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Category Archives: Beauty

Add Movement And Volume To Hair

Go for the right cut

A bob or layered cut can give an illusion of much more volume, so do consult your hairdresser for advice on cutting and styling. Be sure to get the ends trimmed every 6 – 8 weeks. That removes split ends and gives the hair lots more natural movement.

Feed your hair when you feed your body

Eat a diet rich in protein and calcium to boost natural hair growth and volume. Dairy products, poultry, beans and pulses and green leafy vegetables like cabbage and sprouts rank as the top hair healthy foods. Vitamins A, C, and E, and the B group of vitamins are also vital for healthy hair. Eat a varied diet, with lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. That really is the best natural boost you can give to dull, lifeless hair.

Massage the scalp

Massage helps to boost the circulation and therefore stimulates blood flow to the scalp. So the nutrients you’re eating for overall health will find their way to your scalp and hair follicles. Do a massage whenever you have a few moments spare, and particularly when you shampoo your hair. Use a little castor oil occasionally to give your hair more volume. Apply the oil before shampooing, massage for 2 – 3 minutes then shampoo to remove the oil.

Get to work with an egg

Protein treatments are one of the best ways to add volume and shine to your hair. Don’t spend money on expensive treatments – just whip up a large egg and massage into your hair. Leave on the 5 – 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Repeat this treatment once a week for shiny, healthy hair.

Dry your hair naturally

For extra body, it’s better to let your hair dry naturally. Pat the hair dry with a towel, then put your head forward so your hair falls towards your knees. Ease your fingers through the hair to remove tangles, then toss your head back and allow the hair to fall into place. Using this method, the hair will have more body when it’s dry. If you have time and your hair is long enough, twist it around the top of your head like a crown while it’s still wet and let it dry like that. Shake your hair out when it’s dry then comb it with a wide-toothed comb to give it extra bounce and volume.

Blow drying can weaken and thin the hair. If time constraints mean you really must blow dry, don’t dry your hair completely. Let the last section near the roots dry naturally for extra lift and body.

These simple, natural tricks will all help to give your hair more bounce and body. You could also try volumising shampoos and conditioners. However, don’t rely on products like styling gels and sprays which are left on the hair. If you use too much it will weigh down your hair and rob it of natural body and movement, and often these products contain chemicals which can be harmful in the long term. In most cases, natural is always best.

Sun Kissed Look

Pay Attention to All the Details

In our efforts to ditch the heavy make up during summer, we tend to skip certain steps and focus mainly on our skin. Instead, remember to pay as much attention to your lips and eyes as you would to your face. Skip the foundation as it will only block your pores and may even form a glossy coat on your face due to the heat. Instead use just a concealer for your eyes if required and finish with some powdered mineral make up that helps achieve the same look.

Get a Flawless Finish

To have that ideal summer glow on your face, use some wrinkle correcting eye cream to make them appear less fatigued or a hydrating cream or serum that will help in hiding your puffiness and fine lines. Use a bronzer to add some shine and finish with long lasting kohl or liner and give yourself a minimalistic look. Use a coloured liner for an outing to give your eyes a slight pop.

Lip Care

The sun and heat are affecting your lips much more then you realize. Just like your skin, your lips too may form blisters due to over exposure and the best way to avoid this is by using lip balms and lip moisturizers which will protect your lips and keep them from drying out and feeling chapped.

Lip Colour

Applying your regular lipstick during the harsh summer is not very advisable as it often melts and leaves your lips feeling sticky. Instead of going full out by using lipsticks give lip tints or stains a try, which would give you the desired look without the sticky sensation. Try to stick to light colours through the day such as shades or coral, peach or pink and bring out the darker tones of red and plum only at night. Finish with a coat of lip gloss if required.

Remove Scars

There are a number of professional methods that you can use to get rid of scars. One of the most common methods is seeing a dermatologist. Here you need to visit a dermatologist who will tell you the type of scars that you have. The dermatologist will also guide you on some of the prescription methods available. Some of the great methods that you can use include: peels, laser surgery, and steroid injections.

Other than visiting the dermatologist, you can also consider dermabrasion. Here the surgeon takes a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges and gets rid of the top layers of the skin. The procedure causes you to bleed and as the skin heals, new skin forms which is usually free of scars.

If you have burns, long scars, or abnormally healed scars, you should go for surgical scar revision. The surgery aids in removing the scar and as a result a delicate and less obvious scar is left.

If you don’t have money to afford the professional healing methods, you can make use of home remedies. Some of the excellent home remedies that you can go for are: onion extracts, slather on cocoa butter, aloe Vera gel, lemon juice, and honey.

You should be very cautious when using these home remedies. The first thing that you should do is to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the remedies. To be on the safe side you should first test the remedies on a small part of your skin and if you are allergic to any, you shouldn’t use it.

Creams aid in healing small scars. For ideal results you should apply them daily. When applying, you should ensure that you apply liberally and consistently. The good side with the creams is that in addition to healing the scars they also aid in reducing sun damage.

