Submitted by Meg Wilson on August 3, 2008 - 07:05.
Dr. Oputa writes that there are two different kinds of wrinkles and that they respond to different treatments;
There are two categories of wrinkles; fine surface lines and deeply set furrows. They differ in structure and origin and respond to different types of therapy.
Fine surface wrinkles are as a result of the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres due to aging and sun damage.
Deeply set furrows are caused by the build up of muscles beneath the skins surface over time as a result of repeated facial expressions in pretty much the same way muscle is built through exercise. These deep furrows can show permanently or come about when facial expressions are made like “crows feet” showing up when a person smiles.
These categories of wrinkles respond to different therapies.
The Danish Cancer Society has put out a video ad about the dangers of artificial tanning. They are using sex appeal to help it go viral, not to mention a bit of horror melodrama. But the point does sink in effectively.
Compare this to the much tamer video by the American Skin Cancer Foundation. They also use ample footage of skimpy bikinis but does their message come across as effectively?
Submitted by Meg Wilson on April 25, 2008 - 09:02.
Megan Fox, age 21, has been voted the sexiest woman in the world by the readers of FHM magazine. Almost 9 million votes were cast according to FHM magazine. Other women in the top ten on their list included Jessica Biel, Alba, Elisha Cuthbert, Scarlett Johansson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Hilary Duff, Tricia Helfer, Blake Lively and Kate Beckinsale.
Fox has nine tattoos on her body including a very goofy one of a big picture of Marilyn Monroe's face on her right arm. The tattoo shown in the photo below says "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies," which is a line from Shakespeare's play King Lear. Why did she pick this quote to cover such a large space on her back? Does she want us all to know that she reads Shakespeare? What does this quote mean to her personally? It must have been very significant to her at some point in her teenage life.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has just put out a cute video about the history of tanning. They want to encourage people to avoid lying out in the sun and instead "Go With Your Own Glow". They use lots of frisky bikini shots to get their point across.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 28, 2008 - 06:30.
There's no quick fix or magic pill you can take to cure cellulite. Cellulite is just fat. It looks different because of a honeycombed tissue pattern. It becomes more noticeable as we age because our skin gets thinner as we get older.
Body wraps are often touted as a cure for cellulite. But their effect is very temporary - not likely to last for more than a day.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 17, 2008 - 09:30.
Jordin Sparks has two new tattoos. She's had her brother's initials tattooed behind her left ear and on her wrist is a new tattoo saying "Timothy 4:12". This is her favorite bible verse and it says 'Don't let anyone look down on you because you're young, and instead set an example in life, faith, speech and purity.'
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 14, 2008 - 13:26.
The NY Post is reporting that Ashley Dupre has a tattoo on her belly that says "tutela valui". This is Latin and there's some debate about what it means. NY Post has translated it as 'fair value' but other people are saying this is not an accurate translation. Here's a few comments from the Law Blog at WSJ.com;
Don’t believe anything you read in the Post (nor anything on the WSJ editorial page). My Latin stinks, but even I know that there’s no way that “tutela valui” can mean ”fair value” in Latin. It’s something closer to “I was strong because looked after.” Valui is a past tense of “valeo” “I am strong”; “tutela” is “being protected” and a Roman & Civil Law state of guardianship over young people (ablative absolute, anybody?). Cancel your subscription to the Post. Buy a dictionary.
I’m pretty sure that the translation of “tutela valui” is something more like “teaching makes me strong”, not “fair value”. But I will defer to someone who’s studied Latin more recently than I have.
I’m speculating, but “tutela” means protection, and “valui” refers to being healthy. So it might be a safe-sex thing.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on March 3, 2008 - 05:01.
Pig's feet are being touted as the hot new thing to eat if you want to keep your skin looking young. There's a very marketing savvy restaurant owner in Manhattan who has opened a restaurant serving mostly pig's feet. He's gotten a great deal of publicity that this is the natural way to keep your skin looking radiant and young. See today's article at the Telegraph - Pig's Feet: The New SuperFood?
But it's a far stretch to say that eating pig collagen will convert to collagen in your body. (If anyone has any scientific proof this, please send it in!)
There are foods you can eat that will help promote collagen production. These are foods high in lysine and proline and include lean meats (and maybe pig's feet?), egg whites, wheat germ, fish, legumes and peanuts.
Vitamin C is essential to help lysine and proline convert to collagen. And garlic has been shown to be an outstanding food to help support damaged collagen fibers. Green tea has also been shown to help prevent the breakdown of collagen. And the phytonutrients found in all red and blue berries 'help the collagen fibers link together in a way that strengthens the connective tissue matrix.'
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 28, 2008 - 11:41.
Christy Turlington, age 39, is one of the top supermodels of past years. She retired from modeling at the age of 25 and went on to develop a serious yoga practice and to start a couple of clothing businesses as well as having returned to modeling contracts recently.
Turlington told Vogue magazine a couple of years ago that she would never use Botox and that "it actually makes me feel happier about my face when I look at people my age...who've had it done."
But despite swearing off any kind of cosmetic surgery enhancements she has amazing skin for her age. Maybe her secret is all the regular yoga she does. Six years ago she wrote a book about how yoga has changed her life - Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice
Check out a very good video bio below about Turlington that's just been released on YouTube by the CBC. Here you'll see some great footage of her earlier modeling career as well as her personal background and current activities. Her skin looks fabulous.
