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/PRNewswire/ -- Tarl Robinson, CEO of Plexus Worldwide®, a leading direct selling health and wellness company focused on health and happiness — has announced...


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Alphabet’s “moonshot” subsidiary X shared that it failed to find a single biomarker for depression and anxiety. But the company still plans to make its research, which included developing portable EEGs, available to the public.


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An NPR investigation has identified a web of more than 30 medical practices and compounding pharmacies in over a dozen states that have made claims about thymosin alpha-1 online and on social media.


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“A shower is the perfect way to scrub off all the COVID-19 fear that has landed on me during the day.”


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2020-11-06 19:16:57

Stress and fear are taking a toll on intimacy. But practicing “mindful sex” can help you better connect with your partner. Here’s how.


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Wabash College alumnus Ryan Bowerman '11 has been named the Little Giants' new head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness Matt Tanney '05 announced today.


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The decade ahead will be spent in pursuit of serenity and wellness, along with a passion for increasingly multi-functional spaces, global influences and customization, according to data and analysis from online design platforms like Pinterest, Houzz, Etsy and design network HGTV. Here's how it all…


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Apple today announced Apple Watch Series 6, featuring a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, new case finishes, Family Setup with watchOS 7, and more.


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Ways to donate money, goods and your time—and likely improve your own frame of mind at the same time.


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The coronavirus pandemic and a bitter election season have helped sales of goods associated with metaphysical wellness to soar


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Long before “hacks” entered the common lexicon, people across the subcontinent used condensed nuggets of ancestral wisdom to solve everyday problems.


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Insider spoke with experts in mental health and wellness about how to deal with feelings of anxiety surrounding the presidential election.


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Google Cloud developed a suite of tools using natural language processing to help healthcare workers review and analyze medical documents more easily.


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Elsa Majimbo says water is the key to her perfect skin in more ways than one.


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AI, weights, cardio, video, social, data ... JaxJox covers all the bases.


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COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least 82 residents of the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center since March.
Families of the victims, plus medical...


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Here are the topics that most interested online readers this year.


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A Pittsburgh nonprofit community health and wellness provider plans to open two shelters for homeless people in Allegheny County this winter. Pittsburgh Mercy’s award-winning outreach program, Operation Safety Net, will open the shelters on Sunday, Nov. 15. They will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a


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Nutrition experts say some ostensibly good-for-you veggie chips and straws are just junk food in disguise.


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Don't just let it go. You have to trim it along the way.


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The donation will be used to provide lighting for a new Health and Wellness Center at the foundation’s retreat in Rome.


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Whether you seek self-care or more spa-like surroundings, these wellness tips will deliver.

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"It's very intense, but the morale is actually quite high."


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Katie Wells of Wellness Mama and her mom friends walked barefoot across Legos, breaking a world record.


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New iPad and Apple Watch models bring significant developments in health and wellness features to Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


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A video shown to Duval County students is raising some eyebrows. It was part of Duval County Public Schools' Wellness Wednesday initiative.


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The Mindset Mentors are a group of Health and Wellness Studies interns who are determined to help other students during this difficult time.


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Heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Whole Foods Market has unveiled its top 10 food trends for 2021, which include revitalized “epic” breakfast meals and culinary-inspired baby food, to growing consumer adoption of fringe cooking oils and food brands highlighting the versatility of chickpeas.


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NYPD cops were responding to a 911 call for a wellness check around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when they found Michael Ryner slumped over with stab wounds on Staten Island.


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Including discounts for ski lodges, wellness resorts, and safaris.


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The world is changing and architecture is adapting, and a new wave of young practices in London emerges. They are armed with bold ideas, digital tools, new studio set ups and innovative designs and approaches. In our Next Generation series, join us in ...


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A new venture will offer flexible memberships to physicians, mental health providers and other wellness purveyors who are not part of a large practice or want to operate independently.


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Be it via trippy toadstool motifs or calming adaptogenic blends, fungi are sprouting into our consumer lives.


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Prof. Beth Lewis offers advice on how to keep moving, get outside in the cooler weather, and how to make the most of the space you have.


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Home color kits and Zoom crystal readings fill the void. But underground services break the lockdown.


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ST. GEORGE — In accordance with Gov. Gary Herbert’s order issued Monday, Utah colleges and universities will only be required to test students for COVID-19 every other week instead of weekly. Dixie State has received just under 4,000 tests from the state, Garyn Gulbranson, director of DSU’s Wellness Center, told St. George News. So far, […]


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/PRNewswire/ -- After a thoughtful and extensive search, Plexus Worldwide, a leading health and wellness company with products that enable people to improve...


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Eleven TLC will open at Ponce City Market's food hall around Thanksgiving, offering tinctures, “lattes with benefits,” effervescent teas, and vegan soft serve designed with wellness in mind.


