Are Sunscreens Passé?

UV rays from the sun and skin cancers have always been interlinked. A lot of research has been done to assess if taking precautionary measures like using sunscreen, wearing hats and sunglasses or staying in the shade are effective in preventing – or at least reduce the risk – of being struck by skin cancer.

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Let’s Go Natural!

Mother Nature has blessed us with a treasure trove of botanicals that can be utilized to soothe, pamper and regenerate the skin. Many traditional and trusted healing effects of plants and herbs have also been validated by science. So if you’re in the mood to go all natural for your skincare needs, here are some easy recipes you can try using easily available ingredients from the chemist.

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Homemade Beauty Brews

While we all want our skin to look healthy, youthful and flawless, achieving it can be immensely challenging due to the confluence of many factors such as skin type, genes and environmental irritants. Many skincare enthusiasts are willing to spend hundreds of dollars every month on beauty products to give the best care possible for their skin and complexion. But there are also those who rely on nature’s bountiful gifts and create their own DIY skin regimen and in the process save a lot of money. Here are some of the more popular homemade beauty brews you may want try…

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The Science Of Skin Aging

There are basically two types of aging – intrinsic and extrinsic aging. The first is genetically driven and cellular programmed thus inevitable. The second – extrinsic or skin aging – is caused by the exposure to various environmental stressors which can be mitigated through proactive and preventive measures such as adopting a healthy lifestyle by […]

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Sakura – Big In Japan, Big In Beauty!

The Sakura flower (cherry blossom) belongs to the rose family, Rosaceae, and is a cultural icon in Japan. 
It even has its own cherry blossom viewing festival known as hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the transient beauty of nature. People will gather at parks and hold feasts with family and friends under the flowering sakura trees, sometimes until late at night. The Sakura season coincides with spring in Japan.

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Meet The Alchemist For Agelessness

With a babysitter mom, Eugene was virtually surrounded by babies during his growing-up years. And while each was unique and special in his own way, one thing they shared in common was the immaculate, soft and smooth skin. “I could never forget the first time I held a baby – pristine beauty at its purest best!” recalls Eugene. His grandma – on the hand – was understandably at the other end of the continuum with thin, dry, crepey, and pigmented skin. The stark contrast often made Eugene wonder if wrinkles and saggy skin were “inevitable bookends in the passage of time” or could these visible signs of age, in fact, be halted and eve

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Urea

Urea is a colorless or white crystalline powder and is used as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care products. Urea is found in the skin’s epidermis and it is an active part of the body’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF) which functions to keep skin hydrated, protected and working efficiently.
It is an excellent hydrophilic molecule (water-loving) and holds on to water molecules in the epidermis and dermis, keeping the skin moist. When used in high concentrations, urea can be used an alternative to acid peels. It helps with the exfoliation process and enhances skin penetration for other active ingredients in cosmetic products.

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Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 is a type of synthetic peptide composed of many amino acids to reduce skin inflammation and the skin damage. This peptide is believed to stimulate the regeneration of collagen in the dermis and improve the epidermal barrier. It suppresses the excess production of chemical messengers known as interleukins that can trigger an inflammatory response in the skin. The application of palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 will reduce inflammation and damages caused by environmental stresses like UV rays, pollution and stress.

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