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1 day ago

Tablescapes Done Simply

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If you've ever hosted, well... anything before, you'll know that it's very easy for the price to somehow get a bit out of hand.

While hosting a meal can become an expensive ordeal, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you're hosting a luscious meal for a special event or just … View more
If you've ever hosted, well... anything before, you'll know that it's very easy for the price to somehow get a bit out of hand.

While hosting a meal can become an expensive ordeal, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you're hosting a luscious meal for a special event or just want to make everyday a little more exciting, creating the perfect tablescape is the best way to upcycle your dinner table without costing you a cent. This way, you can turn a regular dinner into a communal celebration and feast.

It's time to talk tablescapes!

Before we jump straight into the creation of a tablescape, we need to start at the very beginning because as Julie Andrews says, it’s a very good place to start.

I recommend choosing a theme – this helps you create a beautiful environment that’s somewhat cohesive and looks pre-planned. Let your creative spirit run free and choose anything you like.

Maybe you love a garden style with some flowers or pots from the garden; maybe you’re into oceanic views and want to pick up a few seashells and corals, or maybe you’re into minimalism and want things plain and simple! If you’re big into colour-coding, you could choose one block colour or a few colours and textures. Find a feel that works for you.

Next, you must decide your base. If you’re going for a theme that’s loud, a plain white table cloth may be your go-to, or maybe, choose a colourful one! You know what? You can even ditch the cloth and use pieces of fabric instead. If you want to know my helpful hint, inexpensive brown paper works like a charm too. I also like parts of old wood - wood you look at that?!

It's now time we figure out the plates you’re going to serve the food on, the most important part of a dinner party. I love going into second-hand stores for pre-loved and quirky finds that are super vintage. Remember, not everything needs to match. You can use contrasting colours, textures and patterns. Just think about the overall look you’re trying to achieve; if it works, then it works.

Now, it’s decorating time. Let your creative juices flow! Whether it’s dinner for one, a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, a family gathering or girl’s night in, let your imagination roam free.

One of my favourite ways to decorate a table is by letting the food provide colour on the table. If you're a lover of all things red and deep purple, citrus fruits, pomegranate seeds and pumpkins always look gorgeous. I love using cinnamon sticks, lavender and rosemary (not at the same time!) to create a beautiful aroma; who needs a diffuser anyway?

For a larger gathering, you may choose to place cutlery in a wooden box or rustic second-hand container or tin. If you’re going outdoors, feel free to use flower pots as utensil holders too.

Like any good Instagrammer, remember to recycle and upcycle your jars! You can use these jars to create a bohemian wonderland. Save all your spice jars and glass jars and cluster them together to hold flowers or even hand-made condiments.


That's it - my guide to tables capes!
Source: Lee Holmes. Supercharged Food

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7 days ago

Kolorex & Horopito - its hero ingredient

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New Zealand’s indigenous flora was used historically by Māori and through Rongoā Māori – traditional Māori medicine and healing – we learn the traditional use of our plants which today are corroborated with decades of research. It continues to fascinate me how we are provided with the … View moreNew Zealand’s indigenous flora was used historically by Māori and through Rongoā Māori – traditional Māori medicine and healing – we learn the traditional use of our plants which today are corroborated with decades of research. It continues to fascinate me how we are provided with the medicinal plants we require for optimal health in the environments we reside. Today I want to highlight one particular plant called Pseudowintera colorata, or Horopito as it is more commonly known.

Horopito is an evergreen shrub/small tree with elliptic leaves often splattered with red – not only do they look spicy but they taste peppery too leaving a wee bit of a burning sensation in the mouth. Nothing to cry about though! As you will learn further down, it is this peppery element lending to its therapeutic benefits.
It is the spicy leaves of Horopito that we use medicinally. Traditionally, Māori used Horopito leaves to treat fungal skin infections such as ringworm, and other skin conditions. Māori also used the leaves to help those with diarrhoea and stomach pain. Other traditional uses of Horopito include chewing on the leaves for toothache and steeped leaves taken internally to act as an analgesic (pain killer). Today we know the main action of Horopito is anti-fungal with many years of research-backed evidence to verify this. Other beneficial actions may include anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

The leaves contain tannins, flavonoids and volatile/essential oils. One of these volatile oils, specifically a sesquiterpene dialdehyde, exhibits the well documented fungicidal action listed above. This constituent is called polygodial and is the main biologically active constituent of Horopito.
Polygodial is produced by the plant itself to help combat attack by fungi. It is this very compound that shows extensive anti-fungal activity in humans too, especially against the yeast Candida albicans. See here for further information and studies on this: www.kolorex.com...

