Certified Organic Cosmetics - The Healthy Option

Monday, March 23, 2015

If you are like most people, the use of cosmetics and personal care products is an everyday affair. We touch up our faces with make-up, use face cream and other skin improvement products.

We have learnt to trust the corporations that provide health and beauty products because most governments dictate the processes that protect people from harmful substances - don't they?

Unfortunately this assumption is only half correct.

The government aims to protect people from harmful drugs and medications taken orally by screening the results from drug companies. However, since the cosmetics industries do not provide substances to be taken within the body, there are only a few restrictions for a product to be considered 'safe' enough for sale in your supermarket or drug store.

For instance, the US cosmetics industry's own safety review panel has assessed only 11 per cent of the 10,500 ingredients contained in health and beauty products available in stores today.

According to the FDA:

"Cosmetics and their ingredients are not required to undergo approval before they are sold. Manufacturers can use any ingredient, except for 10 prohibited substances, without government review."

With only 10 substances being banned for use on the skin, what is the impact of the others being used by cosmetics companies?

European laws are much tougher, but even the UK governments currently only ban 1200 toxic chemicals.

How are chemicals used in cosmetics and skin care products affecting you?

WHY YOUR SKIN IS IMPORTANT

Your skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the body. It is a two-way membrane. Toxins are eliminated out through the skin via perspiration and absorbed into your body's systemic circulation, through hair follicles and sebaceous glands. One square inch of skin contains 65 hairs and 100 sebaceous glands.

That means if you put a chemical compound on your skin your body is likely to absorb it.

The principle behind HRT and Nicotine patches is that they absorb into your skin. And it is precisely by absorption that you receive other unwanted chemicals and toxins found in cosmetic applications.

Long time exposure for people who don't remove chemicals properly means they accumulate toxins that can contribute to health problems.

Most scientists agree at least 80% of the 200 different types of cancer known today are related to toxins and carcinogens from synthetic and toxic chemicals.

A UK study discovered traces of methylparabens (a synthetic chemical commonly used in body creams, lotions, washes, anti perspirants and deodorants) in breast cancer tumours, and a poll of 150,000 Americans found even low doses of chemicals to have a huge impact on brain health.

The bottom line is the more cosmetics you use on your skin, the more chemicals you absorb.

According to The Environmental Working Group:

More than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer


57 percent contain "penetration enhancer" chemicals that can drive other ingredients faster and deeper into the skin to the blood vessels below.

70 percent of all products contain ingredients that may contain harmful impurities such as known carcinogens, according to FDA or industry reviews.


THE ALTERNATIVE: CERTIFIED ORGANICS

The impurities in cosmetics are not restricted within the personal care products industry.

As you can see health and beauty do not always go hand in glove which is why you need to seek out 100% synthetic chemical-free and toxin-free cosmetics and skin care products.

Fortunately there is a range made from purely natural organic ingredients, many of which are Certified Organic to Food Standards. This means you could even eat them and they wouldn't do you any harm - but please don't take that as a recommendation.

Currently these are the only skin care products on the planet to have submitted to independent 3rd party certification. This means the quality and integrity of the products is ensured.

All the ingredients are food based and 100% beneficial. Unlike the majority of products on the market, which use dead inert bases, these products use all active ingredients. Their bio available nutrients feed and nourish the skin. More importantly there are NO harmful synthetic ingredients to create health problems. You have peace of mind.

Just as healthy nutrient rich organic food is more expensive than the cheap but nutritionally weak food most people consume, organic cosmetics and skin care products can initially appear more expensive than their toxic filled counterparts.

However, as the beneficial organic ingredients are so potent and active only small amounts are required making them very cost effective. Also the packaging is environmentally friendly and not wasteful of your planet's resources.

The healthy option and the solution to avoiding toxin exposure from your cosmetics and skin care products is to adopt a certified organics approach.

