I’m a chocoholic for sure! I need to have a small fix every few days. I’m sure that this is at least partly due to my high school job in a candy store owned by my next door neighbors (it’s here, Sweet Temptations, though it was named Candyland when I was in high school, they’ve moved and added in some ice cream from another shop they own). Anyways, yes, I made fudge every summer in…

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In writing a post recently, I realized that I didn’t have a good post that explained the basics of pimples, how they start and how the typical over the counter ingredients work to treat it. There’s a reason you see the same active ingredients over and over in over the counter treatment products. There are many ways to target acne, but only a few key ingredients to do that. First, a brief look at how…

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Vitamin C…. doesn’t it kind of sound like someone just decided to take their grandmother’s advice for the common cold and extrapolate that to anti-aging skin care? Or maybe it was just an ingredient laying around that was easy to incorporate into more items? Actually, it really does work. So, what does it do? First, go back to my how anti-oxidants work in skin care post to review oxygen free radicals and how anti-oxidants scavenge…

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If you read my giant post yesterday on anti-oxidants, you likely noticed that I kept bringing up photoprotection and how anti-oxidants helped repair sun damage. So, what is all that about? Can you use anti-oxidants instead of sunscreen? Are they an adjunct? When your skin is exposed to UV radiation, free radicals are induced. They start to go around in your skin, creating their damage. Luckily for all of us, our skin has its own…

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As part of my Anti-Aging 101 Series, I have decided to revamp old posts that describe different ingredient categories. I’ll go over how and if these ingredients work. Not a lot has changed regarding some of these ingredients (such as anti-oxidants), but I’m planning to take advantage of the 2 cosmetic dermatology books I have in revamping these posts, so there likely will be some new info. The involvement of free radicals in the aging…

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