When you're pregnant, there are lots of weird things that happen to your body. But I was seriously not prepared to find out this news: That pregnant ladies are basically walking, talking skin-care-makers for their kids. Researchers at Leiden University in The Netherlands have been studying an all-natural moisturizer mothers produce in the womb-a "buttery ointment" with the not-so-catchy name Vernix caseosa. (I get the gross factor, but bear with me.) Apparently this stuff not only keeps your baby from being born a human prune (consider that it spends nine months essentially underwater), it also helps baby's skin stay hydrated and fight off infection after it's out in the world. The scientists just released a study with promising results on a synthetic version they created to heal some adult skin diseases. And, their hopes are that it just might one day be the mother of all moisturizers for healthy skin. Stay tuned.
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