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Among other things, expect more aging in place and a wave of innovation to help make that happen.


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One study seems to show that fasting isn't everything we'd hoped.


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What’s it like to visit a spa during a pandemic? How do you find a safe spa? Is everyone from the front desk to your therapist doing all they can to keep you safe? How can you prepare?

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We've also spotted deals on the Dyson vacuums, fans and air purifiers.


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2020-11-26 16:49:35

Facebook content moderators are furious with their employers, accusing them of “needlessly risking” their lives during the pandemic after trying to replace them with machines and failing.


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Check out news from startups such as NeuroFlow, Activ Surgical, ChromaCode, and more.


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Free COVID testing and flu shots will be available in Englewood on Friday.


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Endorphin-boosting gadgets and sweat-friendly sets, ahead.


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Indian-inspired brand DAH! has entered the plant-based yogurt category with an oat, almond, and coconut slow-cultured blend, which president Ajeet Burns believes will be a taste and nutritional game-changer in the segment.


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From Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic to Malvern in the UK, we round up some of the most intriguing hot spring destinations in Europe — places replete with long-held wellness customs, and grand 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

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Wellness, welcome and an awareness of where things originate are the guiding principles of the Green Pineapple brand in Key West, where owner Jennifer Hulse embraces a philosophy of “conscious consumerism.” “As a brand, we want to encourage a lifestyle of whole-body wellness and an eco-conscious lifestyle,” said Hulse, who bought the Green Pineapple, 1130 […]


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Despite higher interest in plant-based eating, Gen Z consumers are less likely to shop, prepare, and eat fresh vegetables than any other generation, according to Mintel research.


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Go Easy offers a place for women to shop self-care items in a comfortable, welcoming environment.


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If your glorious beard is getting a little out of hand during lockdown, here are four ways to rein it in yourself.


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Are we the only ones who blinked and suddenly October was over? With only two months left to go in the year that will surely go down in history as one of the most…dramatic upheavals of everyday life, we’re at least pleased by the beauty industry’s foray into fall and winter products. In need of a new, richer night cream for winter, or a sparkly lipstick and nail polish to ease into the holiday spirit? How about a relaxing CBD salt soak, or an affordable retinol serum that will have your skin glowing in just a few days? There’s all that and more in our 24 picks for the best new product launches of the month. Check them out for yourself below.













OneSkin OS-01 Topical Supplement


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We’re always interested in rigorous data-backed products, and this new “topical skin supplement” definitely has the receipts. Developed by an all-female team of PhDs, the proprietary peptide OS-01 targets molecular-level aging for long-term skin health all the way down to the dermis. It prevents the accumulation of dead skin cells (which can rob you of glow and cause congestion), but without the harsh side effects of retinoids. The brand has also partnered with ZeroCarbon to offset their carbon footprint and accepts empty bottles back from the consumer with free shipping.


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Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Sway


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The second addition to Victoria Beckham’s lip category is an oh-so-creamy lipstick in nine shades. It’s full of nutrient-rich oils for a moisturizing finish that really lasts (no cracked lips here), and in true Posh fashion, every single one of the colors is to die for. We’re partial to the dusty rose, Sway, but you can’t go wrong with any one of them, in our opinion.


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Supergoop! Cloud 9 100% Mineral Sun Balm SPF 40


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If you really want to make your skin (and your dermatologist) happy, reapplying your sunscreen is a must for adequate UVA/UVB protection. This balm makes it easy to tap on a thin layer of SPF 40, while also soothing any irritation or dryness. We recommend keeping it at your desk for a midday touch-up. The added murumuru and shea butter are also some of our favorite hero ingredients for dry winter skin.


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Hanacure Microphol Neutralizing Cleanser


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Mushrooms are still trending throughout the skin-care industry—most recently with this silky foam cleanser. The neutral pH of the Pholiota mushrooms keep your skin feeling hydrated—never stripped or tight—while also gently cleansing your skin of pollutants, dirt, and excess oil.


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Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave-in Treatment


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If you have curly or wavy hair, then you understand that the struggle is real when maintaining a frizz-free finish. Aveda’s new leave-in treatment contains avocado oil, which does an amazing job at sealing frayed cuticles in the hair shaft. Looking to style your hair, too? This treatment doubles as a heat protectant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.


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DĒAWY Concentrated Super Serum


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CBD products are a dime a dozen these days, so when we find one that actually delivers that enviable plump, dewy glow, it’s a major discovery. Inflammation and irritation are no match for this soothing, hydrating, and free-radical-fighting serum, which is formulated to push the nutrients deep down into the skin for maximum impact. Bonus—if you look at the label, you’ll recognize every single ingredient. No obscure formulations here, just the essentials for healthy, deeply moisturized skin.


