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How to Have Beautiful Hands and Feet

Posted By Nell on Aug 15, 2009 at 5:40AM

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but many use their hands while talking. Make sure your hands don't speak louder than your words. Beautiful, graceful, polished hands and feet can speak volumes about the way you take care of yourself, and often it's the small details other people notice. When you spend time grooming these important areas, others will appreciate your attention to details, and you'll feel more confident--when we feel good about ourselves, it shows in everything we do. Transform your dry, chapped hands and feet into works of art.

1.Add Brewer's yeast to your diet for strong, attractive nails. Brewer's yeast is rich in B vitamins which nourish your nails. If you have split, peeling nails, you may have a food allergy or vitamin deficiency.

2.Treat hands and feet specially. Mix up a special oatmeal mask for overstressed hands. Mix dry oatmeal with an egg and apply to hands. Let the mask dry and then wash off with tepid water. Soak feet in an invigorating bath of peppermint tea and epsom salts for 15 minutes. After soaking, rub some Vicks Vapor Rub on them and slip on a pair of socks. The Vicks will help cure Athlete's foot and soften callouses and the menthol in the Vicks will leave your feet feeling tingly and revived.

3.Exercise hands and feet. Pick up pebbles or marbles with your toes. Roll your feet across a rolling pin, it's a mini-massage. Shake your hands back and forth. It helps the blood to circulate and is very relaxing. Give yourself a hand massage. Rub them down with a delicious smelling lotion.

4.Clip the nails, and pay attention to how you cut and shape them. Toenails should be cut straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Short, rounded nails look best on bony hands. It helps them look less skinny. Grow your nails long if your hands are stubby and fat fingered. It adds a touch of elegance. For an extra special touch, buff the nails and add a touch of henna. Henna adds a nice glowing pink color that looks natural.

5.Rinse hands and feet with diluted white vinegar to remove odors and wipe lemon juice on tobacco stains. Rinse and apply a fragrant lotion. (Feet have a bad reputation for smelling, but hands that cook or smoke can smell awful also.)

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How To Protect Your Skin From Aging!

Posted By Nell on Aug 13, 2009 at 1:41AM

Follow these simple tips to maintain clear, smooth skin as you age.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes every day

Here's How:

1. Stay out of the sun as much as possible.

2. Apply sunscreen whenever you will be outdoors. Use a product that is at least SPF 15.

3. Wear a hat while out in the sun.

4. Stop smoking. Smoking robs your body of oxygen needed for cell repair.

5. Drink at least eight, 10 ounce glasses of water daily. Water helps flush toxins from your body.

6. Avoid using soap on your face as it can be very drying. Use a cleansing cream instead.

7. Use a light, non greasy moisturizer everyday.

8. Try to get enough sleep. Cell growth and repair are enhanced sleeping.

9.Eat a balanced diet. Protein is essential for cell repair.

10. Smile. Frowning causes wrinkles.

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Preventing Plugged-Up Pores

Posted By Nell on Aug 6, 2009 at 5:52AM

What pores are :

Pores are so small that as many as 65 can be found in one square inch of skin. In healthy, normal skin, pores are generally invisible, neither clogged with dead skin cells nor plugged with sebum. Pores are like miniature gateways, letting materials in and out of our skin.

Allow sweat and oil out. Technically, pores are the openings to hair follicles and sweat glands, through which sebum and sweat are expelled.

Allow other substances in. Although skin prevents many harmful substances from penetrating the body, scientists are discovering that some substances — in particular, retinoids, fat-soluble vitamins, nanoparticles and certain hydrating agents — can penetrate the skin via pores to a certain degree.

How pores become enlarged:

Pores fill with oil, dirt and dead skin. If a pore’s contents become greater than the size of the pore, it will stretch. An enlarged pore may become a whitehead (closed comedone) or blackhead (open comedone). Most often seen in very oily or acneic skin, these pores are typically found along the nose, chin, forehead or back.

Unfortunately, once a pore is stretched, it won’t shrink or disappear — even with rigorous cleansing. Instead, with proper skincare, you can maintain pore clarity, causing pores to appear smaller.

