• Fede Montagud, editor

    Tattoos: easily applied but difficult to remove

    27 Jun Tattoos: easily applied but difficult to remove




    The fashion for tattoos continues to grow. Today, many young people adorn themselves with a huge variety of designs on the most visible and most hidden parts of their bodies. But what happens when they decide to get rid of them? Are tattoos easy to remove? Today I am talking to Dr Rosa Taberner, a dermatologist at the Son Llàtzer Hospital in Palma de Mallorca (Spain).


    Why do people get tattoos? Wouldn’t it be more logical to have temporary tattoos that could be easily removed? Tattoos have been applied since ancient times. In Europe, and above all in northern Europe, tattoos were introduced in the 19th century by English, Dutch and French sailors returning from their travels in the Americas and Polynesia, where tattoos were very popular. In recent decades, the fashion for tattoos has boomed, above all among young people. It has been calculated that just over 15% of people in Europe and 21% of people in the USA have at least one decorative tattoo. It is a complex aesthetic and cultural phenomenon and, the fact is, it is the very permanence of tattoos that makes them so attractive. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    The Smoking Time Machine

    24 Jun The Smoking Time Machine



    Smoking Time Machine

    Smoking has a very negative effect on the skin. However, not everyone is aware of this, especially young people who have not yet started to experience the effects of ageing on their bodies. An initiative by the British National Health Service (NHS) can show us what our faces will look like in a few years’ time if we continue to smoke.


    The British health authorities have decided, and rightly so, that a picture is worth a thousand words. How would a young person feel if they were to suddenly see their own face looking greyish and with wrinkles around their eyes and mouth? The goal of the initiative is to get young people to quit smoking before the thousands of harmful products in cigarettes cause irreversible damage, not only to the skin but also to less visible areas of the body. The NHS has therefore created a free app for smartphones – called Smoking Time Machine – that ‘ages’ a photo of the phone user. Users can see how an image of themselves now will look in 20 years’ time if they continue smoking — and also how they will look if they stop smoking immediately. Try it and see the result, it is to-the-point and hard to ignore!

  • Núria Estapé, science journalist

    The facts about skin hydration

    19 Jun The facts about skin hydration



    Skin Therapy Letter

    All the cells in our body need water to survive and multiply; the cells in the skin are no exception. Pharmacy, beauty centre and perfumery windows typically display hundreds of different skin moisturizing products. Who doesn’t use a moisturizer? But how does a moisturizer work if the skin is virtually impenetrable? Knowing where and how moisturizers work can help us choose the product that best suits our skin type.


    The skin tends to dry out more and more as the years go by. So moisturizers are high up in the ranking of bestselling dermocosmetic products. Each time we apply a moisturizer to our skin we are helping the outermost layer of the epidermis protect us against environmental aggressions. This protection, in turn, helps the skin cells carry out the metabolic processes that keep the skin alive and healthy. Moisturizers also reinforce homeostasis, that is, maintenance of the body’s internal balance in the face of external changes in humidity and temperature. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Beware of working in the sun!

    We know that the sun's ultraviolet rays cause skin ageing and other dermatological problems, including various types of cancer. Therefore, most of us protect our skin with suitable products and avoid overdoing the sunbathing. But what about people who have to work outdoors?


    Farmers, ranchers, construction workers and people in many other jobs are daily exposed to the sun. Ultraviolet rays reaching their skin especially affect the head, lower lip, upper chest area, shoulders, forearms and back of the hands. In contrast, most other people work in offices, workshops and shops and are exposed to the sun only in their free time or on holidays. A review of scientific studies published in a German journal confirms that occupational sun exposure increases the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, a malignant cancer that affects 100 of every 100,000 Europeans. Incidence is higher, moreover, in people with fair skin (phototypes I and II).  In Germany this carcinoma is rated as an occupational disease, to be communicated officially to health authorities by doctors who diagnose it.