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Teenagers felt more compelled to apply sunscreen if they saw in a video that it could protect their skin from premature aging than if they saw that it could protect against cancer, a new study shows.
"Vanity is more of a driving force to use sunscreen, as opposed to the fear factor of developing skin cancer," the study’s lead author, William Tuong, told Reuters Health. Tuong is a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Davis.
In his study, high school students applied sunblock three times as often if they watched a video showing how it could prevent their skin from wrinkling than if they watched a video showing how sun exposure causes melanoma.
“ The verb that’s been enforced on girls is the verb TO PLEASE. Girls are trained to please. I want to change the verb. I want us all to change the verb. I want the verb to be EDUCATE or ACTIVATE or ENGAGE or CONFRONT or DEFY or CREATE. ”
In addition to cigarette smoke air pollution is also a major extrinsic contributing factor to premature skin aging. Research has shown that the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that are bound to the nanoparticles in the air from pollution are converted to quinones. These quinones are the redox cycle chemicals that in turn produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which result in the same type of skin aging that is seen with chronic exposure to UV light.
As air pollution will likely remain a major issue, particularly for those who reside in larger cities, Dr. Zoe Draelos says she often recommends that her patients regularly wash their face and consume antioxidants.
“Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are inadvertently delivered to the skin via nanoparticles resultant from different forms of air pollution,” she says. “Washing the skin is one effective way of reducing the nanoparticle content on the skin surface. More information is needed in topical formulation development to combat this newly recognized skin aging mechanism.”
Quinones not only prematurely age the skin by creating ROS, Dr. Draelos says, but they are also thought to be a driving force behind pigmentation, which in and of itself can be considered another form of skin aging.
“Indeed, it has been shown that there is more facial dyspigmentation in individuals who dwell in high PAH environments (i.e. cities) compared to those who live in rural areas,” Dr. Draelos says.
In a recent still to be published study sponsored by L’Oréal, Dr. Draelos says the effects of PAH on the skin of 93 individuals living in a rural area in Mexico was compared to that of 93 individuals living in Mexico City. Researchers analyzed both vitamin E and the squalene content in the facial sebum of all study participants, and found that there was a decreased vitamin E as well as a decreased squalene content in the individuals who lived in the city environment.
“Lipids of all substances in the entire body are the most prone to oxidation. Vitamin E and squalene become oxidized and subsequently, their levels decrease in facial sebum because of contact with environmental pollution,” Dr. Draelos says.
Researchers have discovered a new, surprising link between chloracne and a molecule that protects cells against stress, which could lead to further developments in skin care applications.
By Andrew McDougall+, 12-Feb-2014
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Health experts are warning people that the increasingly popular ‘fish pedicure’ spa treatment, in which customers willingly allow small ravenous tropical fish to feed off of the dead tissue on their feet, may be spreading blood diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis B.
Wang Jiahua, a dermatologist at a Ningbo hospital, said that the treatment creates risk of infection, citing the case of one of his patients whose leg became swollen days after his first fish pedicure.
Wounds may be left on the skin after fish bites, and fish tank water contains micro-organisms, Wang said, adding that problems could arise from bacteria being transmitted by the fish from the spa water itself or from one customer to another if the water is not changed.
Wang suggested a 29-day interval between fish pedicures and daubing antibiotic ointment to protect skin where wounds are found.
Other experts have added that while risks from the treatment “cannot be completely excluded,” they are “extremely low”.
Another faddish beauty treatment we won’t be trying, right after snail slime facials.
There’s one thing we all do from the moment we are born to our last second on earth: breathe. We all know how important exercise to our overall health, but breathing properly is just as important.
The air we breathe contains oxygen, and when that oxygen enters our lungs, it’s transported to every cell in our bodies. The key here is to breathe long breaths, thus filling our lungs with this crucial nutrient.
The problem is many of us don’t do that. We tend to overbreathe. Overbreathing is when we take shallow breaths, drawing minimal air into the lungs.
This can be quite dangerous to long-term health. If we overbreathe, oxygen flow to the tissues and cells will decrease over time. In addition, the brain might not receive enough oxygen, and the heart must work harder (more beats per minute.)
In simple terms, the heart pumps blood, oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Your cells take what they need, in exchange for waste and toxins as a trade-off. These waste products are then sent to the kidneys and liver to be eliminated from the body. Breathing is the catalyst to keep this system running smoothly.
Deep breathing makes the heart more efficient, allowing it to pump blood and oxygen through the body in a more effective manner. At the same time, the toxins in our body are removed more efficiently.
According to some studies, overbreathing is a major contributor to many illnesses, including cancer, pneumonia, high blood pressure, heart attacks, hyperventilating, panic attacks and strokes.
Deep breathing also has a calming effect. When a person is about to give a big speech, he or she is told to take a deep breath. Why? Because it slows the heart rate down, relaxes you and calms your nerves.
Deep breathing is important in exercise as well because muscles require more oxygen when being used. If your muscles don’t get oxygen, they’ll become fatigued and force you to stop.
Think of a football game. After a big play, the player goes to the sideline and grabs an oxygen mask. Why does he do this? To get as much oxygen into his body/muscles as he can.
So, how does deep breathing work?
- Take a long, slow breath through your nose and allow it to fill up your stomach like a balloon
- Slowly release the air through your mouth, allowing your stomach to “deflate.”
- Repeat over and over
Putting your hand on your stomach is a great way to feel the deep breathing work inside you. Practice it whenever you can, any time it crosses your mind. Eventually, it will become second nature. Practicing when going to bed at night will also help you fall asleep.
Breathing is something we all do, but not very well. Start deep breathing today. Your body will thank you.
We are what we eat, and the skin is not a separate entity from your body. At Dermalogica, we like to think of the skin as a mirror for everything that’s going on inside. Just by looking at your skin, I can tell if you are ovulating, a smoker, a runner, or get occasional bouts of constipation (but we’ll save that for another post). The same way a healthy, nutritious diet and lifestyle positively impacts your overall health, it show on your gorgeous face, too. Nutritionists, Chinese medicine subscribers, and skin pros alike have long appreciated this fact for centuries. And, now thanks to a few conclusive studies, the medical community no longer thinks it’s all rubbish.