Friday, February 27, 2015

Beauty and Health - What it Means to You Today

The concept of beauty is not easy to define. In many societies physical beauty is seen to have acceptable norms but some of those norms still vary between cultures. Over time, we have started to see the use of many different products that enhance and maintain personal beauty. We also see a more useful emphasis on health as an important part of beauty. All this raises many questions. Do we expect more from our physical presentation than our ancestors? What brought us to where we are today? We now have access to a wide range of natural, synthetic and medical products that support this but what do we choose to use?

Historical Beauty Concepts

Is beauty more important today than it was in the past? Probably not, the struggle to represent beauty in art has been repeated over the ages to reveal that beauty exists consistently in many past cultures. These similarities cannot be ignored as we try to understand our need to look beautiful.

From ancient Egypt the royal bust of Nefertiti (wife of Akhenaton) is considered today a classical example of female facial beauty. Greek sculptors celebrated the beauty of both male and female bodies. Modern art has moved away from realism so beauty is more readily expressed through photographs.

Although we associate youth with beauty, there is a growing acceptance of maintaining beauty among mature people who are also developing a healthy lifestyle. So, what beauty products do we use today?

Natural Beauty Products

Many natural products are still used for beauty preparations. In England - cold tea bags refresh eyes, Japan - soya germs, rice and seaweed keep the skin soft, Spain - olive oil used in face masks, Latin America - avocado in hair conditioning, Italy - basil leaf for teeth whitener, Argentina - cream softens and moistens skin.

Modern Beauty Products

A number of products are obtainable for enhancing looks and healthy lifestyles. Teeth whitening products have been developed and used by dentists are also available to the public. Hair products are at hand help maintain healthy hair. Cosmetic products are accepted as being safe when used as directed. Diet and exercise products and programs are becoming very popular. In choosing these products the user needs to look for simplicity in ingredients, follow manufacturers' instructions, and use moderately.

The beauty and health products available online are too numerous to find easily. There are a number of websites at hand that will identify and provide access to a limited number of popular products. That is where you need to go for ideas on acceptable beauty products.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dentist: Providing Oral Health Care Through General and Cosmetic Procedures

If you are looking for a professional dental practice to address your oral health condition such as wide gaps, crooked and missing teeth, a misaligned bite, or any condition that may cause you to seek treatment from a dentist, find a dental practice that has professionals that are committed to creating healthy and beautiful smiles.

Through a thorough evaluation of your oral health, the professionals at the dental clinic can recommend the right treatment to address your issues. If you have experienced something like pain every time you chew on food, experienced oral health providers at the dental practice can get your gums and teeth healthy and strong again.

The following are some dental procedures that may be offered and a brief description of each:
• Dental Implants-Replace missing teeth with the use of a tiny titanium screw that is surgically placed into your bone and allowed to heal.

• Orthodontics-Dentistry that concentrates on how teeth fit together. Used to repair improper bites, under bites, jaw misalignment, crooked teeth, overbites, teeth crowding and more.

• Bridges-Used to fill the space that was created by a missing tooth and is formed to look like your natural teeth.

• Sealants-Often used to fill the pits and fine grooves that may accumulate from plaque.

• Periodontal Treatment-Treatment for periodontal gum disease such as scaling and root planning is a deep cleaning method that scraps tartar from below and above the gum line and gets rid of spots on the tooth root.

• Cosmetic Dentistry-Any dental procedure done to fix the imperfections in the appearance of the smile. These procedures improve alignment, color, spacing and more to improve overall appearance.

• Invisalign- This procedure is used to straighten the teeth through a minimally invasive procedure that uses spacers that are virtually undetectable and can be worn while you brush your teeth or eat.

• Extractions-An option for a tooth that is cracked, broken, or has significant amount of decay is the removal of the tooth in order to maintain proper oral health.

• Crowns-Provide full coverage restoration in order to cover the tooth that may possibly break, or is too thin to be restored with a filling.

• And much more

Schedule an appointment with a reputable dentist that provides both general and cosmetic services so you can get all of your dental care needs met. You can also find out about the additional dental services the dentist provides. Visit the website to get a detailed account of all of the procedures and some information on the dentist.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Skin Deep Beauty and How to Keep it

Soil has been likened to the skin covering our bodies. Both suffer serious erosion from wind, water and sun damage if left unchecked. Sandthorn is one of those rare plants which have proven to be very useful in landscape restoration and cosmetic care of the skin.

