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How worried about UV should we be in winter?

Most people want to ease up on sun protection during winter as the sun feels weaker and they assume they are less likely to burn.  Sadly only one of the two UV perpetrators, UVB, is actually reduced by clouds.  And while these UVB rays are the culprit behind sunburn, the other type of UV rays, UVA, are very much present year round- and it’s imperative to avoid them. 

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Are Eggs Good For My Skin?

Beyond high-quality protein, an egg contains a wide-variety of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that can beneficially impact skin health. But when it comes to recommending diets including eggs, often we need to ‘walk on eggshells’ since egg proteins can also potentially promote inflammation. Let’s do a deep dive into this egg-ceptionally complex food.

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5 Hidden Places to find Skin Cancers

Skin cancers – especially melanoma – can occur anywhere on your skin. Since skin cancers are the most common cancer of all cancers and we don’t require fancy imaging such as CTs, MRIs or PET scans to pick them up – skin self-checks should become a monthly habit. Did you know that your nails are also areas of skin that can potentially get melanomas? Melanomas do not always occur in sun exposed areas, the sun protected groin area is also at risk. While melanoma makes up only a small part, it is the one that causes the most deaths.

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Vitamin C in Skincare Vol 1.

One of the most popular functional actives in skincare, Vitamin C deserves a place in pretty much every skincare routine. But it is shrouded in misinformation and there are key ‘insider-info’ tips which will make the difference between bleh results and seeing your skin transform. Let’s take a deep dive into this superhero ingredient known for its protective, glow-boosting and pigmentation-busting properties.

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Skincare tips to LOVE and HATE

The world of skincare advice gets complicated pretty quickly. We are bombarded with skincare hacks from magazines, adverts, and more recently social media platforms. Love it, hate it, or can’t escape it, there’s no denying that people have been turning to social media as a source of skin care tips during the past year.

We know its hard to cut through the noise and get to the actual facts. So we’ve collected a few of the worst and best skin care tips of the past year.

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How to hit pay dirt with your facial cleanser !

Cleansing is a crucial part of caring for your skin and the first step in your skincare regimen. Arguably one of the most important parts of your routine other than sunscreens; cleansers are so important to get right because using the wrong one can cause issues by disrupting the skin barrier. Harsh surfactants can interact with protein and lipids on the stratum corneum resulting in trans-epidermal water loss, skin irritation and ultimately disruption of the skin barrier.

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Hot Stuff! SUNSCREEN: Which, Where, When, How?

We all know that our South African sun is no joke. We also tend to already know the basics of sun safety such as staying out of the sun during peak hours (10am-3pm) and wearing protective clothing and hats, however, the biggest confusion often occurs over sunscreen. Sunscreen is simply put – the MOST important part of your skincare regimen. Whether you’re a pared-down minimalist type of guy or a skincare junkie – this is one step that is a non-negotiable.

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A Dermatologist’s Tips on how to party-proof your skin!

Can you feel the change of mood in the air? Season is almost here, the nights are balmy, the prospect of a much-needed break is pulling us through the final days of 2021 and all we want to do is to let loose and have some fun!

So I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but heading into season remember that the drinks that you’re downing are going to drag your skin down too! Get the lowdown on how to party-proof your skin this season.

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We can fix our s#*t (AKA Nandos): Here’s what you can learn from a gut microbiome test

You’ve probably heard a lot about ‘dysbiosis’, otherwise described as an ‘imbalance’ in community of microbes in your gut. Perhaps, you’ve been told that you have too many ‘bad’ bugs & not enough ‘beneficial’ bugs? Or, you’ve been told that you’ve got an ‘overgrowth’ of bugs higher up in the GI tract?

The above may be true for you, however, the science of testing & confirming whether the ‘diagnosis’ is IN FACT true is complex. Learn whether a gut microbiome test is the test you’ve been looking for to shed light on your symptoms.

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