A few years ago laser was the stuff of science fiction. Nowadays it is present in our lives ... and in our skins. Dozens of laser devices are available for aesthetic applications, such as permanent hair removal. But these techniques are not without risk, most especially when non-experts use these devices.
Manufacturers worldwide have sold thousands of lasers for dermatological applications, whether aesthetic or surgical. But many aspects regarding their use remain unregulated. For example, it has not been clarified whether or not laser hair removal is a medical treatment. If it were medical, only specialist doctors could perform this task. A report has come to light in the USA warning of the growing number of lawsuits regarding damage caused by lasers operated by non-qualified persons, especially outside traditional medical settings. Read more
We are increasingly aware of the importance of proper skin photoprotection to prevent skin cancer, especially when outdoors (on the beach or in the mountains). However, we fail to attach the same importance to other daily activities. What happens when we are driving? Can car windows protect us from ultraviolet radiation?
Last year, a photograph of a 69-year-old man, a truck driver for 28 years, was posted around the world. This photograph, also featured in our blog, clearly shows how ongoing sun exposure was much more evident on the left side of the face. The fact is we rarely consider using sunscreen in the car. A recent study made among skin cancer patiens shows that, even being aware people, few applied sunscreen when in their car, even though they usually did so when outdoors. The reason is they didn’t think it was necessary, especially if driving with the windows closed. Read more
In India they know how to care for the skin. For thousands of years they have done so using natural and sustainable methods. New consumer trends around the world – including in India – and a growing preference for greener, organic products free of synthetic ingredients, point to a great future for Ayurvedic cosmetics.
Ayurveda, which in Sanskrit approximately means "science of life", is the traditional philosophy regarding health in India. This ancient form of medicine emphasises balance between body, mind and nature. It is the most widely used traditional medicine system, with almost half a million ayurvedic doctors and 2,500 ayurvedic hospitals. A typical ayurvedic formula may contain more than 20 medicinal herbs and spices, selected from among the 2,700 used in India. In fact, the Indian Ministry of Health officially recognizes 418 plants. Read more
Seaweed (alga) is a hit in the anti-ageing skin care market. Many cosmetics are using seaweed as their star ingredient, attributing it with beneficial properties for enhancing our appearance. Creams and lotions of all kinds are prepared from "seaweed extract". How genuine is its anti-ageing properties? Or is this a question of misleading advertising?
Many companies, especially from France, Canada, the USA and Australia, sell harvested seaweed extract as an ingredient for personal care products. Their advertising usually emphasizes that the extract is a very useful anti-skin-ageing alternative. Algae are organisms that are simpler than land plants. There are thousands of species worldwide, some used since time immemorial for various purposes (in China they have been used since 5,000 years ago). Read more