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Skincare Ingredient Dictionary: Every Term You Need to Know –

Table of Contents:Acne-Fighters + Exfoliators | Anti-Agers | Hydrators + Skin Soothers |Skin Oils

When it comes to skincare, it seems like the number of serum, face cream, and oil offerings (and claims) on store shelves are ever-growing because they are. In 2019, skincare brought in nearly $5.9 billion in sales and outpaced makeup growth by 12%, according to the NPD Group, a market research company. And according to Google Trends, searches for "skincare" reached an all-time high in January 2020, and that popularity has only continued to spike through this year.

The skincare boom has understandably brought an onslaught of new ingredients, each sounding better than the next (and some sounding downright insane). In a fast-changing world of vampire facials and snail mucin face masks, the question is: Which ingredients are actually worth the hype, and which will work for your lifestyle, your skin type, and your skincare goals?

To demystify the endless catalog, we consulted our Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab chemists and scientists and over 20 top dermatologists from New York City to San Francisco, Miami, and back again. Of the best and buzziest, we've broken down exactly what you need to know, including the ingredients that play nice together (and which ones don't), the best actives for staving off acne, anti-aging must-haves to brighten and resurface skin, soothing, hydrating fixes for sensitive skin, and go-to products for every skin type.

Through the peaks and valleys of skincare trends, these are the tried-and-true ingredients that have stood the test of time and are worth adding to your skincare regimen, plus how to use them:

If you struggle with persistent acne or have oily skin, these clarifying ingredients are for you. They help to mattify shine, degunk pores, and slough away dead skin and bacteria for a clearer, brighter complexion that's free of whiteheads, blackheads, and the rest. Start slow with these powerful ingredients and avoid using in tandem off the bat.

Azelaic Acid

What it does: Produced by a naturally occurring yeast on skin, this exfoliating ingredient reduces hyperpigmentation, fades dark spots, and kills acne- and rosacea-causing bacteria.

Who it's for: All skin types, but particularly acne-prone skin.

How to use it: Twice a day (morning and night) or once every other day for sensitive skin.

FYI: Start slow azelaic acid may cause drying or peeling on application sites.


Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

What it does: BHAs are oil-soluble acids that plunge deep into pores to target oil glands and decrease oil secretion

Who it's for: Acne-prone and oily skin, since it decreases oil secretion and nixes dead skin to prevent pimples.

How to use it: Begin with twice-weekly use at a low concentration, and increase potency and frequency as tolerated.

FYI: While it's a star on oily skin, it may cause flaking at first, particularly on dry or sensitive skin.


Salicylic Acid

What it does: A BHA best known for its exfoliating, pore-cleaning, and bacteria-fighting powers.

Who it's for: People with oily and acne-prone skin, particularly those who want to treat and prevent whiteheads and blackheads.

How to use it: Apply as a spot treatment or swap in a salicylic acid-laced face cleanser once or twice per week, increasing frequency as tolerated.

FYI: This acne-fighting powerhouse may irritate sensitive skin or parch dry skin.


These heavy-hitting ingredients smooth out wrinkles and fine lines by ramping up collagen production and cellular turnover for youthful, bright-looking, even-toned skin. Since skin will be freshly exfoliated, it may feel irritated at first: Start slow, avoid using alongside other exfoliants, and always follow up with SPF!

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)

What it does: AHAs are water-soluble acids derived from fruits or sugar cane that exfoliate dull, dry skin and stimulate collagen production to lessen wrinkles.

Who it's for: Anyone whose main concern is anti-aging, or those with dry skin.

How to use it: Start with a lower concentration and work up to daily use, as tolerated.

FYI: AHAs increase skins sensitivity to UV rays, so use SPF every day. AHAs also may cause superficial chemical burns on darker skin tones.



What it does: This ancient botanical seed is a gentler, effective alternative to retinol. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and increases collagen production, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

Who it's for: Safe for all skin types and those concerned with anti-aging, but particularly great for skin types that cannot tolerate retinol (e.g. sensitive skin, rosacea).

How to use it: Safe for use once to twice daily, morning or night.

