Ever since I saw “Food, Inc.” and began researching toxins in beauty products through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, I vowed to begin eating organic and non-processed when possible, and to gradually attempt to replace my beauty aids with natural (or as close to natural as possible) products. So when I got one mother of a cold sore last weekend, instead of opting for my chemical-infused lotions and balms, I remembered once being advised to try gel directly from an aloe vera plant. You’ll commonly find aloe vera mixed in with lotions, and while it’s generally thought to have great medicinal properties for healing skin, its effectiveness isn’t exactly proven. Keep reading »
Are you a victim of cell phone zits? Now there’s a new iPhone application that can potentially combat this problem while you engage in the very same activity. Called AcneApp and developed by dermatologist Greg Pearson, the program emits red and blue nanometer lights, which are thought to help treat acne by destroying bacteria. Sound like some invention from a science-fiction comedy? Well, the $1.99 app hasn’t been thoroughly tested and even Pearson himself expresses doubt as to whether it works, explaining, “This would have to go through a lot more clinical study before I could quantify its efficacy.” In addition, dermatologists aren’t sure that this particular type of light therapy really works in treating pimples.
So what do you think? Is the AcneApp the stuff of futuristic fantasies or a potentially helpful skin treatment? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Unless you are very, very lucky, many women spend tons of money and time in the pursuit of perfect skin. No one seems to stop buying products, and new treatments continue to come out, so it would seem nearly no one achieves the goal.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, recently went on CBS’s “The Early Show” to talk about the subject, and some of her tips were very surprising. The first issue (which we’re all guilty of), is in fact treating the problem too much. “Many women and men use too many products, like exfoliating way too much,” says Marmur. In the end, she suggests, if you don’t know what the product is going to do for you, then chuck it. Which also debunks the myth that you have to spend a lot on fancy creams and lotions: “You can do that for 100 bucks a year. That’s less than 50 cents a day.” Keep reading »