Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Five Ugliest Lies the Big Cosmetic Companies Tell You About Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Do you think the big cosmetic companies are telling you the truth about their cosmetic and beauty products? Do you really believe them? Maybe you like to read this article through and want to think again... I reveal here five lies these cosmetic companies tell you. And they will not like them to been revealed.

Lie 1 - Only Chinese Beauty Products Have Toxic Chemicals

The truth is that even many of the domestic products we can buy in local supermarkets contain chemicals that are linked to birth defects, learning disabilities, infertility, cancer and other health problems. These chemicals are used in different types of everyday cosmetic products: everything from mascara and deodorant to even baby shampoos. And many (if not all) big cosmetic companies do that.

Lie 2 - The Amount of Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetic Products Is So Small that It Does Not Harm Anyone

The truth is that there are toxic chemicals. And I think you use more than just one of these products, right? These small amounts just add up and you might end up getting many times the amount cross the line. New studies also show that some chemicals, like hormone disruptors, can be harmful also on tiny doses.

Lie 3 - Kids' Cosmetics Are Made Totally Safe

The truth is that there are unidentified fragrance and carcinogens in baby shampoo and bubble bath. And that's perfectly legal procedure for cosmetic companies. This means that during every bath your baby can be exposed to tens of chemicals that have not been assessed for safety.

Lie 4 - If the Product Is Labeled "Natural" Or "Organic" It Is Perfectly Safe

The truth is that these words do not guarantee any safety - nor even that the product is natural. The US law does not regulate the use of the words like "natural" or "organic" on cosmetic and beauty products. There are standards for products using the seals like "USDA Certified Organic" but some of these products can still also contain harmful chemicals.

Lie 5 - None of the Ingredients Put Into Cosmetic Products Are Known to Be Harmful

The truth is that some chemicals that have been assessed for long-term health impacts and are widely known to be toxic are still allowed in cosmetics - and are widely used by cosmetic companies. The most problematic ones are petrochemicals, lead acetate, phthalates, placenta, nanoparticles, hydroquinone and fragrance.

Now, do you still believe what cosmetic companies tell you? And the fact is that there are 1,100 chemicals that are banned from cosmetic products in the European Union - and only 10 of these ingredients are banned in the United States.

Luckily there are premium European products in the markets also - but most likely you will not find them in local supermarkets. I would recommend you to check out BioCĂ© products made and formulated in Switzerland.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Differentiating Between Drugs and Cosmetics

It's often hard to understand a product's label. Take lotion for instance. There are some lotions considered drugs others considered cosmetics and some just considered plain lotion. From a legal standpoint, the difference lies in the product's intended use. There are different laws and regulations depending upon the type of product that define proper labeling. However, not all companies follow the law when marketing their product. There are many cosmetics marketed as drugs and vice versa daily.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines ad drug as "articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease" and "articles (other than food) intended to affect he structure or function of the body of man or other animals" (FD&C Act, sec201(g)(l). The act states cosmetics are "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" (FD&C Act, sec. 201(i). Although the lines can be blurry for some products, products included under the cosmetic label perfumes, skin moisturizers, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, toothpastes, deodorant, facial and eye makeup, permanent waves, and hair color.

If a product has two intended uses, it may qualify as both a cosmetic and a drug. For instance, toothpaste that contains fluoride is both a drug and cosmetic. Moisturizers with sun protection fall in both categories as well. Products like these may be marketed under either label.

The phrase cosmeceutical has become a trendy these days. However, don't let it fool you. It has no significance. It is simply a name marketers made up. The Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act does not have a "cosmeceuticals" category. By law, the term has no meaning.

A product's intended use is established through various ways. First, any claim on the product label or made through advertising can establish intended use. Secondly, consumer perception that is established through a product's reputation establishes use. Therefore, if a consumer purchases a product with a certain expectation in mind, that is it's "intended use". Lastly, if the product contains an ingredient that causes the product to be considered a drug by the mainstream. Toothpaste would be an example of this. Fragrances that are marketed as aromatherapy can meet the definition of a drug.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beauty And The Beast - The Answer To Being Beautiful

It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder - well so does Beauty - the more you peer at something beautiful the more you yearn for it. Beauty injects an essence of elegance - an emotion felt within which comes with feeling good about your self. But leading a healthy lifestyle has to be the most important of all.

