• Is Your Water Bottle Aging You?

    It’s tough to go outside these days without encountering something that could kill you, or something that could give you enough wrinkles to make it seem like death is nigh: you can file this water bottle news under the wrinkles category.

    As this article in Ecouterre reveals:

    “Experts are issuing a warning that drinking from water bottles could be the cause of unsightly premature wrinkles. But the accusation does not come from the potential BPA that the plastic bottle may contain, but instead the shape of the bottle itself. It seems woman across the country have become “victims” of deep wrinkles around their mouths, due to repeated pursing of the lips when taking hydrating swigs from their water bottles.”

    The solution? “The doctors recommend avoiding water bottles and straws in general, opting for cups that don’t cause the mouth to continuously purse.”

    Making the change isn’t so hard, but make sure you don’t sacrifice hydration on the go—it’s still important to get enough water each day. Good news: your wine glass is still a perfect vessel.

    Keep in mind, there are a variety of skin care and injection services that can help soften wrinkles around the mouth.

    Originally featured on YahooBeauty by Charlotte’s Book

  • Still Tanning?

    It’s not a complete shocker to hear about people partaking in behaviors that they know are unhealthy. (Fried food, caffeine, or beer bongs, anyone?) Still, the idea of tanning — actively lying out in the sun — seems a particularly retro and risky choice in 2016, since melanoma is such a deadly form of cancer. But according to a new American Academy of Dermatology survey, people are still going after that “healthy glow,” even though they know there’s no such thing.

    A whopping 98 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34 who tan understand that skin cancer can be deadly, the survey found — and 71 percent of the women know that the idea of a “healthy tan” is a fallacy. Further, 66 percent of women surveyed know that getting a base tan is not an effective way to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

    “Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in young women, and we believe this may be due in part to their tanning habits. It is alarming that young women are continuing to tan even though they’re aware of the danger,” notes dermatologist Elizabeth S. Martin, chair of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Council on Communications, in a press release about the findings. “Exposure to UV radiation, whether it’s from the sun or an indoor tanning device, is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Women need to take their knowledge and turn it into action by protecting themselves from the sun and staying out of tanning beds.”

    A new PSA from the AAD called “ Arms” (below), which shows two friends comparing tans over the years until one winds up in the hospital with a stage-3 melanoma diagnosis, attempts to communicate the risk factors to folks who just can’t stop tanning.

    So where’s the disconnect?

    As Kasey Lynn Morris, a Ph.D. in social psychology about to start her post as a researcher with the National Cancer Institute, tells Yahoo Beauty, “Identity and self-esteem concerns are a very important motivation in health behaviors” — even more important than health itself. In other words: Being healthy is one thing, but if looking tan (or, more positively, eating healthily or exercising) makes you feel better about yourself, then it will likely win out.

    Morris, who spent time researching sun tanning in the face of skin-cancer threats while she was a student at the University of South Florida, explains that tanning, in particular, may be an even harder nut to crack than, say, smoking. “Smoking has become something where people say, ‘Eww, smoking is gross,’ and so you don’t want to be the type of person who smokes,” she explains. “But for women especially, appearance is a prime source of self-esteem, so there’s that competing motivation of being healthy but also having that ‘healthy glow.’”

    For perpetuating the myth that a tan is healthy, we can thank, for starters, Coco Chanel, who apparently turned the pre-Industrial Revolution idea of a leisure-class pallor on its head in the 1920s by accidentally getting too much sun on a Mediterranean cruise. Photographs of her made the sun-kissed look chic, and tanning became aspirational, a symbol of wealth and leisure. Even though that idea has been ever-so-slowly tamped down since the 1980s, when sunscreens with higher SPFs were introduced, it’s been a tough one to fight.

    A quick and unscientific Facebook poll for this article, asking those who like to get tan why they do it when they know it’s unsafe, brought in the following responses: “It’s another addiction that’s hard to break,” “Makes me feel better to be nice and tan — and makes my teeth look whiter,” and “I just think I look healthier.”

    Barbara Greenberg, a Connecticut-based psychologist, tells Yahoo Beauty, “My sense is that people feel like it’s a very quick way to look refreshed and like they’ve just been on vacation. Like Botox and other quick fixes,” she says, “it certainly takes on an addictive quality. Men and women seem to become equally addicted. They also feel like it makes them look younger, and associate tans with youth.”

    The youth factor is a big influence, Martin tells Yahoo Beauty. “Unfortunately, I think some women (and men) continue to tan because they see the immediate results of the tan but do not consciously recognize the risk of skin cancer they will face in the future. Young people often see skin cancer as a disease of older people,” she says, whereas melanoma is the second most common cancer in women ages 15 to 29. “Many young women still use indoor tanning beds, unfortunately, and using indoor tanning devices before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59 percent, with the risk increasing with each use.”

