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Category Archives: Beauty

Tips to Pick Body Wash

When selecting a body wash, look for a product that has natural ingredients rather than a product that is based in chemical additives. Many chemicals promise great results, but in most cases you can gain the most benefit from products that get their moisturizing power from natural elements like shea butter, Aloe Vera, or honey; all of which have been shown to nourish skin without causing any damage. An all natural body wash is likely to be completely biodegradable, which makes it better for the environment as well as better for your body.

Remember that your body wash is something that you will be exposed to every single day, so don’t choose anything that has ingredients that could prove harmful after long term use. Avoid any body wash that includes alcohol, which can be drying to skin; or silicone, which can leave behind a thin layer of residue that can clog pores. To be sure that your skin stays clear and fresh, look for body washes which specifically state that they are non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t cause pimples or blemishes.

Of course, shopping for the right body wash is only one piece of the puzzle. The way that you apply your body wash is just as important as what kind of product you choose. Using a loofah or other slightly abrasive scrub brush can provide an invigorating wake up for all of your senses while helping your skin glow with health. A loofah will exfoliate your skin while you scrub, helping you buff away dingy dead skin cells while you clean and moisturize. This simple tool packs quite a punch, and incorporating a loofah into your shower routine can help you get the most out of your body wash by making sure that moisture and nutrients fully penetrate the youngest, freshest layer of skin. Using an all natural moisturizing body wash with a loofah can help your natural beauty shine through all over your body. This is especially important during the spring and summer months when you are likely to be showing a bit more skin than usual, making a body wash a part of your daily beauty routine can help you look great and feel confident.

 

Natural Skin Care Solutions for You to Try

# Once a week, rub your skin with baking soda while in the shower, for a smooth, silky feeling. You can also do this on your face to remove black heads.

# For a great moisturizer try olive oil, this healthy fat is good for you, and is great for your skin. You can also use it to soothe sunburned skin.

# Vinegar can work wonders for smelly feet and armpits. Mix water and vinegar 50/50, and use in place of deodorant: it will keep the unpleasant sweat smell away, without any irritation. As for your feet, if you suffer with athlete’s foot, a week of vinegar foot bath will help a lot, sometimes completely getting rid of your condition.

# Fresh tomatoes are great for the oily areas of your face. (Please make sure to try the tomato juice on your arm first, as your skin may be sensitive to it). Rinse thoroughly immediately after using the tomato juice.

# Egg yolk mixed with honey makes for a really great mask: put on your skin, leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse off. Excellent for sensitive skin. Honey gives a tingling/ticklish sensation, so if you are sensitive to that, use the egg yolk alone.

another use for egg yolk : for those with eczema, use it instead of soap. It doesn’t smell great, but it will heal your damaged skin.

# A great treatment for dry skin is avocados: mash it, smooth it onto your face, and rinse off after 20 minutes.

How to Get a Radiant Skin

Cleanse Your Skin

Do you apply heavy makeup when leaving for work? Then, don’t forget to remove the makeup after you return from the workplace. Your exposure to wind, sun, pollutions and even air conditioning could block the pores of your skin. You don’t have to run to the beautician to clean your skin. Just dip a piece of cotton wool in the milk and wipe your skin. You could also dip the cotton wool in almond oil and clean the skin under your eyes.

Eat Healthy Food

Chocolate, candies, French fries and Pizzas! As delicious as they are, these food items are deemed to be the enemies of your skin. They could cause blemishes and make your skin oily. It is hard to digest the fact, but reduce the intake of these delicacies for the betterment of your skin.

Exercise Regularly

The tasteless water could very well help in improving your complexion. Eight glasses of water along with regular exercise could have a positive impact on your complexion. What kind of exercises? Walking, running, jogging or even engaging in sports could have the desired effect on your skin.

Replace Your Dead Skin Cells

Don’t ignore dead skin cells. Note that you have to exfoliate at least twice a week to replace your dead skin cells. Do you have broken capillaries? In that case, care should be taken before exfoliating.

Reduce Exposure to the Sun

Is it possible to escape the ill effects of hot sun? Exposure to the sun could leave your skin with blotches and premature wrinkles. Do you have to go out between 10: am and 3: pm? In that case, wear sun glasses and wide rimmed hats to prevent direct exposure to the sun.

