Tag: skin health

Easy DIY Fall Masks

Easy DIY Fall Masks

We’re way into autumn now, and with winter and holidays on their way you’ll want to get the most out of ingredients that are in season right now. That’s right, seasonal ingredients aren’t just for your lattes and farm-to-table menus,…

GUEST BLOG: Skin Health – The Difference Between Killer Sex Appeal And Sex Appeal Killer

GUEST BLOG: Skin Health – The Difference Between Killer Sex Appeal And Sex Appeal Killer

Bravo! You’re big (the good big). You’re buff. You’re … almost sexy. What’s missing? Nope, I’m not talking about personality skills, attitude, or your sense of style, although that’s all pretty important, too. Let’s FACE it – if your complexion…

Best Shower Practices For Healthier Skin

Best Shower Practices For Healthier Skin

Is there a right and wrong in the shower? Is that another thing you’re not getting right and are we going to panic about it? Absolutely not! There are some tips you can follow if you want to see your…

Halloween Pumpkin Potage Recipe

Halloween Pumpkin Potage Recipe

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a warm pumpkin potage soup. Delicious and warm, it’s a real treat for your stomach as well as for your skin. Pumkin is filled with anti oxidants and vitamins which are…

How OKU fits into your daily routine perfectly

How OKU fits into your daily routine perfectly

Life is busy nowadays, right? With so many things on everyone’s plate, we try and take the best possible care of ourselves, but let’s be honest: we don’t want it to take forever!

Skincare is one area of self-care we often talk about, since it is very complex and covers health, beauty and wellness realms, as well as some others. The right skincare routine makes you glow and feel confident, but also makes you healthier, more self aware and… confused!

With all these routines, recommendations, brands, products, recipes and promises, it may seem like keeping a good basic skincare routine is like studying a complicated field. We at mySkin know those worries all too well and had them on our minds when we set off to create OKU.

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OKU, as you might know by now, is your personal skin coach. It’s a tiny, super-handy, beautiful gadget that helps you unlock your skin’s potential. But how exactly does it do that? It connects to your iPhone and gives you insight into your skin’s state, potential, concerns and products, all in one place. OKU is your overall skin coach – whether you’re concerned about choosing the right product, tracking your skin’s progress on a daily level or tackling that one thing that bothers your skin the most, OKU’s got you covered.

The OKU app gives you lifestyle, diet and product recommendations and lets you log your habits and current products so you can get a really detailed and good overview of how your skin is feeling. And you know what’s the best thing? It only takes 10 minutes out of your day! 

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OKU is small and compact, so it can sit anywhere in your home: your bathroom, living room or by your bed. For optimal results, you scan with OKU once in the morning and once in the evening and then just put it back in its base again. The scanning process lasts around 5 minutes and it’s just enough to get to know everything that’s necessary but without bugging you for hours. It is a process that is short, fun and informative, so it makes you want to come back to it every day…twice!

The fact that OKU usage is so quick makes it a seamless addition to your usual routine, but that’s just in the beginning. Once you try it out, it will most certainly become the foundation of your skincare regimen!

DIY vs Store-Bought Products – Which should you opt for?

DIY vs Store-Bought Products – Which should you opt for?

When you’re trying to find the right product for your skincare routine, you often don’t know where to start. All those brands, packages and promises can sometimes make you dizzy! Every now and then, you surely run into someone who…

GUEST BLOG: Stem Cells – The Ultimate Skin Renewal Product

GUEST BLOG: Stem Cells – The Ultimate Skin Renewal Product

This is the kind of advertisement we might be seeing in the not too far distant future given the pace of scientific discovery involving these amazing cells. OK, so it’s not yet possible to go out and buy a stem…

Get Better Skincare Recommendations With OKU

Get Better Skincare Recommendations With OKU

Ever wondered what that new product from the commercial does to your skin? Is it effective enough? Will it bring the promised change? Wonder no more, with OKU you’ll get personalized skincare and product recommendations which are in accordance with…

Is There a Link Between Solid Sleep and Healthy Skin?

Is There a Link Between Solid Sleep and Healthy Skin?

Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffiness and dark circles after a few nights of sleep. It’s normal and it happens to all of us. But how does lack of sleep impact your overall skin health? Having a good…

GUEST BLOG: 5 Steps a Teenager Can Take When Faced with Acne

GUEST BLOG: 5 Steps a Teenager Can Take When Faced with Acne

Being a teenager is tough. You’re just starting to grow into yourself and your body is changing and developing. We can all recall our days as teens, and my guess is that for most of us, at least some of…

Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

Guest Post: 7 Things you Should Know about Sauna Etiquette

The basic rules of sauna-going for beginners are here!

Guest Post: 4 Homemade Mango Face Masks For Beautiful Skin

Guest Post: 4 Homemade Mango Face Masks For Beautiful Skin

Use some of your mango supplies for a lovely DIY face mask!

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Guest Post: Face-Washing 101: Cardinal Cleansing Sins

Shedding light on the biggest and most common mistakes you make when cleansing!

