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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Say Goodbye to that Double Chin

Everyone has fat underneath their chin, this is normal. However, eliminating the excess fat under the chin, thus a double chin, is probably the toughest of all fat to lose.

There are three main causes of double chins. Based on Ebony Marshall's book, Pretty Perfect (a book which teaches people how to tone their way to slimmer faces) these causes of a double chin are genetics, the slackening of the facial muscles, and a poor diet (specifically poor calorie-intake). Nothing but surgery can help the first cause, but if your double chin is due to the other two items, you can follow these tips:

1.Exercise … your whole body. You probably love food, and your metabolism probably loves it too, that’s why it hoards it in every possible way. Since there is a natural fat storage space underneath your chin, your body will deposit some of its excess fat in this area. You can reverse this process is you burn more calories than you take in. Often, we need to lose excess body weight in order to lose double chin fat.

2.Lose the alcohol – drink lots of water instead. Look at beer and alcohol chuggers. Notice how most of them have beer bellies AND double chin fat? Drop the alcohol today. It only bloats and dehydrates you. When you drink a lot of water, you can burn or melt away excess fat. Start drinking it today!

3.Eat fruits and vegetables. 3 servings with each of the 3 major meals of the day. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals, makes for a wonderful source of fiber, and keeps you hydrated. Plus, they naturally protect your skin against wrinkles!

4.Keep your jaw and facial muscles in motion. Always chewing can be taxing, but it’s an effective way of keeping fat from settling under your chin. Have some gum with you so that you can chew away at any time of the day. Sugar-free gum works best; never get the regular, kids’ kind as that would be too full of unnecessary sugar.

5.Exercise the platysma. This particular muscle group spawns over the lower jaw, neck and throat. It is also the main muscle which must be exercised in order to help get rid of a double chin. Open your mouth as wide as you can, then pull your bottom lip over your bottom teeth – which makes you look like you lost all those teeth. Hold it for a couple of seconds before gently relaxing those muscles. This may also make you look like an idiot, so make sure to do this exercise within the confines of your room.

There are a lot of helpful information you'll find in this book that's all about helping you achieve your goal of a beautiful and glowing face. From exercises, to beauty foods, make up and hairstyles, this eBook offers a comprehensive approach is presented in layman’s terms, so this is definitely a must-read. To learn more, click on this link: Eliminate Double Chin Formula

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Best Beauty Products

On the September 21st Today Show Ms. Linda Wells, editor and chief of Allure magazine revealed the best of the best beauty products for 2011. Below are the products they featured on the Today show. So what do you think of these products? Have you tried any of them and if so do you think they are the best of the best? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Maybelline Volum' Express  - It's not mascara, it's false lash glam in a tube, instantly patented spoon brush and pro keratin fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping. Unique flexible wand helps lift and separate, to provide the look of 3x more lashes.

NARS Blush - Orgasm - Made with transparent pigments for a soft and sheer look. Imparts a natural, healthy glow for any skin tone and may be worn alone or layered together for more depth and intensity.

Living Proof NO Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner - Developed for all hair types, No Frizz shampoo contains the same frizz-fighting technology as our styling products. The first new anti-frizz technology in over 30 years, it does what silicones can't;eliminate frizz by blocking humidity-without weighing hair down. No Frizz shampoo enhances the benefits on No Frizz Stylers, leaving hair deeply hydrated, incredibly soft, smooth and, of course, frizz free.

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur - Yves Saint Laurent GLOSS PUR Pure Lip Gloss creates a beautiful and glossy sheen to the lips without sparkle. The wand allows you to glaze your lips with the utmost precision as it delivers a flash of luminous sheen and rich tint

Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolor - Indulge in the color of pure luxury. Color riche nurturing and protective lipcolour is now richer, creamier and more moisturizing than ever before. In addition to nourishing ingredients like omega 3 and vitamin E, the formula has been enriched with argan oil.

Sally Hansen Nail Strips - Nail art is becoming really fashionable. According to Allure these nail strips are easy to apply and last for up to 10 days.

For more product reviews pick up the October issue of Allure magazine. It lists 193 products they consider to be the best of the best.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Skin Care Crossword Puzzle

Test your skin care knowledge.  You can either print this out or complete it online at Complete Skin Care Therapy


1: removes last traces of cleanser and can restore pH balance
2: condition where skin starts to show signs of ageing
3: topical applications that are used to correct dryness and scaling of the skin
4:an acid ingredient found in many over the counter acne products (two words together)
7: chemicals that neutralize free radicals
9: ingredient that lightens skin
11: acne like condition characterized by redness
15: abbreviation for sun protector factor


5: another word for Vitamin A
6: protein found in the connective tissue that makes the skin resistant to stretching
8: acid commonly found in skin care products and often used in chemical peels –abbreviation
10: another word for age spots (two words)
12: soothes dry skin, often used after cleansing
13: method used to slough off dry, dead skin
14: another word for facial wash
16: preserves the moisture or water content in the skin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FYI – Recall on Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color

Just released on April 11, 2011 and April 18, 2011, Proctor and Gamble have recalled its Clairol Natural Instincts products. This was a voluntary recall by Proctor and Gamble stating that the products may produce an unwanted color effect. This recall covers the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. From what I understand the Revitalizer sachets in these products create the unwanted color. Proctor and Gamble however that the products in the kit remain safe to use but do not use the Revitalizer Sachet.

Below are the products that have been taken off the market, however if you currently own one of these products you should contact Clairol or the retailer where you purchased it at.

  • Natural Instincts Shade 16 Light Auburn (Spiced Tea)
  • Natural Instincts Shade 35 Brown Black (Ebony Mocha)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 03G Light Golden Blonde (Honey Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 7.5 Dark Blonde (Maple Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 21G Medium Golden Brown (Caramel Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 23R Medium Auburn (Raspberry Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 30R Dark Auburn (Cherry Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Creme Shade 31 Darkest Brown (Coffee Creme)
  • Natural Instincts Vibrant Shade 9 Natural Light Blonde (Blonde Vibrance)
  • Natural Instincts Vibrant Shade 10 Extra Light Blonde (Sun-Kissed Blonde)
  • Natural Instincts 11G Lightest Golden Brown (Amber Shimmer)
  • Natural Instincts Vibrant Shade 6A Light Cool Brown (Wake-up Cocoa)
Clairol has stated that it expects the affected shades and products to be back on shelves in May 2011.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Adding Bounce and Volume for Fine Limp Hair

Hair texture can be generally categorized into four major types: fine, medium, coarse and wiry or frizzy hair. Due to the fact that there are different types of hair texture it is important to maintain your hair with the products specially made for the texture of your hair. For instance, for fine limp hair a heavy conditioner or styling aid would not be recommended.

