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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Save your skin from ‘sweet poisoning’


Dubbed sweet poison by leading dieticians, research has revealed that consuming too much sugar can lead to inflammation in the skin, which can in turn cause wrinkles and sagging.
When there is too much sugar in the body, sugar molecules link with protein molecules to produce advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). As the human body doesn’t recognise AGEs as being normal it produces antibodies to combat them, which causes inflammation in the skin.
The more sugar you eat the more AGEs are produced. This is called the gylcation process and it results in a saggy, lined complexion. If that isn’t bad enough, the process also makes the complexion more vulnerable to UV and pollution damage.
Slowing down this process is currently top of the agenda for many skincare companies.
While glycation can’t be completely stopped, improving your diet and lifestyle and using specific products and treatments can slow the process.

AT HOME
Following the release of Yves Saint Laurent’s Youth Liberator serum, £97 (yslbeauty.co.uk) last year, high street chains are now releasing cutting-edge anti-glycation products at a fraction of the price.

Superdrug has just launched PhytoGlyc-Age Anti-Glycation Anti-Ageing skincare.
Created by scientists in Switzerland to address the effects of glycation on the skin, the product is aimed at those over the age of 35.
The range includes an SPF15 Day Cream and Night Serum Concentrate, both £12.99, which are designed to protect cellular DNA from glycation.

The range also includes prodiza, an active ingredient from the Persian Silk Tree, which can penetrate deeply into skin and counteract the accumulation of AGE’s.
Other ingredients to look out for include glycans, grapeseed, pomegranate, ceramides and aloe vera.
Green tea has recently been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process so if you’re using a product containing green tea (or drinking it regularly), you’re already protecting your skin.

LIFESTYLE TIPS
While the glycation process happens gradually over the course of a lifetime, eating a sensible diet and making healthy lifestyle choices can affect how quickly the effects show on our skin.
First reduce your alcohol intake as beverages such as wine and beer contain high amounts of sugar. Women shouldn’t regularly drink more than two to three units a day, while men shouldn’t drink more than four units per day.
Wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy and try to cut out all sugary foods from your diet, which can be easier said than done. Also make sure to exercise daily and take a supplement such as omega-3, which helps support collagen function.

AT THE CLINIC
Any treatment that stimulates new collagen production will also help eradicate glycation damage. Microneedling is great for improving skin texture and boosting collagen supplies and can be used on the face and body, including arms and d├ęcolletage.
A peptide solution is massaged on to the skin before a barrel-like hand roller with hundreds of very fine needles (thinner than your own hair) is rolled over the area to prick the skin.
These pin point punctures are perceived by the body as damage, which activates a wound heal response to regenerate the skin and boost collagen levels, which in turn thickens fine, ageing skin. A course of three to four weekly treatments may be required and you should see results within six weeks.

Half of young women don't know where their vagina is


Half of young women don't know where their vagina is, a shocking study shows.
A poll of 1,000 women found that just half of those aged 26 to 35 could correctly label this part of their anatomy on a medical drawing of the female reproductive system.
In contrast, older women aged 66 to 75 were much better educated about their bodies, with eight in 10 able to correctly label ovaries and nearly nine in 10 the womb.


This gap in knowledge might be partly due to the taboo surrounding the word "vagina".
The study found that 65 per cent of women don't like to use the word vagina or vulva and nearly 40 per cent of 16 to 25-year-olds resort to using code names such as "lady parts" or "women’s bits".

But while it might seem humorous that women don't know where their own sexual organs are the study also reveals some more worrying statistics.
The research, by women's cancer charity The Eve Appeal, discovered that women were disturbingly ill-informed about gynaecological health issues.
In fact, one in five young women were unable to name a single correct symptom of any of the five gynaecological cancers, which affect the womb, cervix, ovaries, vagina and vulva.
And nearly a third of those aged 16 to 35 said they had avoided going to the doctor with gynaecological issues due to embarrassment, while one in 10 said they found it very had to talk to their GPs about these concerns.

These results come as Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month begins today, raising awareness about the cancer which affects one million women worldwide each year.
In fact, in the UK alone, 53 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day, there are more than 20,000 new cases each year and more than 7,600 deaths.
Helena Morrissey, chairman of The Eve Appeal, said: “At the Eve Appeal we know how important it is to promote straight talking about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers to women of all ages, and this survey has highlighted just how far we still have to go to make this happen.
“These cancers have some of the worst outcomes for women, with a 40 per cent mortality rate.
"Understanding the symptoms will save lives, which is why we are urging women this Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month to talk more openly about these life-saving issues.”

What are the gynaecological cancers?
This term refers to the five cancers that start in the female reproductive system: Cervical, ovarian, vaginal, vulval and womb.
What are the symptoms?
CERVICAL
This type of cancer can affect women of all ages but is most common in women between 30 to 45 years of age.
It is a largely preventable disease and the UK cervical screening programme is estimated to save more than 4,000 lives each year.
The key early signs and symptoms include unusual bleeding from the vagina particularly after sex or after menopause when your periods have stopped and persistent vaginal discharge that is blood-stained or smells unpleasant,


OVARIAN
Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women and accounts for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together.
The good news is that if diagnosed at an early stage, the outcome is good.
Early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are: persistent pelvic and abdominal pain; increased abdominal size or persistent bloating; difficulty eating and feeling full quickly and urinary symptoms such as needing to pass water more often than usual.
VAGINAL
This type of cancer is a very rare disease with just under 250 cases diagnosed in the UK each year.
Symptoms include bleeding when you are not having a period or bleeding after the menopause - this is the most common symptom. You may have bleeding after sex.
About three out of 10 women have vaginal discharge that smells or is blood stained, there may also be pain during sexual intercourse; a lump or growth in the vagina that you or your doctor can feel - about 10 per cent have this.
A persistent vaginal itch that won't go away
VULVAL
Signs of this cancer can include a lasting itch, pain or soreness, thickened, raised, red, white or dark patches on the skin of the vulva, an open sore or growth visible on the skin, burning pain when you pass urine and vaginal discharge or bleeding.
Watch out for a mole on the vulva that changes shape or colour as well as a lump or swelling in the vulva.
WOMB
Over 7,500 women are diagnosed every year in the UK.
Uterine cancer is almost always curable if caught at an early stage so it is important for women to be aware of what to look for.
The key early signs and symptoms of womb cancer are vaginal bleeding after the menopause and bleeding from the vagina between periods.
The survey results showed that over half of women find it easy to talk to their female friends about gynaecological health concerns, and more than a third saying the same of their sister.