Erosion Control
The Dust Bowl of the l930's was the most tragic land calamity ever to strike the North American continent. Cattle overgrazing by ranchers and over farming by sodbusters removed virtually all of the grasslands from America's prairies, leaving the unprotected soil to periodic rain washouts and frequent driving winds.

A story circulating in those days told of an old Nebraska farmer sitting on his front porch during a horrendous dust storm. When asked what he was watching so intently, he drolly replied, "Oh, I'm just counting them Kansas farms as they go flying by."

Such are the ways of erosion when the land isn't properly cared for as it should be. Similar examples have been found in northern China, Pakistan and portions of the Indian subcontinent, where the systematic removal of old growth forests and the continuous under plowing of surface ground have caused serious soil
erosions and landslides.

But agronomists soon discovered that the sandthorn shrub was extremely useful in helping bind earth and for good soil conservation measures; hence, millions of acres were eventually replanted with it.

The Living Barrier
Just as soil covers much of the ground we walk in, so does another type of material protect the delicate inner parts of our bodies against wear and tear, knocks and physical damage, and extremes of temperature. Skin is the body's largest and heaviest organ. It covers almost 21½-square feet (2 square meters) on an adult around 9 to 15 pounds (4 to 7 kilograms), representing about one-twelfth of the body's total weight. If you've ever worn an overcoat that heavy, then you would begin to appreciate how heavy your skin is.

Like a shower proof raincoat skin keeps out most of the water and other fluids to which it is exposed, although it is not fully waterproof. Water is repelled by the natural oils and waxes made in the tiny sebaceous glands just under the surface of the skin. These sebaceous products also keep the skin flexible arid supple.

Skin insulates the body too. Underneath is a soft, yellowish layer called subcutaneous fat. It works like the padding in a quilted coat to keep the body warm and also absorbs knocks and bumps.

The world is full of microscopic germs. They float in the air and lie on the things we touch. Even objects that are apparently clean have germs on or in them.

Skin prevents germs from entering the body. Under a microscope, the skin's surface shows many dead, flattened cells that interlock and overlap tightly, like tiles on a roof. Few germs can penetrate this barrier, which completely covers healthy skin. But they can enter the body through cuts or breaks in the skin.

The natural waxes and oils on the skin's surface contain germ-killing chemicals. These are the body's own disinfectants, giving added protection against bacteria, yeasts, and other potentially harmful microscopic organisms.

Dermatological Miracle
The landscape of the skin, much like that of the earth1 undergoes numerous transformations over a lifetime. It experiences different types of erosions brought on by the elements of weather, poor diet, emotional upset, overuse of chemical cosmetics, and gradual aging.

Two types common to many older people are rosacea and eczema. The first condition is characterized by dilation of the facial capillaries, acne like pimples, and sometimes thickened skin on the nose. Certain foods - such as tea, coffee, alcohol, and those that are spicy - are associated with worsening of rosacea. A recent study indicates that the heat in coffee or tea may be responsible.

Eczema is an all-encompassing term, sometimes used synonymously with dermatitis, to describe inflamed, scaly, itching skin that may be due to any number of causes. Recent reports suggest a possible connection between this problem and impairment in the skin's metabolism of the essential fatty acid linolenic acid. Patients with this condition improved when given supplements containing a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid.

A woman somewhere in her sixties, Lisa J. of Taylorsville, Utah suffered with rosacea of the face and eczema of the scalp for many years. But when she started drinking an exotic fruit blend containing 42 percent sandthorn berry extract, she began noticing improvements in her appearance. In just two weeks most of the dry, rosy red patches on her nose and face had disappeared. And within a month her scalp had healed as well. The dermatologist she had been seeing for some twenty years was surprised by the outcome of things on her next visit to him. She attributed this to her daily two-ounce intake of AlpineV with the sandthorn drink. He told her to stay with whatever she was doing.

The Beauty in Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are common denominators for all life forms. Not only the amount but also the type of dietary fat plays major roles in maintaining health. The human body absolutely requires certain essential fatty acids in the forms of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3) and linoleic acid (an omega-6). That is why they are termed "essential" fatty acids (EFP's).