This article will address fine limp hair and simple tips and techniques that can bring out body and add volume to your hair style.

First and foremost, fine, thin hair has a tendency to fall flat and shapeless in a short amount of time after styling. This is due to the fact that it lacks body. Additionally for those with fine limp hair the right hair cut is essential to bring out body and volumne.

Hair Care Products:

The right hair care products can play a significant role in adding volume to fine hair. Thus, when styling your hair consider a mousse as they are lightweight. Hair gels and pastes can also be used if they are not too heavy. Conditioner is usually a heavy product and great for those with thick, coarse hair, however for fine hair consider skipping the conditioner and use a light detangling spray if needed. The bottom line here is to opt for hair care products that do not weigh the hair down any further.

Hair Styling Tips:

If you use a blow dryer regularly, consider blow drying your hair with your head upside down. Another option when blow drying your hair is to pull the hair straight up at the roots with a hair brush or your fingers thus creating tension and lift at the roots. For those with an asymmetrical haircut blow dry your hair in opposite direction of the way you wear your hair. If you are trying to achieve a straight style with volume use a blow dryer and paddle brush instead of heavy hair straightening products. For those that like curls, hot rollers are your best choice.

Hair Style:

Your haircut can play a significant role in adding volume to your hair. Consider these options:

Cropped - The cropped hair style is probably the simplest to maintain. It is especially good for those with small and thin faces. It is easy to add height and volume with a little bit of mouse or light gel.

Bob - this style compliments most face shapes especially those with a heart shaped facial structure. The bob frames the face and by ending the hair at the chin it gives the illusion of an oval face instead of a pointy chin. The bob can be a versatile hair style with side bangs or bangs and looks great with or without highlights.

Layered - layered, choppy hair styles are good for all lengths of hair because it is so versatile. The layered cut can be worn flipped up or down, waves, scrunched curls, etc.

With so many great styling products and styling tools on the market, even fine, limp hair can achieve volume and bounce.

Consider these products:
Roffler® Thickening Shampoo - A rich luxurious professional formula shampoo that contains Multiplex Protein of Collagen, Panthenol and Keratin Protein. Maximizes thickness of hair and builds a rich, full body.
Cleanses hair thoroughly and is safe for permed and colored hair. Adds luster. This acid-balanced, daily use shampoo combines multiplex proteins, collagen and keratin, plus Panthenol, to give maximum thickness and body to fine, limp or thinning hair.

Kenra Platinum Detangler -  Kenra Platinum Detangler for fine and thin - Kenra Platinum Detangler for fine & thin hair is a leave-in conditioner that promotes body and shine. Promotes optimum body and shine. Lightweight, oil-free leave-in treatment. Botanical blend for healthy, shiny hair.  Features: New, sleek look, Promotes optimum body and shine, Lightweight, oil-free leave-in treatment, Botanical blend for healthy, shiny hair

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

I Ruined My Skin, so please don't do this!

Have your ever heard of Toasted Skin Syndrome? It is a skin condition called Erythema ab igne. The term comes from the Latin meaning "redness from fire". It is also known as "chronic heat dermatitis" and latptop induced dermatitis, it is brought about from prolong periods or repeated exposure to heat. This prolonged exposure or repeated exposure to heat leads to damage to the skin at the cellular level. This syndrome is not new as it was first observed on people who work close to extreme heat, like the furnace of old trains, wood ovens, coal and wood stoves or open fires. It could also be observed on people who have overused heating pads or blankets.

A few weeks ago I noticed this area on the back of my thighs just above the knee that looked to me, like varicose veins or some sort of bruising; it was a net-like pattern of brownish red lines. It covered a large portion of the back of upper leg on one side and some on the other leg. I really didn't know what to think about it. I searched the internet and diagnosed it as several conditions but still was not sure. Finally I broke down and spent the $100 to go to the doctor.  The doctor took one look at it and told me it was caused from standing in front of heat, which in my case was the wood stove. The doctor explained to me that she had seen cases of this on the front of the thighs from prolonged heat from laptops. She also indicated that it may not fade as it dependent on the extent of damage to the dermal layers. I was so bummed! I now have this giant mottled discoloration on the back of my upper legs and don't know if it will ever go away!

I have read several articles about Toasted Skin Syndrome and have read that young children are more susceptible to this condition as in the case of a 12 year old boy playing games on his laptop for hours at a time, (see picture). This can be a permanent skin discoloration! There is a concern among doctors that people with toasted skin syndrome may be at risk of developing skin cancers although at this time no cases have been reported. Although it seems to be that chronic and prolonged inflammation of the skin can increase the risk for squamous cell carcinoma (squamous cells are found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin, the lining of the hollow organs of the body, and the passages of the respiratory and digestive tracts. Thus, squamous cell carcinomas can actually arise in any of these tissues).

I write this article to share with you the dangers of prolonged use of a laptop on your lap without a cooling pad or some protection to your lap, and standing to close to your wood stove or any heat source for that matter. The back of my thighs are really darkened and have a web like pattern and I have no clue if it will ever clear up. I am so bummed!!

So on mine own accord I decided that I will exfoliate it away, lol. I don't know if it will help but I bought a microdermabrasion cloth hoping to slough off those few top layers. Additionally, I have told all my friends to be wary of standing in front of their wood stoves and to purchase a laptop pad for protection.

Below is some lap protectors for your laptop. They come in all shape, sizes and design. Read the reviews and decide which type you would like. I strongly advise that you purchase one for you and especially for your children if they are on laptops.

Carol Belanger author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

How to Keep Your Skin Care Routine Simple

Good skin care starts with nourishing your skin inside and out. It is more than just an application upon application of skin care products. Overuse of and a menagerie of skin care products can actually be more detrimental to your skin and to your health especially when they are loaded with harmful or otherwise questionable ingredients.

A great complexion first starts with good health which means staying fully hydrated and getting the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals in our diet each day. A balanced diet equals better health and a healthier, glowing complexion. Some basic nutrients the skin needs is pure water, zinc, soy protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, B-complex, carotenoids a flavonoids, and omega 3 fatty acids just to name a few.