Health plays a major role in contributing to the beautiful feeling experienced when looking good. Many women tend to suffer from Beauty and the Beast syndrome - where one day an effort is made to look good and then the next - no matter what you do - it just is not happening. Why? Well it is no secret; there are two main key issues to take claim of being beautiful. and that is the (take 2 factor) number 1 look good and 2 is feel good - if you don`t feel good about yourself then don`t expect to look good.

Transformation can take place in the beauty department if you make a stand and sort yourself out. Your health dominates how you feel - how you look and how you think so any concerns that are causing you sorrow whether it be a health or beauty matter then remember a problem shared is a problem halved. Speak with your local GP and once you are given the all clear - take note of the change in your whole entity, a personality change comes with looking beautiful.

A fabulous way to find the beauty within - is to let it out. Inner beauty can be released by practising yoga. Yoga is an amazing exercise that understands what the body`s wants and needs are. Anxiety and tension bring on frowns - meaning more wrinkles, this is not part of any known beauty package. A beautiful person injects happiness and smiles that come from the heart (a healthy one)

Feeling good about your self is the first step in the right direction to making your beauty regime a more pleasurable one - guaranteed. Once you have claimed a content mind minus any matters of concern - it is then after you apply your beauty cosmetics you will notice the mirror image of yourself will be that of a changed person. Confront the reflection of the beast in the mirror and watch the beauty transformation take place. Notice how the facial skin turns to that of a fresh complexion - see how the lip gloss is now a glow. All because you feel good.

Beauty /Health magazines have wonderful ideas and tips on being beautiful and you will find many online support centres on beauty very fulfilling but what you have to bear in mind is, these beauty support groups on health and fashion do just that - give advice.

This is about you and being beautiful so regardless of whether the advice given, is by Sharon Stone, you are never going to experience that feeling of walking along the red carpet unless you feel good.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Argan Oil As a Way To Beauty

Nowadays argan oil is considered to be one of the major ingredients which helps to struggle against age changes of skin. For centuries it has been the favorite ingredient of Berber women. It helped to moisturize the skin and make it soft even in the hottest weather. But it was used not only for cosmetic purposes. In medicine it was used as an ointment for babies which helped to remove irritation and to avoid infections. It was even used in cooking. The argania spinosa tree from which argan oil is produced comes from Morocco. The extraction of oil is cleaner now but in that times it looked like that: goats were eating small fruits from the trees and the Berber women were collecting the undigested leftovers from the waste of these animals. Then they were splitting the nuts to get the core from which oil was extracted.

Benefits for skin care.
Argan oil is very useful. It includes a lot of antioxidants and nutrients such as omega 6 and omega 9 which are reducing inflammation. It also includes mono-glycerol, vitamin E and squalene, in order to make the skin soft, firm and to keep elasticity for a long time. Free radicals are fought with the help of polyphenols and sterols. Considering all these facts we may say for sure that argan oil is extremely useful, nourishing and possesses antibacterial properties. It helps to protect our skin from aging, caused by the influence which comes from the environment. There are some points of view according to which argan oil is useful when it is taken in, but there are no scientific proves for today.

Nowadays argan oil is widely used in hair, face and body cosmetics. It is so not only because of its moistening and nourishing properties but also because of its ability to strengthen skin, nails and hair. Argan oil can also be used in the treatment of singes and bruises and also such skin diseases as psoriasis and eczema. It is widely used in the treatment of chapped and dry skin and helps to avoid all the painful consequences.

This oil is useful not only for dry skin but also for oily type of skin. You will wonder why? The answer is easy. It balances the production of sebum in the layer of the skin and scalp. It is also very effective in treatment of acne, prevents from appearance of brown and dark spots. Also it helps to heal scarrings.