Diet Choices & Healthy Skin: How Are They Connected?

Diet Choices & Healthy Skin: How Are They Connected?

By now you surely know that genetics has the biggest impact on your skin’s health. But no worries, this doesn’t mean your skin’s issues are completely dependant of it. Other factors such as diet, lifestyle and products influence your skin’s…

Skintributes 101: Pigmentation

Skintributes 101: Pigmentation

Uneven complexion is one of the most common concerns in the world! It can appear in different forms and for various reasons. Most commonly, when we have pigmentation issues, we’re thinking about brown patches on our face, shoulders, hands or…

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Guest Post: Skin Cancer & the ‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman Touting Sun Protection

Actor Hugh Jackman’s recurring bouts with skin cancer have attracted attention to what national medical organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Skin Cancer Foundation say is already an epidemic. Jackman, best known as the star of the X-Men movie franchise, recently took to Twitter to encourage people to use sunscreen after undergoing treatment for the fifth case of skin cancer on his nose since 2013.

The type of skin cancer Jackman had is called basal cell carcinoma. It’s the most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma. Both are rarely fatal, but they can be highly disfiguring and may spread if left untreated. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but it makes up only about 5% of all skin cancer cases diagnosed annually.

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All types of skin cancer are on the rise despite efforts to increase awareness about the importance of protecting skin from the sun. A 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology estimated that more than 5 million skin cancers are treated yearly in the U.S. in approximately 3.3 million people. This number continues to rise, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Dr. Brett Coldiron, founder of the The Skin Cancer Center in Cincinnati, told the Skin Cancer Foundation that be believes significant increases in the number of nonmelanoma skin cancer cases is due to a number of factors. For one thing, he says, the number of skin cancers reported is probably more accurate now than in the past.

He adds, “I think the increase is due to sun exposure, both incidental and intentional, and the growth of tanning parlors. Also, the baby boomer generation is aging, and most skin cancer patients are over 65.”

Baby boomers make up the largest part of our population. Not only are baby boomers living longer, but they are spending more of their life out in the sun.

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Jackman, at 48, doesn’t quite fall into the baby boom demographic. But he underwent a treatment to remove a skin cancer tumor that is becoming increasingly familiar to aging patients, who make up the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell cancers. That treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, is widely regarded as the most effective for nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Mohs surgery involves a meticulous process in which an extremely thin layer of tissue is removed by a surgeon, who then examines it under a microscope to determine whether any cancer cells remain. The process is repeated until all cancerous tissue is removed. The outpatient procedure may take several hours, but it has a cure rate of about 99% for patients diagnosed for the first time and up to 94% for recurrent tumors.

It’s also preferred for treating skin cancer in areas where the cosmetic outcome is important, such as the nose, lips, and other areas of the face, because Mohs spares more healthy tissue than other treatment methods. When the treatment is performed by an American College of Mohs Surgery member, Mohs surgery recovery is typically smooth.

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“Because American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) members perform the procedure in an outpatient setting using only local anesthesia, immediate recovery generally involves little more than resting and simple wound care,” says the ACMS website. “Some patients may experience mild discomfort, bleeding, redness, or inflammation, but these are typically temporary and easily manageable.”

Specialists who belong to the ACMS complete rigorous post-residency fellowship training from highly qualified instructors. Completing the fellowship includes participating in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases and demonstrating an ability to accurately interpret slides of tissue samples removed during the procedures.

Treatment alternatives such as excising the tumor, radiation, or cryogenic surgery (freezing the tumor off) are still being used, but expect to learn more about Mohs surgery as its benefits become apparent to more celebrities and regular folks alike.

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Bio: Emmy Owens is a health & beauty blogger who loves everything related to looking your best! She is a mother and wife who loves staying fit by chasing her young children. With age, she is not opposed to a cosmetic enhancement here or there, but the specifics remain in the vault.

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This post is a result of collaborative efforts of mySkin and American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS).

GUEST BLOG: Cultural Significance – Tribal Tattoos

GUEST BLOG: Cultural Significance – Tribal Tattoos

Some people tend to think of tattoos as a fad that’s just recently become popular. Others think back to what they consider the origin of popular tattoos: the wartime sailors, heading off for adventure with freshly-inked anchors and birds in…

Unbiased Skincare: From mySkin.com to OKU

Unbiased Skincare: From mySkin.com to OKU

How mySkin, Inc. has progressed in creating technologies that empower people to make informed skincare decisions!

OKU Availability Update

OKU Availability Update

Where’s my OKU?   Many of you have been asking when OKU will be ready to ship, so we decided to share an update about where we are with OKU right now. Since OKU is a first of its kind…

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

GUEST BLOG: The Best Tips For Naturally Rosy Skin

A naturally glowing, rosy skin is the epitome of beauty as it makes you look glamorous. However, the skin is a reflection of internal health and being the largest organ of the body requires a lot of pampering and caring…