Friday, August 29, 2014

Where to Look for Organic Beauty Products

Organic beauty products are becoming a lot more popular these days and it's all because of the healthy natural way that they help and nourish your skin when you use them. People have found themselves switching to healthier alternatives for just about every aspect of their lives in an attempt to improve their bodies and do their part for the environment. Organic products are produced naturally without the use of any harmful chemicals that would otherwise affect your skin negatively, and sometimes affect the environment negatively because they leave harmful by-products as a result of their use in the production process. In order to be considered an organic product they need to have organic ingredients of a 70 percent concentration or higher. No pesticides, and insecticides should be used and the process to manufacture them should follow a natural process as well.

It's important to confirm the authenticity of the claims for organic products and in most cases a registered governing body would have to list the beauty products with them as a certified product. They should be cruelty free and no animals should be affected by their production as these are important factors that you would often find being minimum criteria for any vegans and vegetarians. Make-up and cosmetics that are produced from natural sources need to be confirmed to be organic in order to be ratified as a completely natural product.

You should always inquire about the packaging and check to see if they have listed that there was no animal testing done in the manufacture of the product you are about to buy. An all natural product will often spoil quickly because it does not contain anything to preserve it, so you need to ensure that it is properly sealed to keep it for longer. Tubes and containers that have a pumping mechanism keep the products air tight and will only be opened when you use them. If you can find those then your natural products will last a lot longer without compromising its natural appeal.

Checking to see if the product has been genetically modified has also been a problem with some of the items you buy, and so you should take precaution to prevent buying them. If you still feel uncertain with some of these "natural" products you can always go for the real thing and smear real avocado onto your face and body.

As long as you keep a keen eye out for any of the fake natural products you will continue to do your part for the environment and be well on your way to a healthier, happier skin.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mineral Makeup - Healthy, Beautiful Natural Cosmetics!

Mineral makeup has quickly become accepted as an alternative to oil and chemical based cosmetics. Healthier for your skin, mineral makeup provides luscious tones and colors, while providing UVB and UVA protection, sustained effectiveness and products we're used to - eye shadow, concealers, foundation, blushes, and shimmers and bronzers.

Women using mineral makeup have seen reduction in skin rashes, rosacea and acne, blemishes, and have found that their skin is not as prone to pre-mature aging resulting from free-radical damage. Not only does mineral makeup not contain any of the bad chemicals that other makeup does, it also helps to protect the skin from the sun and other harmful things in our environment.
When considering any cosmetics, it is not only important to understand the effects on your face and skin, but to understand how your personal skin type or condition can effect tone, wrinkles lines and discoloration.
There is not one person whose skin is like anyone else. The skin's condition changes from time to time making it different from one day to the next. Several factors will assist the skin with this to include the weather, the stress or emotions you feel, the diet, and the overall health of the person.
For women, hormonal changes can also play havoc with the condition of the skin. This is why it is so important for women in general to find the right cosmetics for their personal skin type.
Oily Skin Tones
Oily skin requires a foundation that will not cause the pores to be blocked. Cream foundations, eyeshades, and rouge will get into the pores and stop the pores form working properly. The result is more oil, infection and bacteria build-up. Powder, natural cosmetics and mineral makeup foundation are a better choice and can actually help to soak up the oils and help to keep the face oil free.
Combination Skin Tones
Combination skin is usually a mix between oily and normal skin. This skin type may find it useful to apply a normal foundation on the cheeks and the chin and another for oily skin in the T-zone or the area across the forehead and down the nose. If you have a dry area, a good moisturizer can be applied to this area only. If you apply it to the oily area, it might make things worse. Any type of eyeshades and rouge can be used unless the area is oily and then it is again best to stay clear of creams.
Sensitive Skin Tones
Sensitive skin can be inflamed, sore, and red. It is advised that sensitive skin sufferers use special makeup free of chemicals and irritants such as color and fragrance. It might be a good idea to be as minimal with the cosmetics as possible to allow the skin to be its natural self.
Mineral cosmetics may also be a great choice because they are completely organic (a misnomer - mineral makeup is actually inorganic) and radical free. Those suffering from acne prone skin and blemishes can also use these tips to clear the skin.
Lightweight and very small, mineral pigment particles bind to clean, moisturized skin providing not only effective coverage and protection, but warm and brilliant hues for highlighting skin color.  It does not slide off, sweat off, or wear off.  Some people have even said they can swim in it and it does not come off.  Another benefit is it is good makeup for sensitive skin.
Mineral makeup is also anti-inflammatory and is rarely found to clog pores or enable infection or irritation. Two of the common ingredients in mineral makeup are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They are both anti-inflammatory and actually help to calm the skin.  Mineral makeup is also good for the skin because it does not contain oil or any fragrances
Normal Skin Tones
Those with normal skin should use a light moisturizing product and can wear just about any other cosmetic of their choosing. Normal skin is not without its moments of dryness and oil but these usually clear up on their own and cause no problems. Normal skin needs minimal care but should not be overlooked as age can come in and rob it of its beauty.
Understanding your skin type and needs are the first step towards effective skin care and your choice of cosmetics. Mineral makeup has numerous benefits, but the most important are they are healthy for your skin and give you rich color and effective protection. Mineral makeup and natural cosmetics are inorganic and contain little or no moisture, bacteria cannot grow and generally no preservatives are needed.  It works on everyone and in any climate, even with extreme humidity.
So, whether it is natural eye shadow, foundation, concealers, blushes or shimmers and bronzers, cosmetic makeup gives you a wide selection of colors and tones as well as healthy functionality.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Beauty Myths: 3 False Beliefs About Skin Care

