Thursday, February 27, 2014

Teeth Whitening Methods - Whitening Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry Bonding

Tooth care has always been a massive industry, a beautiful smile is a naturally endearing feature and people will pay good money to have a nice bright white set of teeth. Orthodontists have long been helping us with the shape of our smile. They use braces to help guide the teeth into an attractive formation, because when left to their own devices some people's teeth can grow over the top of each other, at angles or with large gaps. While these problems are generally not a health issue, they are unsightly and in this day and age, our appearance matters.

Over the past few decades tooth care has moved up a gear, and now not only can we shape and move our teeth to improve our smile, but we can also tackle the second most unwanted feature, discoloration and stained teeth. Teeth Whitening as the industry is known, is increasingly affordable, and different methods to achieve a brilliant white smile have been developed, each with their pros and cons. Some are single treatments, some are courses of treatments that last weeks or months and involve continued home care afterward too.

Two of the less time consuming methods of improving your smile are whitening veneers and cosmetic dentistry bonding. Veneers come in two types. Porcelain veneers (the most common) and direct (also known as composite) veneers. Veneers are small strips of either porcelain or plastic (direct/composite veneers) that literally cover your teeth to cover and conceal any stains or discoloration. These are ideal for people with severe staining when bleaching will be ineffective. Veneers do not last forever and will need replacing in time, porcelain last longer which is why they are most common, as they last 10 to 15 years. Porcelain veneers will take a few trips to your dentist, as they will need to be molded to your teeth individually. Direct or composite veneers, being made of plastic can be made and applied by your dentist in a single visit. These veneers are cheaper but do not last as long, about 5 -7 years.

The other alternative, cosmetic dentistry bonding is a different way to improve the color of your teeth, but it also used when you want to reshape your teeth and fill gaps. Bonding is a composite resin which is injected onto and into the teeth, the advantage of bonding in this way is that it looks very natural when filing gaps between teeth, however the downside it that if you are a smoker the nicotine will quickly discolor the resin.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Be Careful of Imitation Cosmetics Online

Adding new makeup to your current cosmetic collection is a way to spruce up your look and show off your own personality. When you want to shop for some new cosmetics and you want to do so out of a beauty store and instead online, it is important to know how to be wary of imitation makeup before you make a purchase. By understanding the type of products you are purchasing when shopping for a new eye shadow palette or foundation color online, you are more likely to receive a quality product that is to your satisfaction while meeting your needs.

Shop at Official Retailers

Find the cosmetics you are searching for by purchasing them directly from the official company that sells them or from an official retailer that can be verified as authentic. You can often find valid retailers and shops that stock the cosmetics you are interested in from each individual makeup company's own official corporate website.

When you shop for cosmetics online it is also important to check various website's return policies and terms and conditions before you place an order, especially when you are ordering the makeup you want from an unauthorized retailer or online auction website. Each website's return policy may vary, so it is important to understand and know all of your rights before you make a cosmetic purchase on any site.

Read Ingredients

Before you checkout online and place your cosmetic order, be sure to review the ingredients in all of the makeup you want to buy to ensure you are purchasing an authentic version of any type of cosmetic you want. You should also compare the ingredients from non-official retailers with the official makeup website's ingredient listings. Some ingredients may include harmful chemicals if you are ordering imitation makeup which can have harmful or irritating effects on the skin, including redness, irritation and breakouts. When imitation cosmetics are produced, using cheaper and more dangerous chemicals are often the option to help with creating the product at a much lesser price (ultimately with less quality).

Labels and Branding

Check the labels of makeup and new cosmetics before you make a purchase online. If the logo or label looks slightly different, or if the entire name of the makeup brand has changed by a letter or word, it is more than likely an imitation product. Many manufacturers who produce imitation cosmetics are not legally allowed to create makeup with the same label or logo, as it is considered copyright infringement. In this case, the manufacturers then create "mock" imitation products that look similar enough to the original product to fool many into purchasing it.