A quick way to minimize the look of pores? Splash your face with cool or cold water, which will cause the small surrounding muscles to tighten, making pores seem less visible.

Makeup to minimize pores :

Sure, your instinct might be to slather on thick makeup to camouflage enlarged pores, but doing so can actually add to the problem! Here are some better makeup options.

Saunas: Skin Benefits & Safety Tips

Posted By Nell on Aug 6, 2009 at 5:36AM

Sauna’s benefits :

Boosts circulation to improve skin: In the sauna your pulse rate increases by 30 percent (or higher) and skin temperature rises to about 104 degrees. The boost in pulse rate lets the heart pump double the amount of blood every minute, which flows to the skin, according to Harvard Health Publications. This increase in blood flow to the skin delivers a “rosy glow” to your complexion, dermatologist Debra Luftman, M.D., tells Shape.

Alleviates acne: A sauna might help with cystic acne, because "heat tends to help soften the cysts," according to Dr. Luftman.

Might moisturize and protect skin. Recent research out of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany found that regular sauna use “leads to a more stable epidermal barrier function, an increase in stratum corneum hydration as well as a faster recovery of both elevated water loss and skin pH,” reports Medical News Today.

This is particularly important, because the stratum corneum protects the lower layers of the skin. Hydration helps it function properly, keeping moisture in cells and enabling skin to repair itself. If the stratum corneum is damaged, “skin surface pH has been shown to increase, creating susceptibility to bacterial skin infections or skin damage and disease,” write Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., and Judy Hu, M.D., in The Importance of Skin pH.

Stimulates sweating and might fight infection: Sweat helps to regulate your body temperature. And, according to recent research, your sweat might also shield the skin from bacterial infection. Researchers at Eberhard-Karls University in Germany found that sweat contains a protein called Dermcidin, which battles harmful bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, also known as “Staph,” reports the BBC.

Sweating up a storm in the sweltering sauna may increase Dermcidin levels and arm you with additional defense against bacteria. However, you still need to protect yourself from these infections, particularly the antibiotic-resistant, potentially fatal Staph bacteria MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). When using a public sauna, sit on a clean towel and always shower afterward.

Additional safety tips :

1.Here are a few tips to keep you safe when using a sauna:
2.If you have any medical conditions or are currently taking medication, consult your doctor to make sure it’s safe to use a sauna.
3.Limit yourself to 20 minutes in the sauna.
4.Drink plenty of water before entering a sauna as well as after to prevent dehydration from sweating.
5.Skip the sauna if you’re sick.
6.Avoid alcohol right before, during and after a sauna session. It has a dehydrating effect and can cause your body to overheat.
7.Shower after exercise, before you enter the sauna. That’s because sauna heat can trigger yeast growth on warm, sweaty, oily skin. This can lead to the skin condition tinea versicolor, according to Dr. Luftman. A common condition, tinea versicolor appears as “small, scaly, white-to-pink or tan-to-dark spots,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
8.Remember to take a shower after the sauna and apply moisturizer to your face and body.
9.Stay away from saunas if you have sensitive skin or certain skin conditions. Because saunas dry out the skin, they exacerbate eczema and atopic dermatitis. Also, saunas aggravate rosacea, because the heat dilates blood vessels.
10.Refrain from sauna use if you’re pregnant. In research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, sauna use during the first trimester was associated with neural tube defects.

What are Healthy Foods for your Skin?

Posted By Nell on Jul 18, 2009 at 5:35AM

Most people looking out for a beneficial beauty routine go in for commercially made and marketed products that can only determine their usefulness through trial and error (and cost you a bundle too), the best way to invest in long-lasting beauty and health is through intake of top skin food. These include products from nature’s bounty that are plentiful in quantity and freely available for the picking should one venture to go back to basics and become beautiful-naturally!

