Skin and hair info
Learn about having healthy skin, and skin rejuvenation with a focus on skincare and hair issues such as acne, anti aging skin care products, and oily skincare. We also have a section on cosmetic surgery, including liposuction, facelifts, and body contouring. You'll also find info on dry skincare, and anti-aging treatments for skin. Plus learn about sun protection clothing, as well as hair problems such as hair loss and hair transplants, as well as hair removal for excessive hair.
Skin Care News
Skincare Diet News - Low vitamin C intake can really affect your health, according to recent studies. Vitamin C is also an important part of a healthy diet aimed at improving your skin's elasticity.
Skincare Anti-Aging News - Despite all the bad economic news, the personal skin care market seems to be holding its own. Experts attribute this to baby boomers quest for anti-aging products such as skin care lotions and anti-wrinkle creams. The use of cosmetic fillers is also holding steady.
Acne News - If you have acne, it may take a lot of trial and error to find the right acne treatment. Start first with over-the-counter medications, or systems like ProActive. If that doesn't work, see a dermatologist.
Tattoo News - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)says there have been over 150 reports of adverse reactions in consumers to some of the tattoo and permanent make-up ink shades. FDA says the actual number may be even higher.
Sun Protection News - The Skin Cancer Foundation says that in addition to sun protective clothing and hats, you can protect yourself from skin cancer by getting more vitamin D. The foundation recommends that adults get 1000 international units a day. (2000 international units is the most you should get however.)
Cosmetic Surgery News - With a weaker economy, some studies suggest that the number of unlicensed cosmetic surgery incidents are increasing. This seems to indicate that people looking to save money are now going to less reputable and/or unlicensed surgeons for cosmetic results. It is advised that anyone seeking cosmetic surgery only use a board certified plastic surgeon.
Oily Skin News - If you have oily skin, you probably have a closet full of products that were supposed to help reduce the greasy look, but wound up being less than successful. The one consolation should be that with a lot of oil, your skin will be less prone to aging and wrinkling as you get older.
Hair Care News - A new survey seems to indicate that hair transplants are looking more natural. When people in the survey were shown photographs, more than 60 percent of them were not able to correctly identify the male hair transplant recipient in the photos.
Dry Skin News - Spring time can bring problems to dry skin. We tend to still be spending time indoors where the air is dry, but we may also be heading outside and exposing the skin to wind or morning chills. That's why it's so important to always use moisturizers.
Healthy Skin and Hair
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it's always changing and replenishing itself. It helps to protect us from all the nasty things that would like to get inside us such as heat, light, injury and infection. It also stores water and fat and produces vitamin D - all things we need to survive and live.
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People can spend a small fortune on facial skin care products and body lotions. They can also spend even larger amounts on cosmetic procedures for the skin of their face and body. But first, what is the skin made up of anyway? Basically, it is made up of two main layers, plus an underlying layer
Many of the things that our skin protects us from also cause damage to the skin. The sun damages our skin and causes wrinkles and skin cancer - a good reason to always protect your skin with sun protective clothing.
Acne is the term for what is often called pimples or zits. It is a common skin condition. Pimples form when hair follicles under your skin clog up. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common in teenagers and young adults. It is not serious, but it can cause scars. Treating acne is a serious business, with products ranging from topicals such as Proactive to devices such as Zeno. Read more about Acne.
Your skin changes as you age. For example, you sweat less, that leads to increased dryness. As your skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. Underlying structures - veins and bones in particular - become more prominent. Your skin can take longer to heal when injured. Sun damage is a major cause of the skin changes we think of as aging - changes such as wrinkles and sagging skin. There are a number of aging skin treatments designed for such problems, to help people get younger looking skin. These include dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm which can plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Some people also use Botox which is injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. With all these rejuvenation procedures, you need to take care or - instead of having younger skin - you can wind up with a worse problem than before. Read more about Aging Skin.
Each year, in a quest for beauty and skin rejuvenation, millions of people have cosmetic surgical procedures performed. The reasons are as varied as the people who have the surgery. People may have cosmetic surgery to take years off an aging face via a face lift or some type of laser resurfacing. They may want to look slimmer so they take advantage of liposuction. The have facial surgery to change something they never particularly liked about the way they look such as their chin or nose. Or they may want some type of cosmetic surgery for the body such as a butt lift or breast augmentation. In all these cases, the choice is up to the individual, but it is essential that you take precautions, such as choosing a qualified plastic surgeon. Read more about Cosmetic Surgery.
Diet & Healthy Skin
You need to have a varied diet with the right nutrients to help keep your skin healthy. Part of that is getting the right vitamins and minerals. For instance, Vitamin A and zinc are important to skin health. Don't forget exercise when you are thinking about your skin. Exercise gets the blood flowing, bringing nutrients to the skin and helping flush away toxins. Read more about Diet & Healthy Skin.
Skin tends to get drier as we get older. At any age, though, oral hydration is important, so drinking enough water can help to keep skin moist and healthy, and to avoid dehydration. Dry skin tends to get itchy. When it does, you may scratch the area. That will then increase the itchiness of the area and the so-called itch-scratch cycle begins. Read more about Dry Skin.
Without lubrication, our skin would dry up and get all wrinkled. Oil helps hold water in the skin, keeping our soft and moist. But, as people with oily skin know, too much lubrication can be a bad thing too.
Sebum is the term healthcare professionals use for the oil that our skin produces. The glands of our skin produce the sebum. That sebum is essential for the health of our hair and our skin, but if the glands produce too much it can lead to that shiny and greasy appearance that people with oily skin know all too well. Read more about Oily Skin.
A major cause of damage to the skin is the sun. This sun damage can be slowed by providing sun protection for the skin. Although nothing can completely undo sun damage, the skin sometimes can repair itself. So, it's never too late to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. The simplest way is to stay out of the sun, but that may not be possible. Instead, you can use sun protective clothing for children and adults, such as UV hats and sun protection gloves, sunscreen and other methods to slow or stop sun damage. Read more about Sun Protection.
Something closely related to our skin is our hair. It is found all over our bodies except the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet. Many of us think to have too little hair, especially on the top of our heads, or too much hair on the rest of our bodies.
We can lose hair for many reasons from getting older and genetic conditions kicking in, some medications and drugs, thyroid problems and even not eating a healthy diet.
There are things that can be done for hair loss. There are hair loss drugs and medications, both topical and in pill form that have been shown to help. A number of hair transplant procedures have also been developed that can help replace hair that has been lost.
When it comes to the hair not on our heads, we have spent millennium trying to remove it. There are hundreds if not thousands of hair removal products and methods available, such as laser hair removal. For do-it-yourselfers, a variety of home-use hair removal products are available over-the-counter. These include shaving creams, foams and gels; waxes; chemical depilatories; and electrolysis devices. Professionals at beauty and skin care salons and in dermatologists' offices provide waxing, electrolysis, and, most recently, laser treatments to remove hair. Read more about Hair Problems.
It's estimated that about three percent of the population in the United States has a tattoo. That number is probably out of date by now though, as more and more people get their bodies decorated each year.
There is more than one type of tattoo. While the final product can look the same, the way they are applied and their permanency differ.
If you are thinking about getting a permanent tattoo, be aware that if you change your mind it's a lot tougher and more expensive to remove a tattoo than it is to get one in the first place. Read more about Tattoos.
Updated January 2013
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