A few years ago when I had my baby, I received a gigantic gift basket with the most desirable (and pricey) baby products. Included was baby powder and diaper lotion from Burt's Bees. I loved the smell and texture of the products, not to mention the homey and natural-like packaging.
Looking at the company history page of Burt's Bees you'd think they were run by a couple of nature-loving hippies who are doing good for the world. It's not mentioned that the company was partially owned by a private equity firm for some time and that they are now just a division of the huge bleach manufacturer Clorox who bought them out a year ago for $925 million when their annual sales were about $250 million. Hopefully, Clorox, which has no history of selling organic or natural products can keep things true and pure.
Burt's Bees is one of several 'natural' skin care companies that have been bought out by giant companies recently. Many people would be surprised to know that Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 4, 2008 - 07:39.
There are today a total of eight dermal fillers approved by the FDA, but this number is expected to go up soon. Dermal fillers are injected into the lips to make them look plumper and to diminish wrinkles that form mostly on the lower half of the face. (Botox is currently the king of wrinkle solutions for the top half of the face.)
Three of these dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid based. They last longer than collagen-based fillers and are made of synthetic or animal versions of the substances found in human joints;
Another three of the dermal fillers are collagen based. These are made from human tissue and do not require an allergy test but they only last two to six months;
The last two approved dermal fillers are made from cow's collagen and are not big sellers these days;
Restylane and Juvederm are by far the most popular of these eight choices. Juvederm was introduced by Allergan last year. They are trying to catch up to the early lead established by Restylane.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on January 29, 2008 - 07:52.
There is a chemical in hot peppers called capsaicin and a company called BlairLab has developed a facial cream called BioCap using this as their primary active ingredient. They say it magically erases crows' feet and laugh lines and that users "report a marked improvement in wrinkle depth, length and volume, while skin roughness virtually disappears. BioCap gives women a smoother, younger complexion, fewer wrinkles, and fast results without expensive and painful peels, implants or injections. It gives you a youthful, healthy, glowing complexion faster than Retinol, far superior to vitamin C, and without irritation, needles, or surgery."
On their website they say they have 11,000 users, and that 80 percent of them have already re-ordered or referred BioCap since they launched a few months ago. (Never mind that in another PR statement, Cougars Crave Biocap they say that BioCap is the crème de la crème that has helped turn back the clock for 'millions of baby-boomer beauties'.)
Here are Paris Hilton's parents; Kathy Hilton and Rick Hilton. This photo was taken last Sunday, on Father's day, as they visited their daughter in jail.
Kathy Hilton, age 48, is a socialite and part-time actress as well as the mother of two very famous socialites; Nicky and Paris Hilton. It's unfortunate that her daughter's prison drama is occurring in the same month as the exciting launch of her anti-aging skin care line.
We will soon be hearing all about her revolutionary skin care product - the Kathy Hilton beauty patch. This skin patch may promise to treat aging skin, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and photo-damage.
The KH Beauty Patch is the latest product to be developed for the new Kathy Hilton Personal Beauty Spa Collection.
Care Fair has some good tips for how to look your best in photo shoots. If you are getting professional photos taken and you want to increase your chances of looking great, they say that 72 hours prior to the photo shoot, you should try to avoid red meat, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods. They say these foods may make you skin look oily and increase the chances of your eyes appearing puffy or swollen.
It sounds too good to be true. Can you really apply face cream and expect to see a major improvement in your wrinkles within seven minutes?
Greek Island Labs is making this claim. They say their cream, the Athena 7 Minute Lift, does not contain any toxins, muscle relaxers or harmful chemicals.
They say the initial results last from seven to ten hours.
"The product has performed exceptionally well in clinical trials demonstrating an 83.72% average reduction in lines and facial wrinkles based on a full face evaluation. Provided that it is used in accordance with the enclosed instructions, you should see noticeable results after your initial application. The first few times that you use the product, your results will typically last anywhere from 7-10 hours. Long term daily use has been shown to increase results by an average of 27% so the product can be used as both a temporary fix for an evening out or it can be used daily to produce better long term results."
It sounds like a miracle cream. Could these claims really be true? We'd love to hear from anyone who's given this cream a try.
Before spending thousands of dollars on face-lifts or regular filler injections, one plastic surgeon suggests people pay more attention to their daily diet.
Dr. Lu-Jean Feng is a plastic surgeon. The first thing she talks to her potential patients about is their diet. She says an unhealthy diet will really show up on your skin and especially your face.
"I tell people, I can do a face-lift on you, but if you keep eating badly, your face will show it. What's the point in that? It doesn't take a doctor to notice a dramatic improvement in the quality of facial skin once a person reduces the amount of refined sugar in her diet."
A glowing suntan is definitely attractive on most people and fake, sunless ways of providing a tan are a huge business. But how to go about getting a sunless tan that looks great and isn't harmful to the skin?
In an eye-opening article about this Diane Kockler interviews Doctor Kunin who says "spending 20 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to spending an entire day on a tropical beach without sunscreen. I understand why people like a little color, but don't get in a tanning bed. It's a carcinogen."
Tanning creams on the other hand are considered safe for the skin and body. And they have improved a lot over the past thirty years. You no longer risk looking orange after applying them. See her discussion about tanning creams here.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 22, 2007 - 08:24.
You don't need to be old or to be carrying extra weight to get cellulite. Even perfect bodied celebrities such as Katherine Heigl (in pic above) often get cellulite on their upper legs. See some natural ways to prevent cellulite here.