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It’s become a bit of an¬†invasive term these days: GMO. It seems to appear everywhere and it places it wasn’t found before: cooking shows, mainstream magazines, daily news broadcasts. What is a GMO as it pertains to food? Should it concern you? How can it influence a healthy diet? I just had to know…so I researched until my curiosity was satisfied and now I will share what I’ve discovered with you!

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Welcome to the first of a number of pieces that will illuminate the importance of including oil in your lifestyle—qualities I hope you will refuse to live without! The first piece will focus on why I recommend using oil topically on every type of skin.

Oil is a healthy, often easily accessed, natural, and effective ingredient that has myriad uses. There are hundreds and hundreds of types of oil, each with a unique antioxidant breakdown, fatty acid content, molecular structure, and particular benefit to the skin. Applied topically, most oils are safe, effective, and all-natural. Further, they provide unique anti-aging, anti-acne, anti-infection, and anti-irritation benefits. And believe me, that’s only the beginning. (more…)

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Oil-free: The myth

Although many oils have anti-inflammatory, nourishing, moisturizing, and wrinkle-reducing properties, the use of oils in skin care often gets a bad rap, especially in those products for acne-prone, oily, or combination skin. However, many oils are fantastic to use topically, even on acne-prone skin, and the right types of oils can even help reduce clogged pores and acne (see my post here about the popular Oil Cleanse Method)! However, many of the oils you see at the grocery store, the health food store, or listed in your skin care products, cause clogged pores and inflame acne. So, how can you know which oils are non-comedogenic?

Comedogenic simply means likely to cause comedones. Non-comedogenic, therefore, means unlikely to cause comedones!

A comedone is a plug of debris (made up of bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, and skin care ingredients)  filling a skin pore. Comedones commonly appear as blackheads and sometimes as whiteheads. Comedones trap the oil that normally flows out of pores and a pimple will often develop around this trapped oil.

How to use oil in skin care: What matters?

How much of an oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Product ingredients are listed in order of inclusion—from most to least. Therefore, if an oil is found close to the end of a list of ingredients, there is likely little oil in the product.

What type of oil is in a product influences how comedogenic a product is. Some oils are much more likely to cause comedones than others.

Type of skin and pore-size must also be considered when choosing a product, as these also affect the comedogenecy of that product. Those with dry skin often have small pores—these pores do not let much oil out or much debris in and rarely develop comedones. Those with oily skin often have larger pores to release a larger amount of oil on the skin—these pores can collect quite a bit of debris and often form quite obvious comedones.

The type of product influences its comedogenecy. A cleanser—typically left on the skin for a short period of time—is unlikely to clog pores. A moisturizer—typically left on the skin until it is washed off—is more likely than a cleanser to clog pores. Even toners can cause clogged pores if they contain comedogenic ingredients.

Comedogenic or common sense? Read the oil comedogenecy chart and find out more! (more…)

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