Beauty and Fragrance to Fit Your Personality

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Many of us must have heard the phrase, "Beauty is only skin deep", but is it really only skin deep? Everyday you may be applying make up on your face not realizing that it blocks your skin pores. To bring out the real beauty of your facial skin, you must take time each day to cleanse and moisturize your skin. For women especially, wearing perfume helps give us presence and can make us seem more appealing. There are many kinds of perfumes available in today's market.

When choosing perfume, hair care and skin care products, make sure to select those that fit your personality best. We are all unique and different to one another. So are our skin tone and body fragrance. What suits your friend or even family member may not work well for you. Your individuality comes to life when choosing beauty products. You must find that perfect scent that suits your mind and body. It should work well for all occasions like work and social events. Only use one fragrance at a time. Using several will totally change the scent of the other and have a negative effect. As the saying goes, "too many cooks spoil the broth".

Choose a fragrance that is subtle and pleasant. You just need to dab or spray a little on various areas of your body. You also need to keep in mind that factors such as skin type, clothing detergent and other fragrant cosmetics will affect the scent of your perfume. Beauty products are available everywhere. More recently many online stores have opened, which makes it all the easier for you to make your purchase. Of course the drawback would be you can't try the perfume. Make sure you've done your research before making a purchase. Often you can find all the products you need online, even at a discount. Many men's fragrance products are available like cologne, body spray, deodorant, and hair care products. Keep in mind never to rub a fragrance on the skin as this will break down its various compounds. You should not spray fragrance into the hair as many fragrances contain alcohol, they could dry out and damage your hair.

To ensure that your scent remains on you throughout the day, layer the fragrance instead of reapplying over and over again. Layering refers to the use of other body products that contain the same scents like shower gels, body mists, and skin lotions. Many brands offer layering options with just the right scent dosage. Fragrances come in a variety of concentrations, which include oils, perfumes, eau de toilettes, and colognes.

I would like to give you some ideas on how to buy the right fragrance. The first step to locate the right fragrance is to find out what you want from your scent. If you want a strong smell that can hold its fragrance throughout the day, then you should choose oil. Next, never purchase a fragrance without first trying it out. If possible try to obtain free trial samples of the fragrance you are considering and try it out. If you can't get trial samples, visit the stores that have the scent you want and use a tester. Remember to test the scent in the middle of the day because according to fragrance experts, it is the time of day when the sense of smell is most active.

It is important to know how to wear the fragrance properly. The key here is to never overdo it, particularly when you are using an oil or perfume. Beauty and fragrance go hand in hand and it has become an integral part in the lives of many women today.

The Truth About Beauty

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why this fascination with beauty?

The demand for beauty services in spite of the economy?

Even when there is a recession, beauty parlours still flourish. Beauty products still fly off the shelves.

There is this saying that beauty is skin deep.

Then again, first impressions count.

Put it this way. Beauty is power. That was true centuries ago. That is true today.

When a beautiful woman walks into a bar, men flock to her and offer to buy her drinks. When an unattractive woman walks into the same bar, chances are, she would have to buy her own drinks.

A beautiful salesperson, man or woman is more likely to win the sale. Between a beautiful job seeker and an unattractive one, all other things being equal, the employer is likely to choose the good looker.

Like it or not, looks do count.

In the past, when women were dependent on men to support them, beauty was everything to a woman. A beautiful woman would have more suitors. She would be able to marry up. To marry a rich man who could take care of all her financial needs and that of her children. Long before commercial cosmetics existed, mothers would instruct their daughters on traditional beauty remedies. Simple beauty remedies like using mayonnaise as a moisturizer, or egg white as a firming mask were often used by women in the days before commercial cosmetics.

Then along came women entrepreneurs like Estee Lauder [http://www.womanht.com/esteelauder/] and other women from around the world. They converted traditional beauty recipes which worked for themselves into beauty creams that they sold to other women. Every woman has a right to look her most beautiful and these women were selling others their beauty secrets.

