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Wednesday, 16 February 2011 12:22

Tips On Safe And Clean Hair Removal

hair-removalEveryone faces the hair removal process some time or the other in life. There are various categories of hair removal that depends on position (body, facial, bikini), type of removal (shaving, waxing, plucking) or the type of hair (terminal or vellum). If you know what type of hair you have, you will be able to choose the correct procedure to remove the hair.

Vellum hair that is fine, soft and short is generally found on women face, back or chest. The removal of such hair is discretionary, especially if your skin tone is darker that can make such hair more visible. Terminal hair that grows on your armpits, head, bikini zone and legs is darker, longer and coarser.

For removing vellum hair, the most recommended methods consist of plucking, laser hair removal or waxing. On the other hand, you can use waxing, shaving, depilatories, plucking, prescription treatment, electrolysis and laser to remove terminal hair. The selection of hair removal methods is based on your capability to bear pain, economic strength and the area that you desire to clean.

Though shaving is cheap, the effect will last only for a few days. Another main disadvantage is that unless your hair grows to a certain length, you won’t be able to shave it.

The effect of plucking lasts long and is suggested for small areas like chin, eyebrows and upper lip. Depilatories should be bought with care and can be used on any region that you choose. The effect of depilatories will stay for up to two weeks. The effect of waxing lasts long but the method is very painful. The skin of some people may develop inflammation, redness and bumps after waxing. However, these effects disappear soon.

Electrolysis is a permanent way of removing hair. It’s generally used for smaller regions like underarms, upper lip and eyebrows. Though laser hair removal is costly, the effect will last for at least 6 months and the procedure won’t cause you pain.

 

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 14 January 2011 19:46

Skin Care For Teens

facescrubTeenage is the time, when you are overly self conscious about your looks and a time when you’re willing to walk the extra mile to look pretty all the time. And if you have problems with your skin or your overall appearance, you may spend endless nights trying to sweeten the bitter experience.

Don’t forget to read about unique fashion for teenagers on our website, however for ultimate beauty, read on and find out how to take care of your skin to look refreshed and ready for absolutely any occasion.

Skin Care For Teenagers

To look beautiful on the outside, the first thing that you must do is to feel beautiful from inside, and see how the magic works. If you have a naturally beautiful skin, even sparse use of makeup can create that “all out” look for those special occasions.

Dry skin: to deal with this skin condition use a moisturizing mask before you get into the shower, and if that sounds like too much of work, just rub in a good amount of moisturizer. And after the shower, gently wipe off everything with a damp washcloth. You can also scrub your face mildly with a bathing sponge, but don’t forget to re-moisturize your face after the shower.

Oily skin: the best way to keep this skin healthy is to tone it, both before and after the shower. Oily skin is normally seen layered with oil in the morning when you wake up, and washing it off with some warm water will do a lot of good to your skin. And since, keeping the skin moisturized is very important to maintain a healthy skin, get yourself some oil free moisturizer to dab on your skin, after the shower.

Combination skin: since the T zone on your face is likely to be oily, you must treat this area with a toner, but at the same time you must avoid using it on your cheeks where your skin is dry. Although some parts of your face may be dry, you will still be better off with an oil-free moisturizer.

Makeup Tips

For a night in the town, apply some foundation to your face, but be particular about the shade of the foundation and find one that is the closest match for your natural skin-tone. And when you want to hit the discotheque, deck up your eyes with some eye shadow and your lips with a lipstick, while avoiding flashy colors altogether.

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 21 January 2011 18:05

Eight Secrets To A Gorgeous Skin

111. Always use good quality cosmetics, and avoid the temptation to save a few pennies buying cheap cosmetics. Cheap cosmetics means cheap ingredients and these cheap ingredients can have some severe damaging effects on your skin. Stick to buying well known brands, with which you can be sure about the quality.

2. Wearing makeup to look beautiful is fine, but before you say goodnight, be sure to wipe your skin clean of all the makeup. With the layers of makeup, your pores are blocked and your skin finds it difficult to breathe, and the adverse effects of this will show up sooner or later.

3. Learn to love your skin and be gentle to it. Harsh scrubbing, pulling and tugging will cause damage to your skin. And being gentle doesn’t simply imply being nice to your skin physically but it also implies using quality cosmetics that won’t harm your skin. Go in for milder cosmetics and remember to cleanse and moisturize your skin on a regular basis.