Use Natural Moisturizer

Is your environment surrounded by pollutants and dust? Then, it would be better for you to use a natural moisturizer. These moisturizers can protect and hydrate your skin. How do you prepare a nourishing mask at home? Blend white cosmetic clay with mashed banana and apply on your face. Wash after a few minutes.

Avoid Excessive Use of Cosmetics

Excessive use of cosmetics could have an adverse effect on your skin and health. People remain unaware that most of the cosmetics contain dangerous chemicals like parabens, thus paving way for cancer. If not cancer, these chemicals could cause serious allergies. So, it is better to minimize the excessive use of cosmetics.

Maintain Healthy Lifestyle

Are you addicted to alcohol and cigarettes? Then, you are sure to get all kinds of skin problems. Wrinkles and blotches may find haven in your skin. Stay away from alcohol and cigarettes if you want healthy skin. Try to stay cool, so as to avoid fatigue and stress.

 

How to Prevent Sunburn Peeling

Preventing your skin from peeling when you have sunburn is something that can be done if you know the appropriate steps to follow.

The first thing to remember is that skin peels because it is dead and dried out. So if you can avoid your skin from becoming dried out, you should be able to avoid peeling.

The best way to prevent sunburn peeling is by keeping your skin lubricated at all times. This is not always an easy thing to do, but if you stay devoted you should not have any problems at all. Most people stick to a lotion that can be bought at any store. If you can find one that contains aloe vera you should consider buying it; it will soothe and rehydrate your skin in no time at all.

If you are not having any luck with the lotion that you buy at the store, visit your doctor. They may be able to prescribe a stronger formula that will help to prevent peeling.

Also, drinking a lot of water will keep your skin hydrated, and the peeling to a minimum.

Overall, it is possible to prevent sunburn. There is no reason to give into the fact that you will have to deal with unsightly peeling for a few days. By staying devoted to a routine, you will have no problems avoiding peeling the next time you stay out in the sun a bit too long.

 

Get Healthy and Youthful Looking Skin with These Tips

# Use a gentle cleanser on a daily basis. Choose a cleanser that washes away dirt and impurities without drying the skin out. Look for organic and paraben free products.

# Use a hydrating toner on a daily basis. Hydrating toners remove any impurities that are left on the skin; balance the skin’s pH levels, and combats the effects of environmental exposure. While there are some toners that are too harsh and irritate skin, finding a gentle organic product made with plant extracts is essential.

# Replenish skin both day and night. Purchase products that replenish the moisture in the skin and decrease the appearance of aging.

To get even more spectacular results, include scientifically advanced products that are made to refine and brighten the skin complexion. If women do this, they will be amazed at what their skin will look and feel like in a few short weeks. Here are additional tips to follow when looking for the Enhancers

# If seeking to treat skin for fine line’s wrinkles, and imperfections, use a product called “Serum Intensive”. This product helps to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, plus increases skin’s firmness. This works best for oily skin. Use it after a hydrating toner.

# For women looking to reduce blotchiness and increase radiance, seek products that brighten and retextures the skin’s appearance, leaving it clearly radiant and smooth. This product can also be used after a hydrating toner. A perfect product for this is “Perfecting Essence”.

# For women dissatisfied with crow’s feet and dark circles under the eyes, an eye product is essential. Look for a product that smoothes away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area while decreasing the look of dark circles. This product should be used after a hydrating toner.

# Lastly, for women who want to improve dull and uneven skin texture, use a product called “Rice Bran Polisher”. This product gently exfoliates dead skin cells from the skin?s surface and reveals a glowing complexion. It’s best used 2-3 times per week after a gentle daily cleanser.

 

Summer Skin Care Tips

Vitamin D from sunshine will help your bones become stronger. You just need a little sunshine a day for that process. Too much sun exposure can be very counter-productive and even cause winkles, burns and skin cancer. Early morning sunshine is the best for your health. You should avoid sun exposure from 12PM to 2PM because that is the time when sunshine is the most intense.

Don’t forget to apply your sunblock before going out. Using sunblock doesn’t only help prevent irritating burns caused by intense sunshine but also reduces the risk of skin cancer and cataracts. You should buy sunblock with an SPF number no lower than 15. In fact, you should go for as high a number as possible and remember to apply the sunblock as least 20 minutes before going out as it may take some time to start working.

