• 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

  • Anna Solana, science journalist

    Menopause: maturity is skin deep

    11 Feb Menopause: maturity is skin deep

     

    Sources:

    Virtualmedicalcentre

    The menopause receives bad press. Many women associate it with a loss of attractiveness, because it marks the end of a life stage and is the source of discomfort and changes. Less well known, perhaps, are how it causes changes in the skin that do not affect all women equally, but largely depend on skin type and lifestyle. But – is there a solution?

     

    Menopause marks the end of the reproductive stage and involves significant changes for women. But there are ways to cope. According to the Spanish Association for Menopause Studies (AEEM), menopause occurs at 51.4 years on average, once the body stops producing oestrogen and progesterone; it ends ovarian functioning and, therefore, the menstrual period. Hormonal changes are to blame for hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and vaginal atrophy, and also ageing of the skin, in other words, dryness, wrinkles and sagging. Read more

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    The skin is a source of concern after 50

    8 Feb The skin is a source of concern after 50

     

    Sources:

    UNC Health Care

    Generally speaking, our skin is the first thing that people see. So it’s instinctive to care for it more than for other body parts. A recent study also demonstrates that most women over 50 are more concerned about the appearance of their skin than about other factors such as their weight, face and stomach.

     

    The study, published in the Journal of Women & Aging, was conducted in the USA on 1,789 women aged over 50 years. Its aim was to determine the women’s satisfaction with their own body. A mere 12.2% said they were happy with their physical appearance! But even more surprising was the fact that, even within this minority satisfied with their figure and weight, 78.8% were not happy with their skin. The conclusion is obvious: when it comes to one’s personal appearance, the skin is primordial. This has always been clear for young people, but now it has been demonstrated to also be the case for maturer women.

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