The basics that your skin also needs are cleansing, toning, moisture and protection. Additionally there may be specific problem areas you will need to address such as blotchiness, acne or breakout, dry patches, etc.

First let's start with the basics:

Cleansing: First and foremost you must understand your skin type when selecting a cleanser. Dry skin should avoid foaming cleansers and use a milk cleanser or lotion, oily skin can get by with a foaming cleanser if not to harsh (drying out oily skin only makes the skin react and produce more oil), combination skin should use a cleanser with a low ph of 7 or less.

Toning: I have read differing opinions on whether a toner is necessary or not but I am a firm believer of toning. Toning removes the last traces of cleanser, restores ph balance and closes the pores prior to moisturizing. Again, understand your skin type when selecting your toner. A few herbs for each skin type are as follows: Dry skin: elderflower and sandalwood, Oily skin: lemon balm or fennel, witch hazel, Combination Skin: Chamomile. There are numerous herbs mixed with green tea or distilled water to easily make your own toner at a fraction of the cost of store bought toners.  Get some toner recipes.

Moisturizer: My moisturizer has a double duty, it hydrates and protects because it contains a SPF. No matter what skin type, you skin needs to be hydrated. Dry skin needs hydration and moisture and oily skin still needs hydration. Additionally I always recommend a daytime moisturizer with SPF and a nighttime moisturizer emollient rich.

Secondly let's address special treatments:

Dark circles under eyes consider almond oil. It is a natural moisturizer and rich in Vitamin E. It will moisturize and thicken the skin under the eye area so you don't see the thinness. Massage under eye area before bedtime. Note: if allergic to nuts consider olive oil. Another note: dark under eye circles can be caused by various reasons, the recipe above is for thinning of the skin as we age.

Crows' feet: no need for a special product, apply virgin coconut oil with a few drops of vitamin E oil at bedtime. I think you will see visible results in about a week.

Exfoliate: this treatment is to slough off dead skin and promote circulation and new cell growth. There are a number of home remedies that work such as oatmeal or cornmeal.

Facial masks: masks can do wonders to hydrate the skin. Again understanding your skin type is imperative. For dry skin consider a China/White Clay, for oily skin use fuller's earth or French green clay, sensitive skin yellow kaolin clay and combination skin rose clay.  Read more about clays and get a clay recipe for your skin type.

Above are just a few of the simple home remedies that work and are inexpensive and eco-friendly. Why not give them a try and let me know how they worked for you. Additionally when purchasing skin care products look for natural ingredients.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Product Review for the Colgate 360 ActiFlex SonicPower Toothbrush

My new beauty product that I can't live without is the Colgate 360 ActiFlex SonicPower Toothbrush. The ultra sleek design and rubberized grip made this toothbrush easy to hold and with its flexible design can easily clean the back teeth and hard to reach places. Additionally the head of the toothbrush is just the right size so that it covers a lot of area but does not feel like a mouth full.

My teeth have never felt or looked so clean in between dental visits! This toothbrush actually gave me whiter teeth after just a few weeks. I loved the vibrating motion and it actually kept me from scrubbing my teeth or gums too hard.

The tongue and cheek scraper on the back side of the toothbrush is awesome too. It's basically an all in one tool for oral hygiene tool.

This battery operated toothbrush emits a soft humming sound and the motion it produces didn't bother my sensitive teeth. The soft humming reminded me a gentle cleaning that the Dentist would do. What a great way to introduce your child to the sound of a dental cleaning prior to their first visit!

This toothbrush really cleaned and massaged below the gum line. I could just imagine brushing away plaque buildup and bacteria on the gum line. This battery operated toothbrush also eliminates brushing your teeth to hard as the motion of the brush does the work.

The Colgate 360 ActiFlex Sonic Power Toothbrush comes in a variety of colors and the bristles come in hard, medium or soft so there is definitely one to fit your needs. The average price is around $6.00 which I feel is a great price for what this toothbrush has to offer.

It is my understanding that your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months as the bristles do wear down. So, if you are in need of a great toothbrush, give this one a try!

If you want pearly white teeth with no bleaching agents which can harm tooth enamel, and at a fraction of the cost of teeth whitening products, give this toothbrush a try. I believe it is now the one beauty product that I could not live without.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How to Brighten a Dull Complexion

Did you ever notice that some people just have a glowing complexion? It is not their makeup that gives them that glow it is the canvas on which they started. A great complexion that has a natural glow starts with proper skin care and a healthy diet.

The condition of your skin can be a good indicator of your overall health. For instance a poor diet and bad habits such as smoking and too much alcohol can lead to a dull complexion, baggy eyes and even a yellowish tint. Additionally an improper skin care routine or no skin care program at all can lead to premature wrinkles, sagging skin and patches of dry skin.

First and foremost understanding your skin type is the first step for proper skin care. By understanding your skin type, i.e. dry, combination, oily, sensitive, you can begin to select the right ingredients that are the most beneficial to your skin.

Cleansers - Get a facial cleanser specific to your skin type. Your skin care cleanser should thoroughly cleanse but not over dry the face. If after washing your face your skin is overtly dry and tight, you should consider a different skin care cleanser. Usually a dry skin type should select creamy cleansers, oily complexions should consider a foaming face wash, for sensitive skin and combination skin types consider a cleanser that has a low pH of 7 or less. Read more about caring for a Combination Skin Type.

Toners - are used to restore ph balance and remove the last bits of cleanser left behind. I am a firm believer in toners. If purchasing a toner be sure to select the one that is right for your skin type and has the most natural ingredients. Homemade toners are easy to make. Green tea toners are superb and are high in antioxidants. Other herbs that can be for toners are elderflower and sandalwood for dry skin, fennel or lemon balm for oily skin, and chamomille for combination skin. Apply with cotton ball or pad and do not rinse.

Herb toner recipe: 2 Tablespoons dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh herb depending on your skin type (see note above), 2/3 cup distilled or purified water.

Green tea toner: 2 teaspoons green tea leaves and 1 cup water.

Naturally the above recipes will have to be sifted to remove the leaves. Refrigerate and it should last up to a week.

