• Núria Estapé, science journalist

    Modern man: coveted object of desire

    28 Feb Modern man: coveted object of desire

     

    Sources:

    TIME

    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

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Skinscapes

    25 Feb Skinscapes

     

    Sources:

    Carl Warner

    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

  • Susana Andújar, chemist

    To what extent are cosmetics safe?

    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

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    How to correctly apply fake tan

    17 Feb How to correctly apply fake tan

     

    Sources:

    The Derm Blog

    We all like nicely tanned skin, even in winter. Tanning booths are an option, but in this blog we have often underlined the fact that doctors do not recommend them. Fake tan is the most effective way to tan in winter. But you need to know how to apply it so that it is not obvious. And you have to use sunscreen.

     

    Most fake tan products contain between 5% and 9% of dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an ingredient extracted from sugar cane. This is a safe product that rarely causes adverse reactions. It is important to buy a quality product that matches your skin tone so that the result is as similar as possible to that of sunbathing in moderation in summer. It is also crucial to avoid the blotches that appear when the fake tan is not properly applied, which happens if you rush the process and do not follow these simple tips: Read More

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