Interestingly, the inhibition of fungal growth by Horopito was shown to be stronger and faster acting when compared against a common anti-fungal pharmaceutical preparation amphotericin B, but without the side effects.
An imbalance of the gut and vaginal microbiome can seem rather common nowadays, especially with our stressful lifestyles and suboptimal diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar. C. albicans is normally found in a healthy gut; it only causes problems when individuals are immunocompromised for whatever reason, causing an ‘overgrowth’ which is known as candidiasis.

A common naturopathic approach to assist those with candidiasis may include the following steps:
– Identify and address underlying and predisposing factors
– Follow an anti-candida diet (little-no refined carbohydrates and sugar among other dietary measures)
– Provide nutritional and herbal supplemental support
– Support and enhance immune system function
– Support and promote detoxification and elimination organs

In relation to women’s health, C. albicans can overpopulate the vaginal flora when other beneficial bacteria are low causing conditions such as thrush. Thrush is unfortunately a common condition experience regularly by some women. Horopito may be used successfully for cases of thrush, both orally and externally. A 2013 study by Chopra, V et al found Horopito to be “equally as effective as itraconazole (a pharmaceutical anti-fungal medication) for the overall treatment of recurrent vaginal thrush.” When used topically for thrush Horopito is in a preparation with other soothing ingredients to help avoid a burning sensation, so don’t worry! Another fungal condition Horopito may be used topically for is athlete’s foot.

With the well-researched benefits of Horopito, in particular for fungal conditions, it is an excellent herb to have in our tool box as a natural health practitioner. We are lucky to have continued access to this powerful ancient herb used by our ancestors.

Source:Ashly Olsen is a Naturopath and Natural Fertility Educator based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

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15 days ago

3 Ways to Boost & Maintain your Collagen Stores

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We now know that replenishing your collagen stores with a premium pure collagen powder supplement such as Adashiko aids full body health, glowing skin and a youthful healthy appearance. So adding collagen into our skincare routine topically by the way of peptide collagen & amino acids ( which … View moreWe now know that replenishing your collagen stores with a premium pure collagen powder supplement such as Adashiko aids full body health, glowing skin and a youthful healthy appearance. So adding collagen into our skincare routine topically by the way of peptide collagen & amino acids ( which is basically smaller protein molecules for premium absorbency ) is yet another step to ensuing great skin.

After the age of 25, collagen stores in our body start to deplete ( not just in our skin but everywhere in our body ) this is what we commonly refer to as skin ageing. Collagen is the the very thing that makes a marked difference when those levels are boosted & maintained well. Environmental aggressors such as UV exposure, pollution, blue light, hormonal factors, stress & an unbalanced lifestyles play a huge role in the breakdown of collagen in our body.

Ageing is of course a fact of life; a gift - yet, it's always nice to know that we can play a role in making this process healthy to not only have a youthful glowing appearance but to know that we are also doing great work for our gut health, joint regeneration as well as a host of other benefits.

Collagen-infused skincare

Thats right! Although the benefits of ingesting collagen is the absolute best method to ensure glowing results for skin, applying Collagen topically yields excellent results too! The cherry on top! When applied to the skin Collagen acts as a humectant, which meaning it is a water-loving ingredients that draws moisture into the top layer of skin & possibly down to the dermis keeping the skin hydrated.

When looking at collagen in skincare using products like Adashiko which has Peptide Collagen is essential. This smaller molecular weight of the amino acids & peptides can be successfully ( & no doubt gratefully ) absorbed by the skin. These beauty gems, encourage your skin to the process of collagen synthesis, are also anti-inflammatory as well as having mega hydrating benefits also.

Our favourite collagen-infused skincare include the cult-like-status Collagen + Noni Gel, Collagen Hydra+ Gold Serum and the much loved best-seller Collagen Gel Masques. Peptide Collagen can also be found in our Collagen Cleanse & Collagen Balm

Beware of brands that state they are a collagen skincare, many are just collagen boosting & do not actually contain collagen, check the ingredient list.

Getting your vitamins!

Including other additions like Vitamin A (Retinol) & Vitamin C really assists also in stimulating collagen production. These products help with a increasing cell turnover, producing younger looking skin.

Retinol is key for hyperpigmentation, dark spots, helps speed up healing, prevents breakouts and aids in hydration. Used in combination with antioxidant queen Vitamin C, which protects skin from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C also promotes your skins collagen production, turning on the fibroblast cells whose job it is to create collagen.

