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Skin care tips

Seven essential combination skincare tips

Caring for combination skin means caring for multiple skin types at once. This is no easy feat when caring for one skin type can already present many challenges. The key is knowing how to treat the different skin types on your face individually and understanding the things you can do to help everything as a whole.

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early melanoma symptoms
Melanoma

Early melanoma symptoms and how to spot them

Melanoma is a severe disease with significant risks to your health, but if detected early, it can usually be treated with relatively minimal intervention. However, once melanoma has metastasized and spread to other areas of the body, it becomes more difficult to treat. For this reason, early detection is crucial. Read on to understand how to identify and spot the early melanoma symptoms

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Dry skin care tips
Skin care routine

Dry skin care tips to keep your skin hydrated and soft

People with dry skin everywhere can relate; it seems no matter what you do or how hard you try, no amount of moisturizer or wonder cream can keep the flakiness and dryness at bay. Finding ways to keep your skin dewy and supple is your never-ending quest and a frustrating one at that. That’s why we’ve compiled a few dry skin care tips and tricks you may have overlooked that will help keep your skin hydrated and soft.

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Skin care tips

How to get clear skin quickly

Sometimes our skin gives us headaches. It seems that always at the most inopportune times, we get a breakout or a pimple appears in the most unsightly of locations. In these moments, we just want to find any way of clearing things up, quick. While there is no full-proof magic fix to all skin problems, there are a few things we can do to help our skin get clear fast.

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What is basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma: what is it?

While melanoma is the most widely known and aggressive form of skin cancer, it’s actually the rarest type. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, are the most common forms of skin cancer.  Melanoma begins in melanocytes cells in the deepest layer of skin, also known as the hypodermic or subcutaneous tissue, while non-melanoma cancers are found in the upper and middle layers of skin, called the epidermis and dermis.

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Skin care tips

How to treat combination skin

With some areas oily and full of breakouts and others dry and flaking, it can be hard to know how to treat combination skin. While it may take a little extra consideration than other skin types, there are some tips you should know to keep combination skin clear and hydrated.

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Melanoma

Melanoma story: Stacey Everson on melanoma & apps

In February 2016 Stacey Everson from Auckland (New Zealand) analyzed a mole on her shoulder with the SkinVision app. It told her it was high risk and that she should go to the doctor. She had the mole removed for biopsy and the results came back as early-stage melanoma. Watch Stacey’s story to see why she encourages others to download the SkinVision app and get their skin checked. This is her melanoma story.

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Skin care tips

Sensitive skincare tips

Sensitive skin can refer to anything from occasional redness to skin issues such as eczema or rosacea. At its most basic level, sensitive skin is a general, non-medical term for skin that easily breaks out into rashes or experiences blotchy, itchy or stinging reactions from the weather or skincare products.

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Skin care tips

What is combination skin?

We all know by now that identifying your skin type is the first step to caring for your skin. But sometimes figuring out your skin type can be tricky, especially when it seems to be sending you conflicting signals — in some spots, it won’t stop shining but in others, you can’t put enough moisturizer on. If this is the case, then it’s likely that you have combination skin. So what is combination skin?

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Getting clear
Skin care routine

Daily skin care routine: getting clear skin in 6 steps

Finding a daily skincare routine that works for you can seem like a never-ending beauty quest. With so much skincare advice out there and multitudes of products to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to focus your energy. But underlining most skincare philosophies and theories are six basic steps that form the foundation of a good and smart skincare routine. Read on for the six basic steps you can take towards a clear and healthy complexion.

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Skin care tips

Foods for healthy skin: what you should eat

By now, we are all well aware that what we put in our bodies plays a large role in our body and skin health. The old adage “you are what you eat” rings truer than ever in today’s increasingly health-minded world.

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Metastatic Melanoma
Metastatic melanoma

Metastatic Melanoma: what is it?

Melanoma is the most dangerous and rare form of skin cancer; but, with early prevention, most melanomas are treatable and non-life threatening. According to Cancer.net, the 5-year survival rate for early-stage melanoma is 98%. Once it has spread to the nearby lymph nodes, the survival rate decreases to 63%, and if it has spread to other parts of the body, the survival rate lowers to 17%.

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Skin care tips

Five essential vitamins for healthy skin

Our skin is not just our buffer to the outside world; it is also intimately connected to what goes on inside our bodies. Through the foods we eat, the environment we live in, the amount of exercise we get and how often we take time to relax, we are affecting the health and look of our skin. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the substances our body needs to thrive. Vitamins are one of these substances that can often be overlooked but are vital to our skin’s health. 

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What’s my skin type?
Skin care tips

What’s my skin type? Determine your skin type and how to care for it.

Know thyself: our goal in life and in skin care. Because the first step to caring for your skin is knowing your skin. Understanding your skin type allows you to buy the correct products and develop the ideal routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing. But figuring out your skin type can be a confusing task if you’ve never done it before. Read on below for some easy tips to identify your skin type and how to care it for it.

