Unlike perfume, essential oils are highly concentrated substances that need to be diluted prior to application to the skin. When buying essential oils it is always important to look at the label closely to see if it is pre-diluted or not. If the essential oil is pre-diluted you may be able to use it straight out of the bottle. Following instructions on the packaging is important. The con to pre-diluted oils is they are less potent and you will be getting less essential oil for your money. Many cheaper priced essential oils found in stores are pre-diluted. It is also important to see what carrier oil was used to dilute the essential oil as some will go rancid faster than others. You also want to make sure it isn’t an oil that you are allergic to. When in doubt try to purchase pure, steam distilled essential oils. This way you will be able to customize the carrier oil to meet your specific needs.
The first thing you should learn about nails is to never file the nail in a back and forth type movement. Instead of going from side to side, it is recommended that you file from the corner to center in only one direction. Back and forth filing can cause the nail to break, and it builds up a lot of friction, which can cause a burning sensation.
Besides filing, regularly buffing the surface of the nail is recommended. Three-way buffers are an indispensable item. They can usually be found in three colors, black and white on the front, and gray on the back. The black section, which has the greater degree of grit, is used to remove ridges from the natural nail surface. The white section buffs out scratches and smooths the nail, and the gray section shines the nail. Many people think buffing and filing is for the ladies, but it is very beneficial to men as well. Properly groomed nails don’t only look attractive, but they are also functional. If you have a job that requires the use of your hands, like a typist or even an auto mechanic, it is a good idea to have well-groomed nails.
It never ceases to amaze one how Aromatherapy is used to market a product. One of the newer appearances, likely frequently seen in salons, is Aromatherapy nail care products. These commercial products range from nail lacquers to cuticle oils. Why Aromatherapy and nail care? Well it is well known that a number of essential oils seem to invigorate nail growth and strength. Many people involved with essential oils on a regular basis find the need to cut their nails more frequently than normal. Oil in general is recommended by many manicurists to be applied twice a day to nails in order to keep them in tip-top shape. The inert properties of certain essential oils such as lemon seem to take this phenomenon to the next level. Lemon has long been used on the nails to promote growth but since essential oils are so much more concentrated, it may even speed the lemons effects. Especially since oil is able to work its way into the cell layers of the nails faster and better compared to water (which is found in lemon juice).
Exfoliate for a youthful beautiful face
Carrying around dead skin cells makes you look tired and old. Slough off those cells with a facial scrub for an easy way to get great looking skin at home.
A facial scrub is one of the best treatments you can use on your face. Removing those old dead skin cells regularly helps expose glowing new skin. Sloughing off old skin is called exfoliation, and there are many methods of doing it. A facial scrub that you use at home is one of the easiest and most affordable ways, and something you should incorporate in your regular facial skin care routine.
You can buy a facial scrub for very little money at a drug store. While these are effective, some of the most popular ones have a greasy feeling on oily skin, but they do still work well. For a tiny bit more, you can buy a natural product at a health food store or in the organic body care section of your grocer. You’ll get a scrub without any greasy residue, and with the bonus of a fabulous scent. As with any beauty product, you can spend a lot or a little. It may be worth it to use something you love even if it costs a lot. You can also make an effective product at home, which is a great option on a tight budget.
With colder winter days and indoor heating comes dry skin and the need to find cosmetic alternatives that are good for the skin and hair. If you are wary of the strange and unpronounceable ingredients in some over the counter cosmetics, why not make your own natural herbal preparations? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Herbal Hair Conditioners
If your hair is dry, try a chamomile oil. To make, combine 1/3 cup chamomile flowers and 1/3 cup olive oil or grape seed oil, and place in a jar with a lid. Place in a sunny window and shake the jar at least once a day. After two weeks, strain out the flowers. To apply, use approximately 2-4 teaspoons, depending on the length of the hair. Brush out the hair and then apply to hair ends, avoiding the scalp. Leave on about ten minutes, then shampoo out. Make hair rinses with distilled water, herbs and vinegar. Try parsley or sage for dry hair, lavender or lemon balm for oily hair, and parsley or rosemary for dandruff. Combine one cup of fresh herbs with 1 quart distilled water. Heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes more to infuse. Strain out the herbs and add 1 quart cider vinegar. Shampoo hair, then rinse with the mixture, using approximately one cup. Hair conditioners can be made also. Combine 1 cup fresh minced herbs with one quart distilled water, simmer 15 minutes, then let stand one hour to infuse. Then add one tablespoon of glycerin, one drop at a time while stirring. After shampooing, comb about a teaspoon into the wet hair. No need to rinse out.
The benefits of Sensory Therapy are many, this article is focused on its affects for obesity, which is timely for those of us who will be trying to lose weight after the holidays.
