Virtual—From consumer research to clinical studies, science shone at the #NaturallyInformed eventNutri-Beauty: Mastering the Market. While I’ll summarize it here, this is just a small sampling: If something strikes you as interesting and/or useful for your business, it's available for you to view for free by heading towww.NaturallyInformed.netand registering to view the sessions on-demand, at your leisure.

The presentation “Growing & Glowing—the Link Between Nutrition and Beauty,” delivered by Karin Hermoni, Head of Science & Products at Lycored, brought carotenoids to attendees’ attention. “Carotenoids accumulate in the skin, and drive that feel-good-glow in our skin,” she explained. “They build up like a ‘reservoir of goodness,’ and are there when you need them. Tomato nutrients help us calm on a cellular level. They balance inflammation and help our skin cope with any challenge.”

Hermoni's presentation was just as feel-good as that glow—have you ever wanted an excuse to eat pasta? You’ve got it: “Carotenoids are oil-soluble, which means that they are best ingested with some healthy oils,” Hermoni said. “Cooking them is great, too, so pasta sauce is a great way to get them. Be generous with that olive oil.” She also covered the science behind the extract, the length of time it takes to see benefits, and how Lycored keeps the company’s extract as close as possible to nature.

Attendees got to focus on their smiles, too, thanks to “Oral Health and Microbiome,” a presentation from Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Founder of Your Autoimmunity Connection, a dentist who pointed out that the mouth is the first meeting place between the body and the rest of the world. “Our new understanding of the microbiome emphasizes what we knew before: What happens in the mouth, does not stay in the mouth,” she said. “Everything happening in the mouth isn’t happening by itself; it’s also happening as part of what’s happening in the body. Your oral microbiome can be connected to systemic diseases. People over age 70 with gum disease, for instance, are 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.” Dr. Feldman takes a dive into the science behind microbiome imbalances and the connection between those imbalances and oral and systemic diseases.

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For those curious about the impact of bacteria on the skin, consider checking out “Beautiful Microbes—The Role of the Skin Microbiome and the Gut-Skin Axis in Beauty,” which contains presentations from Chris Callewaert, Ph.D., with the Research Foundation Flanders, and Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., Director of Medical Mycology Case, Western Reserve University. Dr. Callewaert—also known as Dr. Armpit—told attendees that there are around 1 trillion bacterial cells on our skin, and went in-depth about where those bacteria are found, and what species can be found, where. He noted causes of body odor, and discussed armpit bacterial transplants. Dr. Ghannoum spoke on the photo-protective effects of orally administered probiotics, and the effects of antibiotics on the skin microbiome.

And for information on hair health, look no further than “Getting to the Root of the Issue—An Innovating Science-Based Approach to Addressing Hair Thinning from the Inside Out,” a presentation given by Sophia Kogan, M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Medical Advisor at Nutrafol. Dr. Kogan explains the hair growth cycle, the ways in which it can be impacted and thrown off-course, the gut-hair connection, and how to get hair growth back on track.

The recordings of the sessions also include the Q&A portions, with questions asked by the live audience, such as Dr. Feldman’s views on fluoride and thoughts from Dr. Callewaert and Dr. Ghannoum on how to return the skin microbiome to its healthiest state. Head to get these presentations and more.

Looking for more education? Sign up forActive Nutrition: Mastering the Market,taking place June 29-30—like all of these free, virtual events, it includes interactive roundtable sessions, an unrecorded feature that allows attendees to talk with the experts (and each other) directly.