But most people are deficient in them and don't even know it. Data from the 2006 Health & Wellness Trends Database, created by the Natural Marketing Institute of Harleysville, PA, show that almost one-third of the general population were deficient in omega-3's. An even higher percentage were considered deficient in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (another omega-6 EFA).6 Yet all three of these EFA's are vital to the health of the skin. A few placebo-controlled studies over the past 15 years have demonstrated that they improve the symptoms of rosacea, eczema (sometimes called atopic dermatitis) and similar inflammatory skin problems.

It so happens that sandthorn berries are high in all three of these essential fatty acids,8 including others to be mentioned in the next chapter. Sandthorn yields 20-36 percent alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3) and 35-43 per cent linoleic acid (an omega-6).9 Patients with eczema were given sandthorn berry extracts for four months; during follow up they showed substantial improvement in their condition. The results were attributed to the high content of EFAs.10

Nature's Own Cosmetic
"A man of forty-five looks distinguished, but a woman of the same age is over the hill." So wrote feminist author Nancy Friday in her mind-jarring book, The Power of Beauty. "We live in a culture, she continues, "that trades in the currency of seeing and being seen. We want beauty not just for others; we want to look the way we feel, which is quite young, quite strong, and quite beautiful, although we are maturing."

Nature has provided the "natural cosmetic" for women to achieve this. It lies within the beautifying elements of the sandthorn berry. Palmitoleic acid is a principal constituent of skin fat and helps to maintain skin softness while minimizing wrinkles. Sandthorn has a very "high content" of this important omega-7 fatty acid, "which is uncommon in the plant kingdom," says one noted authority.

Conditions of skin inflammation also fare well with this particular berry. Japanese and Russian studies have shown extracts of sandthorn will reduce inflammation and promote the regeneration of new skin in many instances. My own father Jacob Heinerman took daily intakes of a certain beverage containing 42 percent sandthorn berry for the last six months of his life (he passed away in his sleep at age 93 in early Feb. 2007). His skin before this was as thin and delicate as parchment paper. But when he went on the berry juice the skin on his hands and forearms began getting back some of their natural tone and elasticity. To me, this was the greatest testament of all to sandthorn berry being nature's own cosmetic miracle for recreating skin deep beauty lost years before.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Six Explanations Why Folks Opt For Cosmetic Surgery

To care for one's outer appearance is a human habit. However, throughout history human society has always valued outward looks at the expense of character attributes. To modify one's image for personal gain is thus a well-known theme. In recent history more and more folks have sought out cosmetic surgery to alter aspects of the physical body. Although a controversial issue, here are six reasons why people opt for this radical life-changing medical procedure.

The first motive can be attributed to widespread cultural and media images forever disseminating messages and pictures about perfection in appearance. Today's westernized cultures place great emphasis on looking and feeling young, equating these with fulfilling lifestyles. For some, beautifying through clothes and other fashionable accessories are simply not enough. Not contented with physical looks, many individuals try and achieve an ideal beauty standard by going under the knife.

Another reason has to do with perceptions and expectations. Folk choosing to enhance the figure through medically altering parts of the physique has the perception that this will change one's own and other people's impressions favorably, especially pertaining to judgments about an individual's intelligence and performance. It's also a self-confidence booster, and adds to an individual's social status and social mobility. In other words, the procedure is a tool for impression management.

The third motivating factor is related to the above. People change unattractive aspects of the body to make a favorable impression so as to secure job opportunities and advance professional careers. Research shows physical appearances have a significant influence on personal earnings and workplace promotion. It comes as no surprise therefore that during times of economic crises and work scarcity, there tends to be a rise in the numbers of persons seeking figure-changing operations.

Historically, women have been under far more cultural pressure than men to adhere to standards of physical beauty. The issue here is that the female sex undergo significantly more body-changing medical procedures precisely for this reason. The relatively novel consumerist drive for men to look young, fashionable and maintain beautiful healthy bodies is a very late arrival on the modern-day scene.