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Ouai Hand Wash


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Obviously our hand-wash game is better than ever, and the new formula from Jen Atkin’s Ouai is one of our favorites. It gently exfoliates with biodegradable jojoba esters (a must for removing dead skin), while avocado and rose-hip oils impart plenty of moisture for your dry winter hands. The magnolia, musk, and violet scent is also divine.


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ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Eye Serum


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Once you reach your mid-twenties, there’s a good chance you’re seeing a few fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. Target them with this serum’s potent enzymatic and plant-derived growth factors, plus sodium acetylated hyaluronate for an instant plumping and hydrating effect. If you’re new to the eye-care game, this derm-backed brand is a great place to start.


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J.Hannah MET Mini Polish Set


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The cancellation of the Met Gala still has us shook, but we’re recovering slowly thanks to this limited-edition polish collaboration with designer Jess Hannah and the Met’s “About Time” exhibition. The four new shades play with texture and ornamental hues in black, gold, cream, and silver, along with the pearl Akoya shade from the core collection. Get ready for the holiday season with some seriously glam nails.


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Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème


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As the weather turns colder, we’re on the lookout for richer moisturizers to keep our skin protected and hydrated from morning to night. This velvety new cream from natural skin-care maestro Tammy Fender is totally water-free, replacing it with eco-friendly and nourishing aloe leaf juice, plus rose-hip seed oil and manuka honey for a serious moisture boost. Skin is left looking plump and dewy, no matter how dreary it is outside.


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Foria Intimacy Bath Salts with CBD & Cacao


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A luxurious bath is a staple in our Sunday spa routines, which is why we’re so partial to this new Epsom and Himalyan salt mix. The natural botanicals and alcohol-, paraben-, and dye-free formula also mean you won’t disrupt your vaginal health, while the CBD, kava, cacao, and rose are designed to “awaken your senses” for any activities following your soothing bath. Wink, wink.


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Hugh & Grace Renewing Night Serum


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Your skin does most of its restoration at night, which is why a proper nighttime skin-care routine is critical when maintaining balance in the skin. This new serum oil contains a blend of rose-hip oil, grapeseed oil, blue tansy oil, and pumpkin seed oil to soothe breakouts, calm redness and inflammation, moisturize, and restore lackluster skin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll definitely want to incorporate this into your regimen this season.


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Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Lunaison Glitter Lipstick in 302 Agatha Orange


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Gucci’s lipsticks are still some of our favorites on the market, which is why their new glittery formulas are a must for our makeup collections. If you missed out on the brand’s true red glitter last holiday season, we suggest picking up this vibrant orange shade fast, before they sell out. The creamy formula is still exceptional and delivers vibrant color that lasts all day.


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Kate Somerville Kx Concentrates Vitamin B3 + Vitamin C Serum


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Winter is the ideal time to target lingering skin discoloration or texture issues left over from the summer (since you’re seeing less sun), which is why we’re loving this active concentrates serum. Niacinamide, vitamin C, peptides, and citrus fruit extract work to brighten and lighten hyperpigmentation for a more luminous complexion, fast.


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FENTY Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-cream


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This month Rihanna released her new moisturizer, just in time for the season of dryness ahead. This formulation is great for those with combination and oily skin looking for a night cream that won’t break them out. With cactus flower extract to soothe and hydrate the skin, and jojoba oil to moisturize, you are sure to wake up with an even and glowing complexion every morning.


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Tom Ford Bitter Peach Eau de Parfum


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Just because summer is over does not mean we have to say goodbye to fruity, floral scents. This new eau de parfum by Tom Ford contains an exhilarating blend of pêche de vigne and Sicilian blood orange oil that delivers us to the Italian countryside, where all our troubles seem but a distant memory. The patchouli scent lures us into the deep and romantic feeling of being snowed in with a lover.


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Dior Prestige Micro Oil de Rose Advanced Serum


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Rose is one of those ideal skin-care ingredients that can hydrate, reduce redness, diminish the signs of aging, and soothe breakouts. Additionally, it’s a great source of antioxidants. Dior’s new serum oil is as dreamy in its formulation as it is in its look. It contains a potent amount of micro-nutrients from both rose petals and rose sap from the beautifully French Rose de Granville—can you say très chic?


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Orcé Cosmetics Come Closer Perfecting Setting Powder


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Although the cooler weather is creeping up on us, that does not mean all of us are reaching for the richest oils and moisturizers we can get our hands on. If you experience oily skin, consider adding this powder at the end of your makeup routine. Its fine texture will lock your products in place while still allowing for a proper lit-from-within glow to peer through.


