BEAUTY

What might I expect? Skin has extraordinary ability to heal itself

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This article is not medical advice. If you have concerns, please consult your physician or medical professional.

Movie superheroes have flashy, form-fitting outfits with accessible weapons and devices to save the planet, or at least the city. Reflecting cosmic rays, their shields block incoming laser beams and projectiles.

The inventive gear could come in handy for average earthbound people, as we fight off attacks by germs, bites, allergens, cuts and many more intrusions. But we have something even better than a shiny shield. We have skin.

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Our largest organ, weighing about 3.5 kilograms, the three layers of skin cover the entire human body to create a delicate but durable defence. It is part of the integumentary system. (The integumentary system includes skin, hair, nails, glands and nerves.) The epidermis, dermis and hypodermis act like a barrier to prevent intrusion from the toxins and germs of the external world. Skin guards the body against wintry weather and rays of summer sun. It sends warning signals to cover up against the cold and heat to ensure a regulated body temperature.

The visible outer skin of humans is called the epidermis. Similar in thickness to a sheet of paper, the epidermis is made of several types of cells — keratinocytes, melanocytes, lymphocytes, Langerhans cells and Merkel cells.

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A tight layer of keratinocytes makes up about 90 per cent of the epidermis. A type of structural fibrous protein supplying the surface skin’s structural and barrier functions, keratin also helps to form the tissues of

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SHOPPING

Retail Grocers Go Digital to Embrace Online Grocery Shopping Trend

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Toronto, July 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Toronto, ON, July 26, 2022 – With the steep rise in online grocery shopping – due to the COVID-19 pandemic and less people able or willing to shop at physical locations –  more and more grocers are adopting digital marketing as a way to transform the way their customers shop and what they are adding to their grocery carts. 

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During the height of the pandemic, 20-30% of grocery store businesses in the US shifted online (1). But although many physical stores have returned to business as usual, the trend and preference for online shopping have remained.  

In the US, 46.9% of respondents said they plan to buy groceries online in the next 12 months, compared with only 25.8% in 2018 (2). Similarly, in Canada, the surge in online shopping is strong, with more than 1 in 5 people predicting to do even more online grocery shopping (3).

So what is it about online shopping that has consumers and increasing numbers of grocers across North America hooked? It all comes down to the power of convenience, and additional perks, made possible through marketing technology.  In fact, according to Graphical Research, artificial intelligence (AI) – a key trend in digital marketing – is expected to grow in retail market value to over 10 billion by 2027 (4), and grocery delivery is a large part of that pie. 

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Loblaw Companies Ltd. is a key leader and early adopter of online groceries. In fact, it amplified the online experience

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