Ginger Hodulik Downey

Ginger Hodulik Downey holds a BS in foods and nutrition, an MS degree in nutrition and a CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist). She is currently the co-owner and vice president of R&D for DermaMed Solutions. In addition to her work at DermaMed, Ginger devotes time to working with patients in private clinical practice. As a contributor, Ginger hopes to continue to share her passion for holistic health and wellness.

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7 Mindless Ways We Undermine Our Skin Health

Even the best skincare products can’t make up for how these seven big mistakes will age your skin. Here’s what you need to do instead.

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Crazy Things We Do for Beauty

Sleeping with sunglasses to prevent wrinkles…Putting Windex on pimples…Feet peels that peel and peel and peel…and more. Do they work???

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My Favorite Face Masks: To Hydrate, Prevent Blemishes & Soothe

Masks come in so many forms and formulations. It’s confusing! Here are the safest ingredients—and the worst to be avoided.

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Best Ways to Get Rid of a Pimple—Fast!

Don’t skip this important first step before applying any topicals—plus the OTC options to try.

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When Good Skin-Care Products Cause Bad Reactions

Why do we sometimes react to even the cleanest of skincare formulations? The answer typically lies in the gut…and in your hormones.

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Wearing Sunglasses Protects Your Skin, Not Just Your Eyes

Wearing SPF daily to protect your skin from sun damage simply isn’t enough. The surprising way that sunglasses are also essential for your whole body.

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Give Yourself a “Butt Facial” at Home

Does your derrière need some attention? Many spas now offer Fanny Facials but you can keep your backside looking great with these at-home treatments.

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Stop Hiding Your Chicken Skin Arms! Help for Keratosis Pilaris

Embarrassed by little pink- or flesh-colored “chicken skin” bumps on your arms? Here are 7 ways to reduce keratosis pilaris and stop hiding your arms.

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What to Do About Dark Circles and Puffiness Under Your Eyes

Eye creams do little for undereye circles. Best: Figure out if a health or lifestyle issue is the real cause, and address the problem from the inside out.

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Get In Touch with Your Natural Self

It’s time you let yourself feel beautiful in your own skin, even if it is imperfect and aging. Lessons from the natives of Tahiti and Polynesia…

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Best Ways to Soothe Dry, Chapped Hands

The keys to soothing rough, dry winter hands? How you wash…and the ingredients in your hand products. Here’s what to use and what to avoid.

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New Year, New Science, New Me

Nutrition and beauty expert Ginger Downey contemplates how the new science of nutritional genomics will affect the future of skincare.

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When Good Smells Are Bad for You: Beware of Toxic Fragrances

One fragrance can contain up to 200 synthetic chemicals. These toxins can trigger asthma, headaches, rashes, more. What to look out for on labels.

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My Five Favorite Beauty Products

These are the personal-care items that make my life easier, happier and simply more zen—and all free from toxic chemicals.

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Chocolate: Good for Your Body…Good for Your Skin

Chocolate cocoa is a great source of health-promoting antioxidants. But choose wisely, and prepare carefully so you don’t cancel out the health benefits.

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For Healthier Skin, More Fruits and Veggies!

Eating a variety of plant foods will support and protect the skin. Here are the best to improve your appearance—naturally.

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Time to Undo Summer Skin Damage

I think of the way we let our skin “go” during the summertime in the same way that we let…

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A Natural Treatment for Eczema that Won’t Go Away

Recently my husband Phil has been struggling with an annoying and uncomfortable skin condition—eczema. His case has been quite puzzling…

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You Skin Will Love Aloe! Heal Burns, Rashes, Bee Stings and More

When I was a kid, we always had an aloe plant growing in the front widow. There was good reason…

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When Your Magnifying Mirror Shows You Too Much

How many of you have a magnifying mirror in your bathroom? Even better, who has a lighted one? These mirrors…