A new synthetic skin restores the real stuff’s youthful appearance

Dermatologists are going to love this…

Our skin provides a protective barrier against things like extreme temperatures, toxins, microorganisms, radiation, and mechanical force. But as skin ages, it becomes weaker, more sensitive, and less able to repair itself. Aging also results in things we don’t like, such as the formation of wrinkles or sagging skin.

Many individuals spend a great deal of time and money trying to restore their skin’s youthful appearance, but what if there was a simpler way? In an investigation recently published in Nature Materials, a team of scientists have developed a synthetic skin that can be worn invisibly, restoring both the mechanical and aesthetic characteristics of normal, youthful skin.

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The burning question is: will it help burn victims?

How to Prevent Sunburn When You’re Cycling

The signature ‘cyclist’s tan’ may help you recognise fellow roadies, but long days cycling in the sun can have a more serious impact. Studies from Cancer Research UK found the amount of men and women dying from skin cancer has increased in the last three decades, suggesting that we fail to treat our skin with the respect it deserves when it comes to sun damage.

Source: How to prevent sunburn when you’re cycling

The article fails to mention that there are sweat-proof sunscreen lotions available.  The jury is still out on whether sunscreen even helps with respect to skin cancer, as roughly a third of reported cases occur in non-exposed portions of skin (potential indication of genetic predisposition).

How Much Protein You Really Need In Your Diet

Getting enough protein is important, regardless of whether you want healthy skin and nails, to lose weight, or get bulging biceps. But “enough” could be the difference between eating a few extra eggs and washing down your steak with protein shakes. Here’s how to find out.

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It’s important to note:

If you’re obese and calculate your needs based on total body weight, you’re overdoing it on the protein. Go by your ideal body weight, not your current body weight. So if you’re 250 pounds and want to be 180 pounds, you’d multiply your intake by 180, not 250. (81-122 grams of protein per day for a sedentary person, for example.)

All About Calluses, Your Skin’s Natural (and Sometimes Painful) Armor

Calluses, those areas of crusty thickened skin on your hands and feet, are part armor and part liability. Gymnasts obsess about shaving them down; runners worry about keeping them built up. With some smart management, it’s possible to have happy, tough skin that doesn’t give you problems.

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Scott Kelly has said that in space, because he didn’t need to wear shoes for a whole year, the bottom of his feet became “baby soft”. But because he used the tops of his feet to hole himself onto railings, he developed thick calluses on tops of his feet! How weird is that?

Air Pollutants Get Into the Body via the Skin

While lungs remain the main way by which air pollutants get into the body, and, if in sufficient quantities, cause ill-health effects, a new study shows that certain pollutants (‘semi-volatiles’ like phthalates) can be drawn in by the skin. This effect is known as ‘dermal uptake’ and the levels absorbed can be equivalent to those drawn in through breathing via the lungs.

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For the curious, here’s the peer reviewed source.  Time to break out the plastic bubble …just make sure it’s BPA free 😉

The study confirms we can (and do) get air pollution via osmosis.  There’s been news in the past about inhaling exhaust changes the expression of our DNA.  Those face masks some people wear?  It’s really only a courtesy as an attempt to minimize spreading what they already have.  Between the grade of mask and fit (no beards!), most consumer grade stuff isn’t worth wearing with respect to limiting your exposure.

Consider stocking up on snake plants and peace lily’s, because they remove 14 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air in significant amounts.  FYI though: they’re toxic to cats.  HEPA filters won’t help with VOCs.  If you keep your windows shut to maximize the effectiveness of a HEPA filter, you may have higher VOC levels inside.  Activated carbon filters may help, but they’re of limited value. Most “consumer grade” AC filters foul with dust very quickly. you’d need an industrial AC filter (one that periodically heats itself to recharge the AC) for it to be really effective.  Of course a lot depends on your home environment. Do you have a lot of new plastics around? Did you paint recently? Are there people using a lot of cosmetics, hairspray, deodorant, shampoo, etc? I wish there were an inexpensive tester for common VOCs. So far I have not been able to find one.

Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimers Patients

Using a special mix of small molecules, two groups of scientists in China have successfully turned human skin cells into neurons. They hope that their technique could one day help rejuvenate failing tissues in the brains of Alzheimers patients.

Source: Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimers Patients

It’s interesting that a mice and human trial were done seemingly in parallel.  It’s apparently cheap, easy, and minimal if any rejection risk.  But we’re a ways from being able to leverage this into something useful.

Switch to Coconut Oil for Its Fat-Burning Properties

What really takes the (coconut) cake is that [coconut oil is] super affordable—a 14-ounce jar can cost as little as $7, making it the most wallet-friendly all-in-one product yet. Seriously, it’s a beauty product, household cleaner, and more. Check out these 76 ways to use coconut oil in your day-to-day life.

Source: 76 Genius Coconut Oil Uses

I had to look – there is vitamin K in coconut oil, but very little:

  • 1 cup/218 grams of coconut oil contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K, 1% of the Daily Value (DV)

Looking at the other nutritional “value” the article claims – 0.1 mcg of iron for 1 cup of coconut oil is 0% DV.  And 2% DV of vitamin E.  Coconut oil has a lot of calories, from fat.

The Wrong Drug Reaction Could Literally Make Your Skin Peel Off

…get ready to get a bad case of internal shivers! This morning’s body horror is provided by toxic epidermal necrolysis, which can be induced by… so many things. So many things.

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Grapefruit is a well known issue with medications, and can be responsible for this kind of reaction.  No laughing matter.

There’s word suggesting that toxic epidermal necrolysis was induced to deal with flesh eating bacteria.  That is incredibly extreme, but then flesh eating bacteria is generally very fast acting.

How to Minimize Loose Skin During Weight Loss

There’s nothing worse than working your way through a diet only to end up with skin that hangs like a curtain from a window. Unfortunately, it’s a common byproduct of weight loss. Here’s what you can to minimize the amount of loose skin during weight loss or even improve the issue after you’ve lost weight.

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Not a topic you often see covered…

Eggs, tuna, lean chicken, navy or black beans, and – of course – protein powder are good ways to get a big dose of protein with a small amount of calories.