Recently a study in Stem Cell Reports has described a process to make skin cells called keratinocytes. The ablity to make skin cells in a laboratory makes the need for animal testing less likely in the future. Some skin cell drugs and cosmetics test on animals prior to testing on humans. This has obvious potential benefits including saving animal lives and cost effective models to help determine safety and efficacy of skin therapies.
Approximately 1 person dies every hour from melanoma. Remember this summer to protect your skin from harmful rays which can lead to an increase risk in melanoma occurrence.
Melanoma can occur in any skin color. Even famous reggae singer Bob Marley died from a version of melanoma called acral melanoma. It is important to see your physician and let him or her know if you note any irregular pigmentation.
Have fun this summer but try and protect yourself and those around you.
Cold weather can be hard on your body and skin. The cold weather combined with the low humidity can create many beauty issues. Fortunately there are several solutions that can help restore hydration and coloration during this time.
Winter is notorious for creating dry dull skin. The key to combating dry skin is to ensure there is adaquete hydration and moisture. Make sure you drink lots of water to help replenish yourself. Another key is to receive plenty of healthy oils, most commonly known as omega-3's. Omega-3's can be found in a variety of foods including certain types of fish. Finally, use an effective moisture and hydration trapping element. The latest buzz word in hydration for the skin is hyaluronic acids commonly known as HAs. While most people think of HA's as an injectable filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, it is actually a normal part of healthy hydrated skin. When used as a topical skin agent, such as with the product Hyalis, the skin will retain water and have a plumper and more youthful appearance even in winter.
Chapped lips can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with during winter. Chapped lips are not only unsightly, but can be a mechanism for diseases to spread to other people. Chapped lips often respond better to pertoleum-based products such as Aquaphor healing ointment. Wax-based forumlas do not hydrate lips but rather serve to protect lips. Additonally,franganced lip products can cause irritation and dryness. Try a scented lip stick or gloss to avoid the excess dryness.
Make sure you set the humidity at around 50% during the winter. Humidity below that will promote dry skin. Humidity above that can actually allow condensation and encourage bacterial growth.
Use growth factor products such as Bioserum and TNS to help your skin recover faster during the winter time.
Winter is a great time to have LASER procedures since the sun is less influential during this time
Make sure you exercise. Exercise improves your circulation and can help improve your skin during the winter months.
Avoid hot water during baths and showers. Luke warm water has a less drying effect.
Use hand santizers when possible. Soap and water can have a drying effect on skin.
It is not like a study showing smoking having a deleterious effect is shocking. From experience, many of us can deduce that smoking is not healthy and you will not look as young as if you didn't smoke. A new twin study demonstrates this.
Twin studies are perhaps one of the best ways of determining the effects of a treatment or lifestyle. The annual festival at Twinsburg, Ohio is said to be the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. Guyoron and associates from Case Western University recently published a study in the Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Journal. They found that smokers were more likely to have identifiable characteristics of aging such as lines around the mouth and eye bags. The study did not look at the quality of the skin.
While a study that shows that smoking makes you look older is not shocking, it does provide more objective evidence for the harmful effects. The skin is an astounding insight to the overall health and condition of the internal body. It is quite rare to see a patient who smokes, suntans, and eats poorly to have beautiful skin. For many patients, the key is to live a healthy lifestyle so that you will feel and look better.