FYI: Any new ingredient can cause a reaction. Start slowly and work your way up to daily use.


Glycolic Acid

What it does: An AHA that minimizes pores, fights acne, and speeds up cell turnover for fresher, clearer, younger-looking skin.

Who it's for: All skin types, though sensitive or dry skin types should use formulas with 5% concentration, max.

How to use it: Apply daily to oily and acne-prone skin at concentrations up to 10% in serums, toners, peels, and cleansers.

FYI: May cause irritation on dry or sensitive skin, or superficial burns at concentrations over 10%.



What it does: A fat-soluble derivative of vitamin A, retinol is the reliable OTC anti-aging ingredient. It prevents collagen degeneration, encourages skin cell turnover, and strengthens skin against wrinkle formation.

Who it's for: Safe for all skin types, but best for mature skin types or anyone who wants to prevent signs of aging.

How to use it: Use once daily before bed, alternating nights of application and increasing frequency to nightly, once skin adjusts.

FYI: Retinol can be irritating and cause redness, dryness, peeling at first: Don't use alongside any chemical exfoliants or acids. Since it increases sun sensitivity, use SPF every day.


If your skin is dry, sensitive, prone to redness, or plagued by eczema, these calming, nourishing hydrators will be your saviors. Use them alone and/or immediately following any exfoliation regimen (above!).


What it does: This type of naturally-occurring fat holds skin cells together to help form a waterproof seal and healthy skin barrier that keeps skin hydrated.

Who it's for: Everyone, but particularly those with mature skin and eczema-prone, irritated, or dry, itchy skin.

How to use it: Apply daily in a lotion or cream alone or following retinoids, hydroxyacids, and exfoliants to stave off potential irritation.

FYI: Ceramides are naturally-occurring, but deplete with age and poor skin health. Luckily, OTC ceramides are bio-identical to what skin naturally produces.



What it does: Centella asiatica (a.k.a. cica) is an herb rich in anti-inflammatories that calms redness and irritation, regulates collagen synthesis, and protects against environmental damage.

Who it's for: Everyone, but particularly those who struggle with acne, rosacea, or severe dryness and sensitivity.

How to use it: Apply a cica-packed cream or serum to clean skin nightly, when skin is in repair mode.

FYI: Check the ingredients list cica, tiger grass, centella asiatica, or madecassoside should be near the top.



What it does: Humectants are water-loving ingredients that draw moisture into skin to help increase moisture content over time.

Who it's for: Any skin type (even oily skin requires some hydration!), but especially essential for dry skin.

How to use it: Humectants like glycerin, hylauronic acid, aloe, and urea are most often formulated in moisturizers and creams alongside occlusives and emollients. Apply once to twice daily.

FYI: Since humecants draw moisture from anywhere, they might increase skin dryness if you live in a very dry environment by absorbing water from the skin instead of the air.


Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

What it does: A naturally-produced sugar molecule found in our skin, joints, and connective tissue, this gentle humectant attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water to hydrate, smooth, and plump dry or wrinkled skin.

Who it's for: All skin types (allergic reactions are rare since it's naturally occurring), but particularly helpful for dry or mature skin in need of deep hydration.

How to use it: Most often found in products that are left on the skin (e.g. creams, lotions, serums, masks), HA can be used twice daily even on sensitive skin.

FYI: Skin produces less natural HA with age, which contributes to sallowness and wrinkles. Check skincare labels for mention of "sodium hyaluronate."



What it does: This water-soluble derivative of niacin or vitamin B3 (an essential vitamin not produced by the body) is lauded its anti-inflammatory, soothing, brightening, and skin tone-evening benefits.

Who it's for: All skin types; it can help reduce sebum production on oily skin, retain moisture on dry skin, and foster ceramide production to repair skin compromised by rosacea or eczema.

How to use it: It's typically formulated into leave-on products like serums and creams and best used twice per day.

Caution: The way niacinamide works in the skin is not fully understood, but several studies have shown clinical skincare benefits.


Face oils are the cherry on top of any skincare regimen, and there's one out there for every type of skin. Use them solo, mix them into a moisturizer, or press them onto skin as the last step of your nighttime routine for glowing, nourished skin.

