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It’s that time of year as August comes to an end and September begins that we officially start thinking about fall.  But fall is not just about back to school clothes it is about change and a fresh start.  The change could be in hair color, skin care or clothes. People start nesting for winter and reenter the kitchen with fall baking and seeking out cozy options.  Fall is a reminiscent time of year and can also bring new beginnings for families, friends and coworkers that can help set the stage for the rest of the year. Here are some

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5 Facts You Should Know about Exfoliation

By now most of you have heard about the importance of exfoliation for maintaining healthy skin. (The rest of you should really get with it.) You know how it helps to rid the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other contaminants that are detrimental to healthy skin. And you also know that an exfoliating body scrub is particularly effective after the use of products such as Apothederm’s moisturizing cleanser.  (In addition to ridding the skin of impurities, our moisturizing cleanser also contains age-fighting antioxidants and vitamins.) However, we at Apothederm thought that you might also like to know

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How Lack of Sleep is Aging Your Face

We’ve all heard the adage; “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” attributed to Founding Father and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Well, although very few people associate Mr. Franklin with beauty advice; this pithy statement could not be truer when it comes to proper skin care. And although our anti-aging eye cream and Argan oil treatment are excellent at helping you to maintain youthful, supple-looking skin, adequate sleep is a crucial component to an effectve beauty regime.  Here are just a few ways that sleep deprivation adversely affects your skin health.   Elevates cortisol levels:

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How to Treat Turkey Neck

Loose, baggy skin that hangs from the neck like empty pouches – This is what is commonly known as having a “turkey neck.” Whatever one chooses to call it, this unsightly condition is – along with dark circles around the eyes – one of the telltale signs of aging. But what causes turkey neck and what are some of the ways it can be prevented short of plastic surgery?   What causes “turkey neck?”   Age and hereditary factors are among the most common causes of loose skin around the neck. Another factor that contributes to “turkey neck” is simple

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Strange Beauty Practices from Around the World

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” Anatole France In a world where the perception of what is truly beautiful varies, it comes as no surprise that the methods of achieving beauty also vary greatly. In the West, we have become accustomed to thinking that practices such as sucking fat from the body (liposuction), injecting poison into the skin (Botox®) and subjecting the skin to lasers (Dermabrasion) are normal. We never consider how bizarre these practices must seem to other cultures with different standards of beauty. So, which beauty practices in other cultures seem equally

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Male Stretch Marks: Why they Form and How to Get Rid of Them

Chalk it up to one of those persistent myths about the opposite sex that exists in our culture, but most people think of stretch marks as affecting only women. They think of pregnant women who are plagued by stretch marks during and after pregnancy. However, as any male body builder can tell you, under certain circumstance men can also be burdened by unsightly stretch marks. In fact, some men are actually predisposed to developing stretch marks for a number of reasons. At Apothederm we sell anti-stretch marks cream that is effective and has been tested in various clinical trials. Therefore,

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7 Celebrities Who Battle Acne

Underneath the makeup, perfect lighting and plastic surgery, those people who we hold to an unrealistic standard of beauty are human too. I am referring to celebrities who we too often believe are flawless in every way especially in appearance. But the truth is that celebrities are afflicted with some of the same cosmetic imperfections that plague us ordinary people. Acne, for example, is a condition that a number of prominent celebrities battle daily. Here are some celebrities who suffer with acne along with information on how they cope with this frustrating skin condition. Katy Perry: It may come as

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Uneven Skin: Its Causes and Treatments

Having dark skin that is even all over is lovely. Having light skin that is even all over is lovely as well. However, skin that is uneven in overall tone is unappealing to most people. This condition is called hyper-pigmentation and it is an irregular and inconsistent darkening of the skin. An overproduction of melanin – the pigment responsible for skin and hair color – is the main cause for this condition that afflicts many people robbing them of healthy-looking skin. In order to help those who have this kind of skin understand more about this condition, we present some

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Beauty Secrets of a Screen Legend

For many people, screen legend Marilyn Monroe epitomizes feminine beauty. Although she was naturally beautiful and vivacious, her natural beauty was accentuated by some cosmetic practices that the icon swore by. But what are these practices and can the average woman adapt them to her own beauty regimen? Here are some makeup tips from the screen goddess herself. Never skip sunscreen: The practice of applying sunscreen – which seems obvious to us now – was something that Monroe was passionate about. In fact, Monroe once said, “Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more

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How Your Skin Ages: A Timeline

The image of a very old person holding an infant demonstrates perfectly how the passage of time impacts us all. This image shows how, as someone once said, “The arrow of time points in one direction.” One way that trajectory is shown is in how the skin of a very old person differs from that of an infant. Our skin undergoes many changes as we transition from the nearly flawless skin of an infant to that of an elderly person. Here are some of the ways those changes manifest themselves along the way. Infancy – The softest, most supple skin

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Common Medications that Can Cause Acne

We’ve written at great length on this blog about the many things that cause and can exacerbate acne outbreaks. We’ve also talked about how diet can contribute to this persistent condition as well the many options there are for lessening acne’s effects. However, among some of the most insidious causes of acne outbreaks are the medications that help us combat a number of illnesses. So that you can remain informed, here is a list of the various drugs that can cause acne. Corticosteroids (like Prednisone): Used to treat asthma and other chronic lung diseases, cortisol is also produced by the

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Overcoming the Skin Problems Associated with Pregnancy

The “pregnancy glow” is a term that is often used to describe the appearance of expectant mothers. And while scientists have determined that this very real change is caused by an increase in certain hormones during pregnancy, it is not the only change that occurs to the skin during this time. Other, less desirable changes occur as well. These changes can serve to frustrate an expectant mother’s attempts to maintain her beauty routine. Here are some of the most common skin changes that occur at this time.   Stretch Marks: By far, the development of stretch marks is the most

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