Research Sellers in Auctions

If you plan to use online auction websites or resale sites, be sure to conduct adequate research on the seller who is offering the cosmetics you are interested in purchasing. Check previous sales, reviews left by past customers and even the information listed on the company's official website. If you are unsure about ordering from a retailer due to its authenticity, find another seller that you feel more comfortable with when purchasing your cosmetics.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cosmetics Are Basically Nothing More Than Money Magnets

Are we gullible, naive or downright stupid? Of course we don't like to think we are, yet the powers that be surely think otherwise, and to add weight to the title of this article, we just have to look a the profits that are shovelled into the banks accounts of the large cosmetic companies month in, month out, year after year.

The last time you bought a particular skin cream for yourself, for example, you probably bought it for one of the following reasons:

  • You saw it advertised on TV or in a magazine
  • You were advised by a helpful sales assistant who convinced you that the particular cream was a good choice for your skin
  • You just happened to need a new cream
  • Some other reason

The reason doesn't really matter, you bought it and were obviously satisfied with your choice, and if it was a top end brand, then you rest assured that the quality of your expensive purchase is definitely reflected in the price. Well ladies, and guys that buy cosmetic gifts for their loved ones, it is time to take a step back, take a deep breath and take charge of the situation and hold your purse strings tight, or hang onto your wallets as the case may be.

Cosmetics is big business and the main aim is to make a profit, and people behind the corporate doors of any leading cosmetic company know exactly how to manipulate the unsuspecting customers and thereby secure themselves high scale salaries and corporate profits.

This is not a vendetta against the cosmetic manufacturers, but a wake up call to anyone and everyone who really needs to turn every dollar, especially when our money is better spent elsewhere. The advertising ploys, the apparent claims, (the emphasis being on the word "apparent"), and the beautiful women, mainly well known models, film stars and other celebrities and the glossy advertising posters have a hidden agenda. The agenda is to stop us reading the label. If we read the label, we would probably be shocked at the high price we are expected to pay for something that simply doesn't work.

The labels on most brands of cosmetics are a confusing maze of facts that create impressions. There are words that are frequently used within the cosmetic world that have certain meanings, and there are others that have a have a somewhat magical effect and they sound great, but in reality they mean absolutely nothing.
Words that are imported from, or borrowed from "dermatology" like epidermal or non-comedogenic are used to insinuate that a product is a proven and tested product and that it possibly has been subjected to and complies with the laws of a governing body. This is so NOT the case!

There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of different terms that are used and it is impossible to name every single one, but here is a good example: Non-comedogenic is often used when describing sun screen lotions and creams and moisturisers for people that suffer with acne. The cosmetic definition here is that the product will not cause more spots, zits or pimples than a person normally has or would have. The term is often used in connection with the term "oil free".

However, the experts inform us that after expensive testing where pimples are actually counted before and after a product is tested, and after a period of 1 to 2 weeks there are no new zits, then manufactures are legally free to make the claim. It is brought to the attention of people that do the research, that there are companies who use these kinds of terminologies without doing any testing, based on others results, and they use products that are known not to block the pores of the skin.

However, most cosmetic companies are operating within the law, even though at times they do appear to be walking a very fine line between truth and fiction. It isn't possible for us ordinary mortals to understand everything that is on a label, even if we do read it - but if you are in doubt, don't buy a product.

As with buying anything else we purchase these days, check online, and read up on the terminologies that the cosmetic companies use and if that is too much too ask, then one sure way to find out if a product works and it does what it claims to do is to buy it.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beauty Techniques That You Will Learn A Lot

Beauty tips and techniques are one of the most talked about topics in forums and discussions. Lots of women make complaint that their cosmetics are removed during the day. The following advice and methods may educate you the correct actions to take in putting on makeup that will make it stay throughout the day.

The very first thing you must do before applying cosmetics would be to clean up your face. Make sure that your face should be free of dirt, dust and oil. Once the face is clean, apply a good moisturizer and let the skin absorb it.

Moisturizing lotion must be utilized before applying any base primer or foundation. The moisturizer must be applied at least 20 minutes before you apply any kind of cosmetic. This permits the lotion the time and energy to soak inside the skin.

