Exercising is less expensive than wrinkle creams and is, judging by a recent study from McMaster University in Ontario (Canada), more effective. Exercising improves the appearance of the skin and slows down the signs of ageing, even in those who take it up late on in life.
According to researchers at McMaster University, after the age of 40, men and women who do at least three hours per week of sport have smoother, healthier skin and a thicker dermis than the average for their age cohort. In other words, their skin resembles that of people aged 20 to 30 years old. Although it is still unclear what changes exercising brings about in the composition of the skin, these scientists think the anti-wrinkle effect may be due to the paracrine action of the muscle-produced myokine hormone, which induces changes in specific receptors in neighbouring cells. Read More
Slimming creams promise what consumers want to hear as summer draws near: they’ll burn off fat and the kilos in record time. However, no scientific studies support their effectiveness. In the USA, some reducing cream brands have received heavy fines for misleading advertising.
In 2002, a well-known firm presented a cream that claimed to slim by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system through smell. The cream flew off the shelves. And not because of its price. Six months after international launch, the company had already sold a million units. Slimming creams sell. Especially if presented with tempting promises and with literature that people cannot interpret. Read More
In this blog dedicated to caring for the skin, we cannot condone piercings for the simple reason that they are a direct assault on our skin. Furthermore, piercings can and do cause infections and serious health complications. But some people seem to defy the statistics. This is the case of Elaine Davidson, who has survived with over 9,000 piercings!
The Guinness Book of Records has recorded the case of this Brazilian woman as the undisputed champion of skin piercings. In 2000 she had 462 piercings, 192 in her face alone. By 2012 she had over 9,000 – with more in the genital area than anywhere else, she says. It is estimated that all this internal and external decoration weighs over three kilos. Ms. Davidson, who does not drink or take drugs, runs an aromatherapy shop in Edinburgh, where she lives with her husband, Douglas Watson, who – to compensate, we suppose! – does not have a single piercing in his entire body. Our post merely documents this curious penchant – we do not recommend following this woman’s example. Just bear in mind that 30% of piercings cause complications and 15% require a visit to the doctor. (Photograph: Janek Mann, Creative Commons licence).
Turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and healing properties, could be an important ingredient in the creams of the future, according to several studies by different universities. Extract of turmeric, used in curry, protects the skin from UV damage and helps regenerate it.
Part of the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia and used in various Asian public health systems, turmeric is prescribed to treat stomach and joint ailments. It is also used as a coadjuvant treatment in wound healing and in revitalizing the skin. More recently, scientists at Ehime University (Japan) have found that two daily doses of curcumin (the active component in turmeric that gives it its characteristic yellow colour) can counteract the damage caused by prolonged exposure to UV light, improve the elasticity of skin and prevent the formation of wrinkles. Read More