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Playa Violet Brightening Shampoo


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Maintaining a healthy scalp is critical for creating a solid foundation for the rest of your hair. But when you think about products that clarify the scalp, you might wonder if it’ll clarify your most recent toning job, too. This new purple shampoo contains apple cider vinegar and vitamin C, which remove product buildup, instantly adding volume to flat hair. Additionally, the deep violet pigments remove green from chlorine or brassy tones in blond hair.


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Circumference Active Restorative Moisturizing Cream


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If the thought of a compromised lipid barrier makes you uneasy, consider trying this new moisturizer. Prickly pear seed oil and marula oil work to lock in your nighttime skin-care goodness as it goes to town and moisturizes your skin. This product contains tetrapeptide-7 and tripeptide-1 to promote collagen and elastin production in skin that is starting to show fine lines and wrinkles.


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Oui the People The Big Reveal PHA Ingrown Relief Toner


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Whether you shave your underarms, legs, or bikini area, you are bound to stumble upon pesky ingrown hairs from time to time. We’re going to let you in on a little secret: The key to banishing ingrown hairs is proper exfoliation. With poly-hydroxy acid (the gentlest of the hydroxy acids) gluconolactone, this toner exfoliates sensitive skin while drawing water to the inflamed area.


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L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum with 0.3% Pure Retinol


$37

Want a powerful retinol product that doesn’t cost half your paycheck *and* has a longer shelf life thanks to a patent-pending formulation? Well, this new serum might just be your answer. The pure retinol delivers the ultimate anti-aging ingredient in a concentrated dose that is guaranteed to leave your skin looking brighter and with less defined wrinkles. It’s also totally fragrance free and non-comedogenic, so it’s suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin.


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Erborian Pink Perfect Crème Primer


$39

Consider using this primer if you’re looking to balance oiliness in the t-zone and minimize pores’ appearance without ever drying out your skin. Additionally, it holds on to makeup for hours, meaning that you won’t have to worry about touching up halfway through the day.


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Odacité Crème de la Nuit


$118

If you have dry skin, you know that winter means flakiness and a lack of glow. This new crème by Odacité just might be your savior. With clean ingredients like pomegranate, ashwagandha, blue-green algae, and kelp, you can sleep well knowing that this crème is working overtime to balance texture and deeply nourish the skin.


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Check out new developments from healthcare startups including Bind, ChromaCode and more.

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Kids who don't get enough sleep may be more likely to develop high blood pressure, obesity, and even depression.


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Remote workers say they're feeling underappreciated by their companies, a new study finds, even though they're working longer and harder than ever. Unless conditions change, employees plan to take jaw-dropping action that could hurt the company's bottom line.


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Couple grows over 200 varieties of herbs to make wellness products.


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Forget those punishing January detox programmes. Purging is out
and Mother Nature is in as nurturing trends hit the mainstream, says Suzanne Duckett


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These are the products voted best by our expert panel of judges


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A social distancing sport


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ROCKPORT — The Maine CDC has opened a COVID-19 outbreak investigation associated with North East Mobile Health Services in Rockport, the privately owned ambulance service that covers Camden, Hope, Rockport, Lincolnville. The CDC has also initiated...


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American Airlines will begin offering customers a mobile app to make travel to international destinations easier. The mobile wellness wallet solution called VeriFLY, from the identity assurance leader Daon, will help travelers easily understand coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and documentation requirements for their destination and streamline airport check-in through a digital verification to ensure that customers have completed the requirements.


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You can practice simple open awareness meditation as you go about business as usual while lowering your stress, amping up your productivity and boosting career success.


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While all the key brands in plant-based meat are exploring new protein sources, most still use soy or pea as the primary protein source. Oats, rapidly emerging as star players in the plant-based milk category, have not, however, made any real impact in meat alternatives … until now.


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Tohi Ventures, a Kansas City-based beverage brand, has launched a line of four aronia berry-based drinks. Aronia berries have the highest total antioxidant measure of any berry—a serving of aronia has four times the antioxidants of blueberries and two times that of acai berries! Tohi beverages offer 30% single strength aronia berry juice as well as 70% hydration, and are available in four refreshing flavors—The Original, Blackberry Raspberry, Dragon Fruit, and Ginger Lime. Tohi is non-carbonated and naturally low in calories, with no added sugars and just a hint of monk fruit for sweetness.


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Marketing a product in any niche is tricky, but marketing a product beyond its niche is folly. Or brilliance. The health and wellness industry is worth hundreds of billions in the US alone, yet few have heard of functional mushrooms or adaptogens. Rritual is aiming to radically change that, making them part of the everyday routine of millions. And they have the chops, and plan, to deliver.