Make up was used to paint women's faces. In Egypt, the nobles, royalty and the well off would paint their eyes with khol, with crushed beetles and exotic ingredients. In Europe, women would paint their faces with make up containing toxic mercury for the sake of beauty. In Japan, the geishas would whiten their faces with creams that contain nightingale droppings.

You would think by now, we modern women would have learnt our lesson. Now, we just inject poison into our faces to paralyze our facial muscles in order to prevent expression lines from deepening as we grow older. Think of those botox injections done every 3 months to erase those wrinkles. Think of the acids we smear on our faces to smoothen them. The dermabrasion procedures done at the dermatologist in order to smoothen our skin.

Women all over the world have always been willing to suffer for the sake of beauty. Long ago, in China, women in wealthy families would bind their feet. The Chinese back then view tiny feet as beautiful, so little girls have their feet bound, to prevent them from growing big and ugly. Now that long legs are considered beautiful, some women go through a very painful medical procedure that breaks their legs, and stretches their legs by a few millimeters a day through a painful device until they attain the height they want. With their newfound height, these girls can look forward to a wealthy, glamorous future as an international model.

In Europe, centuries ago, wasp waists and curvy bodies were considered beautiful, so corsets were worn to make the waist look much smaller. These were tied so tightly that women faint easily. All for the sake of beauty. Now, corsets are in again. These days, women and men subject themselves to surgery to attain the beauty they desire. Liposuction to remove the excess fat to contour the body. Breast augmentation for bigger breasts that are considered beautiful. Nose jobs, face lifts, the works.

Thankfully, there is also a return to natural beauty remedies. This time, commercial cosmetics use natural ingredients that women have used for centuries in the home beauty preparations. These are effective and great for the skin.

What we women really should do is to focus on inner beauty, and to keep ourselves healthy.
Health is beauty.

8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, fresh food, fresh air, daily exercise, drinking plenty of water every day, soap and water, or cleanser and toner, moisturizer where necessary and sun protection all day long. All that keeps your body healthy and your skin and hair, beautiful. Oh, and learn to age gracefully. After all, aging is a natural process in life.

How Cosmetic Surgery Is Able To Improve How You Look And How You Live

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The techniques used in Cosmetic surgery have been around for quite some time. Thousands of years ago, people in India, Rome and Egypt (amongst other areas) were performing operations to enhance the aesthetic beauty of human beings for a number of different reasons. Some reasons were completely narcissistic, other reasons included needing to have an ear repaired after being in a bloody battle.

Today cosmetic surgery is primarily used to help people achieve a level of beauty that wasn't possible thousands of years ago. What people consider beautiful, today, has changed a lot throughout the years and advancements in medical technology. These days, most people find thinner, younger looking bodies to be what's considered attractive. This look is highly coveted, by many people who choose to go under the knife.

Nose jobs are pretty common and have been around for quite some time. At one time having procedures done was something most people wanted to avoid talking about. It was something a lot of people were ashamed to admit having done, but with the increased popularity of these procedures, more and more people are finding it less and less embarrassing to admit.

Talking about plastic surgery in this day of age has become almost as commonplace as talking about what you may have had for dinner. Celebrities seem to play a big part in how the rest of the world feels about having "work done". Once people saw their favorite movie stars coming out and saying "Yep, I had this and that done", and didn't seem to exhibit any humiliation from discussing it. More people seemed to find the idea a little more appealing and a little less intimidating.

There are all kinds of procedures a person can have done today. Just about anything you perceive to be wrong with your body, can be modified into something that's more to your liking. Whether it's breast augmentation, a nose job, liposuction, or a face-lift, it's possible now to become someone who looks completely different from the person they started out as. It's also possible just to have some minor touch-ups done, if you don't like the idea of a total body make-over.

If you think you're too short, it's even possible to have a procedure to make you a little taller. No matter what the perceived imperfection may be, today there is a way to remedy it.

