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“That Guy Kas”: In the Skin of A “Trans* Dude”

I’m following the amazing blog “That Guy Kas: Adventures of a Trans* Dude.” On the blog, Bennett Kaspar, who is (as far as I know) the only person I personally know who is transgender, seeks to “elaborate on [his] transition, muse about life, and point out some of the really weird shit that happens when people think […]

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Acure Organics: More To It Than a Catchy Name

“Acure for your Skin…Acure for the Planet….Acure for a Cure.” This is the vision of Acure Organics. A Major Award I shop at Whole Foods and Target regularly but had never encountered this brand. A few weeks ago, a display with the above slogan caught my eye. I thought, “That’s clever!” Turns out the store […]

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Sunless Tanners, Part 1

A follow up to Faking It: The Art of Faux Tanning Prior to starting this blog, I never used or thought about using self-tanner. I actually cringed at the thought of the off-putting, yellow-orange color. The technology needed tweaking. Even with improvements, and despite recommending it to patients who wanted to mask imperfections, self-tanner didn’t interest […]

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Sunless Tanning Safety

If you’re wary about regularly applying a chemically-derived self-tanner or spray tan, you’re not alone. And I applaud you because we all should consider the health implications of products we ingest or apply to our skin. My curiosity peaked a few months ago when I decided to personally experiment with self-tanner. Since then, I have […]

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Faking It: The Art of Faux Tanning

Forgo Bakin’ It Public awareness of the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and tanning beds has grown substantially over the past two decades. Programs like The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Go With Your Own Glow campaign stress the beauty of one’s natural skin color, and many celebrities promote untanned skin. But there needs […]

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Sunscreen & Rash

Since posting Natural Sunscreen Review, Part 2, I’ve seen an upcropping of posts about and pictures of terrible skin reactions to Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen – a sunblock that I favorably reviewed. The recent influx of circulating testimonials, some written in 2010 and now reappearing, about rash caused by Pure & Free raises […]

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Sunburn Tattooing

Seriously? What’s next, American youth? How can we inflict even more harm on ourselves? First, huffing toxic inhalants, then ingesting bath salts, and now this, mutilating our skin with “sunburn tattoos”? I’m a few weeks late in learning about this insanity. It became news sometime around July 6th. I happened to be channel surfing this morning […]

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Paleo Week 4 – It Ain’t Over…

30-day Paleo challenge complete? CHECK! Time to Kick Paleo to the Curb? As this post’s title gives away, I don’t think so. The Paleo lifestyle is going too well to end now – or ever. I feel so healthy that I don’t want to go back to old, glutenous, carb-loaded habits. And my complexion looks […]

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Paleo Week 3: True Believer

How long does it take to forge a new habit? Given my recent experience with this Paleo challenge, I would argue three weeks. As you may recall, I expressed that I missed wine and carbonation in last week’s post. But at this point, I no longer yearn for either. I feel like I’m pregnant again […]

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Paleo Week 2

I’m at the half-way mark, and I still have a lot of steam. What’s Missing? Really the only “foods” I genuinely miss are actually beverages.  First, red wine. I enjoy a glass (or two…) now and then. Next, carbonation. Soda is a BIG no-no, but it was calling my name the other day as I […]

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