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If you keep up with the latest trends in the health and wellness industry, you could not have missed the name Kratom. From pain relieving balms to ointments to fight acne, Kratom is being used in a diverse range of products. Naturally, the question that has been arising is, what is Kratom, and does it …


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If you frequent coffee shops, you may have noticed a wave of golden lattes, teas and juices cropping up lately: The ancient spice turmeric has been celebrated for centuries, but recently caught fire will the wellness crowd, with brands clamoring to get the superfood into their products.


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Throughout the year, both small and large publishers have shared plans for imprints focused on all types of subjects, from diversity and inclusion to health and wellness.


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Whether you're after robust scruff or a smooth shave.


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Meet the winners of Teen Vogue’s 2017 Back to School Awards.


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The hospital and digital health company have expanded their partnership focused on personalizing treatment for those who suffer from chronic pain. This will give Fern Health access to millions of de-identified patient records.


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/PRNewswire/ -- The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released first-of-its kind data from a new national survey* of Americans...


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Red Pen Reviews serves to combat the spread of health literature inaccuracies


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Dyson's new flatiron, SoulCycle's first at-home bike, and more.


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BACK IN THE ACTION!

Monster Jam® returns after a pandemic pause, roaring into Arlington for a high-octane weekend at AT&T Stadium on October 24th and 25th.  Monster Jam Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today, September 22nd, to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on September 29th.  Fans can still sign up to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.

Monster Jam has implemented enhanced health measures to ensure the highest standards of wellness when it comes to today’s live experience. Seating capacity will be reduced at AT&T Stadium to a Pod Seating structure, which will allow family and friends to safely enjoy all the action while social distancing from other groups in attendance. As an additional precaution for fans, a face covering is required for those age 2 and older.  Fans can also read more about AT&T Stadium’s Safe Stadium Policy.

The all-star truck lineup marks the first time in regular competition that the three Anderson siblings will battle against each other in the same Monster Jam event: the legendary Grave Digger® will be driven by Krysten; fan-favorite Adam trades his black and green wrecking machine for Megalodon®, the truck that redefined the phrase “jumping the shark” and set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title for the most monster trucks jumped by a monster truck; and in a limited-time, special appearance, Ryan gets behind the wheel of Bakugan Dragonoid™.

  

12-time Monster Jam World Finals® champion Tom Meents will be competing in Max-D™ Fire, while Todd LeDuc aims to crush the competition in Monster Energy®.  Lucas Oil Crusader® returns to AT&T Stadium with Linsey Weenk in the driver’s seat.  Rounding out this world-class roster are GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title holders Bryce Kenny in Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® and Bari Musawwir in Zombie™, both featured in the August Discovery Channel TV special Diesel Brothers: Monster Jam Breaking World Records. Cory Rummell vies for the championship in Rage, while father and son duo Matt Pagliarulo and Nick Pagliarulo take to the track in Jester and Kraken, respectively.  Axe, driven by Chris Koehler, claims the last spot in the epic 12-truck lineup.


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The meditation and relaxation app purchased a sponsorship with CNN, giving it prime placing on the screen throughout the network’s election coverage.


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“Wellness” is undeniably attractive. The healthy body, the clear mind, the vibrant spirit – we rightly want these for ourselves and our friends ...


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Clean beauty: We’ve all heard this phrase tossed around a countless number of times across labels, sung by beauty influencers as they try to convince you to buy another #sponsored product, and even through word of mouth via our friends who found so-and-so “life-changing” serum/lipstick/so on. But do we even know what deems a product truly clean?

Truthfully, most of us probably don’t. And due to the fact that “clean beauty” is notoriously unregulated, there’s a wave of subpar bullshit being flooded into this once-wholesome movement. But there’s still hope to clean up the beauty industry’s act, and that resides in one unexpected woman: Naomi Watts.

“There’s always room to make when you’re talking about something you’re deeply passionate about,” Watts coos over the phone in her signature soft British accent. Though we’re both in New York City, we decide to chat over the phone due to the current state of quarantine. Her schedule is far from open: She’s just wrapped up filming Lakewood, an upcoming thriller you’ll surely see, and is getting set to promote Penguin Bloom, a drama that recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival which stars her and a magpie named Penguin. Although she’s a veteran within the entertainment industry, Watts has become a breakout performer in the realm of beauty, thanks to her permanent role as co-founder of clean-beauty retailer Onda.

“I’ve always been interested in health and wellness, and beauty is very much attached to that—in my thinking, anyway,” says Watts. “And yes, I’ve grown up as an actor, and the makeup and hair component as well, when you’re getting ready for a performance or an appearance or, obviously, on camera. So I’ve been immersed in the world of beauty for decades in a sort of inadvertent way.”

Working in the midst of film, a job that can call for pounds of makeup all over your face for hours of the day, Watts inevitably started suffering from skin sensitivity and irritation from it all. That’s when longtime friend, former fashion editor, and now business partner Larissa Thomson introduced her to the world of actual clean beauty.

