It might sound weird, but we were all born with high levels of hyaluronic acid - that’s why babies’ skin is so soft and supple!

Hyaluronic acid is actually found all over our bodies. It’s a lubricant for our eyes and joints, and it’s especially prominent in between our skin cells, which is what gives us firm, hydrated skin. Unfortunately, we don’t have an endless supply of hyaluronic acid - our bodies naturally produce less as we age. Ugh.

A lot of fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are actually lab produced copy-cats of hyaluronic acid, so once they are injected under the skin, it plumps up sagging skin.

If you’d rather skip the needles, moisturizers and serums boosted with hyaluronic will also make the skin look softer and more moisturized - obviously, not as drastically as cosmetic injected fillers.

Hyaluronic acid molecules are able to attract and retain more than 1,000x their weight in water, which makes it great for helping your skin retain moisture. Keep in mind, hyaluronic acid molecules are actually too big to absorb deep into the skin. However, they can penetrate the surface of the skin made up of dead skin cells, and that’s why they can help hydrate wrinkles and provide visibly softer and supple skin.

No matter if you have oily/normal/combo/dry skin, you need to keep your skin moisturized. Products with hyaluronic acid just seems like an obvious choice, no? Keep scrolling for our hyaluronic acid picks!

Off to the Lab

So today we took a break from getting our final presentation ready and headed to the Catholic University of East Africa. The IBM lab is located on the campus.

We first headed to a lecture hall and a number of students came to hear us talk about the Corporate Service Crop and then we had breakout sessions and talked about our jobs at IBM.  This group of student where very excited and had a ton of questions, we probably ran with the breakout sessions for over an hour, wonderful time.  

We had lunch in the cafeteria(I had masala chips, a samosa and a kabob, and washed it down with a stoney tangawizi. This only cost me 200Ksh, what a deal) then headed over to the IBM Research Lab.  We had an amazing tour and got to see the Think Lab.  This is the only IBM Research Lab on the continent of Africa and only 1 of 12 worldwide I believe. The programs they work on are not a copy of other labs in other parts of the world, this is focused on Africa and solving problems for Africans.  It was so inspiring to have this tour and to see what IBM is up to.  Innovation at its best.

The photo above may look a little odd, but I believe I was in the middle of making a very witty remark.  Witty remark of the day I think.  I’ll have to confirm with the others.  


yep! the rumors are true! tim tebow is now in a committed relationship…with tivo…as their new spokesman #offthemarket

Happy happy birthday Von! May God make smooth the path you walk by day not just today but everyday. Thanks for the friendship and for always being there for me when I needed someone to talk to. Thanks also for forgiving my flaws and for staying beside me despite the odds. :) Lab lab! 😘

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ACB Court Refuses to Provide FSL Reports to ACB?

ACB Court Refuses to Provide FSL Reports to ACB?

  The ACB court has examined the four reports submitted by the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in sealed covers. ACB officials requested a copy of these reports of audio and video tapes, the special court rejected their plea. The ACB special said that reports should be kept confidential until a final report is submitted by forensic lab and copy cannot be provided to them. However, the court asked the…

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more season’s greetings from Pushing Pencils


one of our very talented Copylab participants created this commercial to spread some holiday cheer, one pencil at a time!