Bear in mind that in putting on base, make sure that it is not so thin or thick. Apply only what is needed to balance out your skin tone. Lots of people choose to utilize mineral-based cosmetic foundations because they last for a long period.

To correctly work with an eyelash styling curler, begin at the bottom of the lashes and use tiny crimps in the lashes and out to the tips. By simply strolling the curler alongside your current eyelash, you'll create volume with out developing the tough curl, which a lot of eye lash curlers do.

If you are not satisfied on how your eyelashes look, you may add some eyelash extension. The following measures will explain the way to use eye lash extensions. The first task is usually to curl your current lashes. Afterwards, use a little stick towards the extensions by using a toothpick and permit adhesive to dry in then apply a thin layer of mascara.

With regards to lipstick, choose a good quality one. High-priced lipsticks typically consist of a lot more shade hues than their affordable alternatives. You can choose from matte to glossy shades. You can also enhance the shape of your lip by using a lip liner. For finishing, apply a thin coat of lip gloss for a little shining effect.

After making your face beautiful because of these kinds of products, make sure to take care of them too. Once you are finished using your cosmetics, put all of it in a kit or container. You must place it in a room temperature area. For that reason, you can preserve its moisture and prevent it from degrading.

Beauty can be enhanced with the right understanding. With the previously mentioned techniques into your beauty regimen, it is possible to ensure best results that you will surely love.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Maharishi Ayurveda Approach to Beauty and Skin Care

"Every person is born perfect. Inferiority is a mistake of the mind, a cloud covering the light. Dissolve the clouds by observing a balanced life with healthy habits. Nourish your mind and body. Connect with your own inner self. Celebrate your own magnificence and your beauty will always shine through." -Dr. Rama Kant Mishra, renowned Ayurvedic physician and dermatologist

The Three Pillars of Beauty

Maharishi Ayurveda (MAV), the modern, consciousness-based revival of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine tradition, considers true beauty to be supported by three pillars; Outer Beauty, Inner Beauty and Lasting Beauty. Only by enhancing all three can we attain the balanced state of radiant health that makes each of us the most fulfilled and beautiful person we can be.

Outer Beauty: Roopam

The outer signs of beauty - your skin, hair and nails - are more than just superficial measures of beauty. They are direct reflections of your overall health. These outer tissues are created by the inner physiological processes involved in digestion, metabolism and proper tissue development. Outer beauty depends more on the strength of your digestion and metabolism, the quality of your diet, and the purity of your blood, than on external cleansers and conditioners you may apply.

General Recommendations for Outer Beauty

As we will discuss, the key to skin care is matching your diet and skin care routine to the specific skin type you have. Meanwhile, there are some valuable recommendations for lustrous skin, hair and nails that will be helpful to everyone, regardless of skin type.

1. Diet: Without adequate nourishment, your collagen layer thins and a kind of wasting takes place. Over time, your skin can shrivel up like a plant without water from lack of nourishment. To keep your skin plump and glowing:

A. Eat fresh, whole organic foods that are freshly prepared.

Avoid packaged, canned, frozen, processed foods and leftovers. These foods have little nutritional value and also they are often poorly digested which creates impurities that localize in the skin. The resulting buildup of toxins causes irritation and blocks circulation depriving the skin of further nourishment and natural cleansing processes.

B. Favor skin nourishing foods.

  1. Leafy green vegetables contain vitamins, minerals (especially iron and calcium) and are high in antioxidant properties. They nourish the skin and protect it from premature aging.

  2. Sweet juicy fruits like grapes, melons, pears, plums and stewed apples at breakfast are excellent for the skin in almost everyone.

  3. Eat a wide variety of grains over different meals and try mixed grain servings at breakfast and lunch. Add amaranth, quinoa, cous cous, millet and barley to the wheat and rice you already eat.

  4. Favor light, easy to digest proteins like legume soups (especially yellow split mung dhal), whole milk, paneer (cheese made from boiling milk, adding lemon and straining solids) and lassi (diluted yogurt and spice drinks).