There are risks involved, as with any surgery. Weighing the risks of anesthesia and possible problems that may arise from the surgery itself is up to the patient to discuss with the surgeon. It may not be possible for some people to have certain operations done. If you smoke you will have to quit before surgery. Some surgeries require you to go on a diet and lose a little weight before the operation can be underway.

With the use of Cosmetic surgery, there is no need to hide from the world (that is until after any healing you have to do is complete). There is much debate on whether or not these surgeries are necessary for most people, but each individual has the right to choose how they wish to look, and if you have the means to get it done, there is no reason to let the opinions of others dissuade you from that decision.

Want To Be A World Class Beauty Therapist? You Must Understand This

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Beauty Therapist is specialize in skin care rather than hairstyling. Their ability is "specialist" in skincare, skincare advice, massage for facial, body, feet and hand treatments as well as makeup. Beauty Therapists are able to plan, apply and marketing, co-ordination and organization of beauty industry. They may also manufacture, sell or apply cosmetics and as well as makeup products. As highly trained specialists known to be Esthetician offer preventative care of skin and give treatments to keep the skin healthiness and attractive.

The beauty therapist or highly trained specialist as Esthetician is also a licensed cosmetologist and is generally required to have a cosmetology license before specializing in skin care facial massage and makeup application. A branch of philosophy relating to the nature and varied forms of beauty and is trained to detect skin problems or skin diseases that require medication attention which need beauty therapist to refer clients to medical help by doctor or dermatologist.

However, the beautician, beauty therapists or esthetician are not to prescribe medication and drugs nor give injections or medical treatments.

Beauty Therapists specialist are very unlikely from Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon.

Dermatologist is a physician who specializes in the practice of dermatology. The branch of medical science that relates to the skin and its diseases. A dermatologist is qualified to prescribe internal and external medication for the beneficial of the skin and to treat the skin with mechanical apparatus.

Plastic Surgeons perform surgery that deals with the restoration or healing of lost. Wounded or deformed parts of the face, head and body. Much of a plastic surgeon's work is done on victims of accidents, diseases, burns or birth deformities. A plastic surgeon may specialize in cosmetic surgery which is the art of improving and or restoring physical attractiveness.

Esthetician and makeup artist often work with plastic surgeon and perform services for the patient when recommended by the surgeon such services might include some types of preventative and maintainable skin care and/or teaching the patient to use makeup skillfully to conceal scars and imperfection.

Knowing clear direction of specialist areas and performance your honesty and sincerest and inherit good practice, giving your passion and your touch may attain satisfaction in your work.

Perfect Beauty - What It Is, And How To Get It

Sunday, March 8, 2015

There is a fundamental problem in how most people view beauty. Experts say that we should not obsess about having the "perfect" body or the "perfect" look. They could not be more WRONG. We should instead consider, what is perfect? Who decided what perfect is? And what is the ulterior motive or hidden agenda to the promotion of this so-called "perfection"? The truth of the matter is that there is no such thing as perfect. There never was, and there never will be. What women are killing themselves for is not perfection, but a mere set of arbitrary standards. This standardization was put forth by some forces that have no interest in womens' health or well being.

I don't know about you, but I am not a bathtub or a bed sheet that is required to be a certain size or shape to meet its purpose. Did you ever wonder who creates the ridiculous beauty standards like a certain hair color or body shape? How can it possibly be that only one set of standards constitutes beautiful, so too bad for the rest of us? Who decides what the "perfect nose" looks like? The nose we should all aspire to have, regardless of our many other features? Magazines earn their billions of dollars in advertising revenues from cosmetics companies who make their billions of dollars by selling us products to make our noses look more "perfect", or plastic surgeons who carve our noses into the "perfect" shape and size. Their strategy is to constantly keep women feeling inadequate and striving for some unattainable standards to keep sales up.

