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Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar?

By on December 28th, 2011 Tags: ,

When I flip through magazines, I often find myself getting sucked into the swirl of skin care ads. The promises are hard to ignore: with just a few pats of a cream or serum, I can look younger, with firmer, softer skin protected against the signs of aging. Any and all perceived flaws seem to magically disappear, sometimes instantly. It’s no wonder that moisturizers and …

Antimicrobial Soaps: A Washout

By on September 8th, 2011 Tags: ,

We get the message everywhere: airports, malls, public restrooms, doctors’ offices, kitchens, and other public spaces. Wash your hands with soap and water to avoid spreading germs and getting sick. It’s good advice and I make sure to follow it.

But do you know exactly what’s in your hand soap? It’s a good bet that most of the soap and hand sanitizers you use have …

The Possible Price of Beauty

By on August 12th, 2011 Tags: , ,

The chemicals in makeup, lotions, nail polish, shampoos, and other personal care products make many of us feel better, sleeker, and more confident. With a little help from this and that, together with a good hair day (I have strong-willed curly hair), I can get the charge I need to overcome procrastination and rise up to a new challenge.

Studies show that the average woman …

Have Fun in the Sun, But Protect Your Skin

By on April 22nd, 2011 Tags: , ,

The snow is melted and the sun is out (at least in my part of the world). I’m excited to spend more time outside enjoying the garden and visiting my friends. A sunny day gives me much more energy and puts me in a great mood. Over the last few months of winter, many of my patients have been feeling the blues of scarce winter …

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