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Hyaluronic acid is now in many beauty products and cosmetics. TuiPhotoEngineer/ Shutterstock

Is hyaluronic acid as effective as skincare brands claim?

A pre-print paper has called into question the long-held marketing claim that hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
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What is micellar water and how does it work?

The molecules that make micelles are in your dishwashing detergent, your body wash, your shampoo, your toothpaste and even many foods. They are there to help the water interact with the dirt and oils.
Castor oil plant is popular in rural South Africa for its medicinal qualities. Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images

South Africa is rich in plants used for skincare: rural women helped us document some

Traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics remain popular in South Africa especially in rural areas where they are part of people’s culture.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful. silentalex88/

Applying live bacteria to skin improves eczema

In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a ‘good’ strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema

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