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Reducing Sun Damage to Skin

Posted by Nancy Ray on
The sun is a powerful source of energy and radiation that can be both beneficial and harmful.  It feels great to get out in the sun, especially after a cold, rainy day, but the effects of too much sun can be incredibly damaging to skin health.  The sunlight’s cellular and molecular effects depend on...

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The Mediterranean Diet and Healthy Skin

Posted by Nancy Ray on
Eating healthy is beneficial for the whole body including the largest organ of the body, the skin. As we age, however, it is harder for consumed nutrients to access the skin, so they should also be provided topically. The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets a person can consume. It is associated with many health benefits including...

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Increasing the Immune Defense of Skin

Posted by Nancy Ray on

The skin barrier, composed of lipids and essentially dead cells (corneocytes) in the upper layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum), plays a major role in protecting the body from numerous insults including microbial invasion. However, when compromised, the skin’s immune system is activated to defend the body from further damage and infection. Skin immunity involves the skin microbiome (collective set of microorganisms on the skin), antimicrobial peptides (short chains of amino acids) and a variety of signaling molecules that activate or suppress certain immune cells such as dendritic cells (including Langerhan’s cells), macrophages, neutrophils and mast cells.  When damage and/or...

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