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Consumer Perspective—Skin Care From Nature
By: Katerina Steventon, PhD, FaceWorkshops
Posted: August 2, 2013, from the August 2013 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
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In this author’s view, the best approach to skin care is consumer-centered and integrative. In parallel, integrative medicine combines the latest scientific advances with ancient healing systems and complementary medicine—although this often invites critique from advocates of science and evidence-based medicine. One successful example is a treatment mix of biomedicine, yoga and Ayurveda, pioneered by The Institute of Applied Dermatology and Department of Dermatology at the University of Oxford, which has been described as the “best practice in contemporary dermatology.”11 The future lies in applying this concept to skin care, creating a green, holistic approach with emphasis on the consumer and their product application, lifestyle, relaxation and nutrition, all while caring for the environment.
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