Argan oil is highly effective during and after pregnancy. Stretch marks are an often met problem among pregnant women. This oil helps to reduce or even prevent the risk of occurrence of such a problem. It is also said to be able to reduce cellulite, dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles.

The use of argan oil in cosmetics.
There is a great number of cosmetic units which include argan oil or at least small amount of it. If you want to buy a 100% argan oil then there should be written on the package that it is a 100% argania spinosa kernel oil without any more additives. This oil should be sold in dark bottles made of glass and to have a nutty smell which will disappear in 10-15 minutes. If it doesn`t smell as a nut then it means that the oil might have been warmed too much. Then you should look for a cold one because the heat spoils all the beneficial qualities. Raw cosmetic oil is made from raw nuts from which extracting of oil is more difficult that is why the price is higher. It shouldn`t be too oily and should be absorbed quickly. If it stays oily then it means that it is an argan oil meant for cooking or it is mixed with olive oil.

Home treatment applying argan oil.
Acne: Apply the oil on a cotton pad and wipe the face before going to bed.
Breasts: It is not a proved fact that this oil can make breasts more toned but anyway it will do no harm.
Nail care: Mix oil and lemon juice equally and put your fingers into this blend for 10 minutes.
Hands: You should massage the oil into cuticles and hands, then put gloves on and wear them during the night. If you do this once or twice a weak then the skin on your hands will soft and tender.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Anti Wrinkle Creams and Lotions - What's Hot, What's Not?

Anti wrinkle creams and lotions have flooded the market and Internet over the last few years with the media further fueling the craze for youthful looks. Cultures around the world lay greater emphasis on wrinkle-free skin and manufacturers are coming out with new products almost every week. Before you pick one, ensure that you verify the credibility of the manufacturer. If you are buying your cosmetics on the Internet do so only from secure websites. Meanwhile, here are some products that you may like to try out.

Face serums containing organic blueberry, cranberry and raspberry have great antioxidant properties and can help prevent skin aging. These are some of the most popular items in this segment of cosmetics across the world. Wrinkle removers are creams and lotions containing a patented ingredient called GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) and is said to help in relaxing the skin and diminishing fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet etc. But most users say the effect last for about 10 hours or less! But GABA lotions and creams should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Refining scrubs are a great way to slough off dead skin cells that make your face look old. Use scrubs that are all-natural and you can even combine them with yogurt or an astringent instead of water to help minimize pores and smooth the skin on your face. You must be very gentle when using any lotion or cream around the eyes. Scrubs can be used almost twice a day or as required for proper cleansing. The best way to apply a scrub is to first wet the face and then rub the scrub in circular motion into the skin.

Manufacturers of some self-tanning lotions claim these products reduce wrinkles because they contain peptides, exotic oils and other natural products that not only give a tan but save the skin from the damaging effects of the sun's ultra violet rays. But these lotions can be hard and messy to use.

Special eye wrinkle creams are particularly prepared to treat the sensitive skin around the eyes. Most of these creams have Vitamin E content which helps fade out frown lines, crow's feet, wrinkles etc. The hydrating formula of these creams also nourishes the skin. But these lotions and creams are costly as they are for the eye area only. For the rest of the face you will need to buy other anti-aging, anti-wrinkle face creams or lotions.

Daily moisturizers are a great way to keep your skin hydrated and prevent the formation of wrinkles. In fact, a proper skin maintenance routine should include daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing.

Try and pick a lotion or cream with ultra violet protection ingredients too. Some creams use natural products like aloe vera and acai berry pulp to check wrinkles. You can also plant a low-maintenance aloe vera shrub in your kitchen garden too.