Castor Oil

What it does: Pressed from seeds of the plant ricinus communis, castor oil is loaded with emollient fatty acids that hydrate and make flaky skin feel softer, as well as ricinoleic acid, a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals that cause collagen loss and wrinkles.

Who it's for: All skin types, but particularly beneficial for dry or mature skin. Castor oil is also great for thinning or sparse eyebrows and eyelashes by helping to condition and thicken hairs.

How to use it: Apply to clean, dry skin one to two times per day as needed. Apply sparingly on brows or lashes, taking care to avoid contact with eyes.

FYI: Castor oil is commonly diluted in a carrier oil for skincare. Applying straight castor oil may lead to skin irritation, inflammation, and dryness.


Jojoba Oil

What it does: Produced from the seeds of the simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant, jojoba oil is a lightweight yet hydrating oil to soften and hydrate skin, diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and reduce inflammation.

Who it's for: Jojoba mimics our skins natural oils, so it's well-tolerated by all skin types. Its composition is similar to skin's natural sebum, so it won't clog pores yet is deeply hydrating.

How to use it: For dry skin, press jojoba oil into skin up to twice per day right after cleansing. If you have oily skin, try using it every other day or mixed in with a moisturizer.

FYI: Though rare, it does have the potential to cause some side effects such as a rash or allergic reaction.


Rosehip Oil

What it does: Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, rosehip oil is packed with anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C which smooth, firm, and brighten skin and fade scars, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks.

Who it's for: Well-tolerated by most skin types, but great for anyone looking to fade scars, boost glow, and firm skin.

How to use it: Start small by patting a few drops on cleansed skin at bedtime. Work up to rubbing on to clean, damp skin both mornings and evenings.

FYI: Allergies to rosehip oil are rare, but any new ingredient can potentially trigger a reaction. Apply a test patch to your jawline first and let sit 24 hours.


Squalane Oil

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Biohacking Nutritionist, Nathalie Niddam, Transforming Thousands of Individuals Health & Energy with Personalized Nutrition and Peptides – Press…

The certified Bulletproof Human Potential Coach and Apeiron Epigenetic Coach mentors and helps others look and feel their best.

Nathalie Niddam is a biohacking nutritionist helping executives around the world improve their health and energy through peptides, genetics and nutrition. She works with numerous individuals to help them look and feel their best.

With an emphasis on personalized nutrition, Nathalie is also a certified Bulletproof Human Potential Coach and an Apeiron Epigenetic Coach. She facilitates a fast-growing Facebook Group called BioHacking SuperHuman Performance: Peptides, Genetics and Nutrition. The group explores and discusses the benefits of Peptides, a new area of regenerative and anti-aging medicine as well as a wide range of other strategies to optimize health and performance. Niddam will also launch her current podcaston iTunes this month.

Nathalie partners with high-performing individuals who are motivated to reclaim their energy and health. Her highly-effective personalized coaching program includes helping clients gain a thorough grasp of their genetic potential so that they can leverage it to their utmost advantage. Each session addresses nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress resilience that helps clients regain a sense of balance so that they can optimize key areas of their lives.

So many people think that getting older means they have to live in a state of pain and fatigue moving closer and closer to developing chronic diseases, and that is simply NOT the case, Niddam explains. Through our programs, we take people back to that place where they look and feel as good as they ever did, if not better. There is no doubt that during this particular time, taking care of your health is more important than ever.

I call her my Holistic Goddess! describes one of Nathalies clients, Kathleen. She was recommended to me by my chiropractor and working with Nathalie has been an interesting, fun, and, yes, life changing experience.

Kathleen also explains how food sensitivity testing, gut healing protocols, supplements, exercise adjustments, sleep tracking, meditation, stress relief, were all some of the factors that Niddam took into account when experimenting with Kathleens diet to find the right eating program. [The program] works for me long term. Energy has gone up, sleep has improved, stress is better managed, and weight has gone down, adds Kathleen.