4. Exfoliating should be a regular feature, to get rid of all the dirt stuck in the pores and to remove dead skin cells. And equally important, is using face masks to feed your skin externally with essential nutrients and essential oils.

5. Keeping your skin hydrated is the most important of all, so keep your moisturizer at easy reach, wherever you go. And after every face wash, make it a habit to use a moisturizer.

6. The harsh Sun rays, laden with the UV radiation, have the most detrimental effect on your skin. And the best way to safeguard your skin against sun damage is to use a good sunscreen lotion and to keep your skin covered whenever you step out in the sun.

7. Get some night treatment cosmetics, to replenish and revitalize your skin, which contain antioxidants and herbal extracts. These must be applied to the skin before bedtime to neutralize the effect of makeup, sun damage and exposure to chemicals and pollution.

8. And lastly and most importantly, for healthy skin care mental stress is the most important of all. So indulge in some recreational activities to hammer the stress, and help your skin to glow and shine.

Published in Skin Care

pimple-marksOnce your pimples disappear, the most depressing thing is the marks that they leave behind. So having fought one battle, of getting rid of pimples, you are faced with another Herculean task and that is to get rid of those unsightly marks. Here is something to help you out.

Cleansing

Use some soap free cleansers, which are gentle on your skin and devoid of any harsh chemicals, to deeply cleanse your skin. Look for cleansers which do not contain any oils, fragrance or alcohol.

While cleansing your skin avoid scrubbing it too hard, because scrubbing can irritate your skin pores and this can lead to further breakouts. Unless your skin is very oily, you don’t need to apply a toner after cleansing.

When buying a cleanser, look for one which has the right pH balance and contains either salicylic acid on benzoil peroxide.

Protect your skin

To prevent further outbreaks, you must use some topical treatment which contains benzoil peroxide or glycolic acid all over your face skin. And before you retire to bed, you must apply some spot treatment to dry up the blemishes. Keeping your skin well moisturized and covering it up with sunscreen to prevent sun damage are two other essential aspects to help your skin to fight the blemishes left by pimples.

Concealing with makeup

Getting rid of blemishes takes a long time, and for a temporary cover-up you may have to use makeup. Both, foundation and dab concealer are equally good to cover up blemishes, it’s just that you need to be particular about how you spread the concealer to match with the remaining skin. Blend the concealer well with your skin using either a makeup brush or your fingertips to avoid looking blotchy.

Instant tricks

When you’re in a hurry to get ready for a party or some other occasion, just to wipe your face with a toner and then rinse it off with plain cold water. To reduce the redness and swelling on your skin, get yourself a cortisone cream that’s freely available at most drugstores. Apply this cream over the trouble spots, and then proceed with your makeup as usual.

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 25 February 2011 10:19

How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

acne-scarAcne scars are not just embarrassing and ugly, but may also be quite demoralizing and infuriating. Nonetheless, there are several ways of  acne scars treatment, or at least make them less visible. What strategy you need to use, to get rid of these scars, will depend upon how severe the scars are. Before you try anything, it is advisable to check with your dermatologist, as to what is the best course of action in your particular case. Anyways, here’s a list of a few methods that are usually used to remove acne scars.

Do it at home

If the scarring is mild, there are several procedures that you can carry out at home to get rid of these acne scars. There are specially formulated products which are easily available at most drugstores and cosmetic stores. There are two most popular methods that you can use at home, the first one being derma-abrasion and the second one being chemical peels.

Whenever you go shopping for these products, just scan through the ingredient list, to be sure that the product contains either retinol or Alpha Hydroxy acid. However, people with sensitive skin must avoid both these methods because rashes and inflammation may occur. For milder and more natural alternatives, look for aloe Vera or Lavender based products, as both these natural ingredients are believed to reduce scars.

Professional methods

Laser resurfacing is one of the most popular methods that are used by skin care professionals, to remove acne-scars. The procedure involves removing old skin cells with a laser beam, to promote the growth of new skin cells. However, be cautioned that laser surfacing usually results in an uneven looking skin tone, especially so if your skin shade is darker. Apart from this little glitch, this method is quite promising and though you may experience some redness and inflammation for a few weeks, the acne scars will leave your skin permanently.