“It just so happened I was upstate in her house one weekend, and I’d forgotten my wash bag,” she said. “And so I got into her medicine cabinet and started using her things, which she told me about every single product and the ingredients and what have you. And I could tell right away my skin felt soothed.”

 


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From that fateful moment, Watts converted to the world of green, toxin-free beauty and hopped into Onda with fellow co-founders Thomson and Sarah Bryden-Brown, a former executive of multiple start-ups.

“It was a very natural shift for me, pardon the pun. It was something that I just accidentally tried, but it all made sense based on the fact that I was very aware of what I was already putting into my body in terms of the ingesting part of it—like what foods I would eat, things like exercise, ingredients in food, even household products and cleaning products,” says Watts. “I was already very tuned into that, and so this just felt like a ‘yeah, duh.’ Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and we know that things absorb through the skin very easily. They create medicines to do such things transdermally. So it was an absolute godsend for me. This made sense, so I immediately cleared my shelf and created space for nothing but clean, and I never looked back.”

Onda—which in Spanish directly translates to wave—is more than just another place to buy beauty products. Watts and co. are creating a curated platform that is “flowing” with the beauty industry for the better, evolving the space into an environment that shifts away from the toxins and irritants and turns to more all-natural, soothing alternatives that turn your beauty routine into a luxury ritual.

“We’ve had the education, and now people know, and want, and crave the transparency of these ingredients that go into these products. Are they harmful? Are they helpful? We want the whole story,” Watts says. “We want to know how they were made, what plants are being used, and what’s the efficacy. We need all of that information. Whereas before, it was just about labels and branding, and now we want the whole story, which I think is great.”

So what does that look like for Onda? To Watts, that’s going above and beyond the FDA’s concerningly lax banned ingredients list in cosmetics and following the (rightfully) more intensive no-no list from the European Union. As well, they are cutting down from the hundreds of brands major retailers like Sephora and Ulta offer to a mere 7080 luxury brands tried by the all-female trio leading Onda, and surprisingly, during the age of COVID and online shopping, turning to brick-and-mortar shops on top of their heavily curated site for a fully educational and divinely posh experience.

“The brick-and-mortar experience is just so valuable for the education part because it is overwhelming,” says Watts. “Where do you begin if you’re starting from ground zero? It’s a lot of information to have to absorb. But we pride ourselves at Onda on our staff being highly educated in this category and being able to spend time or walk through somebody’s personal needs.

“And how do you translate that to the digital world? Which of course we were not super prepared for. We were very much priding ourselves on the brick-and-mortar part of it, and now, based on what happened with the pandemic, we had to pivot quite quickly and really put digital into high gear,” she continues. “And it’s not the easiest thing to translate because that personable connection is just not there. But we’ve done our best to maintain it and create it through the digital space, and thank goodness we’re still here.”

 


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But, unlike many of the other celebrities turning a little too quickly into the world of beauty, this is not another cash-cow means for Watts—for her, beauty is personal.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. But the more demand, the more reason for supply,” she says. “And then people will start being part of this [clean-beauty] movement and the shift. And I think it’s taken time to gain momentum, but when you see these big brands playing it right, it’s just nothing but good news, in my opinion.”

As a longtime devotee to minimal makeup who’s never labeled herself as a “full-face lady,” Watts is using Onda to reflect her personal beliefs of embracing and living in one’s skin to each and every shopper, no matter how much or little you’d like to use.

“I do love makeup. I love to play around with it, and I’ll put it on and enjoy it when necessary,” she says. “But I’m a big believer in seeing the skin. I don’t like clogging the pores. I love to see life in the skin. So if I am wearing makeup, I wear whatever makeup allows me to do that. One product I can’t live without is from Beautycounter, and it’s called Dew Skin. I use it every time I do a movie now, and it also has an SPF in it, and you can see the life in the skin as well as get the coverage that you need. And I really feel like it’s a shame when you see people with that caked look, that pastry face, as they call it. Because I just love seeing life in somebody’s skin. I think there’s nothing more beautiful.”

But as an actress and beauty entrepreneur who’s on the grind every single way, I couldn’t help but ask: How does she have time to breathe, let alone be an actual person?

“I definitely do feel like I’ve been busy, particularly with COVID, even though everyone’s like, ‘Well, we’re staying home. We’re not working. What do you mean? How do you not have time in your day,’” she says. “And I think we’ve just been really trying to create this digital awareness and survive in these times where people are not out spending money on themselves as much as they were. But yeah, I find ways. I find ways to meditate, to exercise, do yoga, and have time with friends, whether it’s on a Zoom cocktail hour or creating the bubbles that you feel safe with. You have to connect with people and create balance.”