Sensory Therapy benefits obesity because it focuses on teaching the body to crave healthy food sources as opposed to those that cause problems. Our senses are ‘hard wired’ to our brain as a form of survival. It deals with the most basic functions for quality of life.
The normal feeling of being alive and aware is called “cenesthesia”. To achieve this, one must keep the senses active. Research has shown that obese patients experience the opposite. By being separated from their senses due to the wrong types of chemicals entering the body, they suppress the genetic memory that tells them they are getting the right nutrients to power the body and to fight off illness.
In order to keep the senses in top shape, it is essential to focus on preventing and eliminating exposure to high levels of stress and toxins. Unfortunately, living in an industrial environment and technical world, stress and toxins are going to be an everyday part of life. So, it is important to not add stress and toxins to sensory therapy. Most accepted theories reference stress and toxins as leading causes of obesity; or at least a contributing factor.
Everyone wants to be healthy and beautiful! Well, some people say beauty is only skin deep. This is not true. Real beauty comes from within. In order for you to be beautiful on the outside you have to treat yourself right on the inside. You,truly, are what you eat.
Thus, if you eat junk all of the time, as apposed to a good diet, with plenty of vegetables,and fruit, your body and complexion will show it. You need your health as well as your cosmetics, your health being first and foremost on your agenda for looking good! Then, your mirror and your makeup won’t have that much work cut out for it. As it should be.
Makeup is not suppose to be a fix all, plastic surgery cure for the bad diet skin ugliness! It is only suppose to enhance the beauty that you already have. Your glow! Because it comes from within. That is why, for years, Doctors, as well as our moms have always told us to get plenty of rest and exercise. Drink lots of liquids,eat all the right things, veggies and fruit. Chips and a candy bar just doesn’t cut it for lunch. You can’t eat like that and maintain a healthy cholesterol count. It’s just not going to happen.
If you’ve ever wondered whether that jumble of hard-to-pronounce chemicals in your makeup, shampoo and lotions is really good for you, there’s a new and updated resource to help you understand better what you might be putting on your skin.
The Environmental Working Group has just released a redesigned and expanded version of its Skin Deep online product database, which lets you explore exactly what’s in 25,000-plus cosmetics and other personal-care products. This third update to the resource in its four-year history added nearly 10,000 new products to the database, which means you can now find detailed ingredient information for about 25 percent of all the products currently on the market.
The Skin Deep database assesses the ingredients in personal-care products based on research into the potential risks and toxicities of each of those chemicals, substances like lead (which harms brain development), phthalates (which have been shown to disrupt normal sexual development and endocrine activity), and petroleum byproducts such as petrolatum and petroleum distillates (which are suspected carcinogens). Each product, along with every ingredient in it, is rated on a potential hazard scale of 0 to 10, with 10 posing the highest risks.
Now that the weather is getting cooler the nights can get a little frosty. So can your makeup. For a great effect apply your makeup as you normally do. If you choose for your eyes to sparkle you may want to use a sparked frosty eye color. Sparkled face and body gels are available in drug stores or at makeup counters.
Used correctly(reading directions) this lends a wonderfully exciting and and slightly glamorous look without over doing it. A nice touch with this is frosted lip color or the shiny wet lip color. Now,it does depend on what you are wearing. Be reasonable! If it just does not go then you might want to eliminate one or the other.
You do not particularly have to use the sparkle gel on your face. Apply it just to your arms instead,however if you are wearing long sleeves(likely) it kind of defeats the whole purpose. Apply to legs and chest if exposed. It doesn’t take a lot but you might want to consider just applying to a few of these places not all. After all it would be a bit much to apply the stuff from head to toe. Unless your trying to look like your from another planet.
No one, male or female,is completely satisfied with the way he or she looks.
Over-weight, under-weight, thin hair, curly hair, straight hair, thick hair, dry skin, oily skin — the list is endless. And yet most of these people are very attractive, and to many others, their perceived flaws aren’t even noticeable.
Physical beauty is of paramount importance in our society. It’s a quest that’s created a multi billion dollar industry, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a magazine or television program that doesn’t have at least one or two ads aimed directly at exploiting our vulnerability. In fact, the sale of a lot of those products depends on our having a rather poor self-image. And a lot of very talented people are paid vast sums of money to tap into our insecurities.
If you’re looking to save some money in the cosmetic and grooming department, you may want to start by changing the way you think about your looks. There’s nothing wrong with a realistic self-assessment, but many of us tend to obsess about the negative, when maybe what we really should do is accentuate the positive. So do a positive self assessment for a change. List only those features you like about yourself. And don’t limit it to just physical features either. Next time you shop for beauty products take a good look at your list before you go, just to remind yourself that maybe, just maybe, you really don’t need every new miracle cream that’s on the store shelves.
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