Healthy skin performs vital functions for the body. As one example, we could say that the skin “breathes”, so blocking the pores could have serious consequences. Who does not remember the James Bond movie Goldfinger and the dead girl in bed with her entire body painted in gold? Was that the reason she died? Let's find out.
The film world has always been a source of inspiration for science. One scene from the James Bond film Goldfinger posed a question that came to be an urban legend. The Bond girl (Shirley Eaton) is killed using a curious method: her body is totally impregnated with gold paint. In fact, during the filming of that scene, several doctors were on hand to advise the film crew and so prevent possible complications. But why did the Bond girl die? Did she die, as rumour had it, from “skin suffocation”? Read More
Bee stings have been used in China for the last three thousand years to cure a number of disorders. A New Zealand company is now including purified bee venom in its skin care and anti-ageing products, claiming that it can be the substitute for botox.
Bee venom has long been used to prepare facial masks in exclusive spas and beauty salons frequented by celebrities. The venom apparently acts by stimulating blood circulation in areas where it is applied, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin and so reducing wrinkles. For the first time, this valuable ingredient will now become available in the market at affordable prices.
Nutricosmetics are foods with functional ingredients that promise to rejuvenate the skin from within. Berry, fruit and green tea extracts, coenzyme Q10, resveratrol, polyphenols and hyaluronic acid sold in the form of drinks or bars make up one of the most dynamic segments of the beauty and skin care industry. Doubts remain, however, regarding the effectiveness and safety of these products.
These products offer no guarantee of good health or eternal youth but are in demand in markets worldwide. And everything indicates that they are here to stay. Nutricosmetics are located on the boundary between nutrition and personal care, on the thin line dividing medical science from the cosmetics industry. They are presented as anti-wrinkle drinks containing antioxidants and minerals, as anti-ageing chocolate bars or simply as capsules containing different types of supplements, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) to combat skin dryness, or carotenoids (the beta-carotene of carrots or the lycopene of tomatoes). Read More
Our bodies smell. As do the bodies of all the animals on earth. The bacteria in our skin break down our sweat and create our personalized odour. The emotions and sex appeal also have olfactory reflexes. Is the rise of personal hygiene causing this means of communication to disappear?
The skin acts to keep the body cool and to do this it secretes sweat, which, when it evaporates, absorbs heat and maintains an ideal body temperature. But it may come as a surprise to know that sweat itself is not responsible for body odour (BO). That dubious honour belongs, in fact, to the bacteria that naturally colonize our skin. Read More