1. Avoid Moisturiser use for oily skin.

Many women troubled with oily skin are often concerned that using a moisturiser will make their skin oilier. To some extent that assumption could be true, particularly if a mineral oil or synthetic silicone are included in the ingredients of the moisturiser chosen.

Mineral oil is also known as petrolatum, obtained from the petro-chemical industry. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. During manufacture petrolatum can be contaminated with carcinogens. Dimethicone is a synthetic silicone, which acts the same way as petrolatum. It was first used in the paper making industry. Now it is found in may skin care products and hair conditioners. This chemical has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. Look at the ingredients in your moisturiser to find if they are listed.

Moisture and oil are two different body fluids. An oily skin can also be dehydrated, particularly if a harsh, drying cosmetic is used in an attempt to dry out the excess oil. The surface of the skin becomes dehydrated. The more stressed the skin is by continually being striped of the natural acid mantel, the more oil the sebaceous glands with pump out to contend with the problem.

A light moisturiser based in Aloe Vera is the best option as the aloe, with it's healing and antioxidant properties will help to normalise the skin's secretions.

2. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.

It will come as a surprise to many that little is known about the safety or effectiveness of sunscreens except they appear to prevent sunburn.

There is no data demonstrating that sunscreen alone helps prevent skin cancer according to the FDA. To protect from the sun's damaging rays, covering up with clothing and hats as a physical barrier and staying in shade where possible is the best advice. Many sunscreen contain chemicals that have cause for concern due to their toxicity when absorbed into the skin.

Approximately 30% of sunscreens and most Moisturisers containing sunscreen use RetinylPalmitate, a synthetic vitamin A as it is claimed this ingredient slows skin aging. However recent data indicates that when this chemical is applied to the skin in sunlight it may speed up the development of lesions and skin tumors. Scientists have been aware for some time that vitamin A can increase excessive skin growth and in sunlight can form free radicals that damage DNA.

During a year long study, laboratory animals were exposed daily to the equivalent of nine minutes maximum intensity sunlight. Some of the specimens were coated with a cream containing 0.05% vitamin A concentration while the remaining animals were treated with a vitamin-free cream. Tumors and lesions developed up to 21% sooner in the animals coated with the vitamin A cream.

3. All products labelled as 'organic' really are organic.

There are no regulations regarding the use of the word 'organic' when labeling or describing skin care or cosmetic products. In fact the term scientifically refers to any compound that was once living. Loosely translated, leaves and flora material that have been compacted over millions of years to form crude oil is classified as 'organic'!

Consumers are under the illusion that if a product is labeled and advertised as organic, it is entirely natural with little processing and no synthetic chemical additives. This assumption is entirely incorrect. Some products may include organic ingredients and there might also be 'certified' organic ingredients but a closer look at the ingredients label could also show chemicals are included in the formulation and there is no safe guard to warn trusting consumers.