Consider this insanity: What if we had beauty standards for FLOWERS! What is a "perfect" flower? What if they said it is cotton candy pink, with 1.25-inch oblong petals, 3mm thick? So should we all run around and dye all the pretty yellow, orange, purple or white flowers in our gardens to match the cotton candy pink ones? And how about we go out there with our scissors and cut down the large petaled flowers or add petal extensions to the small petaled flowers so they meet the standard of 1.25 inches just so they can be considered "perfect"?

Stop this madness and appreciate the beauty you have. Blonde hair and a skinny ass are not beauty. Some beautiful people have blonde hair and a skinny ass, yes. But some butt-ugly people have blonde hair and a skinny ass. Some drop-dead gorgeous people do not have blonde hair or a skinny ass. Sets of standards absolutely cannot determine whether a person is beautiful or not. We don't do this with flowers, so why do it with yourself?

The external signs of beauty, such as clear skin, shiny hair, and strong nails are reflections of overall health. Happiness and confidence play a huge role in beauty. Joyful people tend to have a sparkle in their eyes and a special sensual magnetism that draws others to them regardless of what they look like. Taking care of yourself is the number one most important in manifesting outer beauty. Here is a step-by-step guide to freeing yourself from the clutches of the greedy beauty industry and getting started on enjoying your true beauty.

  • Completely and unequivocally shut down ALL commercial media as a reliable source for information about what is beautiful and what is not. Look at media as for entertainment purposes ONLY and assume that there is no truth whatsoever to the messages you will get from it about beauty. LAUGH OUT LOUD every time you see and hear messages of praise of certain looks and attempts to set up a specific female archetype such as, but not limited to things like, blonde hair, underweight bodies, and pointy chins. The same goes for the negative attempts at setting up the female archetype by excluding or rendering unacceptable other physical characteristics that do not fit into their ridiculous manufactured female (Barbie doll) archetype.

  • Remember that fat does not mean ugly and thin does not mean pretty.

  • Begin looking for beauty more subjectively. Look at each physical feature in perspective with all the other features. For example, you may not think that a wide nose may not look cute just by itself, but on the right smooth dark chocolate face, it will likely be absolutely gorgeous.

  • Be kind to yourself and others. Do not judge everyone you see. There is no need to avoid paying attention to looks altogether, but try not to constantly put primary emphasis on looks. Allow yourself to notice non-physical beauty in yourself and others.

  • Pick out your three least attractive features. Consider them carefully: Are your unfavorable thoughts about those features because they are really ugly to you? Or is it just because somebody else said it was ugly OR you heard somebody criticize a similar feature on someone else? Have you been told day in, day out, verbally or nonverbally, intentionally hurtful or not, that the feature in question is unacceptable simply because it is not on the list of "desirable" attributes determined by the industry? For example, attributes such as a front tooth gap, thick hair, freckles, or a succulent figure are by no means ugly, but the beauty industry wants you to think so in order to sell you something. Perhaps those least attractive features are not so bad after all. If they are indeed so bad, just get over it. Do not focus on them 24/7. You have many other things that make you beautiful.

  • Although it is fine to use cosmetics to enhance your looks, stop giving your money to companies that exclusively portray certain limited body types and characteristics as beautiful and expressly or impressly tell you that you are inadequate because you do not fit the standards that they themselves established. Stop buying products that rely on objectifying or exploiting womens' and girls' bodies to peddle their wares. And, go a step further and write to the companies and explain to them exactly why you are putting them out of business.

  • Look at online photos of celebrities without makeup. They will make you feel like a beauty queen! Have you seen Pamela Anderson sans the paint? Whoa.
Only you have the power to change your attitude about beauty and when you succeed and doing so, everyone around you will take notice. They won't know whether you got a haircut, whitened your teeth, or if you fell in love. All they will notice is that special glow emanating from you as a result of your newly found self-confidence and true beauty.