But above all, no cream or lotion can give you an anti-wrinkle result as good sleep, a healthy routine and fiber-rich diet can. You must control stress too and adopt enjoyable forms of exercise like aerobics, yoga, tai chi or simply take to dancing.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Common Beauty Issues For Women and How to Avoid Them

There are many beauty issues women complain about that are unknowingly self inflicted. For example, many women acquire tiny white bumps in their under eye area. It is extremely common, especially for women that use skin care products. Not to say that we should avoid using skin care systems. No matter how much time and money you invest in skin care, if you use the products incorrectly or in excess you may have created this side effect.

The small white bumps are called milia bumps. They often appear when products such as moisturizers, night creams and eye creams are used in excess or the formulas are just too rich for your skin. The thin skin around the eyes can only absorb so much moisture and the excess product clusters under the skin and can not be released since there are no pores in the eye area. Milia bumps are also common on newborn babies as a result of the being in the womb and their skin absorbing the embryonic fluid.

If you have visible bumps in the under eye area you can improve the problem. The first thing to do is to prevent it from getting worse by stopping use of all products near the eyes that is not meant for the eye area and by using the right amount of products in the right places. The size of a pea for a facial moisturizer or night cream is all that is necessary. Warm the cream between your fingertips and evenly pat a thin coat over the face avoiding the circular eye area from eyebrows to top of cheekbone. The amount of eye cream applied once a day is slightly smaller then a grain of uncooked rice. Most women use double or triple that amount and often apply it more then the recommended once a day. A moisturizing or firming eye cream should be applied sparingly once a day in a tapping motion starting at inner eye and tapping outwards towards the ears along the bone, not in the eye socket. The heat from rapid eye movement (blinking) will allow the eye cream to travel as it penetrates, absorbing where it's needed most. Applying creams too close to the lash line will cause the product to travel into the eyeball which can cause blurred vision, irritation and redness.

Getting rid of millia bumps is takes much longer than it did to create them. Speeding up exfoliation of the skin is the best action to smooth out the skin. Peels or extractions from a Dermatologist or Nurse Practitioner will get faster results if you are impatient. Services from Esthetician are much milder versions therefore can not offer the same results yet sometimes can be just as costly. Use of an eye cream with alpha hydroxy acids may also be beneficial to improve milia bumps.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Homemade Skin Bleach to Get Beautiful and Flawless Skin

Bleaching is the simple way to get rid from the problem of skin blemishes and it also makes your complexion of the skin lighter. For this purpose it is not necessary to go for expensive cosmetics as it may have some side effects. Very few people are lucky enough to have a good complexion of their skin. Most of the people have to take help of skin creams or different types of treatments to look beautiful and have flawless skin. But for this purpose don't rely on market based cosmetics. You can easily prepare your own facial bleach from the ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen.

Homemade skin bleach is a natural preparation of lightening your skin. It is easy to prepare with the available ingredients in your kitchen or garden. There are many natural recipes for preparing bleach. Some of the natural skin bleaching recipes are given below.

Orange Peels- Take a handful of orange peels and for few days allow them to dry. Grind that dried and hardened orange peel into a fine powder. You can mix this orange peel powder with raw milk and apply this paste on your face and body. This natural recipe will definitely be helpful in lightening the skin and also for removing the blemishes. Follow this process for 2-3 times a week. You will observe a great change in your skin in 3-4 months. You will get a lighter and glowing skin.

Gram flour and Turmeric - In a bowl take 2 tbsp of gram flour and add a pinch of turmeric. In this mixture add few drops of milk and lemon juice and stir it until a fine paste is made. Apply a thick layer of this paste on your skin after mixing the mixture. Allow this paste to dry properly and when it begins to crack then don't rinse it immediately. Take a damp piece of cloth and rub gently to your skin in a circular motion. This mixture will help you in removing the hair from the skin as well as lightening the complexion of the skin. By repeating this process for few months, you will get relief from the unwanted hair permanently.

Oatmeal and Olive Oil - In a bowl take 2 tbsp of oatmeal and add 1 tsp of olive oil in this ingredient. You can add a dash of lemon juice and also add 1 tbsp of plain yogurt. Mix the ingredients properly to form a homogeneous paste. Apply this paste as bleach.