It is worth noting that if the 'organic ingredients' are toward the end of the list, they will be in too small an amount to be of benefit.

Another trick used by manufacturers is to list every organic herb in the 'Aqueous Infusion' of their product. A closer look reveals this ingredient to be a weak tea of botanicals, boosting the dubious organic claim.

To ensure the organic products you choose are genuinely organic, without the inclusion of chemicals, look for the 'certification' logo of a third party, independent body such as the USDA or the ACO. Without a certification, an organic claim cannot be substantiated.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Things That You Must Not Forget To Achieve Real Beauty

Human beings are biologically and psychologically different from one another. This difference often describes the real identity of a person. The biological structure or the genetic compositions of human beings are the scientific indication that humans are indeed unique from one another. Even identical twins have different sets of genes. The physical body or appearance of a person is the quickest way for other people to tell or justify the differences between all individuals.

On the other hand the psychological condition of a person is also affected with his or her physical condition. Several individuals would often say that human beings are all beautiful in their own unique ways. However several people are also confused with this idea.

People tend to rationalize things in order for them to cope with the pressure of the society. The society often put labels on the different appearance of several individuals. Even though some would tell that all individuals are beautiful in their own unique ways, there are still numerous of people who are not convinced with this notion. They are the ones who have low level of self esteem and self confidence.

The inferiority and superiority complexes between different individuals is the main reason why several people are not convinced with the idea of uniqueness. The world is the perfect place where different personalities mixed up with each other. The physical traits of a person are stronger than his or her mental capabilities, since the physical beauty is the first thing that you are going to notice. You will no longer need to ask a person if you want to know if he or she is physically beautiful. All you need to do is look at him or her and study his or her physical characteristics.

The physical appearance of a person is the greatest factor that triggers him or her to develop the feelings of inferiority towards other people. It is one of the most complicated problems of those who have not yet discovered their real skills and talents. Discovering your own self together with your abilities becomes difficult if you keep on comparing yourself with other people. It is not a good to compare yourself with other people because weather you like it or not there will be someone who is lower and higher than you are.

Being beautiful is also not a problem if you know how to appreciate yourself. The differences between all human beings are designed to make a person realized that he or she has his or her own unique qualities that no one could ever have. Beauty is not acquired from wearing different kinds of fancy clothes. It is gained through self-realization.

The best way to remain beautiful despite our differences is to believe that we are the ones who can recognize how to be beautiful despite of any problems or circumstances that may come into our lives. The real beauty of a person lies on his or her capacity to appreciate things during his or her most painful experience as a human being.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Botox Can Be Used For More Than Cosmetics

The name Botulinum toxin may not mean very much to most people. Many will know it better by its shortened name of Botox. It is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. The treatment is used in medical and cosmetic procedures throughout the world, in places such a Calgary, Canada.

Botox has a great many uses that some are completely unaware of. Many of these uses started in the twentieth century, when it was shown that the protein Botulinum toxin could be used to inhibit sweating, which was said to be particularly useful for those who sweat excessively under the armpits. It is not known if Botox should be used in other places that sweat profusely other than the armpits.

These days the treatments are available around the world for a variety of treatments. In Calgary, Canada one such treatment is to prevent headaches, especially migraines. Some treatment for migraines is for those with especially chronic problems. For instance if a person has 15 days of migraines, each lasting over 4 hours in duration, then such a treatment might be a consideration by the doctor.

Those who suffer from things like muscle spasms might also wish to consider this treatment. The treatment is associated with relieving stiffness in the muscles. Places where the injection can be applied include the elbow, the wrist and the finger muscles. It is recommended by some that only people with limb spasticity use this treatment.

One use for this can be with people who have cervical dystonia or CD. A symptom of CD is abnormal head position and severe neck pain. It might also be used in those with eye muscle problems or abnormal spasms in their eyelids, as the treatment helps relax the muscles.

Of course, many will be aware of the use of Botulinum toxin for cosmetic reasons. The injection is something that is available for combating frown lines between the eyebrows although this does wear off in time and may need to be done again if so desired. The cost of the treatments vary but in Calgary, Canada, the prices are said to be extremely reasonable.

