I’m one of those people who knows right away if a product works for my skin or not. It’s basically a REQUIREMENT that I see results and feel results within the first use. No, it does not need to be a miracle worker and transform me from my usual Cruella DeVille self into a golden goddess overnight (not possible btw), but I’m very in tune with my skin and I can feel immediately when a product is in sync with it or not. That being said, the SkinOwl PM Maqui Berry Beauty Drops had me hooked after the first use!…

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  I think the misconception that organic beauty isn’t up to snuff is quickly fading as consumers discover luxury organic makeup brands, like Kjaer Weis, Y et Beaute and Inika Organic. While I’ve been a fan of Kjaer Weis for a while now (their cream foundation is my go-to and the one I recommend for anyone dealing with inflammatory skin issues) and the stunningly luxe matte lipsticks by Y et Beaute, I recently just discovered the gorgeous organic eyeshadow palettes from Inika Organic. Inika Organic is an Australian brand founded in 2006 featuring organic, vegan, cruelty-free makeup – what’s not to…

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Back in July, I sat down with chemist, organic skincare founder and former rosacea and acne sufferer, Marie Veronique, and in-demand Bay-area facialist, Kristina Holey, to pick their brains for answers to my biggest skincare questions: Is candida linked to perioral dermatitis? Are some people predestined to develop rosacea? Does retinol thin your skin? Can you use retinol if you have rosacea or PD? Do lasers cause premature aging with consistent use? And more. The answers below will make you cringe and gasp as you recall everything you’ve done in opposition to this sage advice.   Marie: It’s interesting and…

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When my hairline started receding a year and a half ago, I thought it was one of two things: low iron (anemia) or my thyroid. That’s typically what comes to mind first. But it wasn’t either of those things. I had blood work done and my iron levels were surprisingly high, and my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone – more on this later) was assessed by my primary care physician as normal at 2.5; the range 0.5 – 4.0 is deemed “normal” by labs. I found out through more testing that at that time my hair loss was due to a…

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If you are heading to Helsinki, Finland and want to truly immerse yourself in the culture, a trip to a local sauna is a must! The Finns love their saunas and view them as a part of life. In fact, ‘sauna’ is actually a Finnish word. It is estimated there are around two million saunas in Finland to support a population of 5.3 million people which is  about one per household: The president and the prime minister even have official saunas, corporations and some homes have their own as well, but there are many public saunas. The idea of the Finnish sauna…

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