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It seems like there are new skincare fads popping up daily and the latest trend is hyaluronic acid. You may have heard about it but have found yourself unsure as to what it is and what it’s used for. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about hyaluronic acid. What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies. It is found in its highest concentrations within the fluids in our joints and eyes. Also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, HA binds to water to lubricate the movable parts of the body and creates a moisturizing effect when used on the skin. What is it used for? HA is used as a lip filler in plastic surgery to create fuller, plumper and youthful looking lips. It is also used during eye surgeries such…


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For thousands of years clay has been used as part of beauty regimens around the world. If you haven’t incorporated clay into your skin cleansing routine, you’re missing out on its incredible benefits. Here are 10 of them: Unclogging pores Regardless of what type of skin you have, pores can become clogged. Clay has the ability to shrink pores and unclog them to prevent blemishes. Keeping sebum in check The sebaceous glands in our skin secrete an oily substance called sebum that keeps us lubricated. However, too much sebum causes acne, encourages bacteria production and can block hair follicles. Clay keeps the sebaceous glands from acting up. Drawing out toxins When you use clay on your skin, you’re helping with the promotion of oxygen and circulation. Clay bonds to the toxins in your skin and sucks them out, while releasing…


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As we age our hair becomes thinner and can fall out. This doesn’t happen to everyone and it is completely normal. However, some people experience hair loss before they hit their golden years. There are many factors that can cause our hair to become brittle or thin, stop growing or fall out, besides the usual culprits like male pattern baldness, hormones (especially during pregnancy) and heredity. Here are the most common: Stress: Whether it’s physical or emotional, stress can trigger hair loss. The body and the mind being under duress, can cause our hair to shed excessively. Life-altering events like divorce, car accidents and the illness of a loved one can make us lose our hair, but it will generally resolve itself once the stress subsides. Lack of protein: A diet that isn’t rich in protein can promote hair loss.…


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Varicose veins occur when the valves within the veins become weakened and cannot allow blood to flow properly. These type of veins appear enlarged, swollen and twisted, and can be blue or dark purple in colour. Varicose veins are usually not dangerous but in severe cases they can rupture and create ulcers. To prevent varicose veins there are certain foods you can eat, such as: Buckwheat Buckwheat is one of the better natural sources of flavonoid rutin, a glycoside that encourages vascular health. When we experience a lack of rutin in our diet, our veins have trouble working properly. Try eating buckwheat porridge for breakfast or use buckwheat flour to bake with. Buckwheat pasta is also available—an added bonus of buckwheat is that it is high in protein and contains eight essential amino acids. Beets Beets get their intense colouring…


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