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The Anti-Aging Medicine market to Undergo positive Transformation between 2018 and 2016 – The Market Records

Longer life-expectancy is a cumulative effect of a healthy lifestyle and favorable environmental conditions. A trend of continuously increasing life expectancy has been a witness since a decade, primarily because of advances in medical sciences and treatment of chronic life-threatening diseases, availability of clean water and environment and other factors. This trend is projected to further show even more exponential growth graph owing to the anti-aging medicines, stem cell therapeutics, genetic screening and interventions, and high-tech biomedicines. American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine claimed that anti-aging medicines can add up to 10-20 years to the life expectancy of a human. Today, a combination of calorie-restricted diet, regular exercise, and anti-aging medicines are claimed to slow the process of senescence and aging. Various medicines used against the treatment of acute or chronic diseases can be considered as anti-aging medicines, however, to define anti-aging medicine market we have considered only the drugs that are directly prescribed and used for delaying the effects of aging.

The constantly growing demand to look young in old individuals and to remain young and youthful in young people drive the anti-aging market. The influence of aesthetics from the fashion and television industry propel the demand to retain the features and energy of younger age in old people. Additionally, the increasing number of anti-aging medicine manufacturers in the decade contribute to higher availability of the anti-aging medicine resulting in expansion of the global anti-aging medicine market. However, skeptical approach to anti-aging medicine as being an external stimulator of cell-cycles is a restraint to the expansion of anti-aging medicine market.

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The global Anti-aging medicine market is segmented on basis of product type, age group, distribution channel, and region:

The rising demand for beauty consciousness amongst people and the desire to stay young is the primary factor fueling the growth of anti-aging medicines in the market. The acclaimed benefits of the products and affordability along with regional presence compel the demand for anti-aging medicine in the global market. Hormonal replacement therapy segment in product type is expected to account maximum market share in the terms of revenue in the global anti-aging medicine market. However, antioxidant therapy segment in product type is expected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast years owing to the rising awareness about the plethora of benefits of antioxidants in anti-aging among the public. On the basis of the route of administration, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented as oral, injectable and topical, out of which oral segment is expected to generate maximum revenue share over the forecast period. As per the distribution channel, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented as hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, e-commerce, and drug stores. The e-commerce segment in the distribution channel is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast time.

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Regionally, the global anti-aging medicine market is segmented into five key regions viz. North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America anti-aging medicine market is projected to account for the largest market share in the terms of revenue in the global anti-aging medicine market owing to the higher healthcare expenditure and presence of numerous manufacturers. Europe is expected to hold the second largest share in the global anti-aging medicine market during the forecast period because of the growing geriatric population and higher spending on healthcare products and supplements. MEA anti-aging medicine market is expected to witness sluggish growth over the forecast time owing to the limited presence of manufacturers and lower healthcare expenditure. Asia Pacific is projected to grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast years in the global anti-aging medicine market due to higher demand from end users and regional penetration of the key players in the region.

Some of the players operating in the global anti-aging medicine market are Pfizer, Evolution GmbH, Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd., Cipla Limited, Mylan Laboratories, Novartis, Merck Group, Vitabiotics, William Ransom & Son Holdings Plc, Uni-Vite Healthcare and Health Made Easy Limited amongst others.

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Rice Water for Hair and Skin: Benefits and How to Make It – Greatist

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Rice water is the latest beauty trend taking over the internet right now but what actually is it?

In short, its the cloudy, milky-looking water you get after soaking rice for a few hours (although we should note most beauty treatments use fermented rice water, which has had a chance to sit out for a bit).

Because rice has a lot of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B6 and amino acids, many cultures believe that it can be beneficial for your skin and hair. But what does the research say? Does it really work?

Rice water has a long and storied history in beauty practices around the globe. Also called kanji, rice water has been used in India as a traditional part of Ayurvedic medicine, often to help fight eczema, as a gentle body wash for those with sensitive skin, and to soften the skin.

It was also used by ladies of the court in the Heian Period in Japan for their long hair, possibly to make it more elastic. Rice water also appears in beauty guides from Victorian England, where it was utilized for soothing eczema and as part of a larger routine to improve the complexion.