But having said this, times are changing and today men are just as concerned about looking youthful and physically attractive. The fifth reason has to do with the fact that the stigma associated with undergoing plastic surgery has largely vanished, making it easier for large numbers of men to consider surgically modifying suspect body parts. As with women, the aim is to improve the overall figure, self-esteem, and professional image.

Another reason for the increasing popularity of surgical procedures is because it is relatively safe and effective. But due to the high cost, many women wishing to change aspects of the appearance opt for cheaper but riskier and unhealthy means. The potential complications resulting from genuine surgical alterations are far less, given the evolving advanced techniques that efficiently enhance and remodel the body's appearance.

In short, everybody is concerned to some degree with physical looks and its effect on others. And cosmetic surgery provides people that can afford it a way to enhance physical appearance and self-esteem, with the promise of a more productive and happier life. These six reasons hopefully offer some insight as to why individuals opt for this still controversial procedure.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cosmetic History Worldwide - Beauty and the Beast

Cosmetic is synonymous to women and we say this because billions of dollars are being spent by women on cosmetics to increase their beauty quotient. Cosmetics are an indispensable part of a woman's life - the love for beauty-enhancing elements cuts across all strata of society. In my effort to dig into the cosmetic history and unearth the love affair between women and cosmetics, I came across many interesting facts that I wish to share with all my readers.

Delving into the history of the use of cosmetics, we know that the Egyptians were the ones who started it all (sometime around the 4th century BC). There are historical evidences of the Egyptians using eye paints, scented oils and even animal fat based creams. These cosmetics were used by the women of the upper class in order to enhance the beauty of their facial skin and even treat skin problem like wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, hair growth etc. This brings us to an interesting conclusion i.e. there has not been any major shift in the purpose behind the usage of cosmetics.

The Western part of the world was a late entrant into cosmetic history and the use of cosmetics and it all started during the middle ages. Here too cosmetics were an elite affair and the commoners were bereft of this luxury. The use of cosmetics was not taken in a very positive way by the Church and it ultimately banned its use. Queen Victoria extended her support for the Church's position. Thus cosmetics found its new lovers in the brothels where it adorned the faces of prostitutes. An interesting twist to the story came with Hitler declaring that cosmetics were better suited for the faces of Clowns and women belonging to the master race should shun its use.

The next two hundred years witnessed a rapid growth in cosmetic usage and even women belonging to the lower strata of the society started to use cosmetic products. The 18th century was very significant in terms of the changes in technology for the production of cosmetics. The French started to use new methods, chemicals and natural ingredients. Safer chemicals like zinc oxide were being used as the base and the use of lead or copper was abolished. At the end of the 19th century, the first beauty salons were set up.

Rapid use of makeup cosmetics started from the early 1930s; actresses and theater artists started to use make up in their films. Sarah Bernhardt and Jean Harlow spearheaded the so-called cosmetic movement and made the use of cosmetics fashionable. After World War II, there was rapid growth in the cosmetic industry where more and more women started using cosmetics. Soon with the introduction of electronic media like TV and Radio, cosmetics became a part of every woman's life.

To date the significance of cosmetics has not reduced, but in fact, increased in the life of women. It is now over a 50 billion dollar industry. However, as its history evolves, cosmetics will take on new meaning. Past cosmetic history focused on women's beauty and the culture of anti-aging. The future will focus on the dangers inherent in the continued use of synthetically formulated cosmetic products. These synthetic chemicals have proven to be toxic in nature, and over time, clinical studies will prove them to be hazardous to one' health. Many of these toxins have already been linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, liver and kidney malfunctions, and much, much more.

Recently, a lecture was presented by the Environmental Working Group, the EWG. Their mission is to protect children from the effects of toxic chemicals in the food, water, air, and products we use daily. Without getting into too much detail here is a summary of the findings of the EWG as it relates to cosmetic products.

Women, on average, use 12 personal care products daily that expose them to 160 toxic chemicals; 10 babies, still in their mother's womb, were tested for chemicals in their bloodstreams with these results; 287 toxic chemicals were found of which 134 were linked to cancer; 151 were linked to birth defects; 186 were linked to infertility; 130 were linked to the immune system, and so on.

