These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

Germaphobe? Here Are 3 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Now that spring is finally in full swing and warmer weather is fast approaching, countless people are itching to book vacation plans before all the best deals are gobbled up. After all, an estimated 96% of American workers claim that vacation time is important to them.

But if you’re one of the many people planning a trip this year, it’s essential that you take care of your health while traveling.

While you’re putting the finishing touches on your vacation itinerary, it can be easy to forget basic sanitary needs and health goals during your trip. Even if you pack a travel-sized hand sanitizer, you never know what potentially hazardous health issues could arise during your travels. We’re going to show you a few ways to stay healthy while traveling.

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In fact, one recent Delta Airlines passenger was put in this exact predicament. As Matthew Meehan identified his seat, he was shocked to find that the floor and seat were covered in animal excrement.

An ill service dog was the culprit, but passengers were allowed to board the plane before cleaning crews arrived. When Meehan asked for support from the airline staff, he was simply offered two paper towels and a small bottle of Bombay Sapphire.

“She said to me, ‘Well, that’s not my problem.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry?’ She says, ‘Well, if the cleaning crew didn’t clean your seat, I don’t have any control over that,'” Meehan claimed.

“I have never in my entire life felt more dehumanized. I felt like an animal. Words can’t even describe how awful it was, and they had so many opportunities to make it right.”

Affected passengers were offered a refund, but an investigation was launched following the incident.

The nasty little number brings us to our first point on the list…

Bring a seat cover

Airline seats aren’t the most cleanly of chairs, especially when you’re traveling on them for extended periods of time. In fact, aisle seats are among the dirtiest seats of all, according to a 2008 investigation whether they’re covered in dog poop or not.

During this study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that passengers resting in aisle seats are more likely to contract a virus from other passengers. They think this is likely due to the fact that people rest their hands on aisle chairs for support and balance as they pass by, exposing the seat to more germs. Whether you’re flying in an aisle seat or otherwise, however, a seat liner is one way to stop germs from dog poop in its tracks. While that’s certainly on the more extreme end of the spectrum, the point remains. Whether germs or other microbial nastiness, tightly woven fabrics are essential in repelling dirt and stains, acting as a barrier between you.

Don’t forget to take care of your skin

Between sun damage, insect bites, and the dry air of an airplane, your skin can take a beating. It’s vital that you drink the proper amount of water during your trip in order to promote skin health and elasticity. However, you need to make sure that it’s filtered so you aren’t exposed to any local pathogens or parasites.

You should also use a strong sunblock with a high SPF whenever you venture outdoors. It’s known that an estimated 120,000 terawatts of solar energy hit the earth every day, some of which can cause serious damage to your skin. This is doubly important for people who wear makeup. A simple layer of sunscreen can prevent your face from looking like a tomato at the end of the day. If you’re sweating a lot or swimming during your vacation, you should try to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

For those bountiful bugs, don’t hesitate to buy a strong insect repellent. A nasty bite or itchy bump is the last thing you want to worry about on your vacation.

If you happen to suffer any serious skin damage during your trip, keep in mind that there are over 7,000 urgent care facilities throughout the United States. Even if it seems like going to the doctor can put a damper on your vacation fun, taking care of your health is the most important thing you can do.

Avoid social media

Though we’ve talked about physical health, mental health is just as important (if not more). One of the major reasons people travel in the first place is to unwind, relax, and eliminate high levels of stress associated with their day-to-day lives.

If you’re one of the many people hoping to relax on their vacation, try to limit your social media use. A digital detox is good for your brain and it allows you to enjoy being in the moment during your travels. Leave the phone in your hotel room and try basking in the experiences a new place has to offer.

Taking care of your health is vital when you go on vacation. The next time you’re planning for the trip of a lifetime, don’t forget these simple ways to stay healthy while traveling, and have fun.

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Wellness Expo Highlights What You Should Know About Indoor Air Quality

The second annual 2019 SXSW Wellness Expo highlighted a number of innovative products designed to make your life happier and, of course, healthier. This two-day event featured a variety of demonstrations, healthy samples, outstanding products, and more than a couple fitness classes in order to promote healthy living in the Austin area.

Few groups stood out more than indoor air quality company, Airthings. This company produces the best-selling digital radon detectors available on the market today, but their new Healthy Building Solution hopes to improve your indoor air quality as a whole through real-time, wireless detection.

