Why The pH Of Skincare Matters

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Why The pH Of Skincare Matters

What is pH and why does it matter in skincare? Let's take a look at the different layers of skin and the roles they play: Epidermis: This is your skin barrier. The epidermis on your face has four layers - the top layer is called the stratum corneum and is comprised of layers of skin cells and lipids. The lipids surrounding the skin cells contain cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids.  Laying on top of the stratum corneum is a thin film called your acid mantle, this has a pH of ~4.5-6. The acidic pH of the acid mantle is crucial for a healthy...


Common Skincare Ingredients To Avoid For Better Skin

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Common Skincare Ingredients To Avoid For Better Skin

Do you read the full ingredients lists of products before you purchase them? Companies will sometimes highlight their star ingredients on the front of the package, but many of the other ingredients may be promoting premature skin aging, causing acne, or even dangerous to your health.  This list is not a comprehensive list, but rather a summary of some of the more common ingredients to watch out for. Propylene Glycol Often used as a hydrating agent, penetration enhancer, solvent, and to improve the freeze/thaw stability of formulations. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named it Allergen Of The Year in 2018. It...


10 Best Oils To Add To Your Skincare Routine

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10 Best Oils To Add To Your Skincare Routine

Have you tried a face oil? Do you have a favorite? Certain plant oils and their fatty acids have been extensively studied, with many showing to provide multiple benefits when topically applied. If you are acne prone or have oily skin and have been hesitant to try a facial oil, research actually shows that skin lipids of acne-prone individuals are deficient in Linoleic acid (an omega-6), and topical use of Linoleic acid has been shown to reduce clogged pores, and balance sebum production. And for more even skin tone, topically applied Linoleic and alpha-linolenic (omega-3) acids have been shown to...

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