Sheets are ideal for keloids. Keloids are the extra scar tissue that results after the skin has healed. Some Keloids last for ever on the person and some will became slightly visible by our naked eye. One of the great sheets that you can consider buying are Europlasts, Elastoplasts and ScarAway.

Cute Nail Design

1. Half-Moon Nails

These consist of leaving the half moon at the base of the nail bare, while designing and coordinating the colors above it. Colors that compliment each other are vital in giving the utmost effect, for examples, blues with blue tones or silver, or in contrast red with red tones or gold. These are simply color schemes, but leave the Half-moon bare.

2. Floral Nails

These can be designed by choosing the preferred base color. While you can apply decals that are floral, it is just as simple to add daisies or other similar flowers that can be completed on top of the base coat by means of simple dots and streaks. They are gorgeous attention grabbers.

3. Glitter Nails

Very simple and effective. By choosing a coordinating base-coat, you are able to choose a glitter topping that will accent the base coat and your clothing color scheme as well. You are free to choose whatever colors you like, which will allow you to showcase your style and personality.

While many designs now days may be done with air-brushed techniques, it is very important to remember that you are able to design your finger and toenails with quick originality and use it as an expression of self. As you gain more confidence in this area, feel free to begin to experiment with air guns, decals, and other original ideas at they fit the message you are trying to spread. You will find manicure and pedicure work done by yourself and to your expectations is far more pleasing and less expensive than to go to the salon.

About Foods For Great Skin

If you love fruits then you are going to be thrilled about this. Strawberries are actually great for your skin. Strawberries have tons of vitamin C. When you eat strawberries, you are protecting your skin from the effects of aging. A study showed that people who ate foods loaded with vitamin C have less wrinkles, and healthier looking skin.

Broccoli is also a great promoter of skin health. It has a large amount of vitamin E in it. The vitamin E in broccoli will help protect your skin, and, keeps it soft. It also has the benefits of keeping your skin protected from UV rays. Sun damage is a common occurrence if you are outdoors often. If you are planning, an outdoor trip, such as camping, be sure to eat your broccoli!

Carrots are a great snacking option for healthy skin. When you eat carrots, you will be ingesting vitamin A. This vitamin will help your skin healthy and fresh looking. It repairs damaged cells and keeps your face looking vibrant and soft. It is great for protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. They are a low calorie snack that you can enjoy raw, or cooked, and still receive the benefits.

Consuming pumpkin seeds can make your skin look good as new. It is high in zinc, which will protect your skin cells from damage. It also promotes cell renewal. This will give your skin a youthful, fresh appearance. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten in multiple ways. The versatility is what makes them so easy to add into your diet.

The number one food for fighting acne is seafood. You can eat fresh seafood such as oysters or clams. These foods are high in zinc. It is proven to help control the hormones that activate acne. Having a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is crucial to keeping your skin beautiful. The body will use all of these vitamins and minerals to repair, and restore your skin.

Glycerin Soaps

All Natural

One of the benefits of using glycerin soaps, especially handmade ones, is that they are completely natural, with no synthetic ingredients added during the manufacturing process.

Sensitive Skin

Because of the organic nature, they are most beneficial to people with sensitive skin. Synthetic ingredients can create skin complications and irritate formant skin problems.

Glycerin soap, on the other hand, can be used for even the most sensitive skin, even with skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. They do not irritate the skin or create negative reactions like normal soap does.

Moisturizing

Glycerin is known to be a great humectant, in other words, it can attract moisture.

Due to this feature, these soaps attract moisture to the skin, keep it locked in, and provide a constant hydration to the skin.

Unlike some soaps that dry out the skin and make it feel tight and flaky, glycerin soaps keep the skin hydrated for several hours after use.

Using glycerine soaps regularly can help your skin become silky soft and supple.

Healthy Skin

By keeping your skin well moisturized, you can create the foundation for a healthy skin.

Completely moisturized and healthy skin can effectively prevent developing wrinkles, stretch marks and skin tears. Although glycerin soaps are great for the whole body, using them regularly to wash your face can offer you additional benefits. When using a harsh soap, it dries the skin and often causes the skin to make up for its dryness by creating extra oil, which clogs your skin and creates skin problems.

Glycerin soaps, when used for face wash, help to decrease and completely rid-off of acne.

With Essential Oils

A combination of glycerin and natural essential oils from Damask rose, juniper, rosemary and lavender, quickens the effect of moisturizing and skin improving. These oils stimulate the vital processes in cells, increase the peripheral blood circulation and reduce the water retained in cells.

They also help for the expulsion of toxins, accumulated in the organism.

The Bulgarian Damask rose is a unique plant, packed with many therapeutic benefits!

With regards to skin care, it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and tissue regenerator. It is also high in antioxidants and offers amazing properties of hydration and redness reduction. The Bulgarian Damask rose oil is also used in aromatherapy to calm and relax. It’s good for helping those in grief or emotional distress as well as individuals suffering from depression.