Professional derma-abrasion is another popular method, in which scrubbing machines are used to remove the damaged skin cells. Before the scrubbing, the skin is either numbed with local anesthesia or is frozen, to pass up the pain. It’s quite a fierce method and will leave your skin raw, inflamed and painful for several weeks after the treatment.

Published in Skin Care
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:33

Skin Treatment Using Orange Peel

orange_peel_30949tThis article will let you know if you have cellulite and help you understand the causes behind its appearance.

The pinch test

Use your finger and thumb to squeeze the skin. You may even use your palms. If you feel the squeezed skin to be smooth, it is simple old fat. However, if you bumps or wrinkles just like an orange peel, you have got cellulite.

Skinny people have it too

Women usually start having cellulite after they have crossed the age of 30. However, any age group may be affected by cellulite. Even men can have cellulite deposits around their abdomens and necks. Cellulite may become visible on the buttocks, thighs, hips, lower back, upper arms and at the part of upper back just under the shoulders. Though fat people have more probability of having cellulite, even skinny people may have it.

Cellulite has two types-the hard variety and the soft variety. The former is found in active people while the latter appears in people whose muscle tone is poor.

Who’s the culprit?

According to some researchers, genes are responsible for the development of cellulite. However, an inactive lifestyle, not having proper meals, poor blood circulation and increase of toxins in your body may also be the cause behind the appearance of cellulite. It may also occur during post- pregnancy period or due to the intake of contraceptive pills that increase the levels of estrogen.

The orange peel effect, also known as the cheese effect occurs when the body’s waste removal system does not work properly. As a result, the level of toxins increases. This in turn makes the connective tissue that encloses the muscles to get packed with fluid. This fluid consolidates into hard pockets. Such consolidation is responsible for giving your skin the look of an orange peel.

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 01 April 2011 16:54

Flush Out Toxins For A Healthy Skin

diet-for-healthy-skinHealth experts are always talking about clean living to improve your health, and if you ask the cosmetologist they’ll say clean living is essential for healthy skin too. Obviously, we’ve all heard that, and we know all about it, but the problem is that we hardly follow this simple rule. External cleanliness of the skin is one thing, and most of us know how to ensure that, but what’s even more important is cleanliness from inside.

How toxins affect

Here we will talk about how we must keep our system clean from inside, to enjoy a healthy and radiant skin. Our inner system as well as the outer skin is constantly bombarded by an infinite range of toxins. There are toxins in the air, in the water and even in the foods that we consume. And as these toxins attack our bodies, our system begins to weaken up and no amount of external natural skin care product applications can alleviate the problem.

Most of the skin related problems can be easily resolved by controlling our diet and our immediate environment, because these are the two main sources through which toxins enter our bodies.

Toxins are compounds which produce free radicals, upon entering the human body. And, these free radicals cause maximum damage to the skin cell structure. And as a result you see fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and age spots to surface on your skin.

Detoxify your body

To detoxify your body, the first thing that you need to do is to follow a healthy diet. Foods that you must avoid, because they rate high in terms of the potential toxins that they carry, are fried foods, caffeine based products, alcohol, sugar, and processed foods containing preservatives and chemical additives.

The other most rewarding method of expelling toxins from your body is to drink plenty of water. Water will keep your body and skin well hydrated, while at the same time it will flush out the toxins in the form of urine and sweat. Ideally you should be drinking about two to four liters of water every day. And as we just mentioned, sweating is one way to expel toxins, so how about getting onto some rigorous exercise regime.

Published in Skin Care
Monday, 28 February 2011 07:48

Is Microdermabrasion A Good Option?

microdermabrasionI never imagined that someday would come when I will consider botox.  As I am nearing the 40’s and find wrinkles setting in, I feel that I need to take care of my skin, body, and soul. Now, I can I understand why women wish to stay young. The society considers signs of aging as becoming “less than” or being “ugly”. Though I don’t support such views, I would surely want to be youthful.

Intake of healthy and well balanced diet along with regular exercise can keep one fit and full of energy. However, women also need to have a positive frame of mind to enjoy what they are doing and have faith in their activities.

But I want to go beyond this common belief.  I’ve heard a lot about microdermabrasion, which seems to be a rage these days. I have experienced it two times. Microdermabrasion is used to remove the uppermost layer of dead cells from your face. Such removal of dead cells leaves new skin on the face. After my microdermabrasion session, I found that my face had a more toned look and had less “gray” areas.

