Author: drmeder

Selfie Craze in the Brave New World

  Online communication and social networks have really changed the world—these days you can hold a conference online, have friends anywhere in the world and buy airplane tickets in the middle of the night lying comfortably in your own bed. An unexpected effect of the new communication possibilities was a change in people’s perception of their looks. Psychologists used to anxiously raise awareness of the unnatural beauty standards promoted by the glossy magazines, but today it is becoming quite obvious—even the fashion industry is not omnipotent. People are capable of creating new standards, especially when they can take a close look at Hollywood and Bollywood celebs, as well as a haughty nouveau riche next door. In my professional experience the first sign of the social networks’ growing influence was the increased demand for instant beauty procedures. When I started out, frankly, these sort of beauty treatments were not exactly popular—women were prepared to spend time and money in order to beautify their skin or to reduce cellulite, knowing that it won’t be done in a …

Teenage Acne Today

1. Why do teenagers get acne? We’ve always thought that it’s because of the puberty hormones, but recently some cosmetologists have been rejecting this theory. What do you think? Dr Meder: It is impossible to deny the role of the hormone changes in the development of acne. It has been scientifically proven that adolescent acne is caused primarily by hormonal changes. The intensifying of the hormonal syntheses and the increase both in the skin’s sensitivity to androgens and in the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the skin enhance the production of sebum and cause the change in its properties, bringing about inflammatory elements in the skin. 2. This problem used to affect 13–14 year old boys and girls, but now we see them getting acne at 11 or 12. Why do you think that is? Dr Meder: Accelerated growth is not a myth—modern kids grow up faster and enter puberty sooner. 3. What kinds of acne are there? Dr Meder: This is a rather comprehensive topic. If we’re still talking about teenagers, modern classification goes as follows: …

Botox Can Affect Your Emotions

It has long been suggested that feedback signals from facial muscles influence emotional experience. The recent surge in use of botulinum toxin (BTX) to induce temporary muscle paralysis offers a unique opportunity to directly test this “facial feedback hypothesis.” Previous research shows that the lack of facial muscle feedback due to BTX-induced paralysis influences subjective reports of emotional experience, as well as brain activity associated with the imitation of emotional facial expressions. However, it remains to be seen whether facial muscle paralysis affects brain activity, especially the amygdala, which is known to be responsive to the perception of emotion in others. Further, it is unknown whether these neural changes are permanent or whether they revert to their original state after the effects of BTX have subsided. The present study sought to address these questions by using functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure neural responses to angry and happy facial expressions in the presence or absence of facial paralysis. Results Consistent with previous research, amygdala activity was greater in response to angry compared to happy faces …

Firming Cream for the Bust: Will It Work?

To tell you the truth, the only thing that can restore the breasts’ shape and size, if they changed dramatically after childbirth and breastfeeding, is a surgeon’s scalpel. But don’t despair right away! First of all, many women seem to think that their breast should return back to normal instantly—the next day after they stopped nursing. It is impossible though—the restoration of the mammary glands’ shape and size takes several months, in some cases up to a year or a year and a half. This is not the right moment for surgery but a perfect one for applying all sorts of bust care cosmetics. During this time the skin responds to external stimulation really well, and the natural recovery process can be enhanced and sped up. The three crucial factors in the process of the breasts’ shape restoration are: the strengthening of the muscles, supporting the breasts; physical stimulation of the skin’s tonicity and breast support; cosmetic care with active ingredients enhancing the skin’s elasticity in this area. Pectoral muscles are not the only ones …

Skin Care for Men

Urban Myth: men need their own special cosmetics! Women’s stuff does not work for male skin. Indeed, one hears such statements often enough. ‘Cosmetics for men’ is set on separate shelves in stores, it looks manly and intimidating with all the metal, dark packaging and aggressive brand names—one of the most popular men’s lines is called ‘Bulldog’. But do men really need special solutions?  Male skin is actually different from female in several interesting ways. Men’s skin is about 25% thicker. Male hormones, androgens, make the dermis thicker and more solid. And with men the skin’s thickness and density only start decreasing after the age of 50.  It’s got more collagen too! Some might even say, that women who choose to age naturally appear 10–15 years older then men of the same age. However, since men use sunscreens less often and are generally more negligent when it comes to skin care, they lose this advantage fairly quickly. Men and women lose approximately the same amount of collagen for natural causes—about 1% a year starting from …

Dimethicone Debate

Dimethicone: What does this word mean? Some easily impressible journalists and bloggers seem to think that it’s something really terrible that should not ever be used in cosmetic skincare. Let’s look into it, shall we.  Dimethicone’s chemical name sounds rather intimidating—Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). It is a polymer—a substance that consists of many identical molecules. Polymers are not necessarily synthesised—they can be organic too, and a lot of them are present in the human body, hyaluronic acid being one of them. Maple syrup and cane sugar are made up by polymers as well. So, we’ve established that dimethicone is a polymer. It is made up by a large number of molecules, all identical and based on silicone [O-Si(CH3)2]n. This makes dimethicone basically an organic silicone. It is an optically clear, inert and scentless silicone oil. So what makes dimethicone so attractive to cosmetic manufacturers? It is, first of all, its incredible stability. Dimethicone does not go bad in cold or hot temperatures, it is not affected by UV-radiation, it stops bacterial and fungal reproduction, and it is environmentally friendly—what’s not …

Is Skin Whitening a Racist Concept?

  “An advert for whitening pills by supplement brand Seoul Secret has caused outrage worldwide after using the tagline “white is winning”. The advert promotes Snowz pills which Seoul Secret says will lighten skin within two weeks of use. The video clip, uploaded to YouTube and Facebook yesterday, features 35-year-old Thai model and actress Cris Horwang. In the video she says: “If I stopped taking care of my body and white complexion, all that I have invested will be gone”. After she says this, her skin is shown darkening until it is completely black. A second pale model then appears smiling next to Horwang who looks on enviously and adds: “A newcomer will replace me and turn me into a dark star.” The ad ends with a narrator using the slogan: “white is winning!”” Originally published at: CosmeticBusiness.com On a scale of 1 to 10 how cringe-worthy is this? I’d say, close to 9.5. Sure, the company removed the clip and apologised: they didn’t mean to convey any discriminatory or racist message. I’d still say …