  5. Oils like ghee (clarified butter) and organic, extra virgin olive oil should be included in the diet as they lubricate, nourish and create lustre in the skin.
  6. Use spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, and black pepper to improve digestion, nourish the skin and cleanse it of impurities.

  7. Avoid microwaving and boiling your vegetables. They lose as much as 85% of their antioxidant content when cooked in this way. Steaming and sautéing are best.

Caring for outer beauty through knowledge of skin type

Besides these general recommendations the key to Outer Beauty is to understand the difference in skin types so you can gain the maximum benefit from your individualized skin care regimen. MAV identifies three different skin types based on which of the three main metabolic principles (doshas)- present in everyone, but to different degrees- is most dominant in your body.

Vata Skin

* Description: Vata is composed of the elements of air and space. If you have a vata skin type, your skin will be dry, thin, fine pored, delicate and cool to the touch. When balanced, it glows with a delicate lightness and refinement that is elegant and attractive. When vata skin is imbalanced, it will be prone to excessive dryness and may even be rough and flaky.

* Potential problems: The greatest beauty challenge for vata skin is its predisposition to symptoms of early aging. Your skin may tend to develop wrinkles earlier than most due to its tendency to dryness and thinness. If your digestion is not in balance, your skin can begin to look dull and grayish, even in your 20's and 30's. In addition, your skin may have a tendency for disorders such as dry eczema and skin fungus. Mental stress, such as worry, fear and lack of sleep, has a powerful debilitating effect on vata skin leaving it looking tired and lifeless.

* Recommendations for care

With a little knowledge, you can preserve and protect the delicate beauty of your vata type skin. Since your skin does not contain much moisture, preventing it from drying is the major consideration. Eat a warm, unctuous diet (ghee and olive oil are best) and favor sour, salty and sweet tastes (naturally sweet like fruits, not refined sugar) as they balance vata. Avoid drying foods like crackers. Drink 6-8 glasses of warm (not cold for vata types!) water throughout the day and eat plenty of sweet, juicy fruits. Going to bed early (before 10 PM) is very soothing to vata and will have a tremendously positive influence on your skin. Avoid cleansing products that dry the skin (like alcohol-based cleansers) and perform Ayurvedic oil massage to your whole body (abhyanga) in the morning before you shower.

Pitta Skin.

* Description: Pitta dosha is composed of the elements of fire and water. If you have a pitta skin type your skin is fair, soft, warm and of medium thickness. When balanced, your skin has a beautiful, slightly rosy or golden glow, as if illuminated from within. Your hair typically is fine and straight, and is usually red, sandy or blonde in color. Your complexion tends toward the pink or reddish, and there is often a copious amount of freckles or moles.

* Potential problems: Among the many beauty challenges of pitta skin types is your tendency to develop rashes, rosacea, acne, liver spots or pigment disorders. Because of the large proportion of the fire element in your constitution, your skin does not tolerate heat or sun very well. Of all the three skin types, pitta skin has the least tolerance for the sun, is photosensitive, and most likely to accumulate sun damage over the years. Pitta skin is aggravated by emotional stress, especially suppressed anger, frustration, or resentment.

* Recommendations for care

Avoid excessive sunlight, tanning treatments and highly heating therapies like facial or whole body steams. Avoid hot, spicy foods and favor astringent, bitter and sweet foods which balance pitta. (Again, naturally sweet, not chocolate and refined sugar!) Sweet juicy fruits (especially melons and pears), cooked greens and rose petal preserves are especially good. Drinking plenty of water helps wash impurities from sensitive pitta skin. Reduce external or internal contact with synthetic chemicals, to which your skin is especially prone to react, even in a delayed fashion after years of seemingly uneventful use. Avoid skin products that are abrasive, heating or contain artificial colors or preservatives. Most commercial make-up brands should be avoided in favor of strictly 100% natural ingredient cosmetics. And be sure to get your emotional stress under control through plenty of outdoor exercise, yoga and meditation.

Kapha Skin.

* Description: Kapha dosha is composed of the elements of earth and water. If you have a kapha skin type your skin is thick, oily, soft and cool to the touch. Your complexion is a glowing porcelain whitish color, like the moon, and hair characteristically thick, wavy, oily and dark. Kapha skin types, with their more generous collagen and connective tissue, are fortunate to develop wrinkles much later in life than vata or pitta types.