Moisturizers - should be used to hydrate and protect the skin. A daytime moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 15, and your nighttime moisturizer should be rich in emollients. Not matter what skin type you have a moisturizer is a must; dry skin needs lubrication and hydration and oily skin needs hydration.

Cleanse, tone and moisturize are the basics of a good skin care routine in order to brighten a dull complexion. Additionally there are other treatments that can be used that promote circulation, slough off dead skin cells and bring a natural glow to your face.

Exfoliation - is a method of removing the dead skin cells on the upper layer of your skin and increasing circulation to promote new skin cells. Once used only in exclusive spas at a costly amount, exfoliation is a simple technique that you can do at home. There are a couple of homemade options for an exfoliation treatment, just add one of the following ingredients to your cleanser: cornmeal, sugar, oatmeal, etc. Sugar is great if you have sensitive skin. These ingredients are inexpensive and eco-friendly and will surely brighten a dull complexion and leave your skin feeling smooth and silky.

Microderamabrasion - is a form of advance exfoliation. The actual surface layer of the skin is removed and new skin cells are exposed. The type of procedure will lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots on the skin. There are a variety of microdermabrasion products on the market that range from creams, kits, and cloths. Read more about microdermabrasion treatments.

AHAs and BHAs known as Alpha and Beta hydroxyl acids - are very popular in anti-aging products. They work very much like a microdermabrasion treatment as they slough off the top layers of the skin thus promoting new skin cell growth. Another added benefit is that they stimulate the production of collagen and elasticity in the skin. When selecting an Alpha or Beta hydroxyl acid be sure to select the right one for your skin type.  Read more about how to select the right AHA/BHA for your skin type.

Proper cleansing and one the procedures listed above will help promote a healthy glow; however, it is imperative that you eat healthy too. Your complexion can tell a lot about your life style and eating habits. Additionally, your diet and skin care products should contain anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A, E, C, and beta carotene to name a few.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Combatting Winter Dry Skin Patches

Patches of dry, flaky and itchy skin are common during the fall and winter months. While they can appear on almost any part of the body there are typically common on the legs, face, and hands. While there are many skin conditions that cause dry patches such as eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infections, this article will deal with dry skin patches due to environmental factors, such as cold weather and low humidity and the lack of hydration to the skin.

Below are some simple steps to help you treat dry skin patches:

1) Limit the time you spend in the bath or shower. If you like extremely hot showers, adjust your water temperature down. Showers and baths strip the body of its natural oils thus causing the skin to become overly dry.
2) Apply an emollient rich cream on dry patches while skin is still damp. Continue to apply cream frequently throughout the day. I have used Eucerin and I also find that body butters work great too. Other options are Vitamin E and oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, tea tree oil, grape seed oil, etc. where a little dab will work wonders
3) Evaluate your soap. There are varieties on the market that can provide moisturizing ingredients. If you use a deodorant soap use only in areas that need it, underarms, etc. These types of soap are harsh and very drying. Better yet consider making some homemade soap rich in essential oils that offer so many benefits to the skin. They make great Christmas presents too! Get some exquisite soap recipes - Vanilla, Honey Oatmeal Soap and Lavender and Honey!

4) Exfoliation is recommended for dry patches if the area is not inflamed or has broken skin. Exfoliates will slough off the dead skin on top thus allowing your moisturizer into the lower layers of the skin.

5) Hydrate from the inside! Drinking water is vital to good health and good skin. Most people do not realize the importance water plays in their overall health.

6) Diet - unfortunately fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce in the northern climates, however try to follow a diet that is rich in Vitamin E, A, C, essential minerals and omega-3 fatty acids or consider vitamins and supplements.

Remedies for dry skin patches:

1 drop tea tree oil
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
Rub into dry patch. Great for those small dry patches!
Another option is to add tea tree oil right into your moisturizer.

Aloe Vera gel has wonderful properties thus it is widely used in skin care products. Apply directly to the dry patch. Be sure to purchase 100% aloe Vera gel or better yet grow you own plant.

Soak a washcloth in milk and lay on dry skin patch for five minutes. This is soothing if the dry skin patch is itchy too. The lactic acid in milk is well know for its hydrating properties and a gentle alpha hydroxyl acid exfoliate.

How do you treat dry patches of skin? I would love to hear your remedies!
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Treatment and Causes of Acne

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. It affects those in there teenage years to early 20s. Acne usually affects teenage girls on their face, while boys are usually infected on their backs. While there is no cure for acne, there are numerous skin care products and gentle herbal home made recipes to reduce the outbreaks of acne.

Acne is a skin disease that can cause psychological impairments as well as physical. In some instances of severe breakouts it can lead to the person becoming withdrawn and depressed. Severe acne can also leave deep scars and that can lead to the person becoming self-conscious or have lower self-esteem. Fortunately there are   many medications available today that can reduce the amount of scarring that acne can cause.

Below are common causes of acne:
1) Genetics, if one of your parents had acne, chances are you will too.
2) Hormones, during puberty oil glands become more active thus producing more oil to the skin. For some people, this excess oil will clog the pores on the face and produce pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. When these blemishes can not erupt, a bacterium sets in under the skin and thus causes redness and inflammatory acne.
3) Stress, although stress does not cause acne, like any skin disorder, it will aggravate the condition. In addition, food will aggravate your acne if you have food allergies.
4) Cleaning your face, use of harsh cleansing products or cleansing products that have ingredients that you may be allergic to may cause acne.
5) Poor facial cleansing, opposite of too much cleansing or wrong products that contain harsh chemical ingredients, not cleaning your skin properly to reduce the excess oil will clog pores and produce an outbreak of acne.
6) Medication, certain medications, including barbiturates, seizure medication and steroids are known to cause acne breakouts.

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Research into this type of skin disorder has proven to be quite productive. There are several types of treatment for both mild to severe cases, both over the counter and prescription medicine. Mild cases of acne have had excellent results with herbal home remedies and over the counter creams. However severe acne that shows signs of inflammation and possible scarring should seek a physician for treatment and possibly anti-inflammatory medicines.

Below is a simple toner recipe:
2 to 3 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 C. boiling water
Steep basil leaves in water for 10 to 20 minutes. Cool, then apply to face with a white cotton ball.
As with any new skin care product always do a skin patch test first.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Skin Care Through the Ages

A great complexion in your forties and beyond starts with a consistant skin care routine in your twenties. Furthermore understanding your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, combination) will assist you in selecting the right products.

