Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”
Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »
Unsurprisingly, beauty products and treatments containing gold—whether in flake, powder, or liquid form—cost quite a bit. You can expect to pay about $400 for a fancy face lotion, and as much as a crazy $1,000 per ounce for certain La Prairie products. Consumers of luxury love these beauty aids both for their opulent nature and also for their purported benefits, which include the usual: anti-aging, firming, improved complexion. However, it looks like they might not be worth their weight in gold (har, har). After having a severe allergic reaction to a golden collagen facial mask, one New York Times writer investigated the story behind the metal’s use for personal care. Dermatologists, she found, tended to speak out against gold products, explaining that “gold cannot help you, but it absolutely can hurt you, causing inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis (which may be what happened to me). In high doses, gold can be toxic, but these products probably don’t contain enough of it to make that happen, doctors say.” As one derm so bluntly put it: “I would tell people to put that money into gold that they can wear around their neck or on their fingers.” Just a heads-up for all those golden girls out there. [NY Times] Keep reading »
When I lived at home, my mom made us — and our confused friends — wash our feet in the sink before entering the house proper during the summer. In sandal weather, she could often be heard admonishing us not to “drag our street feet into the house!” As a result, I’m flexible and balanced enough to stand on one leg while the other is in the sink and consider myself an expert at warding off what I like to call “hobo feet.” Click through for tips for keeping your feet smooth and pretty, even as summer sandal dirt threatens to make them filthy and dry.
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The thought of swapping the fat from your love handles or thighs for a fuller, firmer bust line sounds like a woman’s ultimate fantasy.
Except plastic surgeons are now making it a reality.
At the recent American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting in Washington, DC, breast augmentation fat transfer was one of the most controversial topics discussed by the gathering of the country’s top plastic surgeons. Read more … Keep reading »
There’s something a little twisted about beauty products or treatments involving ultra-gross ingredients. How, exactly, did we conclude It can’t get any worse, might as well try spreading some bird crap on there? In France, women are now especially fond of lotions and creams made with snail slime, which has numerous supposed benefits, like increasing cell regeneration, anti-aging and healing properties, acne improvement, moisturizing and improving elasticity … Keep reading »