Some Top Skin Foods:

1.Nothing nutty about nuts for natural beauty! Among the best and most nourishing gifts of nature are nuts like almonds and walnuts that are very effective in maintaining good skin. Almonds are natural moisturizers since they contain high dosage of vitamin E and oil extracted from almonds is used for treating dark circles and excessively dry skin. An excellent and extremely nourishing face wash using powdered almonds can be mixed with fresh cream or cold milk and applied to the face and neck; it can be left on for five minutes and rinsed off with cold water to reveal skin that is fresh and smooth.
2.Getting cozy with cucumbers! Cucumbers are easily available in most kitchens and are great for making skin masks, facial packs or even for just using as tired-eye soothers after a day out in the sun or excessive eye-activity. Cucumber water can be used as a face wash to leave your skin feeling smoother. They are great helpers in aiding the fading the freckles, bleaching skin naturally, softening hard skin and toning it; cucumbers also have a cooling effect on the skin and help nourish it from harsh sunburn effects.
3.Cleansing carrot care for skin: can help soothe the most tired skin and bring back the youthful glow to your facial muscles. Carrots are natural cleansers in the raw, grated form and when applied to washed skin, leave it soft and supple. Carrots are also an excellent antiseptic and used widely in creams for dry skins.
4.Tomato treat for oily skin: Tomatoes are rich in potassium and vitamin C and help to reduce open pores-the prime culprit of clogged sebaceous glands that leads to acne and blackheads. Cutting a tomato in half and rubbing it onto the skin and leaving it for better absorption of juices for about fifteen minutes helps it saturate into the pores. This can be washed off with water to reveal tighter, lighter and much drier skin than the oily feel of before-pack use.
5.Go bananas! Bananas are excellent skin moisturizers and extremely nourishing facemask since they tighten and soften the skin, cleanse the pores and invigorate the skin. Just the juice from one mashed banana with a dash of lemon juice cooled in the refrigerator for about ten minutes and applied all over the face liberally can do the trick in half an hour: simply rinse it off to reveal the new, younger and fresher looking you!

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Skin Dangers :

Posted By Nell on Jul 8, 2009 at 5:34AM

The skin DANGERS :
Chocolate really does give you spots, according to Dr Nick Lowe. ‘If you are prone to spots or more severely, acne then dairy can actually exacerbate the problem and in some cases may be the cause.’ The reason? ‘Cows are fed with hormones that can make skin flare up.’ You take milk in your coffee? Switch to soya or rice ‘milk’. If you like the odd piece of milk chocolate, switch to dark – it’s high in anti-oxidents, which is another reason to treat yourself.
Another skin danger is sugar. Not only is it bad for your waistline, it can wreak havoc on your skin. ‘In a nutshell, sugar hastens the degradation of elastin and collagen, both key skin proteins - it actively ages you’, says Dermatologist Dr Brandt. So try to cut out or limit all cakes, pastries, sweets and bread. Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sources such as fruit, honey and treats like sugar-free halva.

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New way to steam your face and open those pores without water!

Posted By Professorluv on Feb 7, 2008 at 4:58PM

All you have to do is run your dishwasher and when it is done running open it up a little and let the steam hit your face! This is a great way to wake up in the morning if you run your dishwasher at night!

Homade tanning sunscreen with coca powder?

Posted By Professorluv on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:37AM

I read this recipe online last night. It didn't mix well with lotion so I tried sunscreen and it worked pretty well. Since my skin is already tan it made my skin glow a little more and helped cover up imperfections. Don't try it on your face!!!It makes it very streaky. I also wouldn't try it on pale skin. It did have a tiny,tiny orange tint.It might work better for you though! So I would give it a try!

1. Add pure cocoa powder to lotion, stirring till completely mixed & to desired color (looks darker in lotion than on skin).
2. Add to lotion bottle pump to use.

Liven up your shower with custom homade shower gels!

Posted By Professorluv on Feb 5, 2008 at 1:05PM

Liven up your shower!!!WHOO!


• Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
• Pour into a clean, plastic container

Suggested Shower Gel Scents

Relaxing—chamomile, rose, lavender, vanilla
Energizing—juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, peppermint

Natrual Color Boosters Part 2:Brunettes

Posted By Professorluv on Feb 5, 2008 at 1:00PM

Mix 1/4 cup of vingegar and 3/4 cup of water and work through towel-dried clean fresh hair to boost that hair vibrancy! Rinse after 2 to 3 minutes.