In a hot summer, your body in general and your skin in particular can easily lose water. Drinking water frequently improves the excretion of your skin and prevents pimples. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and drink more if you often have to go out.

If you feel your skin burning after being in intense sunshine, tonic lotion can help cool down your skin and speed up its recovery. Using cleanser and tonic lotion every evening will make your skin fresh and clean, remove dead cells and extra oil which can clog your pores.

You should remember that summer is the season of insects. Be ready for that by buying creams and lotions which can relieve the redness and burning sensation if you are stung by mosquitoes or other insects. You should ask your doctor for advice about what kinds of creams and lotions are suitable for you if you have sensitive skin. If you choose a cream which doesn’t suit your skin, the result can be much worse than a sting.

In addition, you should supply your skin with sufficient nutrients to cope with the hot summer. You should eat food which is rich in selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E. Selenium can be found in meat, crab, shrimps, cheese, etc. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are found in carrots, egg yolk, fish liver oil, etc. Vitamin C can be found in most fruits, especially in oranges, lemons, strawberries and pineapples. Milk, butter, nuts and vegetables are rich in Vitamin E, which slows down the aging process of your skin.

Easy Avocado Recipes for Skin Care

Facial Mask

This facial mask is useful for dry skin. Mash half avocado and apply it leisurely on your face. Keep it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

Make a paste of •1/2 ripe avocado mixed with 1 tsp vegetable oil. Apply this paste on a washed and clean face. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it with warm water. This masque is very good for dry skin.

Puffed Eyes

Cut avocado into slices and place it under each eye and relax with it for next 20 minutes. The changes would be remarkable.

Eye Cream

Make an eye cream by mixing 5 drops of almond oil in 3 ripe slices of avocado. Blend this mixture and dab it around your eyes. Keep it for five minutes then rinse.

Another method of making the eye cream is by using 1/4 cup avocado oil with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel. You could also use apricot kernel, grape seed or sesame oil.

Smooth and Beautiful Hands

Make a paste by mixing 1/4 peeled and smashed avocado, 1 egg white, 2 tbsp. oatmeal and 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply this paste on your hand and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and pat it dry. You would be thrilled by the results by using it regularly.

Facial Scrub

You would need 2 tbsp. flax seeds, 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 avocado peel. Use a small bowl to mix flax seeds and banana. Scoop the banana and flax seed by using avocado peel. Massage this scoop on your face in circular motion, slowly and gently. Rinse it with warm water.

 

Apple Skin Care Recipe

Having Braeburn apples can protect you from the UV rays. It is one of the best qualities of apple which has components to protect you from UV rays.

Grind 1 cored and quartered apple in a blender. Add 1 tsp. honey, sage to the mixture. Refrigerate it for 10 minutes. Apply this mixture on your face. Keep it for 30 minutes and later rinse it. This can be used for normal skin.

Mix 1 tbsp apple juice with 5-6 drops of lime juice. Apply this on your face. Keep it for 15 minutes. Wash it with cold water. It is very good for oily skin.

Grate an apple and keep it in the refrigerator to cool. Apply this grated apple on your face for 15 minutes then rinse it with cool water. Works well for dry skin.

You can remove overnight blemishes by dabbing apple cider vinegar on your face before bed. A rejuvenated and radiant skin will await you in the morning.

Age spots can be lightened by patting areas with apple cider vinegar before bed.

Take 1/2 peeled cucumber, 1 egg white; 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. lime juice, 1/2 tsp. apple mint leaves and a drop of lime essential oil. Mix the ingredients into a smooth paste except the essential oil which is added last and mixed well again. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with warm water for a great effect.

Cut 1 apple in small pieces and liquidize it. Mix 1 tsp honey and sage to this liquidated apple and blend it well. Apply it on your face and relax for 15 minutes. Once done rinse it and pat dry.

Take 1/2 peeled and sliced apple, 1 tbsp. honey, one egg yolk, one tbsp. ascorbic acid, vinegar and 2 tbsp oil. Blend these ingredients for smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face, till dry and wash it lukewarm water.

