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NEW USES FOR VITAMIN K -- Skin creams containing Vitamin K make bruises disappear faster than with no treatment at all. It may also be effective in improving the look of spider veins in the face. Vitamin K is a proven blood-clot regulator that has now been shown to be easily absorbed through the skin. This nonprescription cream is available through doctors and pharmacists. Do not, however, take Vitamin K orally, as it can be harmful if taken in this manner.
BEAUTIFUL HAIR TIP -- The best conditioner for hair care should contain panthenol. This conditioning ingredient fills in cracks in the hair. Work the conditioner into wet hair and leave in for up to a half an hour. For best results, heat the hair with a hair dryer for a few minutes. Afterwards, just wash and style for a head of gorgeous hair.
SKIN AWARENESS -- Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including areas not typically exposed to the sun, such as the bottom of the feet. Doctors recommend adults check for suspicious marks moles or spots monthly. They should have their doctors check for the disease every year or so.
Applying Vitamins to Skin Slows Wrinkles - Study
Article By Irwin Arieff
PARIS, April 23 (Reuters) - Applying antioxidant vitamins directly to the skin can slow the formation of new wrinkles and erase, to some extent, existing wrinkles and lines, according to a study made public on Thursday.
The study by a non-profit independent group of French scientists found that applying vitamins C, E and beta carotene to the skin may significantly reduce the long-term damage caused by ultra-violet radiation, a key component of sunlight.
It may also actually partially reverse damage already done, the scientists said. Exposure to the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight is a key cause of skin ``aging.''
``We have found that topical antioxidants can benefit the skin significantly and play a protective role,'' said Dr Serge Hercberg, the study's coordinator, in a statement.
``Our final results determined that regular application of antioxidant vitamins to the skin not only inhibits ultraviolet-induced damage...but may also facilitate the repair of existing damage -- the result of which is loss of elasticity which could lead to wrinkling and premature skin aging,'' he said.
The research group's work is supported by grants from private firms in various industries.
U.S. cosmetics firm Estee Lauder provided the antioxidant vitamin product used in the trial and participated in the study, a spokesman for the project said.
The findings are due to be presented to international dermatology meetings next month, the spokesman told Reuters.
The study, part of a larger eight-year study of nutrition and health in Europe, looked at 160 French women over an 18-month period.
Researchers divided the women into four groups. One took the vitamins in the form of pills, and a second rubbed the vitamins directly on the skin.
The remaining two groups either ingested or applied placebos -- harmless compounds containing no vitamins -- solely for comparison purposes.
``The most profound results, obtained after 18 months of treatment, clearly showed a marked improvement in the condition of the skin,'' the researchers' statement said.
They found ``a 23 percent reduction in the formation of new lines and wrinkles and an eight percent reduction in existing lines and wrinkles.''
Much is already known about the ability of antioxidant vitamins to protect against the damaging effects of free radicals, a highly reactive type of oxygen atom that occurs naturally in the body and can harm tissue, constrict blood vessels and stimulate cancer growth.
The researchers said their study was the first to focus on the vitamins' effect when applied to the skin rather than ingested.
The larger study, known as the Supplemental Vitamin and Mineral Antioxidant Trial, or SU.VI.MAX, began in 1993 and involves some 15,000 subjects.
It is the largest trial of its type on nutrition in Europe.
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