However, I am not sure if one should try this technique before reaching the age of 40 years. Microdermabrasion therapy is supposed to encourage the growth of collagen. However, I can’t vouch for this fact as I didn’t feel my face becoming more supple or anything of the same effect. I believe that women often spend money to help others and this is something that I believe a gift for myself. So, I am happy to give it a try. As I have some more sessions of microdermabrasion left, I will be in a better position to comment once they get over!  Till then, you can give it a try to experience the effects yourself.

Published in Skin Care
Thursday, 27 January 2011 05:11

Choose The Right Skin Care Cleanser

cleanserSkin cleansing is an important part of skin care, and you really cannot compromise with the quality of the skin cleansers, if you’re serious about your skin health. For most women, buying a skin cleanser is as easy as walking into a cosmetic store and grabbing the first cleanser that you come across. However, there is more to selecting the right cleanser for a healthy and gleaming skin.

Be specific

There are different cleansers available in the market, each targeting a different skin problem, such as cleansers for excessive oil or cleansers for acne control. Subsequently, with the vast array of cleansers and each of them varying in composition, it is important that you go a little selective about the cleanser you buy, for your skin. Putting your hands on to the wrong cleanser could result in several problems.

Reactions and side effects

Some cleansers contain synthetic ingredients or harsh chemicals, which our skin and body may find difficult to accept, and thus these ingredients will become toxins once they enter our system. These toxins further aggravate your skin condition by producing free radicals, which have a very damaging effect on your skin cells structure. Also, at times the ingredients in the cleanser may strip your skin of all the natural oil to such an extent that your skin becomes dry and parched.

Alcohol can be damaging

Most of the cheap skin cleansers, and even some of the makeup and skin care products, contain alcohol. Although alcohol is believed to work as an astringent and it also has antibacterial properties, it dries up the natural skin oil. At times, alcohol may dehydrate your skin to such an extent that you may suffer from Reactive Seborrhea, which is a dry skin related condition. Also, such synthetic ingredients are treated by our system as toxins which usually results in triggering the production of free radicals.

Alcohol is just one such harmful ingredient, and there are scores of other ingredients which can have severely damaging effects on your skin. To be sure that you are buying the right cleanser, do check through the composition mentioned on the packaging, to be sure it doesn’t contain anything that is too harsh for your skin.

Published in Skin Care
Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:13

The Best Part Of Sunscreen Cream

sunscree-creamSun is the essential source of the energy and sunlight provides our skin with the vitamin D. but the UVA and UVB [ultra violet rays] of the sum damage the skin most causing wrinkles and even skin cancer.

To protect you skin from those damaging rays you need to use sunscreen lotion regularly. Sunscreen based lotion or cream reduces the amount of  the harmful rays by creating a wall between your skin and the rays. Using sunscreen you can posses soft baby like skin even in your mid 40’s or 50’s.

But choosing a right sunscreen is not an easy task. the type of sunscreen you’d require depends on your skin-type, the amount of application and re application and the absorbtion power of your skin. Higher number of SPF [sun protection factor] ensures more safety. So always choose a sunscreen with high SPF.

Normally SPF 15 is recommended for Indian skin. It protects the skin from sunburn for almost 150 minutes. If you swim or sweat a lot you sunscreen is looses its protective power. However, even the high SPF sunscreens do not ensure the full protection. You may any time change from your current brand to the new one if you are not satisfied with the current one.

Your skin may be sensitive to a particular kind of product. So always have a patch test before using it regularly. Apply the product on a small section of your skin and wait for 48 hours to watch any kind of reaction. If rashes or allergy appears then stop using the product.

We often commit a mistake while using sunscreen lotions. We do apply on the face and forget the other body parts exposed to sun rays. The sunscreen must be applied on the every exposed body part. The following tips would be helpful to get maximum benefit from your sunscreen:

* Skin takes at least 15 minutes for the absorption of the sunscreen. So apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going in the sun and reapply after every 2-3 hours.

* Buy a sunscreen which protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

* Do not miss the lips while applying the lotion.

* Make the sunscreen the last part of your makeup. Use it after moisturizing and after putting the foundation.

Lastly make the sunscreen the essential part of your daily skin care.

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