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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Fitness and Heart Rate Activity Trackers – Here are Our Favorites

This spring has caused a surge of activity in the office.  We all have some sort of goal that we are trying to reach and most have to do with our health.  This seemed like a perfect opportunity to share our favorite fitness activity trackers and what we like best about them.  It is based on personal preference and depends on what you are looking to achieve, monitor and spend.   FitBit Alta HR Activity Tracker Heart rate monitor and pedometer with interchangeable wrist straps. Steps, calories, distance. Tracks heartrate, sleep and well-being.  Tracks exercise with auto exercise recognition called SmartTrack.

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8 Fundamental Beauty Products for your Travel Bag

You’ve spent a lot of time, effort and thought acquiring just the right beauty products and now you are planning to travel away from home. However, before you go you need to pack some essential items – your beauty products. After all, who has the time to scour each destination they travel to in order to retrieve some item they’ve forgotten to pack? Well, we’re guessing that you don’t. So that you can make the most of your jet-setting ways and maintain your beauty regimen, we’ve composed a checklist of supplies you should pack in your travel bag.   Foundation:

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Gift Ideas for Coworkers and Friends

Are you looking for that special gift for coworker or friend this holiday season?  We have you covered.  We have put together options that would be perfect for coworkers or friends. It may sound strange to put a friend and coworker in the same category but many of us spend more time at work with our coworkers than with family and friends.  Here is shocking number… 2,080 hours.  That is how many hours you are at work with coworkers if you work a standard 40 hour work week each year. (8 hours per day x 5 days per week) x 52

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Essential Skincare Tips for Men

Several years ago the term “metro-sexual” entered the American lexicon. No one is quite sure how it did but it generally referred to men who took more than a passing interest in their own attire, mannerisms and grooming. Nowadays, it is becoming more and more accepted for men to pay attention to these things without being unfairly labeled. After all, most men want to look their best and there are products out there that will help them achieve that goal. All that is needed is to convince the men who are hold outs that their skincare regimen, for example, should

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Coenzyme Q10: General in the War against Aging Skin

We’ve written about antioxidants and the role they play in counteracting the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin. Moreover, we’ve identified some of the common antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, but according to some experts not all antioxidants are created equal. Some are in fact “super” anti-oxidants because they are particularly effective in seeking out and neutralizing free radicals. One such “super” anti-oxidant that has been in the news in recent years is a substance known as Coenzyme Q10. Not only does Coenzyme Q10 (also known as ubiquinone) neutralize free radicals, it also helps the

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Skin Care Tips Dermatologists Personally Recommend

No one knows how to care for skin more than those who study it for a living. Dermatologists spend many years studying the skin’s properties, composition, diseases that affect it, etc. Thus, it is only natural that they have invaluable information on how to craft an effective skin care regimen since their routine is supported by scientific knowledge and research. So the question becomes: What methods do dermatologists themselves use to care for their skin? Here are some tips from leading dermatologists in the country on how to care for your skin: Practice facial massages to help fight wrinkles: Items

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Understanding Antioxidants and Free Radicals and How they Affect Your Skin

Even a cursory glance of health related issues on the Internet will eventually expose most people to countless articles that mention anti-oxidants and their interaction with free radicals. The take away that many have is simple – antioxidants are good; free radicals are bad. But how much do you really know about these two substances and how they affect your health? At Apothederm we strive to make sure that you know as much about the ingredients contained in our products as possible so that you will make smart decisions about your skincare regime. What are Antioxidants and Free Radicals? Antioxidants

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Skin Hydration 101

As the temperatures fall, your skin is beginning to come under a gradual assault. Some of us are keenly aware of this attack to the epidermis and have already made preparations to protect the body’s largest and most vulnerable organ. Others of us are oblivious to the struggle even though signs of damage may already be present. Winter is the enemy of supple, smooth skin and now is the time to recognize how its radiance and glow can be diminished by the elements. Here is some information all of you who are concerned with protecting your skin throughout the winter

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To Clarify or Not to Clarify

It’s hard to make generalizations when it comes to developing a skin care regimen. After all, different people will have different skin types, different skin conditions, etc. That is why the age-old question of whether or not skin clarifying toners are necessary is a little complicated. The first thing to understanding the question – and therefore arriving at an answer – is to look at exactly what a clarifying toner does. What does a clarifying product do? Clarifying toners are designed to tighten up pores, extract excessive oil from the skin, remove dead skin cells and to clear blemishes. They are

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The Reasons You Should Exfoliate

Here’s a myth that some of us harbor: Exfoliation is an added feature of a normal skincare regimen that is unnecessary and not worth the time it takes to do so. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. Exfoliation is a vital part of a smart and effective skincare regime. Simply washing the skin every night is not enough to maintain healthy, youthful skin. Make time to exfoliate as it protects and nourishes the skin in many ways. Here are several benefits of exfoliation. It improves skin tone: Exfoliating at its heart is the removal of dead skin

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Fall Skin Care Tips

Some of us are about to make a very common mistake without even knowing it. Some of us are about to neglect to change our skin care regimen to fit the current fall season. While we automatically change our attire from bright, summer wear to dark, warm fall outfits, many of us don’t give much thought as to how we should also change the way we protect and nourish our skin. Why is it necessary to have a different skin care regimen in fall and winter than in spring and summer? For one thing, the air is dryer in fall

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