The twenties are the age of prevention. This is the time when lack of care now will be evident in latter years. For instance, over exposure to sun causes damage to the skin but the brown spots will not be apparent till you are in your forties; squinting in the sun and not using skin dehydration can contribute to fine dry lines around the eyes. Thus caring for your skin in your twenties should consist of cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protection. Additionally, an occasional facial mask to hydrate and draw out impurities and exfoliation to slough off dead skin and promote circulation may be in order. Blemishes can also be a problem in your twenties, for spot treatments consider tea tree oil.

The thirties is the decade of laugh lines and crow's feet. There is a gradual breakdown of collagen and elasticity thus resulting in less elasticity in the skin and the loss of a firm supple texture. Furthermore, the sebaceous glands become less active, and poorly lubricated skin will not retain moisture as it did in the past so our skin becomes much drier. To make matters worse cell turnover is sluggish thus causing the dead cells to remain on the skin's surface which dulls the complexion. For some, brown spots and uneven color blotches can appear on the skin. At this stage in our life the need to continue with a good skin care routine (cleansing, toning, moisturize/protect) is essential. At this time you may want to consider a under eye cream or gel. Your skin care products should be filled with anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene. Selecting skin care products with antioxidants also aids in the in the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps the skin firm and elastin adds and maintains elasticity in your skin, thus reducing sagging skin and wrinkles. While there are many foods high in anti-oxidants it is not likely that we consume enough. Again, exfoliates and facial masks are in order as part of your skin care routine.

In your forties your skin cell turnover takes twice as long as it did at age 20. The loss of the underlying structure (collagen and elastin) contributes to thinning of the epidermis which leads to drooping eyes, neck wattles and causes the skin to look papery. Pigmentation also changes creating shadows and blotches and age spots are now apparent on the face, neck, chest, and back of hands. Your skin care routine now should contain anti-aging ingredients such as peptides and retinol to invigorate the skin. Additionally treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments may be in order. Moisturizers should be rich in emollients to soothe dry skin and rich in vitamins to nourish the skin.

The fifties and beyond, your face as reached maturity. The fat padding beneath the skin has diminished so your face shows more of its angles and hollows. As muscle fibers weaken, the fat that remains under the eyes form bags. Facial bones begin to shrink, causing all-around sagging. Oil production decreases after menopause resulting in significant dryness. As cell turnover rate continues to slow, skin becomes thinner and more prone to wrinkling and drooping. Years of sun exposure or hormonal changes may lead to patchiness or unevenness in skin tone. As with your 40's your skin care products should contain anti-aging ingredients and be rich in emollients and provide nutrition for the skin. Clay masks that deeply hydrate the skin are in order as well as exfoliation treatments. There are many remedies on the market to lighten brown spots, and special serums that will tighten the skin around the eyes. There are also chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments that actually slough off the first layer of the skin thus exposing the new skin cells.  Consider Skin Energizer when shopping for skin care products and get 15% off!

While aging is inevitable, start with a good skin care program in your twenties and a healthy diet and your skin will reward you for it latter in life. As you can see our skin changes over time, thus it is necessary to evaluate your skin care program regularly to ensure that you are using the right skin products for your skin type.

I do hope you will visit the rest of my posts here or check out Complete Skin Care Therapy for more skin care articles and skin care recipes.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Must Have Skin Care Tools

In order to attain soft supple skin, and a beautiful complexion constant care and attention is required no matter what age or skin type. However, when shopping for basic skin care products it can get quite overwhelming with the plethora of skin care products on the market. Below is what I consider the essentials for a beautiful complexion.

Cleanser - a good cleanser will remove dirt and is gentle on the skin. It should not strip away the natural oils leaving your skin overly tight and dry. If you suffer from dry skin, consider milk or lotion cleansers versus foaming cleansers. Oily skin types can use a foaming cleanser. For acne and/or sensitive skin there are specific cleansers on the market for your skin type. These products are usually free of fragrances and other chemicals that are usually associated with skin reactions.

Makeup Remover - facial cleansers are usually not formulated to remove eye makeup. Therefore, consider a makeup remover instead of scrubbing the eye area with cleansers or soap and water.

Toner - as in my previous posts, I have emphasized the importance of toner. Their purpose is to restore ph balance and remove any left over cleanser. For sensitive and dry skin consider Rosewater. For oily skin consider witch hazel and if to drying mix a little with rosewater. Combination skin can use green tea toners and chamomile.

Moisturizer - again understanding your skin type is critical when selecting your moisturizer. Oily skin should consider lotions instead of creams. Others should select creams rich in emollients and natural ingredients. Additionally, you really should have a day moisturizer with SPF and a night moisturizer full of nutrients for your skin. 

Masks - consider facial masks to fully hydrate and draw out impurities. Again, the selection of these products should be based on your skin type. I prefer to make my own clay masks as I can be sure I am using the right clay for my skin type. 

Exfoliates should also be a part of your skin care routine. They slough off dead skin, and promote circulation. An easy, inexpensive exfoliate is to just add a little cornmeal to your facial cleanser once in a while.

The above is what I consider the basic skin care tools. However, depending on your age and condition of your skin, specific products might be in order, such as eye creams, or spot treatments for blemish control. When selecting these types of products read the labels and search for any clinical data or valid testimonies to support the manufactures claims. 

Lastly, your skin care routine should include your whole body. Exfoliate with sugar or salt scrubs to revitalize the skin and promote circulation, then moisturize and protect. Special attention should be taken for the neck and cleavage area, called the V-zone. The skin is thin in this area and is prone to premature aging. So when slathering on the moisturizer do not forget this area.

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Carol - author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Diminish Large Pores

Large pores are usually associated with an oily or combination skin type. Additionally as we age facial pores become larger because the skin loses elasticity and collagen thus causing the pores to stretch. Furthermore, did you know that large pores, believe it or not, can also be genetic? For the most part however, large pores are usually an indication of poor facial cleansing.

The skin produces natural oil which hydrates and protects the skin; unfortunately this oil attracts environmental pollutants, dirt, dead skin etc., which then becomes trapped in the pores. When the pore is clogged it stretches out thus causing the pore to appear enlarged. Usually large pores appear in the T-zone and especially on the nose. This is because that particular area of the face has the most sebaceous glands.