Both assist collagen peptides & amino acids in giving you firm, bright & hydrated skin ; ' the glow! '

Sunscreen, sunscreen, SUNSCREEN!

The single most important beauty product that you should be using daily ; rain or shine, it's an absolute non-negotiable. If you are doing all the great things of stimulating your collagen production by ingesting a quality collagen & applying amazing products topically, you need then need to ensure that you are protecting all this good work. UV rays breakdown collagen stores rapidly, so fight the good fight with a decent (tested to standard) SPF! And in exciting news, we are very near to the release of a very special Broad Spectrum SPF 50 formulation which has been tested to global standards and to reach NZ/Australia SPF testing standards. And we can not wait to introduce it to you!

Yours in health + beauty

Kelly | ADASHIKO

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22 days ago

How to repurpose leftovers + Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato with Basil Pesto and Chopped Salad

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You've just done your regular weekly food shop and you're looking for some delicious recipe ideas for the week. You start off with great intentions and then everything seems to fall apart. Does this sound familiar?
If you have lovely intentions to cook and use all of the food you buy in… View more
You've just done your regular weekly food shop and you're looking for some delicious recipe ideas for the week. You start off with great intentions and then everything seems to fall apart. Does this sound familiar?
If you have lovely intentions to cook and use all of the food you buy in a week, and then find it’s Friday night and you’ve had takeaway every night this week, you’re not alone.
Today on the blog I'm sharing some tips to help you understand how to use and store leftovers plus If you’re looking for a delightful new recipe to utilise your leftover vegetables, you can’t go past my Vegan Roasted Sweet Potato with Basil Pesto and Chopped Salad.
It’s a perfectly adaptable recipe that shines excellently on its own.
You can read more and grab the recipe here.

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29 days ago

MARCH INTO GOOD GUT HEALTH

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It's a good time to march into good gut health with immune boosting foods.
Now that the seasons are changing and bugs are in the air, right about now is a good time to supercharge your immune system.
Having a strong immune system can help you to become less susceptible to bugs, colds, flus … View more
It's a good time to march into good gut health with immune boosting foods.
Now that the seasons are changing and bugs are in the air, right about now is a good time to supercharge your immune system.
Having a strong immune system can help you to become less susceptible to bugs, colds, flus and viruses. You name it, it's out there and given the chance it will ratatattat on your door and want to come in!
Just click here to read about immunity and our top 10 immune boosting foods.
#testimonica #naturallyhealthy #buylocal

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36 days ago

Where to start fighting the bugs.

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As the seasons change, temperatures fluctuate and the kids are back at school, we know the bugs can start to circulate.
Common sense has to prevail in lots of ways, but there are a number of simple things we can do to protect ourselves, and guard against airborne germs, as well as helping our … View more
As the seasons change, temperatures fluctuate and the kids are back at school, we know the bugs can start to circulate.
Common sense has to prevail in lots of ways, but there are a number of simple things we can do to protect ourselves, and guard against airborne germs, as well as helping our bodies and immune systems to stay strong.
Where to start fighting the bugs?
The first step toward staying healthy is to choose a healthy lifestyle. It’s the
most simple and effective way to fight away bugs and germs.
Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when it
is supported by healthy-living strategies such as:
- a diet high in fruit and vegetables
- regular hydration and exercise
- adequate sleep
- good hygiene (eg, washing your hands frequently)
- low stress.
Day-to-day protection
Supplement a healthy lifestyle with these common sense daily practices so you are one step closer to protecting yourself and your family:
- wash your hands frequently
- clean home and work surfaces regularly
- cover your mouth and nose if needed
- don’t share drinking and eating utensils.
Stay Absolutely Immune
An added layer of protection
If you want to be extra sure, and add another layer of protection against seasonal ills and zealous bugs, then using pure, organic, therapeutic essential plant oils to build up the defences is a great place to start.
We all know this, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves.
You know that our Absolute Essential products offer a naturally effective
way to keep the family strong, healthy and safe.
Anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant, analgesic and relaxing properties are all readily available with the right combination of pure essential oils – as are important nutrients and detoxifying compounds

