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Spicing up
healTh
Revered in India as “holy
powder,” golden-colored tur-
meric boasts an astonishing
array of health benefits. The
spice is being used not only
to treat wounds and infec-
tions, but also to help fight
viruses, bacteria and cancer.
Source: University of Michigan, 2009
Creams Can
Dry Skin
S
ometimes we may notice that as
soon as we start using a skin cream,
we have to continue with it, because if
we stop moisturizing, our skin be-
comes even drier than before. New
research published by The Swedish Re-
search Council is now shedding light
on this phenomenon. Researchers are
discovering that topical application of
certain oils, such as mineral oil, affect
the skin on a deep level, making it less
able to cope with external stresses.
How cream affects skin depends
on the cream’s composition, say the
scientists. Some creams are based
heavily upon mineral or vegetable oils
that tend to weaken the skin’s protec-
tive barrier and change the way our
skin produces its own protective oils.
As a result, the skin loses its self-regu-
lating processes and can become drier.
Skin is a living, breathing organ. To
ensure that a cream does not interfere
with normal skin functioning, research-
ers suggest looking for complex cream
compounds that contain not only
natural oil, but sufficient water, which
should be listed as the first ingredient.
Source: Vetenskapsradet, The Swedish
Research Council, 2008
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