As part of a Korean skin care routine, rice water has been used to maintain youthfulness and make hair appear more lustrous.

As a clean beauty ingredient, rice water is now used globally to brighten sensitive skin, and as a hair rinse, its been touted for its ability to strengthen and enrich hair with vitamins and carbohydrates.

While its true that many cultures have historically utilized rice water for hair growth, the scientific jury is still largely out on exactly how effective rice water may be.

That isnt to say that this traditional ingredient isnt great it may be great for your hair, and theres probably a reason lots of different cultures have made use of this stuff! but wed love to see some double-blind studies before making this claim.

On the plus side, there have been a few early studies that give us hope lets just say that were ready to stock our own bathroom cabinets with rice water-based products.

Were especially intrigued by the effects of inositol, a component of rice water that results from its fermentation, and has been shown to protect hair against damage.

There was also a study of a natural, herbal shampoo made in northeastern India that uses rice water as a key ingredient. The self-reported effects of this shampoo were anti-aging, as well as increased shininess, and softness. Rice bran has also been shown to help stimulate hair growth, as well.

But the truth is, everyones hair is different and responds to ingredients in its own way. If youre curious about using rice water for hair, its definitely a clean, nontoxic, inexpensive ingredient to experiment with.

We would love to see more controlled studies on the benefits of rice water for skin, but there have been some promising early studies regarding how beneficial this time-honored ingredient can be in a clean beauty routine.

Its shown in clinical trials to be nonirritating and unlikely to cause allergic reactions however, if you know you have a rice allergy, of course, steer clear. Its also been demonstrated to be hydrating, and has been shown to have some anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, as well.

Rice water is about as easy to concoct as it sounds it takes just two ingredients! Heres how to make rice water:

Rinse and strain the rice to remove any impurities. If youre using nonorganic rice, then you may want to rinse it 2 to 3 more times to remove pesticides.

Mix the strained rice in a bowl with the water until the water becomes cloudy. Strain the rice, reserving the water in the bowl, and cover. Let the water sit at room temperature for 12 hours to allow it to ferment, then refrigerate.

If a DIY rice water project sounds more laborious than it does like a fun project, there are also a lot of great products on the market that incorporate rice water as an ingredient.

Its the core ingredient in some beloved Korean skin care products, including this excellent, cost-effective Face Shop double-cleansing duo. Or if you want to learn how to make rice water in a way thats a little less messy than the method described above, try this DIY kit.

Rice water can also be used on its own as a hair rinse, and can be used either a step before shampooing, in between shampooing and conditioning, or as a treatment after your conditioner just pour it into a squeeze bottle and pour it all over your hair and scalp.

If you hope to improve hair growth, focus on massaging it into your scalp, as the stimulation can be beneficial, too.

As a facial treatment, rice water can be incorporated into a cleansing routine, but its more frequently used for hydrating afterward. Simply wash your face with your favorite soap-free gentle cleanser, then apply a generous amount of rice water with a cotton round.


While rice water benefits may not be as well-understood yet in Western medicine as wed like, this time-honored ingredient has been used for generations to help keep hair long and lustrous, and make skin glow.

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Your Guide to the 21 Healthiest Fall Fruits and Vegetables – The Beet

Fallis finally here, and we're excited to indulge in seasonal comfort food as the weather gets cooler and our bodies crave the tastes of the autumn harvest. Instead of enjoying a simple BBQ on the beach or fruit salad, we are now looking forward to cooking anabundance of orange and golden vegetables, hearty soups, as well as sipping fresh apple cider andbaking pumpkin-flavored treats.

To make all these fall indulgenceshappen, first stock up on fresh vegetables and fruits from the farmer's market or farm stand, produce section, or green market, since these autumn crops are in prime season anddeliver a host of health benefits that will have your energy on high and your body's immunity humming along.The Beet compiled this list of thehealthiest fruits and vegetables to add to your list and eat right now, to make Autumn your best season yet. We highlighted the health benefits of each one, so you can feel even more motivated to put these foods in your basket. Then, check out The Beet's library of healthy fallrecipesto enjoy andcreate new memories that will make this season your absolute favorite.

