Beauty and wellness roundup: Gel manicures, beauty boxes, selfies and the new naturals

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may1roundupEvery week we like to bring you a roundup of some of the latest trends in beauty, health and wellness, and other articles of interest to ZENMED blog readers. Last week, we came across some interesting posts on UV exposure from gel manicures, beauty boxes, the link between selfies and plastic surgery, as well as the latest buzz in natural skincare ingredients.

Nail salons and skin cancer: 8 things that should worry you more than a manicure

According to a recent study on gel manicures and radiation, the risk of getting skin cancer from UV lamps at the nail salon is minimal, reports Melissa Breyer. In fact, the study’s lead author, Dr. Lyndsay R. Shipp of the Medical College of Georgia, says she will continue to get gel manicures and goes on to name several more risk factors to be concerned about. Among the top concerns: having fair skin, living in a sunny or high altitude climate, having many moles, family history and more. UV exposure from gel manicures did not make the doctor’s list.

A little beauty comes in boxes

Caryn Rousseau reports on one of the cosmetics industry’s fastest growing trends: beauty sample of the month boxes. These subscription boxes run between $10 to $15 each month and include several sample products from emerging makeup, fragrance and hair care brands. There are even newer membership clubs devoted to vegan and high end beauty buyers. Have you tried any of these clubs? We’d love to know your thoughts!

Selfie craze boosts plastic surgeries, Botox treatments

With the popularity of cell phone camera self portraits, women are more self critical, or so it would seem based on the dramatic rise in surgical anti-aging treatments. WTVR CBS 6 shares findings of a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The survey reveals that the use of selfies in social media has resulted in women being more concerned about their appearance and aging, prompting them to take action — via chemical peels, Botox and face lifts.

What’s new in natural ingredients?

Do orange stem cells hold the key to the fountain of youth? Kris Campbell reveals the latest developments in natural skincare ingredients, including new research on the use of plant stem cells in anti-aging creams.  Orange stem cells — still being researched in terms of efficacy — may reverse the signs of aging by as many as twelve years.  Formulators are also abuzz as they determine whether Manuka honey or raw honey is more promising for turning back the clock. Different versions of old favorites — red grapeseed oil, for example — are also trending.




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