*Potential problems If your skin becomes imbalanced, it can show up as enlarged pores, excessively oily skin, moist types of eczema, blackheads, acne or pimples, and water retention. Kapha skin is also more prone to fungal infections.

* Recommendations for care

Kapha skin is more prone to clogging and needs more cleansing than other skin types. Be careful to avoid greasy, clogging creams. Likewise, avoid heavy, hard to digest foods like fried foods, fatty meats, cheeses and rich desserts. Eat more light, easy to digest, astringent, bitter and pungent (well-spiced) foods as they balance kapha. Olive oil is the best cooking oil and a little ginger and lime juice can be taken before meals to increase your characteristically sluggish digestive fire. Take warm baths often and use gentle cleansers to open the skin pores. Avoid getting constipated and try to get some exercise every day to increase circulation and help purify the skin through the sweating process.

Inner Beauty: Gunam.

Happy, positive, loving, caring individuals have a special beauty that is far more than skin deep. Conversely we all experience the quick and deleterious effect on our skin from fatigue and stress.

Inner beauty is authentic beauty, not the kind that shows on a made-up face, but the kind that shines through from your soul, your consciousness or inner state of being. Inner beauty comes from a mind and heart that are in harmony, not at odds with each other, causing emotional confusion, loss of confidence, stress and worry. Inner peace is the foundation of outer beauty.

Maintain your self-confidence and a warm, loving personality by paying attention to your lifestyle and daily routine and effective management of stress (I highly recommend the TM technique for its scientifically-verified benefits on mental and physical health and reduced aging.) You will also be healthier and feel better through the day if you eat your main meal at midday and make a habit of going to bed early (by 10 PM is ideal.)

Remember, kindness, friendliness and sincerity naturally attract people to you. On the other hand, being uptight or tense makes people want to walk the other way, regardless of your facial structure, body weight, or other outer signs we associate with attractiveness.

Lasting Beauty: Yayastyag

In order to slow the aging process and gain lasting beauty there are two additional key considerations beyond those already discussed,

1. Eliminate toxins and free radicals in the body: The main deteriorating effects of aging come as toxins and impurities (called ama in Ayurveda) accumulate throughout the body. These toxins may begin as free radicals in the body, or over time may become oxidized into free radicals, all of which contribute to premature aging in the body. For lasting health and beauty it is essential to avoid and neutralize free radicals, to prevent impurities of all kinds from accumulating and to remove those that have already become lodged in the body.

The most powerful cleansing therapy in Maharishi Ayurveda is "panchakarma" therapy, a series of natural treatments ideally performed twice yearly, that involves 5-7 days in a row of massage, heat treatments and mild herbal enemas. Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of undergoing this cleansing program once or twice a year to prevent impurities from accumulating, localizing and hardening in the tissues. Just as we change the oil in our cars regularly for optimal performance and lifespan, Ayurveda recommends that we cleanse the "sludge" from our tissues on a regular basis through panchakarma treatments.

Best of all, panchakarma treatments are luxurious, blissful, and make you feel (and look) completely rejuvenated in just a few days time. I have had many a patient who told me that friends asked them afterwards if they had gotten a facelift, they looked so fresh and youthful!

Other free radical busters include: reducing mental stress, eating antioxidant foods like leafy green vegetables, sweet, juicy fruits and cooking on a daily basis with antioxidant, detoxifying spices like turmeric and coriander.

2. Add rejuvenative techniques to daily living:

The daily activities of life in the modern world systematically wear us down and speed up the aging process. Ayurveda maintains it is crucial to practice daily rejuvenative regimens to counteract the stressful wear and tear of everyday life. According to Ayurveda the most important rejuvenative routines for your life are:

  1. Going to bed by 10:00 PM. This simple habit is one of the most powerful techniques for health and longevity, according to MAV.