There are various methods to minimize the appearance of large pores such as skin care products and DIY remedies.

Pore Minimizer Products - There are a number of products to help minimize pores, facial masks which draw out impurities, herbal steam which opens the pores so that your face can be thoroughly cleansed, and exfoliates, microdermabrasion treatments, alpha and beta hydroxyl acids and chemical peels all slough off the top portion of the skin. While all of the above methods will reduce pore size, it is important to take into account your skin type and sensitivity. View pore minimizer products at Skin Energizer and get 15% off.

DIY Treatments worth mentioning are:

Baking Soda Mask - 2 tablespoons baking soda and just enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to area that needs work and rinse in about 15 minutes.

Pore Cleansing Strips - no matter how much you clean your face sometimes the pores will not come clean. This simple recipe will clean out the pores and once cleaned out the pore will shrink back to normal size. For best results steam your face to open pores.
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Mix both ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds until it is warm to the touch.
Note: this does not smell the best when taking it out of the microwave, but this recipe actually cleans out pores!

Tip: If you use a toner, keep it in the refrigerator. After cleansing the cool toner will close the pores before you apply your makeup or moisturizer. If you do not use a toner, rinse your face with cool water to close pores.

As in so many of my posts, I have tried to emphasize the importance of a good skin care routine. This should include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing/protection. Occasional facial masks and exfoliates are also a necessity. Another important factor is understanding your skin type (oily, dry, combination, sensitive) in order to make the correct decision when purchasing skin care products. Also note that your skin type can change with seasons, hormonal variations, and age so evaluate your skin type from time to time and make the necessary adjustments to your skin care routine.

For more skin care articles and recipes, visit Complete Skin Care Therapy

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall 2010 Makeup Trends - Something for Everyone!

The fall/winter 2010 makeup trends are so diverse that there is a style that can suit everyone's taste. The bold colors of crimson red lipstick on full lips, strong eyebrows, eye shadows in plums, forest green and grays with a hint of shimmer, and the always fashionable smoky eyes was seen on the runway this year. Additionally on the runway was the minimalist makeup trend in which the goal is to bring out the natural beauty of women.

Lipstick - Red lipstick is a fashion statement in itself. When wearing red lipstick keep the eye makeup minimal especially for daytime wear. Consider plumping up your lips with a lip plumper. Did you know that brushing your lips with your tooth brush will promote circulation and plump up the lips? Another factor to consider is to purchase the right red lipstick for your skin tone. For those with a warm skin tone consider a red lipstick with yellow undertones. Cool complexions look best in reds that have a blue undertone and neutral skin tones can wear any color red, however neutral skin tones will have a predominant warm or cool tone. A true red will look good on all skin tones. Another tip is to always line the lips when wearing red lipstick as it does have a tendency to bleed.

Eye Shadow - Forest green, plums and grays are great eye shadow colors for fall. A deep forest green with a hint of gold shimmer really adds sex appeal to the eyes. Other options are deep plums with a gray shimmer. When shopping for eye shadow this fall consider the deep colors that add so much depth to the eye. Check out these great mineral eye shadows.

Smoky eyes - are always fashionable. Start with a brown shadow over the lid of the eyes, then apply a dark plum over the rest of the lid area into the crease and smudge. Finally apply a lighter plum or burgundy shimmer on the brow area and over the lid to set up a beautiful finish.

Minimalist - the key to this look is a flawless complexion. The focus is on the natural beauty of the face. First use a good concealer to cover any flaws in your complexion then apply your foundation. If you are using mineral makeup, see my post on How to Select the Right Mineral Makeup for Your Skin Type. Secondly apply a blush or bronzer to bring out the cheek bones. Eye brows should be shaped to perfection and any sparse areas should be filled in with powder or an eyebrow pencil. Lipstick should be a flesh color that matches your lip color. If you feel that you have to wear eye shadow consider a nude shade to create a soft and natural look. Apply mascara for the final touch.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Selecting the Right Mineral Makeup for your Skin Type

The advantages of mineral makeup are its anti-inflammatory properties, which is useful for those suffering with problem skin such as acne or rosacea. Additionally, mineral makeup will not clog pores as it is non-comedongenic, and is also great for those that suffer from skin sensitivity. True mineral makeup does not contain synthetic dyes, fragrances and preservatives, which are usually the culprit that irritates sensitive skin. However, if you have tried mineral makeup and it did not perform as you expected, chances are you selected the wrong type of mineral makeup for you skin type. There is a wide variety of mineral makeup products on the market and understanding the ingredients will help you make the right choice.

Mineral makeup for oily skin: When selecting your mineral makeup, select the product that contains silica. Silica is a highly absorbent ingredient. Look for at least 7% to 15% depending on how much oil control you will need. Silica has amazing properties to reduce shine and because of it light diffusion properties it effectively hides skin imperfections and fine lines and wrinkles.

Other ingredients to avoid if you have oily skin are: sericite, and mineral makeup made with botanicals or fruit extracts. Sericite Mica offers shine and shimmer, thus not recommended for oily skin. Botanicals and fruit extracts are natural moisturizers, so again the last thing needed for oily skin is more moisture.

Mineral makeup for dry skin: Mineral makeup can be very drying for already dry skin. There are a couple of remedies that can alleviate this dryness. Mineral makeup comes in liquid or cream form and these are best suited for dry skin. A liquid or cream mineral makeup will provide coverage and the flawless finish. Another option is to fully hydrate the skin prior to application with a hydrating primer (I have priced these hydrating primers and I just use a good daytime moisturizer).

Mineral makeup for sensitive skin: Definitely avoid mineral makeup that contains dyes, carmines, fragrance, propylene glycol, talc, bismuth oxychloride, petroleum derivatives, methylparaben, propylparaben, and urea. Additionally these ingredients should be avoided if pregnant. Look for products that contain natural ingredients, the less synthetic/chemical fillers, preservatives, etc., the better. Select products that are made from botanicals and other natural ingredients, although there is no guarantee that even natural ingredients will not cause skin irritation.

Selecting the right mineral makeup for your skin type is essential in order to take full take advantage of what this makeup has to offer. Stay tuned my next post will be how to properly apply mineral makeup for the best finish yet! AND How to make your own mineral makeup - does'nt that sound cool!