Airthings' New Indoor Air Quality Monitors

“Studies have actually proven that optimizing indoor air quality is directly correlated to improved productivity, and in turn, greater revenue generation,” claims Airthings CEO Oyvind Birkenes. “Our goal to introduce management professionals to our IAQ monitors and enable them to check all these boxes: a healthy building, a productive and motivated staff, and an innovative, forward-thinking company model.”

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is determined by a variety of factors, most notably the particulate matter present in your air. While we all know that pollen counts and smog can cause a decrease in air quality both indoors and outdoors, there are countless factors in the home and workplace that can put your health at risk. For example, seemingly innocuous factors like high levels of humidity can play a damaging role in the quality of your indoor air.

If a person is surrounded by harmful air on a regular basis, deteriorating health effects might occur, such as the development of asthma, recurring headaches, or allergies.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

This is why it’s so important to utilize the best ventilation in hazardous work environments, like kitchens and manufacturing plants. In fact, almost 70% of all manufacturers utilize a compressed air system for ventilation and more.

However, the indoor air quality in your home and office is just as necessary. This often-neglected home component is in need of a change, prompting companies like Airthings have taken an active role in developing new IAQ-monitoring products.

Airthings unveiled three energy-efficient, wireless products designed to detect and measure any potential hazards in your air. For example, their new “Wave Plus” sensors measure radon levels, CO2, humidity, TVOCs, temperature, and air pressure in real time. Better yet, this technology also offers suggestions and tips to help improve your air quality and save energy.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Airthings also showcased two other wireless products: the “Wave Mini” and the “Airthings Hub” (both featured below). While the “Wave Mini” is perfect for measuring the IAQ of a single room; the “Airthings Hub” relies on multiple devices to be distributed throughout an entire building. This can enable a company to seal off dangerous areas and locate the source of air contamination, assuring the safety of their employees.

Airthings Hub

Improving your work and home environment is essential to reducing turnover rate within your company, improving the health of your family, and leading a happier life. With allergy season right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever to get a head start on improving your indoor air quality. While planting trees and shrubs can help reduce your energy bills by nearly 25%, these very same plants can also make your allergies go haywire. It’s no wonder Americans will contract more than one billion colds each year.

If you’re trying to improve your health through the innovative products featured at the 2019 Wellness Expo, perhaps you should start with your indoor air quality.

Naturcolor Herbal Based Haircolor: The Eco-Friendly Haircolor Gel

Do you want to know the best things about the Natural Products Expo West? Being introduced to natural and organic products from across every industry. This year’s event happened at the beginning of this month and as always, was a treasure trove of eco-friendly, organic, and herbal-based products. One of the standout product we were introduced to was Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor.

This herbal-based, permanent, eco-friendly haircolor gel uses high-quality natural ingredients to cover grey hairs, add radiant highlights, or dramatically change your existing hair color. Available in 31 colors, each Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor can be used alone or blended to create personalized colors. The herbal-based haircolors are handcrafted with the finest Italian pigments derived from botanicals. It can be used repeatedly without damaging your hair, unlike harsh chemical colors. The 31 colors feature five different color series; they include the Natural Series, Copper Series, Golden Series, Mahogany Series, and Ash Series.

The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor Natural Series was specially formulated with the strongest pigments to “cover” gray. The other color groups are made with lighter pigments. These color with a more transparent effect and are designed to be mixed with the Natural Series for special custom tints or highlights. The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor range contains no ammonia, resorcinol,  or parabens, and is cruelty-free.

After coloring, we recommend using the Naturcolor After Color Treatment. This very mild shampoo is designed specifically for use after hair coloring. It gently removes any excess hair dye without stripping away the hair color that you just applied.

Other Naturcolor hair products include the Rejuvennis Shampoo, Echinacea Herbacreme Conditioner, and Phytovitamin Tonic. In the age of being more aware of what goes into the product that we use, are you ready to give up the chemicals and go for natural ingredients hair color?

Nourish Bowls: The Healthy On-The-Go Meal from Mann’s Fresh

As beings that are always on the go, it can get quite difficult to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal. Be it for breakfast (for those of us who eat breakfast), lunch or dinner. While we try and at times have the best intentions to live a better life, it never lasts. This may happen for many reasons, we fall back into our old routine because it’s what we’re used to; the new “lifestyle change” doesn’t satisfy us, or maybe we end up being unsatisfied. We’ve all tried to implement healthy choices but many times, we just don’t enjoy them. But what if we did? We were recently introduced to the latest healthy and delicious meal from Mann’s Fresh that will change your mind (and your habits). Say hello to Mann’s Nourish Bowls Breakfast.

