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Curated articles to overcome skin adversity

Purple sweet potato

The Skin Benefits of Purple Sweet Potato

You’ve heard that sweet potatoes are a great way to add fiber, vitamins, and lots of nutrients to your diet… but did you know that certain varieties can also be great for your skin? Out of all of t...

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Palm oil skin care

Why Palm Oil is a Disastrous Skin Care Ingredient

Palm oil is hiding in most skin care products on the market. One of the worst environmental disasters in our history is currently unraveling, destroying some of the most biologically diverse rainfo...

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Phenoxyethanol safety

Phenoxyethanol in Skin Care: Is It Safe or Toxic?

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that can be found in most of the skin care products we use today. In recent years, consumer perception of phenoxyethanol has turned negative, with many be...

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Evening Primrose Oil: Why It’s the Best Skin Moisturizer

Evening Primrose Oil: Why It’s the Best Skin Moisturizer

You probably have a bottle of extra virgin olive oil in your kitchen, but have you heard of evening primrose oil? While it may not be as tasty on a salad as olive oil, It's one of the most effectiv...

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Echinacea purpurea skin benefits

Why Echinacea is a Secret Skincare Superstar

Echinacea. We’re all pretty familiar with this one, and have probably taken a capsule or two when we were feeling under the weather with a cold. While echinacea is widely used to alleviate cold sym...

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astaxanthin for skin

Astaxanthin: The Antioxidant Queen of Skin Care

Asta-what? Astragalus, right? Nope! It’s astaxanthin this time. Toted as one of the most potent antioxidants ever discovered, astaxanthin is a naturally occurring keto-carotenoid. Due to its deep r...

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Astragalus skin benefits

Astragalus: Its Powerful Effects on Aging Skin & Eczema

Astra-what? As-tra-ga-lus! It is also commonly known as Mongolian Milkvetch or Huangqi in Mandarin. Not very well known for its use in beauty products, astragalus offers an unprecedented potential ...

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Gotu kola skin benefits

Gotu Kola: How It Targets Aging Skin & Inflammation

Gotu Kola is now recognized as an important ingredient for skin due to its long history of use and numerous scientific studies backing it. It's found in both supplements and an array of skincare pr...

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Skin benefits of calendula flower

The Powerful Skin Benefits of Calendula Flower

We see Calendula as a star ingredient in a multitude of skincare and health products today, such as toners, moisturizers, cleansers, and even supplements and teas you can take. It’s also in our Bot...

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shea butter clog pores

Does Shea Butter Clog Pores? (Science-Backed)

Shea butter has become an extremely popular skincare ingredient, especially for dry skin. But what about its ability to clog pores? Find out if shea butter can actually cause breakouts and if It's ...

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Alcohol Denat in Skincare: Is It Good or Bad?

Alcohol Denat in Skincare: Is It Good or Bad?

We all know by now that alcohol is bad for our health. But, what about our skin, and why the heck is this so-called aclohol denat on so many ingredient lists? It's a very common and fiercely debat...

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Vitamin C skin benefits

Vitamin C For Skin: Ultimate Guide to its Benefits & Forms

Ah, vitamin C, the anti-aging wonder that makes an appearance as the star ingredient in countless serums. But why? What makes it so magical? Numerous studies (and basically anyone who’s ever used a...

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Hemp oil skin benefits

Hemp Oil Skin Benefits: How It Helps Eczema and Acne

Hemp oil has reached infamy as a nutrient powerhouse, serving numerous benefits for skin health, and being extracted from one of the most biodynamic and sustainable crops on the planet. What makes ...

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Aloe vera skin benefits sunburns

Aloe Vera Skin Benefits: Soothes Sunburns & Irritations

Hailed as the "Plant of Immortality" in ancient Egypt over 5,000 years ago, science has more recently caught up with the skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera.

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Featured Articles

Interviews

Desiree Nielsen Weighs In on the Link Between Diet & Skin

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian based in Vancouver, BC whose consulting practice focuses on inflammation, digestion and plant-centred diets. Desiree is the best selling author of...

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Ingredient Spotlight

Evening Primrose Oil: Why It's The Best Skin Moisturizer

You probably have a bottle of extra virgin olive oil in your kitchen, but have you heard of evening primrose oil? While it may not be as tasty on a salad as olive oil, It's one of the most effective...

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Question & Answer

Is gender-specific skincare necessary?

We always see the classic ‘Men 3 in 1’ products for the face, body, and hair at the drugstore, with the grey packaging that is marketed toward men.

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Will Shea Butter Clog My Pores?

Shea butter has become an extremely popular skincare ingredient, especially for dry skin. It can be found in everything from creams to moisturizers.

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Chemical or mineral sunscreens?

In an attempt to protect ourselves from the sun's UV rays, it has, for the most part, backfired on us. From zinc-oxide based mineral sunscreens to chemical.

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Is alcohol denat in skincare safe?

We all know by now that alcohol is bad for our health. What about our skin and why is this so-called aclohol denat on so many ingredient lists?

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How-To Guides

How to recycle our skincare products

Are you a sustainability maven and want to ensure that you're recycling our products in the correct way?

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Treating acne with oils high in linoleic acid

Contrary to what skin care experts and dermatologists tell us, acne-prone skin is deficient in linoleic acid.

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A guide to identifying vegan skincare

The vegan and cruelty-free movement continues to grow at a rapid pace, as people are wanting to live a more ethical life.

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How to prevent dry winter skin

With the colder weather comes the drier air (especially indoors), harsher winds, and the dry, chapped, skin.

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