• Violeta Camarasa, science journalist

    10 key questions regarding mineral oils

    Mineral oils have been used in cosmetics for the last hundred years. In recent decades they are among the components that most confuse consumers. The myths and misconceptions are many. How do mineral oils affect the health of the skin? Are they carcinogenic? Do they cause acne? Are they “natural”? Are vegetable oils safer?

     

    1. Which cosmetics contain mineral oils? We can answer this question more quickly by formulating the question in reverse, as these oils are the most common components in cosmetics. Paraffin oil, petroleum oil, liquid paraffin, white liquid petrolatum, white oil, petrolatum (vaseline), mineral oil, silicone quaternium, methylsilanol, microcrystalline wax – they go by many names. If any of these ingredients are featured on a label, it means that you are applying mineral oil to your skin. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Perspiration is essential

    1 Apr Perspiration is essential

     

    Sources:

    EFE Salud

    Our skin regulates body temperature by sweating. Although we are not aware of it, this sophisticated natural mechanism keeps us alive, because the body requires a constant internal temperature. But some people do not sweat enough, and, in some cases, this disorder has serious repercussions.

     

    This blog has already included a post on the bothersome problem of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and its treatments. But sweating too little (hypohidrosis) or not sweating at all (anhidrosis) are much more dangerous to health, because the body fails to maintain its proper temperature. The pores of the skin, usually easily seen under a magnifying glass, are virtually invisible in people with these problems. The causes, whether genetic, endocrinological (diabetes, hypothyroidism) or neurological, affect the nerves involved in sweating. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, nausea, trembling, fever and tachycardia. These syndromes have no cure or medication, but fortunately affect few people. The only solution is to hydrate properly and avoid heat stroke by staying in the shade.

  • Elisabet Salmerón, science journalist

    How does my work affect my skin?

    Your work may represent a hazard for your skin. Contact with harmful substances and agents, the lack of humidity in enclosed spaces and high levels of stress may causes skin problems and disorders. What can be done to prevent this damage and keep the skin healthy?

     

    It is popularly said that work is health. But sometimes work has a pernicious impact on the body, especially the skin. According to reliable reports for Spain, for instance, skin disorders are second in the ranking of occupational diseases. The same is true for many other countries. Some skin problems cause chronic lesions that may incapacitate a person for life or oblige them to change jobs, yet these data receive little publicity. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    The wrinkle filler crisis

    24 Mar The wrinkle filler crisis

     

    Sources:

    BBC News Health

    Rejuvenating skin treatments in the form of injections of various kinds have averted the need for cosmetic surgery for many women (and men). But side effects have proliferated, because the products are not always of high quality and the people who administer them do not necessarily have suitable qualifications.

     

    Would you get a botox or collagen injection at a hairdressing salon or a beauty party? Well, it happens a lot and, in view of the complications, has raised the alarm among doctors. The UK Royal College of Surgeons, for instance, has launched an initiative to ensure that only doctors, qualified nurses and dentists can inject botox, which is actually a powerful neurotoxin. In addition, charlatans offer misleadingly cheap offers and inject diluted hyaluronic acid – and logically the effect lasts half as long. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved five substances, along with botox, as wrinkle fillers, and all are considered medicines. In Europe, however, almost 50 substances are allowed. If you are thinking about removing years from your face using collagen, hyaluronic acid or botox injections, consult a specialist medical centre. Do not put your skin or body at risk.

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