Although we haven’t tried the others, we had the pleasure of enjoying Mann’s Fresh Nourish Bowls Breakfast. The two new breakfast options, Denver Scramble, and Fiesta Scramble join the vast variety of Nourish Bowls that includes Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha, Southwest Chipotle, Smokehouse Brussels, Spicy Thai, Basil Pesto, Tomato Bolognese, and Cauli Rice Curry.

A healthy twist on one of America’s favorite breakfasts, the Denver Scramble features kale, sweet potato, cauliflower and broccoli with a Bell Pepper Sauce that has diced ham & onion and comes with a cheddar cheese topping. The Fiesta Scramble has kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and butternut squash with a Pico de Gallo Salsa that has chicken chorizo and comes with a Mexican Cheese Blend topping.

You will see making a healthy and delicious breakfast is as easy as 1,2,3. Add one or two eggs, pop the microwave-safe bowl in for 4 minutes and enjoy these fresh veggie breakfast bowls! At 330 calories or less and up to 25 grams of protein, these new bowls bring to the breakfast table. Are you excited for the new Nourish Bowls Breakfast from Mann’s Fresh Vegetables? We certainly are!

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark: The Nutrient-Rich SuperDairy

When you hear the word Quark, you typically think of particles and science; but we promise the Quark we’re writing about today is something much more edible. The Quark we’re talking about is a nutrient-rich, super-dairy made from a special blend of cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark. And we can tell you, it’s wünderfully delicious!!

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

What makes Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark so amazing? Thanks to its unique production process and an exclusively sourced special blend of French cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark delivers an extraordinary rich taste and creamy texture. Gone are the days of overly tangy and sour yogurts, plus this yogurt boasts up to 16g of protein and less sugar than leading yogurt brands. Wünder is also high in protein, has less than 5% lactose, contains no starches or gum and is powered by probiotics. It’s gluten-free, has no rBHG, and it’s ph levels is higher than regular yogurts, giving you a distinctively better taste (4.4/4.5 vs. Greek/Skyr’s 3.8/3.9). Since Wünder is fermented for twice as long as Greek yogurt (13 hours vs. 6 hours), it also boasts creamier texture.

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark is available in six varieties: Plain, Coffee, Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. After sampling all six flavors, we found ourselves captivated by two, the Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. While all six were delicious, these two definitely had us reaching for more. There are so many delicious recipes you can make using the Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark flavors. One of our favorites is the Matcha Cheesecake, see the recipe below:

Wünder Creamery Matcha Cheesecake

Cheesecake Filling
3 24-ounce containers Wünder Creamery Plain quark, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. matcha powder
2-4 Tbsp. hot water (for creating matcha paste)
2 large eggs, room temperature
Mix matcha powder with hot water to create a paste-like consistency. In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the quark on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue beating on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to very low and drop in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated into the batter. Do not overmix.

The Crust
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
⅛ Tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350˚. Bring a large pot of water (about 6 cups) to a boil. Lightly spray or butter the bottom and sides of a 6-inch springform pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and melted butter. Pour the crust mixture into the springform pan and use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the mixture down into the base, making sure to create an even, smooth layer. Place on the middle rack of oven and bake for 8 minutes or until golden-brown in color. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, allowing for the foil to reach the top of the sides. Press the foil firmly around the pan to make sure it is fitted well (this protects the pan from absorbing the water). Transfer the pan to a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, and pour the boiling water into the large pan, creating a bain-marie. The water should reach about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake.

Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the oven and bake on the middle rack for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the sides are set and the middle jiggles very slightly. After baking, remove the cheesecake from the water and set on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-12 hours. Release and remove the side of the springform. Slice with a sharp knife, rinsing the knife with warm water before each slice.

Straightening Up: The Rise Of Invisible Braces For Improved Smiles

People have been looking to improve their smile for ages, and in recent years, one option has risen dramatically in popularity as a solution for crooked teeth: invisible braces. These plastic trays have seen incredible success as a popular cosmetic dentistry option in recent years, and the market’s only projected to grow in the coming years. So what’s behind this trend? What has made invisible braces such a popular choice for people looking to improve their teeth?

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Invisible Adjustments

Obviously, the most notable difference between invisible aligners and their more well-known alternative, traditional metal braces, is that they’re invisible. Because the aligner trays are made of clear plastic, they can’t be seen unless you’re looking closely. This makes them an incredibly popular option among people who are worried about their appearance while undergoing treatment – even some celebrities are opting to use the trays to maintain their image while straightening their teeth.

