06
Jun

Original Article By Brittany Fallon

We're always searching for the "fountain of youth," whether it's in lotions, potions or in-office treatments that claim to turn back the hands of time. Researchers are hard at work trying to figure out the secret to slowing skin aging, and with each report that gets published, they get closer and closer.

One of the latest reports to spark some buzz in the anti-aging arena comes from researchers at the University of Maryland and was published in Scientific Reports this week. Their findings might surprise you: a chemical called methylene blue—it's actually an antioxidant, which makes it sound a lot less scary—that's been used in the medical field for years is now being linked to reducing signs of skin aging like lines and wrinkles by thickening the skin.  ..


26
Jan

Original Article By Elizabeth Siegel

You're looking very (a+b)/a = a/b = 1.618... = Φ today. That's a compliment...and an actual, if ancient, equation for calculating beauty—in art, in architecture, in human faces. And you can thank the Greek mathematician Euclid for the formula, often called the Golden Ratio. Recently, Amber Heard and Kim Kardashian were deemed the most beautiful—sorry, the most Φ—women in the world by a London-based plastic surgeon who funneled the size of their lips, cheeks, and eyebrows into that exact equation.

Of course, it's odd when beauty becomes that reductive. It's unsettling. It's disconcerting. And it's for sale. Provided you don't have a fear of needles, it's never been more possible—or popular—to inject your way to Euclid's ideal proportions. Arched eyebrows, pronounced cheekbones, Instagrammable lips...“Patients ask me for more symmetrical features all the time,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston, who points out that a little asymmetry usually looks more natural. “The problem is you can't take ‘textbook pretty’ features and put them on everyone's face.”  ..