Applesare known to lower your risk of heart disease, since they contain plenty of soluble fiber that helps lower blood cholesterol levels, according to a recentstudy. Apples are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and Folate, which helps boost your immune system. One apple has about 95 calories and contains 4 grams of dietary fiber makingit the perfect low-calorie on-the-go snack that will fill you up. Visit your local apple orchardbecause September and October are prime apple picking season.

But which apple is healthiest? According to theJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, polyphenolic compounds found in apples (in Red Delicious apples) are extremely beneficial to human health but if you don't like the tougher skin, skip those sincemost of the benefit from flavonoids in the apple is in the skin. The Pinky Lady contains the most flavonoids, which improve bloodflow andboost your ability to createnitric oxide a molecule that relaxes and opens blood vessels for better heart health, circulation, performance, and anti-aging.

Winter squash differs from summer squash since it's harvested and eaten in the mature fruit stage when the seedsand skin are hard. These includebutternut, pumpkin,acorn, delicata, and Hubbard. Winter squash is high in vitamins A and C, promoting a healthy immune system,improving your vision, and can help clear up skin--reducing any signs ofacne.

Carotenoids are found in most squashes including acorn squash and butternut squash and may "protect against type 2 diabetes, lung cancer, mental decline, and vision disorders,"studies have found. The richer the color at the farmstand, the higher likelihood you are choosing a vegetable that's a great source of carotenoids.

Beets are extremely nutrient-dense and low in calories. One beet contains 44 calories, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 1.7 grams of protein, and is loaded with healthy vitamins and mineralssuch as vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Some people say that beets are the "multivitamin" of vegetables. Studies show beets help reduce your blood pressure, lowering your risk of heart diseases and stroke.

Broccoliis often maligned for its strong odor while cooking, but in terms of health, the cruciferous vegetable has anoutstanding reputation for delivering big benefits. First, broccoli is packed with vitamins, minerals, and is high in fiber,helping you lose weight naturally. Different cooking methodsaffect the nutritional value, however, so it'sbest to enjoy this vegetable completely or nearly raw and seasoned with your favorite spices and herbs.

Cooking it too much (boiling or microwaving) can deplete it of sulforaphane, a natural gas that gets emitted when the stalk, head or leaves gets injured such as when a bug or human bites into itwhichacts as a powerful antioxidant when it enters the human body and helps fight toxins and the stress of oxidization (aka aging).Broccoli is full of antioxidants that support your digestive system, prevent stress, andboost eye health--according to a study. Learn more about this powerhouse veggie here.

Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin K, which is extremely important for strong and healthy bones, according tostudies. Just half a cup contains 137 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K which is great for building bones (in conjunction with vitamin D) and healthy blood cells. These veggies are also high in fiber, promoting weight loss and gut-health. Brussels sprouts are high in antioxidants which help lower stress and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. One study supports that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables may result in a decreased cancer risk.

Cabbage contains 2 grams of dietary fiber and ishigh in vitamin K, which helps your blood clot in a healthy way (you need this if you get cut or bruised) and works with vitamin D to support strong bone health. The cruciferous vegetable contains a variety of different antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, according to a study. Another study suggests that "thepreviously observed health benefits ofcruciferous vegetable consumption may be partly associated with the anti-inflammatory effects of these vegetables." The autumn season is the perfect time to make cabbage wrapped tacos or flavorful cabbage soup, get creative!

Cauliflower is high in dietary fiber, promoting natural weight loss, and reducing a whole host of diseases including heart disease, cancer, chronic inflammation, type 2 diabetes, and more, and promoting immune function, according to a major study. In one cup of cauliflower, there are 3 grams of fiber,which is 10% of your daily needs. "Higher intakes of dietary fiber are linked to less cardiovascular disease," the study found, "and fiber plays a role in gut health" since it's a prebiotic food that promotes the growth of healthy probiotic bacteria in your intestines, which sets off a healthy chain reaction that does everything from lower your risk of heart disease to boost immunity and help overall mood.