Though balancing being a famous actress with a budding beauty business and a personal life is far easier said than done, balancing her beauty routine is surprisingly easy when you keep it simple. Her beauty inspirations come from fellow female “natural beauties” like Charlotte Rampling, Audrey Hepburn, Susan Sarandon, Merly Streep, Jessica Lange, and more, and she channels each and every one of them when she’s creating her signature bold brows and subtly playful lips. But her true focus is one that we tend to overlook until the going gets tough: skin.

“Having great skin is always my priority, and trying to navigate that. Because it’s a moving thing, isn’t it? It’s a flow. It’s a ripple. It’s not always perfect,” Watts says. “Because the skin reflects how you are on the inside. If you’re not getting enough sleep, or if you’re traveling, or if you’re stressed, or you’re not eating right, it all comes out on the skin, and I notice instantly if something’s upset with my body, as in my rhythms. So you have to treat it accordingly.”

 


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And to say Watts has done a good job with her skin-care routine is an understatement. She works morning and night to manifest her well-nourished, hydrated glow, which, she notes, has come a long way since she broke up with conventional toxin-filled beauty for good. Now, just like Onda, she follows her own curated skin-care routine to nourish her signature porcelain complexion.

“If I’m coming home from work, I’ll use some type of cleansing milk,” Watts says. “I love the Tammy Fender one to get the makeup off. And then I’ll use a foaming cleanser to make sure every last particle of makeup is removed. I’m always a big fan of the African Botanics Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser, and Joanna Vargas has a beautiful one, as well as VENN. Also, sometimes if you’ve got really heavy makeup, an oil cleanser is great. De Mamiel does a beautiful one. I also love Osea. They have a great number of products, and it’s a good price point as well. I love their Ocean Cleanser.

“After cleansing, I mist because the water opens up the pores, and then the oil really goes in much easier and it’s not just going to sit on the surface,” she continues. “Once the pores are opened by the mist, it’s going to have a better chance of really sinking in. Then I use a face oil. At the moment, my skin is feeling super dry due to the shift in weather, I suppose, and sometimes heating going on. And now there’s many different face oils, but at the moment I love this Dr. Alkaitis one, which is super rich—it’s like an elixir. I also like the Tammy Fender one as well, she’s got an intensive oil. And I love Saint Jane and Vintner’s Daughter. Those are always reliable ones to use. I get a couple of drops in my hand, and then maybe mix in a moisturizer. If you’ve got sensitive skin, Dr. Alkaitis’s is really great for that, and I love their night cream. Or there’s others: Dr. Barbara Sturm has a great one, as well as Joanna Vargas. And I mix them in, and I just press it on. And then I might mist again.”

She’s well aware that her skin-care routine isn’t necessarily the most budget friendly, but just like any other part of your health, skin care is an investment. But Naomi wants you to know that you don’t need to empty your life savings in the name of good skin.

“You can change and shift around with these if you’d like. And no, they’re not super cheap, so it depends on the user,” she says, “There are some that are more affordable than others, and usually there’s nothing in them that is going to create a reaction. You can shift easily. Once you’re finished with one thing, you can try another, and move to that brand. And what we love at Onda is being able to move around.

“So it’s like a little bit of indulgence, but it’s how I take care of my skin,” she says. “And I just make that five to ten minutes at the end of the day to create that ritual and make sure it’s getting the treatment it deserves.”

 

Photos: Courtesy of Naomi Watts; Top photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@naomiwatts

 

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The beauty industry is one of the planet’s biggest polluters of single-use plastics. Most product packaging can take hundreds of years to decompose, leaving it to languish in landfills, pollute our oceans, and threaten the safety of plants, animals, and humans. That’s why the industry—thanks in large part to consumer demands for more eco-friendly options—has turned its attention to sustainability practices in recent years.

“The definition of sustainable beauty is being challenged, and the market is bringing a new acceptance for ingredients created in a lab as the future of sustainability,” says Glendean Rehvan, skin-care director at In-Trend Ltd.

From adopting renewable energy to banning microbeads and using recycled packaging, more brands are realizing the value and necessity of eco-conscious alternatives. Within this overarching umbrella of sustainability, there are now a range of green beauty micro-trends, including blue beauty, waterless beauty, refillable beauty, biodegradable beauty (also called zero-waste), and more, with biotech beauty becoming one of the latest to take center stage.

 

What Is Biotech Beauty?


“Biotech beauty technically refers to ingredients that are generated with DNA editing and the help of organisms like algae, yeast, or bacteria,” says Mallory Huron, beauty trend forecaster at Fashion Snoops. “However, I’ve seen the term broadly used to describe lab-made ingredients that either fuse natural ingredients with synthetic chemicals, or create synthetic, sustainable solutions for natural ingredients.”