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How to get clear skin naturally
Skin care tips

How to get clear skin naturally

With natural products flooding skincare aisles around the globe, there is no doubt that we are all becoming increasingly aware of the ways in which our skin health is tied to what we put in and on our bodies. Avoiding toxic chemicals and ingredients that can be potentially harmful is now an essential factor to consider in our skincare and beauty regimen. So what are the basic steps to get clear skin naturally? How can we avoid the jargon and greenwashing and find our own toxin-free path to healthy, blemish-free skin?

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Skin care tips

Oily skincare tips: prevent and take care

Most of us will experience oily skin at some point whether it is related to the hormonal changes of puberty or menopause or just because our skin is generally more oily than normal. Oily skin can lead to spots and acne at worst and can cause your makeup to slip and for you to have a shiny forehead or chin at best. So how can you take care of oily skin? We have some tips.

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What is melanoma
Melanoma

What is melanoma? The complete story

Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most deadly. According to the World Health Organisation, there are about 132,000 new cases of melanoma worldwide each year, and although it only accounts for approximately 1% of skin cancer cases, it is responsible for a large majority of skin cancer deaths. So what is melanoma exactly?

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Types of skin moles
Melanoma

Types of skin moles and how to know if they’re safe

While for many of us moles are just brown spots on our body we may not pay much attention to, they come in various shapes, sizes, and forms that can tell us important things about our skin health. Understanding all types of skin moles helps us identify any suspicious spots for skin cancer and keep our skin healthy.

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Melanoma

Skin signs that you are in need of some vitamin D

We all know two things when it comes to our skin: we should never spend too long out in the sun because of the risk of skin cancer and we need sunlight to get enough vitamin D. These two facts may seem like they oppose each other directly. How on earth do you get enough sun without getting too much? And how does vitamin D benefit me?

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The two kinds of skin types and how to identify yours
Skin care tips

The two kinds of skin types and how to identify yours

When determining skin type, two different conversations quickly surface. There is the more beauty-focused skin type discussion that refers to how our skin feels, how much oil it produces and how it reacts to products (think: normal, dry, oily, etc.) and then there is the skin type discussion that focuses on how our skin reacts to the sun and its susceptibility to skin cancer symptoms (think: fair, medium, dark, etc.) Both branches of the skin type conversation root back to our genetics.

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Melanoma

Skin check Auckland: what are your options?

When it comes to looking after your skin health, regular skin checks need to be part of your routine. Especially when you live in an area where UV exposure levels are high, as well as skin cancer incidence. New Zealand is an example of that kind of high-risk country. So what are your options when you want to do a skin check? Let’s take a look at the situation in Auckland.

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How your skin can show signs of ill health
Skin care tips

Skin health and how your skin can show signs of ill health

You might not be overly keen on yoga and other “new age” ideas about our health. But according to Ayurveda, a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent, the way your body looks on the outside could be an excellent communicator for how your body is feeling on the inside. It makes great sense and you don’t need to adopt the lotus position or use weird herbal extracts to take advantage of the skin care tips and wisdom that comes from this centuries-old practice.

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Melanoma

Beauty around the world

You only need to look at the range of people around you right now and you will see that beauty comes in many different guises. In different parts of the world, beauty means different things and here in New Zealand, we have a unique multi-cultural aspect to our view of beauty. With so many differing viewpoints on what makes us beautiful, it is clear that we can’t take beauty for granted or make any assumptions.

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Skin care tips

How to get healthy skin: skincare 101

Skin health can sometimes seem like an elusive goal only attainable through secret potions and expensive creams. But the keys to healthy skin are often more obvious than we may think. In this post, we will give you a quick run-down of the basics you need to know on how to get healthy skin, and how then to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

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Skin cancer symptoms
Detection

Skin cancer symptoms: what to look out for

Most cancers have some quite obvious signs: lumps and bumps, tenderness, pain or sickness. But when it comes to skin cancer symptoms, they aren’t always as simple to identify. Skin cancer is growing slowly and often free of glaring warning signs. This means that the early detection of skin cancer can be tricky.

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Melanoma

To tan or not to tan – The risks and benefits

These days we all know about the dangers of sun exposure – it can lead to skin damage, skin cancer, and melanoma. But not so long ago it was advised to get a “healthy” tan and to soak up the sun to stay looking and feeling good. This is further complicated by the latest news that many of us are not getting enough vitamin D due to our habit of staying indoors. So what is the right advice and how much of a summer glow can we get before the benefits are outweighed by the risks- to tan or not to tan, that is the question.

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Skin care tips

Healthy Skin: 10 foods that will improve skin health

The following guide offers 10 foods that you should increase your consumption of in order to promote and maintain your healthy skin. It’s suggested that ‘you are what you eat’ and with this in mind, eating foods to promote health in specific areas makes sense. There are specific foods that will promote health in specific areas and skin is one of the quickest organs to react to the way in which we fuel our bodies. So what are the foods that will improve skin health?

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Skin cancer

Skin photos reveal the true impact of the sun

When you look in the mirror each day do you really see the true impact of the sun on your face? Or do you simply put on your make-up and get on with your day? Most of us do the latter. But a new project is showing us the beauty of the depth of our skin and the warnings we should take from these images.

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