    Martin says she often hears patients say they only tan for special occasions, or before a vacation, but she aims to warn them all the same. “I remind them that tanning in any way is damaging the DNA in their cells,” she says. “I quote the statistics. I tell them about one of my first patients who had an invasive melanoma at age 19 and how frightening that was for that patient and that family. … I often also tell them that while they may feel like this tan makes them look great for this prom, or this vacation, if they choose not to tan and choose to protect their skin, they will look better than everyone else at their class reunions! Many times each day, I say, ‘You will thank me when you are 40. I promise.’”

    Originally featured on YahooBeauty.com by Beth Greenfield

  • Brighten Skin Gentle Facial Scubs

    Whether it’s currently living in your shower or you swore by it back in high school, everyone has had a love affair with St. Ives Apricot Scrub at some point or another. It’s easy to see why—it makes your skin feel baby soft, and what can beat the satisfaction of scrubbing your face clean? And at $4 a pop, one would wonder why even use anything else. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it is!

    Aesthetician Vanessa Hernandez explains, “The main ingredient in this scrub is walnut shell. The abrasive texture creates microscopic tears in the top layer of the skin, which then increases future redness and inflammation. It also contains sulfates which are drying and irritating, and several ingredients that are comedogenic, which means it clogs pores.” These tears are virtually invisible—which is why you think your skin is in good shape—but all it takes is the visual of the surface of your skin being covered in microscopic cuts to get you to throw out your beloved apricot scrub.

    For those of you who refuse to quit cold turkey, the good news is you can still get some use out of the rest of that tube you own. Rather than subject your face to even more damage, use the scrub on rougher areas of the body like knees and elbows.

    What do you think of St. Ives Apricot Scrub? Will you continue to use it? Let us know in the comments below.

    SpaDerma has several gentler facial scrubs with great benefits!

    – Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub combines a gel cleanser wtih environmentally
    safe beads to polish you skin.
    – PCA Gentle Exfoliant is a light and creamy exfoliating cleanser.
    – Revision Skincare Finishing Touch uses ultra fine pumice and sand to brighten the skin

    Originally featured in The Zoe Report on YahooBeauty.com

  • Need Another Reason to Exercise? Anti-aging!

    That rush of adrenaline after a long run, spin, or yoga session is usually followed by a gorgeous, pink-cheeked flush—that might be the first thing you notice after exercise, but it’s not the only benefit.

    Aside from the obvious perks (better mood, weight loss, toned muscles), recent studies indicate a direct link between your skin’s ability to stay young-looking and your exercise schedule. Here, we pulled together five ways your skin’s health is linked to exercise.

    1. Sweat Is Antibacterial

    Always controversial but sometimes beneficial, sweat is a necessary evil (or blessing—depends on how you look at it). Sweating while you work out can be a sort of diy steam bath: it opens pores and dislodges whatever was stuck there, but the key is to wash soon after exercise to avoid drying the sweat and re-clogging your pores. Here’s the truly amazing part: recent studies have shown that perspiration contains a natural antibiotic known as Dermcidin, which kills E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Magic.

    2. Increased Blood Flow Flushes Cellular Debris

    Exercising increases your blood flow and re-oxygenates the blood at a faster pace than say, #netflixandchill. That blood goes to your heart, limbs, and elsewhere inside your body, but that also means it increases blood flow in your skin. CB expert dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur explains that “by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.” Put down that remote!

    3. The Fascia: Keep It Busy & Firm

    Fascia is a web of tissue that holds your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves together—that’s what surrounds the blood we mentioned above. Your fascia needs to be kept springy and busy, so you can compare it to learning a language or getting used to a new habit: it’s all about consistent repetition. “Keep the body young by keeping elasticity in your tissue,” says Thomas Myers, an anatomy expert and author of Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists . He explains, “We can train ourselves to be younger.” Essentially, you’re building muscle memory, but it’s anti-agingmemory.

    4. Myokines

    According to this study (covered recently in the New York Times ) myokines are released during exercise and might be the link between much younger skin and exercise: myokines are substances that enter the bloodstream and jump-start operations in cells. In other words, this is an even more in-depth look at what happens when blood flow is increased and the fascia are flexed—in the study, even people who started exercising late (and hadn’t exercised their whole lives) saw an immediate difference in the quality of their skin. When samples of skin were placed under a microscope, those who exercised had skin that “looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was exercise.” So: where exactly can we buy these myokines?

    5. Stress Reduction = Younger Everything

    Working out maintains a regular level of the cortisol, a stress-related hormone. Dr. Noëlle Sherber, a board-certified dermatologist based in Baltimore, says “Elevated cortisol levels are linked to increased sebum production, which means more acne breakouts.” But if you don’t exercise and experience a spike in cortisol, that’s not the only thing that can happen. “Too much cortisol can also cause the collagen in skin to break down,” says Sherber, “which can increase wrinkles and sagging.”

    Originally featured on Yahoo Beauty – Charlotte’s Book