"Higher intakes of fiber are linked to lower body weight as well as less risk of cancer, " the study found. Cauliflower is also high in vitamin K, which supports healthy bones. This tree-shaped vegetable is known for its anti-inflammatory effects as well since it contains high levels of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant.

First, cranberries are mostly water and fiber, making them the perfect food to snack on for weight loss. One cup of cranberries is made up of 87percent of water and contains 4.6 grams of fiber. Cranberries are also full of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1, manganese, and copper. Cranberries are known to help prevent UTI's, since they're loaded withA-type proanthocyanidins, antibacterialflavonoids, according to onestudy. "The proanthocyanidins in cranberry, in particular... have been implicated as important inhibitors" of the main cause of UTI's, specifically a bacteria called "primarily P-fimbriatedE. coli," according to another study.

If you're looking to drop some pounds this season, add green beans to each meal. Just one cup of raw green beans has 31 calories, zero fat, 4 grams of dietary fiber, and only 3.6 grams of naturally occurring sugar (which is not the same as added sugar). They also contain no cholesterol. Green beans are high in vitamins K, E, and B6, and minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc which is extremely important for bone health and immunity.

One single cup of raw kale contains 500 mcg of vitamin K (which is nearly 7 times your daily recommended amount) as well as plenty of vitamin A (twice your daily amount), vitamin C (more than yourdaily recommended amount). It also has manganese and vitamin B6. Kale is loaded with powerhouse antioxidants, including flavonoidsthathelp to lower blood pressure, work as anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, ant-depressant, and anti-canceragents, according to onestudy.

Kale is as powerful as medicine: Men who drank kale juice every day for 12 weeks increased their HDL-cholesterol or "good cholesterol" by 27percent and loweredLDL-cholesterol or "bad cholesterol" by 10percent, anotherstudy showed.

Kale also helps boost your immune system, since the green vegetable is high in vitamin C. Did you know that one cup of kale has more vitamin C than a whole orange? Kale isone of the best sources of vitamin C you can add to your plate.

One cup of parsnips contains 6.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of natural plant-based protein. They're rich in antioxidants that help fight disease and rally the immune system against infection. Parsnipsalso contain polyacetylenes, compounds that may have appear to work against canceraccording to onestudy.Parsnips are also loaded with vitamin C and provide about 25 percent of your daily needs in just one serving. Add this hearty vegetable to your salads, soups, and side dishes with a little lemon and herbs.

Despite their sweet taste, pears arelow in calories and high in dietary fiber, making them a natural weight-loss-friendly fruit. One medium-sized pear contains 6 grams of fiber and 12percent of your dailyrecommended amount of vitamin C. Pears are also a good source of flavonoids that help to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of diseases, according to onestudy. Green-skinned pears contain two plant-compounds, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are help sharpen your vision, especially as you get older.

Peas are an easy vegetable to add to most dishes like veggie burgers, kinds of pasta, salads, tacos, and more. In just 1/2 cup of peas,you'll get4 grams of plant-based protein and dietary fiber., which helps fill you up and promotes weight loss. Peas have four times the amount of protein as carrots. So if you're looking to boost your plant-based protein game, peas are an easy add on. Buy them fresh or frozento eat all fall and winter for your healthiestresults.

Sweet potatoes get all the respect. But even regular potatoes are full of nutrients.Yes, they contain carbs cut since they also have high fiber and nutrients, potatoescan actually help you lose weight. In astudythatmeasured the satiety level of different foods, boiled potatoes ranked number one, which means they can fill you up and leave you satisfied longer. Some peopleswear by potatoes as a weight-loss food, so long as you leave off the oil, likeChef AJ who lost 100 poundseatinga plant-based diet rich in potatoes. In addition, potatoes are a good source of vitamins and minerals and contain almost zero fat. Potatoes are made up of 77percent water and have high levels of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and folate, which are essential nutrients that boost your immune system and your energy levels.

Most people think of pumpkin as a vegetable, but it's actually an autumn-crop fruit.One cooked pumpkin, about 245 grams, contains 245% of the reference daily intake of vitamin A,boosting your immune system, andhelping to perfect your vision. Pumpkins are weight-loss-friendly food since they're low in calories, high in fiber, and made up of about 94% water.When you carve your pumpkin into ajack o lantern, use the 'pumpkin meat' and create healthy plant-based recipes with this delicious and seasonal fruit.

