illustration of a melanocyteKnow Your Skin Cells: III. The Melanocytes

By Gertrude-Emilia Costin and Gopinathan K. Menon
January 15, 2018

Cosmetic chemists best appreciate the implications of skin color for which the melanocytes are singularly responsible by producing melanin, the pigment which imparts the skin with its various shades of color. The marketing campaigns focused on the efficacy of personal care products to modulate skin color warrant an in-depth understanding of the melanocyte, its biology, and how influencing its functions changes skin appearance and health.

illustration of a man looking at the sunSkin and Boneā€”The "Sunshine" Hormone, Vitamin D Connection

By Kumar Pillai
January 15, 2018

What does skin have to do with bones? Skin produces vitamin D that keeps the bones healthy. Exposure of skin to sunlight produces the sunshine hormone, vitamin D, that is required for proper absorption of calcium and phosphorous from the intestine, which is deposited in bones and keeps them strong and healthy. It is now known that vitamin D is important not only for bone health, but for the overall health of humans.


























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