Lower Costs

Invisible aligners are made of plastic, which is what allows them to be unnoticeable. However, this also creates an additional benefit: reduced cost. Today the world makes and consumes about 600 billion pounds of plastic yearly, and one of the reasons for this is because items made from plastic tend to be cheaper. This is just as true for aligners, which are often a fraction of the price of traditional braces.

Combine that with the fact that aligners can often be managed at home, and you’re looking at a much cheaper path to straighter teeth. The median annual wage for dental hygienists was $74,070 in 2017, and orthodontists earn higher wages than that. For many people, the cost of a visit to an orthodontist for braces-related concerns pushes them into seeking out invisible aligners, as they can be managed with fewer expensive in-person visits.

Easier Maintenance

Not only are invisible aligners less noticeable and cheaper; they’re easier to maintain. Invisible aligners can be removed when eating or to brush your teeth, making them cleaner and often healthier. Meanwhile, traditional braces can get in the way and require special care for cleaning. This makes invisible aligners preferable to people who don’t have the time to take special care of traditional braces.

It’s clear that invisible aligners have a certain set of advantages that make them a better choice for some when it comes to straightening their smile. And considering almost 32% of people report being concerned with the look of their teeth, this is proving to be a viable solution. With how these unique cosmetic dental appliances are trending, it’s likely that they’re here to stay for at least a while. Would you ever consider using invisible aligners over metal braces?

How New CBD Products Are Affecting The US Patent Office

As more states continue to legalize cannabis, the variety of cannabinoid and hemp products available is expanding at a rapid rate. “Infusions” are making their way into a near-limitless number of CBD products — olive oil, coffee, beauty supplies, lotions, and even pet foods have added cannabidiol to their list of ingredients. Now that there are fewer legal restrictions placed on the drug, small businesses and entrepreneurs are eager to throw their hat in the ring; the result has been a significant rise in intellectual patent filings.

Protecting Your Pot Product

The whole of the cannabis industry is founded on intellectual property, from the manipulation of plant genetics to the cannabinoid extraction processes. So if you’re one of the 78% of millennials who want to learn something new on their travels, study up on cannabinoids. Everything that comes from the cannabis plant (which includes the vast number of food, drink, and non-edible CBD products) is, in some sense, intellectual property; therefore, it must be safeguarded in order to secure a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office receives over 500,000 patent applications each year, and — thanks to an industry that is expected to reach $23 billion in sales by 2025 — that number is growing. In 2012, only 144 simple patent families (which means patents were taken out in more than one country) were filed for cannabis food and drink; in 2015, 244 patent families were filed.

Surprisingly, no major food and beverage companies were among the top 10 applicants, which could lead to serious legal disputes down the road considering increases in demand. Approximately 66% of survey respondents are interested in “craft” and “artisan” spirits in restaurants, and cannabis is starting to corner that market.

Taking The World By Storm

Natural and organic products are as popular, if not more, as hemp and CBD products; by merging the two together, many businesses have found ways to increase their profit margin and expand their options; all while delivering quality natural products to their customers.

Cannabinoid-rich Colorado Hemp Honey

Take the success of Colorado Hemp Honey: two of the company’s products — Double-Strength Raw Relief hemp honey Colorado Hemp Honey Sticks (available in Raw Relief, Tangerine Tranquility, Lemon Stress Less and Ginger Soothe) — have been nominated as finalists for NEXTY awards. The NEXTY Awards recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring, and trustworthy products in the natural products industry during the world’s largest natural products trade show in Anaheim, CA.

NuLeaf Naturals, one of the country’s top pioneering hemp companies, has also gained a reputation for offering the highest grade CBD products — which are all-natural, lab-tested, and organic — on the market. Their organic CBD oils and extracts are now sold in more than 1,600 retail locations.

CBD Beauty Oil

Undefined Beauty‘s Indigo Rose Glow Elixir and Indigo Rose Glow Gelée boasts phytocannabinoid rich hemp extract (CBD) to hydrate and revitalize your face, to your hair to your body. The CBD Oil in these products is said to controls oil production, detox and restore the skin.

White Cedar Naturals is bringing wholesome, potent, and pure hemp extract products in a new delicious way. They offer high-quality nutritional food and supplements in the form of Hemp Extract Oils, Organic & Vegan Hemp Extract Gummies and Raw Hemp Extract Chocolate.

This overwhelming push toward all-natural and organic is reflected in the number of patents being filed. It is necessary in order to stand against the corporate giants that are inevitably going to enter the CBD scene.