To better understand the concept, it’s helpful to start with the process of biosynthesis. “Biosynthesis is a multi-step, enzyme-catalyzed process where substrates are converted into more complex products in living organisms,” explains Sarah Jay, creator of the 2019 Toxic Beauty documentary and founder of All Earthlings, an organization dedicated to improving transparency in cosmetic supply chains.

In the biosynthesis stage, simple compounds are modified, converted, or joined together to form macromolecules. Then the building blocks of organic compounds are isolated, chemical energy is simulated, and cells are fermented, which causes them to multiply and grow. While these fermented cells, i.e., the biosynthetic ingredients, are bioidentical to ingredients that live in nature, Jay says their sustainability benefits are significant.

 


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Changing the Landscape of “Green” Beauty


“The way we perceive our skin-care products and define what is natural is changing,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner. More biotech beauty means an opportunity to create more effective ingredients that are safer for humans and for the environment, plus the reduction of overconsumption and avoiding exhausting our resources. Huron believes biotechnology is a win-win, as it allows for new avenues for ingredient innovation.

Why? Growing ingredients biosynthetically allows us to source raw materials “without the devastating impacts of farming, fishing, extraction, or the involvement of intermediaries which can drive up the price and carbon footprint of raw materials extracted from the earth in lengthy, global supply chains,” says Jay. Still, she argues that just because an ingredient is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe for human consumption. A prime example would be squalene, the focus of All Earthlings’ research.

Biossance is one skin-care brand using biotechnology to produce squalane in a responsible way (as opposed to harvesting either olives or shark liver for squalene, practices that date back hundreds of years). “Squalene is considered natural whether it is sourced from a shark liver, from an olive, or grown biosynthetically in a lab,” she explains. “These three sources produce bioidentical squalene, but their environmental impacts are entirely different. In fact, the cosmetic industry’s persistent and covert use of shark-derived squalene is causing the mass extinction of sharks which uphold oceanic ecosystems.”

And because there is little regulation surrounding what it means for a product label to say “green,” “clean,” or “natural,” the quality control around ingredients, including their origin, continues to be a major issue. Says Jay, “Labeling loopholes exist to enable brands to formulate products as they please, prioritizing profitability over ingredient efficacy and consumer safety.”

When it comes down to it, biosynthetic ingredients offer the safest, most controlled supply chain because quality is guaranteed when ingredients are grown in a controlled environment. “Impurities can be prevented. Potency is stable. You achieve consistency in every batch,” says Jay. “This isn’t always the case when ingredients are farmed, mined, or caught. It makes it much more difficult for brands to manage their supply chains and account for the well-being of all contractors and stakeholders when ingredients are coming from farms, mines, or fisheries.”

 


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A New Opportunity for the Industry


With more consumers demanding potent but safe products and environmentally responsible beauty and wellness solutions, K-beauty and other major markets are already looking to biotech companies for new formulations of everything from hyaluronic acid to collagen. “The sweet spot where biotech beauty is most valuable is [that it combines] sustainability, efficacy, and safety in one fell swoop,” Huron says.

Big corporations are already getting on board, something the trend forecaster says shows real commitment to sustainability. Recently, L’Oréal signed a leasing deal with Micreos, a biotech firm specializing in bacteria, and partnered with biotech brand LanzaTech to create plastic cosmetics bottles derived from captured carbon. Estée Lauder Companies has announced a collaboration with Atropos Therapeutics, a biotech firm, to explore lab-made ingredients.

“What makes L’Oréal’s approach unique is that they’re approaching both packaging and formulation with biotech partnerships, and this dual approach is essential to creating a well-rounded strategy for environmental responsibility,” Huron says. “If a brand has a great sustainable package but a product formula that uses an irresponsibly sourced ingredient, it’s no good to anyone. Conversely, if there’s an eco-friendly formula housed in a plastic bottle, its benefits have been instantly negated.” She expects biotech to grow mainly out of necessity, as the natural resources that we’ve relied on for decades will soon cease to exist—which may sound bleak, but that’s exactly why biotech is so crucial.

Luckily, there are plenty of other companies that are already using biotechnology to produce their products, including the luxury botanical brand In Fiore, which offers body balms and oils; anti-aging, multipurpose oil brand Le Prunier; Altilis body butter and gel masks; hair-care brand Virtue; clean skin-care brand One Ocean Beauty; and botanical skin-care brand Orveda.

Though cutting-edge biotech ingredients represent the merging of science and nature, Huron thinks consumers should look to verify claims, learn more about these biotech companies, and find out how the ingredients can work for them. Jay says she’d encourage brands who are using biosynthetic ingredients to disclose them on labels, websites, and in their sustainability reports as a source of pride—and a much more tangible marker of an eco-friendly formula and packaging than “green” or “clean.” As she says, “Sustainability starts with transparency.”

 

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