At Restorsea, we care as much about living skin as we do about cells that have already passed on…to nail beds.

Our nails are an extension of ourselves, so use these guidelines from Dr. Phoebe Rich of the American Academy of Dermatology below, to keep your tips beautiful and healthy, just like your skin!

  • Prevent bright colored nail polish discoloration with an extra layer of base coat
  • Shave lower legs before getting a pedicure to prevent chance of infection
  • Make sure pedicure foot-baths and filters have been disinfected before use
  • Don’t wear artificial nails to cover up nail issues

Photo courtesy of Rock This Style.

While it’s no secret that antioxidants are a powerful source of anti-aging properties (we should know, our patent-pending Vibransea™ complex in all Restorsea products features a healthy dose of Vitamin C), effectively introducing them into beauty products has proved, for other lines, to be a challenge.

In a new study by Dr. Doris Day, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center, advances in plant stem cell technology could provide a new and more effective antioxidant extraction process; allowing for more potent skincare products.

Day explains that current means of extraction aren’t fully effective yet, because plant materials are taken from plants that are grown outdoors which:

  • Can contain contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and fungal toxins
  • Makes it difficult to control the concentration of antioxidants because of variation in soil condition, weather and the use of fertilizers

New research is focusing on how to use plant stem cells to eliminate the contaminants from the plant and control the concentration of ingredients through a sterilization process in a controlled laboratory setting.

Read the complete study at the American Academy of Dermatology’s website

Photo courtesy of Life Line Skincare.

We’ve all heard the risks of contracting an infectious disease through use of a contaminated needle, but now American Academy of Dermatology expert Michi Shinohara is saying there are other dangers to your skin to consider as well. 

Shinohara, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, warns those thinking about getting a tattoo of the following factors: 1) Tattoo inks evolve and now there are many unknowns about how these inks interact with the skin, 2) Tattoo pigments are known to cause allergic reactions, and 3) Tattoos can cause bumps in the skin (quamous cell carcinoma), that mimic the look of skin cancer, resulting in unnecessary and expensive skin cancer treatment.

Read the complete study at the American Academy of Dermatology’s website

Photo courtesy of Zimbio.

Gel manicures are an easy and popular (albeit pricey) fix to prevent nail chipping, although a new study by dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at New York University, Chris Adigun, suggests the process might not be such a convenience.

Adigun’s study shows that many women, after receiving gel manicures, reported nail weakness, brittleness, and thinning.

More severely though, Adigun notices that, “Women who frequently get gel manicures should consider their skin cancer risk because the UV light needed to cure the gel manicure is a risk factor for skin cancer. In addition, photo damage from UV lamps could result in cosmetic changes to the exposed surrounding skin.”

As well, the repeated covering of the nail bed could obscure the finding of any problems that could occur beneath the nail, such as an infection or tumor.

While these reports aren’t fully complete, we’re still not taking any chances, and will be sticking with the traditional brush on nail application.

Read the complete study at the American Academy of Dermatology’s website

Photo courtesy of FOX.

 

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