Beauty 101

Female hair loss: untangling a complex situation
Female hair loss: untangling a complex situation

Let's start from the beginning, hair grows out from a structure called “hair follicle” which looks like little pockets in our skin and extends from the epidermis down into the dermis. Hair follicles formed around week 10 of our gestacional development (in utero, thanks Mom!). At the moment of birth, we have about 5 million hair follicles (100-150K on our scalp). We are born with the maximum amount of hair follicles that we will ever have as no new hair follicles are formed after birth.

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Why I love silicones and I am not afraid to include them in my skincare
Why I love silicones and I am not afraid to include them in my skincare

Silicones and skincare. It started in the 1950s when dimethicone was used as an emollient, barrier former and “feel good”  molecule. The 70s introduced a new type of fluid, volatile and low viscosity silicones, cyclomethicones, which act as solvent helping to deliver active ingredients to the skin. It was during the 80s when the love affair between skincare and silicones solidified with an increased demand for these molecules and the development of new versions such as non-ionic silicones (emulsifiers, foam stabilizers and wetting agents) and wax compatible silicones (ideal for lipsticks). Today, silicone elastomers and resins allow formulators to create elegant and light-weight products that hydrate the skin by forming a breathable barrier. In addition, silicones mattify the skin and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing texture, while providing a blurring effect.

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Skin, sweat and exercise
Skin, sweat and exercise

It has been hot and humid in Southern California! This weather is not making my daily run easier, but nevertheless I push through the heat, the hard to breath air and the excessive sweating stoically. Have you ever wondered why we sweat and what sweating does to our skin? There are a couple of misconceptions about the unglamorous act of sweating during exercising and how this affects our skin health.

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Multi-functional, easy to formulate and cost effective
Multi-functional, easy to formulate and cost effective

FUN FACT: (1) Niacinamide can be produced (with mild efficiency) by our skin using tryptophan (an amino acid). (2) Niacinamide is found in animal-based foods such as meat and poultry while nicotinic acid is found in plant-based foods (nuts, seeds and green veggies). Nicotinic acid when apply topically causes vasodilation, redness and skin irritation.

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