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Skin, the burning problem
Among all the possible challenges a teenager can face, bad skin was the one (the only one, in fact) I was spared from. „Well, at least I have a great skin” even became my inside joke I told myself repeatedly to compensate the bitterness that came with growing so fast I became 15 cm taller than all the boys I liked over one summer vacation. Early in my 20s I thought I would never have to question my skin’s condition, nor to feel bad about it. Oh, the beauty of wishful thinking.
All the faces of aging
My birthday is coming soon. I don’t really pay much attention to it and I don’t mind putting +1 to my lifespan. But I do mind when I have to put -1 to the quality of my skin, and the visible changes on its surface are the main reminder of the passing of time. To celebrate my upcoming day in a productive way, I’m trying to figure out if and how my skin can keep a satisfying score, despite getting older.
Glycation and the way sugar destroys your skin
I know that sugar is not my best friend. Yet somehow I managed to convince myself that cheesecake definitely is one. It gives me comfort, pleasure and puts a smile on my face with every single bite (just no raisins, please). Can it be that I’ve gotten myself into a very toxic friendship? Sugar is …
Małgorzata Szumowska. Immersed in her work, unconditionally.
Tackling important social issues, delving into human emotions, bringing the unique blend of sacred and the profane to popular culture. She is not only a prominent voice in the world of filmmaking, but a cultural icon and a role model – admired and aspired to, for her vibrant embrace of life. Going all in – Małgorzata Szumowska.
Essential fatty acids in skin and skincare
For years fat has been considered one of the biggest beauty enemies. For years, we have lived in a lie. Fat with its essential fatty acids is a non- negotiable ingredient of effective skin care.
Live long and prosper – a complete guide to longevity practices
„I want to be forever young”. I bet you remember the song. How would you answer the question that follows this catchy declaration? „Do you really want to live forever?” Being old, tired and sick is a no. Being mature and healthy is a yes. How to age accordingly to the second option? With longevity practices!
How olfactory experience of skincare influences the skin
My memories are strongly connected to the sense of smell. The scent of perfume my mom used to use 30 years ago brings me back straight to my childhood, the one of elderberry reminds me of my grandmother’s garden where I used to play during almost every summer vacation. My mind is filled with olfactory memories just like air is filled with odor molecules. They’re both invisible for the eye and yet have a major impact on how I feel.
Unlocking the secrets of skin health with functional medicine – and Dr. Will Cole
While skincare is about treating the symptoms, we are much more into solving the root causes. Like with neurocosmetics – slowing down accelerated aging in skin and increasing tissue regeneration – the Functional Medicine focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of illness and disease, rather than simply treating symptoms.
Neuroscience of touch
Caressing, stroking, massaging, tickling, hugging… Strangely open as it sounds, I love to experience touch. Its different forms help me to wind down, relieve negative emotions, restore inner balance or evoke pleasure. However, it only happens when the toucher is someone I approve. If any sensory cues, including the visual, olfactory or environmental ones, remind …
Safety first, beauty will follow- how to protect the skin
Skin is a shield for the body and many factors affecting her quality come from the inside. The nutrients from foods we eat, the hydration from the liquids we drink, the quality of sleep that determines the hormones – all of that can work in favor of regeneration and balanced aging. But as any other shield, skin is exposed to the unfavorable influence of external factors that can weaken and permanently damage its surface. How could we protect this precious layer that’s meant to protect us?
The dry facts – why hydrating doesn’t work and how to do it right.
If there is one thing that can trick me into buying another skincare product, it would be the potential deep moisture effect. My naturally very dry skin seems to have an unlimited thirst and for a very long time I thought it’s almost impossible to find a product that would satisfy its needs. Then it turned out I invested in some of the best hydrating products on the market – I just didn’t know how to use them.
Temperature of health – the benefits of hot and cold therapy
„You’re hot and you’re cold, you’re yes and you’re no” – the lyrics of Katy Perry’s song were the first thing that came to my mind when I started thinking about hot and cold therapies. Why does manipulating the temperature of water and air have such powerful impact on health? And why does the vision of going for thermal extremes, despite the very long list of benefits for both physical and mental health, polarize even the most dedicated wellness followers? I immerse in the depths of human physiology and psychology to find the answers.
Overtraining, over-dieting, overthinking – how much self-care is enough?
If you could choose, how long would you be willing to wait for the results of your efforts? Probably not that long, am I right? When we want things, we want them fast and long-lasting. The urge of achievement often triggers us to pushing, reducing, repeating, refusing, obsessing over and over again and paradoxically doesn’t take us even a single step closer to health, balance and happiness. Effects of misinterpreted self-care can do us a lot of harm, and the only thing they have in common with the dream results is that unfortunately they can last very long.