There are few people who don't feel a twinge of panic – however brief – when they notice their first gray hair or forehead crease. As such, it can be tempting to snap up any quick fix that promises aging longevity and a more youthful appearance. However, some cosmetics that women – and men – in Houston and Denver may slather on their face could actually put them at greater risk for certain health complications, and ultimately accelerate the aging process entirely.

Such is the case, it would seem, for skincare products that contain gold flecks. This decadent additive has been introduced to various moisturizers and facial creams in recent years, but it is only now that scientists have discovered a few nasty side effects linked to these items. According to a press release from Stony Brook University in New York State, the golden nanoparticles in such cosmetics – once perceived to be "harmless" – may increase wrinkling and other signs of aging by disturbing natural fat storage processes.  These specks could, in turn, inhibit healthy wound healing and further threaten overall well-being by increasing the risk of diabetes.

"Reductions caused by gold nanoparticles can result in systemic changes to the body," lead researcher and assistant professor Tatsiana Mironava explained in the release.

If you live in Denver or Houston and have questions about how to age gracefully, it's best to consult a medical professional before taking up the latest trend. At Longevity Centres of America, our specialists are trained in the expansive field of anti-aging medicine, and can help you make the right choices to promote your long-term health and vitality.