GlaxoSmithKline 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.
Most 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The anti-ageing product sector has traditionally been aimed at and driven by female consumers, but is now gradually migrating towards the male consumer.
Traditionally, shaving and aftershave products have always been in demand by men, along with deodorants, antiperspirants, soaps and shampoos. But now men have also discovered skin care, with facial care products being the most popular, although it should be noted that there are now additional grooming ranges for men, such as waxing products, which are more prevalent in Europe and the Americas than in Asia, where the men have less body hair.