The Bulgarian Lavender oil has a strong expressed relaxing, anti-stress and antiseptic effect. It is suitable for restoring the body after physical overstrain and brain-fag, and also helps for a robust and sound sleep.

That’s why it is better to choose a handmade glycerin soap, especially in a combination with essential oils, for your everyday face and body wash, instead of ordinary soaps!

Applying Strip Eyelashes

1. Measuring and Cutting the Lash

You can buy strip eyelashes from your local drugstore, grocery store or anywhere where makeup is sold. They can come in pairs or sets of five to ten. They are basically a one size that fits all and are made longer than what you require; hence you need to cut them to the length that’s right for you.

To do this, hold the strips to your eyelid (just like how you would when you’ll apply it) in order to determine how much you’ll need to cut off. After which, employ scissors to cut it to a size that’s right for you.

2. Applying the Adhesive

Apply a thin ribbon of eyelash adhesive or glue along the lash band. Wait for a few minutes until it becomes tacky. Note that it shouldn’t be drippy. To ensure that you’re not using too much adhesive, employ a toothpick in applying glue.

3. Applying the Lash

With one hand, hold down your eyelid and use your other hand to press the strip to your lash base. You can also employ a toothpick or tweezers for nudging the strip into place. Continue pressing the strip until it sticks. Optional: Add a mascara for a more dramatic effect.

Jojoba Oil

The conference held at the University of Arizona in 1986 started the hype about the applications and benefits from the oil of the jojoba plant. The seed undergoes extraction procedure so that the essential oil may be obtained. It is to be noted that even the bean through which the seeds are sourced out has beneficial health effects. The chemical compound known as Leptin which is present in the bean reduces the body’s desire for food. This is why it is popular among weight loss enthusiasts. It also has HDL which is good for the regulation of blood pressure.

One of the most interesting things now is that if labels of health and wellness products will be examined, it is normal to find this oil among the ingredients list. Examples of these products are face creams, anti-wrinkle rubs, herbal ointments, hair and skin moisturizers, acne solutions, and more.

However, there is an issue that might alarm consumers. The seed of jojoba plant can have toxicity levels that are considered fatal to mammals. In fact, minute amounts of wax obtained from it have the power of a laxative. The good news is that the harmful effect would manifest only when the said plant part is consumed or ingested in unusually large quantities.

Jojoba oil has properties that make it ideal for both industrial and health applications. Monoester carbon compounds present in it gives it a power comparable to diesel during combustion. Nowadays, people are more focused on the health applications of this type of oil.

Apple Night Cream

Working as skin’s natural moisturizer, olive oil works in delaying aging effects on skin because of its healthy content of antioxidants and fats. Rose water, for its part, is one awesome beauty agent because it contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. It’s effective in maintaining the pH balance of skin, healing of scars, calming acne and revitalizing skin that’s aging. As an added bonus, it comes with a pleasant smell too.

So the ingredients to prepare are simply one apple, some olive oil and rose water. Along with these, you will be needing the following from your kitchen: A bowl, a mixing spoon, a knife, a blender, a double boiler and a container whether in glass or plastic.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Slice your apple in two equal parts.
  • Take out the seeds.
  • Chop both halves into little pieces.
  • Put all chopped pieces into your blender.
  • Mix one half cup of olive oil.
  • Blend the mixture for a duration of 5-7 minutes. Continue until you see it having a thick and smooth consistency.
  • Pour into the double boiler. Allow to heat for some minutes or specifically, until it becomes warm enough.
  • Take your mixture out from the boiler and let it cool.
  • Once cooled enough, add in one half cup of rose water.
  • Then transfer it to your glass or plastic container for storage.

To use, simply cleanse your face and neck then pat dry. Use your fingers to apply the cream on your skin gently, rubbing it in upward strokes with circular movements. Allow the mixture to stay on your skin overnight. Wash off with water that’s lukewarm the morning after.

Looking Ten Years Younger

1. Stop Blaming Everything On How Old You Are:

People who use age as the reason for why they are fat, are denying that they are fat because they eat, think, and move like a fat, old, person. Studies have shown that men and women even in their golden years were able to gain muscle tone in just a matter of weeks of simple weight training.

2. Forget Low Fat Diets:

As they have pointed out, if these fad diets really were to work, we wouldn’t have so many people lose the weight just to gain back more and we also wouldn’t have so many obese people as we do now. Characteristics of people on low fat diets look drawn, gaunt, and weak, and are often sick. Low Fat Diets do not reverse the aging process.

3. Avoid Chronic Dehydration:

Water burns fat, suppresses hunger in your skin. Drinking pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks, drop fat, give you more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork. Your liver is fat burning organ and the water will keep it functioning.

4. Stop Cycling:

Although cycling is good cardio, it does very little to reverse the aging process.

5. Work Out Less:

You do need to work out so that you won’t lose muscle tissue every year. The secret to the success is resistance training.