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Lotion Is Not Magic, Say Scientists

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Scientists are perturbed by pseudoscientific claims made by expensive anti-aging lotions, as they won't really make you look younger. Guess the only way to age well is to go back in time and get a hotter mom.

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Specifically, the scientists' beef is with cosmetics companies claims that a topically applied substance like face lotion can strengthen the skin's natural collagen, as collagen molecules are much too big to get through the top layer of skin and actually reach the skin's layer of collagen-

Richard Guy, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Bath, said: ‘The idea created by many of these products is that collagen can get through the upper layers of skin and reinforce our own natural collagen, but this is preposterous.

‘The simple fact is that collagen is a huge molecule and the skin is designed to keep such substances out.

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Fancy collagen-containing lotion, therefore, just sits on the surface of your skin until it's washed away and doesn't actually improve its structure or firmness in a lasting way, and, if it did actually penetrate the outer layer of your skin, collagen containing creams would have to be reclassified as medicines.

I feel so betrayed. If I can't trust those ultra-sciencey computer animated graphics that appear on L'Oreal commercials that air during Desperate Housewives, then who can I trust?

Wrinkle Reducing Collagen Creams Waste Money Say Scientists [Daily Mail]

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DISCUSSION

Okay, this is one of the things that bugs me when women talk about beauty.

There's this whole idea put forward that if you do the "right" things you will be beautiful, and if you aren't well then its your fault.

I saw the same thing on a board talking about how not to have sagging breasts. It basically said that if you wear the correct size bra, do pushups, and stay a consistent weight your breasts won't sag until you get pregnant. This is just not true for many women, in the same way that some people will start to see wrinkles in high school even if they wear sunscreen, moisturize everyday, don't drink and are generally healthy people. The same thing with acne, some people just have it, it's genetic and doesn't mean they're inhaling fast food daily.

It bugs me, because the implication is that if you have bad skin/sagging breasts/whatever then its all your fault, for having a bad lifestyle. It also should be obvious to all of us by anecdotal evidence that its not true, some of my friends who live the healthiest lifestyles have the fastest aging skin.

I also notice that the same people who put forth this idea that you can change your looks by simply having a healthy lifestyle are the same ones who shame women for plastic surgery and botox. It's this whole - natural beauty or fail! mentality. I don't mean to attack anyone for their comments, especially because I'm new to posting here, I just wanted to make the point.