Radishes are fall diet heroes for when you are staring at a table of pre-game snacks. Instead of the chips reach for these: One-half cup serving of radishes contains 12 calories and zero fat, making them the perfect crunchy snack to eatwhen you want something healthier and still satisfying. If you want to clean up you're diet and incorporate low-calorie snack foods, radishes are perfect.

One cup of raspberries contains 8 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of plant-based protein but only 64 calories, making them a great addition to any dessert or smoothie recipe. They provide more than half ofyour recommended daily intake of vitamin C which helpsboost immunity and their deep pigment means they contain phytochemicals that are helpful to your overall health since these dark pigments offer antioxidants to fight the stress of oxidization on a cellular level (you'll see clearer skin, more energy). One study explains that raspberries can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Health Benefits: One rutabaga contains 9 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of plant-based protein. They're also loaded with essential vitamins like Vitamin C (nearly twice your daily recommended amount in one serving), potassium (one third what you need in a day), magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E.Rutabagais so high in vitamin C that this infusion of C willnot only help boost your immune systembut also prevent the signs of premature aging on your skin, according to a study.

Swiss chard is a leafy green that's high in fiber and extremely low in calories, which is what makes it a perfect base for your salads or taco wrapssince it's one of the easiest ways to add density to a meal and feel full. The veggie is extremely high in vitamin K (delivering 7 times your daily recommended amount) which helps regulate your blood calcium levels to promote bone health. Swiss chard is also high in vitamins A, C, and E, and helps boost immunity, clear skin, and improve vision. Swiss chard is high in antioxidantssuch as kaempferol, which fights inflammation and may have anti-cancer effects, according to a study.

Turnips are full of healthy vitamins and minerals, such asvitamins K and C, promoting a healthy immune system and bone health. Turnips are also rich in glucosinolates, a bioactive plant compound high in antioxidantsthat appear to haveant-cancer effects, according to a study. Turnips are also used "as a traditional medicine for the treatment of headaches, chest complaints, rheumatisms, oedemas, gonorrhea, syphilis, and rabies," another studyreports.

Bananas are among the most popular fruit in the world, for all the right reasons. Theycontain essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, extremely important for plant-based or veganeaters because while it's found in eggs and dairy (which plant-based peopledon't eat) it helps boost mood andeven fights depression. B6 helps create neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, including serotonin. A low level of vitamin B6 mightcontribute todepression onestudyfound since there was a correlation between low B6 levels anddepression.

Bananas are also famously high in potassium (422 grams per banana), which helps to regulate fluid balance, reduce blood pressure, and protect against heart diseases or stroke according to a study.

If you want to add more vegetables to your plate, The Beet created a 14-day easy recipe guide to help you eat one more vegetable a day for the next two weeks. Each day you'll get three easy and delicious plant-based recipes to help you "just add plants" to your diet to eat more fiber and antioxidants, boost your immune system, and have more energy. By filling up on fiber you're more likely to feel fuller longer and eat less overall, which will regulate blood sugar and may even help you lose weight as you get healthier every day. Click here to sign up.

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How does Botulinum Toxin work?

The whole Botulinum Toxin mechanism consists of blocking nerve signals in the muscles or paralyzing them. Naturally, the nerve endings release a special chemical substance acetylcholine. This chemical serves as a connector between nerve endings and cells of a muscle.

This substance forces the muscle to contract. Botulinum toxin injectionshelp to block acetylcholine release and decrease muscle activity, so muscles could be less stiff. Therefore, if the muscle is not able to contract, the skin will not be able to wrinkle.

However, there are some key differences between the medical and cosmetic use of Botox. Usually, for cosmetic purposes, injection doses are smaller and weaker. Botox injections help to get rid of facial wrinkles. The main goal of the injections is to correct appearance. Therefore, it is very helpful in eyebrow lifting, as well as eliminating fine lines around the lips. It also helps chin dimpling from overactive muscle movement.

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