Personal care

Sun and skin cancer myths

Sun--skin-cancer-mythsResearch shows that up to 90 per cent of cancers are caused by environmental factors. The war on cancer could be won if humans were no longer exposed to environmental carcinogens such as chemicals, viruses, bacteria, UV light and maintained a healthy body weight through a balanced diet and exercise. It is important to know the different carcinogens and avoid being exposed to them in order to reduce your risk of getting cancer.

These are the facts, according to CANSA, but there are many myths…

World’s first fluoride toothpaste with Novamin to ‘repair and protect’ against dentine hypersensitivity

Sensodyne Repari and Protect with NovaminGlaxoSmithKline last night introduced South Africans to a scientific breakthrough in dental care. New Sensodyne Repair and Protect with Novamin, is a unique formula with its roots in a technology originally developed to help stimulate bone regeneration.

Harnessing this technology, Sensodyne Repair and Protect acts as a reservoir to help build a new reparative layer over exposed dentine and within the tubules. This layer has a similar chemical composition to hydroxyapatite, mimicking the tooth’s natural composition and strongly binding to the collagen in dentine.

A close, comfortable shave

ShZen Ennea EssenceThe term ‘thick skinned’ truly does apply to men. Their epidermis is 20 per cent thicker than the female skin.

This is because male skin has more collagen and elastin protein fibres, to keep their skin firm, thus resulting in fewer lines and wrinkles. Male skin is oilier and more capable of retaining moisture, with larger open pores that can cause problems when it becomes congested with sebum.

The bad news for men is that constant desquamation (shedding of skin cells) from daily shaving, outdoor activities and work conditions, results in their skin becoming sensitive, irritated and prone to razor bumps and razor burn.

Shaving is a harsh process, which can cause ingrown hairs due to the blunt cut leaving a sharp edge that grows back into the skin.

Poor oral hygiene equals poor health

Poor oral hygiene equals poor healthMost people would be shocked to learn that poor oral hygiene can have devastating effects far beyond bad breath and stained teeth. Serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and birth problems have all been associated with poor oral health.

It’s a wonder people have such poor oral health when there are simple steps, such as brushing your teeth, to improve oral hygiene. Recent studies by the State of Victoria Department of Health show that dental admissions are the highest cause of acute preventable hospital admissions and oral health is also the second-most expensive disease group in Australia. Even more shockingly, tooth decay is still over five times more prevalent than asthma among children.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Male-groomingThe use of cosmetics and medical cosmetic procedures by men has been widely ignored in dermatological research in the past, but it is finding increasing attention.

As men are changing their habits and increasingly tend to use cosmetic products, they need to be aware of anatomical and physiological differences between male and female skin, environmental stress factors affecting male skin, and about cosmetic practices and the use of products.

Traditionally men’s grooming products were limited to deodorants and shaving products such as gels, foams and razors. Now companies are introducing a widening range of products in categories like hair care and skin care, and there is a particularly strong focus on men’s bath and shower products.

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