Do You Really Need a Sunscreen With Blue Light Protection?

Choosing the best sunscreen is already a daunting task, what with the myriad of confusing SPF options, sprays, sticks, and lotions, mineral versus chemical, water-resistant or sheer, and so on. The task has only been made more confusing in the past few years as new (and often expensive) sunscreens have begun to market themselves as protection not only from ultraviolet rays, but from blue light as well. Read More >>

Vets Say They Saved a Dog’s Life Using an Experimental Fish Skin Graft

Here’s a feel-good story to carry you through the bank holiday weekend. Veterinarians at Michigan State University in the U.S. say they were able to save the life of a one-year-old Rottweiler named Stella who had been horrifically burned, thanks in part to an innovative technology that uses fish skin to help the body heal itself. Read More >>

Does Your Skin Affect Your Mental Health, and Vice Versa? Psychodermatology Aims to Find the Connection

With every bottle of the oral acne medication isotretinoin, commonly known by the brand name Accutane, comes a large warning about the risks of psychiatric effects. “Accutane may cause depression, psychosis and, rarely, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, suicide, and aggressive and/or violent behaviours,” states the label. There have been a number of high-profile suicides allegedly related to isotretinoin use, including the death by suicide of Seamus Todd, son of the late Irish actor Richard Todd, in 1997. Read More >>

How Much Human Skin Does a Person Ingest Over the Course of Their Lifetime?

The average American – and presumably a British person too – eats almost a tonne of food a year. This breaks down to roughly 630 of milk, cheese and ice cream, 185 pounds of meat, and an increasingly high dosage of anti-depressants. But where does human flesh fit in? Humans shed something like 500 million skin cells a day. The fact is that these literal millions of shed cells are making it right into our mouths, often – especially – when we think we’re only eating a couple of eggs or whatever. Read More >>

Scientists Figured Out Why Our Mouths Heal So Freakishly Fast

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health think they’ve uncovered just why the mouth heals so easily. Their findings, published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine, might even help us discover how to make the rest of our body heal quicker, too. And all they had to do was (slightly) hurt some innocent people. Read More >>

A Snake Got Trapped Inside an Endless Circle of its Own Shedding Skin

Poor snake. This slithery Stimson’s Python somehow managed to shed its skin completely within itself. The tail, oddly enough, finished shedding inside the mouth of the snake, forming a perfect Ouroboros-style circle that unfortunately trapped the snake inside of its old skin. Read More >>

Scientists Can Turn Human Cells Into Working Lasers

How about this for a bright idea: turn individual human cells into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. Read More >>

Laser Analysis Reveals That Astronauts’ Skin Gets Thinner While Space

Astronauts have thin skin. That’s not a slur on their ability to fend off criticism, but the finding of a study being carried out by European scientists to understand how the dermal health of spade travellers changes while in orbit. Read More >>

It Feels Like These CGI Skin Designers are Just Trying to Scare Us Now

Hey, how did you sleep last night? Well I hope you enjoyed it because tonight you’re going to be wracked with fevered nightmares about a computer animator with an uncanny obsession with reanimating human skin. Read More >>

BAE Imagines Aeroplanes With Skin That May Therefore Require Aeroplane Moisturiser

BAE's had another mad brainstorming session in order to pull in a few hits on the internet, this time coming up with the concept of a "smart skin" for aeroplanes to help them "feel" their surroundings and detect damage. Read More >>

A Detailed Description of Why Human Skin Is Amazing

As Minute Earth rightly points out, we could avoid a lot of flesh wounds by having thicker armoured skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armour wasn't evolutionarily worth it for us to expend because we put so much fuel into our enormous brains. Read More >>

What Happens to Your Skin in Space

Thought good old Commander Hadfield already taught you everything there is to know about space livin'? Shame on you — there's always more to learn. Like about how your skin moults and floats off your body in giant flakes and calluses, for instance. Read More >>

Know When It’s Time to Retreat Indoors With This Sun and Skin Monitor

Like a nagging parent you can stash away in your pocket, Japan's Design Factory teamed up with the country's national weather service to create this compact UV meter/skin checker that lets you know when it's time to get out of the sun. Read More >>

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How Suncream Works (and Why You’re Wrong About It)

Your skin shouldn't look like a package of pork cracklins after spending the day outdoors; that's why we invented suncream. However, there's a right way and a wrong way to slather on your protection — screw it up and you could get burned. Read More >>