Try combining these products:
EUCALYPTUS AUSTRALIANA
OIL (ORGANIC) Quite possibly the best known cough and flu remedy of all time.
LAVENDER SPIKE OIL (ORGANIC)
Calming, relaxing, complete family care.
MANUKA OIL (WILD)
An immunity staple with added cleansing properties.
TEA TREE OIL (ORGANIC)
A general immune tonic, cleansing and antibacterial.
LEMON OIL (ORGANIC)
Family-friendly, refreshing and immune boosting.
PEPPERMINT OIL (ORGANIC)
Supports healthy breathing, clears congestion.
THYME THYMOL OIL (ORGANIC)
Supports natural immune functions and healthy respiratory activity.
OR try either of the following on their own and layer up the protection with these immune boosting, defence strengthening, certified organic blends.
IMMUNE PLUS (ORGANIC) AND
CHILD CARE: IMMUNE PLUS
(ORGANIC) are two Absolute Essential synergies that have been professionally formulated to bring the most effective combination of pure essential oils together for maximum immune protection and winter health. Not only convenient, but also a cost-efficient way to get all the essential oils you need in one hit. Pure blend magic!

- always use as directed

SOURCE: Absolute Essential

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43 days ago

Inflammation.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the term before, but do you know what it means?
Inflammation is a mechanism the body uses to respond to a foreign agent, infection or injury.
Inflammation activates the immune system and begins the process of healing. In acute cases, like when you scratch your knee, … View more
I’m sure you’ve heard the term before, but do you know what it means?
Inflammation is a mechanism the body uses to respond to a foreign agent, infection or injury.
Inflammation activates the immune system and begins the process of healing. In acute cases, like when you scratch your knee, inflammation is beneficial, short-term, and essential to protection.
Inflammation can become problematic when it turns into chronic inflammation – when the body is under a constant state of inflammation or inflamed for an extended period of time with no threat of a foreign invader.
Chronic inflammation can lead to a whole host of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis and accelerated skin ageing (yikes!).
If you want to know more about what causes chronic inflammation, learn seven of the best anti-inflammatory foods and enjoy my magnificent anti-inflammatory meal in a glass, the Vegan Edible Smoothie, you can read morein the link below
www.naturallyhealthy.co.nz...
#testimonica #buylocal #naturallyhealthy
Source: Supercharged Foods

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50 days ago

THE POWER OF SYNBIOTICS

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When it comes to the human body, we know that bacteria in the gut are somewhat important (i.e. crucial). They can turn on enzymes, turn off genes and break down nutrients in our digestive tract for eased absorption.
Bacterial imbalances are felt throughout the body and manifest in different … View more
When it comes to the human body, we know that bacteria in the gut are somewhat important (i.e. crucial). They can turn on enzymes, turn off genes and break down nutrients in our digestive tract for eased absorption.
Bacterial imbalances are felt throughout the body and manifest in different conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne, fatigue, poor immune health, anxiety and thyroid dysfunction.
It's time to harness the potential of our bacteria, and not suffer the consequences of it!
Okay, that sounds great, but, like, how? Find out in the attached link.
Or pop on line/in store at Naturally Healthy in Hamilton
phone 079583845
www.naturallyhealthy.co.nz...
#testimonica #BuyLocal #naturallyhealthy
-always take as directed

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57 days ago

SIX WAYS TO BOOST YOUR GUT BACTERIA

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We used to think of microscopic bacteria myopically. There was only 'bad' bacteria. Scientists and doctors, of course, knew better and, over time, the idea of 'good and bad' bacteria has rightly taken hold. Your gut is home to billions of bacteria.
A healthy, flourishing gut … View more
We used to think of microscopic bacteria myopically. There was only 'bad' bacteria. Scientists and doctors, of course, knew better and, over time, the idea of 'good and bad' bacteria has rightly taken hold. Your gut is home to billions of bacteria.
A healthy, flourishing gut environment has a much higher proportion of good bacteria happily doing their job in breaking down foods, processing nutrition and hydration and helping feed your organs.
Try these ways to boost your gut bacteria in the below link.