Now, if one questions what this all means, consider the following statistics; there has been an 84% increase in Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in children from 1975 to 2002; a 57% increase in brain cancer during the same period; a doubling of Hypospadias (birth defect of the urethra in males) in infant males in the same period; sperm counts in men are dropping at a rate of 1% per year; 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer; 1 in 3 women will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime; 1 in 2 males will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime.

That is enough statistics to give you pause in the cosmetic products used daily. Past and future articles will delve deeper into this subject. For now, historically, we have presented the two sides of cosmetic history. The past emphasized the beauty aspects of personal care products, while the future should and hopefully focus on the dangers inherent in the daily use of toxic-laden cosmetic products.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

How to Blend Essential Oils For Natural Beauty and Soap Making

In the process of soap or cosmetic making, many essential oils are blended together to give women the natural beauty she craves for. This whole process itself requires considerable skill and talent as different kinds of fragrances as well as products having medicinal properties have to be blended in certain prescribed proportion only. On many occasions, different blends require many trials even before they are finalized.

The essential oils that make the blends are floral, resin, earthy, spicy, citrus, medicinal or herbaceous oils. Essential oils are characterized on the basis of their aromatic effects-top note, middle note as well as bottom/base note.

Once classification is established and learned it will be much easier to blend different scents and oil properties. But their are some things you should know before you start the blending process.

First, it is very important to make sure that your oils are pure and fresh. It is also important to make sure you are using the appropriate oil because each oil has different requirements and necessities associated with it. The oil should be pure as well as of good quality, and not fragrance oil (fragrance oils are much different than essential oils). You also require small glass bottles with tight caps, diffusers as well as carrier oils. To start with you can make use of the floral oils; these oils can be blended very easily and also give the results we long cherish. You can blend floral oils with citrus, spicy as well as woodsy oils. These woodsy oils can easily get blended with different kinds of oils in different categories.

Besides it is suggested not to have many blends constituting spicy and citrus oils, as they can cause difficulty in blending and also don't give that aromatic effect as we desire. It is also important to know that while blending, oils are to be added in drops to ensure not to have more than requisite blending. Ratio of blending is 30-35 per cent for the top note, between 40-50 per cent for middle note, and bottom/base note in the quantity of 20-25 per cent.

For diluting a mixture, a general ratio for 1 tablespoon of your desired carrier oil is 2 to 5 drops of essential oils. Once they are ready, you need to store it in tightly capped bottle preventing any kind of contamination, mishandling as well as leaking. If blend is very strong then it is all the more necessary to add some quantity of carrier oil to the mixture for diluting your natural beauty product or soap a little.

There might be some occasions where you will find certain blends smelling wonderfully while some very medicinal, spicy or too strong. It is better to note down each essential oil blend as it will help you in recreating the blend in future.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Discount Cosmetics Products Could Cause Problems for You

Saving money by buying discount cosmetics products is a sensible to cut back on some of the costs you might incur while buying your make-up and beauty products. Unfortunately, there are too many people that take chances with fast moving consumer goods, purely because they sell really quickly. Ideally you want to be buying from a reputable website, like a company that has a major chain of stores throughout the country. If you can buy form them, then their reputation is on the line and they have to come through with the delivery. If you take the risk of buying from a place you do not know, then you need to take a few precautions before you give them your money.

A lot of the online stores make an effort to secure their payments methods properly. After all, you would not want to buy discount cosmetics products from them if it was. not It should be the first thing that you check to see if your money will goes to the place it is supposed to. If you make your purchase through PayPal you can at least check to see if they are a registered vendor. Paying with your credit card is only recommended if your payment goes through a verified payment agency, otherwise it is best not to give out your credit card details at all. In fact, if you can make a manual deposit at the bank or do a wire transfer directly to an account so you have proof of purchase, that would be the best possible option until you feel comfortable with the place you are buying from. Once you have the security you need from them, you can buy as much make-up and cosmetics as you want from them and have it all delivered to your doorstep. Aside from the possible financial troubles you may want to consider the actual products themselves. If you are not getting what you paid for then you need to ensure that you can get your money back from the vendor. You should be able to confirm their guarantees from the cite itself, and you must be able to maintain constant contact with them if you have any problems. You also need to check the quality of the items and weather or not they are relatively new and up to date with the market.

Since you make sure these things are all in place when you make your purchase you really will not go wrong with all the things you buy over the internet.