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The Monthly Roundup: What's Trending in Industry News?

Happy first day of April! We hope that you are enjoying your spring.

Today on the Seed blog: it's the Monthly Roundup. Our Roundup comes the first of each month when I look back at trending stories of interest on the subjects of beauty, skin care, health and wellness, aromatherapy, and more.

So what's trending right now?



Let's take a look at a few topics creating an industry buzz, why don't we?

  • Avantika Bhuyan at the Business Standard writes about the latest research concerning the health benefit of grape seed oil. The study was conducted by Ohio State University researchers and was just published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the findings indicate the abundant linoleic acid in grape seed could lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Furthermore, they wrote that this acid may reduce inflammation, which is believed to be the cause of many health and skin issues.
  • A new study published in March in JAMA Neurology links rosacea, a chronic skin condition affecting nearly 16 million Americans, to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease. "While rosacea was previously believed to be limited to the skin, these new results could suggest that rosacea may have systemic implications, including risk of neurologic diseases," warned the study's lead author Alexander Egeberg, MD, PhD, Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Dana Oliver over at the Huffington Post shares an article on skin care spring cleaning tips. She talks over how we're quick to clean out our closets and freshen things up for the warmer weather, but that we often overlook the need to make changes with our products when the seasons change. Tips include stepping up sunscreen usage, transitioning from a heavy cream to a lighter lotion, and using a Vitamin C face serum.
  • Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News reports on a looming class action lawsuit for a major celebrity-owned natural skin care company. The brand, which faced criticism last year when customers claimed they were burned after using the sunscreen, is now taking heat for a recent Wall Street Journal investigative piece which revealed that some of their products advertised as "sulfate free" actually contain sulfates.
  • Seed Body Care's founder, Rebecca Gournay, addressed the latest incident in an open letter to customers on the subject of transparency and trust. In this post, Gournay announced "...we have random tests via third party labs to make sure our claims are right. And to reassure you of our claims, we have resourced a private, third party lab (the same one quoted in the Wall Street Journal article about one of the company above's issues) to provide testing to ensure that what you see on the label matches what is in the product. We've done this before, and we will make those claims as current as right now so you feel reassured. Our first test will confirm that we are sulfate-free, including SLS and SLES, as this was the very ingredient that caused one of the above-mentioned companies an issue." 


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