Like many things Botox is not 100% safe. Some may experience side effects. Some people say Botox should not be taken by people who are allergic to any of the ingredients or those who have had reactions to it in the past. This could be considered common sense, as could the advice handed out that you should tell your doctor about any muscle condition before using the product.

Advice that has been given in conjunction with Botulinum toxin is to tell your doctor about any medicines you are taking during the consultation. This could include any herbal remedy, prescription, non-prescription medicines and vitamins. For some people Botox is an excellent way of looking younger by losing facial lines and for some it is most important use is in combating muscle problems.

People as far afield as Calgary, Canada find Botox very useful and could not do without it. Yet, as with any treatment, it is an idea to consult a trained physician before undergoing treatment. Some provide guidance that a person should be over the age of 18 before embarking on any such treatment or cosmetic surgery.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips to Retain Your Beauty and Make Your Skin Glow

Everyone wants to show off their immaculate fresh skin, long curls, gleaming eyes and an attractive face.

Public spends an exorbitant sum on branded cosmetics, hairstyle, visits to the beauty clinics etc just to look charismatic, attractive and beautiful. They are constantly searching for different Beauty Tips to enhance the glow of the skin and give it a fresh look. There are quite a few natural Beauty Tips you can use to retain your natural beauty and to protect your youth and beauty.

To sustain your natural beauty there are so many home based Beauty Tips and that will bring a lot of glow on your face which you have been always craving for. These beauty products are very inexpensive and more effectual and helpful as compared to other beauty kits obtainable in the market. In addition to this they are no side effects as these Natural Beauty Tips are free from the harmful chemicals that is found in the different cosmetic goods accessible in the stores. Fulfill your desire of staying young, attractive and charismatic perpetually by the use of these simple Beauty Tips.

Some of the Beauty Tips that should be retained in mind when you are really concerned about your beauty are that being annoyed and frowning all the time will add wrinkles on your face at the later stage. It is also important that you use less make-up which will always keep your look very young. To keep your natural beauty intact regular intake of Vitamins and minerals are requisite for health and beauty in an appropriate amount. Drink sufficient water and get good eight hours of sound sleep every day. After washing the face, rinse it in cold water to close the pores and make your skin look a little tighter.

Some of the Beauty Tips for your good skin are-

Massage your body with different oils especially olive oils to make softer and ease your cuticles. It will give a soft skin and a glowing look.

  • Mix egg yolk, some olive oil and juice of half lemon and apply that mixture on your face, neck or hands. Leave it for some time then wash. A very good way to moisturize the dry skin and make it glow is to use this mixture on frequent basis.
  • Blend plain curd with some honey in equivalent portions. Apply that mixture to your face as a fresh and revitalizing mask.
  • Add very little olive oil to 8 pulverized strawberries. Sprinkle with a small teaspoon of salt and mix it very well. Apply the mixture to your hands or feet, then wash it and dry. This mixture is a normal skin exfoliates.

Use all these Beauty Tips to retain the natural and charming glow of the skin.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Discount Skincare and Cosmetics

Consumers spend a fortune of expensive skin care and cosmetic products with the high hopes these products will help improve their appearance quickly and easily. These products hold many wonderful claims including a more youthful appearance, a reduction in lines and wrinkles... the list could go on and on. The question is are these products really worth the price tag and how many times are women disappointed?

The dream is that by spending more money on lotions and potions you can stop the cruel reality of ageing and even after a hard week at the office not appear quite as worn out and tired as you really feel. However, may I be daring and question these grand claims. I feel that by women spending money on expensive skincare and cosmetics that are really buying into the 'cosmetic ideal' and a marketers haven - feeding the brands hunger for cash and the consumers hunger for perfection.

I question, are brands really selling these products as a substitute for cosmetic surgery? I say this because so many claim to achieve the same results. I believe they are and I don't think its fair - you can not get something that requires knives, surgeons and a large overdraft in a face or body cream. The shocking fact is many women think they can and that's why these products are so popular.

