Chemical exfoliation: AHA and BHA

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and Beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) are both chemical exfoliants. A chemical exfoliant relies on different types of acids to breakdown the most superficial layer of skin, causing dead skin cells to detach and shed. One is not superior to the other, rather they are used to treat different concerns.

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Our new Vital C15 Serum, explained

This scientifically advanced and clinically proven formula includes, for the very first time, 15% of our VITAL C COMPLEX. This new generation of high concentration vitamin C products provide all the benefits of this powerful vitamin, to fight the signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

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Your guide to eye creams

The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the face. It has very few sebaceous glands (glands that secrete sebum, which helps to hydrate the skin). It is, therefore, more at risk of becoming dehydrated. As the skin is more fragile and vulnerable to external stressors, it requires very specific care.

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Must-haves for fall weekend getaways

Fall is right around the corner, and all we can think about is the prompt return of sweater weather and the much-awaited weekend at the cottage with the girls or the romantic getaways for the lucky ones…

Even if you only escape the city for a few days, it does not mean you should neglect your skin. Not only do we know that our skincare routine is important every single day of the year, but we also could enjoy this little break to pamper ourselves a little bit more.

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Exfoliation 101: physical, chemical and enzymatic

Exfoliation is a crucial part of any good skincare routine. Done once or twice per week, depending on skin type and conditions, it eliminates dead cells that clog pores and inhibit respiration.

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Acne: break free from your breakouts

Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin, caused by changes in the hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland (pilosebaceous units). Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, papules, pustules and even deeper cysts or nodules.

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Sun protection: get the facts

There is a lot of misinterpretation regarding Sun Protection Factors, such as how they work and what to look for when selecting a product, so let’s look at the facts.

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Oily skin: shine-free skin starts here

Oily skin is a skin type that is characterized by an overproduction of sebum. This secretion of sebum takes place in the areas where the sebaceous glands are found, mainly the face, but also the anterior surface of the thorax and the central part of the back.

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Proudly made in Canada

G.M. Collin’s journey began in 1957, when the renowned Parisian dermatologist, Dr. Lapinet pioneered the use of collagen pellicles to heal the skin of burn victims and rebuild their health. The G.M. Collin brand was introduced in Canada in 1990. It quickly adapted to the North American market, by modifying and introducing new formulas suited to the skin needs of this clientele living in a particular climate.

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Body care: get your head to toe summer glow

As the body positivity movement grows, so too does the overall demand for body care. With advancements in technology and ingredients, body care is becoming more sophisticated and more results-driven. By incorporating an extra five minutes a day to care for your body, the same way you do with your facial routine, your body routine can provide exceptional results.

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How blue light affects your skin

60% of the population spend more than 6 hours a day in front of an electronic device. Blue light is a short, high-energy wavelength emitted from the sun as well, as smartphones, flat screens, laptops, and fluorescent / LED lighting. Daily blue light exposure can cause skin inflammation, premature aging and barrier damage.

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Spotlight on ceramides

Ceramides are essential lipids naturally found in the skin that strengthen cell cohesion, thus reducing transepidermal water loss and re-establish the barrier function to protect the skin from environmental stressors. They make up over 50% of skin’s composition.

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What are stem cells and why are they important in skincare?

Stem cells are specific cells that regenerate and repair tissue and organs in the body. They are essential for tissue maintenance and repair to keep the skin looking healthy. Stem cell exhaustion is regarded as being the primary cause of aging. Therefore, if we can help preserve the skin’s stem cells and delay their exhaustion, the skin will maintain a more youthful appearance.

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Recognized for its amazing capability of holding 1,000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in the skin. With age, it naturally decreases.

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What's dehydrated skin and how to treat it

Water is to the skin as it is to the soil of a plant: essential to thoroughly moisturize a plant’s soil before fertilizing, to ensure uniform distribution of the fertilizer and avoid burning the plant’s roots. The same applies to the skin, the epidermis must be sufficiently moist before it is fed any active ingredients, otherwise, the treatment will produce no tangible results.

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The ABC's of sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is skin that experiences the slightest sensation more intensely than normal skin due to an imbalanced ecosystem (hydric & lipidic system). Skin sensitivity can range from mild to severe therefore it is imperative to recognize and treat mild sensitivity as soon as possible to avoid a progression with increased intensity.  

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