Skin is our largest organ, so whatâ€™s happening on the surface is also going to effect what is going on under the skin, internally. In fact, new studies are pointing to a link between a compromised skin barrier (atopic dermatitis and eczema) and the development of allergies that can get worse throughout childhood and beyond.
According to New Jersey Allergist & Immunologist Tina Zecca, DO, there is a lot that parents can do to help safe-guard their kids’ skin; â€œThe skin makes up most of our body and immunologically it is such an important mediator in terms of immune response,â€ says Dr. Zecca. â€œIf you look at it as a window to the body, when skin is cracked and c
Are hidden fragrances in your favorite cosmetics making you itch?
They just may be, according to a new report from Womenâ€™s Voices for the Earth, a Missoula, MT-based group that is striving to eliminate chemicals that harm womenâ€™s health.
And when it comes to fragrances in cosmetics and other household products, what we donâ€™t know may be hurting us, according to the report, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health.
Deodorants, perfumes, lotions, and household products may contain fragrances that are not specifically listed on their labels nor do they have to be. Fragrances can fall under the rubric of trade secrets. This means they donâ
Beauty Guru Dhwani Kapur
Of Indian origin, Dhwani Kapur is a skincare expert, who was born and raised in Dubai and moved to Canada 10 years ago. She is a trained aesthetician, and in fact has taught at Canadaâ€™s Marvel Beauty School. Veering away from traditional beauty, she developed a passion for natural ingredients due to a very personal experience. When trying to comfort her grandmother as she underwent breast cancer treatment, Dhwani was dismayed to discover that many of the skincare products in her repertoire contained harsh and potentially dangerous ingredients not appropriate for a cancer patient. Thus was born her vision of creating Youva, an all natural skincare line.
Most women seem to cling to the belief that they have sensitive skin. Yet according to New York Dermatologist Judith Hellman, M.D. bigappleskin.com; â€œOnly about 20% of people actually have sensitive skin by definition, and it is more common in women than in men.â€ Sensitive skin means different things to different people. Many people experience skin irritations from specific ingredients at one time or another and it can occur in all skin types and in all age groups. Some of us are just born with sensitive skin, but the environment also plays a role in creating reactive skin situations. (more…)