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Not quite ready to switch, then consider purchasing a blush or shimmmer/bronzer to begin with.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tips and Techniques for the Perfect Manicure

I have have seen several articles on the fall 2010 nail polish color trends. However, we have not seen how to properly color your nails to get that professional, just walked out of the spa, look.

While beautiful nail polish does enhance your overall look, expensive nail polish on ill-manicured nails doesn't do much. With that in mind, let's start with how to properly manicure your nails. From there I will proceed on how to properly paint your nails and get the most from your nail polish.

Manicure - The first steps to a great manicure is using the right tools. There are many good manicure sets on the market or you can purchase tools individually. I found this manicure set from Bath and Body works that has the basic tools.

Bath & Body Works 7 Piece Manicure Set with Black Travel Case Includes Nail Clippers and Nail File

Below I have listed the items need to perform the perfect manicure.

Clippers - used to clip the fingernail into your desired shape. My advice is to invest in a decent pair. To many times I have bought cheap ones and they just bend the nail or don't even open wide enough to get my fingernail into it.

Emery boards - these are too smooth out the outer edges of your fingernails. Shape your nails to your preference, square, oval, or rounded. Place the emery board against the side of the nail and file in an upward motion strokes, do not file back and forth. File the finger nail just above the fingernail tip. Filing down the sides below the finger tip weakens the nails.

Buffer - used to smooth out ridges in the fingernails. Smoothing the top of your fingernails will give a nice smooth finish to your polish. If you do not plan on polishing your nails, the buffing will add a nice shine to your fingernails.

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Cuticle pusher - as the name implies this pushes back the cuticle and elongates the nail. I personally have tried trimming the cuticle and only end up with small cuts and sore cuticle. This is a personal choice whether you want to push the cuticle back or trim the cuticle. My recommendation is moisturize the cuticle and push it back. Again there are several products on the market for cuticle care but I just use vitamin e to moisturize and soften. Note: before proceeding to pushing back your cuticle, wash your hand to rinse off any leftover dust from filing.

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It can be sterilized without rusting. Great for trimming cuticles, cleaning fingernails and giving manicures

Fingernail cleaning - grab an orange stick and soak in warm soapy water. Gently go under the nail going from the sides to the center to remove any debris. For a finished look apply an under the nail white pencil. Tip: if you have nail polish stains, soak fingernails in lemon juice. If applying nail polish, wash your hands again to rinse off any oil or lotions otherwise your polish will not adhere to the nail.

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Polishing, the final step - First use a base coat, this not only helps your polish to adhere to the nail, it protects your nails from stains; secondly apply the polish and finally apply a top coat to protect. Apply the polish in three strokes, the first stroke in the middle and one stroke on each side. Be sure you have enough polish on the applicator for each stroke. To clean up areas around the nail use a cotton ball, orange stick or paper towel dipped in nail polish remove. Don't forget to shake your polish before application and warm it up by rolling between your hands.

Now pick your color!

Once you have mastered the perfect manicure and polishing your nails, consider moving on to doing your own French manicure or enhance your polish with nail art images.

French Manicure Kit includes self adhesive French manicure tip guides for mistake proof application plus nail colors and complete easy to follow instructions to achieve a beautiful soft sheer French manicure and pedicure look.

Hope you enjoyed these tips and techniques, and remember practice makes perfect!  Think of the $$ saved by doing your own nails.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Best Skin Care and Beauty Books

I just wanted to share with you my favorite skin care and beauty books. Check them out!

Get Leon's Anti-aging Beauty Secrets

Make Your Own Natural/Organic Skincare Recipes to Get Rid Of Wrinkles, Age-spots, Crows Feet, Saggy & Dull Skin. Diy Anti-ageing Recipes, Ayurvedic Anti-ageing Skin Care Secrets, Anti-Wrinkle Recipes.

Get your copy of the great Natural Beauty Book

The Natural Beauty Book is filled with wonderful ways to treat your skin, hair and nails. Think of it as a complete home spa experience in a book. It features more than 60 simple recipes, for everything from bath salts and facial masks to tub infusions and hair rinses, all made using easy-to-find ingredients from your kitchen cupboard. Attached to the book is a complete personal home spa kit, including a facial loofah, a nail brush, a pumice stone and vials of fragrant essential oils. The book clearly explains exactly how to use everything you get.

Get your copy of Naturally Skinsational

Featured on The Morning Program! See Video of the eBook's Quick And Easy Diy Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Recipes Formulated with The Powerful Rejuvenation Properties Of Common Organic Ingredients. Loaded With Skinsational Tips For Younger, Beautiful Skin

Get your copy of Making Faces

Customer review: Kevin Acoin's book Making Faces is exquisite! As a makeup artist familiar with Kevin's work, I thought this book was going to be just a book filled with trade secrets and inside tips.Once I opened to the 3rd or 4th page, I realised how wrong I was.Not only did I find information that was useful beyond anything I learned in Beauty school, it was full of probably the most beautiful collection of photographs I have ever seen.

Get your copy of The Handcrafters Companion

You Too Can Learn The 'Secrets' Professional Spa Owners Use To Create Luscious Bath Bombs, Soothing Creams and Aromatic Fragrance Products"

"The Handcrafter's Companion is your comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating your own spa-quality products, for fun and profit!"

Monday, August 16, 2010

They're here - Fall's 2010 Eye shadow Palettes'

The weather has cooled down here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and that started me thinking about what the fall color trend would be. So I set out on my search engines and low and behold it is one of my favorite colors. From what I gathered it is purple and all of its spectrums along with smoky charcoal and grey tones. Stunning shades of mauve, orchid, plum, violet, lavender and eggplant along with seductive grey are surfacing in eye shadows and lip color. What a nice change from the brown and berries we see every fall.

So without further ado, below are some eye shadow palettes from top makeup manufacturers. While these may be a bit pricey, you can match up the colors with your favorite manufacturer.
Stila's Fall 2010 Collection - A six color palette consisting of Chiffon - shimmery peach, Flamingo - shimmery fuchsia, Pacific - metallic navy blue, Luster - metallic warm alloy, Poetic - shimmery mauve, and coal - cool metallic emerald. These jewel toned shades can be worn wet or dry to create countless looks.

Dior Fall 2010 5-Color Eye Shadow Palettes - Here you will find sensual shades of mauve, deep purple and smoky charcoal and grey.

