• Anna Solana, science journalist

    Cosmetotextiles: wearable skincare

    30 Jul Cosmetotextiles: wearable skincare

     

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    Innovation in Textiles

    They arrived with the turn of the century and the development of microencapsulation. With their promise of slimming and firming the body, they began to timidly adhere to the fibres of tights, leggings and even lingerie. They are already to be found in skinny jeans, shorts and T-shirts. For both women and men. Cosmetotextiles, in combining the alchemy of cosmetics with the appeal of certain textiles, are revolutionizing skin care.

     

    Cosmetotextiles are cosmetics that are worn. According to Textiles Intelligence, the cosmetotextile market is a promising one, worth 500 million euros in 2013. It is based on an innovative idea: to use the clothes we wear daily next to the skin to remove excess fat, boost skin hydration and firmness and improve muscle tone. How? By introducing, in the fibres of clothing, microparticles of certain ingredients – like caffeine (a microcirculation activator), Aloe vera (a moisturizer), retinol (a regenerator) and vitamin E (an anti-oxidant) – so that, with our movements, these substances can be released into the epidermis. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Our skin is covered with fungi

    25 Jul Our skin is covered with fungi

     

    Sources:

    NIH News

    Our skin is covered by a huge variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses living in perfect harmony and constituting the skin’s microbiota, also called skin’s flora. New research reveals just how numerous are the species of fungi that colonize our skin and help it stay healthy and look good.

     

    Almost everyone knows that our digestive system requires the presence of microorganisms in order to process food. Similarly, the skin’s own ecosystem needs beneficial germs to remain healthy. A recent genetic study conducted in the USA and published in Nature describes for the first time the 80 types of fungi that normally live on our skin. The areas where most species are found are our heels – and feet in general – while species are less abundant on the neck, back, ears and palms. This important finding has quadrupled the known number of types of fungal microbiota and will guide future research on the role of skin microorganisms. Furthermore, the study confirms the importance of respecting the balance of this ecosystem in order to keep our skin in the best possible condition. Remember: take short, tepid showers, and use soap, shower gels and moisturizers with a slightly acidic pH (between 4.7 and 5.5).

  • Rosa Taberner, dermatologist

    What are warts and what can be done about them?

    18 Jul What are warts and what can be done about them?

     

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    British Medical Journal

    One of the most frequent medical consultations regarding the skin is viral warts. Warts are, in fact, skin infections caused by different kinds of human papillomavirus. They are not serious, but if they persist or represent an aesthetic problem, they should be removed.

     

    The first problem posed by warts is the actual term itself. For the dermatologist, it defines an infection of the skin by human papillomavirus (HPV). But it is common to use the term to designate any lumpy skin lesion, like moles, fibroids, seborrheic keratosis and even malignancies. It may seem unimportant, but this confusion potentially leads to hazardous situations. A patient may ask a pharmacist for a treatment for warts when, in fact, they have a different complaint. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Sunscreen against wrinkles

    15 Jul Sunscreen against wrinkles

     

    Sources:

    Annals of Internal Medicine

    Summer is here and many people are planning to buy the traditional sunscreen to take to the beach. We all know that this is how to protect our skin from photoageing and how to minimize the risk of serious related disorders. A new Australian study confirms that people who use sunscreen have fewer wrinkles.

     

    Some people – although not many – use a sunscreen (or a cosmetic containing sunscreen) daily on parts of the body exposed to the negative effects of sunlight on the skin. Others do not use sunscreen, or only do so occasionally. A group of researchers has finally confirmed what dermatologists have long known: the sun causes wrinkles and dry skin. The study, which included 900 volunteers aged between 25 and 55, was conducted over four and a half years in Australia, a country with a mainly white population that receives a great deal of sunshine. Read More

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