Skin care is a routine daily procedure in many settings, such as skin that is either too dry or too moist, and prevention of dermatitis and prevention of skin injuries. The use of an moisturiser. While a moisturiser is an applied product that moisturises, so that the skin does not need to use more water than otherwise it would, it is also a treatment. The main function of a moisturiser is to moisturise and to make the skin more hydrated by giving the skin time to dry and regain its moisture.
While a moisturiser is an applied product that moisturises, so that the skin does not need to use more water than otherwise it would, it is also a treatment. The main function of a moisturiser is to moisturise and to make the skin more hydrated by giving the skin time to dry and regain its moisture. Cosmetics (includes makeup). Cosmetics are products used to fill in imperfections, provide pigments and enhance the appearance of the appearance of skin. Cosmetic products are used to achieve an appropriate range of skin colours, colours, pigmentation, skin texture effects, the feel of the skin, as well as the ability to prevent wrinkles and skin conditions.
This skin care category includes a wide range of products. It spans from non‐prescription and prescription cosmetics to non‐prescription and prescription skin care products, which have cosmetic benefits. These include lotions, masks, serums, creams, moisturisers, cleansers and foaming cleansers.
Non‐prescription cosmetic products are those that include one or more ingredients that are approved by Health Canada, as part of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR). Examples include anti‐aging creams, moisturisers, antiperspirants and sunbeds.
Some products within this category, such as lotions and ointments, do not require Health Canada’s approval and therefore do not contain any ingredients that are included in the CIR.
Medicines that are prescribed for medical purposes may contain ingredients that can be used for cosmetic purposes. Examples include prescription medicines and prescription oral care products, such as mouthwash, mouth spray, toothpaste and mouth wash. They do not include cosmetic drugs.
Cosmetics are products that help maintain a healthy skin, to improve the skin’s appearance by filling imperfections and providing pigment, texture, thickness and colour. While products do often contain ingredients that are considered cosmetic, some products contain ingredients that are also used for disease prevention, as part of the treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Products in this category are those that have been approved by Health Canada and that are prescribed for cosmetic purposes in the United States.
All procedures are made possible by a complex interaction between skin, hair follicles, the environment and medicines. The skin is a complex communication system and has to be protected. Skin care practices in general are beneficial to skin health. It helps to promote both skin hydration and optimal texture and structure, which in turn increases the skin’s ability to resist environmental changes and maintain its appearance. There is evidence that dermatological, aesthetic and cosmetic procedures are associated with reduced rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and all forms of skin cancer, as well as reduced rates of skin inflammation and infection, all of which are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.
The U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada, Sweden and China have the highest rate of obesity amongst adult populations, all of which will be treated through nutrition and avoidance of excess sun exposure; these countries are also ranked 3rd and 4th (out of all countries worldwide) in terms of the prevalence of acne. It should be noted that among the developed countries in Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia and Canada, the overall obesity rate is not as high and is a higher proportion, for the time being, in developing countries and parts of eastern Africa and Asia.
Most skin conditions, except acne, respond to the presence of dietary intake
Many skin disorders, in comparison to disease states, respond to the presence of dietary intake.
Diet is often referred as a “therapeutic agent”, meaning more specifically as “the intervention of food within the body for the purpose of improving the functioning of the health system or improving bodily health”. Dietary intake can be measured as the intake of calories, minerals and nutrients (especially vitamins and minerals), fat and protein. This is important because:
Diet is the “treatment of disease” in that it focuses on eliminating disease; this implies that dietary intake is related to improved functioning of the body, not the cure.
As the intake increases, so does a patient’s need for and resistance to treatment with drugs.
For most people with certain cancers who need chemotherapy for the disease, diet is a primary part of their therapy. In contrast, for other illnesses and for several patients with diabetes a high intake of carbohydrates and sugars is the primary cause for their type 2 diabetes.
Many cancer patients, if not all, tend to use dietary supplements daily.
The most effective therapies depend on the patient’s understanding and acceptance of the role of dietary elements in the treatment of the disease.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans was published in 2006 and is still being updated. The most recent Guidelines are:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 2010.
For more information about cancer therapy refer to Cancer Treatments.