 

Tips to Handle Cracked Heels

the first thing I did was to put some lotion on my foot. The lotion I used has honey and aloe vera amongst other things. It is called Thentix “A Touch of Honey”. The anti bacterial properties of these two ingredients and some others helped to prevent infection. The next thing I had to do was somehow close and protect the fissure or split. This is not easy on feet. Band-aids don’t work. They won’t stick to the skin on the heel. I’ve done some research on different kinds of glues and from this I know there are medical superglues that are used for suturing. There are certain types of cyanoacrylate* (*the technical term for super glue type glues) that are used for this. Well, I didn’t have one of those and had no idea where to get one but I did have some Miracle Glue which has similar properties. Now it is pretty runny so be careful not to try and put this on your foot when sitting on the sofa or over a carpet or kitchen floor. If you spill it, don’t expect to get it off. So, once the lotion has dried, apply some of the glue to the split an allow it to dry. Open to the air like this it will take a little while. I would not advise trying to wipe off any excess with your finger unless you don’t mind hobbling around for a few hours with your finger attached to your foot. Once it is dry you may want to wear shoes and socks for a day or so. Then each night before I go to bed I put some of the Thentix on my whole heel to keep it moist, supple and allow healing.

Putting the lotion on each day like this helps soften the skin as there was quite a callus built up on the back of my heel and the pressure pushing on the back of my heel with lousy sandals was helping the skin to crack. You could also use a pumice stone or something similar to rub off some of the skin. Take it easy on this or you are going to create more problems.

The causes of cracks or fissures in the feet can be caused from: anything that is putting undue pressure on the heel – standing too long – particularly in ill fitting shoes or sandals; obesity; as well as some diet problems and other general skin conditions.

Is it an Ongoing Problem?

On top of the obvious immediate handlings I would advise seeing a nutritionist or doctor if this is an ongoing problem. A podiatrist or chiropractor may need to be consulted as well to see if posture or other foot problems are the cause. Eczema or psoriasis can also be contributing factors. Using the Thentix – A Touch of Honey and the Miracle Glue will help the symptoms in this case but one should definitely see a doctor or nutritionist to search out and handle the cause. The problem could be something as simple as a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

The same sort of problem can happen with hands – particularly the ends of the fingers. Often people working with chemicals or drying agents like mortar will have problems. Have a look at bricklayers’ hands sometime. The ends of his fingers often have cracks in the skin that are very slow to heal. I would suggest the same thing: make sure that the cracks are clean and dry and apply some of the lotion. When that is dry glue run a bead of glue along the fissure. I would not use just any type of glue for this – if you can find one that’s approved for skin all the better. And use honey lotion as the healing properties of honey can be quite dramatic

 

Tomato Skin Care Recipes

Tomatoes are of great help for your skin. If you happen to go in the sun and in that span of time you get tanned, there is an easy solution. Prepare cucumber and tomato juice mixture to be applied on the affected areas of your skin. Keep it for 10 minutes; later wash it off with clean water. You will notice the difference.

Anyone can have skin rashes and the main reason for these rashes is silicon deficiency. This problem is overcome by having good amounts of sprouts, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits.

Make a mixture of honey and tomato juice to be applied on your face and neck. Wash it off after 15 minutes and within minutes you would see a glowing face in front of the mirror.

Another recipe for glowing skin is the mixture of 2 tsp tomato juice and 4 tsp curd. Apply it well on your skin and wash it in 15 minutes to see the difference.

This recipe is for all those people who have oily skins, open pores and blackheads. Tomato has a acidic trait which also contains potassium and vitamin C which helps in cleansing the face. Rub a sliced piece of tomato on your skin and leave it for fifteen minutes. This would help the pores. Later wash it off with water.

For a good complexion spread the pulp of tomato on your face daily. Keep it for 1 hour and then wash it off with warm water. If done regularly the results will be seen.

The tomato lotion helps in shrinking the enlarged pores and this can be made by using tomato juice mixed with 2 or 3 drops of lime juice. Apply this solution on your face and then wash it off for 15 minutes.

A great recipe to remove sunburn can be made by adding 2 tsp tomato juice in 4 tbsp of buttermilk. Apply it all over your skin. Wash it off after keeping it for 1/2 hour.

You can easily make a homemade cleanser by using tomato and milk. Use tomato juice by straining the pulp and mix it with equal parts of milk. Store this in a bottle which can be refrigerated to be used everyday. Apply this on your face and neck by using your fingertips. Keep it for 10 minutes and later wash it with cold water.