  2. Meditate daily. Any meditation that does not involve concentration (which has been shown to increase anxiety) can be very helpful. I highly recommend the twice-daily deep rest and enlivenment of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, whose benefits have been verified by over 700 published research studies.

  3. Eat organic, whole fresh food that is freshly prepared. There is an Ayurvedic saying: "Without proper diet. medicine is of no use. With proper diet, medicine is of no need." Be sure to avoid those leftovers, processed and microwaved foods for better nutrition and vitality.

  4. Perform Ayurvedic oil massage in the morning (abhyanga). Morning oil massage purifies the entire body, reduces anxiety and stress, helps prevent and heal injuries and supports circulation. It is especially helpful in creating a radiant complexion and keeping your skin youthful. Research shows it may also help prevent skin cancers.

  5. Practice yoga asanas. Maintaining flexibility and circulation is key to health.

  6. Practice pranayama (yoga breathing) techniques. Pranayama enlivens the mind and body. Ideally practice the following sequence twice a day. Asanas, pranayama and meditation.

Summary

Everyone's unique beauty shines forth when they have radiant health and personal happiness. Beauty is a side effect of a balanced, fulfilled life. Supreme personal beauty is accessible to everyone who is willing to take more control of their health in their day-to-day life through time-tested principles of natural living.

For most of us, beauty is not a gift but a choice. Every woman can be radiantly beautiful simply by beginning to lead a healthier life. You will be rewarded by the glowing effects you will see in your mirror each day and the powerful, bliss-producing effect your special beauty has on everyone in your life.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Avon - Beauty and Health Manufacturing Company

Avon is another beauty and health manufacturing company which has earned a reputation of one of the top brands all over the world revolutionizing the variety of products from lipstick, skin care products to different types of fragrances by presenting innovative, first-to-market products using its unique Avon-patented technology.

For many years, Avon has spread its legacy of being a responsible corporate citizen adhering to the highest standard of ethics and integrity that made it as one of the most well-liked companies and one of the best companies to work for employing thousands of highly diverse employees scattered all over the world.

It has authored the unique direct selling system of all its products giving most women the opportunity of independently earning and attaining economic freedom by engaging in this distinctive type of business opportunity Avon has introduced.

Avon, until this very time, does not only continuously offer high quality products as well as customized services to the women around the world but it also spearheads charitable activities supporting breast cancer and domestic violence abuses.

Avon products that had been around for more than a century has created bevy of beauty and health products from the very popular Avon Colors, skin care and treatment products to Avon Wellness.

Its popular Avon Colors are created with superior quality which included foundations, powders, lipsticks, eye and nail products as well as face cosmetics with different choices of colors introduced giving women many selections to fit their skin tone. Some of its products contains multi-vitamins that continued to beautify women of different ethnicities.
For anti-aging and skin care treatment, Avon's Anew has been critically acclaimed to have given positive results to the many faces of satisfied women all over the world. Avon was the first company in the beauty industry to introduce and launch an anti-aging product containing AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, a strong and potent anti-aging, antioxidant responsible in providing effects of glowing, refreshing and younger look.

It also launched the Avon Solutions for face and body treatment. It is infused with the Avon Daily Skin Allowance, a unique combination of nutrients and supplements that help women maintain healthy skin. It has also presented best-loved brands of bath and body products for all skin types.

Avon also launched the first body wash that combines an exfoliating formula with an ultra-conditioning cleanser. Salon-quality products serve the needs of every hair type of both young and old. It provided wide range of shampoos, conditioners and styling products.

As the world's biggest maker of perfumes, Avon offers reasonably priced fragrances with fashionable packaging for every woman to enjoy. It further provided rejuvenating health and fitness products that promote a well-balanced lifestyle embracing a unique philosophy of having inner as well as outer beauty and the well-being of mind, body and spirit.

And this time, Avon's Mark. It provides a unique earning prospect by tapping directly into young women's existing and daily beauty rituals. The product line of cosmetics and related products offers fun, fresh, modern packaging; affordable pricing; and unique products offered. Its vision is to provide young women with an engaging product line, a direct-selling opportunity, and a unique brand understanding that engages them in a world of community, involvement and empowerment.