Metagenomics | microbial world

Metagenomics | microbial world

Metagenomics offers a powerful lens into the microbial world and has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of life as we know it! The future in skincare is the development of bespoke products that treat skin disorders at a microbial level. However, before we can get to this point, we need a better understanding of the skin microbiome and the way the genetic diversity of microbiomes interact with our own unique DNA. Thanks to metagenomics, we may not be too far away.  So, what is metagenomics? Metagenomics is the application of modern genomics technique…Read more …
Epigenetics | anti-ageing at a genetic level

Epigenetics | anti-ageing at a genetic level

Cosmetic science is increasingly looking at anti-ageing processes at a cellular and genetic level. Until recently, it was accepted knowledge that humans weren’t able to control the genes we inherit at conception. However, research into feast-and-famine patterns of the 1800s in the very north of Sweden has challenged that theory. Scientists found that the life expectancies of later generations were dramatically affected by their ancestors’ diet. Enter the discovery of epigenetics: ie changes in gene expression not caused by changes in the DNA sequence. The beauty of epigenetics is that it may allow…Read more …
Methylene blue | miracle antioxidant | reverses skin ageing

Methylene blue | miracle antioxidant | reverses skin ageing

Used widely by biologists to help them see life under the microscope, the blue dye methylene blue is now being touted as the secret ingredient to slowing, or even reversing, skin ageing. The elusive fountain of youth may well have just been discovered. According to the recent scientific paper Anti-Aging Potentials of Methylene Blue for Human Skin Longevity, the secret to slowing or even reversing skin ageing may be an inexpensive chemical that has been used for many years in medicine! What is methylene blue? Methylene blue is a blue dye or stain…Read more …
Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented (probiotic-rich) foods provide large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourish the gut. Thanks to a Korean trend, fermented skincare is now engulfing the Western world. But is there any truth to the hype around fermented beauty products? Gut bacteria influence immune responses. And to keep the gut healthy, people are turning back the clock and reverting to foods from past eras. They are rediscovering fermented foods. When eaten, the microorganisms in some fermented foods help fight illness and disease, and may significantly improve a person’s health. In recent years, thanks to a…Read more …
Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels dissolve the glue between cells, shed dead skin, and remove the damaged outer layer of the epidermis. But like all the treatments in our facial rejuvenation series, there are risks involved. In the old days, if you weren’t happy with the look of your skin, you could go to the doctor for a one-off, medical-grade, deep peel. The disadvantages of these procedures included red, inflamed skin and weeping wounds, plus staying indoors - often for months - until the skin recovered from the aggressive resurfacing treatments. Today, deep peels are much…Read more …
Dermal fillers | part 2 | facial rejuvenation

Dermal fillers | part 2 | facial rejuvenation

In part 2 of our 3-part facial rejuvenation series, we look at dermal fillers – the second most popular non-invasive cosmetic techniques to transform faces. Injectable dermal fillers do more than just smooth and tighten the skin. The aim of this facial rejuvenation technique is to change the contours of the face for a more youthful appearance. Substances used in dermal fillers Made from naturally occurring gels, dermal fillers are injected under the skin to fill facial creases and expression lines, create fuller lips, plump hollow cheeks, and improve the appearance of sunken scars. Collagen used…Read more …