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64 days ago

BACK TO SCHOOL 101: HEALTHY LUNCHBOX TIPS

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It’s that time again when you're getting ready to send the kids back to school, which for most parents means busy schedules and challenging lunchbox fixing! Getting kids to actually enjoy and devour nutritious meals at school can sometimes feel like a daily obstacle.
We've shared some … View more
It’s that time again when you're getting ready to send the kids back to school, which for most parents means busy schedules and challenging lunchbox fixing! Getting kids to actually enjoy and devour nutritious meals at school can sometimes feel like a daily obstacle.
We've shared some simple tips to supercharge your child's lunchbox. Making it easier for you in the kitchen and more likely to get them coming home with an empty container and a happy tummy.
Read our healthy lunchbox tips or talk to the friendly team at Naturally Healthy in Hamilton
079583845
www.naturallyhealthy.co.nz...
#testimonica #buylocal #naturallyhealthy

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78 days ago

WHY YOU NEED ANTIOXIDANTS 🍓

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If you want your body to be a lean, mean damage-fighting machine, you need antioxidants in your life.
While the word antioxidant gets a bit of buzz in the health space, the actual definition and reason behind consuming antioxidants has gotten itself lost amongst the filters, buzz words and … View more
If you want your body to be a lean, mean damage-fighting machine, you need antioxidants in your life.
While the word antioxidant gets a bit of buzz in the health space, the actual definition and reason behind consuming antioxidants has gotten itself lost amongst the filters, buzz words and creative marketing.
So, why do we need antioxidants?
Read More on line: naturallyhealthy.co.nz...
www.naturallyhealthy.co.nz...
Naturally Healthy - Hamilton
phone 079583845
#testimonica #buylocal #naturallyhealthy

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85 days ago

How to Get Healthy with Homegrown Ingredients

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Do you know something that is low risk but high reward?

Gardening.

I know, not the answer you were waiting for, but hear me out.

This year, I, like many of you, have spent a lot of time at home, which has allowed me to tend to my garden and grow more produce than usual. I’ve swapped out… View more
Do you know something that is low risk but high reward?

Gardening.

I know, not the answer you were waiting for, but hear me out.

This year, I, like many of you, have spent a lot of time at home, which has allowed me to tend to my garden and grow more produce than usual. I’ve swapped out regular big shops at the supermarket for picking the veg, herbs and fruit off the vines in my garden.

Whatever I can’t plant myself, I’ve also been endeavouring to purchase from a local small grocer or the farmers markets. I've recently made Saturday mornings a farmer's market "masked meet up" with friends which is a good way to encourage each other towards healthy eating and supporting farmers and growers.


So, what's the best part about gardening?
Read on with our link

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99 days ago

FEEDING YOUR MICROBIOTA

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Did you know that your gut works as a macro and micro worker for your body? Macro - it processes, digests and disperses food, nutrients and hydration for our organs and bloodstream to work its wonders. Also, as we’re learning more and more, the gut is a finely tuned precision engineer that … View moreDid you know that your gut works as a macro and micro worker for your body? Macro - it processes, digests and disperses food, nutrients and hydration for our organs and bloodstream to work its wonders. Also, as we’re learning more and more, the gut is a finely tuned precision engineer that requires micronutrients. We need to start feeding the inhabitants who call our micro gut, the microbiome, home.

Getting both these macro and micro components working in tandem will pay dividends to your overall health and vitality.

Today, we’re sharing how to concentrate on feeding your gut on a microscopic level. Tiny elements but big, big results. Here are a few ways to get your gut game strong…

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113 days ago

Sweet Spiced Nuts, Star Crackers and Delicious Dips for Christmas

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Do you love Christmas nibbles?
Me too.
Today I have some delicious nibbles recipes for you!
I’ve got perfect sweet spiced nuts, and some dip and cracker combos that you can have dotted around for your festive snacking.
Why not indulge in bite-sized pick-up-able crunchable crackers and … View more
Do you love Christmas nibbles?
Me too.
Today I have some delicious nibbles recipes for you!
I’ve got perfect sweet spiced nuts, and some dip and cracker combos that you can have dotted around for your festive snacking.
Why not indulge in bite-sized pick-up-able crunchable crackers and nourishing dips that will have all your Christmas nibbling needs sorted.

If you’re like my family and maybe a little nuts (ha), you may become obsessed with my sweet spiced nuts – I sure am. I guarantee kids will gobble them up too.
Lee Holmes - Naturopath/Author.
love your Gut/Supercharged Food

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120 days ago

Slip. Slop. Slap.

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As the temperature rises, we're starting to think about the classic sun safety message of slip, slop, slap and wrap. With 'slop', a good sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin against harmful UV damage. In our latest blog, we discuss navigating the sunscreen aisle … View moreAs the temperature rises, we're starting to think about the classic sun safety message of slip, slop, slap and wrap. With 'slop', a good sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin against harmful UV damage. In our latest blog, we discuss navigating the sunscreen aisle when you're prone to acne, preventing sunscreen-related breakouts and how Epiology can help with any sunburn you may get. Read it in the link.
Source : Epiology

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