Rhamnose
Nov19

Rhamnose

Unlike retinoids, which work by increasing cell turnover (often leaving redness and flaking), rhamnose signals a jump-start, allowing more aged cells to act younger. It was shown to thicken the epidermis significantly after eight weeks and increase production of elastin, collagen, and other beneficial proteins while diminishing the enzymes that break down collagen and lead to wrinkles.  Read whole...

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Vitamin K
Oct05

Vitamin K

Vitamin K plays a key role in protecting skin elasticity and could soon be the latest nutraceutical appearing in savvy cosmetic lines.  There are two main forms of vitamin K: phylloquinone (vitamin K1) which is found in green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach, and makes up about 90% of the vitamin K in a typical Western diet; and the menaquinones (vitamins K2), which make up about 10% of Western vitamin K...

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Biometric Nose
Sep24

Biometric Nose

South Korea has been blowing the world away with their appetite for plastic surgery and cosmetic personal care goods.  Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that scientists in South Korea have invented a “biometric nose.”  Quite literally a nose that can smell and deifer fragrance of any sort, naturally derived and lab designed, with a human description of the scent.  Ultimately this sort of discovery will grace technology that...

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The Healing Power of Water
Aug31

The Healing Power of Water

SPA, Salus per Aquum, is with reference to the age old tradition of health through water.  Either via mineral spring, sea inspired balneotherapy, saline inhaler practice or Watsu, water is a winner for increasing vibrancy and grounded calm.  As though earth cries out for calm water in various forms is life giving and tranquil through a variety of means. Read whole...

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Foundation Trends
Aug13

Foundation Trends

New trends in foundations include a number of unique approaches to the endless search for individualized, flawless coverage, tone and finish.  Some recent options include: Sponge foundation with liquid, natural coverage and the ability to layer additional applications as needed or for concealer or blemishes or under the eye dark shadows. Read whole...

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Smart Rings or Bio-tags?
Jul23

Smart Rings or Bio-tags?

Biometric data has been used for years to track elite athletes.  Maximizing performance requires state of the art technology interspersed with personal best milestones and benchmarking the competition.  While digital fitness dallied in mass producing some of the elements of activity, heart rate, calories burned and so forth, the trendy wearables really haven’t created anything remarkable. Real whole article....

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Safe Pedicures
Jul04

Safe Pedicures

There are a variety of things to look for when opting for a pedicure at a spa or salon. Microorganisms in foot spas can enter through the skin; so broken skin (e.g., cuts and abrasions) should not come into contact with foot spa water. Do not shave, use hair removal creams, or wax your legs during the 24 hours before receiving treatment in a foot spa. Do not use a foot spa if your skin has any open wounds such as bug bites, bruises,...

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Elements of Beauty
May23

Elements of Beauty

Mimicking fashion’s misplaced deconstruction, volume and exaggerated shapes are seen in hair and color cosmetic trends.  A symmetrical hair and equally geometric makeup partner nicely with the strong lines in daily and evening wear. Color blocked lids with white brush strong wings are trending alongside rich kohl-rimmed lash lines.  Decorative accents such as jeweled facial applications and jeweled hair complement almost any wardrobe....

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Cosmetic Procedures to Increase in 2015
Feb03

Cosmetic Procedures to Increase in 2015

More than 55 million cosmetic surgery procedures will be performed in 2015, predicts a recent study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This more than quadruples the number of procedures performed in 2005, the study noted. Pushing this growth is increasing consumer awareness, direct-to-consumer marketing and advertising, as well as technological...

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The Promise of Genomics
Dec26

The Promise of Genomics

DNA collection kits and screening services will not only change how we prevent health decline but also how we prescribe and program preventative care.  One company, Pathway Genomics, one of the company’s to watch within the Fortune 500 list is taking this positive growth a step further in its One-for-One program.  For every breast cancer test purchased, the company will donate a test to a woman in need.  Read full...

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