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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Expert Advice for Men's Summer-Related Skin Problems

Summer's passed and we've been fielding a lot of questions lately regarding repairing sun-damaged skin and other seasonal problems. Here's answers from our team of MenScience experts to some commonly-asked questions:

Q: I've been noticing brown freckle-like marks on my face. Are these age spots?
A: Uneven pigmentation and so-called "age spots" (lentigines) are the result of skin's aging and sun damage. This is a common situation with men's skin, and causes it to look devitalized and damaged. Unfortunately, most men don't realize that these age spots can be significantly diminished with the right professional-grade skincare ingredients. MenScience has created a dermatological-grade formula, Pigmentation Repair Formula (with 1% Retinol), to directly correct these problems.

Q: I have dark circles under my eyes. Can I do something about this?
A: Genetics, lack of skin nutrients, pigmentation and thin skin can all play a role in causing dark under-eye areas. Eye Rescue Formula contains ingredients proven effective in combating the appearance of dark circles and helps to prevent further damage.

Q: My skin looks dull and rough. How can I revitalize it?
A: You can improve your skin tone significantly if you exfoliate regularly and keep skin hydrated. Exfoliation is the accelerated shedding of the upper, dead layers of the skin. It is highly effective at improving the skin's smoothness and tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and revealing newer skin underneath. It is critical in the management of acne, ingrown hairs, dandruff and complications precipitated by accumulation of dead cells. Using Microfine Face Scrub up to 4 times a week can remove dead, thick surface cells, revealing new, smoother, healthier cells beneath. Follow with a moisturizer to diminish rough areas.

Q: Tanning this summer has really dried out my skin. How can I fix that?
A: Chlorinated water and strong sunlight can damage skin, turning it rough, irritated and uncomfortable. Apply moisturizer generously in the morning, before you go to bed, and throughout the day as needed. Plan on being outdoors a lot? Use a sunblock that contains hydrating ingredients like Aloe and Azulene.

For more information about skincare, grooming and shaving problems, visit our Tips & Advice section at http://www.menscience.com/. Got a question? Let us know by posting a comment or email [email protected].

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Sun Protection for the Working Man

Labor Day weekend is here and for many guys that means one last chance to head out into the sunshine before cooler weather takes over. But before you start setting up that grill, consider your skin and what you need to do to protect it. Most men know that you should wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher than contains broad-spectrum protection, but did you know there are actually other factors beside sunlight that can contribute to a sunburn?

According to an article on WebMD, Beware of Sunburn Boosters, guys should keep an eye on the following medications and products:


Diuretics. Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a commonly used diuretic ("water pill") used to treat high blood pressure. Combination drugs, which contain HCTZ, include Maxide, Dyazide, Hyzaar, and Zestoretic.

Antibiotics. Tetracycline drugs, which include Sumycin, Tetracyn, and Vibramycin, are used to treat bacterial infections. Quinolone drugs like Cipro, which gained attention during the anthrax scare, and sulfa drugs, such as Bactrim, also heighten sun sensitivity. Cipro and Bactrim are antibiotics often used for urinary tract infections.

Skin care products. Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acid, and microdermabrasion products used to minimize wrinkles and improve skin tone make the skin more susceptible to sun damage.

Heart medications. Amiodarone, marketed under the brand name Cordarone, is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Diabetes medications. Glipizide, sold also under the brand name Glucotrol, is an oral medication for type 2 diabetes. Other related drugs include Amaryl and glyburide. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs). NSAIDs include over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and the prescription drug Celebrex.

Balsam of Peru. This herbal ingredient is often used in perfumed products and aftershave lotions.

The solution? Be sure to keep sunscreen applications regular and consistent throughout the day, and cover up and sit in the shade if you're taking any of the above-mentioned medications.


For more tips on sun protection, see Sun Care in the Tips & Advice section on http://www.menscience.com/.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Newsflash: Vacationing is GOOD for you!

Okay, so we're not exactly reinventing the wheel here or telling you something you probably don't know. But even with the vacation season in full swing, it looks like many American men are opting to skip time off altogether.

Compared to many international workplaces, Americans get far fewer vacation days per year, and they are far less likely to actually use them, according to a new article on Forbes.com. And that could be hurting men's health:

"Stress produces physiological changes in our bodies, including higher blood pressure and a surge in stress hormones, such as adrenaline, which can cause blood to clot and increase the risk of a heart attack. By working all of the time, you're constantly subjecting your body to these responses, says Dr. Harvey Simon, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and founding editor of the Harvard Men's Health Watch."

The article goes on to state that men at risk to heart disease who regularly take time off each year have a lower risk of death than those that don't. It also offers tips on how to make your vacation as stress-free as possible.

So the next time your boss gives you a hard time about requesting days off, tell him your life just may depend on it.

(Check out the MenScience article Health & the Modern Traveler for even more healthy ways to trot the globe).

DG

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