Part of the fascination of tattoos is that they leave an indelible mark on the skin. Beyond any artistic or literary value, there is something profound about the fact that they are "forever". But the reality is that a third of people eventually come to regret their tattoos.
This is the main conclusion of a study conducted in England and presented at the last meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study also reported that twice as many men as women regret their tattoos – three times as many if they were tattooed as boys (before the age of 16). Interestingly, almost half the respondents (men and women both) had more than two tattoos and 31% had more than five. It all seems logical: in recent decades the fashion for tattooing has seen spectacular growth, with a mushrooming of tattoo parlours in the first world. Many people get a tattoo simply because it is fashionable – and do not dwell too much on the long-term implications. And that they are long-term goes without saying ... Read more
Increasing numbers of men use cosmetic products and services. This “new” man who unashamedly takes care of his looks, is resurfacing in cities. Caring for his skin is a priority, so he uses all kinds of creams and gels, wears makeup and colognes, exfoliates, shaves all over and sports a carefully cultivated five o’clock shadow. Modern masculinity is embodied in the male who is in touch with his feminine side, yet still desires and is desired by women.
David Beckham, the British footballer and a man with an impeccable image, is considered to be the pioneer of this trend and its ultimate representative. In an era in which a picture is worth a thousand words, men like Beckham reflect post-industrial urban culture at its height. These men enhance their eyes with mascara, use moisturizers and anti-ageing creams specially formulated for men’s skin, dye their hair, paint their nails and remove their body hair. Their thoroughness outdoes that of even the vainest of women. Why so much sacrifice? Read more
In our blog we write about skin, skin care and skin health. But there are times when the skin transcends its physical limitations and becomes a poetic element that inspires the talent of artists. This is the case of Carl Warner, whose photographic landscapes are true works of art in which human skin plays a very special role.
Carl Warner is a British photographer well known for photographs and ads based on edible elements that demonstrate his extraordinary creativity. Arguably, in this artistic sense, he is a modern-day Arcimboldo. But Warner also creates landscapes using incredible combinations of human bodies. In these, the skin is, in its own right, the fundamental element that gives shape to amazingly dreamlike valleys, mountains and dunes, all overflowing with sensuality. Our humble human skin is thus sublimely and hauntingly given expression by this artist. A visit to his web is a must. (Photos courtesy of Carl Warner). Read more
To try and guarantee that the gels, creams and other cosmetics we apply to our skin every day are not harmful to health, individual ingredients undergo strict controls. Once combined with others in product formulas, they are tested on volunteers before commercial launch to ensure that negative impact on the skin is minimal or non-existent. How are these controls implemented?
Our readers are aware of the fact that European cosmetics legislation prohibits animal testing or the purchase of raw materials from countries where animals are used for safety tests. The testing system currently in use tries to ensure that each individual ingredient is safe. However, ingredients may interact when combined in a product, resulting in new components that might modify the safety of the final product. Current regulations do not state which tests are mandatory, but do indicate that manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products. The cosmetics industry applies a wide range of tests, depending on how the cosmetic is applied and used (no animals are used, naturally). Read more