 Dior 5-Colour Eye shadow in Misty Mauve #844 (except Sephora) ($58.00)

Dior 5-Colour Designer Eye shadow in Pink Design #808 ($58.00)


Guerlain Eye Shadow for Fall 2010 – a luxurious, elegant and exquisite product in amazing packaging.

While not everyone can afford these prices, these palettes should give you some idea on what to look for this upcoming Fall season.

Consider these sites for the best deals for your new Fall Colors!

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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Safe Cosmetics Act Introduced in House of Representative H.R.5786.IH

On July 21, 2010, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.

On average most Americans use about 10 personal care products each day. We douse our bodies with shampoo, deodorant, baby powder and a whole slew of skin care products. A majority of these products expose us to at least 100 different chemicals of which many have been linked to adverse health effects like cancer, birth defects and learning disabilities, just to name a few.

Currently there is no regulation on personal care products. Under The Food Drug and Cosmetics act of 1938 they can not require cosmetics companies to conduct safety reviews or product recalls. For instance the FDA could not recall a particular skin whitening cream because they were found to contain illegal levels of toxic mercury. A unregulated cosmetics industry has ignored the information about the toxicity of their products and potential hazards.

"Most people assume the FDA regulates cosmetics the same way it does food and drugs to ensure they are safe. In reality, cosmetics are one of the least-regulated consumer products on the market today," said Janet Nudelman, program director of the Breast Cancer Fund. "When there are cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo and mercury in skin cream, you know the regulatory system is broken," she added

The proposed bill would require cosmetics companies to provide significantly more information to the FDA than is currently required. This would include details of the ingredients, safety data assessments and full company and product details. In addition, the bill calls on the FDA to set up a database for cosmetics ingredients classing them into three categories - prohibited ingredients, restricted ingredients and ingredients that are safe without limits.

It is in my opinion a good bill, and although I am not really for more government regulation, the skin care product industry has fully taken advantage of the consumer and has ignored the safety of the consumer.

I do hope you take the time to support this bill. Contact your U.S. Representative and let them know that you support the Safe Cosmetics Act. Congress needs to know that this issue is important to constituents!

Next time you need a great facial, toner, or exfoliate, consider a homemade skin care recipe.  They are eco-friendly, inexpensive, and no harmful chemicals. Visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for some recipes.

Friday, August 6, 2010

How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Many women are bothered with telangiectasia. You know those small clusters of veins showing through the skin, commonly known as spider veins. They are dilated and broken capillaries that lie just beneath skin, and usually appear on the backs of knees, cheeks, nose, thighs, calves and ankles. While this condition is not life threatening, it does have a cosmetic concern. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are large and more obvious. They are darker in color and bludgeon out of the skin. Additionally, they are sometimes painful and are generally associated with a circulatory disorder.

Causes of spider veins are attributed to a number of factors. They are more common as you age, they are genetic, if your family member(s) have spider veins, chances are you will get them too; and finally, they develop on people who stand for a long time. While these may not be the only factors they seem to be the most common causes.

Preventing Spider Veins

Relieve pressure by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time. While this may seem impossible at a desk job, consider taking the stairs or getting up to talk to your co-worker instead of sending an email. Also avoid crossing your legs while seated as this cuts off blood flow.

Keeps the blood circulating; running or walking promotes good circulation and strengthens the legs.

Support Hosiery - nylons have come a long way and support hosiery is not what it used to be. Support hose promotes circulation and provide a light compression.

Reducing the appearance or eliminating spider veins

There are three treatments available for spider veins they are: Sclerotherapy, laser or a topical cream. Sclerotherapy is an injection of a solution administered into the vein thus forcing it to collapse.

A DIY treatment is a lotion or cream enriched with Vitamin K. The use of Vitamin K to promote the healing of skin is well documented, dating back to the early 1930's. When applied to the skin, this vitamin reportedly helps support healthy circulation of the capillaries and veins directly under the skin's surface. Additionally it is helpful for bruising and dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin K has been used for years by leading surgeons and dermatologists during surgeries to promote healing. While vitamin K creams were once only available through your doctor, they are now available through various beauty outlets.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DIY Homemade Soap for Silky Smooth Skin

Years ago many people made their own soap to save money, thus it was made using lard (usually not recommended for soap making) and uncertain strengths of lye. Homemade soap from years past often resulted in a harsh, smelly soap and more often than not irritated the skin. Compared to soaps of yesteryear, we have come along way in the soap making process and ingredients.

Today it is possible to make exceptional soap right in the comfort of your kitchen. Additionally making your own soap offers so much more benefits to your skin than what you can purchase in the store. Department store fine soaps can often run up to $8 per bar if not more and still lack the proper amount of ingredients that are truly beneficial for your skin. Thus making your own homemade soap with ingredients like cocoa butter, essential oils and herbal infusions, you are sure you are giving your skin the nutrients and moisture it needs. Additionally by selecting your own ingredients you can make your soap specific to your skin type. There are a variety of soap recipes; recipes for problem skin, such as acne and eczema, soaps to exfoliate just by adding some cut up loofah sponge into your recipe, and moisturizing soaps.

If you are considering making your own homemade soap, the glycerin rich Melt and Pour soaps is what I consider the easiest method. Melt and Pour soaps are easy to use, and blends with most fragrances, perfumes or essential oils. Additionally, Melt and Pour soaps are easy to color, pour into molds or cut with cookie cutters.

Another type of soap is Castile soap, which is made from pure olive oil. Pure castile soap has a different feel from what you are probably used to. I have heard some people describe it as smooth and creamy while others indicate that it feels slimy. With that said, most people make their Castile soap with three main ingredients: lye, water and pure olive oil. When and using lye, there are definite precautionary measures to take, such as rubber gloves, eye wear and a good ventilated room. Although this type of soap making may sound intimidating Castile soap is a wonderful soap and offers moisturizing benefits to the skin. Additionally just like the Melt and Pour soaps, you can add essential oils, fragrances and herbal infusions. Castile soap lathers lavishly and does not leave the skin tight like some commercial soap on the market.

Homemade soap is fun to make and is a great gift for any occasion. Additionally it is another way of going green by eliminating store bought packaging from landfills and eliminating the chemicals that are washed down the drain everyday. Additionally, homemade soap makes wonderful gifts! Start now for this years Christmas gifts!

For skin care and soap recipes and supplies visit Complete Skin Care Therapy

Carol Belanger, author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes