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When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
With the new year upon us, it’s a good time to resolve to take better care of your skin, according to Dr. Gregory Branham and Dr. John Chi of the Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center.
A younger-looking face may be a matter of seeing the light. Whether you call it photo rejuvenation, a photo facial, photo biomodulation or low-level laser light therapy, delivering various wavelengths of light energy to the skin can result in a more even tone, reduced discoloration, less visible pores and a more youthful glow.
Who doesn’t need a hero when it comes to saving your skin? MYBODY’s myHERO line comes with Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream ($145), which uses probiotic-derived bioactives and growth-factor peptides to rescue and restore damaged and dehydrated skin. Tag-team it with the Anti-Aging Growth Factor Serum ($225) to help increase firmness and improve skin tone and moisture. lovemybody.com.
Alpine Rose Botanical Technology is just one of the ways protective antioxidants is delivered to the skin in VBEAUTÉ’s anti-aging line: Day Job Sun Protection Crème ($48) shields the skin from damaging UV rays; Lite Up Intense Brightening Agent ($45) is an oil-free satiny serum that brightens, helps clear blemishes and reduces inflammation; and Lip Spread ($19) delivers lightweight, silky smooth moisture tinted to match your skin tone. Available at Soft Surroundings.
During the summer, when we are all complaining about the hot, humid Midwestern weather, we yearn for cooler, drier air. Well, welcome to winter! Now the air is so dry it crackles, and our skin responds in kind.
This time of year, our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe, as well as lots of goodies like brownies and cookies, and perhaps a Christmas tree that umbrellas a score of presents of all sizes and shapes. So, what’s to worry about?
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
What could be more relaxing, indulgent and beneficial than a day at the spa? We talked with Kim Palmier of The Face Company about ways to detoxify, refresh and renew.
“You know when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, and everything just looks a little better? That’s what I was after. Nothing severe, just a slightly younger, more lifted look,” says a 59-year-old Webster Groves woman. Not wanting to undergo surgery, she turned to Dr. Kenneth Rotskoff at the Ultherapy Center of St. Louis.
An old adage says, If you really want to know a woman’s age, don’t look at her face—look at her hands.
Our face: its expressions help us communicate with the world. But as we age, wrinkles can get in the way, affecting our self-confidence, personal relationships and professional lives, says Dr. Joseph Muccini of Mid-America Skin Health & Vitality Center. “We equate our wrinkles with what makes us look old to other people.”
Before the next time you wave to the adoring masses—or play footsies under the table—make sure that your hands and feet are up to the task. Our collection of creams, salves and gels takes taking care of your extremities to the extreme.
This Chesterfield family without kids wanted a space to entertain adult visitors and business clients. Liquid Assets’ John Jacobsen tells us about the features they used to achieve it:
If your feet hurt, it may seem a simple solution to purchase an over-the-counter orthotic device—the shoe inserts that come in various shapes and sizes and promise to relieve your aching feet. But the orthotics displayed in your local drugstore may not help and may even cause more problems, say local podiatrists.
We all love the summer sun, but by now you’ve heard the mantra: There’s no such thing as a healthy tan. That’s why we caught up with Nettie Mueth of Medical Aesthetics RX, and asked how we can enjoy our fun in the sun—without damaging our skin.
Jaundice is often the first medical diagnosis of a person’s life. In fact, “all babies develop jaundice to some degree after birth—it’s a matter of severity,” says Dr. Jay Epstein, a Washington University pediatrician.
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
A veteran of the industry, Matthew Monzon has been styling hair for more than 20 years—most of it spent as a freelance artist doing runway, catalog and editorial looks for the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Alicia Keys, Julianna Moore, Kate Winslet and a bevy of other celebrities and brands too numerous to name. We asked the New York stylist how to best tame our tresses for the summer season—and look great while doing it.
The window to our vision is the cornea. This clear, spherical structure covers the front of the eye, allowing light to pass through. The cornea’s curvature refracts (or bends), light as it travels to the retina, the back part of the eye where light is transformed to nerve signals that the brain then interprets as visual images.
Perhaps Sitting Bull said it best: “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”
For most of us, work is stressful. But for Avani Nayak, her job actually makes her more relaxed. “We have a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere; and it always smells wonderful in here,” she says of her Avani Day Spa in Frontenac. “And I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they leave: They’re smiling and have more self-confidence, and they feel relaxed and invigorated.” We asked her about the rough and dirty business of getting the best care for your skin.
In the world of professional gardening, winter brings on different tasks. Hopefully, most of these jobs will be indoors when the weather is at its worst, as snow-shoveling and ice-chipping rank near the very bottom of our favorite jobs list. About the only things lower on that list are cleaning up the bird messes under the seed feeders, mucking out the pond on a cold spring day or spreading ripe manure in the heat of the summer. Gardeners usually use the winter season to plan future plantings, research new materials, order specialty items and peruse plant catalogs.