I think it's time women celebrated who they are and instead of seeking products to change them why not embrace who you? Instead of buying product to try and change your appearance buy products that suit and flatter - and at a price you can afford. Discount beauty stores offer women a choice of popular cosmetic brands for a fraction of the price they retail for on the high street.

These discount cosmetic websites stocks products that celebrate the creativity and happiness makeup can bring to women and also offers free beauty tips and tricks, DIY beauty treatments and trend reports to keep women up to date with the latest beauty trends.

Women only have to look as far as YouTube for inspiring DIY skin care treatments that are just as effective as a £30.00 bottle of anti-wrinkle cream. Famous YouTube gurus such as Michelle Phan have kept millions entertained on with her wild and wacky DIY beauty alternatives. On one occasion we witnessed her using her own cats litter to create a face mask, yes that's right cat litter! Its time for women to embrace their beauty and save their money on the things that really matter. Memories are whats really important, so grab some girly friends and have a pampering night trying out some DIY hair and face masks - you will feel wonderful and be glad you didn't spend your hard-earned cash on expensive products that include the same ingredients you will find in your cats litter tray!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Make-Up and Cosmetic Tips That Enhance Black and White Photography Images

Black and white photography images are usually enhanced with the use of make-up and other cosmetic techniques. This makes the quality of the images to be very good because the subject is made to look more beautiful than they really are. Another very important thing that make-ups and other cosmetic treatments do to black and white photo subjects is that it makes the light distribution on the subject's face and body to be evenly distributed. Hence, the images come out nicely without any serious blemishes. Some of the items that are used for enhancing the subject's appearance are considered below.

Face Powder

There are facial powders of diverse variants. This is used for beautifying the face by rubbing the powder evenly on the face with an applicator that is like a little piece of foam or soft material. The powders are made from diverse sources and normally come in different colours. Some of them are quite expensive while several others are cheap and can be affordable by the average person. The use of powder in black and white photos helps in enhancing the facial appearance of the subject by ensuring that there is even distribution of light across the face, and it also helps in getting rid of sweat and other features on the subject's face that may affect the way the picture looks.

Lips Stick/ Lips Gloss

Lip gloss is used for lips primarily to soften the lips and prevent them from becoming dry especially as a result of environmental factors. This also helps in making the subject's lips to look bright in the picture. Lip sticks and gloss can be very varied, they come in different colours and anyone can use any colour as they please. But it is always advisable to use the type of lip stick which the colour is complimentary with the skin of the subject and their clothing in order not to create a colour riot.

Eye Pencils

Eye pencils are usually used on the eye brows and occasionally on the eye lashes. They are commonly made in black colour but there are also other colours available. Some of these pencils can be very expensive but there are always other types that are not so expensive. The pencils are used in creating lines or patterns that make the subject become very attractive. This helps the photographer to produce images that are very attractive and beautiful. In order to maximise the benefits available in black and photography through cosmetics, many photographers usually have a small cosmetic corner in their studio for their clients to use in order to be beautiful.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Do You Really Know How To Admire Beauty?

When I listen to the lines like,"Your hair looks beautiful today, which shampoo have you used? You have a beautiful necklace on, your mascara is very shiny, you have a beautiful shade of lipstick on, I love your earring, etc." I fall into a reverie and recall the past English poets who had devoted so much time and admiration on the processes of presenting a beautiful woman in their poems. I don't include Alexander Pope in my list, for his "The Rape of Lock" is nothing but the descriptive presentation of cosmetic powers which, in fact, conceals the natural charm that a woman has.

Imagine where all these cosmetic factories would be if we started admiring the original beauty in a woman? I am least bothered about the Socratic concept of External and Internal beauty here, because I believe that physical beauty requires no less admiration than the intellectual beauty does.

For just one day, try to meet as many female faces as you can and try to visualize them devoid of their cosmetic and ornamental powers. I am sure that you will be in a very precarious state of mind because you have been so much habitual to visualize women with their cosmetic powers on that you will not be able to,perhaps, call any of them beautiful. We have really lost our sense of beauty in the long course of our materialist progress.

If you are able to utter the lines like "you have beautiful hair,your neck is beautiful, your face inspires hopes in my heart or your ears are so beautiful," believe me, you will have developed a divine sense of beauty.

Bless you. I love you all.